Monthly Archives: January 2010

Thank you science…

I’m always amazed when science proves something that was so obvious to begin with.

“Moderately overweight elderly people may live longer than those of normal weight, an Australian study suggests.”

Or…

“Carrying extra weight on your hips, bum and thighs is good for your health, protecting against heart and metabolic problems, UK experts have said.”

Being too skinny or too fat is unhealthy, but having a little padding is good.  Well yes didn’t we already know that?  If the traditional definition of beauty is any indicator (voluptuous women) then this is really no huge surprise.  It’s effectively survival of the fittest at its best.  People who are more rounded along the edges just tend to do better (birth children, survive winter, etc), nothing new right?

It’s like this article tells us there’s no such thing as safe cocaine.  Really?  We needed a study to prove this?

Of course I support scientific research, development and advancement, and I suppose it makes sense to back up any allegation with proof, but sometimes it just seems like a big overkill, no?

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Compassion in the insurance industry

So I am one of the lucky millions that has had to repeatedly go into battle with my health insurance provider.  And most of my problems stem from the fact that I have no idea what’s going on until I have to pay ridiculous amounts of money.  Like who knew I could only switch my plan once in a 12 month period?  Or that I have no control over who reads my xray, even if they are out of my network?  Or that a representative quoted me the wrong rate and now I’m stuck with a higher one?  These are all things I found out after the fact and now am forced to deal with financially.  And the worst part is that there is absolutely nothing I can do.

My question is, why does the person on the other end of the phone seem to care so little about you?  It’s not as if I am ordering coffee or buying a sandwich, I’m trying to organize my health care.  The very least you could do is actually care that the work you are doing is timely and accurate.  But unfortunately that’s not the case.  The industry is weighed down by bureaucracy, red tape, and people that, honestly, seem like they can’t be bothered.  Now, to me, this seems extremely counter intuitive.  An industry designed to look after your health has peons in it employ that just don’t care about you and are clearly following a script.  Anyone else find this odd?

Granted this is just one of the many problems facing the industry, but one that I’ve been coming up against a lot recently.  And I bet that if the people I spoke with, when having to wade through the piles of bullshit they throw at me, were nice and compassionate, I wouldn’t be nearly as angry as I am right now.

Is boring sex the internets fault?

So I was reading this article the other day from Marie Claire.  It talks about how porn has affected real life sex, and I think there’s a good amount of truth in it.  In an age where people go to the internet to find love, it’s no surprise that even sex has been affected by the digital age.

The author mentions that porn was once a series of still images that left the actual acts up to the imagination of the viewer.  Now people are just bombarded by sex everywhere they look, effectively robbing people of creativity in the bedroom.

What I find more disturbing is that kids can now access porn on the internet.  And without anyone to tell them otherwise, they imagine that this is how things should be, putting unnecessary pressure on them when they become sexually active.  I challenge anyone to give me an example of a magical “I had sex for the first time” moment.  From what I remember, my first time was just strange, awkward and probably better that it remains hazy.  In a time when you’re already trying to figure out what’s going on with your body, crazy porn sex is not something you should be worrying about.  And once these kids grow up, society doesn’t exactly do anything to persuade them away from what they see online.

So what’s the solution?  Porn obviously isn’t going anywhere, if anything getting bigger.  I guess as with anything, education and full disclosure is really the only answer.  Being aware that what you see on the screen is something only a tiny percent of the population (porn stars) experience is really the first step.  Then a bit of communication and creativity and we’ll be on our way.

The new year

What is it about New Year’s that always leaves me underwhelmed?

Every New Year’s I get really excited to greet the next year and then when the night is over it just wasn’t all that exciting. It’s like Valentine’s Day – people get all up in arms about it when really it’s just another day.

Maybe it’s that I temporary impose my hopes and dreams for the coming year into one night when really it’s best to spread it out over, well, a year. You just can’t squeeze a years worth of stuff into one night.

But, despite a typically lackluster start, I have high hopes for 2010. I’ve gotten into the habit of setting a goal or two per year instead of a long list of resolutions as I find the former is much more achievable. 2008 was to move out of my parents house and get a “proper” job. I managed the latter. 2009 was to travel – check. And 2010 I want to pursue my hobbies more seriously – cycling, photography and learning to sail. Let’s hope I can find a job soon so I can get the rest of my life rolling.