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My kind of serendipity – from cleavage to nipples

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My recent post about Bettie Paige, the apparent first bikini babe in the US of A, has gotten more viewership during the last week or so than Napoleon and his Industrial Warfare Principle. So maybe I can push this change along by posting about “nipple exposure”. Here’s how Time Magazine describes the latest prohibitions re nipple exposure.

On the one hand there is Jean Vanier reminding us that caring for the most vulnerable among us draws us together better than booze or sex. But in the good old US of A people like Barb Walters are “uncomfortable” when an actively nursing mother sits next to her!!!!!!!!!

Maybe higher order vulnerability is good, except when the rules of prurience are offended!

Which ever way you look at it, or not, there are many worse things than nipple exposure, specially nipples being used for feeding. And isn’t it a fact that the Nature Programs on TV abound with nursing scenes that we all go googoo over!

If it quacks like hypocrisy and sounds like it then it must be HYPOCRISY!

BTW here is the most complete record about Bettie Page I could find on the ‘Net.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/31 at 08:06

There is no cultural abberation more puzzling to me than

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Oscar Wilde in his favourite coat. New York.

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all the TV and celebrity fuss about J. Aniston. Too me she is ordinary looking, ordinary acting and just a crashing all around bore. The photo spread in this NY Times piece brings out for me the whole trivial ordinariness of this “megastar”. Enough Jenny stuff, already!

Photo enhancement and touchups, muted tones, et al and the result is ORDINARY Jane, for my taste.


I was amused to read this comment about Jen A in the Daily Beast this morning:


I’ve never gotten the appeal personally. She was my least favorite character on Friends. She always annoyed me with how self-absorbed she was. (And Ross was right — they WERE on a break!) And she’s entirely “constructed” (i.e. if you like how she looks, credit her doctors). So I guess if you like a plastic surgery junkie self-absorbed “America’s sweetheart” she’s got you covered…

Well I never watched Friends and never felt that I missed anything. But I have seen one Jen A movie, something about “good girl” or something about a young married woman living a drab existence. But IMHO Civitas tags Jen A very well above. And I’m not surprised about the cosmetic surgery aside. A typical American blonde of indeterminate age suffering from advanced self-absorption symptoms!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/23 at 05:44

Book Forum: Part blog and part portal

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Surfing Arts & Letters Daily – I found a link to A year ago or so I had subscribed to Book Forum, the monthly hard copy. At the time I found some of the articles/essays about books and culture interesting but a bit far out for my own taste.

However I found something new today about It’s become a blog about lit/cult events and a portal to some other interesting sites including

At that site I clicked into a discussion about the “Future of the Book” which went far beyond ebook readers like Kindle. Bob Stein the main discusser is an adept user of some interesting tools offered by “Sophie is software for writing and reading rich media documents in a networked environment.”

I will explore sophie since I would love to see my blog offer a richer media experience.

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