Banality of Beauty

This is from a recent Wife Swap episode which featured 15 year old, Alicia Guastaferro. It’s only two minutes long but details a spoiled rotten, only child, princess that believes it’s only what is on the outside that counts. It’s at times like this I’m disappointed that Kevin Spacey’s charater John Doe from Se7en is fictional. I wonder would she survive the Pride test, unlikely! Alas, at least from the supplied video, it looks like the parents have a lot to answer for.

However watching the video I am reminded of two things. One, when Jason Alexander was a guest on Dennis Miller Live :

I once went to speak at a school, and there was a 16-year-old girl…And the girl says to me, “You know what? I don’t care what I do, I just want to be famous.” And I thought, you know, I should really just shoot her in the head because it would serve two things: It would make her famous as the girl that Jason Alexander shot in the head, and it would, you know, spare the world of the banality of the rest of her life.

The other is from Bill Hicks discussing people who work in advertising or marketing, I would like to add teen aged beauty queens :

“By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself. No, this is not a joke: kill yourself . . . I know what the marketing people are thinking now too: ‘Oh. He’s going for that anti-marketing dollar. That’s a good market.’ Oh man, I am not doing that, you fucking evil scumbags.”


This image is the winner of the “Science as art” competition. It is called nano-explosion and this is the spiel about it:

Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of an overflowed electrodeposited magnetic nanowire array (CoFeB), where the template has been subsequently completely etched. It’s a reminder that nanoscale research can have unpredicted consequences at a high level.

It reminds me of the Futurama episode, Godfellas, when Bender has a Lilliput race of people set up shop on his body and think he’s God. It all comes to an end when they all blow each other up in a mini nuclear war, looking not unlike the above image.

(from MAKE) Link


Yesterday I had to buy a new DVD player as the old one croaked it. While reading the manual one of the warnings I found was, “Do not use near TV or monitor”, what! What genius came up with that.

However some warnings like keep away from water did make sense. I had a good laugh this morning when I found this image over on Graham Linehan’s blog under the title Surely the people in this photograph are dead now. I like the thought that went into the getting the power board to float.