“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, January 29, 2010

If you don't like your face, change it!


  1. Bian Lian:

    By the 1920s, opera masters began using layers of masks made of oiled paper or dried pig bladder. Skilled performers could peel off one mask after another in less than a second. Modern-day masters use full-face painted silk masks, which can be worn in layers of as many as twenty-four, and be pulled off one by one.

    This secret has been passed down from one generation to the next within families. In fact only males are permitted to learn Bian Lian. (Wiki)

    Deuce, at my age you don't get to see much that is magical.

    For a few minutes, at least, I was a child again!

    I am in your debt.

  2. My wife just got home a few minutes ago and the first thing I did was show her this video.

    Her response: Bravo! Encore!

  3. Anonymous @ Fri Jan 29, 07:49:00 PM EST.

    That's an interesting link.

  4. Actually, I'm very comfortable in my skin, I don't need to change anything.