Men’s T-shirt manufacturers are watching too many superhero movies lately. 99.99% of us don’t have the bodies for the recent trend in tees (super tiny waists and 1” sleeves) and it’s horrible for everyone concerned, including innocent bystanders. Stop.
Memes and ideas blow through here in big, tsunami-like waves. Good or bad, just wait, and it’ll pass. It might even sweep stuff clean on the way through. But every once in a while some piece of years-old, rotted flotsam washes back ashore long after you thought it was gone for good. That usually signals break time.
I am fitnessing more actively than at any point in my life, exercising 5-6 days a week—lifting weights and running, and biking when time permits. I have also modified my diet to be higher in lean protein and less carb-y. And sure enough, my body is changing dramatically! Except it’s in ways almost diametrically opposed to what I expected or wanted. This is beyond stupid, but I am going to keep doing it anyway, if for no other reason than to prove that I am some genetic fluke. Maybe someone will write a paper about me.
Otherwise intelligent, rational people adopting bizarre, New Age-y spiritualities as they approach old age: why is this a thing? This is a bad thing. Ditch the magnets and go read some Kant.
10+ hours per day of digging through the life’s work of a complete fucking moron takes a toll.
You don’t have to vote. No one does. It’s not a requirement. In fact, it would be my preference that anyone who is still an undecided voter tonight just stays home tomorrow rather than walking in and picking someone at random.
I often hear, “if you don’t vote, then you don’t have the right to complain.” This is patently false. It might be tacky to complain if you don’t vote, but you have to be very careful when using the word “right” in this particular context. The right to free speech is absolute, and it triggers my adrenal cortex when I hear people talking about the right to it so close to the word “vote.” They are not correlated. Everyone in this country gets to say what they want, when and where they want to (with very few well-known exceptions).
I have several problems with that thing that everyone reblogged a while ago from uncledynamite about heightened politicization, the main one being that (s?)he takes umbrage with the idea of choosing a mate based on their political views. How about you pick your partner your way, buddy, I’ll pick mine mine, and you spare me the judgyness along the way. Different things are important to different people and that’s still OK, I think. (Great writer, though.)
I don’t think most people who use social media ever take a good look at their own content and ask, “is this me? is this how I want to represent myself?” Especially during election season. Do the people who spend 95% of their social space on partisan politics really spend 95% of their Real Lives thinking about it? Would a person who spends 95% of their Real Life thinking about any one thing really be a lot of fun to be around?
When I vote tomorrow, I will keep a specific person (whom no one reading this knows) in mind, because it is exactly his vote that I want to cancel out from the other side. I’m almost as excited about that as I am about my candidate.