Thursday, June 30, 2011

Photoshop Fail!

I just learned yesterday that Newsweek's latest issue includes a photoshopped photo of Princess Diana on it's cover. Newsweek's Editor in chief Tina Brown is responsible for the distasteful photograph, as well as a corresponding story detailing what Princess Diana's life would be like now, at age 50. I cannot believe that she thought it was appropriate to just dress her up like a little doll. She put a modern outfit on her, and added a few wrinkles to her face. This is so disrespectful to Princess Diana and her family.

This is obviously not the first time that photoshop has been misused in media. Women are constantly being edited to look skinnier, putting unreasonable expectations on young ladies.

Below Ralph Lauren over did it with editing on model Filippa Hamilton's waist. The photo on the left is unedited, while the photo on the right shows her with a waistline smaller than her head. The photo is actually comical because her size is just ridiculous.

Below are some more photoshop fails.... enjoy!

- A

Friday, June 24, 2011

Blah Blah Blah....

So, I've kind of neglected my blog this last week. I've been working, and I'm just so freakin' tired on my days off. My husband is watching the NHL Draft right now, and it's kinda cool to see the Winnipeg Jets have returned. It'll be nice to have another Canadian team. I've gotta say though the draft is reeeeeally boring to watch! It's just so long drawn out; they could condense 4 hours into 1.

Speaking of boring, I watched the premiere of Combat Hospital the other night, and I didn't even make it through the whole episode. I could go into a detailed review.... but I really don't feel like it. I just don't like it plain and simple; It was ridiculous. In the beginning of the episode this new physician attempted to intubate a patient without success and didn't think to place a chest tube... then his next patient he intubated them quickly and easily and knew everything he needed to order for the patient. Wow! He learns quickly... Pffft! So unrealistic! I'm debating whether I will attempt to watch one more episode. Sometimes it takes me a few episodes of a new show to warm up to it.

I'm going to leave you with the trailer for Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. I can't wait to see this in 3D.

- A

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vancouver riots: A repeat of 1994

I would be lying if I told you I wasn't sad or disappointed with the outcome of the game. The Canucks lost 0-4 to the Bruins. I feel like the Canucks started off strong and actually outshot the Bruins 37-21 in the game. Roberto Luongo of course cracked under pressure as usual, but he can't take all the blame. Daniel Sedin who ranked highest in points in the regular season only came up with 2 goals and 2 assists in this 7 game series. His brother Henrik, who topped in points last year netted one measly goal in the series. Now, I love the Sedin twins as much as the next Canuck fan but that's appalling!

What's more appalling than the Canucks performance in game 7 is the reaction of our fans! Over 100,000 fans lined the streets of Vancouver to watch the game on big screen TVs. When the final buzzer rang things got ugly. People flipped cars and torched them, started fights, tipped porta-potties, and smashed windows forcing Police to use Tear Gas not used since the 1994 riots in Vancouver. Riots in 94' were triggered by the Canucks loss to the New York Rangers in game 7 of the final series. I am embarrassed to be a Canuck fan when people act out like this; it gives us a bad name. I just hope that nobody is seriously hurt by the idiocracy.

Despite the outcome of the game and the ensuing riots, I am still proud of the Canucks for making it to the finals. I'm a true Canuck fan and stick with them through the good and the bad.

- A

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

YouTube Talent

I spend a fair bit of time on YouTube looking at random shite. Most of the time I end up far from what I originally intended on searching, but that's how I discover hidden gems. 2 cases in point: Karmin and FreddeGredde

Karmin consists of 2 friends Amy and Nick from Boston, massachusetts. They cover popular songs in their unique style, and let me tell you that girl can RAP!!

Fredde Gredde consists of Swedish musician Fredrik Larsson. He performs covers, playing all of the instruments himself. He also has some original tunes, and classifies his genre as Progressive Rock. His sound is truly original and unique; I became an instant fan!


Original (ok somebody else is playing drums, but he's playing all the other instruments):

So I wouldn't exactly call this a "gem"... Do you guys remember that guy Chris Crocker who made a YouTube video crying over people making fun of Britney Spears a few years ago?

This Guy:

Weellllll, he's now making "music". OMG! Here is one of his songs....

- A

Game 7!

We are just minutes away from the puck drop on Game 7. After the Canucks performance on Monday, I have to admit I am nervous. BUT they are back home, which is where they play best. I wish that we were in Vancouver right now; the energy must be incredible. They are estimating there's around 100,000 people in the streets of Vancouver. Wow! My husband told me they showed them "lubing up" the cup earlier... haha... polishing it I guess... Lets go Canucks!!! The cup is ours!!!

- A

Mind your step

Swedish artist Erik Johansson has created this amazing optical illusion in Stockholm. I am a huge fan of art and photography, as well as optical illusions. I also love the large scale of this project.

I enjoy art that takes me some time to process it. For this reason, I am fond of the works of M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali.

M.C. Escher:

Salvador Dali:

Stare at the centre dot, and the colours will disappear:

- A

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Random good tunes

Enjoy :)

- A

New Music: The Game Feat. Lil' Wayne - Red Nation

This is a new song from the Game featuring Lil' Wayne. It's one of the tracks on his new album R.E.D., which is set for release August 23, 2011.

Nursing/Medical Blogs

I read a few nursing and medical blogs, and wanted to share a few with you:
I like to keep up with the craziness in their Emergency Rooms. Funny enough, most of the scenarios mentioned sound very similar to the things I deal with at my job. I think my nursing peeps would appreciate these blogs, so head on over....

Speaking of nursing.... I got to press the "shock" button on a cardioversion the other day. I know, it's only a button but it was super cool. For
those of you who do not know what cardioversion is, it's basically zapping an irregular heart rhythm back into a normal, regular rhythm. I've seen a couple done before, but never got to charge up the machine or do the zapping.... "Clear" aaaaand "ZAP!" :) Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my job?? I am learning so much, and get to do a lot of cool stuff!

- A

Disappointed but not surprised

Well it looks like we are going to game 7. I can't say as though I am surprised as Luongo is like a sieve in Boston, and Tim Thomas is a wall!! However, I'm confident that the Canucks can pull it off in game 7 Wednesday at home!

- A

Monday, June 13, 2011


Can I just say how amazing this show is?? None of my friends had heard about it; I just discovered it on Showtime. I started watching it a few weeks ago and thought the whole scenario and characters sounded familiar. I then remembered that I had watched the UK version of it a few years ago, which was also very good. It stars William H. Macy as a deadbeat father of six. He's an alcoholic, collects disability cheques, and is always looking for new ways to cheat the system. I highly recommend it; you can find information about it here.

This show also got me thinking about other remakes, such as the Millennium Series. These 3 books written by Stieg Larsson were made into movies in Swedish with English subtitles. The movies are absolutely amazing. They are very graphic, but well written. At first I thought the subtitles would be bothersome, but I got so into the movies that I didn't notice I was reading them after a while. So, now I have found out that they are remaking the first film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" in English. It will be released sometime at the end of this year and stars Daniel Craig. I have no doubt that it will be good, and I really like Daniel craig but the remake seems unnecessary. Why mess with a good thing? The original is so good! Another example of needless remakes is "Death at a Funeral". The original British version is hilarious and I won't even bring myself to watch the American remake.

What do you think? Are the American, Hollywood versions of these movies better than the originals? If so, Why?

- A

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Game 6

My husband and I are getting ready to watch game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. My husband was born and raised in British Columbia, and grew up a Canuck fan. We lived in BC together for around 6 years; I went to Nursing School there so I too am a big fan. We are pumped for the game!! The series is 3-2 in favor of the Canucks, so they have 2 chances to take the Cup. Obviously we are hoping they win it tonight! LETS GO CANUCKS!!!!

Watch the game live within Canada here.

- A

Last wishes of a cancer sufferer

I've been reading over the past few days about this young girl, Alice Pyne. She is a 15 year old girl who is fighting cancer. She has written a bucket list of the things she would like to do before she passes away. Her story is inspirational, and brought me to tears reading her blog. Alice has made it very clear she is not looking for money, but appreciates any help in achieving the items on her bucket list. One of the things on her list was to see Take That, and she got to see them this past weekend. I'm so happy for her! She is redirecting any offers of money to be donated to cancer research.

I encourage you all to head on over to her blog and show her some support.

- A

Lets see where this goes...

This is my first ever blog post, and I'm not entirely sure what I will be writing about yet. I guess I could start off by telling you a little about myself. I'm a 24 year old married gal living in Canada... you can call me A. I'm a Registered Nurse that just graduated last year, and I'm currently working in an Emergency Department. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for almost 3 years now. I have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I got pregnant with Clomid in June 2009 with twins girls. Our lives were shattered when they were born too early in November 2009. I was 6 months pregnant when I went into preterm labour. Chloe and Zoe were in the NICU for 2 weeks before they lost their struggle. We miss them so so much, and think about them everyday. We have not given up though; I took Clomid again this past March and got pregnant again on the first try. However, that ended in miscarriage very early on. Soooo.... we are back at it again. I'll keep you updated.

I have so many interests that I think it would be too hard for me to focus on just one.... so I'll probably just write a little about all of them and see where this goes. I'm obviously interested in Nursing... as well as medicine in general. I have actually been discussing my desire to attend medical school with my husband recently. Don't get me wrong, I love nursing I just crave more! I'm constantly reading textbooks and researching. I thought I could share some "interesting" stories from my job, and perhaps things I'm learning along the way. I've only been working as a Nurse for 10 months, but feel like I have learned waaaay more than I ever learned in school!

My husband and I are huge movie fans. I'm going to try and get him to help me do some movie reviews. We actually just saw "X-Men: First Class" last night; it was very good! It was nice to learn the origins of the characters. I obviously didn't read the comics as a kid, so didn't know how the X-Men came to be. I also have some regular TV shows that I watch. I enjoy Nurse Jackie, Grey's Anatomy, Shameless, Mythbusters, Intervention, America's Next Top Model, Little Britain.... There are many more, I just can't think of them right now.

Photography has become a major interest for me in the last couple of years. I eventually plan on selling some of my work on here so stay tuned! I also enjoy scrapbooking, sewing, painting, and making jewelry. I suppose you could call me crafty.

I'm fairly techy, enjoy computers and LOVE my iPad!! I am a HUGE fan of Apple products. I will never go back to a Microsoft computer again! As I mentioned, this blog thing is new to me so bare with me. I'll learn how to add links, photos, etc soon so I can make this blog interesting. My husband and I love video games. We have a PS3 and a Wii. My favourite game is Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS3 ... and I'm not afraid to tell you that I'm pretty friggin' good at it :D

Ever since I gave birth to my daughters I've been struggling a little bit with my weight and body image. I'm 5'4" and weigh around 140lbs. I know, I know I'm within a healthy bmi, buuuut I am NOT happy with my body. I know, I know what woman is happy with their body?? Anyway, I plan on starting to eat better (I eat too much junk food!), and exercising again. I've played soccer since I was 5 years old, but haven't had too much time for it these past few years. So, here's hoping I get the motivation to head to the gym and eat better!

Wow! I didn't mean to blab on for so long. Anyway, you now know a little about me now and hopefully you'll keep coming back.

- A