Goodbye Blogger, hello Wordpress!


This is my last ever official post on Blogger.  I have made the jump (and what an exhausting, frustrating jump it was) to using the Wordpress.org platform.  You can visit it on:  www.symondrake.com.

Please, please take the time to update your 'blogs I follow' list with the updated URL, as blogger doesn't do it automatically.

It's gonna take some time to get it looking right - so please be patient.  In the meantime I will be continuing to post all the regular blogging goodness you've come to expect from me ;-)

God bless

Syms
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Burton's evolution of musical taste




Being a child of the 70's my taste in music was influenced by my older siblings - Disco Europop.

Abba



The 80's started with a bang, and like most kids my age I whittled away many a Saturday cradling my poor-man's 'Ghetto Blaster' listening to Casey Kasem's American Top 40.

Too many classics to mention but one band pretty much sums it up:

A-Ha



The 90's began, and so did my guitar playing. Overnight it seemed my taste in music matured from cheesy pop to Christian heavy metal...

King's X



King's X would still be one of my favourite bands if it weren't for their public turning away from the Christian faith.

Someone must have been praying for me during this time because folk music started to be played on my system more and more...

Keith Green



During the 90's and early 2000's because of my loathing of 'artificial music', I simply refused to listen to, let alone buy any band that featured a keyboardist. One band caused me to repent of my syth-descrimination...

Delirious



The early 2000's showcased some simply amazing New Zealand guitar driven worship - which I might add, has shaped my music style permanently. Props to Dean Rush (Form), Bruce Conlon (Eight), Brian Platt (Solace), and Mark Bourgeois (Elephant). Amazingly, all of the above attended the same church in Auckland.

Eight



One band has dominated my stereo in recent years: David Crowder Band (which genuine Christian isn't a fan of him?)

David Crowder Band



2010 is just around the corner, and where is my taste in music heading? I'm not too sure, but thanks to a good friend of mine, my latest musical purchase is reminiscent 80's disco synthpop.

Owl City



And so, my life defined by music genres...

1970's - Disco
1980's - Pop
1990's - Christian Heavy Metal
2000's - Guitar Driven Worship
2010's - Reminiscent 80s disco synthpop???

Full circle it seems. (I don't know whether to laugh or cry ;-)
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Mysterious Mr. X and the perfect body



A doco screened recently which showed that only 2 women out of 60 had the 'perfect' body proportions for their size. 

  • 3% = perfect body proportions.

If only 3% of women have one, that means that 97 out of 100 have 'imperfect' body proportions (imperfect being the opposite of perfect).

  • 97%= imperfect body proportions.

The dictionary defines the word 'imperfect' as:  characterized by faults, mistakes, etc.; defective.  Not good news for you ladies reading this who are in the 97%.

Good grief.  Have any of you actually wondered who decided what was the perfect body shape (and what wasn't) in the first place? 

Let's call him (or they) Mr. X.

Fact #1: Most people are slaves to Mr X's personal opinion.

Whoever Mr X. is, he sure wields a lot of power...  Or perhaps we give him that power when we choose to believe he is right?  Has anyone actually taken the time to think if Mr. X is wrong?  Have we become so stupid that we absent-mindedly believe what he says without any hesitation?

Fact #2: Mr X can't make up his mind.

The 'perfect' body seems to change from generation to generation. Breasts, the waist, buttocks and legs have all been in or out of fashion. Women (and men) have subjected themselves to endless bodily transformations, ridiculous contraptions, and dangerous fads followed to force their bodies into fashionable shapes (as highlited in the book "Vanity: A Very Peculiar History")…

  • 450BC: Lean muscular physique (Greece)
  • 1400s: Small bust, big stomach (Europe)
  • 1600s: Cellulite, fleshly rounded figures (Europe)
  • 1800s: High rounded bust (Greece), Fatness & large stomachs for men (Germany)
  • 1870s: Large backside (Western Cultures)
  • 1900s: Wasp waist - ridged corset distorted spine's alignment (Western Cultures)
  • 1920s: No bust - chest flattening corsets, Boyish look (Western Cultures)
  • 1960s: Adolescent figure (Western Cultures)

How much of a hold does mysterious Mr. X have on you?
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The butler's rolling pin (and 20 other differences)



The clip below is extremely well done and very entertaining. I bet your bottom dollar you will view it more than once.

Anyone for a game of Cluedo?

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Demi's body has been snatched

A couple of posts ago, I commented on a recent magazine cover shot of Demi Moore and how her thigh was not quite the same (a photoshop blunder).

Well folks... the plot thickens. It just so happens that another image has arisen which shows perhaps that Demi's body is not Demi's body at all.

It appears that 26 year old model Anja Rubik's body has been miraculously attached to 47 year old Demi's face.

New York magazine has gone on record to say that celebrity heads are often superimposed on model's bodies for advertisements...

Invasion of the photoshop body snatchers.

How can real people compete?

An intriguing entomological experiment shows that a male butterfly will ignore a living female butterfly of his own species in favour of a painted cardboard one, if the cardboard one is big. If the cardboard one is bigger than he is, bigger than any female butterfly ever could be. He jumps the pieces of cardboard. Nearby, the real, living female butterfly opens and closes her wings in vain. (Annie Dillard, The Writing Life)

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