All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

As I was going through my RSS feeds I stumbled  across this fascinatingly beautiful post simply entitled: Gold a news story told predominantly through a series of striking photos. The post published on Boston.com, looks at how the pursuit of gold has become so central worldwide, an obsession that extends far past just the sporting world.

“The pursuit of gold medals has athletes and fans focused

on the Olympic games in London,

but the pursuit of gold is a worldwide obsession

that extends far beyond the realm of sport.”

– Lane Turner

Worldwide there are million of miners dredging, mining and panning in operations of varying sizes, these procedures often putting miners at great risk. The processing of gold using cyanide and other chemicals creates very dangerous environmental hazards, the chemicals incredibly toxic to humans.  And whilst the results are undeniably beautiful, one can’t help but wonder is gold in all its glistening beauty really worth it? The more I think about it, the more I find myself doubting whether it really is.

The magnificent, illustrative photos below, just a few from the photographic story “Gold-The Big Picture” on Boston.com; which truly capture people going for gold and all the risks and glory which come with it.

A small-scale miner holds his gold that was melted together at a processing plant north of Ulan Bator on April 5, 2012. Mongolia is home to some of the world’s biggest unexploited mineral deposits, and has become one of the hottest destinations for billions of dollars of mining investment. (David Gray/Reuters)
The gold and copper mine of US giant Newmont in Indonesia’s Sumbawa island dominates the landscape in a file photograph from April 4, 2007. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/GettyImages) #
Polluted water flows from an abandoned gold mine in Rosia Montana, Romania on September 20, 2011. A Canadian company wants to build a controversial open pit mine that would use large amounts of cyanide. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/GettyImages) #
The cloudy spots on an undated chest X-ray show the effects of silicosis on a gold miner. In 2011, South Africa said gold miners with silicosis could sue for compensation, and thousands plan to do just that. (NIOH/NHLS/Handout/Reuters)
Residents inside a funeral parlor in Pantukan, Philippines look at the body of a girl killed in a landslide in a remote small community of gold prospectors on January 5, 2012. At least 25 people were killed and about 100 others were missing. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Papuan villagers gather in a river to pan for gold after sludge containing gold leaked from a pipeline of US mining giant Freeport-McMoran in Kwamki Lama, Indonesia. Striking Freeport workers said the leak was due to corrosion and were demanding at least an eight-fold increase in the current minimum wage of $1.50 an hour. (Tjahjono Eranius/AFP/Getty Images) #
] An employee of KCM pours molten gold while reprocessing it near Plovdiv, Bulgaria on October 20, 2011. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters) #
Gold bars are displayed at a jewelery shop in Chandigarh, India on May 8, 2012. India is the world’s biggest buyer of bullion. (Ajay Verma/Reuters) #
Buddhist monks pray as worshippers put gold leaves onto a seated Buddha image at the Mahamuni temple in Mandalay, Myanmar on February 4, 2012. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images) #
A client whose face is covered with gold is seen at the Viet My beauty salon in Hanoi on February 13, 2012. Viet My is one of a small number of salons in Vietnam that provides 24k gold leaf face mask therapy, said to help make skin whiter. A single facial costs 1.8 million Vietnam dong ($86.41). (Kham/Reuters) #
South Korea’s Oh Jin Hyek bites his gold medal during the victory ceremony for the men’s individual archery event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on August 3, 2012. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)#

So what is your verdict? Is the world’s obsession with gold justified? Is it essential to society? And is gold in all its glittering glory really worth endangering lives and our environment?

[CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE POST WHICH INSPIRED THIS ARTICLE: LANE TURNER’S FULL NEWS STORY ON GOLD THROUGH  A TRULY STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES]

Alert! Alert! Alert!

Just recently I have discovered a Google application called Google Alerts, what are Google Alerts? I hear you ask! Well  quite simply the are email updates of the latest relevant Google results based on any query you may have. Curious to see what results it may bring me, I set up a few different alerts, one on ‘ballet’, one on ‘shopping’, one on ‘north melbourne football club’ and another on ‘fashion’.

For the past week I have been receiving alerts on the latest google results surrounding my topics and today I decided it was about time to go through them! First up shopping, because lets be honest, when am I not in the mood for a bit of retail therapy, online or otherwise!! First post: “Burning Man Shopping: The Best Places To Buy Costumes”, which would have been perfect if I was looking for costumes and lived in San Francisco; second post Personality Quiz: ESCAPE OR DIE – ZOMBIE SHOPPING MALL. Now THAT sounds intriguing! A quiz that upon completion informs you wether you would survive or die if zombies were to invade the shopping mall! I know you are all dying to know whether I would in-fact survive! The sad verdict, no, I most certainly would not make it out of that mall alive!! Which means I will definitely have to undergo some serious training if I want any hope of survival when the Zombie Apocalypse does happen!!

The next alert I decided to check out was the “North Melbourne Football Club”, curious to know what they had to say about the last game my team played against Collingwood. A game I had attended on saturday night.  The alert lead me to  a page entitled: Preview: Collingwood v North Melbourne Melbourne Football Club. I found this article particularly interesting, posted before the game, it outlined key information about each of the clubs which would ultimately affect their game play, before making a final prediction: that Collingwood would win by 19 points. The article did not show a lot of hope for North who had lost the last four games to Collingwood by an average of 80.5 points!! The fact that we would be missing key midfielders such as Leigh Adams and Daniel Wells not exactly a great sign either. This combined with the return of some of Collingwood key players and following an 8-point win over Sydney who currently sit at the top of the ladder, all well and truly establishing North as the underdogs of the match. The best thing about finding out all these sats and prior predictions now after the game: it makes North Melbourne’s victory over Collingwood by 30 points that much sweeter!!!

“Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos leads his team from the field after winning the round 21 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on August 18, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.”
(August 17, 2012 – Source: Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Licensing- Creative Common Style

 

So what even is a creative commons copyright license?

Basically he Creative Commons copyright licenses create a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” settings that copyright laws create. They simply allow everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.

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Everything’s An Illusion by Lauren Burgueno is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Licence I have chosen for my blog is the a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 unported license. This license informing the oh so many people who I am just sure are spending their lives reading my compelling blog; that if the wish to share, remix or make commercial use of any of the work featured on my blog they must attribute the work to me, the writer/ owner of the content. Perfect way to protect all my ever so ingenious ideas and wisdomous words, which will clearly one day lead to my great success and/or world domination from being completely stolen and claimed by anyone else; rather just shared. This licence also requires anyone who is planning on using my content to share alike, so if someone is to alter, transform or build upon my work they have to distribute the resulting work under the same or a very similar licence to this  one.

In other news…

Some changes have been made to particular settings within my blog as a part of a spam control mission. In order to filter  all comments and spam I have adjusted the settings so that all comments must first be approved by the administrator before they are allowed to be published, allowing me to monitor all content published on my site and do some manual pest control and prevent the spam from invading the territory of my blog. I have also made an attempt to make this blog more for lack of a better word, categorical introducing a number of different groupings for the types of content I post, making it a lot easier for readers to obtain the exact information which they are hoping to get of my blog.

Film Review: Hysteria

[FIRST PUBLISHED ON THE MODERN WOMAN’S SURVIVAL GUIDE]

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Hysteria directed by Tanya Wexler is an offbeat, mischievous romantic comedy set in Victorian England during 1880, a time when germs were thought by most to be a mere myth, people pondered whether an invention like the telephone would ever take off and any problem a women should have from insomnia to disturbing thoughts was attributed to the catch-all ailment of ‘Hysteria’. The film tells the story how the invention that is known today as the vibrator came about.

From the outset of the film the words appearing on screen “Based on a true story, really” establish the films lighthearted nature. It follows Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) an idealistic young doctor with modern ideas who takes a position in the office of Dr Robert Dalyrmple (Jonathon Pryce) who runs a clinic for women, specialising in a particular “intimate massage” type treatment to cure the highly common “disease” of hysteria.

Mortimer quickly becomes popular among his patients who feel ever so much better after their treatment, however soon Mortimer’s hands become strained. His inventor friend the impressive and wealthy Edmund St John Smythe (a role Rupert Everett was born to play) suggests an alternative; an electric massager. But will the treatment have the same effect using this device?

A romantic twist furthers the plot as Granville courts one of Dalyrmple’s daughters (Felicity Price) a very prim and proper young women who lives according to the Victorian conventions of decorum and would make the perfect wife, yet there is a strange attraction between Mortimer and Dalyrymple’s other rebellious crusading daughter (Maggie Gyllenhall) who is a social reformer running a settlement house and the opposite of her sister in every way.

Hysteria is a lighthearted film that plays with the social mores of its era. The actors are all perfect fits for their parts and expertly approach each of their individual roles with complete seriousness, with the exclusion of Everett who has fun with his role and makes it work. Tanya Wexler hits the nail on the head with her ensemble, tackling the delicate subject matter in a manner that is funny, debonair and visually discreet.

Overall it is a very enjoyable film that is easy to watch, and good for a few laughs. I would give it a solid 6 out of 10 stars – it truly is a great film to watch with a couple of girlfriends.

HER MORNING ELEGANCE

I tend to watch alot, alot, alot of different videos on youtube, most of them generally either comedic or music videos. The video above entitled “Her Morning Elegance” is one of my ultimate favourites, a video that I find quite inspiring. Whilst a music video by Oren Lavie it is not the song as such that captivates me most about this video. Made by the talented Yucal and Nerav Nathan alongside Oren himself the video is ever so carefully carefully crafted. The stop motion film which features the sharp photography of Eyal Landesman, is 3:36 in length and being a stop-motion sequence the video is made up of entirely still shots, roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video!! Even more fascinatingly, after weeks and weeks of preparation it was all shot within just 2 days.

The high angle which majority of the shots are taken from, really sets up the mattress as a canvas for the dream like state of the woman with the striking orange hair; the continuity of the same angle creating such a fluidity and ease to the flow of the images that on first viewing one could think it was just plain film. Very well planned, the video utilises props quite wittily. These props ordinary objects you would find in a bedroom such as socks and pillows and manipulates their movements to create the witty illusion of them being something else.; such as pillows as clouds, and socks as little fish. The movements, rhythm and pace of the visuals all coinciding perfectly with the soundtrack.

This video will always remain one of my ultimate favourite videos, it is the video which sparked my initial fascination with stop-motion and even inspired me to create my own.

‘Her Morning Elegance” is a clever work of art, that is quite simply captivating.

FILM REVIEW: WISH YOU WERE HERE

[FIRST PUBLISHED ON  THE MODERN WOMAN’S SURVIVAL GUIDE]

“Wish You Were Here” is the debut feature and international success film from Australian filmmaker Kieran Darcy-Smith. It tells the story of an idyllic sun-soaked Cambodian holiday which quickly changes into an absolute nightmare for a group of friends in this tense Australian thriller about a missing person. Adultery, drug-use and deception surfacing as the tragedy rapidly deteriorates the relationships of those closely involved.

From the opening scenes, featuring the carefree adventures of two couples: the pregnant Alice (Felicity Price) and her husband, Dave (Joel Edgerton), and Alice’s younger sister Steph (Teresa Palmer) and her new boyfriend Jeremy (Antony Starr); holidaying in the beautiful setting of Cambodia flips from the tourist scenes of bars and beach parties at night, to a bloodstained shirtless Dave staggering through a deserted field in the early morning, it’s made clear something unsettling has happened.

The film’s twisting non-linear storyline built through flashbacks leaves clues to what has happened in sharp bursts, leaving the audience on the edge of their seat not truly understanding the confused circumstances surrounding husband and wife Dave and Alice until well into the film.

The film at times seeming drawn out as though the random pieces of the puzzle will never actually fall into place, I as a viewer becoming almost lost among all the seemingly unrelated clues midway through the film, until the climax where the film regains its gripping edge and I became swept up in the thrilling, haunting suspense of it all.

The film has an amazing colour palette and utilizes amazing establishing shots of the beautiful Cambodia and the much closer to home Sydney. The three main actors all worthy leads, their incredible performances taking the film to the next level. Teresa Palmer who was last seen in the action-packed Hollywood film “I Am Number Four”, truly does a good job in playing such a directly opposed subtle more emotional character.

The film also showcased Felicity Price’s talent as her character undergoes emotional stress and ever growing anger. As Dave, Joel Edgerton carries the suspense of the film; truly uneasily arresting and difficult to read, completely consumed by anxiety and paranoia.

“Wish You Were Here” is a dramatic mystery, full of suspense. Whilst it would not be the film to watch to lift your spirits after a bad day or probably not the best movie to watch directly before heading on an overseas trip; it is a captivating thriller and definitely one of the best Australian films I have seen in a very long time.  I would give the film a solid 8 and a half stars, definitely a film I would willingly watch again.

SOUNDWAVE!!!!!

SO THE SOUNDWAVE MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP FOR 2013 HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED!!!! (AND YESS CAPS ARE MOST DEFINITELY NECESSARY)
IT IS QUITE ACTUALLY AMAZING!!!! LIKE LEGIT!!!!

FEATURING SOME OF MY ULTIMATE FAVOURITE BANDS INCLUDING: BLINK 182, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, ALL TIME LOW, PIERCE THE VEIL, PARAMORE, STONE SOUR, OF MICE AND MEN, THE OFFSPRING AND A WHOLE HEAP MORE WITH MORE STILL TOO BE ANNOUNCED! THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD MAKE IT MORE PERFECT IS IF MAYDAY PARADE HAPPEN TO BE ADDED TO THIS LIST, ALL THE SAME SOO EXCITED TO THE POINT  THAT I THINK  THE TERM “SO EXCITED” IS ACTUALLY QUITE AN UNDERSTATEMENT!

NOW ALL THATS LEFT TO DO IS GET TICKETS AND WAIT TILL MARCH 1ST NEXT YEAR!!

CHECK IT ALL OUT AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
http://www.soundwavefestival.com/