New Blog Vocabulary: Fatblogging
Getting back to the subject of inventing tech phrases (weblogisms), here’s another post that suggests some more: honeypots, sleepers, rockets, late bloomers, duds, screwdrivers, and pubs. Mr. Engtech came up with “blogamageddon” and found the two phrases “wypo” and “weblogism” in the comments at Techcrunch.
Meanwhile, Jason Calacanis has come up with one new web term that I’m sure will take off: fatblogging. Not only is it funny, it makes sense to link the desire to lose weight with computer types. I gained probably twenty pounds when I first started working in the tech industry, for several reasons:
1) Sitting in front of a glowing screen for eight hours means only moving fingers and hands.
2) Copious amounts of snacks sitting on people’s desks, so walking from cubicle to cubicle turned into “grazing”. There’s a scene in Haiku Tunnel which captures this situation perfectly.
3) Folks always going out to lunch.
4) Eating tastes of many techworkers involved cheeseburgers, burritos, and candy.
5) Fridge was stocked with free sodas.
6) Company ordered lunch out for us once a week, which was gigantic burritos or pizza.
7) Earning more money means more disposable income for food.
Anyhow, a lot of this fatblogging extravagance ended for me after Web 1.0. A few months of unemployment back then meant cutting out a lot of Twinkies. But I’d still like to lose 10 pounds. I’m currently at 172 and ideally I should be in the low 160s, based on my height and BMI. Also, sadly, I don’t get much exercise. I think the only reason why I’m not 200+ pounds is because I use mass transit (and therefore walk a fair amount).
Note: Another phrase has been coined. Another blogger doesn’t like reading about people’s weight loss efforts on their blogs and is calling such fatblogging information “fatspam“. The internet cracks me up.