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Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton

Femme, Freestyle, Flu, and Flip

Rating: 6 votes, 5.00 average.

It has been seemingly forever since one of my Vlogs has attracted 850+ hits (Spatulizaton Surgery) or 2000+ hits (my feature on swimming teammate, Meera "Will Swim For Polish Vodka" Ramsooksingh).

I thought that perhaps the fault was in my recent propensity for depressive ruminations, so it seemed reasonable that throwing a CreamPuff swim in might counter the trend towards melancholia and downerville descent. However, the recent posting that featured the velocitudinous maiden generated not much more, if any more, vlog traffic than the preceding entry, which compared modern life to the urge to vomit and the hope you can avoid vomiting but can't.

Neither extreme seems to have captured much of an audience. Thus today's entry will be my attempt to appeal to many, many different volg-experiencing constituencies.

1. Femme. As you can see, I am leading this vlog with a picture of our favorite Mermaid, a former Miss Junior Teenager Pennslvania who is clutching in her very dainty mitts in the picture above the official paper documenting that she has finally managed to ditch her slave name and re-adopt her maiden name in its place. Congratulations to our cheerful teammate who is no longer the linguistic chattel of what some have described as a living "devil." Today is also her birthday. Mermaid, this vlog--and the extreme free publicity it is likely to generate for any of your future money-making schemes and/or attempts to get a greater number of Facebook friends than me--well, this is your birthday gift from me.

What's that I hear?

Nonsense, you must keep this present! I know it's expensive, but I wouldn't think of accepting it back.

Okay, so much for the lecherous subset of the vlogging viewership.

2. Freestyle After last Sunday's 4 hour tennis beating, during which the combination of exhaustion and defeat conspired to drive me into the ground, I went to swimming practice on Monday and was unable to make the intervals! I ended up doing the whole practice and then some, however, I was slow, exhausted, achy, chilled (despite the chronically high temperatures of our Y septic tank), and riddled with stomach pains (though this could have been the fault of a training meal of french fries, a chocolate milkshake, and chicken wings.) Anyhow, I didn't do anything on Tuesday save lie around and ache in a fluish way. On Wednesday, I forced myself to go to practice but gave myself permission to go extremely slow, swim nothing but freestyle, and leave at any time. I ended up feeling okay, provided I did not swim hard. Of 3400 yards, only two 50s were swum out of my comfort zone.

Audience for above: swimmers looking for excuses to take it easy during practice when they imagine they might be sick.

3. Flu. I've been reading about the 1918 Pandemic and trying to arrange some interviews for what looks to be my next article--i.e., what the worried epidemiological world is doing now in the hopes of preventing a mass casuatly tag-team scenario or bird and swine flu strains, coming back with a vengeance. In the process of preliminary research, i came across the theories of one Paul Ewald, Ph.D., one of the founders of evolutionary medicine. I had assumed that he subscribed to the notion that viruses, for the most part, evolve in the direction of less virulence (rather than more of it) over time, under the theory that it does a rider little good to kill the horse upon which he is speedily galloping. It turns out the evolutionary biology of pathogens is infinitely more complex, and the "lesser virulence" scenario holds mainly when transmission from host to host becomes more difficult. I don't want to bore you with concepts I myself have not yet mastered, but suffice it to say, and you heard it first here, I predict a relative paucity of deaths come this winter, though a reasonably high infection rate. If you are lucky enough to have already caught flu, but the case was so mild that you wrote it off as a cold, then you, madam or sir, are almost certainly sitting in the catbird's seat.

Audience: me. I am really hoping that the last few days of achiness will be the only price I have to pay for not dying in November.

4. Flip. In the regular threads, Anna Lea Matysek, blushing bride of our web master nonpareil, AKA, MR. Anna Lea Matysek, or "Jim" Matysek as he was known before he married Anna Lea, recently posed a question about cheap video equipment. I answered her question in words there on the thread itself. Then, desirous of a break in reading about virulence evolution, I decided to do a video review of my recommended cheap camera, the Flip Ultra.

Here 'tis.

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  1. tjrpatt's Avatar
    Mishaps always seem to drive viewership to the blogs. I almost hit a deer on the way to practice and my blog views shot up. Of course, they were no where near yours or Leslie's view numbers. Overall, you never know what blogs will be poorly viewed or immensely viewed.
  2. Bobinator's Avatar
    I think summertime has caused bloggers to cut back and not respond as much.
    Is the flip ultra inexpensive? I need a little camera and it can't be complicated or I just simply wouldn't use it.
  3. jim thornton's Avatar
    You can get them really cheap if you are patient and go to THis site sells one item per day, and eventually a Flip Ultra will turn up. You want the one that takes normal batteries and records for an hour (though you won't need that much time.) It's super easy to use and cost about $87. It's little, too. Watch the movie!
  4. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    I love Woot. I got my daughter a Flip camera for her birthday and she's posted hours of footage of her leopard gecko on Youtube using it. It's such a cute camera I might get one myself when it Woot's again. The Chicken needs to tart up her blogs a bit....

    And yes Jim, that did cause a bit of motion sickness.
  5. jim thornton's Avatar
    I don't think I can move faster than the speed of light, as much as I wish I could, thus allowing me to travel back in time and undo all my mistakes, and in the process, substitute a whole new raft of other mistakes.
  6. RustyScupperton's Avatar
    Can't rate for some odd reason so my 9 stars will go here!
    Superb multiparted & multimedia Vlog!