Saturday, April 26, 2014

Psychologists now know what makes people happy

Psychologists now know what makes people happy, article

The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don't care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most important, forgive easily.

A virtuous sister's stone

A very old lady came to the stone cutter's studio, soliciting a grave stone for her sister. She talked very slowly, and was very grief-struck.
She told him: My sister and myself lived the same way all our lives, always kept each other's company and no man's, keeping ourselves and each other pure. I want the grave stone to say:


But the lady did not like to spend money, and there was not much in it for the stone cutter, so in the end he engraved:


Friday, April 25, 2014

'Moral issues' lead banks to refuse porn stars bank accounts

'Moral issues' lead banks to refuse porn stars bank accounts, article.
Adult film actress Chanel Preston has starred in close to 150 porn flicks and is well compensated for her time, but now it appears she is having trouble keeping a bank account.
Preston recently opened a business account with City National Bank in Los Angeles, the so-called 'bank to the stars', but when she went to deposit checks into the account days later, she was told it had been shut down, due to 'compliance issues'.

Here again we see the same pattern: no warning, no recourse.

Fiona Apple - Across the Universe

Still one of the best Beatles/Lennon covers ever, and one of the best music video.

So many great ideas here. I like her serenely, almost apathetically, relaxed vocals. Serenity in the middle of chaos.
And I think it was made all in the camera, that can't have been easy to make without injury. And for Fiona to sing it without flinching.


I posted a similar post in 2011, but I don't expect anybody, least of all me, to remember everything. That post also had a kewl version with Dakota F.)

"Heavy Metal" on blu-ray

So, Heavy Metal is on blu-ray. Of course I had to have it.

If you know it and didn't like it, ah well, it was not for you.
If you know it and liked it:
It looks great on blu-ray, and there's a good documentary of the Making Of.
And the music track and the film holds up amazingly well, despite the age. It really does. Go get it.

If you don't know it:
It's a 1980 animated film for adults. Adult guys, to be specific. But not modern "sensitive guys", if you feel guilty about liking graphic violence and lots and lots of boobies, albeit all animated, this is not the movie for you.
If you like animated eye candy, like SF and fantasy, like hot babes and tough heroes, like alien villains being cut to pieces with green blood flying everywhere... and if you like the most beautiful and sexy Dressing scene ever animated, don't wait, get it.
(The vid below gives a taste of it, but doesn't have the graceful, realistic movements. They drew their dream girl as Taarna the warrior, then asked around at model agencies and found a girl who looked like her, and filmed her doing the scenes as basis for the animation.)

Sure, it's simple stories, and it's male fantasy fulfilment... but aren't books and movies full of that? (Or, of course, female fantasy fulfilment.) Isn't every action movie at essense, battle and babes?
Well, there's nothing wrong with a tasty snack sometimes, so long as we don't confuse it with a balanced diet.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Why are big companies always so draconian?

It's still the same. It's always the same!

It was the same years ago when Paypal cancelled my seller account after they suddenly got morals. No warning, no recourse.

It was the same when my first US web host removed my site. No warning, no recourse.

And it's the same today when I got an anonymous (and un-reply-able) email from Amazon which told me my affiliate account was cancelled (not forever, only until dinosaurs rule the Earth again), because of sexually explicit content on my site they said.
No warning, no recourse.

I hate when big companies do this. Why can't they act like proper people? Why can't they be as nice to their affiliates as they are to their customers?  Not to mention that Amazon blithely sell porn movies on their site. (I don't know the scope of this, but they certainly sell the two first movies I tested for, Deep Throat and Debbie Does Dallas.) Isn't that rather a double standard?

Why couldn't they just tell me: "remove link from this and that page, and we are good."
Why are big companies always so friggin draconian? Is it a contract they have to sign to be allowed on the Fortune 500 list?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cibo Matto is finally back!

Thanks the lawd, I thought they were gone, but they just took a 15-year sabbatical, of course.