Sunday, June 27, 2010

True Blood spoilers

I read some interesting True Blood spoilers and they made me even more excited about season 3.  And, that's saying a lot because I'm already reeeeaaaaalllly wound up about season 3. 

Eric Northman and Bill Compton have a fairly sexy (nude-ish??) scene involving handcuffs later this season.

Eric bequeaths a gift to Lafayette in episode 3 (tonight!).

Exec producer Alan Ball teases that a big secret Bill’s “been carrying with him gets revealed at the end of the season.”

Once Sookie finds out what Bill is up to over at the king’s manor house, she is going to be more than ready for some “passionate, primal sex" with Eric.

There is a crazy jaw dropping sex scene in the third episode, which involves Bill and someone else.  That someone else had this to say about the scene: “It was actually the most shocking thing that I’ve ever read in a television script. My jaw dropped on the floor when I read it and thought, ‘Oh my god, I actually have to do that.’ Here’s your script, pray that your parents will be okay when they watch this episode. They may not want to. It was a little uncomfortable, but we got through it and I’m working with the best people from the writers to the producers to the other actors and at the end of the day, I’d rather be on a show that’s provocative and pushes the envelope than one that doesn’t.”

Lafayette's new love interest, Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), is more than just a caretaker for Lafayette's crazy mother: “There is absolutely more to him than meets the eye,” Nelsan Ellis teased. “There is something supernatural about Jesus, and how dark it is has yet to be seen.”

And, as revealed by E! a few weeks ago, you can expect the following from the first three episodes:

  1. Someone tries to commit suicide (um, seriously, is anyone else as sick of Tara as I am?)
  2. Someone tries to kill a sibling (damn you, Tommy Mickens)
  3. Someone loses his head (Hmmm, the trucker that Jessica killed?)
  4. Someone is pregnant (again, no shock that Arlene is knocked up)
  5. Someone has a one night stand–and it’s the last person you’d expect (hmmm, I can definitely guess who this is)
  6. Someone has an underground sex marathon–and it’s the first person you’d expect (holy cow, Eric Northman's ass should be bare in every episode!)
Seriously, this man is so hot that it should be illegal. 



































[Spoilers provided by True-Blood.net and The Ausiello Files]

This one is for the ladies

Wow, Jason Stackhouse never looked so delicious!

Booby bottle: in or out?


Would you consider feeding your infant with the new Mimijumi booby bottle?  I mean, in public?  Isn't it sometimes hard enough for women to breastfeed in public?  Now there's a bottle that you can whip out that looks like a boob.  It's apparently better for baby because it mimics the mother's breast, but I'm not so sure it's better for Dad when it's his turn to feed the baby at the park.  Or maybe it is?  I'm actually surprised that this is the first time I'm hearing of such a thing.  However, I certainly am not one to speak of such things since I have no children.  But, I found it interesting, nonetheless. 

Miley says no to college

This just in: Miley turns down college to better her music career.  In a statement released this weekend, Miley confessed: "I have made more money in just a few years than most schmucks make in their lifetime.  I don't need a college degree to tell me I'm smart and successful.  All I need is my Orange Pride.  I'm going to Hooters College and I've already perfected the stripper pole dance - I was the youngest EVER to do so!  My parents are super proud of me.  My Dad hasn't missed one of my shows!"

Aw.  That Cyrus family sure is cute. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Let's kick some ice

So, apparently there was an ice skating competition at the Eclipse premiere in LA last night.  And, Nikki Reed was the front runner. 

The Baigong Pipes

Do modern metal pipes buried in ancient Chinese stone prove that aliens must have visited?

Should you happen to visit Tibet anytime soon, be sure to stop by the city of Delingha. It's a town of most extraordinary beauty, nestled on the edge of the Qaidam Basin below a range of Himalayan hills. There you'll find the local residents proudly displaying their most famous distinction. For a few yuan you can probably get someone to take you to see it. Only a short journey outside of town is said to be a cave, and in this cave are a series of ancient metal pipes. These pipes predate all known history, and are embedded into the rock itself. They are said to lead through the very mountain, and connect to a nearby salt lake. The explanation? Ruins of a construction project 150,000 years ago, by alien visitors.

The Baigong Pipes are an example of what paranormal enthusiasts refer to as "out of place artifacts", modern objects discovered in ancient surroundings. The Baigong Pipes are described as a sophisticated system of metal pipes, buried in geology in such a way that precludes the possibility of having been installed in modern times. They are located on Mt. Baigong in the Qinghai province of China, about 40 kilometers southwest of Delingha. Most accounts describe a pyramid-shaped outcropping on the mountain, and the cave containing the pipes is on this pyramid. 80 meters from the mouth of this cave is a salt lake (the twin of an adjacent freshwater lake), and more pipes can be found poking up along the shore. Most of the information you can find online about the Baigong Pipes appears to be originally sourced from a 2002 article from the Xinhua News Agency, talking about preparations by a team of scientists about to embark to this remote area to study the pipes. "Nature is harsh here," said one. "There are no residents let alone modern industry in the area, only a few migrant herdsmen to the north of the mountain."

The two lakes are broad, shallow sinks at the low point of the vast Qaidam Basin. Searching for Mt. Baigong is likely to be fruitless: First, the area is largely flat and the nearest mountains are 20 or 30 kilometers away; second, baigong is a local word for hill and could mean anything in this context. The southernmost of the two lakes, Toson Hu or Lake Toson, has some low bluffs here and there along its southern and western sides (Google Maps link), and it is in one of these bluffs (about 50 or 60 meters in height) that author Bai Yu once happened to find what he described as a small cave, according to his book Into the Qaidam.

Bai was traveling the area in 1996, and described a lifeless lake surrounded by cone-shaped hills. The cave appeared to have been artificially dug, and was triangular, about six meters deep. Nearby were two similar caves, but they had collapsed and could not be entered. But what struck Bai was the array of manufactured metal pipes protruding up through the floor of the cave and embedded within its walls, one 40 cm wide. Following their path outside, Bai discovered more pipes protruding from the surface of the conical hill, and even more of them 80 meters away from the cave along the shore of the lake. Excited, he removed a sample and sent it to the Ministry of Metallurgical Industry. The result was 92% common minerals and metals, and 8% of unknown composition.

Bai proceeded about 70 kilometers to the Delhi branch of China's Purple Mountain Observatory, a high vantage point from where he knew he could get a birds-eye view of the whole region. He saw great expanses of flat, open terrain, and putting two and two together, he concluded that this would make for a fine alien landing site. Unknown minerals and plentiful landing space meant that the Baigong Pipes had to be of alien origin.

Scientists from the China Seismological Bureau visited the lake in 2001 to examine the pipes. Samples brought back to the Beijing Institute of Geology were examined by thermoluminescence dating, a technique that can determine how long it's been since a crystalline mineral was either heated or exposed to sunlight. The result came back that if these were indeed iron pipes that had been smelted, they were made 140-150,000 years ago. Human history in the region only goes back some 30,000 years, and so the alien theory seemed to have been confirmed. The following year the Xinhua news story was published, and the Baigong Pipes entered pop culture as, supposedly, genuine, tangible evidence of alien visitation.

If you visit the area today, you'll find a locally-built monument to the aliens off the main highway, replete with a mockup metallic satellite dish. Internet forums buzz with the absence of followup articles by Xinhua; the natural conclusion is that it turned out the alien explanation was the true one and the Chinese government is suppressing any further reporting. Cracked.com touts the Baigong Pipes as one of Six Insane Discoveries that Science Can't Explain.

And although that's where most reporting of the Baigong Pipes stops, it's also where responsible inquiry should begin. When you settle on a paranormal explanation, it means you've decided there is no natural explanation. In fact, when you don't yet know the explanation, you don't yet know the explanation; so you can't reasonably decide that the time is right to stop investigating. But so many do.

Skeptical hypotheses have already been put forward, seeking a natural explanation for the Baigong Pipes that doesn't require the introduction of a wild assumption like alien visitation. The first thing we turn to are geological processes that might explain them. The Chinese have put forth several such hypotheses, including one involving the seepage of iron-rich magma into existing fissures in the rock.

A 2003 article in Xinmin Weekly described how this might work. Fractures caused by the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau could have left the ground riddled with such fissures, into which the highly pressurized magma driving the uplift would have been forced. Assuming this magma was of the right composition that, when combined with the chemical effects of subsequent geological processes, we might very likely expect to see such rusty iron structures in the local rock. But evidence of this has never surfaced, and the Chinese dismissed this theory. They also noted that the Qaidam oil field would not be able to exist if there were active volcanism in the area as recently as 150,000 years ago.

It was their next theory that ultimately led to a satisfactory explanation, and this theory involved the same hypothesized fissures in the sandstone. But, instead of being filled with iron-rich magma, the fissures could have been washed full of iron-rich sediment during floods. Combined with water and the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas, the sediment could have eventually hardened into the rusty metallic pipelike structures of iron pyrite found today. This theory was not fantastic, in part because there was no logical reason why the sandstone might happen to be laced with pipe shaped fissures. But the idea of flooding did make sense, given the geological history of the Qaidam Basin.

Three years before Bai Yu took his first peek into the cave at Lake Toson, researchers Mossa and Schumacher wrote in the Journal of Sedimentary Research about fossil tree casts in Louisiana. They found cylindrical structures in the soil, thermoluminescence dated from 75-95,000 years ago. The chemical composition of the cylinders varied depending on where and when they formed and in what type of soil. The authors found that these were the fossilized casts of tree roots, formed by pedogenesis (the process by which soil is created) and diagenesis (the lithification of soil into rock through compaction and cementation). The result of this process was to create metallic pipelike structures, which by comparing the descriptions offered by researchers, appear to be a perfect match for the Baigong Pipes.

The Chinese scientists eventually did come to the same conclusion, according to the Xinmin Weekly article. They used atomic emission spectroscopy to conduct a detailed chemical analysis of the rusty pipe fragments, and found them to contain organic plant matter. Under the microscope they found tree rings, consistently throughout the samples. Once they established that the Baigong Pipes were simply fossilized tree casts, they set about to discover how they got there.

The Qaidam basin was once a vast lake, which has disappeared as the Qinghai-Tibet plateau uplifted the basin to its current elevation of about 2800 meters. Over the millennia, various floods filled the sink with runoff, alluvium, and debris including such fossils. They can now be found wherever such ancient flows deposited them, and it seems that Bai Yu was lucky enough to discover just such a pocket.

And so we end up with a complete story of how rusty iron pipes, tens of thousands of years older than any people who might have forged them, can end up embedded in solid sandstone in such a way as to baffle the average observer. Like many amateur researchers, Bai Yu stumbled upon an extraordinary discovery, but through his lack of applicable knowledge, misinterpreted what he saw. Those who underestimate the Earth's ability to produce fascinating effects are often left to grope for goofy explanations like alien construction projects. I find that the Baigong Pipes are one of the better examples of the folly of stopping at the paranormal explanation, compared to the rich rewards offered by following the scientific method to uncover what's really going on.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Getting vacation ready

Last weekend I went to Barnes & Noble on a mission to buy several books on my wishlist to bring on vacation with me next month.  My boyfriend and I are doing a beach vacation this year and summer vacation to me means lots of reading.  I can usually get through five books in a week.  However, I walked out of B&N with 15 books, which is absurdly more than I need to bring, and now I'm trying to figure out which ones to pack.  Not to mention, I also downloaded two books to my iKindle app on my iPhone, but I'll most likely make these my plane reads.

I'm also trying to find a new bathing suit, which I detest shopping for, but it's a must have for a beach vacation.  Then I started thinking about what my must haves are for this trip, and this is what I've come up with so far.  Who knows if there will be more.

1. The perfect bathing suit.  I'm not sure this actually exists (for me, anyway), but I'm going to try and find it this weekend.  Being a bigger girl, I like the miraclesuits, although I don't exactly agree with the "miracle" part.  Nordstroms has a few right now that are super cute, like the Camila one piece (with optional shoulder straps). 

2. The do it all dress.  You know the one that you can wear to the beach, around the pool, and then out to dinner with some cute sandals and great accessories.  I have a few of these dresses, one that is similar to Piperlime's Rachel Pally long sleeveless caftan.  

3. The comfy shorts.  The kind that I can wear a few days in a row and they still look great.  I bought a couple of pairs of the Gap's roll-up bermudas and, not being a "shorts" person at all, I have to admit I really like these.  They look great with a tank and some flip flops.

4.  Books.  Lots of books.  A few on my list this year: The Gathering by Anne Enright, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff and Lost by Gregory Maguire.

5. Make-up.  I don't wear a lot of make-up as it is, but I have to have my go to lip gloss, my Burt's Bees chapstick, my Stella McCartney scent, and my all over shimmer.  Sephora is definitely where I go to get everything I need, but I have recently become very addicted to a product that I accidently came across at CVS.  New York Color sparkle eye dust in smokey topaz is probably one of the best things I've found - ever.  It takes two seconds to apply and it gives your eyes a sparkle boost.  Totally.  Addicted.  The best part?  It's like $3.

6. Sandals.  Beach vacation = flip flops.  Every day.  But, I have to class it up at some point, right?  Enter the Dolce Vita Dylan sandal.  I bought these a few months ago and they look great with shorts or white chinos, as well as that super cute little black dress.
 
7. Hair.  I need to remember to get my hair cut before we leave, that's a definite must.  My hair doesn't love the heat, and the humidity is the worst.  My hair goes from somewhat wavy to full on frizzy curls.  Gross.  Thank God for Frederick Fekkai.  His latest line, Marine Summer Hair, is ideal for any summer.  Especially the beach waves spray and the zero humidity frizz control. AND, his products are coming soon to a CVS near year. 

8. Accessories.  I absolutely love love love accessories.  It's my all time favorite thing to shop for.  Bags, necklaces, rings... sigh.  It makes me happy.  I'll definitely need a cute practical bag for the flight and for traipsing around St. John.  Hello Anthropologie's Lush & Wild tote.  Super summery, super roomy, and super affordable.  It has an over the shoulder strap, which is ideal for the airport, and for walking around on a lazy Friday morning in Coral Bay.  My favorite ring at the moment is one that I bought in Ireland in April.  It's a very large square shaped piece of hard plastic from Top Shop.  Subtle yet not so subtle.  As for a necklace, I've had some great luck with Target lately and found some really cute stuff.  Like the Long Beaded Floral necklace.

9. Sun block.  My skin isn't a fan of the sun, especially the Caribbean sun.  So, I'll be wearing lots of sun block.  Neutrogena pure & free baby sunblock stick is always in my bag because it's perfect for those excursions where I may not be fully prepared (sitting outside at a cafe, enjoying a park bench).  Since it's a stick, it's easy to swipe on, especially on my shoulders if I'm wearing a tank top.   

10. My new iPhone.  Fingers crossed that I actually have this in time for our vacation.   

This is brutal

There are a few things I try really hard not to talk about on my blog, mostly because I absolutely detest speaking about some things (either I get really opinionated and / or angry, or I feel violently ill).  To name a few:
  • Politics
  • Spencer and Heidi
  • Religion
  • Jon and Kate
  • Yogurt
When any of my "do not talk about" items (that are non-celebrity gossip related) actually pop up in celebrity gossip, it's a double whammy.  It's almost as if I'm possessed by a demon.  Sometimes I convulse at the thought of what delicious gossip will ensue, how I LOVE a great train wreck.  But, then I convulse at the disgust of talking about inviduals / topics that I hate talking about, sometimes refuse to talk about.  But, in this case, there were no ifs ands or buts about it: this is a pure gem and I just couldn't keep my fingers quiet.

Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol Palin, has made her acting debut on the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  And, oh.  My.  God.  It's horrific.  I mean, her acting chops are not good.  I'd rather listen to her mother, no, wait.  I'd rather listen to a coked out Whitney Houston trying to sing "I Will Always Love You".  Or Denise Richards sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".  Or, the incessant buzzing at the World Cup games.  I mean, show some emotion, Bristol!  Didn't you learn anything from your mother??      

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New campground opens in Hollywood



And it's called Twilight Fans Unite for the Eclipse Premiere.  Well, maybe not unite.  I have a feeling that there will be some fights.  Some crazy ass 40 year old "Team Edward" cougay is surely going to bitch slap some 16 year old "Team Jacob" fainter and mayhem will erupt.  I mean, it has to happen, right?  These Twilight fans are frickin nuts.  Lines will be drawn.  I'm sure they're all wearing their Team Whatever shirts, with their Team Whatever sleeping bags and pillows, and some of them (the slutty moms) will be wearing their Team Whatever thongs.  No kumbaya here.  Then, security will shut the place down and there won't be any premiere.  Way to be ruiners, Twilight fans. 

[Image via Splash News]

The Bloop - a deep sea monster

It came from the depths of the South Pacific. Throughout the summer of 1997, a sound never before recorded burst from the abyss. News agencies scrambled; was this some new leviathan, an unknown monster from the deep? Nobody knew, and though this recording has taken its place among the permanent fixtures of the museums of the strange, the Bloop has never been identified.

The Bloop was on the loud side, to be sure. It was picked up on multiple sensors as far as 5,000 kilometers away. By triangulation, we know it came from somewhere right around 50°S, 100°W, which is about 1,750 kilometers west of Chile in the South Pacific. It's about as remote as you can get in any ocean. There are no islands or anything anywhere near it. The water is deep there, very deep, averaging around 4,300 meters. The Bloop was recorded several times during 1997, on the Eastern Equatorial Pacific autonomous hydrophone array, which was deployed in May, 1996 by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for long-term monitoring of seismic events on the East Pacific Rise.

Cryptozoologists love the Bloop, because to them it is evidence pointing to the existence of a gigantic unknown creature. Virtually every web page about the Bloop (and there are a lot of them) repeats this same quote, word for word:

Though it matches the audio profile of a living creature, there is no known animal that could have produced the sound. If it is an animal it would have to be huge — much larger than even a Blue whale, according to scientists who have studied the phenomenon.

I've been unable to find the original source of this quote. Only one web site on which I found it gave an attribution, saying it was a quote from NOAA. However this text does not appear on any NOAA web sites, and its wording is inconsistent with NOAA's typical descriptions of unknown sounds. When a sound is unknown, NOAA says it's unknown and leaves it at that; it is not their habit to editorialize or hypothesize about giant cryptids.

So, for now, the identity of these "scientists who have studied the phenomenon" remains a mystery. Many cryptozoologists have written about the Bloop, as is easily shown by a simple Google search; but from what I could tell, few legitimate zoologists have, and none who have concluded the Bloop has a biological origin.

Fortunately, we are not entirely without our own resources to test this suggestion that the Bloop "matches the audio profile of a living creature". There are three basic types of sounds in the oceans: Natural sounds like volcanoes and earthquakes, biological sounds from sea creatures, and man-made sounds from boats or other machinery. Usually you can take your unknown sound and compare it to a selection of known sounds, and get a pretty good idea what it is. Sounds can be represented on colorful graphs called spectrograms. Time is one dimension, and frequency is the other.

The amplitude is represented by the color. An ongoing sound with a certain frequency range, like a boat engine, creates a solid band across the spectrogram. A chirp from a dolphin would make a little streak. This gives us a two-pronged approach to trying to match the Bloop to a known source: We can listen to it to get a subjective feel for it, and we can also compare its spectrogram to known spectrograms to get a firmer, more quantifiable comparison.




The frequency of the sound meant it had to be much louder than any recognised animal noise, including that produced by the largest whales.

So is it a huge octopus? Although dead giant squid have been washed up on beaches, and tell-tale sucker marks have been seen on whales, there has never been a confirmed sighting of one of the elusive cephalopods in the wild.

The largest dead squid on record measured about 60ft including the length of its tentacles, but no one knows how big the creatures might grow.

For years sailors have told tales of monsters of the deep including the huge, many-tentacled kraken that could reach as high as a ship's mainmast and sink the biggest ships.

However Phil Lobel, a marine biologist at Boston University, Massachusetts, doubts that giant squid are the source of Bloop.

"Cephalopods have no gas-filled sac, so they have no way to make that type of noise," he said. "Though you can never rule anything out completely, I doubt it."

Nevertheless he agrees that the sound is most likely to be biological in origin.

The system picking up Bloop and other strange noises from the deep is a military relic of the Cold War.

In the 1960s the U.S. Navy set up an array of underwater microphones, or hydrophones, around the globe to track Soviet submarines. The network was known as SOSUS, short for Sound Surveillance System.

The listening stations lie hundreds of yards below the ocean surface, at a depth where sound waves become trapped in a layer of water known as the "deep sound channel".

Here temperature and pressure cause sound waves to keep travelling without being scattered by the ocean surface or bottom.

Most of the sounds detected obviously emanate from whales, ships or earthquakes, but some very low frequency noises have proved baffling.

Scientist Christopher Fox of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Acoustic Monitoring Project at Portland, Oregon, has given the signals names such as Train, Whistle, Slowdown, Upsweep and even Gregorian Chant.

He told New Scientist that most can be explained by ocean currents, volcanic activity -- Upsweep was tracked to an undersea South Pacific mountain that had not been identified as "live."

"The sound waves are almost like voice prints. You're able to look at the characteristics of the sound and say: 'There's a blue whale, there's a fin whale, there's a boat, there's a humpback whale and here comes and earchquake," he says.

But some sounds remain a mystery he says. Like Bloop -- monster of the deep?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gold Guns & Girls

An Etsy treasury with one of my Space Girls!Posted by Red Hot Kitchen.These are always so fun, but this one really rocks! Hot stuff!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day

My dad is a card. Seriously! He sometimes seems to be very serious and quiet but don't let that fool you. My dad is a champion shaggy dog story teller and perfecter of deadpan humor.At least he thinks he's funny...ask my mom and she may have a different story.Anyway, I was reminded recently of one of my favorite "dad stories", so I thought I'd share it with you.Around 1989 or so, I had just

Friday, June 18, 2010

seaside weddings

Thought I'd share this beautiful Etsy treasury from EatsDessertFirst.Seaside Weddings

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We have a winner!

So, thanks to random.org, and their random dice roller, #2 commenter is the winner:which is...Leslie Hanna of the Crooked Stamper!Congrats - I'm excited to see what we come up with!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It's 11 PM - do you know where your blog is?

It's 11pm on Tuesday and, after feeling dopey all day, I'm now suddenly wide awake. So I'm trying to catch up on my blogging, reading and commenting. I apologize to all those who usually see me around the inner webs, but it's been a long, weird week.First off, I had a test and presentation at work a week ago. A what? At 911? Yah, well I signed up, along with several co-workers, for a series of

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Moo

Not this kind of moo.This kind!If you haven't ever seen a Moo Card, go check out their site.I have been using their mini cards for a couple years now. I love them. (They also do regular sized cards as well as postcards and greeting cards.) They are expecially great for artists and photographers because you can use your own art or pictures. Or, if you are not feeling particularly creative you

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

This isn't at all illegal?

This seems far too shady to be real. 
Unemployed?  Well, you're definitely shit out of luck.  Apparently some companies are ignoring all unemployed applicants.  And, it's not just that they're "ignoring" them, like shifting through some resumes and tossing all those that currently don't have a job.  They're explicitly stating that unemployed applicants will not be considered. What?

"It's our preference that they currently be employed," an HR rep at one of these shady companies said. "We typically go after people that are happy where they are and then tell them about the opportunities here. We do get a lot of applications blindly from people who are currently unemployed -- with the economy being what it is, we've had a lot of people contact us that don't have the skill sets we want, so we try to minimize the amount of time we spent on that and try to rifle-shoot the folks we're interested in."

Okay, the second half of that statement is fine.  Sure, all companies want to get more applicants that actually have the skills for the job, but immediately dismissing them based solely on the fact that they're unemployed is horrific!!  There are about 5.5 people looking for work for every job available, according to the latest data from the Labor Department.

Apparently there is no law prohibiting discrimination against the unemployed, though advocates said the practice could be illegal if it had a "disparate impact" on minority groups.

Read the full article here.

Political and marital hijinks


Yeah, we all know that Al and Tipper Gore split after like 68 years of marriage, but apparently their eldest daughter, Karenna, and her husband have just split after 13 years.  Wait, what?  How random and how scandalous at the same time!  Maybe Karenna's husband and mother have a thing going on the side, hence the dual split?  Or maybe Karenna and her dad, oh, wait.  Gross.  Never mind. 

I am zee greatest zinger in zee world! People love me!

Well, they don't in Florida, Ms. Dion.  Apparently, Celine Dion has royally pissed off her very rich neighbors on Jupiter Island in FL where her waterpark home has caused quite a drought.  Her home, which is over 9,000 square feet and sits on close to six acres of land, boasts two swimming pools, two water slides and a lazy river, which has a slow current to carry bathers around the pool.  The waterpark uses 6.5 million gallons of water each year, and she had no qualms about using up all the fresh water supply on Jupiter Island to fill it, which led to a drought and many water restrictions for the other residents on the island.

So, what do you do when something like this happens?  Well, if you're really rich, you just buy off some people.  It didn't matter that Celine was fined for the massive use of water, nah, she just pulled out a few rolls of hundies and had six wells constructed on the property to store enough water to keep the pipes pumping the water.  How'd she get away with that, you ask?  Well, she's Celine Dion.  Forget that she could've done that for the entire island, y'know, money flows like water for her, so why not construct these wells all over the island and not just for her own ridiculous waterpark?

However, on the upside, she's certainly not one of those radical environmentalist that Sarah Palin's been bitching about lately.  At least Celine has that going for her.

   [Image via Splash News]

I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise, but gimme some Les Grossman anytime

If you didn't see this on Sunday night or any clips since then, well, you're lame.  As Les Grossman once said, "Now I want you to take a step back... and literally f--k your own face!"  But, seriously, who knew Tom Cruise could dance??  Apparently Jennifer Lopez did.  Those Scientologists really can surprise us, can't they?

So what if she's boring

There have been many instances where I have thought that Jessica Biel was not very attractive.  There's something about her upper lip that sort of freaks me out... I mean, it's so big and flat.  It kinda looks like a slug.  Or a leech.  Imagine seeing that coming at your face for a big kiss?  No thanks. 

However, having said that, there have been several instances where I have thought she was quite pretty, and this is one of those instances.  Her hair is stunning and her make-up is perfect.  Who cares if she elicits more yawns than cheers?  She takes very good care of herself and it shows.     

[Image vis Splash News]

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Local Beautification Project Complete After Seven Years

That sounds nice and official, doesn't it?See, we have lived in our house for seven years now and have never really done anything with our front yard other than let the HOA people plant a tree in it.We have talked about putting in a flower bed several times but just never got around to it. It didn't really bother me much, but Secret Agent Man hated our boring front yard. So this year we finally

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Titan: Nasa scientists discover evidence 'that alien life exists on Saturn's moon'

Researchers at the space agency believe they have discovered vital clues that appeared to indicate that primitive aliens could be living on the planet. Data from Nasa's Cassini probe has analysed the complex chemistry on the surface of Titan, which experts say is the only moon around the planet to have a dense atmosphere.

They have discovered that life forms have been breathing in the planet’s atmosphere and also feeding on its surface’s fuel. Astronomers claim the moon is generally too cold to support even liquid water on its surface. The research has been detailed in two separate studies. The first paper, in the journal Icarus, shows that hydrogen gas flowing throughout the planet’s atmosphere disappeared at the surface. This suggested that alien forms could in fact breathe. The second paper, in the Journal of Geophysical Research, concluded that there was lack of the chemical on the surface. Scientists were then led to believe it had been possibly consumed by life. Researchers had expected sunlight interacting with chemicals in the atmosphere to produce acetylene gas. But the Cassini probe did not detect any such gas. Chris McKay, an astrobiologist at Nasa Ames Research Centre, at Moffett Field, California who led the research, said: “We suggested hydrogen consumption because it's the obvious gas for life to consume on Titan, similar to the way we consume oxygen on Earth. "If these signs do turn out to be a sign of life, it would be doubly exciting because it would represent a second form of life independent from water-based life on Earth.” Professor John Zarnecki, of the Open University, added: “We believe the chemistry is there for life to form. It just needs heat and warmth to kick-start the process. “In four billion years’ time, when the Sun swells into a red giant, it could be paradise on Titan.” They warned, however, that there could be other explanations for the findings. But taken together, they two indicate two important conditions necessary for methane-based life to exist.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hokey Pokey Dots

Another lovely seller at Etsy, Rebecca of Knee Deep Originals, picked my little Polka Dots & Moonbeams girls for her treasury of all things polka dotted-Hokey Pokey Dots. Great treasury - go check it out!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The dirtiest place on earth. Nope, it's not the Gulf Coast.

It's Linfen, China.  The air quality is the equivalent of smoking three packs of cigarettes a day.  What's worse for China?  16 out of 20 of the world's most polluted cities are in China.  16!!  And Linfen, a coal mining city, is at the top of the list with a constant toxic smog hovering over the city. 

The sun sets before it is supposed to, disappearing into a curtain of smog above the true horizon. Residents scavenge the roadside for coal that falls from the seemingly endless cavalcade of coal trucks, gathering it with bare hands. Schoolchildren play against the nonstop backdrop of billowing exhaust. Many of the elderly have trouble speaking between gasps of widespread emphysema.


The video of Linfen is incredibly disturbing.  My lungs seized up just watching it. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

He Doesn't Slither...

He Swings and Slides!(I wonder if he does the Electric Boogaloo?!)For Illustration Friday - theme: Slither

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Celebrities... they're not at all like us

Take a gander at how some celebs live. 

Aaron Spelling's estate















Ellen Degeneres














Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban















Halle Berry






















Zac Efron














Owen Wilson












Oh my eyes!

This picture nearly caused me to have a seizure.  Start with the horrendous O face and then let your eyes slide south.  Um, ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! 

 [Image via WireImage]