Saturday, September 29, 2007

Caturday Clip: How To Draw 'Octopus Pie'

Today's very special Caturday Clip features the drawing talent of Meredith Gran, whose web comic Octopus Pie is one of the several that lurks in my Google Reader, waiting to put a smile on my face.

You can view the finished version of the comic she's drawing at Enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Coming Soon: REAL CHEESE!

As a person who plans to test-drive the Raw Food Diet sometime soon, I was intrigued by the daily green's article about raw cheese makers. Having grown up in farm country around farmers (my grandpa & dad both farmed), I have heard praises sung in the name of unpasteurized dairy products. Both for taste and health benefits, I was indoctrinated early on to think that raw dairy products are the best. Unfortunately, I've never had the chance to try any. Looks like that may change sometime soon.

(The image along the left demonstrates the pasteurization process)

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

How To Seduce a Trekkie

This is, so far, the only interesting armpit hair anecdote I've got (click here if you don't know what I'm talking about), but it's pretty much the best thing ever, so I'm all right with that:

In a moment of post-coital geniality, I was examining my armpit hair both visually and tactilely (i.e. I was petting it), "Look how cute it is! All fluffy... it's like a Tribble! [insert cooing Tribble noises here]."

That led to a sound kissing, and, less romantically, to a discussion of the Deep Space Nine/Star Trek cross-over episode, which led to a discussion of the Klingon's genetic evolution...

Basically what I'm saying is that the best way to seduce a Trekkie is to be a Trekkie.

Live long and prosper!

Monday, September 17, 2007

You Are What You Eat

Have you seen BBC America's You Are What You Eat yet? Every episode, Gillian McKeith (a holistic nutritionist) challenges people with bad eating habits and generally unhealthy lifestyles to kick their life into gear, starting with the food they eat. It's Brilliant!
You Are What You Eat gives people 8 weeks to turn their lives around and, amazingly, when people are actually forced to do what's good for them they tend to start liking it. It does my heart good watching people who survived off of frozen dinners and chocolate to embracing aspects of nutrition that even though we all know we should do, most of us ignore it anyway.

Personally, I tend to think I'm doing a fairly okay job of eating right recently. But I'm going to put myself to the You Are What You Eat test and log my eating this week. Next Monday, you and I can both see just how well (or not) I'm living up to my goal. Some of the things I have in my favor are that I'm actively trying to reduce my meat intake & up my veggie intake. But on the other hand, I'm not currently living in my own apartment (and I won't be until October) and I'm not shopping and/or cooking for myself much because of it right now. So with those hopes and restrictions in mind, check back next Monday and see just what I'm made of.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Will Kill You

Of all the ways people can and have overreacted to the 'evils' of, the most amusing response to me is Robbie Bryan's upcoming film, iMurders.

According to Fangoria:

"Bryan first conceived the idea for IMURDERS while promoting his previous feature THE STAND-IN (starring Kelly Ripa and Judith Ivey) on-line. “We were going into chat rooms, and found that there was this whole underground world of people who communicated with each other and considered people their best friends whom they had never met. That was mind-boggling and very interesting to me, so we updated the chat-room setting to the MySpace setting, and since I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie, I felt the combination made the perfect premise for a movie.”

To see what it's all about for yourself, check out the trailer or visit the iMurder MySpace page for more information and a chance to win a free DVD!

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Caturday Clip: Hulk Hogan in Japanese Commercial


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Friday, September 7, 2007

Booty Magnet: Attraction or Repulsion?

I work in Midtown KCMO, which is just about the most racially integrated this Midwestern city gets. On my way to & from Bridging The Gap, I am often approached by (usually) middle-aged black men who usually feel the need to comment upon my appearance (thems the breaks of being a white girl with a ghetto booty). The most common method of breaking the ice is for these guys is to ask me some question that is almost 100% certain to be some variant of "Has any one ever told you you're PHAT?"

For a while, I thought I was gently interrogated as such because it opened the conversation with an implied compliment which I assume men assume I will respond to with joy. But as I now have more examples from which to draw my conclusions, I have decided that black men talk to me this way because they assume that white men have no love for the big-butted ladies and that I've been wandering through life waiting for someone to admire my ass.

And I can't say I blame them. Advertising and such show the ideal white woman as being one vomited lunch away from death, and how many famous white boys praise asses the way many famous black guys have? All in all, you look at white American male culture as a casual observer and you're bound to think that thin is it. And maybe it is. Heck if I know. But either way, what's wrong with you white boys that everyone thinks you ain't go no soul?

Dirty Alice

Via Music for Robots, I was introduced to Dirty Alice yesterday. Dirty Alice are "symphonic space-rock visionaries," according to their myspace profile, and they remind me a little of Foreign Born (whom I love). Both make for great background music, but if you actually pay attention, your mind will pretty much be blown away. Plus, Dirty Alice's song titles read like crazy-ass zen koans.

Best of all, you can download their album for free on the band's website.

Happy listening!

Alien vs. Moray Eels

I heart the Alien Trilogy (can you guess my favorite?), so when yesterday's post on Not Exactly Rocket Science baited me with this juicy tidbit - "Moray eels attack 'Alien-style' with second pair of jaws" - I was hooked!

Turns out the Moray eel has a second set of jaws unlike every other creature on Earth with a backbone.

"These ‘pharyngeal jaws’ are housed in the eel’s throat. When the main jaws close on an unlucky fish, the second set launches forward into the mouth, snags the prey with terrifying, backward-pointing teeth and drags it back into the throat. In fractions of a second, the prey is bitten twice and swallowed."
Pretty disgusting way to go. Click over here to read the full article, here for video of some double-jaw-biting action, and/or comment to let me know how freaky you think this is. I'm pretty blown away by how imaginative projections of the strange and perverse always end up manifesting right in our own backyard.

EDIT: In a crazy but fortuitous coincidence, it turns out that Animal Collective has a new video out for their song 'Peacebone' that also uses Alien-esque imagery. Check it out.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Are You Domestic?

The first party I ever went to in Seattle ended up having "Are you domestic?" as its catchphrase once one of the men queried the women in such fashion. "Are you domestic?" meant "do you cook/clean/act like a housewife?" And while it's becoming more and more common to expect women to remain outside of the home, we're all still domestic in one sense or another, a subject that Julie Blackmon examines in her surreal photography.

See more at her website.

(discovered via Big Window)

**Note: for those to whom it has special significance and care about such things, this blog entry is the 37th! :)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Sunday Slander: Freddie Mercury


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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Caturday Clip: Junk Mail, the Musical!

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