Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- It was a pretty quiet week. Had a massage for the first time in a few weeks, as my massage therapist had been on vacation, so that was nice.
- Out of curiosity about who this Ben Shapiro conservative blowhard was, I watched a video of him talking about Dr. Anthony Fauci and masks. He himself is out there enough, but sweet fancy Moses, the comments were downright scary. No wonder the delta variant is rampaging through these people like a wildfire. It’s rather ironic that many of them were insisting that Dr. Fauci isn’t an actual doctor, yet they’re choosing to take public health advice from Ben Shapiro…
- I got a spammy blogger outreach email this week from an ammunition company wanting me to link to their article blaming SSRIs for mass shootings. Oh for fuck’s sake, are they that dumb that they think this is appropriate? I usually ignore marketing emails, but in this case, I made an exception and let ‘er rip in a reply.
- WEGO Health announced the finalists for their annual awards. These kinds of awards (as in the bigger ones, not the assorted winner-less ones floating around the blogosphere) fascinate me, because they tend to reflect things other than what they reflect on the surface. One of the only names I recognized was a finalist for Best in Blog. What makes it interesting is that this person’s blog isn’t their thing; their podcast is their main project, and they’re active on social media, but it’s been almost a year since their last blog post. I’m sure there were plenty of people nominated who were very active with their blogs, so it makes for an odd choice. It’s not that there isn’t a podcast category; there is. Similarly, Vuelio‘s 2021 top 10 UK mental health blogs list earliier this year included a blog run by someone I know and who is fabulous, but this person has mostly stepped away from their blog to focus on other things and was running mostly link-dropping guest posts by marketers.
- On a related note, Feedspot has assorted top blog lists that aren’t reflective of top anything. It finally clicked in my head that them selling their list of contacts, something they freely admit that they do, is probably a source of at least some of the spammy emails I get, so I’ve asked them to take me off their list.
- I stumbled across a master’s thesis from Pace University called “Examining Stigma Against Mental Health Victims Among Public Health Administration Students.” Mental health victims??? Where it gets weird is that the “against mental health victims” bit wasn’t in the actual title of the thesis document, nor was the term “victim” anywhere in the thesis itself; it was only in in the title that the Pace library had listed it under. Who pulled that out of their ass to arbitrarily add in? I emailed the school’s library to point out the discrepancy, and got a response that they’d look into it and make any necessary corrections. I was pretty impressed that they did correct it, and very quickly at that, but I’m still curious how it made it in there in the first place.
I couldn’t remember how old Oreo was (or any of the others, for that matter), so I was looking at the dates of pictures on my phone to try to figure it out. I’ve had her since 2015, and she was at least a year old when I adopted her, so she’s probably 7-ish, which is pretty old for a guinea pig.
How has your week been?