Sunday, February 28, 2010

Quote of the Day

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long...

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

-Walt Whitman
from "Song of Myself" (1855)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Good News Friday

What the world needs now:

Cutest pillow ever:


Best. Signage. Ever.:


Just flat-out awesome:


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Two Awesome Things

1) Okay so I am terrified of and yet strangely drawn to the use of vitamins/supplements. As a hypochondriac, I always think, is there a vitamin I could be taking that would make me healthier? That would give me less of a chance of getting cancer? That would help my stress levels? That would cure my headaches? But then at the same time I think, would those same vitamins negatively interact with medicine I take? GIVE me cancer? Make me grow an extra arm? It's a crap shoot really. Lately I've been taking a B-complex and a multivitamin. So naturally I am curious whether the B-complex is actually supposed to do anything.

Well lucky for me, one of my favorite sites, Information is Beautiful, has a new interactive infographic today that tells me this very thing. It's a bubble race - the higher a bubble, the greater the evidence there is for its effectiveness in helping the symptoms within the bubble. Check it out here:

(Hint: It looks like there are conflicting reports about B vitamins... I might want to change my plan...)

2) This was on Epic Win FTW today. Haha I really really enjoy this for some reason. Epic win indeed.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Quote of the Day

Me: "My grandma just sent me a friend request on Facebook."

Anthony: "...Aaaaand Facebook has jumped the shark."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two awesome sites

1) It's like a combination of Pandora and iTunes - you can make playlists of any songs you want and listen to them online. It's free. You will thank me.

2) Superuseless Superpowers ( The name really says it all. Example:

SUPERUSELESS SUPERPOWER: Healing PunchFloat like a butterfly and sting like the bedside manner of Mother Teresa. As a superhero, sometimes you have to resort to violence. Too bad your ferocious fists instantly heal the damage you inflict. Whereas most punches would deliver a crushing Ivan Drago-like knockout. Yours leave your opponent feeling amazingly refreshed and rejuvenated. At least until he counters with an uppercut to your esophagus.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Quote of the Day

This is today's Note from the Universe, which comes to my inbox daily:

Just as it's true of kissing, Lisa, let your life be measured and thoughtful.

The Universe

PS: Actually, Lisa, your entire life is like one very long, very sweet kiss.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Man up

I have to get something off my chest here. In case you didn't know this, I am not a man, I am a woman. Apparently this makes me unworthy of most of the products sold during the Superbowl.

Many of the Superbowl ads this year make me ashamed to be part of this industry. Granted, Superbowl ads are generally heavy on the testosterone (Go Daddy anyone?), but this year's ads, in my opinion, were the worst, most misogynistic collection of spots I've seen in a while, if not ever. At $3 million dollars a pop, I was thinking these companies would try to broaden their reach to include rather than disclude. Silly me. Must be because I'm a woman.

I'll name but a few.
- Docker's "wear the pants" campaign (you already know I hate this, no need to discuss again)
- the new Dove men's line ("manthem"... need I say more?)
- Chrysler ("I will carry your lip balm, I will watch your vampire TV shows with you, I will put the seat down, I will put my underwear in the basket, and because I do this, I will drive the car I want. Man's. Last. Stand.")
- FloTV (something about the girl removing the guy's spine and making him shop with her)
- Bridgestone (the guy throws his wife out of the car in the pouring rain because he loves his tires more)
- Bud Light (guys at their wives' book club - one exchange was something like "How do you feel about Little Women?" "I'm not too picky" and another was a guy and girl talking about reading and the guy said something like, "I'd like to hear YOU read some words."

And yes, there were more, these were just the standouts.

What the hell? These spots are sending clear messages, including that men are superior to women, women make men weak, in fact women are either nags or sex objects and that's all, being a "man" means something specific rather than having a certain combination of chromosomes and therefore effeminate men (god forbid gay men) are not real men... I could go on and on and on.

I guess the two main things I don't understand are a) the aggressive attitude behind this, and b) why masculinity must be constructed in opposition to (and at the expense of) other groups? This social construction is fascinating and upsetting to me. When there are messages to women about being real women (and let's be honest, that's rare in this male-dominated culture), it's generally about being more comfortable in your own skin compared to other women, not compared to men. (Of course, this is only when marketers are not trying to sell women on beauty products to make them into the ideal woman for their man, but that's beside my point.) Why does this sense of masculinity have to be in opposition to women? To gay men? To men a little less 'roided up than others?

I am thankful that the two guys who were at my Superbowl party are nice guys who were just as offended as I was at these ads (if not more). But a plea to all the marketers out there reading this. Please stop. It's 2010. And I am not amused.

PS: Time Magazine agrees with me - "Wow, Super Bowl ad men really hate Super Bowl ad women this year, don't they?" Uh, clearly.

Male Inequality

Friday, February 5, 2010

Quote of the Day

"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?" - John Lennon

Monday, February 1, 2010

**IMPORTANT** : Special Viewer Poll

Okay, there's something I need to address right now. I was going to do this on Facebook but decided against it since what I really want to say may be perceived as rude and therefore shouldn't be said in front of my clients. So I'm going to say it here. What else is a blog for?

In case you haven't picked up on this, it's "Doppelganger Week" on Facebook. Basically what The Book is telling you to do is to replace your profile picture with a picture of a celebrity who you look like.

I'm sure you know what I'm going to say next. I mean, come on people. Let me spell it out for good measure.

You. Do. Not. Look. Like. Audrey. Hepburn.

You really, really don't. I don't understand what would prompt people to do this, honestly. How embarrassing for you that you think you look like Audrey Hepburn. Anne Hathaway. Julia Roberts. Tina Fey. I mean, have a little self-respect people. I'm honestly not trying to be mean when I say this, although I know it is mean. But let's be realistic - if you looked like a celebrity, you would probably be a celebrity. At the very least, we would not be friends.

Who would I even change my picture to? Who would you? I cannot think of ONE celebrity who I even mildly resemble, except possibly Keri Russell's HAIR. And yes, I'm saying that the entirety of me from the front basically looks like her hair from the back. That's absolutely all about her that even vaguely resembles me.

Don't get me wrong, I think I'm cute enough. This is not me being down on myself. This is me pointing out the obvious. I don't look like a celebrity, and neither do you. Get over yourself.

And so in honor of this RIDICULOUS week, I've narrowed down my doppelganger to four choices. Take your pick.