The New Carnival Mentality


Trinidad CarnivalFor too long the term Carnival Mentality was used in a very derogatory manner to describe the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. When someone is described as possessing a Carnival Mentality it means that person is lazy, carefree, unproductive, promiscuous and prone to smiling too much while having the ability to enjoy oneself in the most genuine of ways. It meant the person or country with this mentality can achieve nothing meaningful in life even though they showed true signs of real happiness. I might have agreed with this statement several years ago but I can’t anymore.

Trinidad and Tobago is now a world Carnival powerhouse and to do so requires the country to be productive all year as such an event can not be created in a couple months. Carnival involves so many people from nearly all sectors effectively planning and producing in now what seems like second nature to the country.

The organizational abilities to pull off one small all-inclusive fete are tremendous much less the big ones like Beach House, Brian Lara, Moka and UWI. The Carnival big bands like Bliss, Fantasy, Harts, Island People and Yuma are now million dollar companies operating throughout the year and survive and grow using prudent and innovative business skills and not laziness as previously advertised.

The musical talent which Carnival produces is nothing short of mind boggling and I wonder if it was not for Carnival would there be so much young people taking pan, guitar, keyboard and violin lessons in Trinidad and Tobago? Machel Montano and Machel Monday is now a worldwide phenomenon which not only shows off musical talent but professionalism both on stage and behind the scenes. This is not a one man show but it involves hundreds working in sync towards the goal of perfection and a properly working sound system. This concert is nothing short of exceptional in terms of planning, organizing and enjoyment.

The Carnival Mentality has now given rise to the growth of the fitness and health obsessed in Trinidad and Tobago. These individuals are increasing in numbers yearly. The obsessed and not so obsessed now frequent gyms and reduce bar visits and hence drunkenness simply to look dynamite in a carnival costume. Sadly, this does give rise to highly egoistic people with a craving for tight clothes and loose eyes.

Carnival also drives the detractors to buying more books and it has produced a few book worms who are hopefully more beneficial to society than the scantily clad but the world needs the scanty just as much for it gives life purpose. The bookworms and noise-phobic make every effort to avoid the hedonist who revel and ogle at the revelers. It is only because of this Carnival Mentality they can now boast about their sense of moral superiority. You always need the bad to make the good look and feel better.

Without Carnival and the new Mentality it produces we would be just be another island in the sun selling rabid boredom to the rabidly boring.

2011 in review – akalol.wordpress.com


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Crunchy numbers

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 690,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 9 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 57 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 713 posts. There were 189 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 41mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 27th with 8,271 views. The most popular post that day was Snooki Made Simpler.

Click here to see the complete report.

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1,000,000


Victoria's Secret Models

This Beach Called Life, the blog you are reading, finally received one million visits a few hours ago but this feat took over 3 years to accomplish. Some blogs do 1,000,000 visits in 3 months but this blog is not that type of blog despite efforts to become one. There isn’t much to say on reaching a million only that the second million will depend on even more luck as the competition for blog space and corrupt minds grows.  A million is just a number and like eight inches, might seem big, small or typical depending what you are familiar with.

A casual and even formal look at the visits per post shows that Victoria’s Secrets models are very popular and a Topless Latoya Woods did not do too badly considering the amount of time she was exposed for in this blog and in front of photographers. I am particularly happy for Zoe Saldana’s Star Trekking ways, Freida Pinto’s Pretty Face, Megan Fox’s Sex Symbol and the nudity shown by Jessica Alba and Kate Winslet. I am always amazed at how Lose Women in Tight Jeans and local porn can get people to come.

This blog contains 635 post so far and if  you are one of those who are curious which are the most popular post, here are the top 45:

  1. Victoria’s Secret – Models Exposed 104,433
  2. Megan Fox Sex Symbol Revealed 47,966
  3. Nude Body Painting 38,003
  4. Jesssica Alba and Kate Winslet – Nudity 29,909
  5. The Bikini in 2009 – Still Almost Naked 28,311
  6. Michael Jackson – “This Is It!” 27,140
  7. Life on Mars and Halle Berry25,583
  8. The Dark Knight’s Dilemma 25,100
  9. Sexiest Women Alive, Really20,632
  10. Trinidad Carnival 2009 Pictures 19,155
  11. Freida Pinto – More Than a Very Pretty F 18,317
  12. Angelina Jolie vs Jennifer Aniston 16,338
  13. Porn in Trinidad and Tobago – Something 14,900
  14. Zoe Saldana – Star Trek 14,171
  15. Maxim Models 13,564
  16. Lady GaGa Wants to Take a Ride on Your D 11,579
  17. Iker Casillas and Sara Carbonero – Spain 11,191
  18. Some Women Would Rather go Naked 10,032
  19. Everything You Wanted to Know About aka 9,640
  20. Fast and Furious – Loose Women, Tight Je 9,414
  21. Time Traveler’s Wife – A Male Butt Movie 8,659
  22. Rihanna – Umbrella – The Song To Change 8,581
  23. The Dark Knight vs Titanic 8,517
  24. The Photography 7,716
  25. Trinidad Carnival 2008 Pictures 7,303
  26. Sex, Celebrities and Sex Tapes – Why Lif 6,853
  27. Movie Taglines – The Untold Story…So F 6,080
  28. Latoya Woods Topless 5,754
  29. Porsche Cayenne – Hot Like Pepper 5,466
  30. FIFA World CUP 2010 – Waving Flag – K’na 5,101
  31. Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2010 - 4,763
  32. Trinidad Carnival 2010 Photos3,996
  33. Psychic Predictions For 2009 and Beyond 3,724
  34. Why Golf Makes Men Horny 3,711
  35. Desirable, Sexy, and Beautiful Women 3,691
  36. Who Is The Iron Man And Do You Really Ca 3,465
  37. Latoya Woods – The New Miss Trinidad and 3,329
  38. Seven Pounds – A Weighty Movie 3,124
  39. Maria de Lujan Telpuk and the Playboy C o 2,981
  40. Aya Sugimoto Would Rather Go Naked… 2,824
  41. Kindle now available in Trinidad and Tob 2,656
  42. The Quest For The Golden Ratio 2,626
  43. Sex Tape – Trinidad and Tobago Style 2,601
  44. France Wins World Cup Exit 2,587
  45. Beyonce Good for Trinidad and Tobago 2,573
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How Not to Learn to Draw


early work by the former atrist turned blogger, aka_lol

early work by the former artrist turned blogger, aka_lol

I drew the picture about 5 or 6 years ago while learning to draw using the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It was my attempt to reproduce a drawing from the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I wished I continued to learn since it is a skill I admire in those who can draw well. I also admire people who can write and those who can eat a wrapped chicken roti while standing without the roti suffering fatal structural damage and leakage.

Picasso, Nude Woman with Necklace 1968Recently, I saw a painting by the late Pablo Picasso and like the rest of the non-art world, I said, “What?” I have been saying “What?” about Picasso’s work since I have been seeing Picasso’s work. I suppose my reaction is typical and it is why he is considered a great artist though my reaction was initially one of “You call that art.” I am not here to argue if Picasso is great since popular opinion and auctions have settled that. I am only writing this post to encourage me to learn to draw as it will be my fallback position if this blogging thing doesn’t work out.

Art is never finished, only abandoned ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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A Blog Survey


This Beach Called Life - recent daily blog stats

This Beach Called Life - recent daily blog stats

People start blogging for many reasons but I think the main reasons are (a) because everybody is doing it, and (b) it’s cheaper than a short skirt. Soon, however, if we persist, we get very attached to our blog and it becomes a part of us just like our chiseled abs or our “Beyonce in a short skirt” desktop background. We worry about not posting and we assume once we write a post it becomes a significant part of the blog universe. We believe people read out blogs and hope it becomes a source of inspiration and envy just as our Nissan Almeras and women have become. Posting to our blog then becomes our fix.

beyonceThere is nothing bad about being addicted to blogging except it changes the way we look at the world causing us to go through life looking at every thing and every situation wondering if this could be our next blog post.

With this in mind, and in order to try to get a better understand the blogger’s mind, I developed a blog survey. I posted the questions below because I needed a fix but if you seriously want to help move blog science forward, then do the actual survey by clicking here.


1.0 Why do you blog?

(a)    It will be my legacy

(b)    I need attention

(c)    I need an outlet for my frustration

(d)    Sex

(e)   I am turned on by comments

2.0 Do you plan to sell the rights of you blog to a movie company?

(a)    What?

(b)    Once the price is right

(c)    Only if Megan Fox agrees to the lead

(d)    Yes, but the movie must contain no nudity during the intermission.

3.0 How many visits does your blog receive per month?

(a)    Over 30,000

(b)    20,000 to 30,000

(c)    Less than 20,000

(d)    Less than 100

(e)    What is a visit?

4.0 How often do you update your blog?

(a)    I am a freak of nature so I update daily

(b)    Less than 20 times per month

(c)    Whenever I feel lonely

(d)    Every time the government decides to build a smelter

5.0 Does your blog contain photos portraying tasteful or disgusting nudes?

(a)    It’s the reason I blog

(b)    No, I don’t believe in nudity so I shower with all my clothes on.

6.0 Will blogging ever replace parliament?

(a)    Never

(b)    No

7.0 Do you sleep in the nude or have arm pits?

(a)   Yes

(b)   No

8.0 Do you think Angostura Bitters adds to the taste of pelau or bland blogs?

(a)    What is pelau

(b)    What is Angostura Bitters?

(c)    No, since it makes the pelau taste like orange juice

(d)    Yes, since it possibly has small amounts of deadly poisons which can enhance the taste of pigeon peas and some bloggers

9.0 Have you ever blogged while eating?

(a) No

(b) Does food count?

10.0 What is your favorite blog?

(a) This Beach Called Life

(b) All of the above

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Megan Fox Sex Symbol Revealed


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Megan Fox become a sex symbol seconds after she opened the bonnet of  the old, yellow, American car that was overheating in the movie Transformers. This bonnet-opening scene has since become a classic and permanently featured in the dreams of those fabled creatures called decent men. It was also the scene which pushed Angelina Jolie from the top of the sex symbol list and to get a tattoo upgrade. There were no special effects or cryptic back tattoos in that scene but only raw, sensual curves shot from all the right angles.  If there was ever an ad to promote sex symbolism it would be the Megan Fox Transformer overheating engine scene and nothing to do with Angelina Jolie’s back . I would argue that Transformers was successful only because of the hot Megan Fox and not because of the guy who also starred with her. His name fails me right now.

megan-fox-bra-wet-03For a girl to become a sex symbol there must be consensus by the mass media and especially by that new mass media called blogs.  Fortunately, this blog overwhelmingly votes for Megan Fox, not only to be a sex symbol, but to be the #1 sex symbol of 2009 and constantly in my wildest dreams.

I don’t think there is any one reason why the masses find Megan Fox sexy but certainly her easy to read tattoos help. Some women have their sex appeal enhanced by tattoos while others turn to body piercings and silicone. I would estimate that 90% of a woman’s sex appeal she is born with and 10% comes from highlighting the natural 90% on the screen, in night clubs, on the beach and in blogs. The paparazzi and blogs have contributed in a big way to the popularity of the modern celebrity and “leaked” photos and sex tapes have become part of the hype building.Megan-Fox

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What is Twitter?


twitter-logoIt is pointless. It is fun. It is one line. It is real-time. It is emotion. It communicates. It connects followers. It has no leaders. It encourages cleverness. It is stupidness.  It is short. It is sweet. It is tweet. It encourages slackness. It condenses thought. It can be global. It can be local. It is the new order.  It hurts the head. It numbs the brain. It causes migraine. It kills spam. It is spam. It’s made by man. It informs. It misinforms. It promotes.  It is a craze. It is a maze. It  may stay. It may go. It shreds language. It is a new language. It passes time. It wastes time.  It is addictive. It is restrictive. It is vast. It is personal. It is public. It is sexy. It is loose. It bonds. It is low-fat. It is light. It is life. It cures lice. It kills mice. It has no ticks. It can play tricks. It never shaves. It never bathes. It talks back. It is not a cat.  It is freedom. It is jail. It cannot get bail. It can make love. It needs no protection.  It cannot glow in the dark. It cannot take out a shark.  It’s on a Blackberry. It’s not a cherry. It can vibrate. It is sometimes late. It can be great. It can start a war. It can be more.  It conquers all. It’s like talking to a wall.

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