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Been a while since I gave you a random list of remarks. Let's try it again!

1. YouTube is a wondrous place whose members provide us with much video goodness. However, after some serious scientific inquiry, I must conclude that YouTube also has the absolute dumbest, mind-numbingly lamest user comments of any page on the internet. "lol thast sooo hot whats that song in teh bakgrond pleeeze luv the vid thxxxx XP!"

2. Clinique's Cream Shaper eyeliner is the best eye pencil I've tried yet. I guess it's worth it to spend more than $3 on eyeliner. Bye bye, Wet 'n Wild! Note: I have the Starry Plum color because I read that purples are good to make green/hazel eyes "pop" (sounds painful), but it basically just looks black until smudged. Am curious about the green shade (Egyptian) too.

3. There's no such thing as a healthy real tan, and no such thing as an attractive fake tan. If you use fake tanner you are feeding this ridiculous beauty standard that says pale skin isn't as good as darker skin. Yes, I understand about looking dead sometimes and wanting some color to liven things up, but that's what blush is for. The look of blood circulating: good. The look of sun damage: bad. As for legs? Psht, who cares? Honestly, fake orange legs look worse than pale white ones. Embrace your natural tones! Don't let anyone tell you they're not up to par!

4. I'm sure the fact that I currently have a crush on a very pale English vampire on the telly has nothing to do with point #3.

5. For taming frizzes and poofiness in hair, however, I do advocate the use of "product". But smooth hair doesn't mimic the look of any disease or damage, so it's not entirely hypocritical of me when taken with point #3. I have health in mind here along with prettiness.

6. What podcasts do you enjoy listening to? Navigating the iTunes directory tires me, so I'm looking for recommendations. I have eclectic tastes, so name anything you like. But in particular lately, stuff about writing or forensics (the crime-solving type, not the speech-giving type) is most pertinent to me.

7. Politically lately, to the degree I pay any attention to politics, I'm calling myself a centrist. Everything in moderation. Morally and spiritually, I don't know what to call myself. My main central value is respecting and enjoying life. Note that I don't just mean one or the other; not enjoying it disrespectfully (e.g., hedonism) or respecting it somberly (e.g., monasticism), but always both at the same time to the highest degree of compatibility possible. So what does one call that?

8. Happy Memorial Day weekend!


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May. 25th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
I agree fully with #3. I read a "pale is beautiful" article in Vogue several years ago that also emphasized the point, but perhaps part of my prejudice comes from English novels in which pale skin is superior to brown skin because of the indication of class level.

Personally, the only tan I find remotely attractive is what I call a natural tan -- the skin colorization that results from daily sun exposure or being active outdoors.

May. 27th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, those pale complexions beneath parasols are valued indeed. :) Brown skin is fine too of course, though, if that's what you're born with.

Lately I've even started viewing normal sun-exposure tans as unpleasant, though I used to dig the beach-boy/girl look. Tastes can change, it seems...
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May. 29th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
They absolutely should, if you ask me. :)
May. 25th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
POdcasts... ooh BBC Radio 4 - The Now Show, topical comedy, though it probably won't be about for another 2-3 months again... it tends to stay about for a weekly basis before the next one comes out.
May. 27th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
I'll look into those. Might be nice to hear some Beeb radio again!
May. 25th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
As to point #7, religiously, it could be anything since many religions, both traditional and alternative, share the same concepts. It's more as to what you believe beyond that that would define you (i.e., a belief and devotion to truely following Christ, would be a Christian; a belief in Xenu, Intergalactic Warlord would be Scientologist or more accurately, a nutcase, whichever you prefer =P).

Phylisophically, what you're describing could be Consequentialism.
May. 26th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
Any excuse... Message From Xenu videos.

Orginal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beHl-445h6s
Updated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPIYVu_pvNA

oh and I found this too.
Time Lapse Edinburgh...
May. 27th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)

I love the "killing Oprah with lightning bolts" bit.

The time-lapse Embro is gorgeous!
May. 27th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
You dare accost the supremacy of Xenu?? :D

Consequentalism--hmm, that does look fairly accurate, in my brief web reading. I'm always going on about how context is important, without going all the way into moral relativism (I hope)...
May. 26th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Through middle school and high school (and for a little while in college), I wanted to work for the F.B.I's Behavioral Science Unit as a forensic psychologist and criminal profiler. I was obsessed with what made criminals "tick" and read as much as I could on the subject. After talking to numerous FBI agents, I decided that said career was much too bleak, and I was unsure if I could simply "turn on" and "off" as needed (you know -- not become emotionally attached, etc). However, it is still a hobby of mine... armchair profiling, I mean... you may have witnessed me using those skills recently. :)

That said, you may enjoy Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture, an audio podcast with Dr. David Schmid.
May. 27th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, that looks like a good podcast! Thanks. I'm having trouble finding much on the subject in the podcasting world, which seems odd, given the popularity of CSI type shows.

I'm fascinated by forensics and psych profiling too, and am even reading a book on it right now, but indeed it would be way too traumatising as a career. I'm already haunted by some of the case details they've given. But it at least assures me that I cannot possibly create anything fictional that hasn't been out-weirded by real life!
May. 27th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for Molly! :-) *hugs* Hope you and your family are having a lovely holiday weekend.

I like your lists! I should make more posts like these. :-)

That Clinique eyeliner sounds fab. I've never really mastered the art of eyeliner, but one of my resolutions -- as I hit the age of 30 -- is to spend a little more time on my appearance. (I typically don't wear make-up. At all.) :-)

Oooh, which vampire are you crushing on? ;-)

By the way, speaking of vampires, have you read Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and New Moon? I recommend them very, very highly. Two of my favourite books, yes. :-) (And the third novel in the series, Eclipse, releases in August.) I'm totally in love with Edward. 'Nuff said. :-)
May. 27th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Hiya K!

Aw, you don't *need* makeup, from what I've seen. :) But it can be fun to play with. A good eyeliner does make the applying process much easier. But then, I don't think I've mastered the art either...

My vampire crush is Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which I'm finally discovering via DVD. It turned out to be far better than I expected--some of the best TV I've ever seen, in fact. Anyway, the wonderfully sarcastic bad boy Spike is the first one on this picspam post. :) And I don't normally even go for bleach-blondes...

Meyer's books look delicious! And set up here in WA, too. Awesome. I'm wish-listing that first one right away. Thanks. Didn't know you had a vampire thang too...but I guess I should have suspected, since you're a good pirate fancier and they're similar creatures. ;)
May. 28th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, aren't you sweet, Mol. Thanks kindly! *blush* My skin has gotten spottier with age, it seems, which is so strange. I probably have more problems with my skin now than I did when I was a teenager. Depressing. LOL!

Ahhh, Buffy! I need to watch that show....I've never seen it, but know so many folks who are devoted to it. Yay! (And thanks for sharing that picspam of your's....so many cute guys. *fangirls*)

Oooh, please do let me know how you enjoy Twilight and New Moon! It will be fun to chat with you about the books. :-)

Much love!
May. 29th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, your skin might smooth out in the 30s. Mine seems to have started calming down a bit!

Hmm, let's see: LOTR, Lost, PotC, Gilmore Girls...yes, you do indeed qualify to be a great Buffy fan. :D The episodes have the supernatural/fantasy and good drama components of the first three (plus vampires of course), with some of the clever humor and dialogue of the latter two, and a lot of fun surprises on top of that. I'm trying to make converts wherever possible. ;)

I will indeed keep in touch about those books. The reviews are amazingly good--got to get my hands on that.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for the reassurance! I certainly hope I regain a semblance of my once smooth and clear skin. *laughs*

I am very anxious to check out Buffy! When I do, we'll definitely have to chat about it. And I can't wait to correspond with you about Stephenie Meyer's books. :-)
May. 28th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
3. Preach it!! Although recently I'm actually getting some color from all the times I forget sunscreen when going for a run on the weekends. Eesh. Gotta work on that. No need to continue my family legacy of getting my very white skin fried and then needing all kinds of surgery for melanoma later in life.

7. I am currently searching for a "Fed Up With The Whole Thing and Just Want to Eat Pie and Maybe Have a Nap" Party. So far, no luck, but I'll let you know if I find anything promising.
May. 29th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can't buy into the "fry now, pay later" mentality of the sun-bakers. I guess it helps that I don't even *like* lying in the sun.

Do tell me if you find that party. Especially if they serve cheesecake too.
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