Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

April 2013

  • Fat Bias Isn’t Just About Rapport

    As noted on Twitter, the article Tara Parker-Pope wrote for the New York Times about a study in Obesity looking at how fat patients aren’t always welcomed by doctors. Not news, though I suppose it’s good to have quantitative research supporting it. Really, though, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Here’s some more. For patient stories on… Continue reading

  • Series of Quotes: Behave

    Working at the Food Bank with my kids is an eye-opener. The face of hunger isn’t the bum on the street drinking Sterno; it’s the working poor. They don’t look any different, they don’t behave any differently, they’re not really any less educated. They are incredibly less privileged, and that’s it. —Mario Batali To suppose… Continue reading

  • A Periodic Welcome Post

    Welcome!  Hello and thank you for reading this blog.  This post is to explain some things so’s to avoid confusing newbies. What’s this blog? I started this blog to have a place to talk about fat acceptance and how my life is and isn’t affected by being very fat.  Some notable sub-sections are the “Day in the… Continue reading

  • Sadly Fitting

    Despair Drives Guantánamo Detainees to Revolt Obama Joins 4 Predecessors as Bush Library Opens It’s sadly fitting that these two stories are together on The New York Times homepage. Continue reading

  • “Big data” and hiring

    Having job-hunted recently I found this article in The Economist interesting: Evolv mines mountains of data. If a client operates call centres, for example, Evolv keeps daily tabs on such things as how long each employee takes to answer a customer’s query. It then relates actual performance to traits that were visible during recruitment. Some… Continue reading

  • N things make a post

    17) It’s the 17th week of 2013. I think. 12) I’ve been married 12 years. 11) My car (which currently isn’t starting) is 11 years old.  Probably needs a new battery. 8) I’ve interviewed eight potential coworkers recently. 5) Five loads of laundry today. This is not counting the mattress cover and comforter, which went… Continue reading

  • Friday Fun

    OK, let’s talk about some fun stuff. @52stations tweeted this link: I also think today’s a day for Matt: Because Anything you want to share? Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [An occasional exercise in gratitude.] It’s Thursday.  I made it to Thursday. Monday I took 5 hours out of my day for a training class on interviews (with a special focus on behavioral interviewing, joy) followed by working late. Then my carpool buddy and I drove to the 1 post office still open so he could drop… Continue reading

  • Music Monday

    I discovered Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff’s parody of “Get Off Of My Cloud” this summer at Westercon. Lately I’ve been listening to it a lot more. Why? My birthday is coming up. I’m going to be 47, which moves me kinda-sorta-maybe closer to my “late forties“. Most of my coworkers are in their 20s and… Continue reading

  • Thankful Thursday

    [An occasional exercise in gratitude.] 1) Getting things done at work. 2) Realized I was feeling a bit fuzzy-headed and tired everytime I took my SSRI.  Being able to notice this sort of thing is somewhat new.  3) Successfully tapered down to a low dose without problems.  (Why? It’s been nearly two years since I… Continue reading

  • Series of Quotes: Disease

    Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease. Bill Maher Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease. William Osler I have… Continue reading

  • Around the web

    A useful discussion of how to say the right thing to someone in hospital (or other bad situation.) Christianity Today wonders if antidepressants keep people from God.  Fred Clark at Slacktivist responds: No pious jackasses sit around pondering “Should Christians Take Insulin?” No insufferably holier-than-thou idiots pretend it would be deeply spiritual if they said, “Rattlesnake… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Molly Lewis

    Molly Lewis also played at Norwescon :) “It All Makes Sense At The End” is about breaking up with Wikipedia. If Wikipedia was a person. And here’s a video of Molly performing “Sell Out” by Reel Big Fish with various guests at her graduation party concert in Seattle: Continue reading

  • What is with Ina Garten?

    Just for grins, I looked at which search terms have been most popular so far this year. And so far? Variations on the blog name: “living 400 lbs”, “living 400”, etc. Variations on the blog topic: “400 lbs”, “400 pounds”, “super obese”. Variations on Ina Garten’s weight: “ina garten weight”, “ina garten weigh loss”, “ina… Continue reading

  • Monday Music: Let’s Dance

    Specifically some dance music from some of the new-to-me performers at Norwescon! From local jpop artist Rai Kamishiro’s new album is “Doki Doki Feelings” Lyrics are on bandcamp. Chiptune artist Jonny Nero Action Hero.  Here’s his Doctor Who song “Exterminate“: Lyrics are on bandcamp. And from nerdcore artist Klopfenpop comes “Don’t Panic“: Lyrics are on bandcamp. Continue reading

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Former software tester, now retired heart patient having fun and working on building endurance and strength. See also About page.

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