Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Watching Freddy vs. Jason...

...and I found myself inspired to create this look...

Watching Night of the Living Dead...

...and I was inspired to create this look...
I love Halloween!

Happy Halloween, 2012

Good Morning! Halloween is finally here! To be honest, I am finding it hard to believe that Halloween is here. Where has time gone? This year has went by so incredibly fast, I think I should pinch myself.
 My plans? I am going to be doing several faces including my own. This year I wanted to do something more sinister than I have ever done in the past with myself, so I am looking forward to it. My "Fresh Scab by Ben Nye" came in the mail today, so I am stoked to mess with it.
I hope you have a wonderfully warped day filled with sinister spirit trying to communicate from the dead and of course, your day is as fabulous as you are.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Golden Apple Carrot Cupcakes

...with caramel cream cheese frosting made by your's truly. Enjoy!
"When people belittle you, they are only belittling themselves. When a person creates drama and/or problems for you, they are creating them for their self. When people laugh at you, they are only laughing at themselves. When a person bullies, harasses, or intimidates you, they are only doing it to their self. The reality is, no one can define you, but you, so every time a person feels entitled, just remember their words define them, not you" - Sarah Afshar

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Rumors are contributed by liars, spread by haters, and accepted by dummies. Use your head, don't just swallow everything you're fed" - Sarah Afshar

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Update on my oldest dog

As many of you already know, my oldest dog had cancer. She recently had 3 huge masses removed. The vet stapled her area after removing the masses, but failed to do it correctly, as they were coming out days later. I had to take her back to the vet because she developed infections, including an open wound that was acutely infected.

Another vet that works in the practice stitched her, but once again, they did it improperly. They did, give her a cone/funnel so she would refrain from messing with the area (because she was actually messing with it). She was unhappy at first, but she's definitely getting use to it. 

I decided to go ahead and do what I could using the available resources to me and basically she is happier than ever. The infection is gone and she is running around and playing again.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Welcome to Yellowstone National Park 2012

Yellowstone is such a fascinating place. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit, I truly recommend visiting today. You will never see a place like this ever in your lifetime. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Common sense is like makeup. The people who need it the most, never use it" - Sarah Afshar

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hey University of Wisconsin, STOP TESTING ON CATS


There is no excuse for the type of cruelty exposed in the photos seen here.

Please put your resources towards finding effective and kind ways to help people. Stop funding this type of animal cruelty and investigate this case to make sure those responsible are properly held accountable.

You will learn absolutely nothing by torturing an innocent creature. Torture is not science and this type of behavior refutes and emasculates human's natural rights to a modest degree of social harm. This is just unethical and should never be supported as ok. This is also relatively costly and no one wants to spend money supporting this sickening act.
I am disgusted that you have to go to such lengths as to test on a cat and it would be even more disgusting if you own one. How would you like to be experimented on? University of Wisconsin, you are disgusting for supporting this filth. Why test on cats when we have murderers, rapists, pedophiles, and other criminals in prison? On top of that, they (prisoners) are using government money to live a relatively lavish life. Leave the cats alone!
Let’s use our voices for those that cannot.
Please sign the petition. Just click here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why 6÷2(1+2)=1 and NOT 9

Before the actual idea was ever thought of, let alone the actual development of a scientific calculator, the order of operations existed. As a mathematical rule, you must multiply and divide before you add and subtract.

You must also complete what is in parenthesis first before completing the actual problem. This is also known as PEMDAS (or Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction). In junior high, the easiest way to learn the order of operations is to remember "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally".

The above problem is far from any kind of conjecture. In fact, some may consider it "easy" math. I have noticed that many people believe the answer is 9 simply because when they enter this problem into their calculators, shortly after hitting the equal sign, 9 is the answer they get.

Of course, using a calculator doesn't make you think because well, it does the thinking for you. However; add this problem into the calculator, as is will give you the wrong result because this, by default, goes against the Order of Operations.

So, you may ask "Sarah, why is the answer 1 and not 9?" It's simple and here is why...

Looking at the problem you see 6 divided into 2. You, then see a set of parenthesis that includes 1 added into 2.

You want to go ahead and do what is in parenthesis first.

1+2=3 (P)

The result is 3.

There are no exponents.

3x2=6 (M)

Taking 3, you want multiply that by 2. Why? Because the parenthesis outside mean you must multiply. You can't just jump to the 6 because the 6 is controlled by the division sign. If the division sign were not there, then you could go to 6 and the answer would be 9, however; because it is there, it is supported by the division sign. As you know already, part of the "Order of Operations" (or PEMDAS) is Multiplying before Dividing.

6÷6=1 (D)

Lastly, you want to take the result of 3x2 which equals 6 and divide it into the 6 which is controlled by the division sign and as a result, that will give you 1.

There is nothing to add. There is nothing to subtract.

When you enter this problem into a standard scientific calculator, the result is 9. 6÷2=3x3=9. When you attempt to go left to right, with 6 divided into 2 = 3 and then taking 3 x 1+2, you get 9. This is incorrect. Mathematics has a rule. You must follow them. If you don't, then 1 + 1 + 1 must equal 2 instead of 3.

The problem is actually written incorrectly, which can confuse anyone. One thing is certain, however; there is no confusion to what the right answer is.

The answer is 1.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Malala Yousafzai was shot today

After taking an exam in the Swat Valley area of Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot today while riding the bus home. At just 15 years old, this very bright activist's life changed for the worst when a Taliban gunman literally tried to kill her earlier today.

The Taliban gunman allegedly asked "which one of you is Malala? If you don't speak up, I will shoot you all." shortly before striking Yousafzai directly. Using just one shot, I do not believe she died. In fact, I do not think she is dead and I am praying she will not die either. 

I just heard the news about this and literally could not believe it. It is disgusting why they would target this girl; however, it is very clear they see her as a threat to humanity because the Taliban simply do not want women rising in any shape or form. To them, she was a threat to their beliefs. 

And because Yousafzai was a blogger for the BBC shortly before she became a peace prize winner, they had planned to execute her before she could create change in the education system. 

It has been known for years that the Taliban was trying to destroy the girls-only schools. If I am not mistaken, they blew up quite a few in 2009. Yousafzai was the only woman that had the courage to speak out about this. 

And this is why she was shot. This is clearly one of the most inhumane, vile acts of hate to exist. You can disagree with Malala's beliefs, but in the end this young woman would never hurt anyone. What the Taliban is doing to her is completely wrong. 

I am praying for Malala Yousafzai tonight. Please keep her in your prayers. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

My dog is home from the hospital

So, I just got home from work and on my way home, I had to pick up my dog from the vet followed by her prescriptions. When I showed up at the vet, almost immediately, her tail was waggling and she started barking. It is just an amazing feeling to see her in good spirits again. She is living proof that there is no need to euthanize an animal simply because they are suffering and/or in severe pain. Solutions come naturally. My dog survived getting hit by a car and she survived cancer. Thanks to God, miracles always happen and to me, my dog is a real fighter who epitomizes a real miracle.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Amazing news about my dog

She is going to be ok. She pulled through. The vet had to remove not 1, but 3 cancer masses. She seems to be stable. I am so happy words cannot express. Now if only I can get this cell phone case off of my iPhone 5. hahaha!

My thoughts about Piers Morgan's interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I have been receiving several emails from people who read my blogs asking me what my thoughts were about the latest interview Piers Morgan did with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about a week or so ago.

First and foremost, I thought the questions were quite boring, moderately self indulgent, and well, a little banal which left me disappointed. As much as I enjoy Piers Morgan, this interview was definitely not one of my favorites.

I have to admit, I thought that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke relatively prudently despite the fact that I don't agree with several things that he says. He does appear slightly cunning, but who are we to determine such? If anything, he is guilty of being modestly outspoken. I think as a political figure, he seems dramatically ambitious, especially on his emphasis on reform. With that said, I don't understand why people use religion as a weapon to justify an action.

I don't agree with a lot of what Mr. Ahmadinejad says, but I don't see him encouraging the conflict created by distorted international relations. This kind of distortion is created by those that love exaggerating to create afflictions to test allies and prevent political stability. I don't see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a threat. In fact, I think the most threatening individual(s) are those that we don't know. Yes, the "personality" that is evil is one that we will not see until something does happen. There is no connection to what one believes is "obvious" simply because that person's decorum is embellished and tested by media and the status quo masses that follow.

I am proud to be an American, but I truly believe the reality is this; the killing of millions of individuals for the sake of thousands contradicts and undermines human's natural rights to a sizable degree of social harm. It is wrong and should never be supported as ok. I think the only solution to this issue is for allies of the countries to simply stop meddling into political affairs they are not a part of.

Today, my oldest dog is having surgery

It's 5:30 am and I cannot sleep. Today, at 8 am my dog is having surgery. The vet confirmed that she does, in fact, have cancer. She suspected it was cancer, as did I, however; once she took the sample, the cells confirmed so. The vet also said that my dog, despite being 14 years old, has many years left in her.
When she told me this, I found my emotions being lifted almost instantaneously. My dog is truly a force to be reckoned with. Being a survivor after getting hit by a car at the age of just 1 and enduring seizures throughout her life, she still manages to live. I want her to pull through and I think inspite of everything that has happened to her, she's a real fighter.
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.