Whirled Musings

Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

One week and counting

The week shall inherit the mirth
Today is Whirled Musings' one-week anniversary. Thank you to the three or four of you who have visited, and all two of you who have commented so far. No, make that three now. :-) Since I was so long-winded yesterday, I decided to take a short break from "Con-tificating" today and just serve up some sight bites.

Funny, you don’t look blue-ish (but I might)
Someone asked me why the colors look a little bit off around here. Ambience, baby, ambience! No, actually, I am going through the obligatory "blue period" that all serious artists and creative types go through. Okay, not really. I just like blue. So if the book covers and people here look a little blue around the gills – or if things that are normally blue-ish look more rosy than usual – you're not color blind. I've just been swapping the reds and blues in the photos. It's a cheap trick that I do in a graphic previewing and editing application called ThumbsPlus. So, now you know: that’s really a fragment of a Monarch butterfly, and in real life, Kinky is pinker and so am I.

Absolutely annoying
If I hear one more celeb or random interviewee on TV answer a question with, "Absolutely!" I am going to go absolutely bonkers. Whatever happened to, "Yes"? Or, "That’s right"? Or, "That’s correct"? Or even, "You bet"?

Or has everything actually become absolute of late, and no one told me about it?

Not that I expect my complaint to make any difference. Back in the late 1980s, I wrote extensively on the egregious overuse of the word "awesome," and nearly one generation later, people of all ages are still using that friggin’ word to describe everything that isn't actually loathsome. Stop it now!

Your support is desperately needed.
August is Magnetic Ribbon Awareness Month. Please show your support of the magnetic ribbon industry, and plaster as many of those things on your car as you can. If you are Ann Coulter, please place them all over your computer screen as well.

Numbers don't lie
The numbers for Cosmic Relief just keep increasing...now, according to Amazon, they have reached a whopping "#2,853,024."

That happens to be the sales rank, not the sales figure, but still, it's a pretty big number, don't you think?

Here's more exciting news: C.R. is holding steady at a five-star-average review, based on one review by a person I know. (I didn't ask her to do the review; she liked my book and asked me if it was okay if she wrote something nice about it. Do you think I would turn that down?)

I believe if I think positive thoughts and say enough affirmations, and visualize that big number above as an actual sales figure for C.R., it will come to be. Of course there aren't nearly that many copies of the book in print...but if I think good thoughts long enough and hard enough, who knows what might happen?

So I'm going to get busy.

Bleep this…
The underground hit movie, What The Bleep Do We Know? has recently been released in a new director’s-cut edition. Subtitled, Down The Rabbit Hole, it comes in a Quantum Edition (of course). This new and improved version has less of the Marlee Matlin story line of the original, and more stuff from scientists. You can tell by the cover of the new DVD that it is much more scientific than the original, because it has a big cartoon scientist head. I am making a rare exception here and not swapping the reds and blues on the respective graphics, mainly because when I tried it, the smaller basketballs on the original cover looked disturbingly like rabbit turds. They still sort of do, but the effect is not as pronounced. So...the original Bleep is the blue-ish one, and the new edition is golden.


And just in case you’re not aware of it, there is a whole Bleep lifestyle afoot in our culture now, which means, naturally, lots and lots and lots of merchandise. To find out more, go the official What The Bleep website.

I knew you’d want to know.

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4 Comments:

Blogger RevRon's Rants said...

I can't help but wonder how many of the patriotic-themed ribbon magnets that adorn our vehicles are, in fact, made in China. And I am always left in a state of wonder at CosCon's innate pink-ness, which shines through her attempts at hue manipulation.

As to the bleep-ness that has so pervaded the entertainment industry, I am convinced that it is borne of the long-term efforts of a would-be antichrist, who has come a long way since her portrayal of Irma la Douce.

For the record, however, I am convinced that if there is such an entity as the anti-Christ, it would have to be the abomination that has so widely accepted by the religious right as their Messiah. Where the original, real-deal (or mythical, according to some) Christ taught and practiced acceptance, compassion, and peace, the modern iteration represents tribal narcissism at its worst. Rejection of love that does not mirror one group's perspective, genocide in the name of democracy, exploitation of fear, whilst involking the name of one who stood for hope. And these people are sitting around, waiting for the anti-Christ to appear? To quote the great sage Pogo, "We has met the enemy, and he is us!"

I probably should have saved this for my own rant blog, which is still in its embryonic state. I feel somehow that, should these ideas be more widely read, the pro-life faction would feel compelled to make an exception to their otherwise firm beliefs. So be it...

Thursday, August 03, 2006 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thank you very much, RevRon. And you are welcome to rant away in this space whenever you wish. Good comments, all. But watch what you say about narcissism, LOL.

Thursday, August 03, 2006 1:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looooove your blog.

On New Age, bi-partisan/US/Canadian politics and Common Sense

In the states, everything has to have a colour. We in Canada don't need to designate a colour to dislike you. Although we like to think we're discerning in our likes and dislikes, we don't really care if you're conservative or liberal.

Now a-days, conservative means rabid fundamentalist, whereas it really means, well, conservative.

Liberal has come to mean "anti-Bush", or, anti-Christian, where is used to mean, well, liberal. As in liberal-minded.

Anyway Connie, appreciate your comments about the Rev. Beckwith, or Beckworth. Love your description of his qualifying himself all to hell with the non-alignment silliness.

Yes, think positive thoughts already! It really does work—to a certain extent!

But if you take all that Secret stuff to it's logical conclusion, then all the unfortunate people in the world have "attracted themselves" to be born into that situation.

Un-fortunate, means "having attracted all that war, starvation, national de-humazinzation into your life—before you were born!

Karma shmarma! Live as wisely as you can. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Where has all the common sense gone in this world?

Didn't the word "fortunate" used to mean, well, fortunate?

Crystal
in Vancouver BC

Sunday, July 08, 2007 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thank you, Crystal! It's always good to hear from our neighbors (or neighbours) to the North.

Common sense seems to have gone the way of the Golden Rule. It's just not as sexy -- and doesn't sell as many books -- as the crap that people are embracing today.

Anyway, it's good to hear from you. I hope you'll keep coming back.

Monday, July 09, 2007 3:59:00 AM  

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