Elan Gale is a fucking dickhead

Passive-aggressive twitter fueds make headline news?

Unless you make money by watching trends and current events there is no reason to listen anymore, it’s all complete bullshit you don’t need to know.

A steaming hot lasagna with alternating layers of disinformation, marketing, bullshit, lies, propoganda, social conditioning, with a thick, melted layer of talking heads and demagogues that just read whatever their producers prepared them to read on air

Would I go on TV to hawk a book? Oh hell yeah. Like Kanye West says, you have to work with the devil, the people with the connections and reach to get anything done/have influence these days. Very little in life is about what you know, or what talent you have, it’s all about who you know, and what platform you have to broadcast it on

Introversion and imagination

Seems like when I get into an introverted mind state, there are two flavours of it. One of them is like “introverted outwards” where all I can think about is what I lack. Like seriously, I don’t have a submarine, a helicopter, a Ferrari, a mansion, supermodel gf, or small island. It sounds petty to other people, but it depresses me that I live on a planet that can be a playground, and I don’t have all the good toys. Anything I may lack, I feel a real, painful loss over. If I think of something that I want that is too far beyond my capabilities to acquire, it feels like a huge letdown. Chances are I will never impregnate Taylor Swift on my own private yacht. This is a state of depression.

The other mindstate I would call “introverted inwards” which helps me recall what I’ve owned and who I’ve been along with what I own now and who I am in the present. Then when my mind knocks on the tiny door of imagination, the wizard inside opens it and a torrent of neverending colour, ideas, and even music pours forth as a flash flood. If I daydream too much, I can get a migraine headache from it. When I was a kid I had developed a strong imagination from being so depressed over my shitty life, and as an adult I can still reach that place where I can escape from the “introverted outwards” mindset.

I can get the same imaginative state for short periods of time while feeling extroverted, but why would I want to? I’m partying!

Understanding one’s own art

Perhaps the most difficult thing I have found as a wannabe artist is to understand my own message. I often waffle back and forth between the ideas of “do anything” and respecting traditional boundaries.

Lately I’ve found myself in a position where I’m ready to eschew those boundaries for the sake of art. Along with writing my next novel, there is a side project that I’ve began changing my studio to accomodate, look for it on the horizon around February or March, depending on how long it takes to get all the equipment I need and set it up.

-J

“The most progressive, modern pageant Canada has ever experienced”

“The most progressive, modern pageant Canada has ever experienced”

http://vancouverpageant.com/

Can someone explain to me why they would ask for a headshot on their application page if they really are:

“Emphasizing true inner beauty, grace, education and cultural appreciation, the VTV Ms. & Mr. Vancouver Pageant is a three day extravaganza spotlighting and celebrating Vancouver’s brightest new stars.”

Come on.


How stupid do people take the public as? Pageants are even less equal or “progressive” than pornography, where as in porn you can look like the ugliest, fattest slob and still get someone to masturbate to you, if you’re anything less than handsome/beautiful and fit/thin, you’re going to be laughed off stage faster than you can say “genetic lottery!”

Saying goodbye to my 5D MK2

I loved this camera.

If only the lens could talk…

Well, maybe I could go through some of my pics quick and post a few of my favorites over the year or so I owned it. I smoked a big bong rip and I’m really anxious because life is going too well and I almost expect something really bad to happen, like dick cancer. Sometimes my right tricep twitches randomly and I think I’m getting what Michael J. Fox has, Parkinson’s disease.

Seriously, I can’t be the only one who gets so much energy and creativity from marijuana, but it also gives me anxiety and does NOT relax me at all. Angst runs my furnace, happiness makes me lazy!

A top ten list I wrote about depression

I submitted this to listverse and those fuckers didn’t reply

 

10. The Gym

While feeling down, sometimes the entire world can feel like it’s crushing your soul. Or it could just be that you’re 50 lbs overweight and you have a terrible diet that saps your energy, even if you had any! Well, one sure-fire way to defeat that lack of energy is to drag yourself to a gym. Even though you might suck, your dog ran away, your girlfriend left you, nobody likes your book, and your uncontrollable gas keeps anyone from getting close to you, cranking up the weight lifting will at least provide you with some muscles to be proud of! Exercise releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps put a smile on your face.

Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-compass-pleasure/201104/exercise-pleasure-and-the-brain

9. Be Creative

Throughout history, the most brilliant people were known to have fits of depression. Sure, most of them died penniless and forgotten by those around them, but time has proven them to be some of the most incredible and creative human beings. Abraham Lincoln, Nikola Tesla, Agatha Christie, Vincent Van Gogh, just a few examples of people who suffered through bouts of crushing depression and hopelessness. From these low points in life, the seeds of imagination blossomed into their self-expression and passionate pursuit of excellence!

Source: http://paloalto.patch.com/groups/terry-godfreys-blog/p/bp–creative-activities-reduce-depression-in-children

8. Help others

Tears of a clown, this saying rings true. One might think that helping others is tough when you can barely get out of bed, but producing happy feelings in oneself is surprisingly linked to how happy you make the people around you! Humans are a social creature, and our links to others lifts ourselves up! In fact, studies have proven time and time again that lending a listening ear to other people, and encouraging others in a positive way actually produces more happiness in the people that do the encouraging than the people being supported! Next time you’re down, do what you can to make someone else smile, it might just come back to you two-fold.

Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2012/01/02/with-depression-helping-others-may-in-turn-help-you

7. Smile more

The mind mimics the body, in fact, you can trick your mind into thinking that life rocks simply by smiling. Even when it’s rainy and grey outdoors, you can always make it sunny on your face by curling those lips up your cheeks into a big goofy grin. Scientists in the UK recommend you walk around with a big grin as a way to express to the world your joy in the face of blues, as it will attract other happy people to you and lift your spirits. Just think about it, if you walk around frowning, who will you attract?

Source: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/07/simply-smiling-can-actually-reduce-stress/

6. Avoid celebrity culture

Nothing can make you more depressed than comparing yourself to the over-the-top lifestyles of celebrities. While you’re trying to come up with busfare to get to work, Justin Bieber is driving a Lamborghini and tweeting how cool he is. Naturally if you compare your life to his, you might feel like a total loser! Ugh! Don’t let this cloud your judgement, life is often a mirage and to try and live up to the fantasy lifestyles of the rich and famous is a great way to end up feeling like a total chode.

Source: http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-us/uk/a-z-of-ailments/emotional-health/self-image-self-esteem/

5. Cuddle

Cuddling has been proven to stimulate the release of oxytocin and provide a sense of well-being. It doesn’t even matter who or what you cuddle with, a dog, a person, anything that breathes, basically. Researchers have even found that meaningful conversations and eye contact can produce this hormone, along with hugging! The act of physical touch and that connection in the moment can sometimes be enough to chase away that grey cloud that follows you around. Harry F. Harlow and a group
of rhesus monkeys were part of an experiment in the year of 1958. Their discovery was fascinating: Baby monkeys seek to be touched, even moreso than their desire for food! It doesn’t sound important, but at the time, it contradicted what science believed: being provided for with physical needs was more important than providing for emotional needs.

Source: http://www.prevention.com/health/emotional-health/oxytocin-help-depression

4. Dance

The stress hormone cortisol has been found to lower after a session of dancing, either with a partner, or alone. The act of moving to music requires a mindfulness that focuses the mind and forces you to be present in the moment! Depression is often insideous in the way it occupies so much space in your head, unable to clear your mind of things that bring you down. Boogie down to some tunes and shake that booty, you might just find yourself smiling and laughing sooner than you thought.

Source: http://www.medindia.net/news/dancing-cures-depression-stress-headaches-in-young-girls-110295-1.htm

3. Music

Music has long been known to calm even the most savage beast. Choosing a playlist that resonates with you can provide the feeling of not being alone, that there is an artist out there who has written songs and lyrics that really help you understand that someone else has felt the way you have. Not surprisingly, popping on iTunes and listening to the radio for a bit in the morning is a great way to get your day started and lift the clouds that keep you down. Throw in some dancing, and you have a quick natural pick-me-up!

Source: http://news.menshealth.com/how-itunes-can-cure-depression/2011/10/12/

2. Natural light

Believe it or not, if your curtains are closed and you’re in a basement in front of a computer with no natural light, it’s a depression recipe! Open those blinds, or better yet, go outside and soak up the rays! Even if it’s overcast, getting some natural light has a huge effect on your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, effects an estimated 6 percent of the population, especially in northern climates. It doesn’t help that so many of us are plugged into the internet and sit in front of fake-light computer screens for a living at work, and then in our spare time, we surf the internet! If you’re feeling down, go outside and get lit up.

Source: http://www.psycheducation.org/depression/LightTherapy.htm

1. Eat happy foods

 Shit looks like I somehow forgot to save the last one regarding happy foods, well, I should change this last one to “drink liquor” because hell, who doesn’t like a nice cold beer?