In these arguments weight loss is a proxy for social acceptance. The argument they are making is actually “Society stigmatizes you because you are fat, we think it’s possible for you to look the way that we think you should look, and so it’s your responsibility to do that and then we will find something else to bully you about. Otherwise it’s your own fault.”
In this case there are definitely some benefits that are gained from being aesthetically pleasing to society and I would never begrudge someone who is trying to reap those benefits. But while it’s true that giving the bullies your lunch money may stave off some of the bullying for a while, the cure for social stigma is not weight loss. Instead of all fat people losing weight, all people who have a bias against fat people could pull their heads out of their asses and it would have the same effect. Also, while there is no intervention proven to lead to successful long-term weight loss, a colorectal head extraction does seem possible for most people.
A chain novel or chain story is written collectively by a group of authors. The novel is passed along from author to author, each adding a new chapter or section to the work, with the rule that each subsequent chapter or section should elaborate and follow the plotline of preceding chapters or sections.
The story continues through the participation of others; no one knows what happens next except the next person to add to the story. This method of writing is a shared project and often leads in unexpected directions. This collaborative effort is used to stimulate creativity and the exploration of new ideas.
One problem with chain stories is they can become long and complicated due to the number of different people adding new bits and twists. -Wikipedia
My grandmother does this with stories when she’s entertaining a group of people and happens to have them in a circle. I’m going to do something like this in my Minecraft class tomorrow.
We are gonna’ go to the market! And a pumpkin patch! And drink beers! And make pancakes! And rub our faces on her cat!! Who will then scratch out our eyeballs!!!!
(We won’t really rub our faces on her cat. (Well. I can’t promise anything.))
WORK BE OVER QUICKLY I WANT TO GOOOOOOO
E suggests that you guys bring Dominion so we can combine it with ours. I was like, no, we are going to be playing/partying. then I was thinking, they could have a guy night and we could go pick up chicks.
My favorite author, Megan Whalen Turner, publishes a book every 4-6 years. Considering there are supposed to be 2 more books dealing with the same characters as that of The Thief, it will take 8 to 12 years before I read the last book and finally sigh with relief.
In other words, there is a pretty damn good chance that I will rush to a bookstore to the young adults section, and knocking over any competition, and grab a book from the grubby hands of young children at the age of 37.
“A lot of men want a woman to mother them. They get with a woman and all they do is regress to the point where you might think he might not be capable to take care of himself at all. I don’t want another mother. I want a woman. I want to rise to the occasion. I want to learn and bask in your glow. I want to protect you and do whatever I can to give you strength. There is no twist to this. I am not about to blow my brains out. You have not cut me up like others have. It’s just this. I want to love you with everything in me. I need your help because I don’t know anything about it. I am suspicious and ready to leave and hit the cold road for the frozen dawn. I am just going to trust you with everything in me. I see now that it’s the only reason to be here. After kissing you, I cannot remember what it was like to kiss any other woman. At this point I am not sure if I ever have.”—
As we all know, 78.3 percent of statistics are made up, probably because exact, precise numbers seem very authoritative and neat. One such made up but commonly repeated statistic is this: 93 percent of communication is body language, or 93 percent of all human communication is nonverbal. The wording and exact percentage sometimes varies, but the essence remains the same: words mean almost nothing. Almost all communication is nonverbal.
It seems intuitively correct that nonverbal cues are important, but even if we know nothing about this claim or where it came from, we should immediately be very suspicious. Whenever someone tells you that a complex phenomenon with lots of variables is actually really simple, you should be suspicious. Human communication is insanely complicated. It seems prima facie impossible to design a valid experiment to quantify this exactly. And it’s easy to come up with mundane experiments anyone can do to disprove it: would you expect to understand 93 percent of a film in a foreign language?
Most people who repeat factoids never cite sources. This particular factoid can be traced back to science, but it’s not very good science. It’s based on two papers published by psychologist Albert Mehrabian in 1967. These two studies are flawed in two serious ways: the conclusions they draw, and the conclusions extrapolated from those conclusions, are much too ambitious for the evidence; and the evidence is dubious in itself, because of statistical errors and limitations in the experimental design.
The papers are: Decoding of Inconsistent Communications, by Mehrabian and Wiener (1967); and Inference of Attitudes from Nonverbal Communication in Two Channels, by Mehrabian and Ferris (1967). From these studies, Mehrabian infers his so-called 7-38-55 rule: that human communication is 7% verbal, 38% is tone of voice, and 55% is facial expessions. Trouble is, he does this by combining results from different experiments in a way that is not statistically sound. Further, the studies in question are very narrow: they involve subjects reacting to single words and facial expressions or tones of voice selected from very limited sets. And every single subject was a female psychology student. No men, no one outside of that limited background and age range. It’s like a textbook on how not to design an experiment if you want to make ambitious claims. Even if you assume the results obtained are valid, they are obtained from such a small sample in such a limited environment as to be almost completely useless in other contexts.
Obviously nonverbal communcation is important. But not that important. So why do we fall for this? Frankly, because people repeat information they hear uncritically, and because some people got the chain going by drawing invalid inferences from limited data. The reason this particular claim got so widespread probably has to do with the seductive qualities of numbers (they seem so authoritative, so precise) and the fact that they line up with certain people’s agendas.
Not that anyone reading this blog would fall for the “commonly repeated statistical factoid” fallacy. But just in case: use your heads, people.
After some difficulties with my doctor* I have adderall again! I’ve been about a week and a half off it, and boy can you tell the difference. Getting a bad cold in the middle didn’t help things. I mostly sprawled around the house and consumed theraflu and herbal tea. Today I did some computer maintenance on MIL-to-be’s computer and took out ALL the garbages (and so much recycling) and cleaned our little apartment section of the house and now it’s only noon. I feel like I have my superpowers back. I am FOCUSED. I have ENERGY. (SPORTS! POWERTHIRST!)
As an interesting side effect, I’m also about 2 degrees warmer (unprofessional estimate). It was weird getting cold without a jacket, or not having to take cold showers after doing a bunch of work. And the apartment looks GREAT. I might sleep a little better, too. I’m over my cold, and I’ll have the focus to use up energy during the day. Time to go make some more interesting mistakes.
*Like insisting they mailed my prescription, but it not showing up after two weeks? Changing addresses is FUN Also, I was informed after this visit that they won’t mail that prescription to me any more. The hour and a half (one way) bus ride into downtown will be necessary once per month to pick up my prescription. Mayhaps I should find a closer doctor now that I’ve moved.
“Organic life, we are told, has developed gradually from the protozoon to the philosopher, and this development, we are assured, is indubitably an advance. Unfortunately it is the philosopher, not the protozoon, who gives us this assurance.”—
“It is indeed possible to talk about the Internet for hours, days, months, touching only marginally the issue of who owns it, who is really in control of the nodes, the infrastructure, the hardware. The pyramid of labour — including slave-like labour — incorporated into the devices we use (computers, smartphones, ereaders etc.) and as a consequence into the Internet itself, is even less discussed. Every day, corporations expropriate social wealth on the net, and oppress the working class at each corner of the Earth behind the scenes. Nevertheless, they are considered less “corporate” than others. Until we realize that Apple is like Monsanto, that Google is like Novartis, that praising a corporation is the most toxic narrative we can choose, whether we are dealing with Google, Fiat, Facebook, Disney or Nestlé—-until we realize all this, we will stay in the net like fish. Let me put things clear: I do have a Mac, and I work well with it. I also own an iPod, a smartphone with Android, and a Kindle. My job requires me to know and investigate the ways in which culture is shared and the net is used. As I will explain later, this essay does not focus on the behaviour of the individual consumer — on which a diverting rhetoric has been built in the latest years — nor it implies any accusation of moral “incoherence” against him or her. What I am discussing here is the necessity of connecting online activism to the struggles that are taking place upstream, during the material production phase.”
This is only a snippet of a fantastic essay. Read the whole thing! (via chimoltrufia)
The Facebook section is a lot like what I start hollering re:tumblr every time they do something shitty:
Are you one of the 700-and-something million Facebook users? Well, it means that you produce contents for the network every day: any kind of contents, including emotions and relations. You are part of Facebook’s general intellect. To put it short, Facebook exists and works thanks to all the people like you. What is Facebook if not a mass of collective intelligence that is not produced by Zuckerberg & Company, but by users? In fact, you actually work on Facebook. You do not notice it, but you’re working. You work and do not earn—-others are making money with your work.
Stick that in your eye, “quityerbitchin’ it’s a free service” crowd.
So I know my reboots have been getting a lot of press, but who knew that the editors and artists over at the real DC comics would ever offer to redesign my comic, Dresden Codak? The editors have been kind enough to also provide some commentary, so let’s take a look!
Editor’s Note: “Dresden Codak is a fine comic, but its protagonist, Kim Ross, is a pretty weak female lead. She dresses like she’s ashamed of her body, so we decided to make her stronger and give her an outfit to match. Kim’s just coming out of her shell, so she’s not quite as strongly dressed as the other ladies here, but she’ll come around. Her cybernetic parts were too complicated to draw, so we streamlined them. We also added glasses, because the guys around here were confused when they were told she was supposed to be a nerd. Come on, Diaz, that’s a big oversight!”
Editor’s Note: “Kusanagi is this mysterious guy, so we tried to keep to that. He’s a lot older than the other men, so you’ll notice we added some lines under his eyes. Character diversity is important!”
Editor’s Note: “Since she’s probably a D-cup, Vonnie’s the strongest female character Dresden Codak has to begin with. We decided to make her stronger by tweaking some things about her origins. Now on Nephilopolis, all the women are more sexually liberated and don’t need to wear clothing. Vonnie wears the bare minimum for Kim’s sake because she’s just not as comfortable and strong yet.”
Editor’s Note: “One thing we hated about Dresden Codak was how we were really never sure what was the deal with the Tokamaks. Here Dmitri is more heroic, and we’ve turned his jeans and sweater into a more armor-looking outfit.”
Editor’s Note: “Alina’s usually dressed like her twin brother Dmitri, but because of her stripper past (a new backstory we’ve added) she’s more confident in herself and dresses like a strong female supporting character should.”
Editor’s Note: “Ron’s a great character, but we thought it would be cool if we brought back Hal Jordan.”
What are heroes without villains? To follow up with my Rebooting the Justice League post, where I treated those characters to a more extreme reboot than DC’s “New 52,” I thought it would be fun to take a look at a redesigned villain team to oppose my redesigned Justice League:
Probably I should get off tumblr and go code something. Focus is hard. All the animals are sleeping on the couch at the same time, even orange devilcat/butt-let, and the five pound dog.
I like having the ability to sleep in until 10 whenever I like/whenever I’m sick, but some income would sure be nice. With any luck, my adderall will come in today and I will hear about a potential job early next week.
Tonight’s dinner is quinoa and stirfry. Preparing for more rave reviews from Grace’s dad. He was sure impressed by the quinoa pilaf I threw together.
After 20 years of “increased yeti sightings,” scientists from several countries — including the U.S. and Russia — will be heading to Siberia to look for Yetis. One of the reasons they’re actually pursuing this? Occurrences of several twig huts throughout the region of Kemerovo. Because no human would build a twig hut in Kemerovo like that.
uggggh. I’ve been out for a couple of days and I’m really sleepy and distractible. I barely made it through Minecraft Monday today, and I forgot three things throughout the day that would have made it easier/more productive, including my lunch. I came home and halfheartedly played Fable until dinner time.
I’m super excited about a job opportunity, though! Probably my enthusiasm didn’t show through well to the person I talked to today, but I’ll have a chance to talk more about it soon, and with any luck I’ll have gotten and filled my prescription by then. THE POWER WILL BE MINE. again .
I want to hug a duck. A big floppy yellow and white cat will have to do.