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Why I’ll never be cool with the fat acceptance movement.

16 June 2014, Monday Leave a comment

So this is probably going to get me a lot of grief, but I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I’m prejudiced against fat people. Now before you start banging out that hate mail, hear me out. There’s a couple of things I have to explain.

First of all, When I say “fat people” I don’t mean slightly chubby or tubby-because-you’re-so-busy-you-haven’t been-taking-proper-care-of-yourself fat. I mean obese people.

obese
ə(ʊ)ˈbiːs/
adjective
  1. grossly fat or overweight.

Secondly, we come to the reason why I find obesity so unacceptable. Barring strange medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism or Chushing’s syndrome, obesity is almost entirely self inflicted. Yes, that’s right. You are responsible for the condition of your body. No one else is. The mass that has accumulated on your frame did not magically appear out of thin air. You put it there. When I see a “large” person, I can’t help but start trying to figure out how many chicken wings, sodas and burgers it took them to get to their present mass.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have a sweet tooth too, and I blessed with an active metabolism. I enjoy the occasional binge, but I also have a condition that requires that I watch what I eat. Obesity is a disease, and the easiest cure is to watch what you eat and how you eat it.

Third. We are evolutionarily conditioned to pick the “fittest” partner to mate with in order to have the most genetically successful offspring. Being obese does not give prospective mates the impression of being the fittest available option. This is the point which is most intrinsic to the prejudice against fat people.

Being obese implies that you might be sedentary or have self-control problems. Being obese means that you might have low willpower or are fulfilled by the instant gratification that a quick food fix might bring. Or as I mentioned before, being obese could mean you are suffering from a rare and debilitating medical condition that could potentially be passed on to your offspring. Being obese also comes with the usual assorted secondary conditions such as heart and blood pressure problems and other more serious conditions as the obesity becomes more morbid.

There was a period of time in China where fat people were considered prosperous and therefore attractive. Being fat in China at the time meant that you were wealthy because you could afford to eat beyond excess and not have to do any manual labour (exercise) because you could afford servants. This is an outdated social perception than no longer applies today. Nowadays, if you want people to think that you’re rich, you drive a Mercedes and wear a Rolex. Arguments against this point should also consider that well-to-do Chinese folks at the time also kept ridiculously long and impractical fingernails to show that they literally didn’t have to lift a finger around the house. Good luck bring that back in style.

Bottom line. Obesity is a disease. Being fat is not “beautiful”, it is not attractive. It is a sign of a self-abuse. It is a serious and real medical condition. The most disheartening part of all this is that there are people who are trying to make obesity acceptable. Yes, we are responsible for the condition of our bodies and no one should have any say as to what we do with them. And yes, there aren’t any laws regulating body weight or shape or size. But there aren’t any laws preventing self mutilation either, and the social stigma attached to that is almost indistinguishable to obesity to me.

So, no. I do not “accept” fat people, any more than I “accept” people with serious medical conditions. And that’s why I’ll never be cool with the fat acceptance movement.

Breaking the Fourth wall.

29 June 2011, Wednesday 1 comment

So, here we are again. You in front of the screen reading this very blog post and I, at this keyboard banging out these words.

Salutations. It’s been a while.

So what brings you here? I can’t imagine anyone having a feed from this site, considering how stagnant it is.

How have you been, dear reader? Me? Oh I’m fine thanks.

I have neglected this blog again. Something I’ve resolved and promised and made a point to not do so many times before. I’ve grown lazy and complacent, forgoing quality prose for the convenience and gratification of tweets and Facebook updates. I sat at my computer this morning and realized how much software and material I had that was once deemed essential, but hardly ever touch anymore. I realized how cluttered and clogged with junk my hard drives had become. I realized that I hadn’t updated my portfolio in more than six months. I realized that I had projects started months ago that lie unfinished, buried under a mountain of other urgent commitments and procrastination.

So what’s a guy to do? How do you dig yourself our of the rut you suddenly find yourself in one day? Perhaps you could tell me, dear reader.

Times like these, I have a tendency to to remember a simpler time, when things were less complex. a time when I wasn’t so apathetic. A time when I was bursting with enthusiasm. A time when I attacked each project and challenge with a gusto. A time when I used to do so much more and was so passionate about so many more things.

So how does someone rekindle the passion? How do you find that place where you can dance along the edge of the gale laughing like a madman?

Luhrmann once said something to the effect of advice being a way of dusting off the past and putting a fresh coat of paint on it. Now I ask you, dear reader, for advice. Or, to take the analogy a step further, how do you pick a color of paint for your new paint job so you won’t easily get bored of it again?

Cheers.

The Grey Ghost

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Caty looses Path of Titans and Guild Talents

13 June 2010, Sunday Leave a comment

WoW Cataclysm Banner

Two previously announced features in the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm have been dropped. The Path of Titans Advancement feature and the Guild Talent trees.

Players will instead get another layer of Glyphs and a Guild achievement and XP system.

I can’t say I’m surprised, Blizzard has been known to shake things up on a regular basis, right up to release date. I’d like to think that that makes their products more polished, but we’ll just have to see.  After all, I once swore that I’d never touch WoW. But that was many many years ago…

All in all I’m looking forward to the new expansion. And the guild XP feature sounds interesting. It would certainly encourage more loyalty to the guild (though it makes me wonder what would happen if the guild leader got hacked, like ours recently did)

Anyway, full story after the Jump.

Link Via: World of MatticusCataclysm Loses its 2 Biggest Selling Points

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Bioshock… IRL

3 December 2009, Thursday Leave a comment

Bioshock, from 2K games is probably one of the more interesting looking shooters to come our way in a while. The iconic retro art style and dystopian underwater setting definitely gave gamers something new to gawk at.  Add creepy atmosphere, a twisted backstory and RPG elements and you get a game that spawns some pretty hardcore fans…

Fans that are hardcore enough to do something like this

No, those aren’t renders. Don’t ask, just click!

Link via Geekology | AMAAAZING Bioshock Cosplay At Aquarium

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Wireless wireless everywhere…

30 November 2009, Monday Leave a comment

In our country’s mad rush to achieve maximum and total connectivity, wireless hotspots are sprouting like mushrooms across the island. Of course, the long arm of the government only stretches so far, but our plucky heartlanders are not to be outdone. Presenting, wireless in the last place you’d expect it.

The Chan BBQ stall at Bedok Blk 85 hawker center. (Try the sambal stingray, it’s delicious.)

Honestly, the guy should get an award or something.

Like seriously.

Cheers, Godbless.

Grey

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The Unfriendly

26 November 2009, Thursday Leave a comment

Apparently “Unfriend” is the New Oxford English word of the year. It means to remove or delete someone from an online social network such as Facebook or Friendster.

Webster’s has a more archaic definition for it though, but the term is flexible enough to be contextual.

Unfriend
Un*friend”\, n. One not a friend; an enemy.
[R.] –Carlyle.

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

 

More after the jump.

‘Unfriend’ is New Oxford American word of the year Link via Yahoo news Singapore.

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Friendship street

20 May 2009, Wednesday 2 comments

Friendship is like a street. It is a street that exists between 2 people. It runs from the front door of one person, all the way to the front door of the other person. It connects people to each other. In order for this street to function however, it must be walked on, it must be traveled upon. It requires both parties to place their feet upon it and seek the other. In some cases, the path is so rarely taken that it becomes overgrown and unrecognizable. And difficult to navigate.

In some cases, the road is well worn and comfortable to travel both ways. Both parties familiar with the sights along the way. In some cases, it’s always one person who walks down the friendship street, this goes on until they get tired or fed up of always being the one doing all the walking, then stops walking down the street altogether. Then when the other person wonders where they’ve gone and go looking for them, they realize that they don’t know the way because they never walked down the street to their friend.

So, you might ask, what exactly is the point of this convoluted metaphor? It quite simple. If the street is a metaphor for friendship, then the act of walking is an analogy for the amount of effort each person is putting into keeping in touch and maintaining the friendship. In short, the moral of the story is, it takes two people to keep a friendship strong, and even if one goes all out, he will soon tire from his efforts and give up all together if be is not met half way.

It takes two people to build a friendship, but only one to destroy it. I am getting so tired of trying. Sometimes I wonder if I’m really seen as a true friend or just a number to dial in emergencies.

Cheers, Godbless.

Grey.

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