Speechless

February 4, 2010

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Tiger’s Milk

January 29, 2010

This is no joke!  Sai Mai, a 26-month-old female tiger, plays with baby pigs at a zoo in Thailand’s Chonburi province, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Bangkok, on May 7, 2004?. The Royal Bengali tigress was born in captivity and breast-fed by a female pig for four months after her birth.  A piglet sleeps on a tiger at Sriracha zoo, 80 km (50 miles) east of the Thai capital Bangkok on 2, July 2004. The zoo is trying to boost visitor numbers by teaching domestic animals such as pigs, and wild animals such as tigers, to live together in harmony from an early age.

A tiger cub suckles from a sow at Sriracha zoo.

Minty Fresh

January 28, 2010

Aaron Patzer, CEO of Mint.com, had a little sketch sesh with an artist/lover…and then she posted her sketches.

Embrace

Before Disappearing

Bachelor Pad No More

January 27, 2010

A look into the current state of bachelors pads.  Entertaining read.  However, I don’t think it is a result of the current economic situation tho.  I think guys today just don’t care.

BACHELORS always seemed to have it made. With only themselves to support, they could flash their cash and trick out their apartments in such a way that James Bond himself would feel at home shaking himself a martini in their ultra-cool, chick-magnet pads.

Then the recession thundered in, and suddenly young men found themselves one of the hardest hit demographic segments.

If the high-style bachelor apartment was at its core intended as a lure for love interests, a move toward a more ascetic place might seem to clash with this goal. But some bachelors with pared-down pads disagree.

Mr. Brooks, the former MTV host, thinks the flashiness of a bachelor’s apartment no longer matters.

“The great thing about a recession is that girls are not going to pass you up,” he said, “because every other guy they are meeting isn’t doing that great either.”

Read full article here.

Ain’t That the Truth

January 26, 2010

Breadwinner

January 19, 2010

Here is an interesting article from today’s Washington Post.  Below are a few excerpts.

A PEW research has opined that women are increasingly better educated than their husbands and have emerged as the dominant income-provider in one of five marriages.

The research, the results of which appear in the Washington Post, shows that men increasingly get a significant economic boost when they tie the knot-improving their household incomes and often pairing up with a partner who has at least as much education as they do.

Compared to 1970, when men usually married women with less education and fewer wives worked, these changes have contributed to a “gender role reversal in the gains from marriage,” the report said.

“What’s radically changed is that marriage now is a better deal for men,” said Richard Fry, co-author of the report, published by the Pew Research Center.

Men are still the major contributors of household income-with 78 percent making at least as much or more than their wives-but the percentage of women whose income has outpaced their husband’s has more than quadrupled, jumping from just 4 percent in 1970 to 22 percent now.

The economic recession has accelerated the trend. The report cited labour statistics showing men lost three-quarters of jobs for prime working-age individuals in 2008. Women have not lost jobs at the same rate and “are shouldering more economic responsibilities for their families than ever before,” said sociologist Kathleen Gerson, author of “The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation Is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America.”

Innocence Lost

January 12, 2010

Amusing yet quite disturbing is how I describe this Damien Hirst piece.  Innocence Lost, a glass baby’s bottle containing a pork sausage pickled in alcohol, makes foul, connotative paradoxes out of ideas of nourishment and nurture.  It can be yours for a small price of £5,200.00

Innocence Lost by Damien Hirst (2009); 200 x 50 mm; Glass bottle with sauasge and alcohol

Male Prostitution Legalized

January 7, 2010

Finally!  A real reason to go to Vegas!  Women have needs too!

After months of debate in the state’s surprisingly squeamish brothel community, Nye County officials agree to let Shady Lady Ranch near Death Valley hire men. Reporting from Tonopah, Nev. – Brothel owner Bobbi Davis got the go-ahead Tuesday to hire what her website cheekily calls “a few good men.”

“I personally feel, as do the many other women who have made contact with me since I started this, that this is a service whose time has come,” Davis said in a letter to Nye County officials.

“This is the first time in the history of the world . . . that men have been licensed to sell sex,” Flint said Tuesday, his voice rising. “It’s never been done!”

Read entire article here.

Amazing male prostitution was illegal before this.  Because only allowing female prostitution isn’t sexist at all….


New Year’s Resolutions

January 1, 2010

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
-T.S. Eliot

Here are mine, in no particular order:

  1. Be more grateful for what I have (people, things, opportunity, etc).
  2. Smile more!
  3. Cut out red meat (oh man, my body is already going through withdrawals) and inch my way towards vegetarianism.
  4. Run a half marathon (and get back into running in general…or rather, yogging).
  5. Learn basic Español (they say you need to know basic Spanish and Mandarin to travel the world.  I am halfway there!).
  6. Get back into new music (i.e. get music blog rolling…details to come).
  7. Read more (all of those unread books on my bookshelf are calling my name).
  8. Relearn how to play the piano.
  9. Get back into golf (my year long hiatus needs to end!)

Oshogatsu

January 1, 2010

One of my favorite holidays of the year (and the only holiday I get to connect to my Japanese roots).  Time to bust out the kimono!

New Year’s Day is the most important holiday in Japan.  On New Year’s eve, toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles), symbolizing longevity, are served.  On New Year’s Day, the family starts the New Year with a “mochi” or rice cake breakfast. The rice cake is served in a stew called “Ozoni.” Rice pounding to make mochi rice cakes is a popular new year activity.

January 1 is a very auspicious day, best started by viewing the new year’s first sunrise (hatsu-hinode), and traditionally believed to be representative for the whole year that has just commenced. Therefore, the day is supposed be full of joy and free of stress and anger, while everything should be clean and no work should be done.