…from my story shot by Casey Spooner for Candy Magazine July 2013
LOTR Illustrated Guitar by Vivian Xiao
Exquisitely detailed enough to be crafted in the forest realm of Lothlórien, this beauteous guitar was not forged by elf nor man, but by 16 year Vivian Xiao with sharpie markers! Depicting Nazgul, Minas Tirith, and even the all-seeing Eye of Sauron, this divinely-engraved instrument could surely inspire even more Led Zeppelin songs. Check put Vivian’s website for details on purchasing and commissions.
This got to me a bit.
THIS. HURTS ME.
"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses." - William Arthur Ward
After posting 8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Spank Your Kids, I received a ton of…
If you have spanked (or smacked, b/c not all spanking is the traditional on-the-bottom spanking) your kids, you can stop. It’s okay to admit you were wrong, and it’s important that your kid knows it. Apologize to them, do the work. It’s okay for them to know you fucked up. They need to know it’s YOU who fucked up, not them.
I like what this person said. As an abuse survivor and a person who struggles with many issues that lead me to becoming easily frustrated and to feel out of control of my emotions, I’ve always been afraid that I would spank my child without thinking in a moment of frustration. It’s good to be reminded that trust and respect can still be built after doing something fucked up like that. In a way, it actually makes me less worried that it will happen.
Octopus Steals Diver’s Camera, Shoots Home Movie With It
from the cinematographer, New Zealand:
while trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashed towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn’t feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus…
(via: Victor’s Videos)
The fast food business model is to use the Government to compensate the workers because they are unable to live off their wages.
Thanks to Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off
"If you work and still need food stamps, your employer is the one getting the handout." Perfect.
this is actually an issue in new zealand as well. the government subsidises rent if people cannot afford it despite working full-time. the tax burden falls to middle-class, tax money is used to subsidise low wages amongst the working poor, who are providing both their labour and rents to the wealthiest, who are committing billions in (known) tax fraud a year.
but don’t worry, it’s definitely the unemployed poor who are leeching the economy.
our minimum wage is $13.50 NZD an hour ($11.04 USD)