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The Day the Laptop Died

Hello HOTR-Readers! Just a quick post tonight to make a not-so-great announcement.

Sunday night, my trusty ancient, crappy old laptop that I’ve been using to blog all these months suddenly died on me. This is the second time it’s happened within the past few months, and this time it looks like it’s for good.

What this means for the blog is that all blogging-related activities have been temporarily suspended. It’s pretty hard to write posts on my phone and though I’m thankful to have that feature, it’s not realistic to think I can continue to post from it on a regular basis. I’m not sure how long this hiatus will last. I’m in the process of trying to figure out what to do next (read: waiting for a pot of money to fall from the sky so that I can afford a new computer), so it may only be a week…or it may be longer. There’s a chance that I’ll be able to post occasionally from another computer while I’m working out a resolution, but there’s no guarantee. So at this point, I think it’s safest to say I won’t be blogging.

Of course, this also means that I am extremely happy to accept guest posts during this break (*cough* Mom *cough*). So if any of you have the gumption to write a guest post for HOTR, please let me know! I’d be extremely grateful and can have my trusty assistant (read: EC) get them online for ya.

Finally, because I don’t want to leave you without anything interesting or useful to read, here is a link to a great post by Marion Nestle on her blog Food Politics (if you aren’t already reading this blog, I highly recommend it!).

FTC says no to POM Wonderful advertising claims

The article is in regards to the controversy currently surrounding POM Wonderful‘s not-so-wonderfully-honest health claims. If you haven’t heard about this, the FTC has issued a complaint against Pom Wonderful, saying that the drink’s claims to do things such as reduce the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer are false and unsubstantiated. Now POM is fighting back and suing the FTC, basically saying that these claims are protected by their first amendment rights, and that they have research that “proves” the power of these antioxidants.

What Marion Nestle’s post does is serve as a great reminder for us consumers to be wary of the truth behind all this “research” by companies to prove the benefits of their products. The design of a research study is extremely important, and it can be manipulated to give the researchers the results they’re looking for. So when you read health claims from companies that seem too good to be true (and yes, even healthy food companies make them — it is all about marketing their product and making a profit, after all!!), take a step back and try to read between the lines. Chances are, there’s a lot more to the claims than meets the eye.

And with that, I’m out! Keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be back sooner rather than later.

7 Responses to The Day the Laptop Died

  1. Yayy I love your dog! Haha and I heard that about POM.. crazy. I kind of figured it was coming though, you know?! Hope you’re back sooner too!
    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries´s last post ..squashy love

  2. Oh no. I am so sorry to hear about your laptop and your subsequent blogging hiatus :( Fingers crossed that the pot of money falls from the sky soon. And when it does, please send my way?

    I’d be happy to guest post for you, though I’m not sure I understand how that process works!

    I heart Marion Nestle. I thought her name was a joke when I was first introduced to her back in grad school. Bottom line is most health claims are bogus. Sad but true!
    Jen´s last post ..8 Ways to Recover Right

  3. The loss of a computer is like a death in a the family. I’m sure there will be a short period of grief. You may not be able to blog…but I will still find you and haunt you with my taper hating, peanut butter loving ways!

    POM is really on a mission to repair their image. I just got a case of the stuff in the mail. I’m not sure I want to use it…
    Becky´s last post ..A Fall Farmer’s Market

  4. I’m pretty sure it was my fault with all the things I thought about you when I tried The Core for the very first time.
    No, really, I’d have a hard time without my laptop, so I feel for you.

  5. Agh, sorry to hear that – no fun at all. Well hang in there, we’ll be waiting:)
    Nichole´s last post ..Happy Trails and Tailgates

  6. I didn’t hear that about POM. How crazy!

    Hope you get a computer soon. I know I would go crazy without one.
    Tina´s last post ..it has never felt so good to sit

  7. Aww, your poor computer :( I know how tough it can be to do without one, and not just for blogging stuff! Like I wrote you, I hope a computer will “appear” in your new abode soon – although now maybe you’ll have more time for other fun things? :)

    I actually just read Food Politics over the summer (fabulous book), but I didn’t know that Marion Nestle had a blog. I’m definitely checking it out – thanks for the heads up! It’s completely insane how far companies will go to market their products. In a society that’s based on capitalism, unfortunately keeping people healthy is low on companies’ minds – unless being “healthy” helps them sell more products :/

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