Sunday, January 30, 2011

Um, Hide Your Children, Hide Your Wife

I'm almost at a loss for words here.  Apparently this is the cover of the upcoming issue of YRB Magazine, featuring Khloe Kardashian and claiming that she "now has the power."  Um, the power to do what?  To go around pillaging villages?  Did YRB give her the power to look like a full on transvestite?  I don't understand what's happening here.  Is she giving us a teaser for her sex tape with Lamar?  Is she trying a new diet?

This is Not a Good Look



No, that's not Slash debuting a new look.  It's none other than Princess RiRi out and about in Hollywood.  Yeah, she went out intentionally looking like that.  For once, she looks somewhat decent in the clothing department, but she had to ruin things by going balls out with the hair style.  Seriously, does anyone have an elastic band to lend her?  She can't even see, which is probably how that hideous color got on her fingernails.  Sigh.  She's another Katy Perry for me.  Such a pretty girl and she ruins it by being so awful with her fashion sense.  I mean, she actually makes Sideshow Bob look normal.   

[Image via Daily Fix]

Nuts is Britain's Biggest Selling Men's Mag

And with a cover like that, I can see why.  Nuts is a weekly lad mag published in the United Kingdom and is distributed every Tuesday. Their marketing campaign uses the slogan, "Women, don't expect any help on a Tuesday".  Why isn't the slogan "See You Next Tuesday?" 

Jessica Simpson Gets Back at Nick Lachey

Jessica Simpson has finally found out how to make Nick Lachey wish they had never gotten a divorce: by looking incredibly dead sexy all the time!  Way to go Jess!!

  [Image via the Daily Fix]

Only in Jacksonville?

I'm in Jacksonville, FL for business this week and ate lunch today at a very mediocre cafe (however, it had a lovely view of the river and the people watching was pretty fantastic).  As I was leaving, I had yet to finish my beer and the waiter asked if I'd like a to go cup for it.  Wait, what? 

Xtina Getting Busy Again

Christina has been enjoying the single life since her split from her burly husband last year, but apparently she's jumped into a relationship with some dude that basically looks just like her ex. Now, I don't think I'm being out of line when I say that her ex is not the most attractive male. And now, neither is her rebound.

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Benarkah Manusia Hanya Memakai 10 % Saja Dari Kemampuan Otaknya?

Otak merupakan hal yang sangat menakjubkan. Otak membantu manusia belajar, mencipta, dan membayangkan. Bahkan, nampaknya tak ada yang tak bisa dilakukan otak.


Namun, banyak orang percaya kita hanya memakai 10% kemampuan otak. Bahkan, beberapa mengklaim orang-orang dengan persepsi extrasensory perception (ESP) hanya mempu menggunakan sedikit lebih banyak dari orang lain.

Namun, bayangkan apa yang bisa kita lakukan dengan 90% sisa kemampuan otak kita. Sayangnya, bagi mereka yang mempercayai ide ini, 10% merupakan sebuah mitos. Kenyataannya, semua orang menggunakan otak mereka.

Menurut profesor psikologi Simon Fraser University Barry Beyerstein yang telah bertahun-tahun mempelajari mitos ini, peneliti menggunakan teknik riset pencitraan otak, seperti pindai tomography emisi positron (PET) dan fungsional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), menemukan pindai otak jelas menunjukkan seluruh otak terpakai.

Memang benar orang tak menggunakan seluruh bagian otak pada saat yang sama, sama seperti orang tak menggunakan seluruh otot tubuh pada waktu bersamaan. Namun, di seluruh kegiatan sehari-hari, semua otot-otot digunakan, begitu pula otak.

“Mengabaikan detil pemetaan, tak ada daerah yang diam menunggu tugas baru muncul. Bahkan, tugas-tugas sederhana yang umumnya memerlukan kontribusi pengolahan menyebar di seluruh wilayah otak”.

Mitos 10% menunjukkan sebagian besar otak hanya menunggu untuk digunakan. Namun, jika bagian otak tak digunakan, efek merusak bagian-bagiannya seharusnya kecil. Namun, orang yang menderita trauma kepala, stroke atau cedera otak lain dapat sangat terganggu. Jadi, gunakan otak Anda dan jangan percaya mitos ini!

Friday, January 28, 2011

zodiak ke 13 dan pergeseran zodiak lain

Saat ini, penelitian telah menemukan rasi bintang Ophiuchus, dikenal sebagai Serpentarius. Zodiak ini jarang digunakan, serta tidak termasuk dalam sebagian besar versi rasi bintang. Lalu, kapankah rasi bintang Serpentarius akan masuk ke dalam 12 zodiak???



Dalam astronomi, zodiak adalah cincin dari rasi bintang yang garis ekliptika, yang merupakan jalur jelas matahari di bola langit sepanjang tahun. Jalan bulan dan planet juga terletak kira-kira dalam ekliptika, dan begitu juga dalam konstelasi bintang dari zodiak. Dalam astrologi, zodiak menunjukkan tanda-tanda yang membagi ekliptika sehingga membagi menjadi dua belas zona bujur langit yang sama. Dengan demikian, zodiak adalah sistem koordinat langit atau lebih khusus suatu sistem koordinat ekliptika. Akibatnya, ecliptic dikenal sebagai asal lintang, dan posisi matahari di vernal equinox sebagai asal bujur.

Berikut ini adalah tanggal-tanggal pergeseran zodiak lain:
Capricorn: 20 Januari-16 Februari
Aquarius: 16 Februari-11 Maret
Pisces: 11 Maret-18 April
Aries: 18 April-13 Mei
Taurus: 13 Mei-21 Juni
Gemini: 21 Juni-20 Juli
Kanker: 20 Juli-10 Agustus
Leo: 10 Agustus-16 September
Virgo: 16 September-30 Oktober
Libra: 30 Oktober-23 November
Scorpio: 23 November-29 November
Ophiuchus: 29 November-17 Desember
Sagitarius: 17 Desember-20 Januari

So, apakah zodiakmu bergeser??? sebagai orang kristen, saya sendiri tidak menganjurkan percaya dengan rasi bintang atau sering dikenal juga dengan istilah zodiak. Anggap saja lah zodiak itu hanya buat hiburan semata. Sebab zodiak tidak bisa menentukan hidup kita, melainkan Tuhan yang menentukannya. ^~^

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Knotty

I made a fun Valentine treasury for Etsy. Go check out the sellers - they have some cute stuff!

Bloody Mary

Legend: Chanting "Bloody Mary!" thirteen times in front of a candlelit mirror will summon a vengeful spirit.

Examples:


If you go into the bathroom and look into the mirror with the lights off and the room completely black, and then say 'Bloody Mary' thirteen times, a woman will appear and scratch your face up/off.

I was told that if you said "Hell Mary" seven times in front of a mirror in a dark room, you would see Satan's image in the mirror. The story was embellished further by the teller, who claimed that after three "Hell Mary", the mirror turned red, and that after five an unclear face appeared.

Here's how I always heard the story. You go into a room with a mirror and turn all the lights off (this works well in a bathroom). You begin, in a whisper, to chant "bloody mary. bloody mary, Bloody Mary", as you continue to chant your voice should grow louder and louder into a near scream. While you are chanting you should be spinning around at a medium rate and taking a glimpse in the mirror at each pass. Near the 13th repetition of the words . . . "she" should appear and...?

A frend of mine said that her roommate tried this and ran out screaming from the bathroom. She was shaking and appeared genuinely terrified and refused to talk about the incident, but those who were around her when she came out noticed that her clenched fingers were covered in blood.

Variations:
  • The avenging spirit goes by many names: Bloody Mary, Bloody Bones, Hell Mary, Mary Worth, Mary Worthington, Mary Whales, Mary Johnson, Mary Lou, Mary Jane, Sally, Kathy, Agnes, Black Agnes, Aggie, Svarte Madame.
  • Summoning Mary requires the right chant. "I believe in Mary Worth" is the key phrase according to one version, but others require the shouting of "Kathy, come out!" or the repetition of "Bloody Mary" into the mirror as many times as the ritual demands. (Sometimes Bloody Mary gets more of a script and is summoned by calls of "Bloody Mary! I killed your baby!")
  • The precise requirements of the ritual vary. Some specify that the mirror must be illuminated by a single candle; in others, there must be a candle on each side. In some versions, the message to Mary is repeated by just one girl who is either a volunteer or one selected by the others to summon up the mirror-witch. The number of chants needed to fetch Mary also varies.
  • What the mirror-witch does upon arrival varies too. She may strike her summoner dead, drive her mad, or fiercely scratch her face. She may merely peer malevolently out through the mirror, or she may drag one of the girls back through it to live with her.
Origins: The research into Bloody Mary goes back to 1978, when folklorist Janet Langlois published her essay on the legend. Belief in summoning the mirror-witch was even at that time widespread throughout the U.S.


Mary is summoned whenever squealing girls get together for a sleepover, but boys have been known to call on her too. (The 'Bloody Mary' legend was common when I was a kid in the early 1970s. We typically performed the "ritual" in bathrooms, because the bathrooms of our suburban homes had large mirrors and were easily darkened even during the day since they had no windows. A familiar 'Bloody Mary' story was one about a girl who supposedly ended her incantation with a spiteful "I don't believe in Mary Worth," then tripped over the doorjamb while exiting the bathroom and broke her



hip.)


Mary is said to be a witch who was executed a hundred years ago for plying the black arts, or a woman of more modern times who died in a local car accident in which her face was hideously mutilated.

Some confuse the mirror witch with Mary I of England, whom history remembers as "Bloody Mary." An expanded version of that confusion has it that this murdering British queen killed young girls so she could bathe in their blood to preserve her youthful appearance. (That legend more properly attaches to Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian countess who lived from 1560 to 1614.)

Mary I of England (1553-1558) was anything but a famed beauty terrified of losing her looks — she was a matronly, fortyish woman who had about as much sense of style as a dust mop. The idea of her bathing in the blood of slaughtered virgins to preserve her loveliness is ludicrous. She came by the moniker "Bloody Mary" because she had a number of Protestants put to death during her reign, as she tried to re-establish Catholicism as the religion of the land after the reigns of her father (Henry VIII, he who married six wives over the course of his lifetime and established himself as the head of a new religion rather than tolerate the Pope's saying he couldn't divorce wife #1 to marry wife #2) and her brother (Edward VI, who ruled after Henry died but passed away himself at the age of 16). Mary was a devoutly religious woman who saw what she was doing as the saving of her subjects' souls from eternal damnation, and in those times — as crazy as this sounds now — the eternal wellbeing of a soul was deemed far more important than the comparatively fleeting life of a person. That bringing the country back to Catholicism would also safeguard her throne was also a major consideration.

Mary I was the half sister of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Both were daughters of Henry VIII, but Mary's mother was Katherine of Aragon and Elizabeth's mother was Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth I became Queen upon Mary's death. During her reign, Elizabeth returned the country to Protestantism and in the process ordered the deaths of at least as many of her subjects as her half-sister did during her time on the throne, yet she earned the sobriquet "The Virgin Queen" (she never married) rather than any version of "Bloody Elizabeth."

Some muddlings of this "murdering queen" variant claim that Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1567) is the "bloody Mary" of mirror summonings. Though this Mary was indeed a vain and foolish woman, history does not know her as a murderous one. (Well, she did have a hand in doing away with a husband. But she didn't go after her subjects en masse, as did Mary I of England.)

So, although there was a British queen known as "Bloody Mary," no connection between her and the mirror witch has surfaced, save for their both having the same name. Likewise, the "Mary Worth" appellation of the malevolent apparition doesn't appear to be drawn from the lead character of a popular comic strip of the same name. In lore, as elsewhere, coincidences occur.

Why would otherwise rational youngsters want to risk setting a murderous spirit on the rampage? Gail de Vos offers the following explanation:
So why do children continue to summon Bloody Mary, flirting with danger and possible tragedy? The ages between 9 and 12 are labeled "the Robinson age" by psychologists. This is the period when children need to satisfy their craving for excitement by participating in ritual games and playing in the dark. They are constantly looking for a safe way to extract pleasure and release anxiety and fears.
It's possible these "mirror witch" games have their roots in oldtime divining rituals involving unmarried girls and future husbands. There are a number of variations of these divinations, some involving chanting a rhyme in a darkened room on a special night and then quickly looking in the mirror to catch a glimpse of the bridegroom-to-be.

The concept of mirrors as portals between this world and the realm of spirits shows up in other beliefs, namely those surrounding funerals. It was common practice to cover mirrors in a house where a death had occurred until the body was taken for burial. (Back in the days before funeral homes, corpses were washed by the deceased's relatives, dressed in their funeral finery, and laid out in coffins in the front parlor. Consequently, the dead would be in the house for days.) It was believed if the dear departed caught a glimpse of himself in a mirror, his ghost would remain in the house because the mirror would trap his spirit.

Barbara "be Canadian — summon a Bloody Mary every time you're in a bar" Mikkelson

Sightings: The villain in the 1992 film Candyman is summoned by chanting his name into a mirror. In the 1998 movie Urban Legend, two co-eds try to summon an evil spirit by chanting 'Bloody Mary.' In an episode of television's The X Files ("Syzygy," original air date 26 January 1996), two teenage girls lure a rival for a boy's affections into the bathroom — and a "Bloody Mary" ritual — during a birthday party. They prevent her from leaving the bathroom, and the camera cuts to the rest of the partygoers downstairs, who hear a crash of breaking glass and a scream.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I am "stylish"

...well, apparently my blog is, anyway!Thanks to Sandy, at sandygrafik. Her blog is truly lovely, and her art is to die for! I just love her girls.As these types of awards go, it works like this: I have to list 7 facts about myself and then name 10 blogs I think are stylish.Since I haven't done anything like this in a while it sounds like fun! Ready?Facts first:1) I have lived in Washington

340-year-old Bible found in a Wisconsin Lutheran church

A 340-year-old Bible has been discovered tucked away in a pantry-sized room filled with old books, historical records and pamphlets at a 148-year-old Lutheran church and school located in Wisconsin. Middle school teacher Debra Court first found the Bible two years ago, while searching for baptism records for a class. When she saw it she thought it was just an old book and didn’t think much about it, according to FOX news. "I was looking for the old baptism records to show my students and then up here in the corner was where the Bible was tucked," said Court.

The 17th century Bible was found at St. Paul Lutheran School by Court who showed the Bible to Church Pastor Timothy Shoup. "When I did open it up and look at the title page I saw the roman numerals at the bottom I kept coming up with 1670 and I concluded whatever that is I've got it added up wrong." So Shoup contacted Concordia Seminary Library in St. Louis, according to Channel 5 News WFRV. A cataloger at Concordia was able to authenticate the 340-year-old book. The German Bible was printed in Nuremberg in 1670, hand-pressed, rare and at a weight of twenty pounds. It's made of pigskin over boards with brass corners and clasps, reports WFRV.

Lyle Buettner, who works in Special Collections at Concordia Seminary Library, said he believes the Bible is one of about 40 remaining copies known to exist in the world. Buettner said the illustrations were also impressive. He told news reporters "Each time I see an illustration like this, I just think of how beautiful it looks and how much of a labor of love it must have been for the person who actually drew it." Reports said that church officials don’t know how they got the book and no one seems to remember how it got into the safe. Many of the church elders have been asked but nobody seems to recall ever hearing of the existence of the this piece of church history. The church is considering donating the centuries old Bible to a library in St. Louis in the future. But for now church leaders are looking to have a climate-controlled display box made and will keep it until their 150th anniversary in 2013, according to the news reports.

Friday, January 21, 2011

She missed the Sketchbook

Do you think she's sad about that? SAM thought she looked sad.Personally, I'm not sure if she's a ghost or what she is.I think I'll include her at the back of my own book, though.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hope

Despair is ugly.it smells badand it's shoes don't fit.it clutches at you with raggedchewed-nail handsto weigh you downdowndown...............downDespair is also a liar. (pants on fire)it says "I'm just tired today" or "I'm just a little sad,I'll be fine tomorrow..."But it won't go away.it wants a drinkand dinnerand a bubble bathand your best teddy bear and before you know ita sleep-over

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Adios Sketchbook

So, it's all packaged up and ready to go in the mail tomorrow. (It has to be post marked by Saturday. Nothin' like waiting til the last minute, eh?)...sigh...I'm kinda sad to see it go. But I've decided I'm going to make another one, 'cause I'd like to have my own copy for keeps.Sometime in the next couple weeks I'm going to offer the pictures in a limited run of prints.I'm not sure what Etsy

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Okay, I lied...

I decided that I needed some kind of segue from sea to sky pictures. So Mouse is going to have himself a dream. "After all of his hours searching the deep waters Mouse dreams of flying." Or something like that.This is that segue piece:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mouse's Final Dive

...and he found the Octopus' Garden!Mouse just may stay a while...I would!This will probably be my final piece, end pages, for the Sketchbook Project. Especially since I have to post mark it by the 15th, and I still have to figure out exactly how I'm going to print and bind the dang thing!It's definitely been a fun challenge, and I thank you all for your input and kind words regarding all these

Thursday, January 6, 2011

James Franco Makes Me Laugh

Sure, he's kind of creepy, especially with the new moustache he's sporting, but you can't knock his intelligence and his humor. And sometimes he's just brilliant with responses, like the following comment he made in reference to a question surrounding the rumor about him choosing gay films:

“It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white. It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality.


There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys. And there are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I’m interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So, in some ways it’s coincidental, in other ways it’s not. I mean, I’ve played a gay man who’s living in the ’60s and ’70s, a gay man who we depicted in the ‘50s, and one being in the ‘20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult. Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition. Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”

[Image via WENN]

Keep Drinking, Linds...

How many of those RockStar drinks do you think Lindsay will need to consume before she actually becomes one?  Or, kills herself?

(Image via I'm Not Obsessed)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

And we have...

...a winner!Last night I enlisted the help of Secret Agent Man and we picked a wiener, I mean, winner, for the giveaway.[drum roll here]Pseudonymous High School Teacher! Yea!I hate her because she lives in Hawaii and I don't.I love her because she's awesome and has followed me a long time. (For whatever reason I can't quite figure out...) And one of these days I'm going to call her up and say,

Monday, January 3, 2011

Don't Forget...

...if you're interested in my giveaway, you have until the end of today to leave a comment either at the end of this post, or this one. Winner get one piece or Mosey Dog's fabulous hand painted jewelry, of their choice!Just because I love you.So leave me a comment and I'll pick a winner sometime later Tuesday, and announce the winner on Wednesday.In the meantime - happy Tuesday! Hopefully I'll