Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Last night, Edward and I were sitting in the living room and I said to him, 'I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.'

He got up, unplugged the Computer, and threw out my wine.

He's such a bastard....... J

Monday, February 22, 2010

Van Gogh letters translated into six volumes

Van Gogh... Writer? Avid reader? Letters, hundreds of them, were translated into English. They revealed some surprises. You'll have to go to Amsterdam to read the originals as they are on exhibit there. However, you can buy them, and I for one can say I'm wish-listing these volumes. From the quotes I heard, he is a wonderful writer. Quiet poetic and philosophical.

The nearly one thousand letters written by Van Gogh were translated, annotated, and put into 6 volumes. Sex and disease are not censored. Brothels are described in colourful detail, as one would expect from an artist, were he to visit one, which Van Gogh did... quite a number of times.

That said he was a deeply spiritual and intellectual man. Apparently he was also an avid, and I do mean avid, reader. And, he had dreams of building a cultural, artistic community, which never came to fruition due to both a falling out with Gauguin and Van Gogh's mental illness. offers free viewing of "all 902 letters from and to Van Gogh, richly annotated and illustrated, with new transcriptions and translations."

Monday, February 8, 2010

Apparently the "Made in China" stigma is well known amongst the younger generation

My little one who's six likes to look to see where things are made. She had a mechanical pencil or something and it was made in Japan. She goes, "I don't believe it. Finally something that isn't made in China, it's made in Japan. Well, I guess this pencil is safe to use." I about died trying not to laugh.

Now to be fair, obviously products made in China are not all bad.  I mean really,   But the mistakes that have been caught were life threatening mistakes, and news like their recalled products  travels fast, far, and wide.  Unfortunately, it's quite difficult here in the states to find products that aren't made in China.

Fortunately, you don't have to buy stuff made in China, but it is rather difficult. Sara Bongiorni's family tried to live a year without purchasing products made in China.  As she reports, this is not an easy feat by any means.

Why? Because women like this gun slinger, as nice as she may be, are taking our jobs and our children are aware, and they are aware of what products these factory workers are producing.  And hopefully, by the time they get old enough to be consumers and entrepreneurs and whatnot, things will have changed drastically.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day: PETA wants to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot

Punxsutawney Phil looking pretty piss pleased at the attention.

Are you kidding me?  I mean really, I don't know about anyone else, but this is just insane.  Unfortunately I feel as though I should have seen it coming.  I have for quite a long time now been disillusioned with PETA. I mean it's one thing to work towards safe environments and treatment of animals, but it's quite another to go mad over a groundhog that is perfectly happy and well cared for.  (I have to admit I thought I was reading The Onion for a moment and had to double check!)

Does Phil bite every time they pick him up?  Does he shiver and quake?  Is his fur matted, his eyes lacklustre, is he malnourished?  No, no, and no.  In fact is is one of the happiest and safest and best cared for groundhogs in the world.

Once again, PETA is off their rocker.  Going a bit nuts there.  Making me really and truly wonder what the heck is in their water and their sprout salads.  Not to mention the fact that building the Punxsutawney Phill robot would not be good for the environment.  But then, they don't care about the environment.  What they do care about is... well, I'm not sure anymore.

I am certain that these great PETA thinkers ought to a) be sent to PETA rehab.  Or b) get a hobby that has nothing to do with animals or drinking water.  Or c) they ought to get a prescription for their OCD and any other psychoanalytic conditions they may have.  It's just not right, I tell you, just not right.  A robot Punxsutawney Phil indeed. 

Groundhog Day: PETA wants to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot

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See also: From National Geographic - Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow--And Long Winter

See also: Greetings from Punxsutawney - the official Punxsutawney Phil site.

See also: Groundhog Day in America - by Pinkpackrat@Play 


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