A Necessary Beauty


A butterfly from St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago hopes the photographer would hurry up since life is short.

A butterfly from St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago hopes the photographer would hurry up since life is short.

The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.  ~Attributed to George Carlin

Trying to get a butterfly to pose for a picture is harder than getting some icons to wear underwear. There is very little one can say about butterflies other they fly and land on flowers that no lens is focused on. Butterflies are intelligent creatures and use this intelligence to get editors and some low-grade bloggers to publish photos of them standing on various flowers. Butterflies are like celebrities in that they run from the camera but love to be photographed. I suppose butterflies, like women, also know that anything that is too easy to get is hardly appreciated.

Apart form making great photographs, butterflies have another purpose, and that purpose is to pollinate flowers. I don’t think butterflies are too aware of this important function and the modern day butterfly is more concerned with looking good and becoming the next centerfold in National Geographic Magazine than pollination.  Without butterflies the photography world, and many photographers would be poorer. Photographers may even have to invest heavily in makeup to get mosquitoes and bachacs to look as alluring. Some people suggest that butterflies are like many things beautiful, subjective and unnecessary. I agree that beauty can be subjective and in the eyes of the beholder but when beauty is absolutely beautiful it goes beyond the eyes and becomes, for some strange reason, absolutely necessary.

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Liane Spicer’s Café Au Lait – a brief review


Cafe Au Lait by Liane Spicer

Cafe Au Lait by Liane Spicer

“Your top,” he said with a playful smirk. “Hand it over” ~ Café Au Lait

Café Au Lait , written by Liane Spicer, published by Dorchester Publishing is a captivating book full of stunning landscapes, great looking people, a rose garden, one or two string bikinis and a car horn blowing at the wrong time.  It is called a contemporary romance but it is much more.

The story takes place in Trinidad and Tobago and the book gives the reader a guided tour of some of the best spots on both islands for romance and excitement. Shari, Michael, Zoë, Gaston, and Wanda, are believable characters who might remind you of someone you know or would like to be and it doesn’t matter where you live. Café Au Lait might seem a simple love story but like all love stories in Trinidad and Tobago, it is anything but. Café Au Lait is brilliant, fun, scenic, intense and unpredictable which makes it hard to put down – even if you are a man – and much, much better than average.

Aya Sugimoto Would Rather Go Naked…


Aya Sugimoto Would Rather Go Naked

Aya Sugimoto Would Rather Go Naked

Aya Sugimoto, the Japanese singer, model, actress, dancer turned erotic novelist has publicly claimed she would rather go naked than wear fur and I support her move. Aya Sugimoto has joined the list of beautiful and sexy women such as the girl from the movie Hitch Eva Mendes, former army drill-sergeant Michelle Manhart, R and B sensation Jamelia, actress Christina Applegate, supermodel Christy Nicole Turlington and Polish-American supermodel Joanna Krupa, who posed for PETA ads supporting animal rights and nudity.

Eva Mendes Would Rather be Naked than wear Fur

Eva Mendes Would Rather be Naked than wear Fur

I am not going to discuss at length the ethics of animal abuse but I have made my position clear that most humans are bullies who bully animals into red and white boxes, soup bowls, ovens, coats and boots.

Jamelia is more comfortable in her own skin

Jamelia is more comfortable in her own skin

What I want to discuss is the morality of posing nude to make a point. Some people argue that PETA’s ads are soft porn and weaken the moral fiber of the planet. I don’t see that argument having any merit since a tastefully nude model can raise the dead and drive the point home more effectively than a clothed model. The ethical treatment of animals is a matter that requires brute force to urgently alert people how they may be contributing to this atrocity and what can be more forceful than celebrity nudity?

Former Drill Sargent Michelle Manhart

Former Drill Sargeant Michelle Manhart

Naturally, these ads can bring out the animal in some of us men and also a few women but those would be in the minority. Most people would be curious and realize for a celebrity to shed her clothes and pose nude for no money can only be for an urgent situation. Some may even say that posting these photos on this blog is tasteless but I disagree but even so, being tasteless is not as tasteless as it used to be.

Take A Bow


Brilliante Blog Award - 2008

Brilliante Blog Award Premio - 2008

This blog has been Awarded the Brilliante Blog Award Priemo – 2008 by no less a blog than the brilliant Wuzdescene, also a recent recipient of this Award.

Naturally, I celebrated on hearing the news and am still feeling the effects of the hangover.

In keeping with the spirit of Brilliante, I have nominated the following Blogs for the Brilliante Blog Award Priemo – 2008. I list them here in no particular order except random or reverse alphabitical.

For instructions on how you can also be part of this Award system click here.

The Awards Go To…

Words Unspoken

Wordtryst

Water the Blog

Onedia In The Ozarks

Lifespan of a Chennette – chennette.net

It’s a Maze aaand a Maraca

Girlblue

Not All Hooters Are The Same Or Are They


   A policeman and Hooters waitress address the concerns of a visitor

A policeman and Hooters waitress address the concerns of a visitor

I just returned from the land where Joe Biden and Sarah Palin are competing to be vice president, and just as in Trinidad and Tobago, the run up to the General Elections in the US is entertaining. Strangely, the US General Elections resembles that of the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago since its outcome may be determined by non-issues like melanin, designer eye wear and lipstick.

The OLympic Square in Atlanta

The Olympic Square in Atlanta

I visited the city of Atlanta in Georgia, a city which has probably more visitors than residents and a city which is peacefully modern. The first thing a visitor from Trinidad and Tobago would notice about Atlanta is that though its buildings are extremely tall, its streets are clean. A Trini visitor would also notice policemen all over the city and they are actually friendly to people who are not committing any visible crime. A Trini visitor would be impressed that people could be found walking the city streets after dark while not having to hide and run from muggers and rapist as they do in Trinidad. Tourist Guides, or Ambassadors as they are called in Atlanta, can be found walking the streets just waiting for someone to look confused so that they can offer advice and help. I constantly had Ambassadors talking to me. Jaywalking is not encouraged in Atlanta and the secret to a crime-free life in Atlanta is patience. I didn’t see any traffic jams downtown and I probably wasn’t there long enough to see the buildup of cars and anger on the City’s streets. Countless Yuppies can be seen in the city shopping in the latest designer stores for things that would make them look stylish and trendy but cause them to walk side by side with debt.

The CNN logo at the CNN Center

The CNN logo at the CNN Center

Atlanta is famous for being the birthplace of Coca Cola, hosting the 1996 Olympics, the CNN Center, and the Peachtree Street Hooters Restaurant. While walking past the Peachtree Street Hooters a friend blurted that all Hooters are the same and I had to disagree since some Hooters seem larger than others from the outside. The Hooters of Peachtree Street seemed average size but still pulled very large crowds daily. For those who don’t have a taste for Hooters and prefer classier food with a less revealing atmosphere I would recommend TWO urban licks.  I also liked the Durango Steakhouse with its reasonable prices and freshly killed meat served with mash potatoes and Cesar Salad. There are the usual Hard Rock Cafés for those who like a home away from home and Hsu’s Chinese Restaurant with good Chinese food and one very pretty waitress who barely spoke English but smiled internationally.

Dr. John Pemberton Invented Coca Cola

Dr. John Pemberton Invented Coca Cola

There is not much more to say other than US Immigrations accept Trinidad and Tobago machine readable passports and are moving away from asking for just an index finger scan and towards a scan of all four fingers on each hand if you have two hands. Since you also have to remove your shoes to leave the US by air it is felt that a big toe scan will soon be needed for entry into the US. It is rumored that odor resistant big toe scanners are being secretly tested at selected shoe stores throughout the United States. It is also rumored that these scanners are to be made in a foreign country.

One More Picture of the Centenial Olympic Park

One More Picture of the Centenial Olympic Park

Some of the Tall Buildings In Atlanta Which Can Easily Impress a Trini

Some of the Tall Buildings In Atlanta Which Can Easily Impress a Trini

Google Chrome and The New Googleocracy


Google Chrome - Logo

Google Chrome - Logo

Like a thief in Trincity Mall in broad daylight, Google launched Chrome without warning. Unlike a Thief in Trincity Mall, Chrome was a very pleasant surprise. If you were not aware of Chrome until now then you must either be off-line or on Yahoo.

Chrome is Google’s latest attempt to not only dominate the web but help the world. Google is now a household word but is more useful than other household words. The phrase “Google it” has become the second most common expression in the World with the first still being “Not tonight” in which case then you do “Google it.”

Without realizing we, the citizens of planet Earth, are being Googlized. We depend on Google to provide information on things like how to tie a tie or even how to pluck a chicken in a small bathub. Google gives us directions, help us send our mail, blog, calculate our taxes, draw our sketches, analyze our websites and provide us with new ways to ignore our friends. Google makes billions every year from advertising and the more Google becomes a part of our lives the bigger and more powerful Google will become.

I find all this to be fascinating and wish Google success. Google has become the giant it already is by listening to customers and trying to help them and not by forcing the whims and fancies of leaders with fragile egos down the users’ throats. Google has moved beyond simple democracy and gone into something called Googleocracy.  We can all learn something from Google’s success because Google never stopped to ask, they only stopped to listen.

p.s. this post was done in Google Chrome

Caption This


The Iguana

The Iguana

“Why is that watermark so close to my head?”

“Oh no! It’s that mayarobeach.com photographer again”

“Back off! I said, back off!”

“Finally, someone who thinks I am photogenic.”