Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

You might remember that I wrote two posts on the subject that dare not speak its name -Mantyhose – back on May 2nd. Well, here’s some follow-up.

Less than 30 min. after I clicked the “Publish” button on that post, it was viewed by someone in Hungary! That country – the Hungarian language to be precise – is number 5 on my top 10 list of visitors. The  Hungarian version of Google regularly trolls this site looking for posts on the subject of – you guessed it – Mantyhose. Maybe I should ask my brother-in-law if there’s that certain “something” about Hungary.

And it’s not just Hungarians doing the searches. The term “you-know-what” regularly comes up on the list of recent search terms and is usually at or near the top of my list of popular search terms. Is there something I’m missing? The original post and it’s follow-up were intended to be a simple observation on male fashion and that – sooner or later – everything old is new again. I can say that this topic does have a strong and overwhelmingly “straight” following on the internet.

So, here’s a bit of commentary to satisfy all of those surfers out there who will beat a path to this blog:

The two posts about Mantyhose are among the all time top favourites on the FML blogsite. It should be noted here that the blog was originally intended for the fairer sex but has gained what appears to be a strong male following since 2008.

The first paragraph for that post reads “The masculinity of UK males could be under threat . . .” Now, leaving out the UK bit, let’s consider that statement. I suppose that some less secure males could find their “masculinity” under threat because of this but no doubt similar statements were made in the press when females began wearing slacks in the 1930’s. About 30 years before that momentous event , visitors to Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft  shops in East Aurora, NY were horrified when his wife Alice – wearing a split skirt – climbed on a horse and went for a ride. The times they do change and anyone today who suggests that females are un-feminine because they wear trousers is begging to be laughed at. If the Mantyhose trend continues, critics of the practice will probably suffer the same fate in the coming years.

An interesting tidbit gleaned from the survey cited in the FML post is that 44% of  the females interviewed stated that their guys preferred tights made specifically for women rather than those intended for men. I wonder if any of  the other 56% are put off by the packaging. This would make an interesting marketing study.

Finally, the following statement was made in the comments section for that particular post:

“As [Lisa,] the owner of this blog, the sex of the individual wearing the legwear is not an issue for me. Impartial is a good word to describe my views, as long as the wearer looks stylish and the article fashion related, I personally couldn’t give a fig if they are male or female.”

My next question is:  “As a blogger, what do I do?” I started this blog to discuss computing technology on the consumer and user level as well as any other topic that struck my fancy. Another of the big spikes in readership are due to my posts on Macs. Maybe I should give in, buy a Macintosh and get a great pair of  L’eggs.

Over the years, I have been asked repeatedly: “What kinda games you got on all those PC’s of yours?”. My answer has invariably: “Well, not very much at all.” I have to confess that I am not much of a gamer and never have been, much to the disappointment of friends – both male & female – family members, in-laws, etc. I’m just not “game oriented”. (It probably originated in my total lack of athletic ability and has migrated to board, card and electronic games.) Indeed, the top three games in my quite small pantheon of electronic amusements are:

  1. Tetris
  2. Sokoban
  3. Centipede

Another game that I have played on the computer from time to time is the old XP version of Space Cadet Pinball. Perhaps, some of you liked it as well. Since Windows XP is riding off into the software sunset, you might want take this game over to Windows 7.

Tech Republic’s Windows Blog offers detailed instructions on just how to move Pinball from XP to Windows 7. The instructions are pretty straightforward and the only thing you’ll need is either an old XP machine that still runs or a copy of the XP installation DVD. (Fortunately, I have both!) Once I get this going on Win 7, I’m going to try running it in Windows under Ubuntu – a nice way to spend a couple of hours.

Read all about it at http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/migrate-3d-pinball-for-windows-space-cadet-from-xp-to-windows-7/6149?tag=nl.e064

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