Inflation and your clothes (literally)

I’m still mind-boggled after reading this report. After London College of Fashion designer Harikrishnan unveiled his inflatable latex trousers that come in a variety of colours, people couldn’t help but make fun of the high fashion number. The quirky graduate collection featured billowing latex trousers which are tapered at the ankle. But folks in their droves took to Twitter to say it looked more like ‘swollen testicles’. Tough crowd. Clearly the essence of the piece was lost on the audience. There’s more at the link. Looks more like an inverted life-jacket to me.  Let’s call it a death-jacket.  Fall into the water

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Tasteless, clueless, classless, and just plain trashy

(And when I say “tasteless”, I don’t mean using tastebuds!) I refer, of course, to the seemingly growing fad among some women of marketing the scent of their nether regions.  Gwyneth Paltrow started it, at a not-so-cool $75 per whiff.  (Hilariously, a Canadian taxi company promptly copied her using the masculine equivalent at $25 more per pop, to highlight the “pay gap”.) Now R&B singer Erykah Badu is doing her bit for the cause with a perfume claiming to embody (you should pardon the expression) the scent of her more intimate bits and pieces.  She says it was derived from burning her used underwear.  Talk about the bonfire

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How is it possible that California can’t provide a record of what it’s spent???

This simply boggles my mind.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Just a few of the serious financial problems facing California include unfunded public employee pension promises, a potential state credit downgrade, an unprecedented homeless crisis, and a net out-migration of 912,000 residents since 2010. One easy step California can take is to join every other state in the union and open up its state checkbook for review. Allowing citizens, journalists, watchdogs, academics, and public policy experts to review state spending would help the state get its fiscal house in order. Unfortunately, last fall, California State Controller Betty Yee (pictured) rejected

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Men are dipping their WHAT into WHAT???

Now and again one comes across something so egregiously stupid that one can’t quite grasp it for a moment.  One sits, reading the words or watching the video, and thinking, “This absolutely cannot – can’t possibly – be true!”  Sadly, all too often it is.  (Follow the links below at your own risk!) A groundbreaking 2013 study of how mice can taste with their testicles has resurfaced online. And now social media bozos are testing the theory, first published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by dipping their genitals in soy sauce for the latest bizarre TikTok trend. The study was apparently rediscovered

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“I’ll take ‘Unlikely Movie Titles’ for $100, Alex”

I was doing some shopping on Amazon.com the other night.  To my utter astonishment, one of my search terms returned not only goods for sale, but also a short movie titled “Kung Fu Wizard of Jesus vs. Undead Robot Nazi Werewolves“.  A screen capture illustrating it looks like this: What’s more, it’s billed as a comedy!  I haven’t watched it, because my belief in Christ is an obstacle to making him an irreligious figure of fun.  Nevertheless, the title brings in so many tropes and story elements that it boggles the mind.  There’s even another film in the series titled

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It’s the end of the world as we know it – and we feel terrible!

Three articles struck a powerful chord in me over the past few days.  They all approach a central theme from different directions, but their conclusions are very similar:  today’s extremists see politics, ideology, and life itself in religious terms rather than secular.  Their beliefs may have nothing to do with any Deity that we might recognize, but they’re nevertheless oriented towards a cause that assumes God-like proportions in their eyes. First, Alma Boykin (a good friend in meatspace as well as cyberspace) compares the attitudes of modern, secular millennialist extremists to religious fundamentalism. Millennialism, leaning on Richard Landes’ definition and discussion, is an emotional, socially

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Is fake meat yet another dietary disaster waiting to happen?

An Austrian research team has just produced a report that demonstrates the extreme danger of dietary errors, and exposes the damage they can do. A research team at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Brain Research has found that high-fat maternal diets can cause life-long changes in the brains of the unborn offspring. When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the fetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks. Such a mechanism seems relevant to pathologies such as ADHD, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. It is

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Ridiculous!

I had to laugh at an article headlined “The 25 Most Absurd Job Titles In Tech“.  Examples include: Innovation Evangelist Dream Alchemist Time Ninja Security Princess Software Ninjaneer There are plenty more at the link.  Go read, and boggle your mind at the pretentiousness of it all! Peter

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You want an earworm? I got your earworm right here!

In e-mail correspondence with an overseas contact, whose native language is not English, he asked at one point “What is an ‘earworm‘?”  Well, of course, I volunteered to provide an example!  As a matter of fact, it’s one I blogged about in 2015, when I first encountered it.  (The comments at that earlier blog post are worth reading, too.) At any rate, here’s Austrian “DJ Ötzi” with his (in)famous “Burger Dance”, which went gold in Germany and hit #1 on the charts there (why, I don’t know!).  His teenybopper audience appear to be singing right along, and getting into the spirit of the

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