29 03 2012

Guess what I found in The Tarq’s big bag of carrots???

A Cthulhu Carrot!

I am going to sell it on E-bay! If you can get a couple of thousand dollars for a piece of toast with the face of Jesus, I could surely get a few dollars for a carrot which is an exact portrait of Cthulhu:mrgreen:

I’ve listed it, click here to watch (and bid) on my Cthulhu carrot!

Aafke’s wager versus Pascal’s wager

11 03 2012

Pascal’s wager:

For those who do not know, in the seventeenth century the mathematician Blaise Pascal formulated his infamous pragmatic argument for belief in God in his ”Pensées”. The argument runs as follows:

If you erroneously believe in God, you lose nothing (assuming that death is the absolute end), whereas if you correctly believe in God, you gain everything (eternal bliss). But if you correctly disbelieve in God, you gain nothing (death ends all), whereas if you erroneously disbelieve in God, you lose everything (eternal damnation).

How should you bet? Regardless of any evidence for or against the existence of God, Pascal argued that failure to accept God’s existence risks losing everything with no payoff on any count. The best bet, then, is to accept the existence of God. There have been several objections to the wager: that a person cannot simply will himself to believe something that is evidently false to him; that the wager would apply as much to belief in the wrong God as it would to disbelief in all gods, leaving the the believer in any particular god in the same situation as the atheist or agnostic; that God would not reward belief in him based solely on hedging one’s bets; and so on…

I find Pascal’s wager stupid and supercillious, here is a better alternative, which btw I do not take much credit for, as I formulated the basics of it when I was about 8 years old.

Aafke’s wager

If you are, due to nonexistent evidence, not convinced that there is an all loving, compassionate, all-powerful invisible skydaddy, then you should not waste your time with silly immoral religions, but you should spend your life spreading sweetness and light and trying to make the world a better place.

How should you bet? On the ”Spreading Sweetness and Light” bit. If there is an all-loving, compassionate, all-powerful, invisible sky daddy you lose nothing, but gain everything, the invisible sky daddy will not mind you never believed for he/she never put out any proof and you have been a good caring human being so you will always be in.

But if you have been doing bad things, even though they were endorsed in some holy book, a truly good and honest invisible sky daddy would take you to task for it, so you gained nothing, and lost everything, by following rules which you knew  were immoral but you liked them anyway and you justified them because some bronze age barbarian brute wrote them in some book.

So whose the clever thinker here?

Me, not Blaise!

More about what is good and what is bad in the next post.

Tarq and getting up in the morning

26 12 2011

Is not always happening! I have a lot of pictures of the Tarq and me trying to get him up!

Sometimes I just give up. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

Scent of the day

15 12 2011

Today I am wearing Encre Noir, by Lalique.

Green, green, greener than green, vetiver with a darkness lurking behind. It’s marketed for men but who cares? It goes very well with Eau de Cheval.

Eat more cucumbers, carrots, zucchini and bananas!

7 12 2011

The latest on religious improvement: finally the Muslim clerics encourage the men to help out in the kitchen and cook and serve the women!

CAIRO: An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.” The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Senousa news, was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve. He said that these fruits and vegetables “resemble the male penis” and hence could arouse women or “make them think of sex.”

He also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.

The sheikh was asked how to “control” women when they are out shopping for groceries and if holding these items at the market would be bad for them. The cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God.
Answering another question about what to do if women in the family like these foods, the sheikh advised the interviewer to take the food and cut it for them in a hidden place so they cannot see it.

Islamically acceptable cucumber :

Islamically unacceptable cucumber:

Now if I was married to a Muslim I would change my diet, and refuse to eat anything else but Cucumber salad, cucumber sandwiches, carrot ”stamppot”, zucchini dishes, and bananas on yoghurt for dessert. All of which would have to be prepared for me by hubby…

On the other hand, if I was the husband I would only want to eat Cucumber salad, cucumber sandwiches, carrot ”stamppot”, zucchini dishes, and bananas on yoghurt for dessert, but I wouldn’t cut them up for my wife… you never know… maybe after dealing with all these sexually arousing vegetables there would be room for a second dessert…

This is our home

23 11 2011

This is our place in the universe. Just contemplate how unimportant all our squabbles are. How silly leaders and generals are to kill for territory. How silly to kill for a religion, which last only for an instance in celestial time as they come and go over the millennia. This is all we have got, and it could be paradise. It should be paradise.

Let’s all be nice to each other.

New Orleans!

14 11 2011

So I am returned from New Orleans. The Q drove all the way, and we would have made brilliant time if we didn’t got stuck in traffic from Baton Rouge onwards adding another 2 hours to the trip. We were very tired and frustrated, and we didn’t fight. The Q is the best!

It was a Basenotes meet up, Basenotes is the forum where I go to learn about perfumes and where everybody is super nice. It was a lovely visit, New Orlkeans is a magical place and I et new friends, and we were treated and got gifts from Avery Perfumery, Saks fifth Avenue, Bourbon french and Hové.

Houses in New Orleans, close to the apartment we rented.

No, this is not a collection of drugs, this is the collected perfume samples we all brought to share out!

I got to see a Mississippi riverboat!

Bourbon French Perfumes

A street in the French Quarter

Hove perfume shop. All perfumes are made on site and exclusive to Hové. All ingredients (except musk) are natural!

I saw this brilliant bottle in the window of the Pharmacy museum, alas, we had no time to go there in the day time.

I so adore this tea cup and tea pot, I saw it in the window at night, but we didn’t have time to go there in the daytime. it would probably be way too expensive anyway… 😦

last morning, at our apartment, we invited everybody for sunday brunch. We couldn’t find an open supermarket on Saturday evening, so we had to made do with the food I had brought and some things we brought a a convenience store, but we managed to make a really good brunch!
Here you see the left over samples and basenoters going through them!

In from of the apartment

My haul from the weekend: two perfumes from Hové, one from Bourbon, and a sample pack from Bourbon, and a bottle of Aperçu by Houbigant which ”C Rose” gave me!

We got a very well filled goodie bag from Saks Fifth Avenue, and a bag of smaples from Bourbon French Perfumery. And although we were too late to attend, Quarry brought me a sample bag from Avery fine perfumes.

The samples I choose from the mountain brought in by the Base notes members!

Somebody left this mystery bag in our appartment. Will the true owner now stand up?



The Q and I saved the world!

9 11 2011

Armageddon did not happen, I am convinced this is because the Q and I got married right before!

Yes, that’s why I was away from my blog for a long time! I was preparing my wedding! And I did it all myself. I arranged the marriage in Denmark, because of the paperwork. So, marriage license, paperwork, place to stay, invite a few people, became more people, arrange for places to stay, look up planes and trains, arrange a wedding brunch, decide on dress, buy material for dress, make dress, more people are coming, so arrange for a wedding dinner also, make coat, try to find fabric for coat, order a bouquet holder for the flowers, etc. etc.

So here’s a view of what I did,

Wanna see it all? Go to my art blog!

We got married in Denmark because the paperwork in the Netherlands made it impossible to get married in my country, and the process was horrendously complicated and we could set no dates aside and it was too problematic to get married in America. Also it took way too long!
In Denmark, EU country, Schengen country, it is very simple to get married. Very simple paperwork, very simple process, and I got in touch with a Danish Wedding planner who made the whole process a wheeze, as well as being very helpful with all the extra arrangements because we had a lot of friends and family coming.

So anybody who wants to get married and has too much hassle with paperwork and silly rules in their own country, or if you just want a beautiful, super romantic destination wedding, contact Rita at Wedding Denmark.

21st of October: Armageddon!!!

6 10 2011

You do remember the rapture don’t you? That was when all the good Christians were lifted off the Earth and we sinners were left.

Pity one doesn’t really notice the difference.

However, this month is it.
The final bit
The End

Note the date:

October 21

Now you might wonder what will cause the end and why it is on the 21st exactly?
Not quite sure

the Q and I àre getting married on the 20th…..

Looking for a wedding dress

5 08 2011

So I have been looking around for wedding dresses. If there’s a style I absolutely don’t want it’s the strapless-barbie-cake-wedding-dress.
Well guess what?
All wedding dresses are strapless-barbie-cake-wedding-dresses.
At first I wondered why, but I know why: it’s not fashion, it’s cheaper.
You need less material, obviously, but they are also much easier to fit.

And that’s not all, apparently you need a hairstylist who does this complicated hairdo, tiara, veil, make-up artist, bridal bouquet ànd throw-bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres…

And apparently wedding dresses have to have beading, and tucks without function and a straight decolletage line which never looks good on a woman with more, ehm, ”bust”, not to mention the dreaded ”Monobosom”.

To get sleeves you quickly come to the ”Temple-ready” dresses, which I suppose are for Mormons? Which look as if they took a strapless dress, and added some lace or fabric on top and added some sleeves and they look distinctly meh as a result. Besides, those tacky bell shaped skirts combined fabric up to your neck and long sleeves look even worse!

So one could google ”modest wedding dress” which turns up hideous dresses, and strangely enough immodest dresses, and lots of religious dresses, and when I looked at this picture, one of the many Muslim modest bridal gowns,

a thought came up: ”What is the single most useless profession in the world?

Muslim bridal hairstylist!

Still thinking about what to wear though…