February 28, 2005
Update: Sorry about no postings today. I really don't feel well. The backache is still there but it's not as bad as it was earlier today. My voice is worse. I'll do my best to have some postings up tomorrow. There are a lot of things I want to blog about, and I want to link to some great posts I read as well. Heading out to take Nyquil and pop some Vitamin C.
We're expecting another mountain of snow tomorrow, too. It'll be a great day to be snowed in.
I just came back from picking my son up at the airport, and I think my cold is getting worse. It's in my chest now, and my voice is more hoarse than it's been for the past five days. Plus, I'm hot and my back hurts. I was going to take two of the cats to get their rabies shots, but I've decided to stay home instead and get rid of this thing. I'm hot, and my back hurts. I have a feeling this illness is going to stick with me for awhile.
I don't even feel like smoking. Imagine that.
I'll keep blogging as long as I feel like it, but I rented some movies that I intend to watch later. One of them is the remake of "Shall We Dance." I saw the Japanese original and it was delightful.
February 27, 2005
Juan Cole Makes A Good Point About Women In Iraq And In The U. S.
From Juan Cole:
Make Your Head Spin
If you want to see a fun optical illusion, go to this page.
Dolls In Japan Aimed At Elderly
I found this article at the Family Scholars Blog. With birth rates dropping and Japanese women shirking marriage, doll manufacturers are creating dolls aimed at elderly customers rather than children. The article states that, "[a]s Japan produces fewer children and more retirees, toymakers are designing new dolls designed not for the young but for the lonely elderly -- companions which can sleep next to them and offer caring words they may never hear otherwise."
Talking dolls called Yumel dolls look like baby boys and have vocabularies of 1,200 phrases. Yumel comes from the Japanese word "yume," which means "dream." They are "billed as a 'healing partner' for the elderly." They go on the market on Thursday. Bandai launced the Primopuel doll in 1999. It resembles a five year old boy, and it demands to be "hugged and entertained."
I think it's interesting that the two popular dolls profiled are boy dolls. According to the article, "traditionally, the eldest son was expected to live with their parents as they grew older and many young Japanese still stay at home for financial reasons as Japan has some of the world's highest rents. But the custom is fading out in the younger generation as more Japanese singles choose to live independently and favor careers and lifestyles over the pressures of having children and taking care of their parents."
More Estrogen Blogging
Leslie at Plum Crazy has an excellent list of links to issues women are blogging about this week. She included my post about Wade Horn drumming up grants for abstinence-only education. Go read them all.
All sorts of illnesses are going around. I'm still battling laryngitis. Go to One Good Thing and wish Flea to get well soon. She has pneumonia. Send her a cyber-bowl of chicken soup.
Morgaine's "How To Talk To A Christian" Series
Interesting reading. For some reason all four parts are available at this one link. The fourth is at the top, and the first is at the bottom.
Right Wing Childish Lunacy
Mad Kane is amused. She made The Museum of Left Wing Lunacy for her Dubya's Dayly Diary. This site, which is full of the usual right-wing spleen-venting, called her blog a "retarded lib site of the day." I agree that The Museum of Left Wing Lunacy is childish. She gives it a good fisking.
Hey, did you really shovel snow into your refrigerator? Wow...
Martha Stewart Getting Out Of Jail
Missouri Mule at BlondeSense has some insightful things to say about Martha Stewart, who is about to be released from jail.
While everyone was dissing Martha Stewart, I wondered when the big whigs from Enron were going to fall. That sure hasn't made the news or the tabloid pages, not to the extent that pillorying Martha did.
Hair, Hair, Long Beautiful Hair
Barry at Alas, A Blog has an interesting post up about how people wear their hair, and the kinds of perceptions their choices have led to. There are some people in the comments who discuss how people's treatment of them changed from when they wore their hair very short and then let it grow out as well as people (like me) who have long hair and how they are perceived. Coloring hair has also led to some interesting discussions regarding how people are treated. My hair is much longer now than it was when I first got out of college. I had shoulder-length hair that I was told by job recruiters to wear pulled back on job interviews because big hair was seen as unprofessional. My hair now is nearly to the small of my back. I usually wear it down, but if I'm in any kind of professional setting I wear it either in a ponytail or in a french braid. It's auburn, but sometimes I dye it to bring more of the red out. I always get lots of compliments when I dye it. I guess people just like red hair. It's interesting to see how people's first impressions are made based strictly on how someone wears his or her hair.