While driving to work this morning I had my first listen to Coldplay’s new song “Atlas” on the radio. Of course being a Randian troll I immediately zoned into absorbing the lyrics to see if they referenced Atlas Shrugged. Whether that was the intent or not of the songwriters, I consciously took every line to reference something in the book only to set myself up for the disappointment later that this song came off The Hunger Games OST. The thing that threw me off about “Atlas” from Coldplay was the searching for gold and some dragon to slay because there was nothing in “Atlas Shrugged” that fit that. In A Game of Thrones, yes but not in Rand’s great novel.
There is no song like “Drop The World” by Eminem & Lil Wayne & Company that follows closely to the book. Also there is no song as passionately executed about the themes present in the book. The theme about how greatness is achieved by an individual and his or her mind. The theme of how being true to yourself while living in a society that’s fucked up. The theme of how hard work is in itself a reward.
Sometimes I feel like the present world we live in is modeled by the society that Rand fashioned in her book. Especially when I’m at work and have to deal with the menaces of society. Makes me want to go escape to some hidden valley. But being me, I choose to stay and fight.
"Because bitch I pick the world up and drop it on your fucking head."
The current news with the Zimmerman acquittal is bringing out a lot of passion in people in regards to their views of the jury system and racial profiling. One side is blaming the jury for being prejudiced while the other side is arguing that there is no evidence that Zimmerman is guilty of murder.
Which side am I on?
The side that says that the jury is prejudiced for letting Zimmerman get away with murder. However I don’t blame the jury. I blame the American legal system and how it fashions laws to let stuff like this happen. In the modern jury system, peoples’ voices don’t matter because if they don’t conform to evidence based rationale set up by laws they usually are disregarded as bias. I had jury duty last week and I remember the judge talking about how we should make our decision based on the law and by not what we knew or were persuaded by. Being not so enthusiastic about the law, I stayed indifferent. I’m not the best juror because I know how to kill people with my own kindness.
Kind of how I do sometimes at my work. Racial profiling is an elephant in the room of an issue at the pharmacy with these new DEA restrictions directed toward narcotic medications. The majority of prescriptions that come from inner city Houston in the hands of African American men or women who come off as “thug” usually get turned away or incite further investigation on part of the pharmacist on duty. Nine times out of ten, they get turned away because of appearance and the fact the zip code is close to The Third Ward. Since everybody in The Third Ward abuses drugs for a living. Some people blame Hip Hop for the whole hustling gangster conundrum that characterizes some peoples’ paranoia about Blacks being drug pushers and homicide hobos. Truth is that people cannot blame a genre a music its culture for their listener’s actions. Most people see Hip Hop as an art and realize that art is fiction. So if a guy dresses in a hoodie, that does not mean he embraces the culture he portrays. We as a society like to limit our perceptions so we conjure up an image of danger to make ourselves the victim because we don’t want to be responsible for not preventing a perceived evil take its course. We’re all failed superheros.
Innocent until proven guilty. Why don’t we use that ideology before we pass judgment on other people and assume what they are. Maybe then we don’t have this idea make its way into the courtroom where the law interprets it for its own affirmation that it is right and unchanging.
I got this picture of this gorgeous innocent looking lady. Her pensive stare captivated me so I dished out 3 dollars and dropped it in the little black box.
2521 University Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77005
Also I saw that my donation benefited Texas Children’s Hospital which made me more willing to purchase. I love kids. I love artwork. I love to decorate my space with what I love.
During my lunch break today, I decided to stroll next door to H-E-B to replenish my supply of pine nuts that I love to crouton my salads with. It was a pretty hot and humid day so I decided that a drink would not hurt so I decided to get some POM but instead the flashy yellow sale sticker for this drink caught my eye.
Happy to deviate from my usual beverage of choice, I decided to give this odd drink a chance. Shown above is the empty bottle I gulped down but the initial appearance of the bottle was this thick yellow liquid with tiny yellow chia seeds suspended in it. The chia seeds suspended in them makes the entire bottle look odd to drink because of its salad dressing demeanor. All the reason for me to try it. At work I like to be known as the girl who drinks the weird stuff. I drink eclectic. My eyes don’t burn electric.
Turns out that this drink has a high content of essential fatty acids (EFAs) since it houses chia seeds. These fatty acids are needed by our body to carry out biological processes that help better deal with inflammation and cellular signalling. For inflammation, the essential fatty acids found in this drink (specifically alpha-linolinec acid (ALA)) are used to synthesize eicosanoids. Eicosanoids are signalling molecules that act as messengers in the nervous system. They also have roles in enhancing immune function. While reading the nutrition information, I came to the conclusion that this drink is more of a safe alternative to an energy drink. The drink does not necessarily stimulate its consumer like caffeine does but it helps protect from the fatigue from making its mark at the cellular level. The cells die slower. But they still do die. It’s a part of life.
On a brighter note, the chia seeds are the same seeds used to plant chia pets as well. Happy 90s memories. It’s refreshing to see an artifact of the overplayed commercial in a drink in all its organic glory. Ch-ch-ch-chia!
The Great Gatsby OST
I feel that I am the only one that is pathologically obsessed with this story and its soundtrack by Jay-Z. Maybe it’s because I feel like an anachronism in 2013. I always felt that I belonged in the Roaring 20s. Well I am in my roaring 20s but just without the glamorous bob and pretty pearls.
I like pretty things. Like Florence Welch’s voice in Track 15 of this album. That woman sounds like an angel like always. Always a hint of sadness in her voice but she always leaves the person listening to her voice empowered. The way she throws her voice just kind of reaches into your soul and makes you aware that you have one. Her lyrics are never all that clever from a figurative standpoint but the way she projects them through her sound…just amazing. The ending of this song is just WOW. I can’t wait to see what scene it will make it in the movie. Probably when Daisy and Gatsby make love. That would be one steamy steamy love scene. Heck. I wouldn’t mind making to love to this in the background when I meet my Jay Gatz.
The following track after by The xx is another favorite of mine. Romy’s voice is just so creepily sensual. She is like a siren. “Together” is another sad song when only considering the lyrics but the background music that is characteristic to The xx makes this track more mellow than sad.
Nero also has a track on this OST. Sounds like walking into a graveyard of robots with their ghosts coming up to do a pop song - AKA modern dubstep. I wonder where it’ll be in the movie. Maybe another love scene.
The rest of the album is very appropriate in terms of being jazzy. The Kid Koala version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” is pretty snazzy. I could definitely see it being in a perfume commercial with Beyonce all glammed up at one of Gatsby’s parties. The fragrance would be called “Speakeasy”.
That’s just me dreaming and being inspired by this soundtrack. The Daisy in me. Can’t wait until I see the movie this weekend. Always up for a good love story. Since one can’t seem to find me in real life =(
Product Review: Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
I’ve been using this product for about a month now applying it once every two weeks while enjoying the spring weather on my back patio. First discovered it at Sprouts Farmers’ Market and got it on sale for under fifteen bucks lured by its brightening properties.
Being an Indian chick of Gujarati origin, fair skin is looked upon favorably and I am naturally born tan. & I just love being out in the sun. Why stay indoors when the weather outside is gorgeous? However ten minutes in the sun for me without putting any SPF loving moisturizer means turning two shades darker. That’s right darker. Not tanner. I was already born tan.
Even though I look down on my heritage’s views towards feminine beauty, that does not stop me from trying products such as this one. To me brightening means to induce a glow. It has nothing to do with melanin content. None of the products in this mask directly impede melanin production so in a way the packaging does show false marketing to the scientifically impaired.
Where’s the hydroquinone? Nowhere to be seen. Instead this mask boasts products such as manuka honey, meadowfoam, and guar. Things that come from a plant. Things that are used in cooking. Edible things.
The actual mask is bright yellow in color and looks like a puree of all the ingredients shown above. When put on the face, the mask is translucent giving off a yellow undertone. It does not solidify after time but there is tingling maybe due to glycolic acid in the mask.
I first trusted the idea of a glycolic peel after having my boss pharmacist talk about her good experiences with them. Of course she went to a spa and had a licensed aesthetician pat her face beautiful after paying a lovely fat check. The only fat I have is a fat chance at affording the same luxury. So I play the pretty poor girl and just decide to DIY it through using my mom’s almond peel.
But the skin needs variety. Can’t eat the same food everyday. That’s just boring.
That’s where I get swayed by this mask with it’s “brightening” properties. My two cents is that this mask cannot be taken literally but it definitely is not something to throw out for being deceptive. It does other good things too. Like evening out my darkened skin. Shrinking my pores even more. Airbrushing my skin without being photographed. Giving me that glow. Brightening me up. Figuratively.
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
I’ve been doing this for a few weeks after my morning jog and it has given me results. Lost about 2 pounds and I fit into my size zero jeans again =)
Great workout to do on Earth Day. Very sustainable. All you need is your body and perseverance.