This is going to sound super-insensitive and unPC, but…

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, in a less hypochondriacal (is that a word?) world, would be known as Someone So Vain They Know Nothing Else. Of COURSE concerns about weight are going to make them even more (warning: another unPC word coming) nuts.

I don’t mean to say people who suffer this condition should just, say, take vitamins or something, and people with psychiatric problems do need medical help, but what causes BDD? Is it something chemical in the brain, or is it a result of our culture (i.e. obsession with magazine beauty, self-absorption)?

Passing the buck

Business as usual, then: “It’s a good example of why the most appropriate name for what the president is planning is neither ‘surge’ nor even ‘escalation’ but rather ‘punt’ — a strategically meaningless increase in troops meant to allow the president to avoid dealing with the failure of his policy and lay the ground work for getting the next president to take the blame for his epochal screw-up.” — Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

I almost wish I could stream sound live over my website

The weather was pretty shit overnight (I think I was woken by the rain and wind hitting the window) and coming into work this morning. I was actually a little nervous about driving, with all the warnings on the radio about high winds (lucky for me my car presents a very small surface area… hehe). Then there was the insane horizontal unrelenting rain. My wipers were going full-tilt and it was still not very easy to see.

Now I’m in the office, a prefab-type aluminium structure and the wind is POUNDING us. My colleague asked if it was okay to be scared. Haha. How funny.

I realise it can get a lot worse than this, so here’s hoping I learn how to drive in bad weather. Me = spoiled by tropical weather and others driving.

Not overly impressed

This is going to be so uncool of me (and I’m not some anti-fashion hipster wannabe), but I have to say that the iPhone is not as attractive as the MOTOROKR E6 (and I am seriously feeling gadget lust). I’m still happy with my StrTrk, although I do love looking at new phones.

The beauty of whitespace

This is one thing my sister and I agree on wholeheartedly — negative space is good. I’m not a designer, so I try. She’s somewhat more… adept than I am. I can’t explain why something works, it either does or it doesn’t.

It’s not who’s right, it’s who sells papers

RADAR finds that pundits who were wrong about Iraq have done really well in their careers, while those who were right have not. Well, eight of them in total anyway. IMHO, all it boils down to is who sells papers / gets eyeballs. With news that President Bush is to order 20,000 more troops into Iraq (I wonder how many of them have already been killed in action — pardon the joke), I guess we all need different things, even if it’s on the same topic, to get frothy-mouthed over.

They Walk Among Us

I got the They Walk Among Us joke list on e-mail, and wanted to share my favourite:

My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount…. They Walk Among Us!!!!!!

Which drives home that statistic I saw last week, that almost half of Britain’s adults don’t understand percentages.