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Want To Lose Weight?

Don’t respond to those e-mails, the Culture Ghost makes it easy. His dieting assistance plan starts here and then you scroll up. It will definitely “put you off your feed.”

Aside: when the e-mails about hoodia started, I thought they were for sweatshirts, given that spelling is not a strong suit among spammers. This is the downside of not watching TV.


1 Michael { 04.14.07 at 1:40 pm }

I’m sticking to my French diet–croissants, pastries galore, rich foods served dripping with butter and swimming in cream sauces, washed down with good wine by the quart. And walking. A whole lot of walking. Beginning about a month from now :-9

2 Bryan { 04.14.07 at 1:58 pm }

I know, I know, you get to escape again and go to a country where the workweek is 35 hours, vacations are normal, and health care is universal.

3 Michael { 04.14.07 at 5:13 pm }

Yeah. I find it difficult to get a lot of sympathy when I tell people that I “have” to visit France.

4 Bryan { 04.14.07 at 7:11 pm }

You could have booked Turkmenistan or Belarus, but there isn’t a lot in the way of archives in either location.

5 Michael { 04.14.07 at 9:12 pm }

Not to mention that I don’t speak either of the local languages, and I’m not a Russian historian. (Though I am working on a paper on the historiography of Bolshevik/Soviet nationality policy.)

6 Bryan { 04.14.07 at 9:53 pm }

That’s okay, a lot of the people who live there don’t speak the local language yet: they still rely on Russian for a lot of things. It’s not so bad for the Belarus, but the Turkmen have to agree on the final form of their alphabet.

Soviet historiography, hmm, that would be a lot like Al Franken’s book [Lies and the …etc.] It is derived from the project of Tsar Aleksandr I – “How to buy your nation a more exciting history”. Between the tsars and the Orthodox Church, early Russian records and history are mostly fiction, and the Soviets continued the practice.

7 The CultureGhost { 04.14.07 at 11:51 pm }

Strange how I go through “phases”…two weeks ago it was postage (go figure)…and now food, though this may be in part due to my attempts to get my GERD under control. I’ve been on a rather bland diet since Wednesday so food is an “issue.”

My subject matter also is predicated by what I find in my hunts for material…I’ve got a stack of automobile advertising that I haven’t figured out what to do with yet…

8 Bryan { 04.15.07 at 12:11 am }

Hmmm, cars – global warming, machismo, American dream

If you have the Pinto, Corvair, Edsel, Yugo, and/or Gremlin there are a lot of possibilities for disaster humor.

Cars as symbols wealth Rolls v. Yugo or stick a sedan in the middle for a: what you wanted; what you needed; what you could afford.


9 BadTux { 04.15.07 at 2:52 am }

I’m on the pizza diet at the moment, but save a few croissants for me…

10 Bryan { 04.15.07 at 3:11 am }

Man, I don’t know how you can keep it up on that pizza. I would be on a prune juice IV if I tried it.

11 Steve Bates { 04.15.07 at 3:51 am }

As Paul Simon sang… hoodia think you’re foolin’. Or something like that.

12 Bryan { 04.15.07 at 11:13 am }

It would appear to be a lot of people based on the level of spam.