Thursday, April 1, 2010


This is an article I have wanted to write for a long time about someone who I consider an extremely interesting celebrity, Snoop Dogg (ity Dog). Snoop is a man I have always instinctually liked and after researching his life I have begun to like him even more.

“I keep hearing about mutha f***ing Harry Potter. Who is this mutha****er?”-Snoop Dogg.

Early Life
Snoop (Calvin Broadus) was born October. 20th, 1971 in Long Beach California. His father was a Vietnam veteran, singer and mail carrier who was often absent from his life. He was nicknamed Snoopy as a child because of his resemblance to the cartoon character in Charlie Brown. At a young age he began singing and playing piano in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping. He was convicted for cocaine trafficking in high school and served six months at Wayside Country Jail. His cocaine conviction caused him to be in and out of prison for three years after he graduated highschool. Snoop was also a member of the Rollin' 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach. After his sentence he began recording homemade tapes in a group named after the Long Beach area code, 213. Since then he has released ten solo albums.

Snoop was a quirky self-proclaimed pot head. In 2002 he announced he was giving up marijuana, one of his image trademarks, as seen in his lyrics for songs such as "Drop It Like It's Hot" as well as in his cameo in Dave Chappelle's Half-Baked, for good. Sources suggest that he was not clean for long and the random projects he has been involved with (which are absolutely hilarious) suggest he is either using marijuana or is extremely eccentric. Among his long list of accomplishments the doggfather has released his own GPS system, launched his own pet clothing and toy line, sung the intro and made a cameo in the soap opera One Life to Live, appeared in the television movie It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, became a certified football coach and directed a pornographic film entitled Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle.

Pet Clothing Line
One Life to Live Intro
GPS System on Jimmy Kimmel
Cameo in Half Baked (Bad Quality)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Knifestyles of the Rich & Famous

After World War One, a New Zealand otolaryngologist by the name of Harold Gillies began developing the techniques now used for modern plastic surgery. His intention was to aid and to care for soldiers suffering from severely disfiguring facial injuries. His work was expanded on in World War 2 by his cousin and former student Archibald Mcindoe.

Plastic surgery is no longer a field strictly for philanthropy. Plastic surgery and dermatology are now the most competitive specialties among medical students awaiting acceptance into residency programs. Why? They are among the top paying medical specialties with very flexible hours.

The latest craze as been eyelash implants. The eyelash implant procedure basically is a specialized hair transplant. Hairs follicles are taken from the patients brow and scalp and transplanted into the cells where their eyelashes grow. The problem with eyelash implants however, is that the lashes grow in a similar way the hair from your scalp or brow grows, straight and long. Eyelashes need constant trimming and many testimonials complain that the lashes never look quite right.

This is why many people have begun to use eyedrops manufactured by the company Lumigan or Latisse. Lumigan was originally made to control the progression of glaucoma. In patients using opthalmic prostaglandins it has been anecdotally noted that their lashes have grown long and luscious. On Dec.5th, 2008, the FDA Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drug Advisory Committee voted to approve bimatoprost for the cosmetic use of darkening and lengthening lashes. The product quickly developed a cult following and even actress Brook Shields became a Latisse spokesperson. The product received negative attention when rumors began to fly that the use of Lumigan or Latisse darkened patients' irises. Latisse denied these claims stating that subjects irises did not darken in clinical studies. They did state however that, "patients should be advised about the potential for increased brown iris pigmentation which is likely to be permanent."

Longer, health looking eyelashes with virtually free side effects still remains non-existent. Hopefully they will tweak the Lumigan formula in the next decade. Until then, the closest thing to that remains to lush lashes is eyelash extensions.