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Oct 03

Knowledge Is Power; Ignorance Is Bliss

What did we ever do without the internet? There is virtually no question left unanswered these days and no information that cannot be garnared from a quick Google search. In line at Starbucks and want to know the latest on the ebola virus (because that goes well with a latte)? Google it. Getting gas and wondering what your pace per mile needs to be for a sub 1:30 half marathon? Google it. Your kids are wrestling to the death at Target, and you want to pretend they’re not yours? Google something. Anything! (child restraints? nannies? therapists? nearby bars?)

Ignorance

All this information, of course, comes with a price. There are many, many things I wish I didn’t know. Some weeks, the more I read, the more I wish I could go back to 1989, sit on my mom’s lap, and read a Sweet Valley High book.

Instead, here’s a sampling of some of the things I read this week that I really didn’t need to know:

Facebook Apologizes to LGBT Community – Computerworld

Well at least they’re apologizing to someone! Apparently when you use the name ‘Sister Roma’ or ‘Little Miss Hot Mess’ as your legal name, it gets red flagged.

“Drag queens and other members of the LGBT community initially met with Facebook last month after some of their profiles were deleted and then restored, ostensibly because they weren’t using their legal names.”

Oh how I would have loved to see that meeting!

How To Run Faster by Improving Your Mobility – Daily Burn

This was such a well written piece (with video of each move!) by my friend Amanda over at Miss Zippy.  However, if I could only stay ignorant about what I really and truly need to do to get faster, I would feel a lot less guilty when I avoid the improvement of my mobility, and just continue to pound it into the ground! Darn it! If only hour-long massages, wine and pedicures made you faster…

Just working on my speed and mobility..

Just working on my speed and mobility..

 

9 Things Successful People Won’t Do – Entrepreneur

I almost didn’t even want to read this because I was sure I was doing eight of them. But, the author had me at #1 – They Won’t Let Anyone Limit Their Joy! And then #9 smacked me in the face – – They Won’t Say ‘Yes’ Unless They Really Want To. But it’s sooooo hard to say ‘no!’

The Ugliness of Miss America – Learnist

When I read the opening paragraph…:

“The Miss America contest seems like a bizarre relic, a holdover from another era. With outdated and exclusive rules and controversy, its glory days are long past and it’s time to celebrate and reward women for more than rocking a bikini.”

…I just had to read more. Then I saw this:

 

Like everything John Oliver does, this piece is hilarious but also has a serious side. You will not believe how they used to (literally) measure the contestants when pageants first began, or what Donald Trump says about beauty. Forget Scandal and Grey’s this is must see TV!

Hope Solo and Domestic Assault Charges – ESPNW

So, we’ve all read (and seen) the atrocities of Ray Rice and Adrian Petersen regarding domestic/child abuse. It’s not pretty, but that type of violence is usually associated with men being violent toward women or children. So what happens when it’s a women doing the hitting? Kate Fagan wrote a few articles on the craziness that is Hope Solo, and the domestic assault charges she faces from assaulting her sister and nephew. The last article Fagan wrote however, was titled Why I Feel Bad About My Last Hope Solo Column and here’s why:

“I feel like my column allowed too many people to reach a quick and easy resolution to a problem that is incredibly complex. (See? Women commit domestic violence, too, so let’s just call it even and get back to watching some football!)”

It made me think, and sometimes, I hate that!

It’s a jungle out there people, and unless you want your eyes to bleed and brain to swirl with nonsense, choose your clicks wisely!

Read anything good on the internet lately?

What’s something you know now, that you wish you didn’t?

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  1. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    It’s so crazy the things that you find on the internet. ANYTHING! The last good thing I saw? Homemade kids Halloween costumes gone bad. There were so many scary clowns that I had nightmares!
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    1. vita88

      OMG that must have been ridiculous! I kinda want to see it… 🙂

  2. Janine Huldie

    It is truly insane the things I do know now I wish I didn’t, because of Google. I will say this many of my searches are technical related with blogging and such and see what could be out there on certain topics when I am writing my article for my design blog. You would be amazed at what you could find and sadly so much of it doesn’t even work (tips and tricks), but still people publish it. Oh well, still annoying and frustrating.
    Janine Huldie recently posted…ArtSee Crafts for Kids to Make & ShipMy Profile

    1. vita88

      YES! That is beyond frustrating!!! I’ve tried to use plug-ins before that people “swear by” on YouTube and I’ve gotten zero from it, more then once. It makes me nuts! Now I only take advice from other bloggers and designers like YOU!

  3. misszippy

    First, thanks for including me! And second, I am dying to read that Miss America piece and watch the video. I will today!
    misszippy recently posted…I’m racing this weekend!My Profile

    1. vita88

      Absolutely. I really did the mobility moves twice this week. I thought my hips would break the first time around, but I’ve loosened up nicely. Imagine what will happen if I make a habit of it!
      You will LOVE the video. Definitely make time to watch it!!

  4. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    The internets have way too much information out there. I google some of the most asinine topics but you know what? Someone has usually googled it first lol. The wealth of info is awesome but can be overwhelming at the same time. The miss America pageant makes me so sad because what they go through, the objectification of it all is ridiculous. Also would love to be reading sweet valley high in my tween world of bliss because I had no idea all this would be happening when I grew up!
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    1. vita88

      Little did I know that I would actually be a mother of twins…when I was reading about twins!!! Crazy town!
      Miss America is just absurd and, if you watch the video, it’s even worse then I thought. Some of the questions they are are insane!…as well as the celebrities who are doing the asking…

  5. Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat

    When we went through all the worry over baby measuring small towards the end of our pregnancy, I yearned for some ignorance then and kept thinking how truly blissful it can be. Because knowing led to worry which made enjoying those last few weeks a real challenge.
    Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat recently posted…{Baby Annalise} 1 Month UpdateMy Profile

    1. vita88

      Reading all the information out there about pregnancy when you’re pregnant, always leads to needless worry. When I was pregnant with the twins, I got a book in the mail from the hospital I was delivering them at. It was written by doctors and it scared the ever loving crap out of me!!! I put it in a closet and didn’t look at it again until after they were born. Guess what? NONE of the bad stuff happened!

  6. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    Way too much bad information can be found for sure! Half the stuff I read I can’t even imagine it to be completely true. I still have to read Amanda’s article and I really want to read the Entrepreneur magazine article!
    Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness recently posted…Intermittent Fasting – Is It Right For Me?My Profile

    1. vita88

      You should absolutely read both…starting with Amanda’s. I’ve done the moves twice this week and always feel really good afterward. Plus, it’s only three moves, but they make a big difference!

  7. Jodi

    I just had the exact same experience last night! I was scrolling through some headlines and everything was negative and it became overwhelming! I felt so alone and sad when I finally made myself stop reading. Luckily, my night shift husband was home last night to confide in. I think it is time for me to quit reading headlines and read a light and fluffy book in the evening! It never helps that Im tapering before my marathon so I cant even get the satisfaction of a long hard run to get it out! Im heading back to ignorance for a while. :o)

    1. vita88

      I’m with you! I want a little ignorance back in my life…especially when it comes to the ‘hard’ news. There’s rarely anything uplighting but, I can’t read about health and fitness all the time either! Good luck getting though the taper 🙂

  8. Yum Yucky

    I spend most of my days scouring the Interwebs for racy images of food porn. Good thing that’s legal.
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    1. vita88

      Ha ha ha!!! Yes, it is!

  9. Yum Yucky

    ((sulks)) my last comment didn’t show up. 🙁
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  10. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    So sometimes I pretend that it’s 1989 and I didn’t have internet, etc. I literally have blinders on have the time because there are so many crazies in this world. OK, I know that’s not an entirely realistic or healthy thing to do but some of the things I read about are just ridiculous. Aside from Amanda’s article and some of the ones on Hope Solo, I haven’t read the rest! I need to check them out.
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    1. vita88

      The Miss America one is a GREAT read/watch. And, I think wearing blinders sometimes is quite healthy. Go for it.

  11. Britt@MyOwnBalance

    Oh man, there are so many things out there that I can’t unsee! I agree that the Miss America pageant is pretty pointless and outdated.

    Today I read a pretty interesting article on Well and Good about a legal case involving yoga instructors in NYC. The issue is whether they are employees or independent contractors. Employees cost a lot more money because of wage restrictions, workers’ comp and unemployment insurance mandates. Most yoga studios treat the instructors as independent contractors. The article focused on how making these instructors employees is going to change the ability for studios to remain profitable and see students returning.
    Britt@MyOwnBalance recently posted…Friday’s Food & Fitness: A Food Tour and Body ConceptionsMy Profile

    1. vita88

      Yoga is BIG business and I’m not surprised that’s happening. Very interesting Britt! Thanks for bringing some good info here and classing up the place 🙂

  12. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Good post! I love the article by Miss Zippy! Will definitely be sharing that in my MRTT chapter! We have so many injuries right now. There are lots of thinks i’m finding out recently that I would rather not…particularly stuff about current events over seas. I won’t go into specifics though I love to live in the world of denial. I need to take my kids to the mountains and live in a bubble. Feeling pretty jaded about the world…uggh.
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    1. vita88

      The more you read the news, the more jaded you become. It’s awful!!
      I’m sure your MRTT group will really benefit from Amanda’s piece. I know I have!!

  13. Tamara

    I worry that my attention span is suffering because I used to go whole days, or even weeks, without checking my email once. And now.. an hour?? Maybe? If I’m working or sleeping, that’s pretty much it.
    There are depressing, interesting and even inspiring things posted.. every second.
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    1. vita88

      So true!! It’s hard to just find some balance in that regard…especially as a blogger!!

  14. jill conyers

    Great links! Love the “successful people won’t do” read! Amanda always has great running info.
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    1. vita88

      Thanks Jill. Glad you got something out of it 🙂

  15. Alison

    Before I started blogging, I did not know about Elf on the Shelf. Now I know a little too much and wish I didn’t.
    Alison recently posted…Hey, I Have Feelings TooMy Profile

    1. vita88

      Hahahaha!!! Do you do it for the boys? I use mine every year and it totally works for behavior. My kids love our elf (Johnny) but I’m afraid, now that they’re in school this year, that someone will tell them he’s not real.

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