what you see ain’t what you get

I suppose many of us don't even pay attention at the differences between the package illustrations and its contents.

but these guys are. a project where they photographed 100 prepared food items as depicted in their packaging next to the real life versions.  here's a few:

see more at the projekt1 site.  site is in German but is pretty easy to navigate: just click on a thumbnail and go back and forth from there.

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on this, the fifth anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq

I have to wonder. what kind of cosmic joke made it so that four American soldiers died yesterday as a result of a roadside bomb?  'tis way too neat that we now have 4,000 dead on our side – not counting "contractors" or those soldiers who died of their injuries outside Iraqi soil. not counting the hundred(s) of thousands iraqis that have lost their lives, their families, and their country.

the March 31 issue of The Nation has coverage of the occasion, including some pieces on how the war in Iraq has affected – maybe caused – the economic recession we are enjoying right now. if you can, grab a copy at your library; or read them at the The Nation website, from where I got this graphic (click thrice to embiggen)

I am very impressed by the work and thoughtfulness that went into this graphic:   /golf clap.

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as spring begins others come to an end

as some of you may know my dad was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer last spring. he went through an arduous stint of chemotherapy and went in remission. we had hope for a few years reprieve, but sadly, it only lasted a few months:  the cancer returned over the fall, invading the liver alongside the colon.

we talked, we knew.  this morning my sister called, said dad had asked each of us to call to say goodbye. when I did, I could barely understand him… he's slipping away. the last thing I heard was "don't call me anymore".

it has been a long day. I've been sitting at the computer reading mail, listening to music, and for the first time all day, I began to cry when this song came on:

Sarah V's interpretation is giving me chills – I've been playing it over and over – especially the end.

goodnight dad. and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

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happy 50th birthday, [sign known as peace sign also known as peace symbol]

if you believe [skapsakaps] has lost its power over the last half-century, gaze over this:


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