From The Doubleclicks:
It is snarky and silly and fun.
I love you, even though you’re a commenter from hell
the predictable way you don’t know how to spell
and you’re hateful
like you don’t understand, other people have feelings
I feel like you don’t even know
if you don’t enjoy a youtube video
you can stop it. you don’t have to watch it.
your ignorance is just amazing.
it seems like you’ve never heard
that if media doesn’t speak your words
you can make something new, express your view
it’s a delight how you’re so darn LAZY
the internet makes you feel so empowered
you almost forget you’re a stupid coward
Full lyrics & download at thedoubleclicks.bandcamp.com.
You know that stage of being sick where you feel fine, really, as long as you don’t actually try to DO a anything?
Tonight I tried to make pumpkin bread & forgot to put the pumpkin in. So it’s spice bread.
Anyway. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t try to drive or go to work today.
The company I’ve worked at for the last three years has parties for Halloween & trick-or-treating in the office. I’ve sometimes felt strange, in past years, to be the fat lady handing out candy. (No cultural baggage there…!)
This is the second company I’ve worked at to do the full-on trick-or-treating. Some years at the old company I stamped kids’ hands with bats and cats, but I gave my rubber stamps away in an uncluttering binge. So I stopped by the party store on the way home Tuesday.
I’m giving out small toys this year. It’ll be different, and the kids might like the variety. Besides, leftover kazoos might be fun.
You may have seen this poor as folk post on why poor people might not eat healthy. There’s also a great post on why “healthy food vs junk food” infographics are inaccurate, misleading lies.
From Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor at the the Health At Every Size® Blog:
“Obesity-related” disease actually tracks your social status more than what size clothing you wear. In developed nations, data show, members of stigmatized groups, including those who are economically disadvantaged and people of color, are the most common victims of illnesses typically grouped under the “metabolic” umbrella. [...] With social status comes control over one’s circumstances – success at work, fostering loved ones’ well-being, being able to plan for the future, or even next week. The absence of those, no matter how punctilious our lifestyle habits, stresses our systems in disease-promoting ways. In contrast, being able to exert an influence over what matters to us is health-promoting.
And astronaut Karen Nyberg created a stuffed dinosaur in space.
I think I discovered Absolutely Fabulous at the right time for me – I was on my own and trying to disconnect from family dysfunction. The stone-faced Saffron politely telling her mother off became one of my icons of rationality.
Well, why is today such a panic, anyway? It’s only a fashion show, and you’ve had six months to prepare it.[...] Greater feats have been achieved in less time and with less fuss. — Fashion
Tonight on YouTube I found the original French & Saunders sketch that the show was based on. Two things in particular caused me to pause and re-play to get written:
Mother: “I think you’d be a lot happier if you shed a few stone.”
Daughter: “No, YOU’d be a lot happier.”
And, again from the daughter:
Mom. Would you please stop swearing? It’s not clever, it’s not funny, and nobody’s in the slightest bit impressed.
….I’m tempted to use that on some coworkers. ;)
“A Talk With George” is a song by Jonathan Coulton about the journalist George Plimpton. Plimpton was known for writing about what it’s like for a “layman” to take on a pro boxer or go out for the NFL. He also co-founded The Paris Review. The song starts out with “what if George Plimpton wanted to give you some advice about life?” (Although of course some of it is probably “Jonathan Coulton giving advice about life.”) An example:
So enjoy yourself, do the things that matter
Cause there isn’t time and space to do it all
Love the things you try, drink a cocktail, wear a tie
Show a little grace if you should fall
Now, parts of it are preposterous. Even if Hemingway were still alive, the chances of just hanging out a lot with Hemingway would be pretty slim for most of us. That’s how I think of the first part of the song — it sets the stage. And then comes this verse:
Be ringside at the Rumble in the Jungle
Make friends with Hunter S. and Jackie O.
And when they shoot poor Bobby down, you wrestle Sirhan to the ground
Love your friends and miss them when they go
That’s the 5th verse of this 9-verse song, and it earns its place in the middle for the line “Love your friends and miss them when they go”. What else is there, really?
The free download is on Coulton’s website.
17) It’s the 17th week of 2013. I think.
12) I’ve been married 12 years.
11) My car (which currently isn’t starting) is 11 years old. Probably needs a new battery.
8) I’ve interviewed eight potential coworkers recently.
5) Five loads of laundry today. This is not counting the mattress cover and comforter, which went in the dryer on high to kill dust mites.
3) I worked late 3 nights last week. (Planning not to do that this week.)
2) Two electrostatic air filters washed.
1) Sounders won their game 1-0.
What’s notable with you today?
OK, let’s talk about some fun stuff. @52stations tweeted this link:
I also think today’s a day for Matt:
Anything you want to share?
Just for grins, I looked at which search terms have been most popular so far this year.
And so far?
Variations on the blog name: “living 400 lbs”, “living 400″, etc.
Variations on the blog topic: “400 lbs”, “400 pounds”, “super obese”.
Variations on Ina Garten’s weight: “ina garten weight”, “ina garten weigh loss”, “ina garten weigh loss 2012″, etc.
Apparently people are curious, or apparently I’m weird for mentioning it. At least it’s mostly leading to this post and not speculation.
Another popular one that gets on my nerves is “what to do when your sore”. Can we just be clear that it should be “what to do when you’re sore” or “what to do when you are sore”? Please? :)
Specifically some dance music from some of the new-to-me performers at Norwescon!
From local jpop artist Rai Kamishiro’s new album is “Doki Doki Feelings“
Lyrics are on bandcamp.
Chiptune artist Jonny Nero Action Hero. Here’s his Doctor Who song “Exterminate“:
Lyrics are on bandcamp.
And from nerdcore artist Klopfenpop comes “Don’t Panic“:
Lyrics are on bandcamp.
On if the things that WordPress includes in its blog statistics page is “referrers”, aka, links people have followed to my page. Some are perennials, such as search engines and other fat blogs.
Recently one was to a forum I didn’t recognize. Curious, I followed it to a discussion of fat and health, where I was cited as being in my “late forties”.
Me: “LATE forties? 46 is LATE forties? Sure, I’m over 40, but … 46!! Not 49!!”
Anyway. I’ll be over here waiting for the AARP welcome packet with my hair dye & Daria DVDs.
Lyrics are here; to quote the author, this is “[t]old from the point of view of a project manager at a certain little company in San Rafael, CA, sometime in the mid-1990′s…”
This gave me a smile :) What’s been a reason for you to smile lately?
My favorite thing about being an adult — about having a nice home to live in and an amazing-and-wonderful-and-often-super-difficult job and a loving/working marriage and debt that I pay on time — is that I get to self-determine what my grown-up life looks like. Being able to choose to do (and yes, even to buy) silly shit without remorse or self-recrimination is my greatest reward for being a grown up; being able to trust that it’s okay to like the things I like and to not worry about whether they’re appropriate or acceptable is one of the best feelings in the world.
— Lesley Kinzel at XOJane
“Now that you’re an adult, take refuge in the fact that some things are beyond your control. You owe it to yourself to steer clear of people who are harmful to your health.”
― Andrea Lavinthal, Your So-Called Life: A Guide to Boys, Body Issues, and Other Big-Girl Drama You Thought You Would Have Figured Out by Now
“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”
― Dr. Seuss
The most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory is a perfect example of what I hate and love about the show.
Sheldon’s “talking to” Alex? Terrible. Not just terrible in what was said (which it was) but also out of character. Sheldon isn’t good at reading emotions or dating, but he isn’t cruel. Sheldon not asking his “Council of Ladies” what to say to Alex? After he’d asked what to do? Sheldon is nothing if not thorough; if he’d asked for help he’d have wanted a clear answer.
And yet, Leonard telling Penny: ”Are you feeling insecure? Because that’s my thing and if you take that away I don’t know what I’m bringing to this relationship.” That’s amazing. Leonard is reassuring Penny, while also acknowledging that he has been insecure himself.
And the glasses? Hubba hubba.
First I like that Penny flat-out ADMITS she finds science boring. But she is smart. She’s also an actress, so she does a little acting. And Leonard’s reaction is sweet. ;)
[Note: These clips do not include fat jokes, but the show does have some. Please do not start watching the show if this will be a dealbreaker for you.]