Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's like an alien world

Today, I watched maybe an entire hour of makeup videos on youtube. @@ Crazy. I never realized how much work girls put into their hair, eyes, skin, etc. It's so friggin complicated. I mean... wow. It's just crazy. @@ And it requires a ton of knowledge. And people (well, the women) look like they actually really appreciate these videos. Check out these comments:

"I was wondering... when you use the kabuki brush to buff the mineral foundation in, doesn't the liquid concealer come off with the brushing? Or is the brand that you showed us really good in that it stays on your skin?
I only conceal. I've tried doing powder foundation but whenever I brush over the concealed parts the colour just comes right off to reveal the redness that was under."

" l have a interview 2morrow and I'm going to do that look.

thank u"

"It is basically like a razor with grooves for safety and so it gets a grip on your hairs, so it will grow back faster than tweezing, because tweezing takes the hair out from the roots. But eyebrow hair doesn't grow that fast. I used the eyebrow shaper between my brows, it took 1 and 1/2 weeks."

" god i really love u !!
i'm from belgium and it's not easy to find these tips in dutch, but with your explanation it is so easy"

"i LOOOOOVE the second look!!! absolutely gorgeous, fun and easy to do :D thanks i've been wondering what to do with my bangs since the haircut lady cut them wrong from the start!!! thanks A LOOOT mwah"

Suffice it to say... if a girl asks me if she looks pretty, from now on, I will say yes, she looks gorgeous. Can't imagine what girls feel if they put all that work into it, and then people tell them it doesn't look good. I mean, most women are naturally beautiful anyway, but now I'll feel super guilty if I ever say no to that question. @@

It's definitely a world I'll never fully understand.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Global Warming is the New Terrorism

I joined another Facebook group today: Against the Global Warming Myth

Here's what I wrote on the group wall.
I read a BBC report and got really pissed, so I found a group like this to join just for the heck of it.


The entire article talks about food prices, and then this little tidbit gets shoved into the article at the end with no explanatory logic.

"The main causes of the rising food prices include rising demand from fast-developing countries, higher oil costs and global warming."

OK, rising demand from fast-developing nations, self-explanatory. Higher oil costs, obviously would increase production costs and thereby outputted food costs. Global warming... how is that connected? @@ Global warming has become the new terrorism but worse. We can now blame global warming for everything from the length of the Iraq war to the Chicago Cubs not winning the World Series. I exaggerate, but hopefully you get my point.
Seriously, how did it get this bad? It now reeks of the overarching rhetoric used to fight the war on terror: "If we don't go to the movies, the terrorists have won. If you don't study hard enough, the terrorists have won. If you don't vote, the terrorists have won. If you don't kiss me, the terrorists have won." Well, maybe we can blame global warming for the increase in crop prices. Because of global warming, people have championed biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels, leading farmers to produce crops for biofuel to fight global warming, in turn decreasing the supply available for food. But that's not global warming causing an increase in food prices, that's the supply of crops being diverted to biofuel production causing an increase in food prices. But if this is what the journalist truly meant, note how the sentence is worded to make us think that global warming is the ultimate culprit, even when it's not. After all, IF global warming is scientifically valid, there are more effective ways of decreasing carbon emissions than biofuels. Current studies show that biofuels increase greenhouse gases (see Science, February 2008). It's not global warming that's causing an increase in food prices, it's people's stupidity and manic panic.