The first time I ever heard that word was in my high school biology class. I couldn't understand why my teacher suggested Youth in Asia as a topic for a research paper in a science class. Yeah, I know. Moronic. I think I actually picked that topic for Mrs. Allen's class and discovered an amazing amount of information. If it wasn't my topic, then I sure as hell did read a lot on the pros and cons of euthansia for pleasure. Twisted.
Anyways...where do you stand? Are you for or against? Circumstances that you would allow it to occur? Absolute nos? Who should control the approval for such a final act? Should it be the government who allows it for population control and the survival of the human species? A Soylent Green show of altruism? Should private citizens take it into their own hands? But would that lead way to exorbitant numbers of suicides, especially those attempts acted upon during times of strife? Do we kill off the mentally ill or the physically challenged? Do different races, sexual orientations, religious subscriptions become deviant behaviors and do the practitioners of said afflictions become the poster children for euthanasia? Horribly, a dystopian view of the world.
It popped into my head whilst walking my dog, Jolie. I'm down. Miserably low because of the events in my life. The plaguing thoughts of suicide popped into my head. How could my death be a gift instead of my selfish act of not trying anymore? There is no proper way to answer that. But it did lead me to think about my life in twenty years. Could I survive being me for another fifty or so years? Or does the sweet silence of death appear reasonable when I'm sixty-five?
Often we find out that our ideals are truely out of sync. Influences of others that generally take what we consider healthy, and then twist and distort them into some carnival mirror image. And over time, those once pure ideals become so much more contrived and compromised.
Fat people. Western societies have a general dislike for anyone who doesn't fit in the category of weight healthy or "normal." According to nutrionists and the medical field, normal is a marginally slim section of the spectrum. However, have you ever been introduced to an Asian's perspective? Or a third-world people's ideal? Some consider the belly paunch an indication that you are wealthy. You always eat well. You are beautiful.
Kate Harding has a series of photos up that questions your idea of fat. View it two ways. Play the slideshow without info. Guess who's normal. Then play it with info. Or just play it with the info. If you roll your mouse over the picture as it begins, you'll see the "i" to click for captions.
I only know this is a factory and its name is Pearlstone. Found a few things online regarding it but still nothing definitive because I have yet to find pictures to accompany any text. I loved the factory and one day when I get a big girl camera, I'll go back. I've included the original and the edited. Just looking at its tower, I'm reminded of headstones and cemeteries.
Before going to our musicfest at Live@Mokah we drove around Dallas and found this amazing view of the city from a warehouse. Forgive the unprofessional edit of the photo (and the photos themselves). They were taken with my little ViviCam 3783 and merged together using Photoshop 7.0. No editing other than using layers. I didn't want to lose the colors of the sky and I'm really only learning about Photoshop. Ok, disclaimers aside...it was simply a fantastic view of the skyline.
Will come back and post about Live@Mokah when I've collected my thoughts and edited them down to a workable post. Until then, I've posted some pics at an unframed 5x7. Also, I gave in and started a Flickr account. Some of the photos weren't posting right here. I may end up deleting an unframed 5x7 here.
I'm taking Emma to a concert venue on Saturday. Out of curiousity, I was checking out who else will be coming to Dallas in the next few months. And I found something I couldn't believe. Stunned. Seriously stunned.
Hannah Montana is coming in November. Do you know what this child's tickets cost? Cheapest seats are $120. Most expensive: $1505. Yes. Each ticket cost ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND FIVE DOLLARS. Don't believe me, you're welcomed to click on the link and find out for yourself.