Q: If a group of syrup bottles decided to start a punk rock band, who would play bass?
A: Sid Viscious
So I randomly made up a theory the other day. See, I’m curious if there’s any significant gender differences in abilities involving hand-eye coordination, specifically with tasks involving aim. What I’m getting at here is the fact that males practice their hand-eye coordination every time they take a leak, whereas females don’t have the necessary appendages to get that practice in. I mean, that’s multiple times a day, every day, that a male is getting in practice here. It’s gotta have some effect, right?
So I figure that’s why I, in general, suck at first person shooters. However, as a female, I get plenty of practice sitting on my butt. This is why I am excellent at Civilization.
I can’t help but feel that much of the discussion on anorexia that takes place online is a bit of a waste. I got distracted and ended up reading this article on Newsweek about anorexia, particularly as it pertains to online groups, on facebook. And it’s like, I read about how pro-ana groups are promoting weight loss of wacky proportions, and I can’t really see how it’s any different then the ads I encounter pretty much every day online. Just right now to see, I go to my food blog and check the Google ads at the top of the page, and there’s two that talk about losing 12 lbs of fat every two weeks. That’s 6 lbs a week, which is insane considering that 2 lbs a week is the maximum amount that one can lose and still be healthy about it. And I find it weird that anyone could enter into a discussion about online weight loss groups, and the crazy things that they’re encouraging, without examining these ads as well. The article specifically mentions a facebook group that got shut down, along with the account of the group’s founder, because the founder used the group to ‘encourage others to post their pictures online and then harshly detail their “problem areas.’ This reminds me of an ad I saw online just a little while ago, showing someone’s midsection who happened to have a bit of a muffin-top (like, not obese or anything, just a bit of a muffin-top), with the text essentially detailing the problem area. it just seems like layers and layers of imitation to me, whereupon when one get’s labeled ‘anorexia’, it’s bad, but any other circumstance is just people doing whatever it takes to become thin and ‘healthy’.
To me, it seems like anorexia, and, for that matter, obesity, are just symptoms of other circumstances, things that aren’t as glamorous to talk about or as easy to pretend to solve as just shutting down a few websites.
In any case, Google Adsense has an ad review thing they’ve added recently, which I just stumbled up on today, and I’m going to use it to filter out some of the ridiculous weight loss stuff on my site. I don’t like the idea that the ads are gunking up my site, and, as I hate it when I go to recipe websites and see weight loss ads, I don’t want visitors to my site to have to experience that as well.
I’m posting for the sole purpose of testing something out. I’ve visions of doing lj from WordPress, we’ll see how that works out.
In other news, I just can’t seem to get enough dairy.
In even less news, the vague ambivalence of late fall has thus kicked in, and, while I have many things to do, I need to motivate myself better to do them, and remind myself there there’s a good reason for doing them as well. I also need to go hiking again, as it’s about the only physical activity I can still do and not be miserable when it’s cold as death outside. Well, and walking, obviously, but walking’s only gonna get you so much aerobic activity. Speaking of which, I still need to get another set of ankle weights, those babies could be useful in the impending bleakness of winter!