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Femion » 2006 » August

Horses Have Nice Gums

August 19th, 2006


My name is Catherine, a Real PersonTM, and I approved this blog post.

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Every Five Books: Plotless Love

August 19th, 2006

fivepeopleyoumeetinheaven.jpgThe Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom. When you die, you meet five people who had some influence in your life, or whose life you have influenced. So goes Albom

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Anatomy of a Stupid Rumour

August 17th, 2006

August 3rd, 10:57 PM (Timezone unknown): Celebrity Fan makes a post about Jessica Simpson being quoted as saying that ex-husband Nick Lachey had a small penis in something called “Times Magazine”. The post has the fact that these quotes are only rumours highlighted, though this might be a post-rumour edit. The post begins with “Can this be true?” and it is obvious that the rumour is only hearsay and speculation. Times Magazine sounds a lot like Time Magazine, but Time Magazine has never interviewed Jessica Simpson.
August 15th, 10:55 AM (Timezone unknown): Ohnotheydidnt copies the post on Celebrity Fan almost word-for-word, minus the lead in “Can this be true?” and the rumours. Ohnotheydidnt puts Celebrity Fan as the source.
August 15th (time unknown): The same day, What Would Tyler Durden Do? posts a re-edited version of the Celebrity Fan post, with no mention of the fact that it may be a rumour. Still, no source on the actuall origins of the quotes.
August 16th, 10:00AM (Timezone unknown): The blog of VH1’s popculture TV show Best Week Ever reports the rumour as fact, pointing a source back to the WWTDD post. I can’t watch the show because I’m in Canada, but I would bet that this has a fairly good chance of making the TV show.
Do I care if the rumour is true? No. It’s stupid. What I am trying to demonstrate is that within a twenty-four hour period, an old post calling doubt to a speculative rumour on a non-mainstream website has become the source for ‘fact’ on the website of a national, widely watched TV show. The number of people who now believe this rumour could be in the tens of thousands, probably much more.

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Timberlake got Timbaland’d

August 17th, 2006

There were omens. The end of the video for Nelly Furtado’s remarkable transformation and irritating song “Promiscuous” has a guest appearance by Justin Timberlake. Both “artists” have had their latest albums produced by rapper Timbaland, and there seems to be some sort of agreement between the artist and producer. Get help from Timbaland, and he’ll make your once-normal innocuous pop music into a tougher, hip-pop sound. In return, the first single off of that album must contain at least 30% airtime for Timbaland (which seems to be the maximum before you must include a ‘feat. Timbaland’ next to your name) so that he can jump start his career as a solo artist. Thus, this new mind-numbing dump from Justified:
Justin Timberlake: SexyBack

It’s the chorus that concerns me. It reminds me of Pharell’s Can I Have It Like That where Pharell raps over a repeating track of Gwen Stefani singing “You Got It Like That”. It’s the same thing here, with Timberlake’s lyrics on a repeating track, but it’s not Timbaland’s song, it’s Timberlake’s.
It’s all pretty irrelevant, in the end. No amount of Rap “toughness” can change the fact that Timberlake’s basically a Himbo.

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Gold Arms

August 16th, 2006

Fed up with the constant pressures of Antigonish life (hint: sarcasm), the traffic of Church St., the students next door doing some pre-term partying, the way to high tourists-to-attractions ratio, and the general all-round nowhereness, Dad booked a cottage and we went up to Cape Breton for two nights.
We stayed at Kayak Cape Breton on the edge of the Bras d’or Lake. We went canoeing and got stuck next to a sandbar. We went to the Point Michaud beach in very strong winds and I found an Atlantic Ocean sand dollar, which broke later. We saw lots of animals: red and green hummingbirds, a rabbit, beavers, cows, and eagles.

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Now we’re back to normal city life, with internet, TV and books with plots.

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To Much Photoage fo’ yo’ Bandwidth!

August 13th, 2006




California 026

Originally uploaded by milankie.

It is 10:47 in the evening in Antigonish. Since 8:00 I have been narrowing down the over-1000 set of pictures taken in California down to a litte-over-100 set of the best, rotating, resizing, redeye zapping, renaming and uploading. (pausing every so often to rate songs that come up on iTunes Party Shuffle) And after all of this effort, in my lethargy and laziness period of the year, after nearly three hours, Flickr informs me that my bandwidth for the month is used up. Maybe I shouldn’t have made the photos so big, or maybe I should buy the pro version of flickr, or maybe I should just wait ’til next month. Halifax can’t possibly be as photogenic as California, can it?

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Every Five Books: Right Wing, Left Wing, Monkey Wing

August 12th, 2006

borntorock.jpgBorn To Rock, Gordon Korman. A young high-school graduate is shocked to discover that 1. he lost his scholarship due to an undeserved allegation of cheating on a math test and now has no way to pay for his post-secondary education, and 2. that his biological father may be the leader of the most famous punk band of all time. The second comes to a shock because the graduate is the head of the Young Republican

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Holy inflating planets, Batman, it

August 12th, 2006

If you watch television in North America, particularly the weather network and prime time news, you may have seen these Nasonex ads with the Antonio Banderas bee. I find them very obnoxious and cheesy, but ad hominem attacks and personal opinion aside, they are the work of Continuity Studios, led by Neal Adams. Among other things, Neal Adams is a comic book artist and known for his work on Batman. He is also a

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There is Good Country Music…

August 10th, 2006

I usually hate country music, but, surprisingly, I have chosen it for the good music week. Also, the Dixie Chicks were in the province yesterday, and having a celebrity come to Nova Scotia is a big deal. It’s still a source of pride for people around here that Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke used to own a summer cottage in Antigonish County.
Dixie Chicks: Not Ready to Make Nice

That aside, the video has low cheese count and the music is pretty good. What makes it great is that it is popular now in the US, which sends the nice message that you can be a country music group and have an anti-Bush opinion without it killing your career. Take that, Fox News!

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Dad’s Pond

August 10th, 2006

Dad came in the kitchen yesterday and declared: “The frog is spitting!”
This is what he meant. When I was a lot younger he got the idea to create an artificial above-ground goldfish pool, using cement bricks to hold in place a shower curtain over a shallow hole. He used to start up the pool sometime in June or July, and keep them out there until the fall. I have so many childhood memories around that pool: the time Mariek’s youngest sister stuck her hand in the pool, tried to drink the water, and subsequently being rushed inside by her frantic parents hoping she hadn’t gotten some fish bacteria in her toddler-sized system, and the time we came back from a weekend camping trip to find all of the pool fish lying around the edge with their heads bitten off (the work of one of the stray cats in our neighborhood, we guess).
However, in the past three or four years Dad has ceased maintaining the pool because it’s been too much work. Since I’ve been helping him with his garden this year I guess he’s figured he has time for it now, so yesterday I shovelled up the pool’s pebbles (which have since been covered with a fine layer of dirt, rotting leaves and whoever knows what else. I was using a small trowel and I thought it looked a bit like The Poopsmith somehow, and I was going to get a picture of that, but I figured no-one would get the reference). Then dad filled it up again and this is the result:
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Me: But don’t you think it’s a bit strange to have a frog continously spit water out of a tube in its mouth?
Dad: Well, it could have been a human spitting, or peeing…
Or no statue at all?
In any case, Dad’s going to get the goldfish and guppies soon, so it’s time for another round of How many fish can survive being outside for a month?

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