I despise the “You don’t drink?” question when meeting new people. It seems to come with a tinge of “What the fuck is wrong with you?” Maybe I’m projecting, but still, it definitely comes with a tinge of, “You are not like the rest of us.” I mean, really - pregnant or not, can we just drink or not drink on any given night and not have it be a bfd?
Totally agree! I feel the same way. I’ve been getting this BS since I was, oh, I don’t know, 18 or so? It’s some bullshit for sure.
I always reference a comedian whose name I can’t even remember now but who once did a routine on how people don’t act all weird about anything else the way they do about alcohol. People don’t go, “You don’t use mayonnaise? Why? Are you addicted to mayonnaise? Is it okay if I use mayonnaise?”
“…In fact, the tremendous availability online of personal information threatens to alter what has been an almost sacred relationship between therapist and patient. Traditionally, therapists obtained information about a patient through face-to-face dialogue. If outside information was needed, the therapist would obtain the patient’s consent to speak with family members or a previous mental-health practitioner. At the same time, patients traditionally knew little about their therapists outside the consulting room. Now, with the click of a mouse, tech-savvy therapists and patients are challenging the old rules and raising serious questions about how much each should know about the other and where lines should be drawn.
Among the questions under debate:
Should a therapist review the Web site of a patient or conduct an online search without that patient’s consent?
“Such is the march of progress. 40 years ago you could open the hood of your car and see and touch just about every component in there. And you had to, because many of those components required frequent maintenance. To properly own a car required, to some degree, that you understood how a car worked. Today, you open the hood of your car and you see a big sealed block and a basin for the windshield washer fluid. You can buy a new car, drive it for years, and never once open the hood yourself.
Something important and valuable is indeed being lost as Apple shifts to this model of computing. But it’s a trade-off, because something new that is important and valuable has been gained.”—Daring Fireball: The Kids Are All Right
"The first visual impression (it’s just a big iPod Touch!) is seriously misleading. Until you actually hold it and interact with it, you can’t appreciate how its scale makes the iPad a different animal from the iPhone and the Touch."
"I discovered that one doesn’t relate to it as a "tool"; the experience is closer to one’s relationship with a person or an animal. I know how weird that sounds. But consider for a moment. We are human beings; our first responses to anything are dominated not by calculations but by feelings. What Ive and his team understand is that if you have an object in your pocket or hand for hours every day, then your relationship with it is profound, human and emotional. Apple’s success has been founded on consumer products that address this side of us: their products make users smile as they reach forward to manipulate, touch, fondle, slide, tweak, pinch, prod and stroke."