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A psychiatrist thinks the patient-run web site about psychiatric medications, , is great, but can't recommend it to their patients because it has offensive jokes.


Anita Sarkeesian is on the cover of Business Week, along with the text "VIDEO GAME AVENGER: One woman's crusade to vaporize gaming's grossest trolls."

Need I say DON'T READ THE COMMENTS even though Business Week is moderating them.


It's funny that this article about gender norms among "millennials" starts out by focusing on men who have chosen to decorate their fingernails. I've never decorated my fingernails before but recently I've started wearing nail decals. I vaguely worry that they make me present as too femme. But I'll save the details of my worries about gender presentation for another post.

It's OK to peek at the comments on this one. A couple of the top comments are along these lines:
"What is the incessant need to classify people in arbitrary "generations" and then build stereotypes around them? People are far too diverse to make such generalizations" (Lencho)

"This just in: Gender norms have never been challenged until millenials came along! (Don't tell David Bowie.)" (fictitiousengineer)


The gender norms article referenced this documentary about Bindle & Keep, an LGBTQ-friendly tailoring company.


Lately company "wellness" programs have been in the news for forcing workers to undergo invasive medical exams or face large health insurance "surcharges." Good news on that front—the EEOC considers these programs inappropriate and has been suing to stop them.
In the Honeywell wellness program, employees and their spouses are asked to get blood drawn to test their cholesterol, glucose and nicotine use, and also have their body mass index and blood pressure measured. An employee who refuses is subject to a $500 surcharge on health insurance premiums and could lose up to $1,500 in Honeywell contributions to a health savings account. A worker and spouse are also each subject to a $1,000 tobacco surcharge if they refuse to do the screening. That means a couple could face a combined $4,000 in financial penalties.


Time to rewatch Gangnam Style! It has been viewed more than 2.1 billion times on YouTube, thus forcing YouTube to upgrade its 32-bit video counter. "Going to the video page and hovering over the view counter will show an animated math easter egg."

Date: 14 Dec 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emceeaich
Yeah, don't tell two of the millennials I work with, who constantly get reprimanded for sexist, and racist language, that their generation has gone all beyond gender.

Date: 14 Dec 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] libskrat

Even my generally laissez-faire workplace has been talking about wellness thuggery. If the EEOC can make them stop, awesome. Ain't nothin' else gonna.

Date: 14 Dec 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: uppercase Times Roman "S" with nick in upper corner, text below reads "I shot the serif." (shot the serif)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
"wellness thuggery" is oh so apt! damn.

Date: 14 Dec 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
That's almost an interesting discussion of on the Slate Star Codex blog. The posts which aver that SJW's influence are constraining robust health care are balanced by those pointing out that crazymeds' effectiveness is undergirded by its flippant, "I don't even want to play a doctor on the internet" P.O.V.
Congratulations on doing your part to insist on 64-bit health in the service of virality.

Date: 14 Dec 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Absolutely! That's what the OP psych resident is unable to recognize.

re DDG, now I need to get the vinegar to clean the screen.

Thanks for the joy!

Date: 18 Dec 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bibliofile
I don't mind the flippancy because flippancy comes naturally to me. If we can't be flip about needin the meds, it'll be too fucking depressing.

Another cheer for the EEOC.

Date: 14 Dec 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 16 Dec 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selki
Gender: Got my first ever pedicure this summer, just to see what it was like. I still haven't gotten around to trying the fingernail thingies (sort of like press-ons, only with with pretty patternswirls) someone gave me in, um, 2013.

EEOC: another Yay! from me

Gangnam Style: Thanks, I watched it again. :-)

Date: 17 Dec 2014 03:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selki
They put my feet in a bath (lanolin?), and something about the setup, the seating on the sort of cot, with my feet angled into the foot bath, was a bit uncomfortable -- not sure if it was because I'm fat, or short, or both. There was some foot/calf rubbing (not really an all-out massage). Then they buffed my callouses, put on some lotion, and worked on my toenails/cuticles, and put on a clear nail polish (I had wanted the green sparkly polish but not realized when/how to discuss this with them; they didn't speak much English). Parts of the process were relaxing and I liked the smooth feel of my feet afterwards, while it lasted. But I'm not rushing to get 'em redone any time soon.

Date: 18 Dec 2014 04:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selki
They probably have. But if you're really concerned, maybe a local podiatrist could work on your feet first? I have read that podiatrists will work on ingrown toenails. Maybe they do some other toenail-un-gnarling stuff.

Or not, just a thought in case you'd kind of like to pursue pedicure.


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