Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Awesome Artists: Sylvia Ji

         Born in 1982, in San Francisco, Sylvia Ji definitely stuns with her vivid paintings. She graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco and from there began to be requested in art shows around the U.S. 

          Her style consists of womens' portraits, these being full of alure and seductive with their poses. Most of their faces are reminiscent of the Mexican calaveras, but some of the paintings have styles from other places, such as Native American tribes or Japan, and some other of the painted women have more of a gothic style. Whatever Sylvia draws turns out awesome, which is why she's definitely an artist one should follow. 

And there's still many more of these, so be on the lookout for any new paintings she might release.

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Earth Hour

              Many people tend to ask themselves: Why should we take care of the planet if we're not going to be here once it's all gone to hell? Well, there's a whole wide plethora of reasons as to why you should. We need to preserve biodiversity, we need to make sure that the landscapes, which have been forming naturally over the course of billions of years, aren't fucked up by our simple desire to produce and consume as much as possibe in the course of a few decades. 

We need to make sure these landscapes don't disappear in the course of a few years.
                Just so you can get an idea of how much energy you save with the power out for an hour, tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., in your locl time zone, turn of the lights. Just, don't do anything and leave them out. Maybe you'll get to feel remorse later on when you hear the report of how much energy was saved, but then again, it's remorse we need to remind ourselves that we're driving the Earth to hell, what with last year being the hottest year on record and all, and that our campaigns, if they only hindered global warming, need to improve. Vastly. So, try it, go dark all Earth Hour and do a favor for the planet.

You know for a fact that a world that looks only like this would suck.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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So A Pal Of Mine Made A Song...

Just thought you should know. If you're into Lamb of God and that kind of band then you should definitely listen to it, it's damn awesome. Just follow the link below. 

Kevin Robles - Within My Coffin
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Is Charity The Way To Go?

           So, the new Pope got elected a few days ago, and he's spoken out in favor of the poor. Basically, besides his charisma, he's a man who's got a knack for charity, and it got me thinking, does charity really help, or is there a better way to help the poor? Don't get me wrong, even though I'm a misanthrope at times, I recognize the fact that philanthropy can be an admirable quality in a man, but is it being well applied?

             First, let's look at it from a more neutral point of view. Charity is a well-meaning action in which you give the needy, well, what they need. A man who spends his life helping others expecting nothing in return is sure to be an honorable man, is he not?

Oh, yeah, it sounds awesome in ink and paper, but apply it...
            Ayn Rand makes a statement against charity in Atlas Shrugged, saying that the motto "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs", if applied, will lead the world to hell. I actually agree with this, and the rest of this article will explain why. 

            One who likes to help is honorable, but one who expects nothing in return is clueless. Look at it from an economic point of view. One of the main problems that many developing countries and even some of the more develloped countries are facing is the fact that there are not enough jobs. However well-meaning, the act of charity by itself doesn't generate jobs. Sure, it's great short-term, but only if you apply it towards emergencies like natural disasters or something which has temporarily incapacitated the region. 

For example, in the aftermath of this catastrophe, you won't have many people hurrying to get a job.
           The main way an area can develop is generating riches, and you aren't going to see that if you give away food and money. It's like a person living on welfare. You can give him a job opportunity eventually, and yet, he will choose to live on the welfare since it's the easier way. 

            Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, had been invited by Gates to give half of his fortune to charity, to which he responded: "The only way to fight poverty is with employment... Trillions of dollars have been given to charity in the last 50 years, and they don’t solve anything.”

He's the richest man in the world, so it's gotta count for something.
         Although it sounds tough, it's the truth, which tends to be like that sometimes. How can you expect economic progress if nobody does anything meaningful? For example, there's a lot of economic progress in Africa right now, and it didn't come because of charities, if not Chinese investors who are pooling in money for commodities.

             It's like that famous quote. Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. But what happens once he stops fishing? Teach him to fish, though, and eventually, maybe he'll even get a good catch for you to buy (hopefully with a discount). Bam. That's basic economics right there, and this is the way to go if we want real development to occur. To need does not mean to deserve, but opportunities do have to be created by those with the capacity to do so.

Well, that's a wrap.

Monday, March 18, 2013

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Movie Review: Oz: The Great And Powerful

       All right, so I had mixed hopes about this movie, but I've gotta say, it was way better than I thought it would be. Oz: The Great and Powerful stars James Franco as Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmanuel Ambroise Diggs, otherwise known as: Oz. The movie serves as a spiritual sequel of sorts for the original novel, which explains the wizard's arrival to the land. 

Prequel with the psychedelic you want.
         Now, the cast is quite good. As I already mentioned, you've got Franco, and you have the ever blonde Michelle Williams and the ever beautiful Rachel Weisz. But better yet, Mila Kunis appears, ever stunning with her beauty which has captivated me time and again (If you're reading this, call me). There's  a few other people you'll recognize, too, but aside from the cast, there's also a lot of things to take in. The landscapes are breathtaking and the score is by, well, Danny Elfman, so if you're like me, you already know the music score, and yet, you love the music score. 

But especially Mila Kunis (call me).
         So, what's it about? Well, conman Oscar Diggs tries to flee from his carnie show, which was in Kansas, and stumbles into a tornado. He then crash lands into the wonderful land of Oz, in which he starts meeting all sorts of fantastical creatures, and better yet, Mila Kunis. He finds out of a prophecy in which he is supposed to save the land from the Wicked Witch, and he gets offered a ton of gold. Him, being a conman, gladly accepts. 

There's evil to destroy and stuff.
         The movie then turns into a joyride in which the shit hits the fan a few times, and of course, it's Oz, so some parts are made for kids, and yet, Franco's character is dynamic and always full of surprises. And you have Mila Kunis (seriously, call me), so if you're up for a good story and a good time, then go see the film, it's sure to be something you'll at least like. Don't expect something like Snow White or that Hansel and Gretel thing, this is good.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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How To: Calm Down

           So, exams are coming, and if you're someone like me, you know that the count to ten then one hundred rule is a load of crap. That's why I'll give you a few methods to soothe yourself before you commit murder. Take note, though, not all of this works for everyone. 

Bro? Just, first just calm - DAMN IT.
             One of the simpler solutions is to take a warm bath, and if that's not possible, at least wash your hands, thoroughly. Why? The feeling of cleanliness will also feel as if it's "washing down", so to say, on all that which makes you angry, so if you're getting especially mad, try it someday. 

Try not to trip, though.

                 Another easy one is to simply get away from everything. Get as alone as you possibly can, and let your steam blow until you're done. Try not to break anything; you might regret it later, but scream and thrash around and do what you will until the rage passes. 

Then tell the sky to go fuck itself.
                One that works is finding water. You're never going to get angry next to a river, lake, or the sea. Don't have one of those? Look for a fountain. The sound of flowing water is one of the most soothing sounds mankind has ever known, and this contributes to the shower's relaxing feeling. Also, drinking it makes you feel cleaner on the inside, which is very important to lower your anger. 

See? Now doesn't that seem soothing?
                  Now, this one's my favorite. Listen to music. Your favorite song, or the one that calms you down the most. Classical music. Heavy metal. Pop music, if you're into that kind of thing. Basically, whatever makes your gears stop grinding. It's possibly the most effective way to stop your anger from erupting, so always carry your iPod or whatever. 

                  These are all but a few of the many things you can use to prevent your rage from consuming you, but since it's time for partials I decided to make this but a quick fix, so, use it whenever you can, remember that it's simple but once you're raging it's hard to recall how to relax, so take this as a just in case reminder. 

Yes, that's it, now stop looking at me like that.

See? Everything's better now.