Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ooo, happy day!

A happy ending in my search for a stretchy, comby hairband thingy. I found one!

Actually I found seven of them and I bought them ALL, mwahahahaha. Stocked right up! I will be hair-tickle free, when desired, for many years to come.

Strange though... nowhere on the packaging does it call them anything, just 'Stylize.' I still have no idea what these things are called... so 'stretchy, comby hairband thingies' it is!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Morman-y Monday

I'm an atheist but I've always been interested in religion; why people believe in what they do, how religion and other elements in societies mingle and just the weird and wacky aspects of religious practice and belief.

Relating to this... a few years ago, I 'dated' a man who was a Mormon; a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a nice bloke and we got along very well but, long-story-short, our different approaches to life made a relationship impossible.

However, from this experience I got to learn about Mormonism and though Mr Mormon is long gone, my fascination with Mormonism is not. I still read a lot of Mormon/LDS blogs and forums and once in a while I consider going back to university to study and research Mormonism academically. I've a BA in anthropology & sociology and think that there is a lot of research that could be done. It's a good fit, but...


This past week was very Mormon-y one.

I read 'Escape' by Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer about Jessop's life in an FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints) polygamist community and her eventual escape. Fascinating reading of an insider's view of a cult and of polygamy and life on the outside.

I would recommend the book... if cults, polygamy and unique life experiences interest you. Here's the first 10 minutes of a book reading Jessop did a few years ago:

I also watched '8: The Mormon Proposition,' a documentary about the LDS Church's involvement in revoking same-sex marriage rights in California. Very damning for the LDS church indeed.

Here's the trailer:

A great documentary if you want to get pissed off about something.

I should mention that there is mainstream Mormonism (LDS) and there is fundamental Mormonism (FLDS). They share many beliefs but the FLDS is much, much more into cult territory than LDS is... but they're both nutty, imo. ;-)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Only in Scotland...

Click the picture to enlarge and click the link to see for yourself - click! :-)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Healing Power of Toast

Look what I found!

Cool or what?

And a 'Free Toy Inside!'

Why, it's a wee psychotic man holding a cup! lol... small things, small minds.


And finally, a video for any fellow geeks who read my blog:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sweaty Sunday: Here It Goes Again

During my holiday to Scotland, I ate and drank a lot... waaay too much! Lots of great beer, wine, cider, crisps, fish n chips, the best 'coriander chicken' I've ever had, 5 million full Scottish breakfasts, an amazing steak, a memorable chili burger, scones, baguettes, etc... etc... and I did SFA in terms of exercise.

I loved the food and booze binge but wish I would have kept up with the 'running' cos I was finally making real progress. Alas, I didn't... so the last 2 weeks have been all about easing my way back at it... well, really the first week back I pretty much slept 24/7... but this last week, I've been back on the golf course trail, walking -->walk/running. It was tough at first but I've improved a lot in the last couple of days.

I've just looked at the forecast for the coming week... hot and sunny... like 30 degrees hot (ugh). Hmmm... I just might have to stick to a treadmill in a gym with A/C. I've never run on a treadmill before... Hooray for YouTube and instructional videos:


Saturday, July 3, 2010


I briefly mentioned this film in a previous post and I've finally just watched it.

It's not a feel good movie by any means. It's dark and meditative and excellent.

It's based upon the 'Montreal Massacre.'

More info about the film here.

Worth seeing, imo.

Here's the trailer: