I am a writer, photographer, mixed media artist and constant dabbler in whatever craft strikes my fancy. I blog about my art exploits at Silver & Chalk - but don't be surprised to find links to my latest inspirations as well as samples of my photography. Home is currently Las Vegas, with two rescued pit bulls and one Air Force husband -- though who knows what deployment or change of station could change all that! In my offline hours, you'll find me in the garden, puttering in my studio or vegging out in front of Super Sized Giant AlliCrocoAnacondaShark on SyFy.
Let me set the scene for you: you’re out on a date and it’s going pretty well. Things are starting to heat up, in fact. He’s saying and doing all the right things, you’re totally feeling his vibe. You start to think ... maybe I’ll give him a little more than a good night kiss. Then things really heat up and you just can’t wait -- except ... OMG! You don’t have a condom. Well, never fear! If you live in New York City, your handy little iPhone can help.
As part of National Condom Awareness Day (which coincidentally falls right on Valentine’s Day), New York’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control developed the application that uses the iPhone GPS system to pinpoint the nearest “condom distribution venue” -- be it drug store or gas station bathroom (where you are hopefully not having sex).
Do I even need to ask why you need to find a condom via your phone in the middle of a date?
Just before noon today a man was shot in a school shooting at Middle Tennessee State University(MTSU). The cause of the shooting? A fight. Just a fight. Thankfully, the victim was only shot in the hand, but it goes without saying that he never should have been shot at all. That gun should never have been on campus.
This shooting is slightly different from others we’ve seen in the past few years. The biggest difference, of course, is that it took place on a college campus. With the exception of the massacre at Virginia Tech, most school shootings we hear about take place in high schools, the home base for troubled kids.
All the same, this new shooting raises the question (yet again): How are we going to keep guns out of our schools?
I am, by far, not an expert on the subject of guns or crazed college kids, but the way I see it, there are three ways we can approach this.
Each year the Westminster Dog Show rolls into Madison Square Garden in New York. It’s the pinnacle of dog shows. Only the purest of breeds are entered. Only the cutest or most impressive gain any recognition. And while those dogs are competing on the big stage, others are being euthanized all over the country.
Westminster dogs are primped, primed, and pampered like toddlers in a pageant show. Standard poodles have their curls carefully coiffed into springy dreadlocks while Yorkshire terriers have their bangs teased and combed. It’s expected that their lineage will extend further than that of the British royal family. Because they are champions, we want champions.
But our desire for champions and lineage comes at the expense of all the mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters all over the country. Our desire for champions is killing these dogs.
Jamie Oliver made a pretty hot Naked Chef, but Hong Kong model Flora Cheung is about to seriously up the ante. She’s starring in a new cooking show in which she will appear entirely nude. Cheung admits she’s no professionally trained chef -- but I imagine that won’t matter a lick to viewers. You know, on account of the naked. Nekkid. No clothes. Well, except for a specially made apron. Don’t worry, the apron won’t impede your view -- it’s been constructed of entirely transparent materials. You’ll see everything. Ev.ery.thing.
I’m far from a prude, but ewwww. Naked? Cooking?
Fancy apron or not, I’ve got some questions that need answering.
Arcade FireIt was a night for the dark horse last night at the Grammys, both in wins and performances. Arcade Fire, a fairly unknown (except in the indie community, where they’ve been all the rage), swept the Best Album category. Esperanza Spalding upset Justin Bieber for Best New Artist (and quite possibly Best Hair). Eminem featured a virtual unknown, Skylar, in his performance. While big names took down some big prizes, the really major story of the night was the not-so-big names who took down the major players.
Let’s take a look at who won what -- and if they deserved it.