What I’m watching lately | August/September 2017 edition

This is the second edition of What I’m Watching Lately. These are not all of the videos I’ve watched, but a few that I think are worth sharing and talking about.

Here is the previous edition for June/July.

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A few things to watch

Evidence of evolution in our bodies


As a scientist, I don’t like their use of the word “proof” in the title of this video, but that’s semantics. The video points out a few cool facts about our bodies. This could serve as good fodder for your next dinner party!

I have a young nephew, and I know he would enjoy a few of these too!

Going green shouldn’t be hard


This addresses some issues that I have taken a slight step back from in recent years, but now that I’m settled back into life in New York would like to get reacquainted with.

They make a very good point about how it has become the responsibility of the consumer to recycle and reuse materials. The ultimate example of that is how the Japanese treat recycling, and recycling wrongly can be a social taboo.

Recently in New York City, they’ve started collection of organic waste for some neighborhoods. They started in my parents’ building back in May. Curbside pickup makes it easier than ever to reduce how much we send to the landfills, but it also creates new challenges. With pickup on 2 days a week, the organic waste builds up, smelling strongly of rotting waste and attracting insects and rodents.

Pain being ignored by doctors


A while ago I read an interesting article about this particular issue. It doesn’t just happen to women, but there is a large bias against women.

I didn’t go through this exact thing, but I did have some difficulty when I consulted with doctors about my gut issues. I had a period where I was bloated every single day, and sometimes would experience pain. But the bloating got so bad sometimes that I would feel depressed about it. I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want anyone to see me with my lower belly protruding so much.

Eventually, after seeing 3 different gastroenterologists that didn’t really give much help, I figured out on my own that I probably had issues because I had taken antibiotics several times in the same few months which caused an imbalance in my gut flora. I figured out that I had sensitivities to wheat, garlic and onion, and a little bit to fructose and lactose. I started controlling my diet, and even kept up eating low FODMAPs while traveling. It’s been a year and 8 months now since I’ve started this and am now slowly reintroducing wheat, garlic and onion into my diet.

Anyway, if you feel that something is wrong in your body, it’s probably true! Keep seeking help and don’t give up on yourself. It’s not all in your head! Your body is very good at giving you signals when something is off, and we should listen to those signals.

Adorkable misogyny is a thing


This reminds me of what I don’t enjoy about comic or anime conventions. It makes me sick to see women playing into this type of misogyny by wearing skimpy costumes and posing for photos. There is a difference between sexy cosplay and gratuitous showing of skin and body parts. A sexy character is what it is, but sexualizing non-sexy characters for no reason other than to show off is something else. I don’t want to get too much into it, because it’s a thin line between trying to make a point and slut-shaming.

This bothers me to no end, though, and I’ve stopped trying to go to conventions mostly because of this. Which is a shame, because I would like conventions otherwise.

On a larger scale, this type of misogyny is not outright offensive, but the more you think about it, the more you realize how harmful it can be. I don’t quite know what the solution is, but maybe making people more aware of this can help.

Minimalism


I wouldn’t say that I’m a good minimalist, but I am trying. I got rid of so many things when I moved out of my childhood home this past summer. Papers, old reports, books, clothes. Everything and anything.

My new room has enough space for most of my things, but I still want to get rid of a lot of clothes. I still feel like I have too many. My one weakness is outdoor gear. I probably get too excited than I should about new bags and outdoor gear on Kickstarter. Although I’ve gotten better about my spending on Kickstarter, I still need to be careful.

I have a lot of Ultimate gear, some of which I could give away and some of which have sentimental value but I wouldn’t use often. I’m not sure how to handle the category of clothing.

I don’t have much stuff other than that. I haven’t bought shoes or normal clothes probably in about a year. It would feel better if I had more free space in my closet, so that will be my project for this fall.

’Til next time

That’s it for this edition! If you have any recommendations for me, I’d love that!

I’ll be traveling for most of the month of October, so I may combine October with November and December for the next edition!