Nov 30, 2010

Baby, I'm back.

Nov 4, 2010

Are you in debt?

Before you go thinking that this is another whinge about my student loan, it's not. I've been feeling less than energetic over the past few days and decided to do some research on 'sleep debt'. Apparently if you sleep less than 8 hours in one night, you will start to accumulate 'sleep debt' which will continue to have an effect on you until you pay back your debt by sleeping for longer than 8 hours in a night, but you can only pay back 1-2 hours at a time. One website I was on said that you can be in debt by a maximum of up to 20 hours and an all-nighter can quickly put you in debt of 8 hours.

For me, an all-nighter is just about every Saturday night and there's no way that I sleep for 9+ hours during the week to pay back my sleepless weekend. This must mean that I am perpetually in debt when it comes to sleep.

To me, the science behind this is a bit odd, because I know for a fact that the most restful sleep occurs during REM, and sleeping for longer doesn't necessarily increase the amount of REM you experience - for example, look up polyphasic sleeping. As for sleeping longer to pay off sleep debt, I've personally found that I feel more tired after oversleeping.

What do you think?

Nov 3, 2010

Oh the irony! Marion Cotillard's new boobs.

Looks like Hollywood has already started to rub off on French actress, Marion Cotillard, who's been recently been spotted looking a cup size or two larger.

A bit ironic considering that she recently featured in a Funny or Die skit about wearing fake boobs on your forehead to attract men's attention to your face rather than your chest.

Before anyone here thinks I'm considering breast implants - I'm not. I've been a C since the age of 14 and wouldn't want to go any larger or smaller. I'm just interested in what drives women to the point of stuffing their chests with crap to make their boobs look bigger.

Nov 2, 2010

Goddamn HECS Debt

So the Australian Government has this system called HECS, under which the Government pays 'part or all' (though very rarely 'all') of your University fees to your University. Once your income reaches the Australian Taxation Office's minimum threshold, you are required to start repaying your student loan.

Australian University students currently owe well over $10 billion under the HECS loan scheme, with the average student being in debt of around $12,000 to $14,000. Apparently one third of these students will not end up paying back their HECS debt in their lifetime.

I'm currently working at paying off a student loan for my Arts / Law degree of some $36,000. According to the Government, you don't pay interest on the loan, which is partially bullshit because they increase the student loan by CPI (inflation) each year. Yes, the Government does subsidise some of your University fees through this student loan scheme, but the amount is bugger all for many degrees. For example, Law students get less than 20% subsidy, while Medicine students get around 70%.

Apparently there were talks about allowing students to reduce their HECS debt by $10 for every hour of recognised community service work they do. Oh well, I guess picking beer cans off a beach somewhere for 10 bucks an hour beats slaving my arse off working under a sleazy barrister on a similar hourly rate of pay to repay my goddamn student loan. End rant.

Nov 1, 2010

My laser eye surgery dilemma.

When I was around 13 or 14 years old, my optometrist, for whatever reason, prescribed me glasses for my -0.5, -0.75 eyes. They were cute little acetate frames that gave off a geeky vibe. As the die-hard indie rocker that I was at the time, I loved them because they made me look hip and alternative. In my later teenage years I found myself participating in more and more activities which didn't particularly favour spectacle wearers, including swimming, hockey and volleyball. Nowadays I barely find myself wearing my expensive designer frames, even though guys often tell me that I look sexier in specs. Ugh, fetishists.

Now onto my laser eye surgery dilemma. My prescription is still more or less the same as it was when I was 14 years old. While I can see and drive just fine without glasses, the fact that I am not seeing the world in the clarity that I should be annoys me. Over the past few weeks I have been shopping around LASIK surgeons. It will cost me anywhere between $1,000 to $1,500 Australian dollars per eye. They assured me that the risks with LASIK are minimal, but I will experience dryness for quite some time afterwards. So what do you think? Is it worth the risk and temporary discomfort or should I continue putting up with seeing the world through a slightly vaseline-smeared lens?

Minecraft Halloween Costumes

Some evil genius thought it would be a good idea to dress up as Minecraft characters for Halloween. The result? Epic win.