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In a world…

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In a world dominated by preoccupation of the past, chaos was ruled by those who didn’t care. Mystery was knowledge while fact was religion, as speculation was denial.

In this world, there was doubt. Doubt that didn’t yet exist but plagued the minds of every being.

Those who knew of the truth had no option, and those who didn’t cherished their apathetic rule. There seemed to be no hope in this world, not inside nor out…

But change was on its way, rushing in on the wings of a number that symbolized a day in the near future…

Where I’ll be living…

So I Google street viewed french_poet’s place in the middle of Brittany, France, where spirit_girl and I will be living for a few months this summer, where I plan on finishing a novel or two, where I plan on getting back into shape, where I plan on escaping…

Where I plan on having no plan. I’m so great with my own philosophies.

Anyway, this image was kind of a reality check. Truly by itself.. I lived about 3 weeks in Costa Rica in the middle of nowhere, yet at least 2.5x a week I hitchhiked into town to be around some life/have some beer. This will be interesting. I’m excited.

Some more perspective:

Yes, the complete edge of France. The complete center of the Western World (well, almost)…

Religion in America

Thank you @ All-That’s-Interesting

Media Dump Post

1) The guy actually is as drunk as you may think he’s not. If you watch the series you’ll realize that everyone’s a pretty big nerd and clearly doesn’t drink too often. Maybe.

2) This is a true story, except that Edison didn’t just kill little lambs and stray dogs and cats–he actually killed a misbehaving Coney Island elephantand filmed it.

A fucking elephant.

3) “This was directly opposed to capitalist society…” He clearly went to the wrong place with his technology; yet the only place he could go to continue its research.

Funny how satire gives us more news than actual news networks. Just in a different physical manifestation.

…it’s what they don’t tell you…

This has gotta be fake. He sounds like Kenan, or Kel, or whoever it was that played the invisible boy in Mystery Men. Brilliantly hilarious.

This reminds me of the other day when I was at the park doing handstands on the monkey bars and some huge big buff black guy that I’d talked to a few times came up to me and asked me (with 5 minutes of introducing respect and “now I don’t know what you believe but”-s and “I don’t want to sound like the devil and I’m sorry but”-s) “…how could one man and his family get ALL THE ANIMALS on the earth onto one boat?? How did he know how to build a huge boat? How did the lions not go eat all the other animals? How would they get a North American grizzly bear in Egypt? What about sea creatures? How did they deal with the stench??

I laughed and chuckled and said good, you’re thinking. He said his pastor would probably dismiss the comment if he’d set it in service and probably ask him after church to never return. And I said yes, because you’re thinking.

PUNCHLINE: Then french_poet came by to meet me for yoga and I told him the story. He says, “That’s what he’s questioning?! The minute details? Overlooking the whole invisible god in the sky telling some old guy to go build an arc??”

Hahahahahaha.

nuJazz is so cool because it loves its roots. Or what it makes its roots. Or just cool videos.

Samuel Beckett was an Irish guy who essentially started the absurd theater in France, along with a Romanian named Ionesco. Neither of them were French but they felt the calling to write in French–neat huh? What’s even cooler is that after, Beckett translated all his works into English from French. How cool is that? This is an AMAZING rendition of the play created by these british organisations, complete with amazing actors and a beautiful set. It’s so goddam surreal.

That’s it. See ya.

Obama: Smoking & Healthcare

I thought this was a good time to post this since it seems to be smoke week:

…[A]s far as political leaders go, Obama could do worse than to suck on cancer sticks from time to time. (Spitzer hasSanford hasEdwards has!)… It’d be fairer to say that many of us–who have been coping with the post-Bush era of American economic bloodletting by hosting moonshine parties where our friends take turns stomping on piles of grapes in the bathtub–would find it suspicious if Obama managed his constantly sunny disposition without slamming a Klonopin with every meal. Considering that he could probably use some harder drugs, I’ll happily settle for President Obama the Chimney Smoker. And obviously you don’t need to worry about his physical fitness. In fact, lamenting the president’s smoking habit is probably the most anti-American you can get–as Obama simply follows in a long line of some of our most distinguished, nicotine addicted leaders.

Check out the article at Black Book, they’ve got some cool pictures.

I won’t lie and say I didn’t vote for Obama because he was a smoker. That was the only reason, and now I can stand by it seeing how any base reason for which an uninformed 19 year old would have voted for him have been scrapped in some way or another . Right? Sure.

And while this is relevant at the moment, I guess:

Universal health care implementations map from Wikipedia…

BLUE: Single-payer universal health care (16)
GREEN: Public universal health care through other means (51)
GRAY: No universal health care or no data

Weird, I see more un-/less-developed territory in the gray than any other color. That’s not even just with all of Africa, but even Antarctica. Holy shit. Oh wait:

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system.[1] Federal law was changed in 1986 with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requiring certain hospitals to provide stabilizing treatment for patients with emergency medical conditions including childbirth without first demanding evidence of ability to pay. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, this unfunded “safety net” mandate has contributed to increasing strain on the health system. Emergency treatment is not free or subsidized and some patients cannot or will not pay their bills. Furthermore, this system encourages use of the emergency facilities for primary care and not just for emergency purposes.[21]

Hm. Thanks at disinformation for sharing that map.

Cigarette Withdrawal Tests: Camel Turkish Golds

In procrastinating from even more studying, I’ve decided to try something out: experience the physical withdrawal effects of different cigarette brands and document my reactions in everyday language. I find it very interesting how by before even one day passes, a [heavy] smoker can feel the effects and feel the need for a cigarette if he/she is not smoking; what’s more is that in my own experience, each withdrawal symptom feels completely different. So, after a day of marveling at these weird and new sensations, I figured I’d try to make something somewhat informative spawn of it and smoke one brand of cigarettes for 1-3 weeks (this variable will be dependent on circumstance, but it will be a good enough time to get my body accumulated to the chemicals) and then simply take .5-1 week off, cold turkey. I will not slowly taper off as one is recommended, but merely go balls-to-the-walls and take it hard. I’ll do my best to note the similarities and differences between brands, focusing primarily on the physical effects but will definitely share my psychological effects as well.

General Hypotheses (assumptions):

(1) Withdrawal symptoms will be variable depending on the type and combination of chemical combinations,

(2) and I do feel symptoms will be the most intense within the first three days out of the week.

(3) Being around any kind of cigarette but a menthol will make me want any kind of cigarette but a menthol.

(4) Being drunk will make me crave any type of cigarette–except for menthols because I’d rather smoke nothing.

(5) I will generally be consuming more food, both for hunger purposes and for oral fixation.

That being said, I will do my best to react to each of these 6 statements and possibly even more I may not realize right now. Please contact me if you’d like me to try it with your cigarette, I’m all for corporate sponsorship and exploiting myself.

Let’s begin with

Camel Turkish Golds come from the line of Camels as what many smokers deem to be a smooth and nice cigarette, and I deem to be sexier than any other cigarette. Yes, sorry ugly-ass Marlboro (lights or reds, you both are shit-ugly packaging that makes me sad to have ever smoked your unevenly burning cigarettes) and sorry boring/cheap-as-fuck Parliaments–The Turkish series are sexy as fuck. Camel knows it, and I have been conquered.

The Golds are the standard, the Silvers are the light, and the Jades are the menthol (cool colors huh?). I’m still trying to figure out what the Royals are. Apparently R.J. Reynolds came up with Camels sometime in the 1910s because of the fascination America seemed to have with Egypt and the whole desert scene in general (due to all the archaeologic stuff happening at the time, I presume). Makes sense. There was a whole thing about a subliminal naked man with a huge boned out cock in the Camel’s leg, but I think that was just some christian hype that was bullshit, because I can’t see it (and oh how I’m trying).

Why I smoke them: As a graphics artist myself, I must say they win me over with their design. They’ve taken the traditional cool camel and put him in the middle of a scene, a lot smaller a camel on the box than we’re used to seeing with this brand. He’s on a smooth desert with an arabian nights looking scene going on in the background, and this is nothing short of mystical. It would even appear that in older versions of the package the arabian nights city was a bit bigger. By smoking this, I will be naturally be whisked away to a magical world of mystery and mortality and mummies and flying rugs and whispering street urchins.

The color scheme is as sexy as a cigarette package could get (maybe that’s because I’m prone to purple) and even the scene’s frame takes part of it with the image of the temple and its embroidery purple-golden embroidery and font. Find me a cooler color scheme on an American cigarette, please.

They’ve captured me before I even inhale their chemicals. As ikkyu2 puts it at Ask MetaFilter,

Have you ever ruminated on a cigarette pack? Its properties stimulate nearly every part of the human cerebral cortex. It is brightly colored. It has words on it; the Camel pack has an animal and a landscape. Sometimes it is wrapped in a crinkly cellophane wrapper that is quite noisy. It requires fine coordinated movements of both hands to get the cigarette out of it; it is the right size to fit in your hand, and you can bring it up to your nose to smell it. It has a particular texture. It can ‘age’ in your pocket so you can tell how long you’ve been carrying it just by feeling it or looking at it. It is really the conditioned stimulus par excellence; once you’ve been done fiddling with it, there’s probably not a neuron in your head that hasn’t been involved.

I wish I could find the list of chemicals/”ingredients,” however if I’m not mistaken it’s not by law that tobacco companies are required to share that information–for competitor issues, or why? I don’t know, but sounds fishy to me in a nation so anti-tobacco… All we can be sure is there is a bit of tobacco, nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide… Plus another 400 chemicals creating the taste, the smoke, and the sensation.

In any case, I am in the beginning of day two today and will post how I’m feeling midway through day three tomorrow. Please post any comments, questions, or ideas you may have!

UPDATE (+6 hours)

I finally found The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, and should be able to link to some neat relevant articles regarding each brand I smoke. Let’s take a look at what I’ve found so far:

From Camel Turkish Gold Launch (Confidential): Apparently Turkish Golds were released in 2000 for the sake of re-raising the perception of Camel cigarettes by blending “traditional/domestic with exotic.” I can’t find out if there’s actually Turkish tobacco in there, but that’s the marketing campaign at least. From the press release:

If asked if Camel is trying to “fix” taste perceptions: Turkish Gold offers the quality and taste of Camel with a smoother flavor. Everyone has different tastes. The new brand style offers another taste and style for both franchise and competitive smokers…

If asked why Camel is using the word “Gold” to describe the brand : Use of the word gold underscores the premium quality and taste of Camel…

They definitely repeat themselves, and they definitely have an agenda in mind with this whole ‘gold’ thing… They also utilized the “pleasure to burn” slogan, which as a new smoker I’m not too familiar with.

Interesting stuff. Still looking for that ingredient list…


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