Archive for January 11th, 2010

Liberated Negative Space o’ the Day: by way of introducing E’s First Resolution of 2010

January 11, 2010

There is this old fairy tale I’ve always been kind of obsessed with. Two sisters are at a well when an old woman with her whole life strapped to her back approaches them and asks for a drink. One sister scorns the beggar and tells her to go away. The other apologizes for her sister’s behavior, draws up the bucket, and gives the old woman a drink from her dipper, despite her filthy condition. The beggar reveals herself to be a powerful fairy, who curses the sister who spoke cruelly to her so that, whenever she opens her mouth to speak, toads and adders will tumble out.

Woodcut illustration for the Perrault version

To the sister that was kind to her, the fairy blesses her, turning her dipper to gold, and puts a spell on her so that whenever she speaks, pearls and rubies and precious gems will fall from her lips — because of this, a prince hears about it and marries the nice girl. (A dubious gift and all-around problematic lesson, I have always thought, but I will save that for another day.)

Somewhere good.

The problems aside, this is my first firmly formed Resolution of 2010: Pearls and Rubies.

Less trash-talk and denigration slithering out of my mouth, more pearls and rubies dripping from my lips. That includes not just ceasing gossip, but in changing my entire mindset, so that if I were about to criticize someone, I might instead take that criticism and turn it around, maybe offer some insight into why I think that person who is being discussed (probably not present during that) is behaving the way they are, and a hope that things will improve for them.

Massachusetts, United States.

Leviticus 19:16
“Do not go about spreading slander among your people.”

Ephesians 4:29;31
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers… Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Paris, France.

Phillipians 4:8
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

(Miss D, I know you are laughing at my deliberate inclusion of quotes from St. Paul’s letters — but this year, I am determined that I am going to take a stab at resolving some of my Paul problems, too, so make me work on it!)

Matthew 12:36
“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.”

I am going to try to continue the process of change I began almost a year ago, and strive to constantly improve myself and the world around me. I especially like this resolution because it forces me to stop complaining (i.e. criticizing) and actually take action to resolve my issues with how a thing is going or a person is acting. I think this is really going to make me a better person. Or get me punched in the face. I’ll keep you posted!

Monocle Monday: Monocle application by Idea Machine edition

January 11, 2010

Monocle is a simple search tool that puts a universal search field at your disposal. When you want search, you can choose from a number of engines to perform the search in different places. Monocle comes preloaded with engines for Google, Wikipedia, Windows Live Search and Yahoo! Search. You can easily add your own engines by performing an example search inside a web browser window in Monocle. (source)

This is in no way an endorsement of that Mac App. I have never used it and likely never will, as I have had the same phone since 2005 and will probably continue to have it until it literally falls apart in my hands because I have grown to believe that I, myself, am built-in obsolescence personified, and everything I learn to use and grow accustomed to must immediately fall out of human use and knowledge, so that I remain freakishly anachronistic in my understanding of technology.

Et tu, Bender, my metal and small and doesn’t judge me at all robot friend? Then you can all keep your fancy-dancy iPhones and droids, and be sure to bite our shiny metal asses.

I believe there is always a person like this in every group that is behind the crest of the trend by deliberate choice, a lone cowboy on an uneasy horse at the edge of the horizon, never quite part of the pack of trailblazers, always slightly at a remove from the rest of society just in case this next invention is that society’s downfall, and in this generation among those I am close to, I apparently have taken on that mantle. Mmm, Apocalypse Bean Soup — with hamhock, even? Wow, thanks, cowpoke! Just like I like it!

So, yes, I know nothing about this newfangled Monocle app folderol. I just like the ads, don’t you?

Daily Batman: The Importance of Being Ivy

January 11, 2010

Dr. Pamela Isley goes green.

These businesses are destroying the planet. Pollution, deforestation, overharvesting — and all for the one thing they already have too much of to begin with. Money.

“Daring Do.” Bowles, Hamish. Photographed for the Costume Institute Gala by Craig McDean, Vogue (U.S. edition), May 2008.

Click here to view Newsweek‘s 2009 ranking of Greenest Companies in America. If a company in your town, from whom you buy a majority of your products, or in whose product you are interested is not on the list, consider writing to them and politely explaining why you would like to see them begin environmentally-friendly practices in order to keep your business. We can’t all just poison the bad guys like the good green doctor, here, but you can still do your part.

It’s more honorable and in keeping with the theme of the issue to keep it clean in your fight, anyway. No ELF-style bombing baloney, which is dangerous and eliminates jobs from the humanitarian standpoint, and only plays in to the hands of the opposition from the strictly political and pragmatic end of the argument. When it comes to corporations and their interactions with politics and the environment, you definitely catch more flies with honey than with vinegar — ask any venus trap.

In my face.

January 11, 2010

Almost directly after I published that last post, the doorbell rang and my sick ass hobbled to answer it. It was a man from the Hart Floral Service with the following delivery.

In my embittered and estranged face, am I right? Just all up in it. Look at that. Dag.

Movie Moment: Une femme est une femme (Godard, 1961)

January 11, 2010

Anna Karina as Angela in Jean-Luc Godard’s first color film, Une femme est une femme (A Woman Is A Woman), released in 1961.

Turns out cough syrup bums me out. Like I’m walking underwater past all the things I normally try not to think too much about. Good thing I’m not one of those funky religions where that’s my only outlet for getting a buzz on. But I will not get beat down. I’m too old for emo folklore (but never too old for drinking and pretentious film school shenanigans, not ever). As soon as I’m well, I’m going to find resurrection at the bottom of a bottle or two of Pacifico with the friendohs, and I am sure things will be looking brighter then.