October 26, 2009

Life in the Sidebar

Anyone who is a member of FaceBook will understand how I feel about this topic. No this isn’t going to be a rant about the ever changing news feed, this is about the advertisements that appear on the right hand side of the page. Let’s start out with one of my favorites.


This is a bit of a old one, as far as internet ads go. I’m guessing that they are holding the guy that’s supposed to be constipated…but that elderly man in front looks awful suspicious.

Here we have the ad for a classic MySpace game turned FaceBook app. I think it speaks for itself. Luckily, I left my old life of crime for one on the farm.

I’m pretty sure this one is the worst. I’ve seen a lot of girls in my classes who get this one too. It’s just plain creepy. Look at that guy…his beard…his baldness. Ach!

And just knowing that there are so many more. I respect FaceBook for wanting to make money, but come on. Can’t we have a little class?

To end, I have one set of ads that will appeal to anyone.


How ironic.

October 16, 2009

Blame it on the Photoshop

I’ve seen this posted by several people on FaceBook:

There are so many campaigns going around these days about the evils of skinny models and Photoshop happy photo editors dominating the fashion market. I think it’s all ridiculous. Some people think I’m just taking the side of businesses in this debate, but I think that that is the only reasonable side to take in this argument, and here’s why…

1. People are over thinking modeling.

You aren’t supposed to look at a model and say, “That person is so beautiful! I want to look just like them.” You are supposed to say, “Would you look at that skirt? I’d totally buy that!” They are mannequins that can actively walk and pose. That is their job. While there are strict dietary guidelines, these women and men have bodies that naturally have unique proportions suitable for showing off clothing. Most people will never be as slender or as tall as some of these people, but that’s life.

2. Magazines and ads should be allowed to alter photos all they want.

Altering images of human form to emphasize the features that the culture finds most desirable is not new. Many ancient sculptures and cave paintings, from societies that struggled to find food and fight famine, portray obese gods and goddesses. Different societies around the world developed styles that emphasized proportions that were certainly impossible or at least very uncommon. Remember the Mayans and the ancient Egyptians? While photography and computer editing have only recently become available, how are the alterations made any different from those portrayed by ancient artists?

3. Size 8 is plus size.

People put up a rumpus about how size 6 and 8 are normal and those women shouldn’t be called plus size models. Well, logic tells us that 6 > 2 (The average size of a female model runs between 0 and 4). So in that sense, 6 is a bigger (or plus) size. It is certainly still a healthy size for some women, so it’s not that they are saying the women are too fat…just that they do not meet the average size of female models or a good percentage of women who are also in the 00-4 range.

Now that I’m done counter complaining, I’ll offer what I think a good solution would be. Learning. That’s it. I don’t think it matters how many images of skinny or larger women the media crams into a girl’s head, they need to learn what they should look like. Girls should be encouraged to eat healthy and taught how to exercise effectively. They should learn about a variety of healthy body types and be encouraged to figure out how much they are meant to weigh (and by that I mean really…none of this BMI business). Girls should learn at a young age how to take care of themselves. Many people think the answer to this problem is to simply accept yourself as you are. While I agree that we should learn to love the bodies we were given, why should we continue to accept the abuse this allows for? We should love ourselves, but continue to strive for our own best form. Overeating and sedentary lifestyles are just as big of problems (if not bigger) in the United States as eating disorders. We shouldn’t try to persuade the people suffering from any of these problems to replace one for the other. People with eating disorders should learn healthy ways to deal with their stress and manage their weight just as overweight people should.

In the end we cannot force people to take care of their bodies or live in a healthy way (no matter what Congress thinks). It’s up to them, but shouldn’t they at least have the tools to understand how to care for themselves? Magazines and runway models aren’t the problem. The problems are parents that don’t get involved and schools that waste valuable time in health classes explaining for the twentieth time how dangerous smoking is or how birth control can be used. Everyone already knows those things, so can we please move on to something that will actually help? 

Photos from here, here and here.

October 15, 2009

The Land Down Under

A few weeks ago, a young lady, who was my neighbor while I was living in the dorms on campus, tagged me and my old roommate in this picture.

This is my old dorm’s door. Good ol’ 15A. What you are seeing (or what you would be seeing if I didn’t blur it out) are the names of the people living there now. Like the neighboring dorm last year (F. Smith), Wells has decided on a United Nations sort of theme…and 15A is Australia.

Don’t quite get the significance? That’s okay.

Last year in my ward, there was a guy who never really fit in. He was from Australia. Over the course of the year, he hit on nearly every girl in our ward, coming out entirely empty handed. Did that deter him? No. He continued his attempt to simultaneously court every single girl in our ward at the same time. Others who weren’t in our ward might have said, “Oh, how flattering!” …But not us. It is hard, after all, to take someone seriously when they like every girl they see. Of course, I think he had a special place in his heart for Caitlin, my roommate, because he would come over at about the same time every day, and even wait in the lobby if she “wasn’t home.”

As if Australia doesn’t get enough bad press as it is…

I just can’t take Australia seriously anymore.

October 11, 2009

Slightly Blasphemous, Infinitely Entertaining

I doubt that I’ve ever really made this clear, but I absolutely hate going on dates. I don’t get asked on many, but when I do I usually turn them down. This may seem rude, but I like the fact that the best date I’ve ever been on was with a quiet-talker that I felt bad about saying no to. If I were to ever go on a date that was…say…enjoyable, I might become more optimistic and that would destroy my entire personality. At any rate, never are there too many guys hurt by this because usually they can catch on that I would rather sit alone and watch “America’s Most Wanted” than play Ultimate Frisbee or go on a video scavenger hunt.

That being said, there are times that I do like people and wish they would ask me on a date, but I cannot risk letting my guard down in case the wrong person thinks to ask me. Lately, I’ve been thinking up ways to tell guys like this (or just one in particular) that I care. It’s a good thing I’ve spent all my life hating on dating, cause now I can only think up nerdy and way awkward things to do.

After weeks of thinking about what to do, I finally hit on something while I was on the phone with my sister.

This is an LDS pass along card. As you can see, the couple on the front is in love. Maybe they are married, or maybe they are just in the middle of taking a cheesy engagement picture.

I decided that this could be used not just as an invitation to learn more about families in the Church, in case your person of interest is not LDS, but as an invitation to learn more about you.

Perfect! Now all you have to do is actually give it to the guy! Sadly, as funny as I think this idea is (and as much as it would kill me if someone gave me a card like this)  your typical BYU student would either think it was creepy (which is understandable if they don’t have a sense of humor) or serious…in which case you better not answer you phone for a few days.

This isn’t quirky enough for you? Want to creep your wannabe boyfriend out even more? Try personalizing the front of the card…

Okay, now that might be a little too creepy…you may want to save that one for a DTR.

October 8, 2009

La Femme

I made this collage while I was watching this weeks episode of “The Office” (which was wonderful by the way).

© Hillary Pulsipher

La Femme

I didn’t have anything in mind before I started. I just sat down with a stack of old fashion magazines and started cutting. I like how it turned out.

October 5, 2009

Happy One Year Noniversary!

After a restless night and a rough weekend, I was excited to wake up and see this reminder on my white board.

No, not one of the many TV listings (channel 5 at 7 pm) but October 5! To anyone else, it was probably just a normal day, but to me it was much more. October 5th is my noniversary…and this is my first one. It’s easy to remember because it’s always around the same time as LDS General Conference!

What is a noniversary, you ask? Well, it’s when a lady like me has been single for a whole year. No boyfriends, no dates, nothing. Such an occasion is often overlooked by young ladies at BYU, let alone celebrated.

It started out with getting dressed.


I bet you’re wondering the same thing I did…black leotard or normal clothes? It was a challenging decision, but in the end, I decided to pass on the leotard and go for a cozy sweatshirt and jeans that had bleach stains on them. After all, what real single lady wears a black leotard?

The next decision: what would my theme song be fore the day? I could have gone with something like “Single Ladies” or “Hot N’ Cold” but in the end “Knock ‘Em Out” by Lily Allen was the winner.

So, I went to some classes, but then, as soon as I had a break, I let myself really start to party. I went down to 7-11 and got myself a…



It was the best treat I could have imagined for such a special occasion! I got my favorite mix of piƱa colada and banana along with some special berry Domo flavor. I can still taste the excellence!

After another class, I rushed home to eat a delicious BBQ chicken and provolone sandwich that I had gotten at the Twilight student store. Because I had been watching a BYU game on Friday, I had missed “Dollhouse.” Thanks to some Hulu, I was able to watch it while I ate my sandwich and drank a tall glass of chocolate milk. Mmmm…

To make my day even better, I got a letter from my buddy Gary who is serving a mission for the LDS church in Texas. Sure, I can barely read his handwriting, but letters are always the best.

To finish off the day, I kept a strong societal tradition.

I lit something on fire, stuck it in a pastry, and blew it out.

Who could ask for a better day?

Well, until next year, stay single…maybe. I guess that may be a little presumptuous.

October 4, 2009

William A. Pulsipher

Between the late hours of Friday, October 2 and the earliest hours of Saturday, October 3, 2009, my Uncle Bill passed away. He had a sudden heart attack from which paramedics were unable to revive him.

Even though it is sad to lose someone who we all saw nearly every holiday, and while I know his family misses him dearly, I can’t help but think he’s in good company. My Aunt Laurie (his younger sister) passed away a number of years ago due to cancer and my Grandpa Pulsipher (whom I’ve never met) died even before that.

We’ll miss you, Uncle Bill!

My Dad also wrote a special post about my uncle. Read it here.

October 1, 2009

A Delicious Delicacy

Do you enjoy canned meats?

Do you enjoy carbohydrates?

If you said yes to both of those questions, you may want to try this:

Corned Beef Hash Burritos!

1. Fry up some corned beef hash in a skillet. This takes a while, but you can do the whole can at once and put what you don’t eat in the fridge for a quick microwave meal later.

2. Heat a tortilla up, either in the microwave for 30 seconds or on one of the burners…or however you want to do it.

3. Add some grated cheese to the tortilla. I used cheddar and it was wonderful, but I’m sure other types would be good too.

4. Add the hot corned beef and roll the tortilla up.

5. Let the cheese melt for a few seconds, and enjoy!