Thursday, July 22, 2010

Putting lipstick on a (carcinogenic) pig

Cosmoxins? Toxetics?
I've posted briefly on women's pursuit of beauty, and another post or two on the subject are in the works.

Most of my rants insights have to do with the way the beauty industry markets its products to women, and how those marketing methods impact our psyche. I haven't focused too much on what's inside the bottle.

But yesterday, environmentalist Annie Leonard of The Story of Stuff Project released a new video entitled The Story of Cosmetics: The Ugly Truth of "Toxics In, Toxics Out" that talks about the toxic chemicals inside those bottles and tubes. It might make you run to your medicine cabinet and makeup bag to check the ingredient list.

(Or, if you're anything like me, it might just make you put your hands over your ears, close your eyes, and rock back and forth while singing, "la la la... I'm not listening!" You know, whatever works.)

At the very least, you'll admire the presentation technique. The animation is great.

Here's a teaser for The Story of Cosmetics:

Click here for the full video.

Friday, July 09, 2010

7 Quick Takes: Volume 11

(The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.)


Hello, friends! My apologies for the long blogging break.

Perhaps a video of an adorable talking dog will get me back in your good graces?


This weekend, I'll begin another class toward my addiction certification. (That designation is too awkward to leave unexplained — I mean, addiction counseling certification — yet too amusing to leave out.)

Saturday also happens to be the birthday of someone near and dear (and I don't mean John Calvin).

In preparation for the first, I've been doing a bunch of reading, which I won't bore you with.

But in preparation for the second, I'm making moussaka. (Which of course makes me think of this movie, especially one specific line.)


This weekend is also the World Cup finals. I, for one, will not be sad to see the reign of terror come to an end.

I'm speaking, of course, of the vuvuzela.


What's that? You say you haven't heard enough vuvuzela? You've grown fond of that giant-swarm-of-killer-bees vibe, and you'd like to see the instrument's popularity grow to include other venues?

Well, then... here you go:


It took a while, but last weekend we finished planting our veggie garden. (Mostly. It's a process, people.) There's nothing like a salad made with tomatoes that were on the vine just five minutes earlier.

We also joined a CSA farm again this year. As always, I'm hoping for a bumper crop, along with the time and energy to deal with the harvest.

One thing I'll probably never grow: square watermelons.


But tomato season is nearly here! And because I can never remember the difference:


'Til next time... bye-bye!