Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Blue + Yellow makes....

Remember back when mixing two colors to make a new color was like the coolest thing?!?! It was like magic!!

Remember when you first learned that (not remember it in the sense of the exact moment or date, but remembering the feeling of the experience)? Remember how it was like you possessed this new ability? YOU could make a new color! It was like you had a special power now! You had been shown-the-light!

Mixing water-colors on the color wheels...

Scribbling with the crayon, only to scribble over it with the second crayon to watch the "magic" take place right before your eyes...

Man, I loved the excitement of childhood experiences!

Blue + Yellow = GREEN!

Red + Yellow = ORANGE!

Blue + Red = PURPLE!


Okay, that's about it. I just wanted to share that, because it made me smile recalling those thoughts.

[Honestly, I had totally forgotten about the process of mixing colors to get other colors. I mean how often does that "subject" seem to come up in "adulthood?!?!" And the only reason I recalled the experience was because I sure did just go in the bathroom earlier and found the water in the toilet was blue from one of those cleaning tablets being placed in it (gotta love those things) and I sure did urinate in it only to finish and see the "magic" of GREEN!!! HA HA HA HA!]

I sure did just share that last part of this story with you because I wanted to "tag" or "label" this post with the word "urinate"....HA! But it IS a true story, so why not share it too! HA!

P.S. You know you read this blog because you just NEVER know what will show up here....HA! ;)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Oscars...

  • I think if the awards had been distributed due to HOT cast members, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest and The Departed would have won a LOT more statues.
  • The Most Authentic Reaction of an Oscar Winner: Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker.
  • Maybe next year we'll see Dick Cheney all over the red carpet! ;)
  • Best Presentation by an Award Presenter: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith
  • Worst Presentation by an Award Presenter: Clint Eastwood (yes, buddy, you SHOULD have worn your glasses! HA!)
  • I think Gore was afraid to announce he would be running for the democratic ticket because had he, then the republicans could begin using the terminology that they are running against the dirty dozen! My goodness, do the people not think there is already ENOUGH democrats fighting for that one spot?!?!
  • 4 Words: Why was Jack bald?!!?

Whelp, I can end with this...

Now I have a good reason to go rent The Departed and watch hot boys! HA! I've been wanting to see it for a while now! WOO HOO (still love ya though, Sunshine)!

UPDATE: This link answers the "bald" question and maybe some other questions you might have had.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Shift Happens

I found this video on Steve's blog and I really found it interesting. It was apparently put together by a high school student named Karl Fisch (and then modified by Scott McLeod). I think you should take a quick 6-minute break and check it out!


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Two Things...

(1) Dr. Beck has written a great post about one of my FAVORITE websites: Postsecret! He talks about the impact of the site, as well as how he things it has been able to reach out to people in ways that the church hasn't been able to at this point in time. I loved the post and couldn't help but comment with my thoughts on the matter (including my take on the church part...HA!) You can read the post here.

(2) Did anyone else happen to see the special Primetime series tonight on ABC called "The Outsiders"? Yes, it WAS on during the last hour of American Idol (which if you know me, you know how EXTREMELY difficult it was for me to given into my interest to see the Primetime show over my excitement of it FINALLY being the first night of the singing competition of American Idol (especially with it being the boy night...HA!) So yes, I gave in and watched more of the Primetime show than I did American Idol, and boy am I glad I was easily some of the most interesting television I've watched in the a LONG time. [I caught Idol during Primetime commercial breaks...HA!]

I don't have the time to discuss the show in full right now; however, I will say this, it was called "The Outsiders" because the show covered three segments each covering storylines related to people being involved in "taboo" situations. I actually didn't care to much for the last segment, so flipped back to Idol. The last segment was on apparently some Zodiac killer. I'm not sure...apparently some new movie coming out based on the true story or something, but the first two segments of the show HIGHLY interesting (to me at least, and I openly admit that strange and sick things sometimes interest me...HA!)

The first segment basically revolved around incestual love. There were two stories, one being about a couple who have been intimate together for 7 years now and they are half-brother and sister. An article on this story is available here. Then the other storyline was about a lady who had had a son at the age of 15, but back in the 50s or 60s (whenever it was) that was very "wrong" so she was forced to give him up for adoption. When she was 42 years old they reunited for the first time and she admitted to falling into a romantic love toward him (though his love was not such for her). The story went on...

Then the second segment was about a school up in Mass. that is for "disturbed" children--children that were deemed as being self-harmful or harmful toward others. Many of the students they reported on lived with conditions such as mental retardation or autism [MANY were severally autistic]. Anyways, this school, which is funded off tax dollars provides a schooling setting for these children where their behaviors are conditioned (or treated) through skin-surface shocking. The students are hooked up to the machines called "G.E.D."s (don't recall what that stands for) for the day (some students hooked up 24-hours a day), and whenever the student is becoming aggressive or harmful toward one's self or others, a 2-second shock is giving to the kid.

Okay, I can truly see y'alls mouths dropping and your first statement out of your mouth--"This can't be legal is it?!?!" Well, it's okay, you're reacting as I did; initially...

I must say, it is jaw-dropping to hear, but you've got to take more than just that into consideration...

Now, before I continue, I want to say, I'm still in the process of weighing the pros and cons on this one myself. I'm not sure if I'm "for" or "against" this yet, but before you jump to either too, allow me to share a little more with you...

First, to get into this school parents must sign some paperwork to admit their child, but also, a court must approve it. So basically it is that the courts I suppose are saying this might be one of this child's last hopes for an educational experience in a classroom.

Second, the man that started this school and is in charge of it, Dr. Israel I believe his name was (I think he was either a psychologist or a psychiatrist) states that there is "no physical harm to the students from the shocks." This Doctor apparently spent time studying under B.F. Skinner while at Harvard and it was Skinner's behavioral therapy that has highly influenced him.

Now, allow me to share some of the stories they shared. They would show home video clips of some of these students before they would enter the schooling. These before clips would show how some the student was highly self-harmful. Some of these students would be biting their arms bloody. Some would hit their head with closed-fists over and over. Others would beat their heads against the wall repeatedly. As terrible as these acts might seem, none are viewed "surprising" to come from a mentally ill child, especially when you consider the severity of illness with some of these children.

Then there were other students. One student had thrown a teacher's aid in his past school across the room and seriously injured her.

It's important to understand that these students are not "bad" kids, "bad" in the sense that they need to be locked-up, but rather they are dealing with a mental illness that is affecting their functioning. Though that is out of their control, they still can become aggressive and that can be harmful to themselves and/or others. Understand that some of these are boys that are growing up and getting to be rather big and strong kids, meaning their parents (and other authority figures) might not be able to physically control them when they become aggressive. Something has to be done.

So is shocking them the thing to do? I don't know. But at the same time, I think it is important to consider everything when looking at this.

They talked to one of the former students, who had graduated from there. He suffers from autism. He praises the schooling. He no longer wears the shockers and stated that he is a success story. He now works in the school's cafeteria and is able to live away from his parents in a group home setting.

Okay, so I was originally just going to give an overview of the Primetime show, but as you can tell, it was just so intriguing to me! Fasicinating stuff to think about.

What do I think on the matters? Not sure yet. Still battling that all out in my head, but at the same time, I can't' help but think how maybe the "taboo" isn't as "terrible" as originally thought.

I obviously didn't share EVERYTHING from the show here. And I can give more if questions arise. Maybe I left out an important part. Let me know your thoughts.

UPDATE: Here is a video clip on the shock therapy segment of the show. Then this is also an article talking about it.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Runaway Love

I love this song right now! It wasn't until last night that I really paid attention to the lyrics, but after paying attention to them, I couldn't help but look it up online as soon as I got home so I could watch the video!

I must say, I've never been a big fan of Ludacris because the majority of his songs are rather vulgar in my opinion, but I give him my props on this one! I'm sure my girl Mary J. Blige had a little something to do with it being less vulgar since she is singing in the song with him.

How can you not listen to this song and wonder how many of the women in your life were one of these girls? How many women do you know, but really NOT know that have had similar stories? How can you not wonder about the people you come in contact with and wonder what has that one person been through in their life up to this point?

Just the other night I was talking to a friend about how it is so ignorant for us to assume we understand or even KNOW people when most likely we don't know many of the hard times they have been through in their life.

As in the song, we can spend time "trying to figure why the world is so cold," but even then, we can still be left in a life where we're "forced to think that hell is a place called home..."