Jaye Wells

What the Bleep Do I Know?

Today’s Topic is part movie review/part investigative journalism. Have you seen the movie What the %$#*! Do We Know? It is a movie that is part documentary and part narrative that is used to explain the concepts explored in the interviews. Ziv told me about it and my local blockbuster had 3 copies. Pretty impressive for a movie that was privately funded and is being marketed mostly through word of mouth.
What are they discussing? Quantum physics and the nature of human existence. Fun! Actually the movie is very interesting and brings up some ides about the way we experience the world that I found eye opening. They discuss the effects out thoughts have on our reality, they talk about people being addicted to certain emotions, they discuss the fact that we are all connected. Those of you who read the Celestine Prophecy might see some similarities in tone and the way the ideas are exemplified through the action of the movie.
In other areas I found that some of the ideas reminded me of The Matrix. You know when Neo is in the program, he can alter things because the normal laws of physics don’t apply. Well these people are basically saying that because of quantum physics, we know that we can control the outcome of things, including our own realities. I believe that the choices we make dictate our lives, but these people say that matter has no concrete form and we can basically change it with our minds. I am not a scientist and wouldn’t even begin to know how to verify the science in this movie. However, one of the scientist interviewed has come forward and said his findings were taken out of context.
A lot of the ideas and recommendations are confusing and convoluted. The actual movie part of the film is kind of weak, and, while there are some funny scenes, a lot of it is just weird. The film makers did not include the names of the interview subjects (mostly scientists) until the end of the movie. One of the speaker kept catching my eye. A blonde woman with sparkling eyes and an accent to rival Zsa-Zsa Gabor, she had some very profound things to say. Then I got to the end where I saw that this woman was “Ramtha.” Huh? I went to the movie web site. I knew I was in trouble when I saw in the FAQ that some people have accused the film of being a recruiting effort from the Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE), which of course the movie makers deny, saying that the message is more important than the messenger. Riiiiight. Then in the dossiers of interviewees I lost almost all faith in the tenants of this movie.
“One of the great enigmas that scientists have studied in the last decade is Ramtha, a mystic, philosopher, master teacher and hierophant. His partnership with American woman JZ Knight, his channel, still baffles scholars.”
Yeah it baffles scholars how any sane people can actually believe that this woman actually channels a really old dude. I went to the RSE web site and found that not only is Ramtha 35,000 years old, but he lived on an island that neighbored Atlantis. Enough said. Except one more thing: all three film makers are members of RSE.
I believe that some of their ideas are salient, however it is nothing that most self help gurus already preach: the power of positive thinking, etc. I would recommend seeing the movie, but just see it knowing that it is a tool to explain the philosophy and teachings of a 35,000 year old man from Atlantis.


Haiku for Enlightenment
Oh, why are we here?
Ramtha knows and you can too,
Just bring your check book

Handy Dandy Debacle

Random Topic of the Day: The Search for the Handy Dandy Notebook
The milestone in parenting I will be discussing today is finding the right gift. Spawn is now aware of the concept of birthday. He knows there will be cake and he knows there will be presents. Oh yes, the presents. When asked what he wants for his big boy happy birthday, Spawn repsonded with a resounding “Handy Dandy Notebook so I can find clues.”
For the uninitiated, the Handy Dandy Notebook is a feature of the show Blue’s Clues. Joe, the host, looks around for clues that a dog named Blue leaves by marking them with a paw print. Joe draws the clues in his notebook to keep track of them. Apparently Spawn has decided he needs to be in on the clue finding. No sweat–or so I thought.
After going to three major toy retailers I was starting to get nervous. Every corner and shelf held the promise of the notebook, only to have hopes shattered. Okay, time ot pull out the big guns and find these bad boys online. Every major site and many smaller sites would tease with links to the notebook only to find the dreaded “Discontinued” or “Backorder” label. Ebay had several results, but one freak wanted $20 for a notebook. I love Spawn but that’s highway robbery. Plus there’s the whole end of auction timing and shipping delay problem. I had people looking in Houston and Seattle; I posted my need on a message board I frequent. Then I suddenly realized that Party City carries Blue’s Clues themed party supplies. My new best friend, who wasn’t as enthusiastic about our new friendship as me, at Party City informed me that they do carry Handy Dandy Notebook favors. And get this: FOUR notebooks with crayons come to a package! Cue in the Hallelujah Chorus! Thanks go to hubby for running to the store after work to ensure our little man gets his Handy Dandy Notebooks for his big boy happy birthday. That, my friends, is called a happy ending.

Speaking of the hubster, poor guy is the current victim of the dreaded stomach virus that has swept through the Wells’ household in the last week. Once he’s better it’s going to be disinfection city in this place.

In other news, does anyone else but me think this is strange? http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-chef16.html

Haikus
No. 1 is one I wrote for Emily to comemorate her dumping a guy years ago at New York Subs near SMU.
Tears fall on my sub
Did she just break up with me?
Cold cut for a heart

No. 2: Blue’s Clues Haiku
Here’s a clue for you:
Stop leaving paw prints everywhere
You little blue bitch

Pinatas and Nausea

Random Topic: Parenting Milestones
Yesterday I finally pulled myself up off the couch from my stomach bug induced comma and decided it was time to see the sun again. Spawn’s birthday is coming, so I decided to run out and get some much needed errands done. I could blame my decision on dehydration. I know the tales. I’ve see America’s Funniest Videos. But still I did it. I bought a piñata.
Eight children under the age of 3 will be at this party. So before you think I am a total dunce and have no kid sense, please know that this is not the original whack and crack piñata. This one is the new type with ribbons along the bottom. Kids take turns pulling the ribbons until the one super ribbon rips the bottom out and candy and toy goodness spew forth. So my main concern is not the whole “sending Molly to the hospital after she is beamed on the head” dilemma. No, my concern is of the “sending Molly to the hospital after Spawn tackles her trying to wrestle a piece of Double Bubble from her sticky grasp” variety. Ah, well, nothing is more fun than a bunch of preschoolers duking it out.

This weekend sucked. I could have been in Houston, helping Kelley and my girls party it up. But instead I had my head hung over a toilet. I could have spent too much money buying Kelley embarrassing items at the Passion Party and stuffed too many dollars into Lars the stripper’s undies. Instead, I nibbled saltines and sipped gatorade. Sigh. Hope you guys had fun without me. I know I didn’t have fun without you.

Haiku for A Stomach Flu
Head in the toilet
Gatorade is salvation
At least I lost weight

Rant-o-rama

I am in a ranty mood. Therefore, the random topic today is a rant about random news tidbits from this week.

Item One: A Seattle entrepreneur is hiring the homeless around town to hold a sign advertising his web site. Advocates are upset because he calls it “bum-vertising.”
Analysis: Shut up, advocates. I am sick of semantic wars in this country. As if not calling them bums is the real issue. Everyone knows that the real issue is that this entrepreneur is exploiting an asinine marketing plan.
Hmm? What? You thought I was going to say he exploited the homeless? Whatever. No one is forcing them to do this; in fact he’s giving them a job. Plus they are making easier money holding his sign than they make begging for spare change. Now back to my argument. Do you really want a guy standing on a street corner next to his poor little dog and all of his earthly possessions in a cardboard box as the face people associate with your budding business? Did I mention that the web site this guy runs is to connect gamblers from around the world? Hello? What message does this send? “If you use my web site, you could end up just like this man holding the sign when you gamble your life savings away. Check us out!”

Item Two: According to Phenomenamagazine.com, which we all know is a phenomenal news source, stated that “The film version of The Da Vinci Code is attempting to reduce the offence that the best-selling book caused to Roman Catholics.”
Analysis: Huh? So if you take out Mary Magdalene, the sacred feminine, Opus Dei, the Priory of Scion, the ritual sex scene, and the whole offspring of Jesus thing what are you left with? People chasing Tom Hanks around Paris for no reason. Might as well change the name to the Duh Boring Code. Some Catholic groups have asked that at the very least a disclaimer be added to the movie that reminds viewers that the story is fiction.
IT IS? That’s the first I heard, I thought Dan Brown was a prophet sent to reveal the truth of the Vatican’s millenia-long cover-up about an affair between Jesus and Mary Magdelene. If you can’t trust a fiction writer to tell the truth, who can you trust?
People, I’m sorry but can we all just giver each other a little more credit?

Wheh! I feel better. Don’t you. Yeah yeah I know bigger things are going on in the world. But these two things got me going. You’re lucky I didn’t attempt to analyze the dragon sighting in Tibet. Yeah, I’m totally not kidding about that one. Check it out: http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/5-8-7/31030.html#farko

Haikus for Kelley’s Bachelorette-You decide which one reflects the plans
Chick flicks and popcorn
Slumber party and gossip
Girlfriends hanging out

Booze, veils, anarchy
Prepare your bail money now
Revenge will be mine

Which one will it be? Bwahahaha. Start hydrating, girl.

Come Back Tomorrow

I was going to be clever and write a haiku about the reason I am not really posting today. However, I have been up since 3 am. with a sick kid who seems to get more energetic with each hour despite the periodic vomiting. So I am afraid you will have to go elsewhere for your daily dose of blahg goodness. Be back tomorrow.

Jaye

Lightning-1, Technology-0

Hello, fans! Have you been waiting and wondering why you couldn’t get your daily dose of Jaye’s Blahg to help you through the last couple of days? That brings us to the random topic: Technology.

No matter how advanced we become, the primary lesson we have yet to embrace is that Mother Nature can trump any solution we develop to make life easier. Take the other day for example. I was thrilled. It was finally raining after WEEKS of dry weather. The cracks in my yard were alarming. So, as I said, happy for the rain. The sonic boom of lightning that almost hit my house? Not so much. Some of you may recall the the Wells family seems to be stalked by lightning, as our last house suffered a direct it from a bolt. This time wasn’t naerly as bad as the last, but it did fry our modem, the sensors on the garage door, and the DirecTV receiver in our bedroom. The result: No blahg, it’s a pain in the ass to shut the garage door, and no Nick Junior to buy us extra sleep when Spawn bursts into our room at 7 in the morning. The bottom line: I got more done yesterday without a computer than I have in the last 4 months since I got my lap top. Laundry? Done. Potty Training? Going well. Floors? Swept. Son? Happy to have mom get on the floor and play with him. So while I felt a little itchy all day because I wasn’t hooked into the Information Superhighway, I think maybe Mother Nature did me a favor.

I am now officially taking requests for haiku subjects. Want someone mocked? Want to test my skills? Bring it!

Saketinis, Birthdays, Crazy Family

Random Topic: Saketini
I discovered this weekend that I am way too old to drink more than an occassional glass of wine. The culprit: saketinis. Many many saketinis. Well actually I have some rum, gingerale concotion first and then moved on to the saketinis. I am here to tell yout that saketinis will sock it to you–a fact I announced loudly several times at Emily’s birthday party on Saturday night. I was not talking so loud Sunday morning when I had to get up to go to a family gathering at my granparent’s house. My penance for overindulgence was playing dutiful granddaughter with a queasy stomach and trying to wrangle a grumpy toddler. I don’t think it would have been so bad had I not also had a mojito bender on Thursday night. I am such a lush.

OK so what’s up. Hmm. Let’s see. Oh, is anyone else’s month crazy insane with events? With showers. birthdays,etc. I have every weekend booked and then some. People let’s stop having sex in November. Let’s spread the birthdays out a bit shall we? Look I know I am as guilty as everyone else since my own precious son’s birthday is on Aug. 20. But this is a do as I say not as I do proposition.

Haiku time!

Haiku for my family:
You are all crazy
Miracle Two is for freaks
Was I adopted?

Happy BDay, Red

Good morning. Pardon me if there are a lot of mistakes. It’s the mojito’s fault. The many, many mojitos.

First of all let me say HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY to Emily! Hope it’s a good one, Red.
Also I received a lecture from the birthday girl last night for not giving her credit for suggesting the idea of the online dating blunder blog from two days ago. So, thanks Emily.

Random topic of the day: Emily’s Birthday Party
We are celebrating Mrs. Armour’s brthday tomorrow night. She knows there’s a party but not the theme. I can’t hold it in any longer. I have to tell her.
Emily, it’s an Elvis birthday for you! Are you excited? Elvis Herselvis will be making a return appearance. For those of you who don’t know: Emily was hit on by a female Elvis impersonator at her 21st birthday. I believe Miss Herselvis even gave Emily a gift–a gold lame scarf. I bet if you look in all the boxes Emily and John have stacked up in their house right now you would find that scarf. In addition to the live entertainment, we’ll serve fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches and Jack Daniels. Oh yeah, see the midget for your requisite qualudes. Favors will include Elvis sunglasses, a set of lamb chop sideburns, and, of course, an rainbow assortment of uppers and downers to help you get through the day.
Anyway, I hope I didn’t ruin the surprise. After all John is going to have to get her into polyster jumpsuit before she comes over anyway. Girl, I picked it out myself. I hope you like the eagle made of rhinestones, elbow maccaroni, and sequins that I painstakingly fashioned on the back. The excrutiating hot glue burns were worth it.
Mocking Haiku of the Day: I already published Emily’s haiku, but I promised Suz that she would be the next victim. You people are gluttons for haiku punishment, aren’t you?

Suzanne’s Haiku, compsed in the style of a legalease
Torts and cheesy pouf
Many dictum you have known
Litigious napper

Have a good day!

Haiku-arama

No random topic today–just haikus galore.

Austin’s Haiku:
Darling and Demon
Precocious clown and mimic
Why can’t you sit still?

Haiku for the Jews:
You wear yarmulkes
Unleavened bread and Seder
Why all the kvetching?

Tom Cruise’s Haiku
Why all the crazy?
Katie is now a zombie
L. Ron Hubbard sucks

Haiku for Oprah
Oh, goddess of talk
Is Gayle your friend or lover?
Poor Steadman is whipped.
(Note: Oprah, I am just kidding, girl. Call me!)

Hope you enjoyed the haiku goodness. Have a great day.

Tuesday

Hiya!

Random Topic: Ok today I am doing something different. First, Kelley wanted me to telle veryone about a fabulous new product she discovered. They’re called “Strappy Strips” for slingbacks.
Kelley said , “I can now wear slingbacks without them falling down! It also says to put them on any strap that digs or rubs. Fabulous. I may go door to door with these puppies!” Quite an endorsement. Kelley said she got hers at the Stewart Weitzman Store, but she would bet that Sephora carries them too. I found them on drugstore.com too.
Also for your viewing pleasure, I am submitting a couple of fun links.
I found these on the Katie MacAlister website (www.katiemacalister.com). She’s an author of hilarious paranormal and historical romance and suspense. Anyway, she posted these on her own blog, so I can’t take credit for discovering them. Be prepared to waste a lot of time with these beauties.

First is a collection of satirical analysis of various fashion patterns and trends throughout the 20th century. Hilarious commentary. http://www.threadbared.com/
Second, a really great time waster. You get to adjust the model’s appearance to reflect your own features and dress her. Then you get to watch yourself get dressed! It’s sounds lame, but it’s pretty fun. http://www.watchmechange.com/
I have decided that I will now shamelessly promote products on my blog in the hopes that sponsorship will follow. After all, how many wealthy writers do you personally know? Sure that Rowling chick is richer than God, and James Patterson and Dan Brown are doing pretty well. But most writer’s live off the coolness factor of saying their a writer more than the actual advances. Others do it for a pure love of storytelling. Why do I do it, you ask? I want to get on Oprah.

Mocking haiku of the day:

Zivy’s Haiku, in the style of Australia
By Jaye Wells, bard

Hear the dingos cry
Backward thongs chaffe down under
You’re very short, mate

Have a great day!