So, my niece has been trying to get me to watch this “documentary” (Mermaids: The Body Found) from Discovery’s Animal Planet, for over a week now, so convinced she is that the film proves the existence of a mythical creature her young heart yearns to believe in. The two-hour flick purports that an unknown species of marine life, bearing human-like attributes had been found in the stomach of a shark, and in another instance on a beach by two teenagers, who later recanted their story after being pressed to do so by the US Navy.
This morning, I finally watched it. And I must admit, it was quite compelling. Perhaps too compelling. And that’s what initially piqued my doubt within the first 10 minutes of watching. The four main scientists “coming forward for the first time” to be interviewed were just too polished, too deliberate in their speech and look. And yet, the words ‘reenactment’ or ‘portrayed’, were nowhere to be found. Add to this some obvious CGIs on footage said to be real, and Mermaids seemed quite…(wait for it)…fishy.
After a little cursory research into the film, I found my suspicions confirmed. The film is listed as “docu-fiction” or scientific entertainment; a category that truly should not exist. And ultimately this is what rankles me most. That, and the fact that a channel (Discovery) known for it’s scientific programs, would stoop so low in it’s programming. This speaks volumes to where television has found itself in this era of “reality tv”, when we can no longer count on television venues designed to give us the real to actually give us reality. It’s quite careless on Discovery’s part. And the mix of real events and footage, mixed in with the clearly fictional information makes it especially difficult for an untrained eye to determine what’s true and what’s not.
I have well over a decade of film and television experience to assist me in seeing the holes and gaps in this film. My niece does not. She is a child. And in her mind, it’s on the Discovery channel, so it must be true. It has to be real. Now, I’m left to explain to her (and break her heart in the process) that the film she thought proves the existence of her mermaids, was in fact a fake; an egregious and unnecessary attempt for Discovery to join the ranks of cheaply produced sensationalism.
She’ll never trust them again. And I don’t blame her.
So, the girls decided to flat iron last week, using the Herstyler Classic Forever Ceramic Flat Iron (we heart it for it’s temperature gauge, ceramic construction, and great price), Silk ‘N Sleek Straighten Polisher, Diamond Luster Polisher, and of course our staple coconut oil.
Here are a few tips to ensure beautiful results and no hair damage:
So, we predicted last month that the iPhone 5S would launch later this year in September, approximately a year after the iPhone 5 was released, September 21, 2012. The latest buzz, however, suggests we could see the new iPhone one to two months earlier, depending on who you believe.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, after issuing a report in mid-January, claiming that Apple will release not one, but two new iPhones this year in June, stays firm in a new research report released earlier today. According to Kuo, Apple will unveil an iPhone 5S and lower-cost iPhone alongside iOS 7 this June, with the devices becoming available in July.
3 months after its debut, Apple’s iMac shipping estimate improves to “within 24 hours” in North America. The rapid improvement in availability indicates that Apple is finally reaching supply-demand balance for the new iMacs launched late last year in November.
Build-to-order configurations are still seeing lengthy build times with quotes of 7-10 business days. However, simple build-to-order customization such as adding RAM or a different hard drive only adds a few extra days to shipping estimates.
Apple’s international online stores should also see availability improve in the coming days, as increased stock filters through the company’s distribution channels.
Details are emerging about Apple’s much rumored iWatch, which is targeted for release this year, according to a Bloomberg report. Bloomberg says the watch project is the brain-child of Apple design chief Jony Ive, who reportedly was sent “boxes” of Nike sports watches for his team to study, a few years ago, from then Nike creative director, Scott Wilson.
According to Business Insider, Wilson revealed that he sent Ivy the Nike Presto Digital Bracelets and the Oregon Series Alti-Compass watches, which were manufactured in 2002–2004.
Also, as we imagined in our iWatch wish-list last month, Bloomberg confirms our theory that Apple is reworking the full iOS to run on the watch and giving it full functionality and some additional health-related features.
Features under consideration include letting users make calls, see the identity of incoming callers and check map coordinates. It would also house a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates.
According to the report, Apple will introduce the device as soon as this year and has filed at least 79 patent applications that include the word “wrist,” including one for a device with a flexible screen, powered by kinetic energy.
Not a fan of heavy perfumes and other artificial scents. As a naturalist, I like my home and other spaces to just smell…clean. I’m loving this new discovery from Kohl’s: a scented candle called, Good Air! It’s quite lovely. Light and odor neutralizing. In a nutshell, Good Air makes for some really great air.
Nutmeg Oil: This morning I woke up with some major neck/shoulder (muscle) pain, after several dozing off episodes at my desk last night. Bloody deadlines! ;). Here’s one of my natural remedies for all such pain, to include arthritis, carpel tunnel and other nerve and muscle pain. Rub a few drops of nutmeg oil unto your area of pain, massage, and find relief.
The nutmeg in general has so many wonderful health and wellness benefits (Look for me to cover them all in an upcoming ANY-QT. Benefits include pain relief, digestive help, cardiovascular health, liver cleansing, and more.