I have several topics lined up to discuss here, but once again I've decided not to post our regularly scheduled journal in favour of some random thoughts (read: soundbites) caused by current events, or perhaps I've simply bored my muse beyond caring if I finish them or not. Warning: this journal contains themes that may be offensive to some; reader discretion is advised.
But first, as the anonymouse
so helpfully pointed out, it's been several weeks since I've plugged my book in my journal, so consider
plugged. While we're on that topic, if you live in the US and you've been on the fence about investing in a kindle copy of the book, I've signed up for a promotion on Amazon.com
that will have the book selling for US 99 cents from today, November 25th, until Thursday, November the 28th. This is a US only
event, and there's another scheduled for Amazon.co.UK
(but I'm not sure of the dates; stay tuned) in December.
Also, if you get a chance, check out this great image of Tanita
.Have you listened to a Ford lately?
Unless you've been on Leyte Island for the past two weeks, you've probably heard something about Toronto mayor-cum-party-animal Rob Ford. Not only did he admit to smoking crack cocaine, he made a highly offensive statement about a staffer and his wife during a press conference. Amazingly enough, it seems it's this crude statement about "having plenty to eat at home" that seems to be the main cause of his undoing. Could the war on drugs be over? If nothing else, aside from Ford Motor Company and several sports organizations asking Ford not to wear their t-shirts, not much seems to be happening. They did take away some of his powers as mayor, but the funniest part is that conservative right-wingers (including famous jailbird Conrad Black) are now claiming that this is all a conspiracy to oust one of their own, proof that some people actually believe that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Next we'll be hearing that he didn't inhale...
We're not all the same?
Meanwhile, in a recent speech, Peter Praet, a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, announced that, after significant research, the ECU now believes that different households may react differently to economic events, claiming that "that individual households are heterogeneous in many respects and that it is important to measure and analyse this heterogeneity because it can have important implications for aggregate figures." In other words, in a recession, we all react differently. For example, one person might stop going to Starbucks while another might not. So, it looks like we, as individuals, are not lemmings after all. Hmm, I guess the Rob Ford thing doesn't seem so weird by comparison, if economists are just figuring this out now...
We only use the best!
The website of the Cornell University branch of "Students for Justice in Palestine
" loudly proclaims that the group's campaigns include promoting boycotts of skincare products, soft drink manufacturers, and even hummus, as forms of protest against Israel. Then there's the "Palestinian Holocaust Museum
" website, which is also, presumably, opposed to any support of Israel (I say this since it claims that Zionists have committed genocide against the Palestinians, but hey, I could have misread.) What do these two websites have in common, aside from obvious bias in the Israel-Palestine disagreement? Both were created and maintained using Wix
, a pretty decent website editing application, created in, you guessed it, Israel (see www.Wix.com
for a free trial
On an more positive note, Rena's brother and his family (who were living on Leyte when Typhoon Yolanda, as Haiyan is known in the Philippines, hit the island) have resurfaced and are reported to be well, if rather cold and hungry. Our family charitable gifts this season are headed that way.
Edit 26/11/13: Rena's brother and his family are now safely at their mother's in Cebu.
Check it out (art auction for charity)
Which brings me to something I wanted to mention earlier, but simply haven't had the time.
, who created the cover image of Tanita
for "The Kentauride
", is auctioning off an original pencil sketch of Rihanna
on eBay with a portion of proceeds being donated to charity
. This is a great opportunity to have one of Ileana's originals hanging in your home
, and if the bids do not get much higher than they are as of this writing, at a significant discount. You can find a link to the auction here: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/40061084931…
The auction ends November 26, 2013 at 18:21:12 GMT, so better hurry!
Edit 26/11/13: The auction closed for just under 70£ (about US$114.00), someone got a heck of a great deal!
There was more, but I think I'll close it here for now. Today's journal is brought to you by the NSA, the only branch of Government that actually listens to you.