Saturday, November 26, 2005
I found this Tourist guide to useful words and phrases in an english-language tourist paper (promoting local attractions, festivals and markets and the like) in Northern Norway this summer.
Usefully, it avoids the obvious - such as "hello", "my name is", "how much is..?" and jumps straight in there with the far more practical words for "earthworm" and "when two people of the same sex dance together".
I failed to find the opportunity to use any of the phrases and even a concerted browing of the personal ads armed with this knowledge failed to throw up any opportunities to arrange prompt meetings with intimidating undernourished gay insect-loving non-european unenthusiastic sailors with tonsure haircuts who travel around in groups of more than 79.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
The theme of the article was that American Doctors were reluctant to diagnose obesity in patients, as they would feel insulted, and either leave (thus costing the doctor $$$) or even worse, sue (more $$$!). Thats funny enough...
Clearly there are more "fat" people out there today (otherwise the article would not be written, however in trying to come up with an explanation (in fact , to come up with an "Its not My Fault! (for eating too much) " explanation) I think the author has somewhat ignored causality:
I woudl argue that an increasingly sedentary lifestyle is a consequence of individuals being fat - not a reason or excuse.
And as for "increased availability of high calorie food" as a legitimate reason - come off it!
Are a whole swathe of society are being ambushed by super-size burgers each night as they answer the door (to take delivery of a Pizza presumably)? Or an epidemic of cheap chinese refrigerators with failing lights are meaning people are accidentally mistaking a full fat 32 ounce Coke (with fried) for a bottle of Evian each and every time they feel thirsty.
Or are food companies simply making more and more high calorie food in order to to feed the insatiable demands of the legions of lardies parading daily across the sidewalks and shopping malls of the USA?? I know which one I believe!
Finally, I can fully accept that some people are genetically predisposed to be "larger". But there are more fat people now than ever before. So unless this is a random mutation caused by previously undetected space rediation, how can this be a reason for the wave of obesity?
Unless it is FAT LOVE becoming more acceptable? More lardies are makin' bacon together, and breeding whole litters of rotund pie-munching piglets?
And if its becoming more acceptable, where is the stigma attached to that - surely this means the stigma of obesity is in decline, not growing?
So, Doctors of America - feel liberated! Tell those pork-barrel patients to rejoice, get as many as you can on your books - and start a dating service in your waiting room !
Society won't wait any more !!
naaah. Freakonomics, thats what this is - not sociology!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
1, This sign had to be put up after some people DID turn up expecting to see this stuff
2, This sign was put up BEFORE anyone asked to see it, just to cover the museaum in case of potential legal action they might have faced from disgruntled idiots
Thursday, November 10, 2005
As it gets cheaper - like all technology - you will eventually (soon) be able to buy a back-garden satellite launching kit built in Korea.
And this combination of shed-based engineering excellence, and spying on your neighbour has a readily identifiable demographic target group who will find it most appealling...
The inevitable outcome is that Bose will start making and selling satellites tailored for the needs and wishes of the Daily-Mail reading non-ironic-tank-top wearing chattering classes of Middle England.
Adverts will appear in Sunday Supplements alongside unmissable offeres for collections of wedgewood plates featuring hand-painted illustrations of "Moustaches of The Leading Spitfire Aces of WW2" and "Elvis's Pet Poodles of the 60's and 70's".
Disputes over leylandii hedges will soon be resolved by laser strikes from orbit blasting the trees out of the ground if they so much as lean slightly in the breeze and cast a shadow over their gps-decided suburban plot boundaries.