Combating Holiday Weight Shame

Dances With Fat

You Forgot Your BullshitThe article “Tell Loved Ones They are Overweight This Christmas” is making the rounds again. I will not be linking to it because I have no interest in driving traffic there. I will say that should my loved ones take this advice the follow up article will be “I Told My Loved One She Is Overweight and She Told Me to Sit Down, Shut Up and Mind My Own Damn Business.”

The article says that in a poll of more than 2,000 people, 42% of 18 to 24-year-olds would not tell a loved one they should lose weight because of a fear they would hurt the other person’s feelings.

According to the article, this suggests that ” too many people shy away from the issue”.  According to me this proves that 42% of 18-24 year olds have common decency and/or realize that it is impossible for a fat person in…

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The Case for Slow Programming

Nature -> Brain -> Technology

My dad used to say, “Slow down, son. You’ll get the job done faster.”

I’ve worked in many high-tech startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now 52, and I program slowly and thoughtfully. I’m kind of like a designer who writes code; this may become apparent as you read on 🙂

Programming slowly was a problem for me when I recently worked on a project with some young coders who believe in making really fast, small iterative changes to the code. At the job, we were encouraged to work in the same codebase, as if it were a big cauldron of soup, and if we all just kept stirring it continuously and vigorously, a fully-formed thing of wonder would emerge.

It didn’t.

Many of these coders believed in thefallacy that all engineers are fungible, and that no one should be responsible for any particular…

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Our Bad Media

In the summer of 2012, just days before a certain columnist was found to have plagiarized from The New Yorker, a staff writer at the prominent magazine itself resigned in the wake of a widespread plagiarism scandal. The journalist, famous for pop-science works that generated scathing reviews, had been using unattributed quotations taken from other people’s interviews. He had copied-and-pasted from his peers. Generally, he had faked his credentials as an original researcher and thinker.

The New Yorker itself had a doozy on its hands. The scandal had tarred the magazine’s famed fact-checking department, despite claims that its procedure was “geared toward print, not the Web.” Editor-in-chief David Remnick was embarrassed. He’d initially kept the writer on board, distinguishing one bout of self-plagiarism from the more serious offense of “appropriating other people’s work.” Now, his magazine was losing a star that had been groomed as “Malcolm Gladwell 2.0.”


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The 5 Emotional Stages Of Updating Your Instagram App

Thought Catalog

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I dunno why, maybe it’s because I’m the laziest bitch on the planet or something, but I hate updating my apps. It feels like I’m being punished or something and for what—some bugs that only nerds noticed are now fixed? Forget it!

Here’s the emotional rollercoaster I, and most likely three or four other people, feel when it’s time to update their Insta:

Stage 1: Instagram won’t open. When I click on it, it will flash for a second, like it’s going to open, but then it’ll bring me back to the home screen. I think I probably have to update it, but I don’t want to check right now. Once I check, then I’ll know for sure that I have to update and I’d rather die than update my apps. I can’t think of anything more boring.

Stage 2: I took a really funny picture from an…

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What Flickr did right

Flickr (stylized as flickr and pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting and video hosting website, and web services suite that was created by ludicorp in 2004 and acquired by yahoo in 2005. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media

Flickr front page

‘Make Flickr awesome again.’ That was the Internet’s message to Marissa Mayer when she was appointed CEO of Yahoo! last year. Last night’s announcement of a new-look Flickr with a new business model was her, and her team’s, response to that claxon. But are the changes all that awesome?



To summarise, ‘New Flickr’ has done away with the divide between ‘Free’ and ‘Pro’ accounts. Before, ‘Free’ membership meant limited image display that was supported by ads. ‘Pro’ accounts cost about $25 a year, enjoyed unlimited storage, provided statistical analysis, and were ad-free. Now, everyone has one terabyte of storage for free and photos are undoubtedly the heart-and-soul of the newly designed site.

The new-look moasic-style photostream

The new-look moasic-style photostream

If you want to enjoy Flickr ad-free and have access to statistics, you need to pay $50 a year. For $500 a year, you can buy a Doublr account and double your storage space.

Understandably, the split between the ‘Wow’ and the ‘Grr’ reactions seems to fall along the divide between ordinary members and ‘Pro’ members. For ordinary members—those who didn’t pay about $25 a year for unlimited uploads, statistical analysis, and no ads—it’s a win. One terabyte of storage for free, full-resolution display, and some of the organisational tools that were previously the preserve of ‘Pro’ members: what’s to complain about?

There are two primary complaints that Flickr needs to solve, and quickly. The first is the treatment of its old ‘Pro’ members. I paid for Pro membership because I wanted the unlimited storage, I appreciated the statistical analysis, and I liked the ad-free experience. ‘Pro’ exists no longer, and instead there is a great deal of confusion as to which old ‘Pro’ members will be grandfathered in to the new deal on their old terms. It seems as if some might, and some won’t. Apart from not being able to determine easily if our previous contracts will be honoured, why the differentiation at all? Flickr’s ‘Pro’ membership was a relatively small percentage of its overall membership; giving all these loyal users the benefit of the doubt seems only fair.

The old ‘Pro’ members were the old Flickr stalwarts, who stuck by the site when it felt as if Yahoo! had put it out to seed, but continued to pay them their money and keep the community alive with images and conversation. What could have been a positive transition, with clear communication and recognition for their loyalty, feels more like a shafting. It is, however, an easy fix.

The new-look sets lay-out

The new-look sets lay-out

Second, can Flickr please fix its metadata-stripping antics? Display an image online and you run the risk of it being purloined and used without permission; that’s a fact of life. However, there are measures that many of us take to protect our images. Some of us use watermarks, some of us only upload small versions of our images, I’ve disabled the downloading function on Flickr, and most of us append metadata to our pictures. Metadata are a bit like a dogtag, identifying who took an image, where, and when. Unfortunately, Flickr strips images of their metadata, (or takes the collar off of the dog, if you like) so if someone does manage to download one of your pictures, its owner can’t be identified. Now that pictures are being displayed bigger and brighter and bolder on Flickr, this is more important than ever. Ensuring that metadata aren’t separated from images really would be awesome.

In terms of the look and the feel of the new Flickr: I love it. If the images can’t do the talking, then why bother? And the new moasic layouts and easy enlargement options make it all about the images. When Yahoo! addresses the issues that people are finding troubling, Mayer might’ve answered the Internet’s request.

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Tips for moving


Number each door in your new place with a sticky note and put a number on each box of the room you want it to go in. This makes things smooth and quick when moving with help from others

Dispose of any items no longer needed. Remember charities, friends and family may appreciate your pre-loved goods. You don’t want to pay to move those items or move them twice when you realize you don’t even want them!

Start using up food in freezer. You’ll find that the food won’t move from freezer to freezer as fast as you.

Make sure to change your address for Banks, credit cards and anything you care about.

Measure out the new place. You’ll want to get a feel for how things will fit.

Always remember, something will go wrong, get some sleep the night before and don’t stress.

This woman was arrested for failing to return a rental movie… 9 years ago

New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema

There are children currently alive who will never see a VHS movie and might not even be able to recognize one. But you can still, apparently, be arrested for failing to return one to a rental store … at least in South Carolina, where 27-year-old Kayla Finley was jailed overnight for keeping a “Monster-in-Law” VHS she rented in 2005.

That “Monster-in-Law” VHS, per eBay, is worth about 50 cents today. Her bail was set at $2,000.

According to CNN affiliate WYFF-TV, the rental store owner requested a warrant years ago, when Finley didn’t turn in the video. The warrant apparently didn’t surface again until Finley went into the station on another matter last week.

We don’t have to take WYFF’s word for it, though: A woman claiming to be Finley herself took to WYFF’s Facebook page to rage about the arrest. Her profile photo and details match those released by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department and reported by WYFF. (If the comments seem disjointed, it’s for good reason — Finley left them at different points over the three-day weekend, and some are clearly intended as responses to other commenters in the thread, though she rarely specifies which.)

Source – The Washington Post

Is testosterone good for your body?

Testosterone, The good, the bad and the natural

body_builder-250x167Aging isn’t fun for anyone, but for males over 35, it can be especially troubling.

This is because a man’s testosterone level – which peaked in his mid to late 20’s – has started to decline. So the very essence of what makes men MEN slowly decreases. This leads to a bevy of symptoms and issues for men over 35. Things like getting tired quickly, losing muscle and endurance, and decreasing performance (and even interest) in the bedroom.

But this is the 21st century, and there are products available to help men regain the testosterone levels they had when they were younger. Unfortunately, some testosterone products (like creams and enhancers and such) can be dangerous, and lead to side effects.

These side effects can include:

  • Contributing to sleep apnea.
  • Cause a man’s body to make too many red blood cells (polycythemia), which can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • Cause excessive acne or other skin reactions.
  • Stimulate non-cancerous growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and possibly stimulate growth of existing prostate cancer.
  • Enlarge breasts (“man boobs”).
  • Limit sperm production or cause testicle shrinkage.

There’s a sense of irony here. For example, a man may take testosterone to help him feel more attractive and virile, yet the very thing he’s taking gives him acne, bigger “man boobs”, and smaller testicles…

A Natural Testosterone Increase May Be the Answer

However, there are some new supplements sold in health food stores and online that aid your body in producing more of its own testosterone. Having your body produce testosterone on its own (as opposed to introducing more testosterone like creams and other therapies do) would seem to make sense, as your body knows best what it can handle. Add in that these new supplements are all-natural, and you have an ideal product.

Given the benefits that these natural supplements offer (increased libido and virility, increased energy, and more muscle), it’s no wonder a national chain like GNC reports that Test x180 (one of the leading all-natural testosterone supplements) has become one of its hottest sellers. The company that manufacturers Test X180 is giving away samples of the products to qualifying customers who request them online. This is great news for men everywhere!