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Superpowers

A fun post today.

I was running and listening to this week’s episode of This American Life. In act two of the show a journalist asks people which superpower they would choose: invisibility or flight. Since I was running and running is my sort of meditation/thinking time I paused at the beginning of the story and thought about what superpower I would choose and why before listening to it.

I thought…

Invisibility. Flight.

Flight. Invisibility.

I could get places quickly. I could go places I normally wouldn’t have access to.

Hard decision.

I ultimately decided invisibility. And what would I do with that? I would slip into upper-level, small classes where an extra person would be noticed. Psych classes, medical classes. I would go to doctor’s rounds at the hospital and into places like the white house and senate chambers where gaining access is incredibly difficult. And invisibility would be nice sometime when I just didn’t want to deal with people. I could relax in the park, curl up in a corner of the library, or bypass irritating people that feel the need to make awkward conversation every time they see me. ┬áIt briefly occurred to me that in a sense my eating disorder feels like a step toward invisibility and I briefly pondered the implications of that and wondered if a trend would be seen among eating disorder sufferers and their superpower choices.

Then I listened to the podcast. And the choice of invisibility was kind of degraded. People chose invisibility to shoplift or spy on people. Most people determined that the power of invisibility would turn them into a criminal. People associated invisibility with shame, denial, guile, and unwanted or embarrassing characteristics.

And I would use invisibility for the pursuit of knowledge. …..intriguing…….

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Interesting

Here are just a few things I have read today and found quite interesting.

A study on where sharing appears the most. And thoughts about why these appear more often in places that we may not expect them.

Moral Lessons, Down Aisle 9

An op-ed on some of the greatest high-school students in the US. Sometimes I read about things like this and I am saddened by all the opportunities I never had growing up. Then of course I feel terrible because I didn’t grow up in one of the well-known “under-served, inner city” school districts. Instead I grew up in a [slightly poor], small, rural district. Yes, we didn’t deal with drugs or gangs or violent crimes, but we were forgotten in many of the same ways. Teachers didn’t want to come teach there, salaries were low, we didn’t have money for supplies, we had to cut sports teams and teachers. Though a decent number of students technically “pursue” higher education, nearly 80% of those attend a 2-year community college and very few go further than that. In summary, I am jealous of these kids. And Thomas Friedman makes a great point about how immigration and inter-connected-ness can create amazing ideas for this world.

America’s Real Dream Team

I think I see the point here, but I’m not sure if I like how they word it. I don’t know that we need to be concerned about weight or diet restrictions. But I have read previous research studies that have shown a child’s food preferences are set before they attend school so I believe that the focus should be shifted toward teaching parents to eat a healthy diet so they in turn can influence a child’s food choices toward healthful, nutritious foods.

Baby Fat May Not Be So Cute After All

And this just cracks me up:

The Sound of Jello Wobbling Is Recorded for the First Time

~L

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