(NO) IMPACT MAN

im in the midst of watching this movie but i have too many things to say about it, so im pausing and writing.

here’s the trailer for the documentary NO IMPACT MAN. A man and his family attempt to make no carbon footprint for a whole year. there are many things that i agree with in the film, and there are many things that i think he didnt research enough about.

I love the mom in the film, i love how she bought Chloe boots before the start of the year, and her eyes glow at the sight of a marc jacobs bag in the window and how she wore a tory burch tank top to the beach! And i also love their adorable daughter, and their interaction with her. They both seem like really decent parents and want to include her as much as possible in their activities.

a few things struck me as odd about the way the man thinks about environment and sustainability. One
thing that he wouldn’t allow to be used in his house is toilet paper. TOILET PAPER is made not from trees but recycled paper, im not 100% sure of this but seems like a dumbass thing to do to make it from trees.

also, the first thing he did after he started powering his house with solar electricity is to hook up his vaio so he can update his blog. what about the milk that’s not being cooled in the cooler? The frustration of the wife because of his homemade fridge ‘pot in the pot’.

at first, the documentary seemed really sincere and legit, but after a while it felt like it was purely for his up-coming book. i also find it odd that they have footage of the entire year, meaning they had a camera crew ready to go the moment they decided to do this. who pays for the documentary?

who knows if this is really a documentary. i dont care at all if the mom and daughter snuck out to have a burger and fries, but i will be appalled at the man who pushes his ideals on to his family because they are a family and they are one.

but there are many truths with eating less, throwing away less. in the film they talked about how the mom’s diabetes was gone (or reduced?) after they started eating organically. not saying that organic foods cure diabetes, but eating healthily, whether that’s organic or not, can create an overall healthier lifestyle.

but there are the bigger picture of buying organic than just buying organic. for example, in the film they drink milk out of glass jars which can be re-used. glass is obviously more heavy than a paper carton, therefore you can’t load as many bottles of milk than cartons of milk. this in turn costs more gas, which we’re in dire need of. Also, to clean the milk bottles which is re-used, they must be cleaned in super high temperature water, pressurized water probably, this costs a lot of energy too and i know one state in America that really needs that water. So in the end, what uses less, what allows the earth to be sustained?

another thing is consuming less, because of the recession, i’ve read in many fashion blogs that we should ‘shop in our closet’ and ‘recycle fashion’ which i love the idea dearly, as much as i love to buy new clothes i think it’d be a good idea to create new looks with what you already have, and re-fall in love with items. these ideas i fully support.

another thing with consuming less, my dad just came back from our local cell phone store, and the clerk there spent 1.5 hours explaining every function of an iphone to a woman, who clearly doesnt know how to use one, and therefore doesn’t need it, the clerk had to explain everything from how to take a photo to deleting an email. if you are really that technologically challenged, you don’t need an iphone!

the no impact man should also think about how much bigger countries with denser populations are still able to have a smaller impact on earth than america. Wiping tables with cloths, and not paper towels is something that i’ve been doing my whole life! Re-using containers or plastic bags, bringing your own water bottle (im guilty of this one, i buy water) or your own cloth bag to the super market, a lot of people do these things already.

perhaps the man started out his journey with pure ideals now i think he’s just crazy. Also why is the film called NO IMPACT MAN, shouldn’t it be called THE NO IMPACT FAMILY? Since his poor wife and daughter was dragged through hell to accompany his personal success and fame.

Another thing is, the no impact man wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without his family, i can’t imagine a single person living in any metropolis city to not eat out, to not watch TV to not cure loneliness with alcohol !

and yeah he met Diane Sawyer on Good morning America, I’d CALL THAT FAME!

i love Good Morning america and everyone on it, unlike that douchey Today Show with the bitch katie something, who apparently hates the word PHLEGM.

/end

but, the movie had a great message and it’s fun to watch, i think i will try to buy ONE new piece of clothing (including jewels and shoes!) every month and not every week (which is what i do now if not more often), try to stop eating red meat and start bringing my own water bottle.

also i think part of it is shot in a fish-eye like lens, so it’s really beautiful.

but seriously, i lust after big macs and quarter pounders … im doing that homer simpson drool thing right now.

just so i don’t seem crazy, here’s a cute song.

THE ORION EXPERIENCE – OBSESSED WITH YOU

so at the end of the film, he talks about being an optimist and inspiring others to change. you can only inspire if the others want to be inspired. as a RACE, we are too selfish to live this way. and we as a RACE will probably end in our own demise. but, having said that, i think i am still an optimist and i want what he wants but in a more realistic light.

but to end off this post

i really like what he said at the near end of the film

“Gratitude for small pleasures”

(LOVE)

not one to believe in love, but i dont disagree with its existence, a cute video i just found on youtube and a song im in love with.

TIM HANAEUR – DREAM A BETTER WAY

but seriously? this guy’s SMOOOOTH // sorry i think i just ruined a moment

STILL HERE TO SAY HELLO

OUR LADY PEACE – SUPERMAN’s DEAD

I never listen to my mom when she says it’s cold outside! my chosen outfit is for INDOORS ONLY, of course i went out, and hurt my back, and my shoulder. I am here blogging to you at 9 am in the morning having not slept all night long, i decided to just get out of bed, showered, put on many medicine patches (the smelly ones)!

i dont know how i am going to survive the binge fest tonight. but i will! because this is what people do when they’re on break…! or so i think!

HELLLLOO BATMAN!

I dont know what it is with NIKE and their advertising, makes you wanna get up and run a mile, but my determination goes as far as purchasing a pair of new shoes, never actually running. But as far as nike is concerned, that’s their goal anyway. Their recent one, is pretty amazing! check it out after the cut

Spontaneously decided to go to richmond, luckily OUR LADY PEACE was playing tonight, got to catch them live! They’re a really great Canadian band that i’ve ALWAYS known about but never really knew about. But, seriously, nothing sound as good as it does live. Arkells played as well, i really like their JOHN LENNON song.

made some new friends of the forest?

So this is vancouver, at 1 am in the morning, night of beating switzerland 3 – 2 in men’s hockey after a shoot out, it’s not a great win, but it’s still a win. CONGRATULATIONS! We take our hockey VERY seriously UP HERE!

also congratulations to NESBITT for the unexpected GOLD in 1000 meter women’s LONG TRACK speed skating!

i am avoiding email checking, i am having too much fun, i dont want real life to catch up to me yet.

Continue reading STILL HERE TO SAY HELLO

AMERICAN TEENAGER

RYAN DAHLE

BEND SINISTER

HOT HOT HEAT - who is the young sid second from the left, SO HOT i dont think he’s in the band? i’ve been listening to them for a while now but i dont really know who the members are =(

HOT HOT HEAT – MIDDLE OF NO WHERE

i’ve always wanted to be an american teenager, but i think it’s too late for me now. for one thing, im not a teenager anymore. i want the life, i want the abuse! I WANT THE MUSIC i want it ALL! if you dont live in north america, canada and the US doesn’t seem that different, but the way that we grow up is a lot different. for one thing, we’re calm over here.. or so i thought, until tonight.

i saw HOT HOT HEAT tonight along with RYAN DAHLE and BEND SINISTER

The previous night, alexisonfire played a show, and yes people got hurt, NINETEEN of them. And they rebuilt the fence that would hold “even metallica fans” was what the news announcer said.

well tonight, it was all good and cool until HOT HOT HEAT came on stage, then people got rowdy, very rowdy and yes the whole push and shove thing started. it got kind of scary, so i some how got out alive and watched from the side and GOOD THING I DID. I know i’m lame, but i think i’m at an age when i can’t pull stunts like that no more.

I wish people would stop crowd surfing, security guards pulled them down anyways…

Then i smelled pot, i think if i was feeling drunker and more energetic i would have felt more okay about all the damn people crowd surfing, taking off their clothes and throwing at the band.

But hot hot heat, you were amazing, i hope you come back soon! without all these underage kids. but kudos to all the uncles and grandpas standing behind us singing along with every single song!

GOCANADAGO + HEINEKEN + FIR

A NIGHT IN PICTURES

USED THE NEXUS ONE TO GPS OUR WAY TO THE FRIENDS HOUSE THAT I WAS PARKING AT

WANT TO GO HERE, LINE’S TOO LONG..

GO ALEX BILODEAU! FIRST CANADIAN GOLD ON CANADIAN SOIL

MET UP W/ REBECCA TO WAIT FOR THE CONCERT

SUPER CUTE LION DANCERS /HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

FIREWORKS TIME YAYY!

F.I.R. CAME ON TO PERFORM, AMAZING LIVE, I WAS REALLY SURPRISED

STANDING IN LINE TO GET IN HEINEKEN/HOLLAND HOUSE

YES FINALLY IN, GOT MY CASH CARD FOR SOME ETHANOL..!

HELLLLOOOO HEINEKEN

PARTY …TIME LOTS AND LOTS OF HOLLAND SONGS THAT WE DIDNT KNOW

STRANGER JOINED US IN OUR PHOTOS

FOOD THANKS

GO ALEX GO! GO CANADA GO!

edit: forgot to say that all the pictures were taken with my new PANASONIC LUMIX LX3 which coincidently is the official sponsor of the Olympics!

THE MONGOOSE WILL DANCE

CURRENTLY CRAMMING FOR MY EXAM TOMORROW BUT I LIKE THIS STORY AND I LIKE THIS PICTURE, TAKING A SHORT (PROCRASTINATE-IVE NATURE) BREAK

there was once a Brahman named godly in a certain town. His wife mothered a single son and a mungoose. And she loved little ones, she cared for the mungoose also like a son, giving him milk from her breast, and salves, and baths, and so on. but she did not trust him, for she thought: “a mungoose is a nasty kind of creature. He might hurt my boy.” Yes, there is a sense in the proverb:
A son will ever bring delight
though bent on folly, passion, and spite
though shabby, naughty, and a fright
One day she tucked her son in bed, took a water-jar, and said to her husband “now professor, I am going for water, you must protect the boy from the mungoose.” But when she was gone, the Brahman went off somewhere by himself to beg for food, leaving the house empty. While he was gone, a black snake issued from his hole and, as fate would have it,crawled toward the baby’s cradle. But the mungoose, feeling him to be a natural enemy, and fearing for the life of his baby brother, fell upon the vicious serpent halfway, joined battled with him, tore him to bits, and tossed the pieces far and wide. Then, delighted with his own heroism, he ran, blood trickling from his mouth, to meet the mother; for he wished to show what he had done. But when the mother saw him coming, saw his bloody mouth and his excitement, she feared that the villain must have eaten her babyboy, and without thinking twice, she angrily dropped the water-jar upon him, which killed him the moment that it struck. there she left him without a second though, and hurried home, where she found the baby safe and sound, and near the cradle a great black snake, torn to bits. then, overwhelmed with sorrow because she had thoughtlessly killed her benefactor, her son, she beat her head and breast. At this moment, the Brahman came home with a dish of rice gruel which he had got from someone in his begging tour, and saw his wife bitterly lamenting her son, the mungoose. “Greedy! Greedy!” she cried. “Because you did not do as I told you, you must now taste the bitterness of a son’s death, the fruit of your own wickedness. Yes this is what happens to those blinded by greed.”

Stuart Blackburn / his essay The Brahman and the Mongoose

honestly though, the first thought that came to mind when the animal Mongoose is mentioned is this…

What a mysterious creature…

GONE AND

i’ve been out cold with MEASELS, which was what i called it before i found out its real name, U-something… it’s not that bad, i’ve been taking some allergy medicine, but as we all know with allergies, they’ll come back to haunt you year and year again. so i want to cure the root of it, so i went to my traditional chinese doctor, prescribed me some roots, bee-hives, shells of bugs.. among other things…it’s really slow acting so i have to eat my allergy medicine anyway..

here’s a photo that rebecca took of me for her project, this one is my favorite, she uploaded a few others on her flickr. i think if my face was revealed, it would definitely ruin the artistic integrity of the piece. yeah!

But seriously though, it was fun even though i felt awkward, but i finally learned what a hot-shoe is! external flash, i knew it was some sort of flash but i didnt know you could connect it onto giant light emitting things..yeah, my new camera will have a slot for hot flash, you can tell that i’m excited about it right?

Daniel Merriweather – Chainsaw

So far the weekend has been uneventful but i haven’t been to school for the past two days, so it feels extra long.

ack, im in a bad mood recently, told my mom i was going to the library but instead went driving

but you know what they say, when bad things keep happening, something extra good is gonna happen.

AND HOLDING MY HEAD UP, HOLDING MY HEAD UP


Delphic – Counterpoint

wanted to wear this rosary to school today, but i never know if it’s okay to wear a piece of jewelry that has religious affiliation when i, myself am not affiliated.

I had dinner with my friend last night, we’re both in a weird place right now. And it’s funny how the things we tell each other are exactly the same, yet we fail to apply the same wisdom and logic to ourselves! I guess, more than often a problem will go away if you just let it settle, or look at it from someone else’s eyes.

it’ll become blindingly obvious

i also realized that no matter what someone else does to you, you probably shouldn’t treat them badly or talk badly of them just because, you feel like they deserve it. I shouldn’t talk, im a basher, i like to bash people, but i think i’m going to stop, or try to stop. no one deserves to be talked badly about, no matter what they did to you. the most you can do is remove them from your life, and be smrt, SMRT!

everything is circumstantial.


p.s. posed for Rebecca today, i like saying the word photoshoot, it sounds AWESOME and it makes me sound cooler for just saying it, or having any relations to that word. of course, i suck at posing, the pictures came out good because you can’t see my face, that’s what usually ruins photos, my face. maybe she’ll post some pics from today’s shoot, HA

i dont know why i thought i could be a model, a model’s life is not for non-models! that made sense…

OXFORD COMMA

i feel like im in a comma! i slept for 5 hours after school today, i didnt feel like not being in dream-less land. what a peaceful sleep!

my new favorite word is BALACLAVA, i heard it often in songs, and there’s a street on the way to school that has the same name. What is it though…


my new wallet that i found in one of my dad’s old bags, i love it! i love the feel of the old leather! I love the clasp buttons that we no longer often see!

i love that the the inside is a little bit blue because of water that got in!

i love how it was broken and now i’m re-using it! it use to have a belt loop since my dad drove a motorcycle and wallets are inconvenient  (wait he still drives a motorcycle! but he’s not cool at all, seriously)

and my new shoes that i have yet to worn anywhere! i’ve been practicing, no face plant for me thank you.

i tried to re-create the ambiance that you could feel in a much chic-er city! or for that matter, on a much chic-er blog! maybe it’s the color of the hardwood or the fact that the hardwood is so new! the colors in the pictures didnt come out well, and yes i PS-ed it.

i love these shoes! they remind me of the Prada Chandelier shoes! well not exactly but i’d take any opportunity to bring up the chandelier shoes! they actually look very much like these Robert Clergie shoes

chunky heels thank you!

either way, it was a nice day

edit: can’t leave a pair of shoes just on their own