Saturday, April 3, 2010

Femonomics reads the internet so you don't have to: the iPad, customer service, Kwanzaa cakes, and more!

The iPad is here!  And Huffington Post is apparently now the iPad Post!  Gawker thinks you should buy one or ignore it!   Boing Boing thinks Apple is a creativity-squashing bully!  Some guy who likes being in newspapers was the first in line for it!  Modern Family (on ABC, owned by Disney, whose largest shareholder is Steve Jobs) did a 30-minute infomercial for it that was definitely not product placement!  Oh man, Apple exhausts me.

I just spent 40 minutes on the phone trying to get my money back from boots I returned 3 months ago.  Do you have a really horrific customer service experience?  Please, do share in the comments.  And, to make you feel better, read this hilarious complaint letter to Virgin Airlines. 

Have you seen Sandra Lee's Kwanzaa cake yet?  I just came across it after clicking a link from the Fug Girls, and let me tell you, it's a treat you don't want to miss.  (Sandra Lee hosts a show called "Semi-Homemade," where she takes store-bought food and does unspeakable things to it.)

Jennifer Hudson has a new Weight Watchers commercial that awesomely emphasizes making healthier choices instead of focusing on weight loss.  Moreover, Hudson doesn't express discontentment with her old body, or measure her success in pounds.  I think it's badass, but, I mean, it's still a Weight Watchers commercial.

The NYTimes has an interesting Op-Ed about female Chechen suicide bombers.  There's also a semi-decent column by David Brooks (who you know I could do without) about how one's personal life (he says marriage, but I'm not sure that's right for everyone) is more important than professional success in determining happiness.  I agree to a certain extent, but think it's all about the balance.  For example, it can be hard to have a very happy marriage if one is professionally frustrated.  Also, you have to see this amazing story about people suffering from Parkinson's disease who can nonetheless ride bicycles with perfect ability.

On the topic of marriage, I like this piece by Bitch, PhD on open marriage.  She makes the important point that our concept of normality is defined by what works for us.  (But she phrases it thusly: "If you've slept with n people, anyone who's slept with n+1 people is a slut.")

Also in the NYTimes, some reasonable pieces about confronting America's health problems without fat shaming.  And, some very thoughtful reader letters in response to this piece on women in the sciences.

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