The New Media is Unfair to Everyone

ashley wagner


Ashley Wagner is a beautiful young woman.

In fact, the Olympics were full of beautiful young people.  They are the best of the best.  The perfect pinnacle of the human species.

And social media caught the picture above as Ashley saw her score… and made it an internet meme.  It made her famous.

This is totally unfair to Ashley.  She is probably one of the most beautiful of our species.  But the picture is not representative of her beauty.

It is also unfair to the other athletes.  They are being upstaged by a momentary expression of angst at seeing scores.  They all deserve our adulation, but our attention is being diverted to Ashley.

It is unfair to us.  We deserve to see the pictures of the best of our species achieving the absolute best humans can get.  But we are fed pictures of momentary expressions of our heroes.

Even more depressing, we are fed whatever is on the day hot list.  We are fed a constant output of the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, or whatever other tripe the press wants to push.

We deserve to be inspired by great achievement and conquest.  Instead, we are fed funny pictures and useless trivia.

When given the choice, demand better.  Otherwise, the press is unfair to everyone.


Average American Eating



How does your diet compare to the average American?  (source: )

1. Soda: 44 gallons/year
2.  Hamburgers: 156 burgers/year
3. French Fries: 29 pounds/year
4. Hot Dogs: 21/summer
5. Chicken McNuggets: 15/year
6. Bacon: 18 pounds/year
7. Donuts: 63/year
8. Potato Chips: 4 pounds/year
9. Oreos: 22/year
10. Ice Cream: 47 pints/year
11. Pizza: 46 slices/year

Like most measures, I am above average in some areas and below in others!  It’s been a little over a year since giving up soda on my way to a 40 pound weight loss (in this post) – so I am way under the average on that.  My worst area is pizza.  I can eat 46 slices in a month! … Perhaps I am eating smaller pieces than average?

How about you?

Making a List and Checking it Twice



You better watch out, you better not cry.
You better not pout.  I’m telling you why.
Santa Clause is coming to town.

He’s making a list.  He’s checking it twice.
Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.
Santa Clause is coming to town.

In order to control spending you have to control what is spent on impulse buys.

People have different techniques to do that.  One of the most common ways (and the one that I have found is the most effective for me) is to put an item on a “wish list” and only buy it after an interval of time has passed (a week, a month, a quarter ?- you decide what works best for your life).  I also use it to decide if a sale item really fits into my life.  If it fits, it’s already on the list.

My Amazon  cart is in constant flux throughout the year as items are added, saved for later, and deleted.   Tens of thousands of dollars of virtual merchandise move through the process before any actual purchases are made.

The Independent Penguin only exchanges his money for things of value that will increase his happiness.  I’m still a work in progress.  But one of the things I do to try to get to his level is to make a list and check it twice.

Merry Christmas!