July 28th, 2005
I was tagged with this music meme: “List ten songs that you are currently digging…it doesn’t matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they’re no good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the ten songs in your blog. Then tag five other people to see what they’re listening to.”
Here’s my list:
“Go Go Getter,” The Colors
“Best Friend Envy,” The Brunettes
“Dr. Bones,” Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
“Howard Johnson’s Got His Ho-Jo Workin’,” NRBQ
“Kiss,” Tom Jones
“Evil Night Together,” Jill Tracy
“Onions,” Heartless Bastards
“Whole Day Off,” Oingo Boingo
“Your Belgian Things,” The Mountain Goats
“Flat Broke,” Al Foul
I’m not going to tag anyone, but if any of my readers would like to do this, please do! I’d love to see what you’re listening to.
July 13th, 2005
In the short time I’ve been a reader of Slacktivist, I’ve become an avid reader. At first, I was drawn by the careful deconstruction of the first Left Behind book — which you really ought to take a look at.
But today, I’m completely captivated by Slacktivist’s exploration of creationism. So far, there are four little tales (starting here) that examine various personal experiences with the struggle between creationism and evolution from a thoughtful, tolerant yet critical perspective. I’m not going to quote from them, because in this case the context really is everything. Go take a look for yourself.
July 8th, 2005
I recently came across this study which finds that “nondieting” — behavior change and self-acceptance — has greater health benefits to obese women than dieting. The study was a randomized clinical trial — the gold standard of experimental designs — and the results are striking. While the nondieters maintained their weight throughout the study, the dieters actually gained weight. Furthermore, by the end of the study, the nondieters (when compared to the dieters) increased their physical activity, lowered their cholesterol levels, lowered their systolic blood pressure, increased their self-esteem and lowered their incidence of clinical depression.
“We have been ingrained to think that seriously large people can only make improvements in their health if they diet and slim down,” said nutrition researcher and professor Linda Bacon, who conducted the study along with Judith Stern, a UC Davis professor of nutrition and internal medicine. “But this study tells us that you can make significant improvements in both metabolic and psychological health without ever stepping on the scales or counting calories. You can relax about food and eat what you want.”
Maybe we need to take the focus off weight, and put it on health?
July 7th, 2005
Dear London –
I know things look bleak and scary. It’s cold comfort, but know that I care about you and worry about you and want you to be safe. I know how strong you are.
One American Cousin