Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

facebook and health care

On Facebook today, I was amazed to read some 'friends' of 'friends' posts regarding the passage of health care reform in The House in the US. I was going to blather on and on about them and make commentary, but decided the best thing to do would be to cut and paste their statements and let them speak for themselves.

So, without further ado...
I told Sam I was going to quit school, stay at home because I had cancer and cant work just so I can get a free ride (ha)


We are quickly becoming a socialist country. Next step. Take away our guns. All I got to say is come on Motherfuckers, I got plenty of ammo!!!!!!


I think it is so ridiculous that those of us who work hard and succeed are rewarded with higher taxes and being forced to give to those who will not help themselves. Apparently our new motto is: "keep working hard...people who won't depend on you"! hmph

In the spirit of  free speech what more could I do...?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

sarah, sarah, and more sarah

I received 5 copies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story in the mail yesterday, courtesy my niece. She thought I was kidding when I asked her to send them to me. She said it was worse than buying porn from the local convenient store! Seeing is certainly believing - this woman is fruitier than a nutcake! I plan on using them for SARAH! SARAH! SARAH!, I'm just not completely sure for what just yet. The original idea was to do some origami with the magazine paper -a kaleidoscope of Sarah Palins. Now, no so sure...this thing could go almost anywhere now. There's just so much raw material to work from...video, perhaps?

So far, I have 11 people committed to SARAH! SARAH! SARAH!, and another 6 who are seriously contemplating. It's a good diverse group of artists, and I'm looking forward to the outcomes.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

take that sarah palin

this pretty much sums it up...

Yes, I understand some people feel sad when they see a figure they were taught as a child to revere – whether Prophet or Pope – being subjected to rational examination, or mockery, or criminal investigation. But everyone has ideas they hold precious. Only you, the religious, demand to be protected from debate or scrutiny that might discomfort you. The fact you believe an invisible supernatural being approves of – or even commands – your behaviour doesn't mean it deserves more respect, or sensitive handling. It means it deserves less. If you base your behaviour on such a preposterous fantasy, you should expect to be checked by criticism and mockery. You need it.
If you can't bear to hear your religious figures criticised – if you think Ratzinger is somehow above the law, or Mohamed should be defended with an axe – a sane society should have only one sentence for you. Tell it to the judge.

The full article by Johann Hari here.

Can I just say, the older I get the more impatient I become with religion - it really is the source of 'evil' in the world.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

tra la da boom dee yay

really, is it sunday already...I'm just getting started...

casey spooner is my hero

FISCHERSPOONER "We Are Electric" official music video from SUBVOYANT on Vimeo.

wicked

Went to see Wicked last night at the Capitol Theatre. It was pretty good, but it didn't blow me over. The costumes were amazing and very beautiful. I enjoyed the first half more than the second, which seemed rushed and disjointed. It was good fun, and we got to enjoy 'ozmopolitans,' a green cocktail of vodka, lime, and kiwi served in a plastic glowing glass - it really doesn't get much better than that! So wicked, so gay.

Speaking of wicked and gay. I started reading this blog, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters. It's a watchdog blog, tracking attacks against the gay community by religious nut jobs. If you are in the mood to vomit, check out this post about Scott Lively, who is truly a wicked man and a total creep.

Friday, March 12, 2010

flowers bears gifts

I saw this on my way to work today, and it put a smile on my face. Seriously, what more could a boy ask for? I've got a case of 'Fridays' real bad, and I'm a little concerned that it is only quarter till 11am.

happy friday

Saturday, March 6, 2010

sarah! sarah! sarah!

I finally began a project I've been thinking about  the a few months. It will be an online exhibition about Sarah Palin. I've invited approximately 100 artists to contribute - so I hope to get at least 25 to participate. We'll see how it goes. It's the main reason I created nfdu PROJECTS - to curate online exhibitions and work collaboratively with other artists. I hesitated for the longest time in moving forward - I kept going back and forth on the topic, and wasn't sure if it would really be something worth exploring...'it' being Sarah Palin. But after her appearance on The Tonight Show I knew it was the right thing to do. I just hope I get a fair amount of people to participate. Basically, I've asked people to create an artwork that uses SP as its theme. Everyone has something to say about Sarah, but I'm looking forward to seeing what these artists have to say...

faux magician

touch

Thursday, March 4, 2010

keep america safe (from these folks)

Yesterday morning, my blood started boiling after watching this:



The Republican Party in the US has completely turned into a lunatic freakshow, with its non-stop outrageous claims and paranoia. Their members seem to be living in a parallel universe, which unfortunately coexists with our own. Watching the nuttiness above reminds me of an ad for an episode of LOST or Battlestar Galactica. The GOP tries so hard to be relevant by using the visual language of pop culture, but it forgets that there really is a separation between fantasy and reality. They seem to be caught up in vicious circle of life imitating art, err, art imitating life. Honestly, I can't tell anymore...perhaps the current conservative movement is the true heir of Postmodernism?

Case in point, this morning I got the pleasure of seeing this:

Monday, March 1, 2010

letters from the earth

So, this weekend was fun. Saturday was beautiful and we made it to Oxford Street to watch the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Actually, we ended up watching it at the Beresford Hotel on their big screen, which was much better than standing for hours and starring at the backs of people’s heads. The bad thing (or no so!) was I proceeded to drink myself silly. I didn’t eat very much that day and, well, need I say more? No, no, no I did not get sick – I don’t get sick. At some point the alcohol saturates the brain and you become super human, or at least you believe you are super human.

Speaking of super humans, yesterday I watched a programme with Richard Dawkins about Charles Darwin. I’m still amazed that we live in a world where the majority of people do not believe in evolution. I’m not really sure what there is not to believe at this point? The god complex is bizarre to me. Our species has a strong need for self importance – this is a good thing on some levels, but I don’t understand people’s need to have a god or gods to validate their existence? The older I get the odder it appears to me. This is probably due to the fact that religion has become so toxic that I can’t understand why anyone would want to waste their time? Hubby points out regularly when people say, “This isn’t representative of what ‘real’ religious people believe.” This being hateful right-wing nut jobs. His answer is, “Well, yes, it is representative of what ‘real’ religious people believe.”

My favourite satire on religion is Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth

This is a strange place, and extraordinary place, and interesting. There is nothing resembling it at home. The people are all insane, the other animals are all insane, the earth is insane, Nature itself is insane. Man is a marvelous curiosity. When he is at his very very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel; at is worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm. Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the "noblest work of God." This is the truth I am telling you. And this is not a new idea with him, he has talked it through all the ages, and believed it. Believed it, and found nobody among all his race to laugh at it.

spreadsheet

making dumplings