January 19th, 2010



Shh, don't tell anyone but hey look, the sun's out!

Don't worry though, our normal programming is supposed to resume this afternoon with more cold southerly squalls. You want I should call my client and book the sheep in just to make sure it rains? *cough*

Last night my stomach progressed from queasy to gassy and started playing tunes. Sadly it seems to favour Queen, and now I have Don't Stop Me Now stuck in my head. Also, I may have jumped the gun a little with the coriander assumption - apparently there's something going round at the moment and the Tummy Plays The Blues thing is sounding mighty similar to someone else I know a week ago. It might just have been a case of timing, but I'm staying away from coriander anyway.

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I am tired of ads telling me that I can lose 10 pounds of belly fat in a week by following one simple rule. For a start I don't have 10 pounds of belly fat. Second, what belly fat I have, I LIKE. Third, we measure stuff in kilograms. Please fuck off now, ads.

Seriously though - men! When you are surfing the net do you also get these ads in the sidebar of sites you view? And if so, do they depict a woman, or a man? I'm trying to find out if the internet has somehow deduced my gender and is trying to tailor ads to me, or if the internet just thinks more women want to lose 10 pounds of belly fat.

OK I just scratched myself on the arm and it drew blood. WTF..


Seems AirNZ is pulling the cougar ad 4 days earlier than originally planned. However, they are saying it's because the competition is oversubscribed and making no apology, saying it was all just a bit of fun.

I know lots of people have commented here and other places saying what they think. I'm asking you now to tell the people who need to hear this. If you found this promotion offensive and if you think it makes a joke of sexual assault and/or perpetuates harmful stereotypes, tell them.

Telling me is fine, but I'm only one voice and these people need to know how many voices there are.


[EDIT] I note that ZM are keeping their 'Rare Meat' campaign very very quiet. It's there on their website but you have to look for it. Yes, they are looking for young male volunteers to glorify sexual harrassment sit in the so-called cougar pride zone at the Sevens.