earthbelow: (switchable2)
I find this site amazing and kind of scary: Fancy Fast Food. Someone takes a fast food meal and re-processes it without adding any extra ingredients into something fancy.

Turning A BK breakfast croissanwich into a really good looking quiche is I mean, I know that the food there is evil incarnate and filled with god-knows-what kind of preservatives that are probably causing cancer and birth defects, but it's still amazing to see the transformation you can make with it.

It doesn't make me want to eat fast food, oddly enough. Because I've seen the pictures of the 12-year-old McDonald's Hamburger that didn't rot. Seriously. It looks almost the same as the fresh one. If that doesn't scare the crap out of you, nothing can.

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Thursday, 21 May 2009 07:50
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While my decision to remain childfree has not changed any, I do find myself getting fed up with some of the childfree communities on LJ.

Discussion of being childfree, the communities on LJ, my own reproductive decisions and why I think some CF people and parents hate each other so much. )
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Okay, I'd like the opinion of my very learned, very wise f-list about this article here, because I happen to think that this woman is not so much writing about the neurological/genetic causes of anorexia and the impact it's had on her life as she is bragging about the fact that she's thin and can eat whatever she wants.

I also think her article is chock full of contradictions. She says:

For example, I am absolutely positive that the physiques of Kate Moss, Posh Spice, or any other convenient scapegoat had no more than a kernel’s worth of influence over my decision to live on raw broccoli and Swedish crispbread for most of my college years. This is what we’ve always been taught—Barbie makes us hate our bodies as girls, and some unholy alliance between the worlds of fashion, Hollywood, and advertising keep feeding the furnace well into womanhood, until we’re supposedly too old to care.

But then she goes on to say:

As a small child, I remember telling my mother that when I grew up I wanted to weigh 110 pounds, which was what the National Enquirer said Princess Diana weighed at her thinnest.

Am I the only one who thinks that this is completely illogical of her to claim? That she wasn't influenced by media culture and their obsession with utterly unrealistic bodies?

More under the cut, and some musings about the lack of education about health and nutrition in the United States. )

I'd also like to note how suspicious I find it that my comments on the article have mysteriously gotten lost but other comments were approved. Hmm. Maybe I should have read the invisible "No Fatties Allowed" sign before I commented.

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Sunday, 1 March 2009 21:28
earthbelow: (monty python)
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
- Winston Churchill

5 Things That Were Good About Today
1. Wandering around the bookstore, even though I didn't buy anything
2. Watching the new Futurama movie!
3. Chocolate! I can has.
4. Going by and seeing the kitties and puppies at the pet adoption place at Atlas Park
5. The pharmacist switched my birth control back to the right thing without me asking when they noticed that it went from triphasic to monophasic. Yay, I'm back on the right stuff!
6. Neko Case's new album. Here, have a sample: Red Tide*

3 Things That I Did Well Today
1. Practiced as much moderation as is possible with chocolate
2. Did dishes
3. Gleeposted (with music!)

2 Things I Look Forward To
1. Starting a new week, a chance to do better
2. Exercising and doing healthy things
3. (bonus) Finishing my writing project

*Please let me know if the download link expires. Also, go buy the album if you can or at least some tracks off iTunes so we can keep Neko singing.
earthbelow: (DO NOT WANT)
NY Governor caught up in prostitution scandal.

While I realize that this isn't funny for him, or his family, I can't help but laughing. It's all so frickin' hilarious. Firstly, because it was stupid and secondly, because his speech last night was both lolarious and akin to spitting on a forest fire.

For every Spitzer that gets found out, I'm sure there are dozens and dozens of politicians who have been paying to get their boards waxed by hookers, whores, and other ladies of the night for years. Decades even. I think a random sampling would probably reveal that 4 out of 5 governors, Congresspeople, and Senators are doing something rephrensible. You know, other than leading our country into a pointless, unjustified war and ruining us economically, environmentally, and educationally.

My only question is why hasn't Spitzer resigned and gone off to lick his wounds yet, because clearly there's nothing else left for him to do. It's not like he can have any kind of political career after this.

And for anyone who wants to argue, YES there is a big difference between having a willing and unpaid intern sit on the Presidental staff and a prostitute.

Namely, the prostitute was much better looking.


Saturday, 5 January 2008 16:52
earthbelow: (paulbettany)
I jumped around a few links after seeing an article on [ profile] br0ken_dolly's lj about how Divorce is not environmentally friendly - which actually sounds more like a problem with the way Americans expend energy than with divorced.

The article noted that divorce rates are going up worldwide while in America divorce rates and marriage rates are dropping. The article is getting it's info from The Rutgers Marriage Project. I started reading the Rutgers University Natioanl Marriage Project website and the section that says "About the NMP"

What I'm about to say next is rather hypocritical, perhaps, but when I got to reading the information the Rutger's site I noticed that they're all about preparing young people for marriage, but then I stopped and I asked myself: Why?

Why is marriage so important in the first place? Yeah, I know. I'm about to get married myself (eventually), but there are a lot of aspects of the entire thing that I'd like to chuck in the bin.

For one, I don't even really want a wedding. Frankly, if we all wore jeans, had a cookout so that my family and his could finally shake hands with each other and then went home, I'd be just freaking fine. In fact, I'd be overjoyed. I'd like our families to meet, but I don't want to have to be in a stupid white dress for it to happen. I don't want to spend the exorbitant amount of money that even a low-key wedding will cost, and I certainly don't want to have to commit the time, effort, and attention that it will take to get everything done.

For second, I have no intention of ever taking anyone's name. The Boy is okay with this. There's no reason for me to change my name. My last name (Freeman for anyone who's curious) is infinitely easier for people to pronounce than his (which is Ukranian in origin).

For third, we have no intention of having children. Ever. In a few years I'm going to seriously look into get sterilized so that I can quit having to worry over varying methods of birth control. We're both in agreement on this issue as well.

What I *DO* want is to spend the rest of my life with him, share everything with him, wake up in the morning to him, and go to bed with him at night. I want to do all of this so long as it's both making us happy (in the true, long term sense of that word, not the immediate one).

Well, honestly, you don't even need to be married to achieve the things that we've already achieved. I have what I want. I'm living it right now. As we speak.

That's because the institution of marriage isn't designed for a love relationship. It was never intended to be about love.

The way marriage was designed, with all the trappings, was about property, reproduction, and finance. More than that, it was designed in a society where men were little rulers over their households and women were assets rather than partners. It was also designed in a world where 70-90% of the population all did the same thing: farming.

You got married to have kids, you had kids so they could work the farm and at least one of them could take over the farm and keep farming it so people could keep eating. It was all about the farm.

Well, in America, less than 10% of our population farms. So an agricultural, patriarchal system just doesn't work in today's more cosmopolitan, egalitarian society.

Frankly, if we just restructured a few financial things and tweaked the laws concerning inheritance, property, and child custody a little, we could effortlessly get rid of all marriage, as we know it, and the world would flow a lot smoother. Because we wouldn't be trying to lug around this huge, unwieldy, out of date concept while trying to make everything else work.

Trying to teach young people to achieve a good marriage in today's society, with our society's ideals? Is like trying to teach them to play tennis with a baseball. If you really work hard, and really want to win, and don't mind sweating a lot, you can do it. But most people will just end up failing, because the design and the use of marriage have deviated too far from each other.

Frankly, we need a new institution. It's not people that need to change, it's marriage.

And the first thing that should change is the ability of the government to EVER define, control, legislate, or interfere in marriage. The second - well, that's another rant.
earthbelow: (paulbettany)
So I got this link from [ profile] matociquala, and I went right to Helen Fisher's video on the site, because I know her from a lot of programs concerning sexuality.

And most of her talk was informative, funny, and wonderful.

Then she got to the bit about antidepressants, and her warning about using them long term. And I sort of lost some respect for her, especially because her reasoning for not using antidepressants long term was that it kills the sex drive and that love is necessary to life.

Which I found to be so horribly ignorant of her.

Yes, the sex drive is nice and all - but it is not the end all, be all of life.

Furthermore, long term antidepressant use is the only way that some people can keep from offing themselves. I challenge her to try to live with massive, chronic depression or other such disorders and say that love is all you need.

The fact of the matter is that while there do need to be some changes in the way modern psychology/psychiatry operates, and the way medicines are used - I don't think using the sex drive to justify yanking people off of medications that allow them to lead a bearable existence is it.

I also challenge her to live with the weight of chronic depression or OCD or anxiety and see if love is all she needs.

That's what I hate about people who dispense advice about psychiatric medications who aren't actually on any themselves. They have the privilege of getting to live a life where their brain hasn't gone out of control. They have the good fortune to look down on all of us druggies and psychos, because they've never had to be in a place where they literally did not know if they were going to be able to last the night (or the next few hours) without harming themselves or others.

I think Helen Fisher made the mistake of speaking outside of her expertise. She's an anthropologist, not a psychiatrist or a psychologist or even a neurologist.

And it's a little shameful that someone with her amount of neurological knowledge and know-how would say something like that. Surely, she of all people, realizes that depression is not just a feeling. It's not just a bad day. It is a state of being in which the chemistry of your brain has gone so out of whack that you stop functioning.

Telling people to "just snap out" of depression is like telling someone to pull themselves out of a black hole. The nature of depression is that it prevents you from being able to do that because it shuts down your ability to think straight.

I'd also like Tom Cruise, if he's still in there somewhere and hasn't just become ScientologyBot2000, to have to see his wife turn into a shell of herself after severe post-partum depression. Let him see what happens when someone he loves can't quit crying, can't get out of bed, can't function, can't sleep, can't eat, can't think, is always tired, just sits and stares at the walls, and doesn't want to talk or go out of the house. That is, if he actually gives a crap about her and isn't just keeping her as a slave girl in the closet. I have my doubts as to whether Tom Cruise still has feelings, or even free will.

I think Helen Fisher, in her talks, neglects that sex and love are a part of life, not the sum total.
earthbelow: (calvin & hobbes)
Bill O'Reilly is warning the world about LESBIAN GANGS. With pink pistols. They're forcing poor helpless schoolgirls into doing heinous LESBIAN GANG THINGS.

I think I saw this once and it was a porn movie with women named after candies and semi-precious stones.

My question is, how long do you have to be a member to get the pink pistol and where can I sign up? I WANT TO BE IN A LESBIAN GANG!

You know, this is just so outrageous and stupid that I can't even be mad. At least Bill O'Reilly is good for the lulz, even if he can't achieve anything remotely resembling accurate news reporting.
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I feel like I haven't done anything useful with this journal in a while. It's because I've been writing my tail off and looking for jobs. Once this novel gets finished, believe there will be both glee and more posting.

But, here's a survey that I think my friendslist would be interested in:

Bloggers, stand up and be counted! Take the “Public and Private in the Blogosphere” Survey!

The person running the blog is an old university acquaintence of [ profile] tptigger, so in the interest of helping a friend of a friend, go take the survey. It's for a thesis, and I'm all about helping those in academia out.
earthbelow: (switchable2)

The reference if you need it.

some other pics from my life. )

Random update

Monday, 14 May 2007 22:21
earthbelow: (switchable2)
My family is back home safely. Wheeee! I missed them for about twenty minutes, then was like "hmm, it's nice to get back to my routine."

I have my mother's approval for where and how I live (besides not having a job). Not that I needed it, but it's nice to have. One less battle to fight, and that's always a good thing. They seemed to have a fun time and it went better than expected. Except that I've learned that it's pretty much genetic that women in my family get snarky when they're tired and hungry and have to pee.

Poor Andrew had to go with us to Canal Street - which is famous for having thousands of ripoff designer bags. I got a nice dusty pink messenger bag because my old one has totally gone kaput.

I also walked into a surprise moving sale at Kate's Paperie in Manhattan yesterday. Z.O.M.G. It is proof positive that there is a God and that God loves me and wants me to be happy. Nice, ivory-paper leather journals at ten and fifteen dollars a pop. *faints*. In a perfect world, [ profile] denoue_moi would have been with me, because a lot of stuff there (not just journals) would've rocked their world at greatly discounted price.

I now vow to stop reading the comments at [ profile] cat_macros. Apparently if your cat macro is less than the height of tasteless humor, expect people to get catty (pun lulz!). Also, apparently they will accuse you of being a fat housewife. I didn't know you could tell someone's occupation and weight by their macros, but what do I know? The intarwebs is wiser than I.

You know how there's that old adage: "arguing on the internet is like being in the Special Olympics, even if you win, you're still retarded" - that's totally wrong. If you're in the Special Olympics, you win something worth winning and you do it for a great cause. Also, the Special Olympics people win at life. People who get rude about cat macros and turn them into SRS BIZNESS fail on a scale hitherto unknown to modern science.

I'm tired of this whole offensive = funny thing that's going on. Yes, you can type the word "fag" and put it on a picture of a cat. Would you like a cookie? If I gave it to you, would it keep you otherwise occupied and off the internet? *sigh*

Like I said, no more reading the comments. Macros only. And if they're not funny (GASP!) then I'll scroll down like a sane person.
earthbelow: (get fuzzy)
Great. Now I'm addicted to [ profile] dog_macros and [ profile] cat_macros.

It's just...*guh*. Kitties with bad grammar. And ZOMG, how much do you not need Drillcat in your life? You *do*

I now know how people who get baby rabies when they see baby pictures feel. Because I see these pictures of cats and dogs and I want a fuzz-baby so badly. I miss my love mutts so bad. I can't believe I miss the 6am Bark-a-palooza, but I do.

I want a dog and a cat and a GIANT BUNNY. When I get insanely rich and have money to burn, I am buying the biggest giantest bunny I can find. I want it to be enormous and floppy and I want to have to feed it carrots with a ten foot pole and have a Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch nearby for emergencies.

And I want an evil cat that schemes against me and lays booby traps in my house and plays Mastermind while I'm not looking. I want a cat that knows how to say the word "fuck" with it's eyes. Srsly. If it could orange, that'd be great, too. Or white. Or black.

And I want a dog that is a dog, because dogs are made of awesome. They come with awesome right out of the box. No modification needed.

I has a flavor and it is crazy, apparently.
earthbelow: (stewie)
I cannot begin to express the amount of joy, satisfaction, and knee slapping I got out of this video.

Best. Commercial. Ever.
earthbelow: (turtle)
I'm not one of those that think everyone who has any kind of religious faith is evil/stupid. But I can understand where those that *do* get their fodder from.

Mel Gibson's movie causes the devil to make a man nearly strangle his wife..

What's even worse is that I totally paused and wondered if this was an Onion article because I didn't actually believe there was a "God Channel".


*shakes head*.

I hope the woman eventually gets it together and leaves her husband. I hope her husband gets help.


In personal news, the job front isn't going so hot. I'm worried, but not too worried. I'm very seriously looking at temp agencies as the next step if nothing comes to fruition in the next week or two.
earthbelow: (juliastiles)
This might just be one of the most unbelieveably moving pieces of footage on the 'net that I've seen.

Standard Disclaimer: I don't condone violence. I don't condone hurting people. Me posting this link isn't *condoning* it. This ISN'T the way to get your point across. Her point might be exactly correct, but her methods were wrong. Very wrong.

I can't speak for other countries, but as for America, there's a better way to protest. She *should* have gotten her own signs, her own posse, her own protest together. And she didn't. In her method she was very, very wrong.

That said, the violence wasn't serious and we've all seen worse. Not that ANY level of violence is acceptable. But like she says, "This is life, it's not that simple."

The reason I'm posting this is because the things she said and the absolute raw emotion in it touched me. Because sometimes in the wrong action is the right motive. Because I believe she really didn't want to hurt anyone, she just wanted to be heard. She just wanted something that felt wrong and evil to her to *stop*.

In this, I understand her.

Because if you want to understand why the debate is so strong, why the arguements are so brutal, why the struggle is so hard, this is it.

Attack on Rose.

As for the information on the site, I'm not sure if the person who got pushed is the person who owns the site. The site itself is that of a woman who has very strong Christian beliefs. I would ask that those who do visit her site respect her beliefs and refrain from contacting her to say anything rude or uncalled for.

I realize that there are many on my f-list who are not Christian and hold strong opinions concerning those of faith and their actions and beliefs. That's fine. I also know that these people are capable of rational thought and acting respectfully towards others that they disagree with.

Of course, I have a very awesome friends list so I don't anticipate this being a problem.

I would also ask that anyone who does leave comments be respectful of the comments of others. Debate is of course, welcome, and I never mind people having discussions in my journal. Feel free to talk and debate (RESPECTFULLY and LIKE ADULTS!) as long as you want/need to.
earthbelow: (moody)
Postsecret - a place where people send post cards of their secrets and they get posted to this site.

It totally fascinates me the secrets that people have. Dark secrets (I was raped, I was beaten) and funny secrets (I eat boogers, I like WalMart) and secrets that make no sense and secrets that could be someone you know.

Is there a comm like this on livejournal? Should there be?

I thought about starting one, but the thing is, I'd be afraid that people would start posting how they want to commit suicide or how they're being molested or know someone who is.

And I don't know if I could handle that - thing is, I'm not even sure I can handle reading these postcards prolongedly. Because while some are funny, and many are very artistically done - I don't know that I can look at things about people's deep, profound sorrow without going a little off the deep end. Because it's like having someone scream at you in the dark and you can't see where they're coming from.

Not to mention the moral dilemma. What if someone sends a post card that says "I murdered him" or "I'm going to commit suicide". Are you obligated to try to squeal on them, call up the police department or tell someone? Even worse, if you can't. If you know that someone, somewhere is hurt or hurting someone and there's nothing you can do about it.

I think that's the nature of secrets. They create a helplessness, because they take away power. They put people in a position to be superior to another person - at least in a given situation.

That's why we have this love and hate of secret. Why we protect certain secrets and demand the revelation of others. We refuse to allow a priest, a lawyer or a doctor to tell what they know - but at the same time we don't let people cover up crimes, we demand that people with knowledge of things tell authorities.

We tell children to come to adults, but we tell them not to be tattletales.

We don't want for people to have secrets from us (thus, power over us) but we want to protect our ability to get power over them.

Which is why sites like this are so interesting.


Also -

- last night in bed, my boyfriend told me this really hilarious story.

Apparently at some zoo somewhere, there were these penguins. And they figured out somehow that they could get out of their little cage place or whatever if they took a running jump.

So they'd do this (horrible horrible freedom!) and they'd be out, but have no idea what to do. But they couldn't get back in. So sometimes the zookeepers would find them milling around in front of their own exhibit.

But it gets better.

They didn't just do this at night. They'd do it in the day. And some poor schmoe that was walking past the penguin exhibit actually got *hit* by a penguin that was escaping.

Yes. I laughed like a hyena for like an hour.


couple of more pics I forgot ) 

- Meg


Wednesday, 3 August 2005 16:52
earthbelow: (methos)
Become Republican


Oh my god, this is the best ever.

Also check out the "Choose Your Life" link beside it. That, too, is kinda funny.


"Tired of losing elections..."

My only somewhat sincere apologies to any Republicans on my f-list.


Ari's poll on whether you consider yourself a person, persona, personality fragment, collective, group, or other... Thinking about it closely, I have to wonder if I'm really as solidly in the "person" category as I voted.

Results aren't open for viewing, but I'd be fascinated to see what someone would define "other" as.

- Meg


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