When we die…

When we die, the weight of our ashes will roughly equates to how much we weighed when were were brought into this world. It’s funny because after the ashes are scattered and we become a part of nature as fertilizer, we’re back to being basically nothing in this big big world. Physically anyway. A full circle?

References:
http://www.rukfuneralhome.com/qa/cremationfaqs –> Average weight of ashes (without urn) = 4-5 pounds http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1281/mainpageS1281P0.html –> Average weight of newborn= ~7 pounds

Post inspired by:
http://therumpus.net/2013/05/improvising-a-bone-graft/

Who Thought Clowns Were A Good Idea?

Hey guys,

So as I was watching Supernatural (the TV show) the other day, they had a killer clown in one of their episodes. Even without this episode, I have always wondered: Who the hell though clowns were a good idea?!

Doing some digging around, I found out that they try to appeal to people wanting laughter and are meant to make a fool of themselves. A clown’s attributes include playfulness, lacking in respect with a sleeve full of surprises.  This sounds a lot like a medieval time jester to me, which some sites have said that they were the precursors to clowns.

It turns out that there are more than one type of clowns. (x)

1) Classic White-Face Clowns

Ronald fits into the whiteface category

2) Auguste Clowns

With a flesh colored base to their makeup

3) Character Clowns

They adopt a character of some kind

So I can probably explain the differences in these three main types of clowns, but I am not going to. Basically, from what I can tell, they all look kind of scary. Seriously, this is supposed to make people laugh? If I see past the clown makeup and costume, what they do may coax a laugh from me– better yet, they should just do funny stuff in a less scary costume and I am sure I will enjoy their skit/routine a lot more.

What I also cannot understand is how clowns made it to children’s birthdays. I guess some adults could not think of who better to amuse their kids than a man/woman dressed up in baggy, outlandish clothes, with a face full of makeup. See, I get the part about making balloon animals and making funny incidents happen, but again, the way clowns are typically presented do not appeal to me.

I think it is because clowns have their features exaggerated. Huge red smiles, raised eyebrows, the signature red nose– altogether it creates a mask, covering who is really behind all that makeup. It seems to say that with this mask on, they can do whatever they want and the consequences can be forgotten. Plus, their main aim is just to make you laugh, so they will do what they have to.

Maybe it is because I grew up in a time where clowns are used quite frequently in horror movies and stories? We have Stephen King’s It, the Joker from Batman and then there are episodes from TV shows such as Supernatural. To me, clowns are just unsettling. I simply cannot find a picture of a clown that look genuinely nice and ‘funny’ to me. What are your thoughts?

I tried hard to find a picture of a cute clown. But I still think that they could have come up with something that looked less scary.

-Karen

Connecticut Shooting

Hey guys,

So I am not here to argue about gun control, but just a bit of a rant about the killer in general.

I was shocked when I heard the breaking news in the car as I was making my way to my last exam yesterday. At that point, the people on the radio said that the school was on lockdown and they could not evacuate anyone yet.

After my exam, I got the news of the results of the shooting. It sickened me.

At first, I was thinking about how wrong targeting an elementary school was. It is not the first time, of course, as history has proven, schools in general are a prime candidate for shootings. But thinking about those little kids just starting off their life, finally being taught skills and learning about the world around them, only to have this psycho come and end it all.

Then my thoughts went out to the parents. It must suck. That is putting it very very lightly. Their kids were just settling into the world. There are heart breaking photos out there of the crying parents, talking into telephones, waiting on news that hopefully their child made it out alive.

And that demystified why the killer would go for an elementary school. It as the hardest blow that he could throw. Have we not all been in school at one point of our lives? Especially in elementary school, when our parents put us in there to set us up for the rest of our lives. Killing there will affect everyone, since we can all relate. Also, killing innocent children will never fail to poke at our emotions.

Then there is also the perfect timing. Not even two weeks away from Christmas– a time of love, family and giving. How many families has he ruined? It also shocks the rest of the country–no– rest of the world, and causes us to think about our family, and how fragile human lives are. Adam Lanza, you really had it all planned out.

I never like to end my posts negatively, so I guess there is also the positive side of things– if you really can consider it that. Heroes emerged from the ordeal, such as the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary, who was said to have thrown herself towards the gunman, putting the kids’ lives before her own. I have also read stories on how at least one teacher put herself between the killer, saving her students, but losing her life in the process. Their sacrifice will touch all who hear of their courageous act.

With Christmas drawing near, this massacre also causes everyone to rethink their blessings. Holding dear ones closer, saying “I love you” before it is too late, and cherishing family in general.

While the police is still trying to uncover his motives, it will be interesting to see what lurks in that guy’s mind, and fuelled his actions. He must have really hated society or something. However, I am disgusted by this event, and honestly, all I can think about is how much I hate Lanza right now.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those in Newtown, and to those who lost a family member or a friend during the shooting.

-Karen