Monday, 1 July 2013

Canada Day

Just a quick shout out to say Happy Canada Day! Enjoy the fireworks and barbecues.


Quote of the day: My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian. - Jim Carrey

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Google Reader No More

Hello everyone! In case you weren't aware, I just wanted to tell you all that Google Reader will be shutting down tomorrow. If you want to continue following this blog, I suggest you switch over to Bloglovin. It's so easy to transfer over, it literally takes less than five minutes.

See you all on the other side!

Quote of the day: I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. - Anne Frank

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Success

For those of you read my last post about a disturbing project that had been created on Kickstarter, I just wanted to share some amazing news for you. We have won! Kickstarter has issued an apology (which you can read here) stating that they were wrong. They have also stated that they will be donating $25 000 to RAINN, which is an anti-sexual violence organization. The only bad news that I have to report is that the creator of the project on Kickstarter, Ken Hoinsky, has already received the over $16 000 in funding from the over 700 backers. But, as I said, this is still a victory. Kickstarter has discovered their mistake and don't plan on making it in the future. If any of you helped spread the word and reported the project, thank you. Everyone who brought Kickstarter's attention to what the content was and what the guide was truly about was immensely helpful.

I hope this never happens again, and if it does, the correct action is taken against it.

Quote of the day: It was always the view of my parents . . . that hot weather encouraged loose morals among young people. - Ian McEwan

Thursday, 20 June 2013

An Inconceivable Project

Today I have decided to do a very serious post, something I haven't done before. I think that this issue is very serious and affects all of us, not just the women of the world. Ken Hoinsky has set up a project on Kickstarter in order to fund a book that is essentially a how-to guide for sexual assault of women. This is positively disgusting and horrible. I cannot understand how someone would want to publish that, let alone why the people at Kickstarter would allow this project to get started. And the cherry on top? People are actually funding this. That's right. There are people out in the world who are actually helping to fund the publication of this guide. Unfortunately, the end date for financing the project was yesterday, but there is still hope! Hopefully if enough people make others aware of this project and its content, then it will be shut down and Hoinsky will be unable to publish. There were 732 backers and despite there being only a goal of raising $2000, an astonishing $16369 was raised. Not only am I absolutely shocked and appalled that someone would want to publish this, but I am flabbergasted that 732 people were willing to provide this man with $16369 dollars in order to do so!

Hoinsky has been publishing posts on Reddit and this guide (I will never refer to it as a book again, it is not worthy of being called thus) will be a compilation of those posts, as well as other content that has yet to be published. He plans on having this published and out by July. Hopefully this will never, ever happen. I am sincerely hoping that there is no publishing house on this planet that would be willing to publish this guide.

The content that he is including is absolutely disgusting.

"5) Get CLOSE to her, damn it!
To quote Rob Judge, "Personal space is for pussies." I already told you that the most successful seducers are those who can't keep their hands off of women. Well you're not gonna be able to do that if you aren't in close!
“All the greatest seducers in history could not keep their hands off of women. They aggressively escalated physically with every woman they were flirting with. They began touching them immediately, kept great body language and eye contact, and were shameless in their physicality. Even when a girl rejects your advances, she KNOWS that you desire her. That’s hot. It arouses her physically and psychologically.”

“Decide that you’re going to sit in a position where you can rub her leg and back. Physically pick her up and sit her on your lap. Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.”
Sex
Pull out your cock and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick.”


This guy seems to be a typical nerd who had troubles getting the attention of girls, which everyone struggles with. But the difference is that he seems to be using the fact that his first three girlfriends cheated and dumped him for someone else as an excuse to create a guide on sexual assault. Let me say this right now to any guy reading this: no girl wants someone to assault them. No guy would ever want someone to assault them. Believe it or not, girls like a nice guy, not someone who attempts to dominate them and end up getting raped. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or there is something wrong there.

There is something seriously wrong with the fact that this man wants to publish something like this, that he is obtaining quite a large sum from people to publish this, and that the people at Kickstarter have allowed this to become a project on their website.

Please help this not become a reality. This project needs to be stopped as soon as possible. You can report the project at the bottom of this page. Alas, there was a petition on DoSomething.org but it has been closed so that they can take it down to Kickstarter to show them. On Kickstarter's Terms of Use page it specifically says that no project will be "abusive", "threatening" or "offensive" and this project clearly violates these Terms of Use. Please, when you report the project type this in.

Apparently, Kickstarter also told a news source that this petition won't be enough to halt the project and take it down. If all of you readers could be so kind as to go to Kickstarter and report the project (the link is above) it will be an immense help.

Quote of the day: Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds. - George Eliot

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Getting Fit

In my last post I mentioned how I'm trying to get fit by going to the gym and doing exercises. Today's post I want to elaborate a bit on that. When I go to the gym I like to divide up my time, 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength (aka weight machines). I find Pinterest has been a great motivator for getting healthy. I have a board strictly for exercises and healthy snacks/foods/drinks called Health. Creative, I know.

Recently, while looking up exercise pins, I discovered pins from the website Blogilates. It's an awesome website with exercise plans and healthy food posts. Cassey also has a Youtube channel here. The videos are really helpful and enjoyable. I seriously enjoyed the Psy Gentleman video. Here it is for your enjoyment. I think it's absolutely hilarious. Cassey is one of those people who just really makes you want to workout and have fun! There are tons of videos to check out, so if you want to get fit too, or simply add to whatever you're doing, I definitely recommend checking out her videos.


Along with cardio and strength, I also really enjoy doing yoga. It's a great way to work your muscles, stretch, and calm your mind all at the same time. I find the different instructors at my gym to be really helpful and they can help you with your movements if you need it. They're all about making it comfortable for you because it's no fun to do yoga, or any exercise, when you're in pain. You just have to make sure what you're doing isn't injuring your body. 

If you have any suggestions or comments, let me know. I'd love to hear what you guys are doing to be healthy. 

Quote of the day: Do your thing and don't care if they like it. - Tina Fey

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

News

Hello everyone! I know it has been quite a while since I've blogged. I could blame it on exams (which are long done) and work, but let's be honest, I'm a procrastinator and Pinterest is kind of distracting. I just wanted to let you all know what I've been up to. I've been reading books for the Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, you can check out my page here. I also started going to the gym in May and hope to continue getting healthy and fit throughout the summer and the rest of the year. I don't want to be a seasonal exerciser, which is bad, so I'm trying to get back into the habit of doing exercises both at the gym and at home. I plan on doing some posts on what I'm doing to get healthy and I would really appreciate it if any of you had questions, suggestions, or comments. I also think I'll be doing some 'beauty' posts. Think product reviews, DIY masks, routines, etc. And possibly some fashion posts will be thrown into the mix as well.

Let me know what you think about this plan. I really appreciate any feedback you guys have to offer :)

Quote of the day: I'm not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful. - Marilyn Monroe

Thursday, 14 March 2013

International Pi Day

Hello everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a very happy International Pi Day! Be sure to make the most of it.

Quote of the day: I cannot and I will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions. -Lillian Hellman

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Personality Type

I've always been really interested in tests and such telling me about my personality. I really researched my zodiac sign (Libra) and enjoy taking personality tests. In grade 10 (which was 4 years ago, I can't believe it!) for Civics and Careers we had to take personality tests. I came out as blue green (I honestly forget what that means) and kind of went with it. But recently I've been curious again and found this great website to find out what personality type I have. It's a little bit freaky how good it is. I took this test and found out I was an INFP (introverted abstract exploring feeler). You can also check to see which celebrities also share that personality. I share mine with a lot of people I admire, such as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, William Shakespeare, etc. I think it's really interesting if you're the kind of person who likes these things. Check it out if you have some time and comment below telling me what personality you have!

Quote of the day: You don't have anything / if you don't have the stories. - Leslie Marmon Silko

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park was an incredibly fantastic novel. Just fantastic. Michael Crichton certainly knows how to write a thriller. The novel starts out setting up the issue. You get little snippets of what's happening, but are never told what's actually going on. Then you get to one part where you're given a hint and you think "That's it. That's what is going on here." I've also never seen the movie so I had no real idea about the plot, but apparently the book and the movie differ quite a bit. Anyway, the plot was great. There were no holes that I could find and everything was (spoiler) kind of tied together at the end. There was no real closure which can bother a lot of people, but I found it was great. It finished off what had been happening in the novel but left an opening for the possibilities of what could happen in the future if the dinosaurs were left to their own devices. I thought the way that the dinosaurs and the island were disposed of was rather simple compared to the whole ordeal everyone had went through on the island. It was almost too simple. Characters were also really great. You have adults mixed with two children and an elderly crazy man who thinks nothing will ever go wrong ever. Ian Malcolm was perfect. He was that annoying voice of reason who was constantly saying what will go wrong and when. Hammond totally ignored him and definitely gets his comeuppance at the end. Grant was also a really good choice. You had two palaeontologists and they provided you with the dino facts you were missing out on if you weren't a dino nerd. I especially enjoyed how Crichton included a lot of factual scientific stuff that was going on at the time. He perfectly melds the fact with the fiction. Now I have no idea what was actually real at the time this was written (I was born after the novel was published) but I have a fairly good idea of what aspects are fictional. All in all, this was just amazing. There's really no other word for it. I was constantly on edge wondering what was going to happen next. The beginning was a little slow to pick up, but once it did I didn't want to put it down. This is definitely something I would recommend and I can tell you with confidence that I will be re-reading it in the future.

Quote of the day: "Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves." - Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Sunday, 17 February 2013

New Leaf

I haven't posted anything in a while and I thought today was the perfect day to start up again. These past few months have definitely been full of changes and they've kept me crazy busy. I have a new part-time job, a new hair cut, and I've decided it's high time I revamped my blog. When I started blogging it was definitely much more rounded and lifestyle-like, but as I spent more time online looking at other blogs and connecting with other bloggers, it slowly became a writer blog. I want to switch things up and go back to lifestyle blogging. Writing isn't all I do in life and so it makes sense to incorporate other things I love too. I have a vast mixture of likes and dislikes and so I'd like to incorporate them into this blog. I will blog about foods, books I'm reading, anything to do with writing, beauty, healthy living, and really anything else I feel like. I want to incorporate everything and not just focus on one aspect of my life. I think a great way to start this is to include some random facts. I've decided to do 20. If you'd like to comment with 20 facts about yourself, I'd love to read them.

1. I love quotes for all occasions. There's just something about a quote that goes with a certain situation that really resonates with me.

2. I love to travel. I get very antsy and feel the need to go somewhere if I haven't been travelling in a while.

3. I love cats. I will for sure be a cat lady when I'm elderly.

4. I'm obsessed with the show New Girl. Zooey Deschannel is fantastic and I love her, no matter what people say.

5. I'm a little obsessed with Pinterest at the moment. I definitely need to take a step back and get off it for a while.

6. My room is an absolute mess. I love having a neat and organized room, but it never seems to be that way, no matter how hard I try. I just pray that when I have my own place it'll be neater.

7. My goal is to be in Toronto in 3 years. I don't want to live in my hometown. It's not that it's a bad place, it's just not a place where I want to spend the rest of my life.

8. I've never had a date on Valentine's Day. This may seem a little late in coming since Valentine's was on Thursday, but it is a random fact.

9. I love Zelda. It's fantastic and epic and I love that the franchise is continually being added to.

10. I love anything Middle Earth. Tolkien is one of my favourite authors and anything to do with him I love.

11. I have an orchid. I nearly killed it, but I've managed to revive it by watering it slightly more than I was previously.

12. New York City is one of my favourite places to travel to. I've been twice already and it always has more to offer.

13. I love classical music and movie scores. There's something in the complexity that is so incredible and entrancing.

14. I'm trying to expand my fashion horizons. I've been wearing the same types of clothes all my life and I think it's time I try new things. Cue closet clean out!

15. I love art. I like to think that if I hadn't gone into English I would have gone into art history. Studying art history was one of my favourite things in high school.

16. I'm rubbish at speaking to people I don't know. If I'm at work it's fine because I know I'll probably never see those people again, but if I have to talk to someone in my class, it's not happening.

17. I hate doing in-class presentations. I am the absolute worst at them. I get all panicky and speak either really quickly or really quietly and it gets hard for me to breathe.

18. I hate that people assume I'm going into teaching because I'm an English student. I want to go into publishing. I can't explain anything and I hate presentations, so why would I want a job that combines both of those and includes extremely judgemental students?

19. I have a younger brother. We're best friend. 'Nuff said.

20. I believe in magic. And if you don't, then enjoy a boring unmagical life.

Quote of the day: Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let's not forget this. - Dave Eggers

P.S. Since Emily hasn't responded to accept her prize of The Hobbit I'm going to give it to the first person who comments on this post with their email address. I don't need another copy hanging around when I already have my own.