Sat, Nov 29th - 11:19AM
Thu, Nov 27th - 7:12PM
Canadian Public Works
Do you think Canada needs more public works projects to stimulate the Canadian economy?
Read Creating Jobs in Canada and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell Stephen Harper you think Canada needs more public works projects.
Thu, Nov 27th - 11:36AM
WebRing Design Part II : Newly Acquired Webrings
LGN recently acquired some nice webrings on the auctions and we'd like to share our results as part of our webring design series. See our webring auction advice and our WebRing Design Part I.
Amongst our new finds are:
As you can see we've taken a minimalist (less is more) approach to these webrings and their look.
We believe that too much "stuff", like search bars, weigh down webrings and tend to make them look ugly. Search bars in particular should be OPTIONAL and not automatically part of the navigation code (as they currently are).
Popular webrings aren't just well run, they tend to be attractive and good looking too. That is part of the problem with quite a few webring navigation codes: They're just plain ugly.
When browsing a website (or designing your own) the last thing you want is an ugly webring messing up the design.
NEXT TIME: USING IMAGE MAPS TO CREATE A MORE INTERESTING WEBRING NAVIGATION CODE.
Sun, Nov 23rd - 6:11PM
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor
human race seems to be going through a rough patch right. I mean look
at the issues... terrorism, climate change, oil and water shortages,
food prices skyrocketing, wars in the Middle East and Africa,
collapsing stock markets, the American automotive industry falling
apart at the seems and a global recession. Gee, how stressful can it
We look to our leaders like George W. Bush, Stephen Harper
and the newly elected Barack Obama and we would hope they have the
solutions for these problems, or at very least know people who can come
up with solutions and delegate the problem solving appropriately. When
they fail or turn out to be incompetent we get more stressed and bitter
about the status quo because it feels like we gave these leaders a
chance and instead they squandered it. Stress, frustration and outright
anger compound the issue.
And I am not just talking about adults
stressing about these things. I have seen teenagers and kids panicking
about the issues too. Unless you're the type of person who doesn't care
about the issues I guess you don't care. Some people care more about
who wins American Idol, who's dating who and what to wear on a Friday
And who can blame them? Who wants to worry about the fate
of the planet 24/7? Worrying about these things all the time would
drive a person crazy.
I also wonder if it would give most people an ulcer. I even went and checked some statistics. In the United States
ulcer rates have gone up 27% between 1999 and 2006 according to the US
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. But that can be misleading
because ulcers are not stress induced. Ulcers are more closely tied to
bacteria infections, diabetes and obesity.
Stress just lowers the immune system, and thus stressed out people are
more likely to get sick from common colds and a variety of ailments.
the best solution is to relax. Have a spa day, go read a book or see a
movie, maybe the new James Bond movie... oh wait, that has an environmental theme. The Day the Earth Stood Still?
No wait, that has a war/terrorism theme. A lot of movies these days
have something to say about the issues. How you relax will really come
down to personal preference.
You can't help save the world if you're stressed out too much.
PS. I give Quantum of Solace 4.5 stars out of 5. And the old 1951 version of The Day the Earth Stood Still is also worth seeing.
Stephen Harper: Biography & Quotes
A Quick Primer for Old School Gaming
Water: A Human Right
Religion & Philosophy
The Philosophy of Atheism
Sat, Nov 22nd - 1:45PM
Canadian Tory Scandals
Fri, Nov 21st - 4:01PM
Gothic Personals for Gothic Canadians
Thu, Nov 20th - 11:56PM
American economy going down the drain...
Tue, Nov 18th - 2:00PM
Statistics and Reliability
We at the Lilith Gallery Network LOVE statisitcs. If there's a topic we're writing about we like to go a good decent reliable source... like say the CIA World Factbook... or National Geographic or Statistics Canada, depending on what the topic is.
We're certainly not going to go to say... the Catholic Church, and use their statistics for how many followers they have because we know the numbers they claim will be inflated. The Catholic Church has a tendency to include people of competing religions like Protestanism, Lutheranism and even Judaism... so you really can't trust the numbers they give. Wikipedia isn't very accurate either, because we all know those numbers can be easily modified by any kid with a keyboard.
Religion is always a hot topic... so when we looked around for a reliable source on what was populations of different religions we ended up picking the National Geographic's "Geography of Religion" to come up with the following statistics (dated 2000):
The CIA World Factbook has similar stats (dated 2007), but doesn't track Chinese-Traditional:
Note: That doesn't mean Christianity grew 0.55% in 7 years, its just from a different statistical source.
What we do find interesting however is how these numbers change over time. National Geographic has been tracking world religions since before 1900:
In 1900, Believers by Percentage:
And what you realize is two things: Islam has almost doubled in size in 100 years and nonbelievers/atheists, while technically not a religion, is the fastest growing belief structure.
If we were to use these statistics and growth rates to guess what the future holds, it suggests there will be 3 major sets of believers by 2100: Judeo-Christians, Muslims and Nonbelievers.
If you also take into account there was 115 different wars (including civil wars) between 1900 and 1999, that doesn't bode well for a peaceful 21st century. We've already had 9 wars between 2000 and 2008, and two of them could best be described as confrontations between Western Christianity and Middle Eastern Islam.
So while having accurate statistics is important the thing to remember
is that they're really just a guideline and comparing those current
statistics to more historical stats helps to put things in context.
That lends to the idea that the two major religions will be fighting between themselves for years to come while atheists/nonbelievers and other religions stand by the sidelines aghast at the horror of it all.
Afterall, what will the world come to when Christians and Muslims start going to war, arguing over something as silly as numbers, oil prices, the minor differences between the Bible and Quran and whether Jesus was the messiah or just a prophet?
"With or without
religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people
doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes
religion." - Steven Weinberg, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Mon, Nov 17th - 11:44PM
Atheist Cartoons and Videos
Sat, Nov 15th - 7:25PM
Botox = Scary
Fri, Nov 14th - 10:34AM
We applaud WebRing for finally auctioning off all the abandoned webrings in the system and we've categorized them a bit.
#1. Far too many of the webrings have only 2 to 5 sites in them.
Ask yourself, which is better: 20 webrings with 3 sites in each of them, or 1 webring with 60 sites? This basically comes down to the idea of Less is More. There are literally hundreds of small webrings in WebRing which are divided into their various categories that have less than 5 sites in the webring. Not a lot of selection for someone browsing them and certainly not an incentive for people to join them.
Which explains why they were abandoned in the first place. The owners realized it takes a lot of work to grow and build a webring, and that they either didn't have the time or interest in making the effort.
What is needed therefore is to amalgamate a lot of the small webrings with the same topic (WebRing has been known to do this). Otherwise its not really worth bidding on a webring with only 2 sites in it.
#2. Webrings with 6 to 29 sites, more worthwhile.
These webrings are better for bidding on, but they are more scarce. Pay attention to the number, the activity point price and you should actually visit the webring so you know what you are bidding on. You should be able to spot these ones because they will typically have a more generic name (webrings with long winded names tend to only have a few sites in them).
#3. Webrings with 30+ sites in them = Hot Tickets
The large webrings are the ones that are worth bidding on and we imagine they will be snapped up quickly. The larger the webring, the more people will be bidding on them.
Undoubtedly there will be some serious competition and bidding for the webrings with 100+ sites in them.
Fixing It Up
Once you do get the webring(s) you bidded on and won, we recommend fixing up the navigation code so it looks better, suspending any sites that have a failing navigation code and cleaning up the look, description, the logos and maybe even the title of the webring(s) [a poor title tends to discourage people from joining]. Once that is all done you could Google the topic of the webring and maybe invite some other people to join it.
We've noticed recently that they logo upload tool seems to be broken and WebRing should look into fixing that.
Thu, Nov 13th - 8:32PM
Art, Politics and New Planets
Wed, Nov 12th - 3:32PM
Tue, Nov 11th - 8:48AM
Sun, Nov 9th - 4:44PM
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor
We are dedicating this issue to George W. Bush, the outgoing president of the United States of America.
Bush, the staff at the Lilith eZine (and indeed many people around the
world) have made fun of you for 8 years or more now. Your quotes and
antics are, to say the least, amusing. We may not approve of the stupid
things you do, and we question your level of intelligence, but we've
managed to deal with your mistakes and inadequacies during a troubling
time in the world's history.
Some of us would like to blame you
with the world's problems. We could saddle you with problems like
global warming, climate change, terrorism and war, but that would not
be fair. You didn't create the war, or the terrorism or environmental
problems. You didn't create the credit crisis facing the United States either, or the corporate crime. There is a convincing argument for blaming you for high oil prices, but we cannot make you solely responsible.
much as we hate your guts, you are just one person of many who deserve
the blame for a variety of problems. We humans created these problems
with our greed, our laziness and our unwillingness to change. It is
mankind that will be punished for our mistakes, not you. You had the
opportunity to change things for the better, but you wasted it just
like the rest of us regularly do. C'est la vie.
That said, there is also the issue of your alleged war crimes,
torture, imprisonment. You could be held responsible for those actions,
and we won't have much sympathy for you in that situation. Barack Obama
will no doubt be faced with the prospect of giving you a presidential
pardon, but that will not protect you from the International Criminal
Court should they decide to arrest and charge you.
taking bets as to when someone will attempt to assassinate you Mr.
Bush. Somehow, it seems highly plausible that someone out there is
feeling trigger happy. Will we shed tears should it happen? Maybe, but
they will be tears of joy. Your controversial methods are not
My colleagues and I have created a
comprehensive biography of George W. Bush's life and his time in
office. We think it is a fitting end to Bush's career in politics. What
will he do next?
If his father's post-presidential career is any
sign George W. will be serving on the board of directors for the
Carlyle Group and helping the Saudi Royal Family with their
investments. Considering the price of oil quadrupled during Bush's time
in office that seems like a fair bet. The Saudis must be rolling in
cash by now.
With any luck Barack Obama will be able to fix the
mess Bush left us with and finally catch Osama bin Laden. Bush couldn't
even get that one right, could he? Oh well, he's only human.
You Know You're A Canadian When...
Seven Environmental Problems That Are Worse Than We Thought
George W. Bush
GEORGE W. BUSH TABLE OF CONTENTS
Family & Personal Life
Dodging the Vietnam War
Governor of Texas
The Republican Primaries
The Bush Administration
The Anti-Bush Movement
Alleged War Crimes
Indian Ocean Tsunami
Stock Market Collapse & Recession
Sat, Nov 8th - 9:16AM
Gun Control and Shootings
Fri, Nov 7th - 1:44PM
Poverty and American Abortion Rates
Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists
Fri, Nov 7th - 12:46PM
Weddings Vows, Massage Spas and General Motors Bankruptcy
Is it unfair to force men to write their own Weddings Vows? We think it is. Especially if they have glossophobia (the fear of public speaking), just like 75% of the adult population.
Never had a massage? Check out some Spa and Masseuse Do's and Don'ts.
Lastly, are you worried about the US economy? You should be. General Motors says its may go bankrupt and Ford is also suffering huge job losses.
Thu, Nov 6th - 7:25PM
What is happening to the baby boys?
Less boys are being born, and those that are born are having more birth defects.
85% of sperm is now abnormal and males are growing up with smaller
penises, more genital birth defects, and testosterone levels so low its
equal to females.
Low fertility is now effecting many young couples and its becoming an epidemic.
Less males are being born in industrialized countries. Even less male animals are being born.
Wed, Nov 5th - 11:25AM
Ever feel like you've been discriminated against just because you're more sexually active? Its an unfair double standard that women are called sluts just because they act like a man.
"We are even beginning to reclaim
sexist insults; the feminist punk bands of the 90s, collectively known
as the Riot Grrrls, challenged traditional interpretations of the word
‘slut’ when they wrote it on their own bodies, and pop icons like
Courtney Love and Madonna deliberately sexualise themselves to play
with and subvert society’s virgin/whore complex." - Natasha Forrest.
"Our world developed as a patriarchy
and, as such, women were relegated to the realm of sex objects, a fact
which has disadvantaged our sex for millenia and continues to do so." - Natasha Forrest.
[T]he general idea that objectification
of women = bad is a given in much feminist discussion. What some of
these feminists fail to acknowledge is that self-objectification is an
integral part of female heterosexuality. Whether it be shopping for
underwear or dancing at a club, most of us get a thrill at the thought
of being desired by men." - Natasha Forrest.
Tue, Nov 4th - 10:00PM
A Great Day for Democracy: Obama Wins
Tue, Nov 4th - 12:49PM
WebRing Design Part I: Navigation Codes
When designing your webring you should ALWAYS pay attention to what the webring actually looks like on the page.
When managing your webring click on "Navigation Code" under Customization, then scroll down to the line that says
"Advanced users may wish to directly edit the navigation code. Do so here." Click the here and it will take you to an area where you can muck around with the code and experiment with new designs. If you end up not liking the design, click cancel and don't worry about. You can also use this page to revert the code to the default version.
We recommend following these principles:
1. Less is more. A smaller webring can be more beneficial than a huge gaudy one, easier to fit on a website and it just plain looks nice and convenient.
2. If you decide to use an image or logo, don't make it too big. It will annoy your webring members otherwise. Smaller is better, but make sure the image is something people can tell what it is. Try to make the image something positive to look at.
3. Don't forget to use some colour. Choose colours that will match colour schemes easily and that the text will show up in comparison to the background. You can even make the background transparent, but then you have to be careful to pick a font colour like grey that will show up on almost any background.
4. You don't have to keep the WebRing search bar. Thats more of a necessity for really BIG webrings. Don't keep it if your webring is relatively small.
Interesting point: We (the Lilith Gallery Network) were the first people to put search bars in some of our bigger webrings and lo and behold WebRing loved the idea so much they went and added it to ALL webrings. The very first webring with a search bar is below:
Tue, Nov 4th - 9:00AM
Thomas Jefferson & Refreshing the White House
POLITICS - The following is a quote by Thomas Jefferson:
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
The concept here is simple. If one political party has been in power for too long then it is time for change. There's a reason why the United States only allows each president a maximum of 8 years. It is to prevent them from becoming a tyrant.
It is a citizen's duty and responsibility that if one political party has been in power too long then it is time to vote for the other party.
America doesn't just need change, it needs a little rebellion.
Mon, Nov 3rd - 8:34PM
Sun, Nov 2nd - 12:33PM
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor
In two days Americans vote on the future of the world.
That is just how powerful the United States presidency is. Regardless of the advances of China's
economy, the USA still has the most influential economy and the current
economic slowdown in America is effecting markets around the world.
Americans have to make a choice: Do they want change or more of the
same. If they do vote for change it will send a fundamental message to
the world that America is turning a new page in its history books, that
the Bush era is coming to an end and the philosophy of "attack first,
ask questions later" will be over.
That isn't to say Barack Obama won't lead America into war. This is
the United States we're talking about. They average a major military
engagement every 4 years. Every president since the birth of the United
States has been involved in some kind of military incursion. What will
change is the reasoning behind how Americans go to war, if and when
they go to war.
When the United States went into Afghanistan it made sense to remove the Taliban from power and hunt down Al-Qaeda members. But when the Bush Administration went into Iraq
it was based on phony charges of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Behind
that the belief that Iraq would somehow be better off without Saddam
Hussein, who had brutally stamped out religious violence between the
Sunni and Shia sects. With Hussein's authority gone and the USA's
authority tarnished that violence has returned.
What will also change is the idea that America's economy can just
rumble on without regulation or supervision. Bush has been so focused
on his war on terrorism
that he has virtually ignored the failing American economy, an economy
that is like a central cog to the world economy and when it slows down
the whole world slows down. Bush's approach to economics has been to do
nothing. Just let the market regulate itself.
And so it has, with disastrous results. Banks gave out too many
sub-prime mortgages, the economy faltered, houses lost their value,
people defaulted on the mortgages and the banks ended up owning
properties they couldn't sell because the housing market had collapsed.
So now the banks own a lot of land they paid too much for and don't
have the money to pay for other investment opportunities. Hence the
current credit crisis.
A president who had paid attention to the economy could have
spotted the warning signs and pushed for changes to the
banking/mortgage industry, could have stimulated and boosted the
economy and staved off a housing market collapse.
So the question for Americans on Tuesday is: Who do you think will
keep a watchful eye on the economy? John McCain or Barack Obama? The
world awaits your answer.
Editor of the Lilith eZine
The Art History Archive
The Fashion eZine
The Feminist eZine
The Beauty Myth
The Health eZine
American Obesity Rates
The Politics eZine
Malcolm X Speeches - December 1962
Malcolm X Speeches - June 1963
Malcolm X Speeches - December 4th 1963
Malcolm X Speeches - February 14th 1965
Sat, Nov 1st - 9:16AM
Beauty and Fashion
The Beauty Myth
American Obesity Rates