Beauty…it’s in the eye of the…uh photoshop actually.

9 04 2008

I do not read magazines. Any types really. I have gotten FHM and Zoo from a friend and I have even read up on Men’s Health at work (during the lunch break someone gave it to me to show me a random bunch of articles). Hence you can say I do not get influenced by magazines all too much. Like most dudes, I really don’t care about another ‘dude’s appearance, and I have not thought twice about what they were wearing or if they have smooth silky skin from the moisturizer ad (I rather look at the two/four page spread of the hot chick before the skin care ad, but hey that’s just me!)


Um how about no, man whore!

OMG! Where do I sign up?!

Moving on!

For girls it is of course a different story. Now I am going to keep this short as it’s a sensitive issue and you probably know a lot more about it than I do and it’s probably none of my business. However, I do want you to take a look at some of the videos below. I am sure many of you have seen them already, but for the few that haven’t; prepare to be amazed! I was when I first saw them and I can not stop looking at them. So this is now a common thing then? Are all girls that we see on the magazines and the web done this way? As you can see, for some you do not even need make up to begin with and you can just add on with Photoshop all the necessities to make you look ‘beautiful’. However all of them were beautiful to begin with (I am sure internal beauty can fit somewhere here as well) and the Photoshop was only done to….well sell more magazines of course. Anyway ill shut up now, I am not here to rant, but rather to show you some videos :). Enjoy!

Be amazed #1:

Be amazed #2:

Be amazed #3:

Be amazed #4:

And finally to finish of with a laugh 🙂

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Stupid WhoreBags!!!

24 03 2008

We don’t have to protect the environment, the Second Coming is at hand.James Watt 

Well first of all, I think I better clear up the heading of this blog. According to the “urban dictionary” a ‘WhoreBag’ has many definitions, many of which are similar in meaning. A new definition is needed however: a more literal meaning. Some of the people who shop at our retail outlets and supermarkets should readily inherit the title. That is, someone that overindulges and overuses the right to take as many plastic bags as they desire. No I am not talking about general plastic bag usage. When going shopping at your local supermarket it is understandable to be given plastic bags to package all of your items. Not doing so is in fact cumbersome in taking the items out of the trolley-in the car-out of the car (and everyone should respect the few that actually do this). However to demand multiple plastic bags is just disgusting. Working in retail, I see first hand the general abuse many selfish and greedy customers undertake. They demand numerous plastic bags for one reason or another (to place on their bins is one excuse)…. But why abuse this? Aren’t the 30 bags that covered your shopping enough? Does a pack of condoms really need a plastic bag? Does a stick of gum? Hell no.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So thankfully, change is being encouraged. Now it is looked at in a negative manner whenever someone asks for 39 plastic shopping bags in case their other 47 plastic bags that you gave them break, tear or biodegrade from the harsh weather conditions (because Australia has experienced so much rain in the past 10 years). But does that stop people from wanting more? Of course not. Ignorance is probably bliss (yes yes cliche cliche, so sue me!) and many are too stubborn to give a damn about what others think. The only solution is of course hitting them where it hurts…. The hip pocket. In Ireland there has been a 90% reduction in plastic bag usage. Why? Every bag that a customer uses is charged at 15 euro cents (recently increased to 22 cents). Wait did you say a 90% reduction?! Can you believe that? It’s a miracle!

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 So for example: from 1 billion bags being used and taken by customers, now only 100 million bags are being used. Still sounds like a lot of bags but at only 10% of the original amount, it is a great improvement. What’s funny is that this began in the year 2002. Yup that’s right 6 bloody years ago, when words such as carbon footprint didn’t exist, oil was hovering around a dollar a liter, and Greenpeace was looked at as a bunch of hippies (well some things don’t change I suppose). China decided to introduce the ban of giving away shopping bags for free sometime in June! Well done. Australia decided to implement the ban of free bags sometime this year (next year?). I suppose everyone is different in how quick they do things. We should all be thankful that some countries are even deciding to take some measures.

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So when you are out shopping for stuff that you don’t need, for clothes you are never going to wear, and for food filled with fat and cholesterol, consider not abusing the system and taking 59 plastic shopping bags as extras. One shopping bag is more than enough ok? Haha though I suppose when the 10 cent (or however much it will cost) charge on plastic bags is introduced, that will solve everything and will prevent some of the ferals ravaging your supermarket demanding an infinite amount of plastic bags. I am counting down the days…

a). Bags break!

b). I need to have more bags to place on my bins

c). Customer service sucks…. I am taking my revenge on having as much shopping bags possible

 

 

a). If the checkout operator is incompetent enough to allow bags to break (i.e. by placing 54 million items in one bag), then tell him so and advise him to not put so much in them. Understandably there are a lot of jackass workers at some retail stores but most have a brain with a minimal amount of neural connections, hence making them able to listen to the customer’s common sense.

b). You can always buy the ones they sell at Safeway or Coles? But they cost money… So I understand where you’re coming from. What will you do when the world wide levy is introduced? Make your own bags?

c). Write a complaint… Better yet, speak to the manager/head manager about the concern. They will more often than not do something about it. If nothing is done, take the mater further and if all else fails, shop somewhere else. Incompetent work areas need to suffer.

See also:

*Australian government stance

*Say No to plastic bags 

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Cheers!





Every click counts..

22 03 2008

I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something. –  Mitch Hedberg

 

 

It all started sometime in October 2007. A simple vocab game where you try and guess the correct meaning of the word from the 4 choices given. For every word you get correct, you won 10 grains of rice (and this has gone up to 20). FreeRice 6 months on has now expanded to be something phenomenal. Every day roughly 100 million grains of rice are donated (which equates to about $600 US). Not bad for doing practically nothing! Every day when I jump on the computer I spend about 5-10 minutes donating 500-1500 grains of rice a day! It is not much and in monetary terms it only equates to like 0.000000000003 cents but the cumulative effect is enormous! The grand total as of late march is 23 billion grains of rice. Enough to feed about 1 million people, so says the World Food Program. 

I will be frank; I have never donated before in my entire life. Never, nothing, zilch, nada and so on. Anytime Oxfam or “help Darfur” or any other charity organization knocks on my door, I open to see who it is and before they even say hi I will close it right back. Anytime I get a letter or see an advert in print or TV saying how many people are dying of hunger I simply change the channel or throw the advert away. Sad  as it may sound, I am not in the minority. But anyway will I donate in the future? Maybe… Currently my part time job in no way gives me the opportunity or the “privilege” to donate now. With FreeRice though, it is quite different. It doesn’t cost me a thing, and I end up donating! How can anyone say no to that? Of course it is not the same as putting in your own money, but it is better than doing nothing…. Hence that’s what it has been for the past few years. Not donating anything and no commercial of a crying boy or Pulitzer Prize winning picture about a dying kid getting followed by a vulture will force me to change.

 So for many of you out there, in such a similar position, give FreeRice a go. 5 minutes a day is plenty. Do more if it doesn’t interrupt too much with the hectic schedule of the 21st century! You might learn a new word or two and you might give someone the opportunity to live old enough to see Malaria, AIDS, or even a civil war (just kidding: replace the previous 3 with education, pleasure, freedom) … Now if there was only some way to quench the other necessities in life… hopefully someone else can invent a website for that…

 

 

 

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*What do others think?

 a).FreeRice is a load of crap! Only 20 grains of rice!?? That is nothing!

b). FreeRice is not enough!

c). You should teach a man how to fish, not just give him constant supplies of fish!! 

-There are of course many more arguments (feel free to post your views) but these were the ones I can think of. Now my quick response:

a). Well again, it is better than nothing. I think those receiving these donations see it as a blessing. Considering it is also given for free (the ad’s pay for it), I don’t see how people can complain about that.

b). Yeah your right. It is not enough. Do consider donating for less than a dollar a day and you can see one of your sponsored orphans see it past grade 4.

c). That is a good point. However the political situation in many parts of the world makes it so that the third world countries STAY third world countries. As politically incorrect as it sounds, that’s how the economies of the world work and it is very difficult for many third world countries to lift themselves out of poverty. (Corruption doesn’t help…). So in the meantime, while FreeRice is not the solution to world peace, it alleviates those starving to death at least for a few more days. In fact the first donations of rice actually went to a refugee camp (which seem to be in no real way of surviving had it not been from foreign aid). 

 

See also: 

*Another FreeRice video

*World Food Program

*The hunger site – Similar in concept to FreeRice, you click on a few buttons, look at some ads and money gets donated to charity organizations.

*Facebook FreeRice group – A small Facebook group dedicated to FreeRice.

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Thanks for reading. Any comments are more than welcome.