Edgar Allen Poe’s Science Fiction

10 Jun

I just finished reading “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” last night. It is a short story by Edgar Allen Poe written in 1835. While reading it I was floored by how accurate the science was regarding a journey to the moon.

In it, a man decides to blow up his creditors and fly away to the moon with his cat in a hot air balloon. (And reading about Poe’s personal struggles with gambling and debt, this may have been a bit of a personal fantasy of his). He talks about the need for extra propulsion to allow the balloon to break free from the gravitation of earth and be pulled toward the moon, of the need for pressurized air in a sealed cabin, of fresh oxygen supplies and the need to filter out carbon dioxide. He got a lot right, considering it was 1835. 

It turns out this science fiction novel is one of the earliest in western literature, and influenced Jules Verne to write his “From the Earth to the Moon” 30 years later. Basically, Jules Verne gets too much credit for writing startlingly accurate science fiction, Poe deserves just as much credit.

Here is a short passage from the short story describing how earth looks from space:


“Then again I journeyed far down away into another country where it was all one dim and vague lake, with a boundary line of clouds. And out of this melancholy water arose a forest of tall eastern trees, like a wilderness of dreams. And I have in mind that the shadows of the trees which fell upon the lake remained not on the surface where they fell, but sunk slowly and steadily down, and commingled with the waves, while from the trunks of the trees other shadows were continually coming out, and taking the place of their brothers thus entombed.

“This then,” I said thoughtfully, “is the very reason why the waters of this lake grow blacker with age, and more melancholy as the hours run on.” But fancies such as these were not the sole possessors of my brain. Horrors of a nature most stern and most appalling would too frequently obtrude themselves upon my mind, and shake the innermost depths of my soul with the bare supposition of their possibility.”

- Edgar Allen Poe


and another about the nature of the moon, which has hints of horror:

“This is, in fact, the case. I have much—very much which it would give me the greatest pleasure to communicate. I have much to say of the climate of the planet; of its wonderful alternations of heat and cold, of unmitigated and burning sunshine for one fortnight, and more than polar frigidity for the next; of a constant transfer of moisture, by distillation like that in vacuo, from the point beneath the sun to the point the farthest from it; of a variable zone of running water, of the people themselves; of their manners, customs, and political institutions; of their peculiar physical construction; of their ugliness; of their want of ears, those useless appendages in an atmosphere so peculiarly modified; of their consequent ignorance of the use and properties of speech; of their substitute for speech in a singular method of inter-communication; of the incomprehensible connection between each particular individual in the moon with some particular individual on the earth—a connection analogous with, and depending upon, that of the orbs of the planet and the satellites, and by means of which the lives and destinies of the inhabitants of the one are interwoven with the lives and destinies of the inhabitants of the other; and above all, if it so please your Excellencies—above all, of those dark and hideous mysteries which lie in the outer regions of the moon—regions which, owing to the almost miraculous accordance of the satellite’s rotation on its own axis with its sidereal revolution about the earth, have never yet been turned, and, by God’s mercy, never shall be turned, to the scrutiny of the telescopes of man.”

- Edgar Allen Poe

Not only was this book a full 30 years before Jules Vernes journey to the moon, this was a few months before the famous “Great Moon Hoax” of 1835. Poe intended this story to be a hoax, he wanted people to believe it was real. But he was ripped off by Richard Adams Locke who did a far more succesful Moon Hoax.

Battlestar Galactica is amazing scifi

13 Feb

How did it take me this long to watch Battlestar Galactica? First season was so-so, nothing spectacular but nothing terrible either. But then Season 2 is just so moving. Thank goodness for netflix making this available streaming.

The Pegasus storyline starring Michelle Forbes (Maryann from True Blood) as a truly chilling villain, a sort of female Mussolini is riveting television and sci-fi at it’s best. SciFi that is not just about gadgets, not just about spacewar, not just an action movie set in space. Scifi that makes you question your views on morality, your views on hate, your view on justice, Religion and faith, warfare, on love, on the entire range of the human experience

My favorite moment: At one point during the finale of that storyarc there is a scene where a key character is floating in space, having been ejected from his destroyed viper fighter plane. He is floating there, air leaking from his spacesuit out of small tear, and the camera just pans to his helmet as he watches tens of thousands die during a deep space battle.

Bodies of the defeated enemy float into space, defenseless, soon to die of exposure to the vacuum. He hears his comrades calling to him on his headset, asking for his position so he can be rescued. But he stops plugging the hole in his spacesuit and he just floats there, imagines himself floating in a stream. He does not respond. He wants to die too.

The music that plays during that sequence, “Bloodshed”, by Bear McCreary is haunting and perfectly matched for the mood of this important scene.

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Bloodshed/2EioUG?src=5

Colombia, is it safe? Hell no and fuck yes and maybe and here, have a drink.

4 Dec

I came across this beautiful blog post, and since it is hosted on Myspace, and was posted in 2007, I want to reproduce it here to preserve it. The original blog post can be found here:

http://www.myspace.com/goosekirk/blog/230637447

Sam’s brother comes for a visit. He’s twenty years older than Sam, and he’s an engineer at a nuclear power plant. His questions revolve around safety.

“I just want to be sure my little brother’s safe down here,” he says. Well, given his profession, the safety obsession makes sense.

He’s pleased to see Sam has an extended family in Bogotá, us ragtag group of expats that look after each other in such a dangerous, unseemly environment.

“So what’s the biggest risk you guys face down here?” he asks me over the pounding music in the bar.

“Honestly?” I reply, “Getting hit by a bus.”

Sam laughs, but his eyebrows go up as he heartily agrees. I’ve almost absentmindedly strolled into traffic a few times, and that’s definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced. Anything else can be explained – oh, he was caught in a crossfire, gut-stabbed by a drug-addled mugger, pissed off the wrong guy in the wrong place, the grenade ignited the propane heater on the deck of the bar, these things happen – but hit by a bus while jabbering on a cell phone? Fuck me, that’s no way to go.

El Cocuy, Colombia

El Cocuy, Colombia

Everything in Colombia is a contradiction. I’m fond of saying I’m so fond of Colombia because it’s like the entire world condensed into one country. It’s a land of tremendous opportunity and limitless destruction, paradise and damnation, say what you want about the place and it’s probably accurate in some way. Nothing is true and everything is permitted, and vice versa. But everyone wants to know the same thing about Colombia:

Is it safe?

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The horror of existing

11 May

I am a fan of the work of the director Lars von Trier and his viewpoint on the inherit evil of existence.

I am of the opinion that existing is a horrible, depressing thing. And we need to constantly distract ourselves from that horror, if we are left too long to examine life we will walk away feeling empty and go a little crazy. Just take a completely neutral look at nature, the sea, the forest, your own backyard. Get rid of the fantasies of butterflies, beautiful flowers, singing birds, playful dolphins and really look. You will see horror: animals eaten alive, starving to death, babies eaten by parents because they are unfit, cold emotionless evil at all levels of life. Sometimes we like to think that all the evil of this earth is the fault of evil men. But in the absence of people there is plenty of horror and evil.

Art by Karina Marandjian – http://daunhaus.deviantart.com/

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Learning Capoeira

3 May

I recently began Capoeira class at Roda Movements in the Washington, DC area.

What is Capoeira you ask? I created the below diagram to illustrate what it basically is:

Capoeira - What People Think I Do / What I Really Do

I combined two popular versions of this Capoeira “What People Think I Do / What I Really Do” meme to create this one.

It is a Brazilian Martial Art / Dance / Acrobatic discipline. It was created around the 16th Century by African Slaves brought to Brazil by the Portuguese. Traditionally, it is done to music in a circle, with two people at a time ‘playing’ in the middle. The legend is that the martial art was disguised as a dance and played very slowly so the slave owners would not realize that their slave were training to be deadly. Continue reading

Play him off Keyboard Cat – RIP Steve Jobs

6 Oct
Keyboard cat with moon in background, Steve jobs holding iphone and smiling

Play him off, Keyboard Cat

I don’t think it was a coincidence that Steve Jobs died the day after the keynote. Sometimes the will to stay alive is very powerful.

From the Wikipedia entry on Charles Schultz:

Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip died almost immediately before the last Peanuts strip to retire the series was published.

“Peanuts ran for nearly 50 years, almost without interruption. During the life of the strip, Schulz took only one vacation, a five-week break in late 1997 to celebrate his 75th birthday; reruns of the strip ran during his vacation. At its peak, Peanuts appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. Schulz stated that his routine every morning consisted of eating a jelly donut and sitting down to write the day’s strip.

In a December 1999 interview, holding back tears, he recounted the moment when he signed the panel of his final strip, saying, “All of a sudden I thought, ‘You know, that poor, poor kid, he never even got to kick the football. What a dirty trick — he never had a chance to kick the football!’”

Charles Schulz died in his sleep at home around 9:45 p.m. on February 12, 2000. The last original Peanuts strip was published the very next day, on Sunday, February 13, 2000, just hours after his death the night before.”

Obama’s failure to stop the projectile alien fish menace will cost him 2012

15 Jun

Allow me to be perfectly clear. The failure of Obama-appointed Asian Carp Czar to stem the rising tide of nondelicious projectile alien fish will cost him the 2012 election.

I read with alarm the recent news reports that the Asian Carp plague has not been stopped dead in its tracks since President Obama appointed John Goss in 2010 to lead a near $80 million, multi-pronged federal attack against Asian carp.

Yes, multi-pronged.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin bravely stated back then that “When it comes to the Asian carp threat, we are not in denial. We are not in a go-slow mode. We are in a full attack, full-speed ahead mode. We want to stop this carp from advancing.”

Yes, FULL ATTACK, FULL-SPEED AHEAD MODE. It was obvious we meant business. There would be casualties. There would be losses on all sides. But the finned threat had to be stopped, no matter how heavy the cost.

2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework

The 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework cover, clearly illustrating the intimidating enemy the US faces

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Playa Del Carmen Trip Report

12 May

Here is a video montage I put together using music from Mexican band Belanova of our trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico in May 2011:

And here is a link to my complete photo album of this trip.

Night 1

We arrive late night in Cancun airport. Here is a tip I have not read anywhere else; call your bank before you go and not only tell them you’ll be in Mexico, but ask them if they are affiliated with any branches in Mexico. My bank, Bank of America, told me they are affiliated with Santander bank and if I use those ATms id save on fees. So I find a Santander ATM right outside customs and withdraw pesos for the evening and the next day.

I had arranged for a driver to pick us up and take us to the Hotel Casa Ticul. We get to the hotel around midnight, unpack and exhausted fall asleep. (beds are SUPER comfortable)

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Greece – Athens – Santorini – Milos Trip Report Part 2

14 Mar

In May of 2009 my girlfriend Holly and I traveled to Greece and visited Athens and the Cyclades Islands of Santorini and Milos. I will split this blog post into three parts by destination. You can view all photos of the trip here (my photos) and here (Holly’s Photos). This is part 2 of 3. Part 1 is here

So we arrive at the port of Athens, buy our Ferry tickets and board the Ferry. We got tickets on the “slow” ferry instead of the premium fast ferry. It was fairly relaxing to be on this type of Ferry. Provided it is not super cold, you can hang out on the deck watching the sea go by, and the Ferry usually stops at various other Greek Islands al0ng the Cyclades so you get a mini-tour. Continue reading

Greece – Athens – Santorini – Milos Trip Report Part 1

11 Nov

In May of 2009 my girlfriend Holly and I traveled to Greece and visited Athens and the Cyclades Islands of Santorini and Milos. I will split this blog post into three parts by destination. You can view all photos of the trip here (my photos) and here (Holly’s Photos). This is part 1 of 3. Part 2 is here.

Below is a video I created of the entire trip:

We picked this time of the year because airfare and hotel costs are fairly low due to it being low/mid season in Greece, and the temperatures are still warm enough for swimming.

We picked the Fresh Hotel in Athens based on proximity to the ancient Acropolis and good reviews online. We tend to like more trendy design/boutique hotels and this seemed to fit the bill. It even has an Ice bar.

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Ethiopian Food Sucks – Everyone in DC is crazy

26 Oct

As I wrote about earlier regarding the bizarre fascination many people in the Washington DC region have with Pho, I will now rant about another fad cuisine that I feel is absolutely awful.

Ethiopian food.

“Ethiopian is a poor man’s Indian from Planet Gross-Out X. Bunch of multi-colored gross lentils heaped over an old tire. Baaaarrrrfff on my dick.”
Wise Anonymous Poster from the Internet

” If you can’t taste how gross Ethiopian food is you likely have mild brain damage, probably in the part of your brain that senses when you’re being ripped off.”
Yet more wisdom from the intertubes

 

Ethiopian Food is not edible

The one on the left looks like someone used the injera as toilet paper. The one on the right is giant chunks of raw beef and fat. Not sure which is worse.

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14 Oct

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Lady Gaga Teeth Dance Choreography borrowed from Silent Hill Nurses?

8 Sep

I went to Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball in Washington DC yesterday, and had a great time. When she got to the choreography for her song Teeth, I had a odd sense of Déjà vu. I had seen this before..I had even heard the song before..or something similar to it. Then it hit me..this was basically a very similar routine to the Silent Hill Nurses dance routine from the Anime Boston 2007 Masquerade (won first place).

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True Blood lol – Sookie and Bill

30 Aug

The following is a web comic about True Blood about when we find out what Sookie is:
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Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower is an insult to Islam and to taste

26 Aug

Let me introduce you to the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the The Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower.

Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower

The Abraj Al-Bait Towers are like a giant middle finger to taste and elegance

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Pho sucks. There, I said it.

24 Aug

I hate Pho.

Here in the Washington DC region, many people seem to go crazy over Vietnamese Pho. For those that don’t know, Pho (pronounced feh, as in ‘feh..this tastes like dishwater’) is a Vietnamese noodle soup served in a giant bucket, composed of 90% salty water, 4% undercooked, soggy flavorless meat, 4% noodle, and 2% tasteless vegetables.

Below is a handy diagram demonstrating a typical serving of Pho to  it’s approximate taste.

Pho is gross and sucks and I hate it

Pho is similair to a giant animal carcass floating in a Formaldehyde solution, in both taste and appearance

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Scott Pilgrim vs the World Review – Did not suck – Loved it

6 Aug
Scott Pilgrim movie poster

Scott Pilgrim vs the World movie poster

Cool I-Trailer (interactive trailer) for Scott Pilgrim vs the World

I went to see an early screening of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Now the primary reaction of people I talk to about the movie is “who?” or sometimes “huh?”. I guess the movie did not register much in people’s radar. So let me recap for everyone who has not heard of this upcoming movie. Continue reading

Step Up 3D Review – It was actually good

28 Jul

 

Step up 3D billboard

Step up 3D

I went to see an early Step Up 3D screening expecting the worst dance/teen flick since Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo.

I mean, these are actual lines in the movie:

“people dance because dance can change things”

”One move… can set a whole generation free”

‘Some people learn to dance, some people are born to”

“the most important decisions in life are hard”

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Analysis of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” ending (film)

8 Jul

Here are some major spoilers, so if you have not seen the film please click away from this entry :)

The Road Poster 2009

The Road (2009)

Ok, in a nutshell, I think the kid is fucked, and the ending is NOT good. Here is why.

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Android is Frustrating, not intuitive and not fun

30 Jun

I’ve been playing with Android phones recently, the HTC Incredible and the HTC Evo..and sorry but I  feel the OS kind of sucks.

It is not intuitive at ALL. I couldn’t figure out how to do anything..it required a friend to train me..and even after that and I tried using the Evo on my own I still could not find the task manager, figure out how to switch tasks and add/remove widgets.

Sorry…it needs to be friendlier and FAR more intuitive for me. Android may be powerful but its not friendly or easy. My user experience was frustrating. I handed the phone to my GF to play with and she was lost and frustrated within 10 seconds as well.

This never happens when we play with iPhones. Yes I understand Android is powerful, yes I understand iPhones lock you in and is not very customizable..but its EASY. It is intuitive and fun. Grandma can pick it up and use it.

Android should be powerful AND be easy to use. But right now it is only easy to use after watching tutorials or playing with it for a week.

Let me give you an example. If I did a usability test on target.com, and told a first-time user to go on the site and find a solution to their storage needs for books, I’d want this user without any tutorials or help, without having to call support, to find the bookshelf section of the site and buy a bookshelf.

If my user can’t do this, and leaves the site frustrated or having to call support..the UI is bad. It has failed.

Well that’s how Android is. Yes it’s powerful, yes it is customizable. yes I can install a new UI over the standard, but I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO.

I should be able to hand the phone to my Grandmother and she should be happily uploading youtube videos of Kitty within 5 minutes.

I think one of my favorite, intuitive task managers in a UI is on the Palm Pre. You swipe your deck of cards, find the app you want, and either click it to activate it, or flick the card away to close it. SUPER easy. SUPER intuitive.

Good article I found:

http://daggle.com/impression-wrong-android-nice-iphone-1607

Also, I feel the Andoid OS is ugly. Reminds me of Windows 95.

I’ve been playing with Android phones recently, the HTC Incredible and the HTC Evo..and sorry but I  feel the OS kind of sucks.

It is not intuitive at ALL. I couldn’t figure out how to do anything..it required a friend to train me..and even after that and I tried using the Evo on my own I still could not find the task manager, figure out how to switch tasks and add/remove widgets.

Sorry…it needs to be friendlier and FAR more intuitive for me. Android may be powerful but its not friendly or easy. My user experience was frustrating. I handed the phone to my GF to play with and she was lost and frustrated within 10 seconds as well.

This never happens when we play with iPhones. Yes I understand Android is powerful, yes I understand iPhones lock you in and is not very customizable..but its EASY. It is intuitive and fun. Grandma can pick it up and use it.

Android can be powerful AND be easy to use. But right now it is only easy to use after watching tutorials or playing with it for a week.

Let me give you an example. If I did a usability test on target.com, and told a first-time user to go on the site and find a solution to their storage needs for books, I’d want this user without any tutorials or help, without having to call support, to find the bookshelf section of the site and buy a bookshelf.

If my user can’t do this, and leaves the site frustrated or having to call support..the UI is bad. It has failed.

Well that’s how Android is. Yes it’s powerful, yes it is customizable. yes I can install a new UI over the standard, but I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO.

I should be able to hand the phone to my Grandmother and she should be happily uploading youtube videos of Kitty within 5 minutes.

I think one of my favorite, intuitive task managers in a UI is on the Palm Pre. You swipe your deck of cards, find the app you want, and either click it to activate it, or flick the card away to close it. SUPER easy. SUPER intuitive.

Good article I found:

http://daggle.com/impression-wrong-android-nice-iphone-1607

Science is like religion

23 Jun

Common misunderstanding about science vs religion:

Religion and Science are the same since both believe things that can’t be 100% proven

Science (and LOGIC) dictates that NO BELIEF  can EVER be absolute. You can NEVER say ANYTHING is 100% true or 100% false.

You can only make REASONABLE assumptions. It is reasonable to go on your daily life assuming that you wont suddenly shoot off the earth or turn into a squirrel. We can write a law, called the law of people not spontaneously turning into squirrels. It can shown to be true after thousands of years of observable evidence. However, if even just one human spontaneously turns into a squirrel, we have to dump that law. It is no longer true.

We say a belief is reasonable when we have tons of observable and repeatable tests that confirm the belief, when we have a large body of knowledge that makes it reasonable to assume it is true.

The religious often want black and white, 100% or 0% true. This is not how science works.

The difference between a scientific belief and a religious one is usually that the scientific one is testable and can be written down mathematically.

Reasonable scientific belief: “The sun is a really large ball of gas at the center of our solar system”

unreasonable belief:  “there is an invisible man who is punishing all the descendants of the first two humans he created because they ate an apple he told them not to eat after they were misled by a talking snake”

Another major difference between religious and scientific beliefs is that which I mentioned earlier, that a scientific law, no matter how cherished, no matter how proven and verified and tested, can be refuted at any time when the opposite is observed.

Try doing that with religious beliefs, such as the earth being 6,000 years old or that women were created by an invisible being from the rib of a man, or the invisible man himself. These beliefs are so cherished they can never be tossed out, even if mounting evidence surfaces that makes those beliefs very unreasonable.

We have seen this with beliefs such as that the earth is the center of the universe..when religious beliefs are confronted by mounting scientific evidence that invalidates them. Or with evolution. Religion is unwilling to change their beliefs to accommodate new evidence. Science always is.

Karate Kid 2010 Review – I loved it

11 Jun
Karate Kid 2010 Great Wall

Jaden Smith trains with Jackie Chan on the Great Wall of China

I went to see the 2010 Karate Kid remake. I was not expecting much, but let me just give my rating then qualify that. 10/10.

I could find absolutely no flaws in this. They treated china and the chinese people with the utmost respect, Jaden Smith was GREAT. I think one of the big reasons he worked so well is he acts like a KID. We have had too many child actors who act like pint-size adults (*cough dakota fanning *cough*). Jaden behaves exactly as you’d expect a 12 year old to behave.

Jackie Chan was amazing as always. The training montage, a staple of fight films like Rocky, was done in an original and emotionally gripping manner that did not feel like recycled garbage. Everything seemed realistic, the motivations behind everyone’s actions was believable and communicated well. The directing was great, action amazing, overall quite a surprise since I was not expecting much from this at all. The film was actually moving. People were applauding and cheering in the theater during the final fight scene exactly as they would had they been there.

There could be a temptation to just saturate the film with action and have the story, if any, take a backseat to that. But instead the action is not even the point anymore. The story in this film is gripping and really pulls you in. Who hasn’t felt nervous on the first day at a new school? Who hasn’t been teased or bullied? Who hasn’t felt scared in a new phase in their life? Who hasn’t had tragedy and misfortune destroy their lives? I absolutely loved the film.

I am thinking of going to see it again. Director Herald Zwart is someone to watch. This is far superior to the 1984 classic, but pays homage in many clever ways to its predecessor. Now the stains of Karate Kid II and III are finally cleansed.

Bravo to everyone involved in this project!

Taken – Movie Review (it sucked)

10 Jun
Taken movie poster

Taken Movie Poster (2008)

So I finally saw Taken this week.

I was intriqued by this cool-looking trailer I watched:

The premise is brilliant. Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) is an ex-CIA/NSA type, who has retired in order to be closer to his daughter. She goes off to Paris on a trip, and while there gets kidnapped while she is on the phone with Daddy. Continue reading

Deformed child actors and Gary Coleman

28 May

It disturbs me how much TV shows and movies cast children who have abnormal growth issues because they look ‘cute’. It’s sort of like the heavily deformed Pug dog breed, a breed so hideously misshapen they no longer have cranial brow ridges, struggle to breath and can no longer give birth naturally.

Deformed PugGary Coleman suffered from a congenital kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis which halted his growth as a kid, leading to a 4 ft 8 in stature and an exaggerated childlike appearance. (awww)

On the TV Show ‘Webster’ we have Emmanuel Lewis who is now 4’3″, qualifying him as a dwarf. (growth disorders are so cute)

Other examples include child actor Atticus Shaffer, (unborn, hancock) who has type IV osteogenesis imperfecta, a bone disease that also heightens his “cute” appearance. (so adorable)

Life in a Harem for the Prince of Brunei

28 May
Some Girls - My life in a Harem

Some Girls - My life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren

Today I was listening to the Howard Stern show and they had on Jillian Lauren, author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem. This was the first time I heard of her or the book, and when I heard the premise my immediate reaction was that she was probably lying.

After listening to her story for a while it seemed to me she was not lying.  Looks like it might be an interesting read. The lifestyle described by her is one of unimaginable wealth.

The premise is basically that she was a teenager, starts getting into drugs and prostitution, then goes to a mysterious audition 0ne day. The audition turns out to be for the Prince of Brunei (I have not heard of the country either) who is worth 40 billion dollars; specifically to be his ‘guest’.

This actually entails being one of 40 or so women from around the world flown in to be in his Harem on the palace grounds. She describes lavish $100,000 shopping sprees, trips to singapore etc.  She talks of how women from the west were separated from the asian women in different compounds. A literal meat market to tickle his majesties fancy.  A recent update on the story is his Majesty apparently embezzled 9 billion from the royal treasury.

Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren

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