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How to make oatmeal......wrong

McDonald’s and oatmeal:

Incredibly, the McDonald’s product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)

Hollywood's obsession with tiny women, big meals

Stars are increasingly being pressured to show off their appetites while staying skinny. It’s time for it to stop.

The Sad Science of Hipsterism

In a paper  in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Consumer Research entitled “Demythologizing Consumption Practices: How Consumers Protect Their Field-Dependent Identity Investments from Devaluing Marketplace Myths,” authors Zeynep Arsel and Craig J. Thompson delve deep into the phenomenon of hipsterism, and in particular its most abiding mystery: if everyone hates hipsters, why would anyone want to be one?

The long and short of it is that they don’t.

…That’s right: Nobody likes hipsters, not even hipsters.

Entertaining and interesting article.  Though, I gotta say - anyone else suffering from hipster-fatigue, and hipster-hate-fatigue?

Yet another problem with Twilight:

It teaches people that stalking is romantic.  Please note: No, it isn’t.

i sat behind you at he midnight showing of Eclipse last night. Me: medium height, dark hair, long nails, mysterious. You: straight long blond hair, full ruby lips, you were wearing black cargo pants and a twilight hoodie. as your hair draped down behind your seat i just has to hold it and smell it deeply(pantene. great choice). i dont remember much ov the movie but i will always remember the smell and texture of your hair. the way you sound when you whisper and laugh. after the movie i followed you and your friend to perkin’s. i waited outside in my car so i could watch you eat and smile. i followed you home and made sure you got there safely.i noticed you left you car unlocked so i went to have a look into your life. i can tell by looking in your car that we have a lot in common. if you want your dash ornaments back you will have to meet me and we can have a great time getting to know each other. “grin”

Phun with Photoshop.  Click-through for the article.

Phun with Photoshop. Click-through for the article.

Oil Spill Threatens Native American Water Village

The town of Grand Bayou, Louisiana, has no streets and no cars, just water and boats. And now the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the very existence of the Atakapa-Ishak Indians who live there. “We’re facing the potential for cultural genocide,” says one tribe member.


I’ve studied psychology for a long time.  I have a BA and a MA in it.  I’d like to think I know a bit about it.  I’d like to say a couple of things to the world:

1.) Freud, and much of the meat of psychoanalysis, are total crap.  Really.  Freud and Jung and all of that stuff are applied far more in literary analysis, but the majority of us in psychology don’t take it seriously.

2.) Just because I’ve studied psychology, please don’t ask me to psychoanalyze your friend or your boss or your mom or you.  I can’t interpret your dreams.  I can’t diagnose your uncle.  Even it weren’t an incredibly awkward thing to ask of your friends, not to mention highly unethical of me, I personally studied research psychology.  RESEARCH.  I’d be only too delighted to talk to you about executive function and meditation and asymmetric hemispheric activity and biological motion and sensation and perception and the like, but please, no psychoanalysis.

One last thing: Psychology Today is like the Cosmo of psychology.  Just so we’re clear.

Thanks for listening to my little rant. 

Love, me

Fox News calls Mr. Rogers evil:

They actually use the word “evil” to describe Mr. Rogers and criticize him for his “optimistic message where everyone was special even if they didn’t deserve it”, which is “ruining kids with a sense of entitlement.”

Arizona Ethnic Studies Classes Banned, Teachers With Accents Can No Longer Teach English

I love my home state of Arizona (and my later-in-life home state of Texas) because the natural beauty present is incredible.  But goddamn if it doesn’t have some of the most backassward politics.  Ugh.

Banning toys given in fast food meals

They actually missed out on a key point - that offering toys with Happy Meals etc. actually starts a process of classical conditioning in children to want McDonald’s.  The negative impact on children’s health - more far off in the future than is being discussed in the video, though - has validity. There have been a number of other studies recently demonstrating the other forms of classical conditioning displayed by people who go to McDonald’s - just the sight of the golden arches is enough to induce a physiological craving in people.

Also, this is not taking the decision-making out of parents’ hands, not by a long shot.  It’s removing the toys.  That’s all.

Hollywood to Actors: No Surgery, Please

Television executives at Fox Broadcasting, for example, say they have begun recruiting more natural looking actors from Australia and Britain because the amply endowed, freakishly young-looking crowd that shows up for auditions in Los Angeles suffers from too much sameness.