Yoga Toes

Posted in Humor on April 23rd, 2009 by MadDog
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PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: This post has absolutely nothing to do with the practice of yoga.  I’ve been practicing yoga since I was a child. I possibly know more about it than you do. If you do not read the post or if you misunderstand it, then please don’t leave a comment extolling the virtues of yoga, since this post is not  about yoga. It is about a stupid product that people buy because they are fooled  into thinking is has something to do with yoga. If you’re one of those people, then I’m sad for you. I won’t bother to allow any more comments that have nothing to do with the real content of this post. (Have a look at the comments to see what I mean. Very comical!)

I’m forever on the lookout for stupid stuff that people buy. Not that I want any of it. It is only for purposes of intense amusement. This one made me shake my head in wonder:

Yoga Toes
Okay, I can understand that some people might want to have their toes played with (we will call it massage, but we all know that it’s something else). Personally, I’m very skittish about who touches my feet, as I made clear in Instructions to My Masseuse * in my post Mad Dog Gets a Lube. (Please note the red asterisk and read the footnote BEFORE opening Instructions to My Masseuse. )

Have a look at those contraptions. Do they seem a mite risky? I would not trust my lower phalanges to any device, let alone something that strongly resembles an automated guillotine.  What if something goes wrong? Will your toes be scattered across the floor?  (Cat got your toes?) Can you walk around with these gizmos attached to your feet or must you sit back and take it? In precisely what manner does YogaToes “Improve and prevent foot problems”?

I’m keenly suspicious. However, if you are still teetering on the edge of desire for “Great VIBES for you toes”, the visit the YogaToes web site.

While we’re on the ticklish subject of toes, I’m compelled to present to you a Public Service Announcement concerning BAD SHOES. On my recent bush walk I gave my shoes away to one of my porters after only six hours of trudging up and down the mountains and slopping through the streams. My big toes were killing me. Once I was rid of the shoes I was fine. I’ve had nearly three decades of going barefoot most of the time to toughen up my tootsies. Here’s what Cruel Shoes can do to your precious piggies:

Oh!  My toes!Sorry to have to put you through that.

Let me make it up to you by showing you my cheery chilli bush the way it looked this morning in the Chablis coloured morning light:

My chilli bush in the morning sunlight

The last time I got this excited about chillies was way back in March 2008 with Shiny Happy Chilies Holding Hands.

* Contains suggestive language that may or may not offend according to your sensibilities. If in doubt, don’t read it. It’s intended to be funny, but your mileage may vary.

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Lightbox is Killed After One Day

Posted in Mixed Nuts on April 23rd, 2009 by MadDog
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I got a comment on yesterday’s post about Lightbox – the gizmo that pops up an image on a darkened background instead of opening a new browser window.

Milly, an “avid reader” (her words) said that she often wants to do something with my images other than just looking at them. She makes screen savers of them and uses them in other ways. You can read her comment at the end of An Experiment With Lightbox.

Another disadvantage of Lightbox was that I had to make my images smaller. I went down from 1200 as a maximum pixel dimension to 800 for landsacpe shots and 600 for portrait. This reduces drastically the quality of the full-size image that you might want to print or use as a screensaver.

So, as I promised Milly, I’m killing lightbox after only one day. I’m going to continue to check it out and look for alternatives that might allow both the quick and pretty pop-up images while allowing access to a full-sized high resolution image.

Starting with tomorrow’s post, we will be back with full-sized images that will pop up in a new browser window or tab.

Thanks, Milly

Just because I hate to post without an image, here’s how Faded Glory appeared to me this morning:

Faded Glory basks in the morning sun
Sorry, Lightbox. You may yet get another chance if you behave.

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