Reading Now

30 Sep

So I haven’t blogged in oh, I don’t know, lightyears. The inspiration to do so hits me occasionally, but I often never act on it.

Today is the day of change my friends! Haha. So I thought I’d compile just some things that I’m reading about/enjoying at the moment.

I usually spend a good 30 minutes reading all my various news sites each day. You find a lot of very curious things along the way.

Reebok Reaches $25 Million Settlement Over Sneakers 

Why you should never depend on a gimicky product to do the working out for you. And why you probably should avoid things promoted by the Kardashian women.

Granted, that is Sketcher’s toning “shoe” but I imagine the effects are similar. This whole escapade didn’t shock me one bit.

Chipotle launches new Asian-Inspired Fast Food Venture

Selling ” rice and noodle bowls and Vietnamese sandwiches.”

Lion Cub Rescued by Mom

Everyone together now…. awwwwwwwwwww. Oh the cuteness of a Lion King-esque rescue of one fluffy lion cub by its brave (but probably pissed off) mother. I wish there had been a video, but I’ll settle for these photos

by Jean-Francois Lagrot .

Cargill Turkey Sickens 100+

Food Inc. anyone? If you haven’t watched it yet, at least watch the section about disease outbreaks in food, particularly Salmonella. This particular turkey has been “recalled” ,yet still manages to be sickening

people.  Add this to the growing list of outbreaks this month alone (Tyson ground beef, Cantaloupes with lysteria…) and ponder what exactly is happening to our food system.

Mexico City Plans to Make Marriage a More Temporary Thing

Lawmakers are tossing around the idea of having marriages that are valid for x number of years, the minimum being 2.  Couples would have the option to renew, pending they have a valid library card, I mean…. wait….

Is Having a Baby Past 50 Wrong?

Very interesting…. I don’t know really what I think!

More Logos to Love

15 Jun

A Review of Things

4 Mar

I thought of this post as I was trekking across train tracks and traffic along my way to work. I have used a lot of products in my life…why not give an honest opinion on them?

First up, My knock-off version of Beyonce’s Heat perfume

I bought this in NYC on my trip there. My travel sized, airport-approved fragrance was not cutting it. I found the knockoff version of this in a store for $4. So, I bought it. I don’t exactly know what Beyonce’s fragrance smells like, but this has a very fruit-based scent. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. However, it actually lasts and stays smelling strong. That is a rarity among knockoffs.

Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Noir

Oh, VS how you have trapped me once again. I was sadly disappointed in this perfume. It smells fantastic. It lasts for 2 seconds. I can’t smell it at all a little while after I put it on. I even splurged and bought the eau de parfum, not the body mist, mind you. Yet, it seems one would have to bathe in it to get it to stay put. And I will not.

Guess Perfume

Very happy with this one. Smells great, last forever and looks great on the counter. I found it for a nice deal at a T.J.Maxx. Have loved it ever since. Extra Bonus- the bottle can fall to the floor over and over and not shatter. I know because I have knocked and dropped mine more times than I can recall.

L’Oreal HIP gel eyeliner

Oh boy. I bought this either in highschool or freshmen year of college. I bought it in purple thinking it would bring out my green eyes (just like the magazines said!). Sadly, it just made me look like I had a terminal illness. I guess I should taken my paleness into account. It was a pretty neat idea for a product- pot of cream eyeliner with little mini angle brush. In reality, it went on super dark, flaked a lot and that mini brush? Lost in the deep sea of my makeup bag.

Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss

This is my current lipgloss (when it isn’t lost.) I have it in Peach Petal. It is one of many replacements I’ve tried after Neutrogena discontinued my beloved lipgloss. Revlon’s gloss goes on as a nice color. It is kind of sticky and gooey. It also goes on thick. So I usually just barely dab it on.

Revlon Creme Shadows in Not Just Nude

I’m noticing a Revlon pattern here. Anyhow, I really like these shadows. They are creamy and go on really well. Only drawback, I only use two colors. The rest stay untouched. Worth the money?

Sally Hansen Spray Foundation

Oh my, talk about a throwback! I used this in high school. My best friend at the time thought it was really weird. It probably was. I used to spray it in my hand and then rub it on. It smelled weird, but I grew to like the smell (even weirder.) It was really oily, and though I loved it at the time…I would never wear this now.

Maybelline Plumping lipgloss

I had this in a dark pink color before I lost it (me and gloss). It made my lips burn. Then, after awhile, it would dry them out. I didn’t enjoy it much.

Stuff I Like

23 Feb

I feel kind of not good so what better to do than have a post comprised of all kinds of things  I like?

Oh Yes

cute logos

favorite show (one of)

Game I used to be  addicted to obsessed with.

One of the favorite foods (the other is below)

Reeses are good but peanut butter……I LOVE IT! The #1.

Cutie pie animals get me every time.

You vs Your Body

6 Feb

“Khloé Kardashian Aims to Be Bikini-Ready by June”


The headline reads loud and clear. Another celebrity has declared their body unsuitable and decided to embark on a weightloss journey. This is just one of many articles preaching the same sort of thing: “Not perfect yet? Here’s How!”

“Firm Abs, tight butt!” “Lose 30 lbs!”

All these body-improving articles always get me thinking about what effect they take on our minds. Do we see these things and think….”you know, I do need to firm my butt. My butt sucks….wow. I must do something do about this.”  Do these articles affect our sense of  self?

America is already home to a large amount of obese and overweight people. It has become our calling card. So, in a sense, we may need some improving. However, according to a recent Women’s Health article nearly 30% of women  feel stressed about food everyday. We have demonized food to the point that we love it and hate all at the same point.

According to Media Awareness.com,”Women’s magazines are full of articles urging that if they can just lose those last twenty pounds, they’ll have it all—the perfect marriage, loving children, great sex, and a rewarding career. Why are standards of beauty being imposed on women, the majority of whom are naturally larger and more mature than any of the models? The roots, some analysts say, are economic. By presenting an ideal difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits.”

So do these magazine continually feed our desire to improve and diet? Or are they the cause of all this dieting and body-loathing? The question remains.

Not Near My Mouth!

22 Nov

In honor of the FDA’s planned ban on Four Locos, I decided to explore other foods ex-nayed by the powers that be.

Raw Milk

Back in the day, raw milk was apart of everyday life. So was the illness it brought. When pasturization came about, raw milk was banned. Though better testing has led to its return in some places, it continues to be outlawed in 22 states and Canada.

Absinthe

This drink has comeback and been banned numerous times over the centuries. It was once made with thujone, which even in small doses caused psychotic episodes. Today it is offered in the U.S. only in distilled versions.

Horse Meat

For obvious reasons horse meat is outlawed in the U.S., Ireland, Canada and other countries. Although many other countries dine on horses. Horse slaughter is also alive and well in the U.S. as a sort of underground trade.

Ackee

“This pear-shaped fruit — the national fruit of Jamaica — contains toxins that can suppress the body’s ability to release an extra supply of glucose, plunging one’s blood sugar level and potentially leading to death.”

Casu Marzu

“Casu marzu, a traditional Sardinian cheese, develops when cheese fly larvae are introduced into Pecorino to promote advanced fermentation. As the larvae hatch and eat through the cheese, it softens. Diners have to dig in before the maggots die. Casu marzu, like many unpasteurized cheeses, is banned in the U.S.” Yummy.

Infinite Questions

22 Nov

I’m feeling uber crappy today so to make myself feel better I’ve decided to blog. Yeah! So first off, this little blog entry is dedicated to all those random questions that pop into your (or my) head. Do we want answers? Yes we do!

Why do we get random itches? You know the ones- those that aren’t caused by bugs or allergic reactions.

“Itching, also known as pruritus, starts with some kind of external stimuli, including bugs, dust, clothing fibers and hair. Like tickling, itching is a built-in defense mechanism that alerts your body to the potential of being harmed. In this case, it might be the potential of being bit by a bug.

When the stimuli lands on your skin, it may not bother you at first, but soon it will begin to rub back and forth across your skin. Once the hair or dust scratches your skin’s surface layer, receptors in the dermis of the skin will become irritated. In a split second, these receptors send a signal through fibers in the skin to your spinal cord and then up to thecerebral cortex in your brain.

The same fibers that send itching signals are also used to send pain signals to the brain, which once led some scientists to believe that itching was a form of light pain. That notion has since been dispelled by research, which showed that pain and itching elicit opposite responses. Pain causes us to withdraw and itching causes us to scratch.”

Source

Why is the sky blue?

When you look at the sky on a clear day, you can see the sun as a bright disk. The blueness you see everywhere else is all of the atoms in the atmosphere scattering blue light toward you. Because red light, yellow light, green light and the other colors aren’t scattered nearly as well, you see the sky  as blue.

Source

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

Apparently, parkways were originally deemed as “roads that go through a park.” Driveways were originally driven on. Even today, if you have a large driveway you very well may drive on it!

How can we see the moon during the daytime?

” You can see the moon against the blue backdrop of the daytime sky, because the moon is very BRIGHT! It isn’t anywhere near as bright as the Sun of course. After all, it only shines by reflecting light from the Sun anyway – and not that well. But it is brighter than any OTHER natural object in the sky.” Source

moon

Where do nervous habits come from?

“Sometimes, a nervous habit begins as a reaction to a physical injury or psychological trauma. When the behavior continues long after the original injury or trauma, takes on an unusual form and is performed in excess, it becomes a nervous habit. Often, a habit begins as a normal behavior that becomes more frequent or becomes altered in its form.” Source

There’s a story to tell

9 Oct

I love a good multimedia collection. The stories of people are always fascinating.

Patient Voices

A collection that chronicles the triumphs, struggles and everyday lives of people with different diseases.

Visit.

One in 8 Million

One of my absolute favorites. It simply finds interesting,everyday people in New York and shows a little bit about their life.

Visit.

Animal Tracks

Okay, so this isn’t people-related but a collection of pretty cute/interesting animal pictures? I say yes!

Visit.

Cashing in on Kids

Raquel Rutledge’s series on a taxpayer-financed child-care system in Wisconsin includes video, photos, and audio.

Visit.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier

The gripping tale of one soldier’s journey from high school senior to deployment in Iraq is told through photos, text, video, and slideshows.

Visit.

The Water Dance

“The Water Dance,” a slideshow narrated by Times photographer Bill Cunningham, takes a simple idea — New Yorkers navigating the huge puddles of rain that line the city’s curbs — and turns it into three and a half minutes of whimsy. The humorous photos are underscored by Cunningham’s cheerful and amused voice that encourages the viewer to indulge in the humor as well.”

Visit.

Going to the End of the Line

It,”is a collection of slideshows that highlight the last subway stop on various train lines — some of which many New Yorkers will never see. These places aren’t no man’s lands either; they are often thriving communities worthy of the beautiful reporting and photography.”

Visit.

Information por favor.

20 Sep

Infographics are a never-ending path to learning. Making them however, is like  a maze of questions unto itself.

Sources:

Visual-nomics

Best Way to Use a Plastic Safety Chain

Nostalgia

18 Sep

Nostalgia-n: a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition; also :something that evokes nostalgia. Way to use the word in the definition Websters :p. I kid, but here’s a glance at things from the past.