Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, December 8, 2020

They used to laugh at him.

They used to call him names.

They didn’t include him in their reindeer games.

Then he got even.

I thought the president was all about “Merry Christmas”.

This seems like it would have been a fun little project.  Jinjin Sun, an artist and software designer, digitally painted herself into 100 famous works of art. It all started back on April 25, 2018, and wrapped up last week. You can view pieces 1-50 here and pieces 51-100 here. I purposely left out the Mona Lisa because it would have been prosaic.

Anti-Vaccine Doctor Has Been Invited to Testify Before Senate Committee

A doctor who is skeptical of coronavirus vaccines and promotes the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquineas a Covid-19 treatment will be the lead witness at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, prompting criticism from Democrats who say Republicans should not give a platform to someone who spreads conspiracy theories.

I’m not familiar with any of them.

Buzzfeed – These Are The Top 10 Most Used Songs On TikTok in 2020

I didn’t do the math, but I hear right after Christmas you can use your Advent calendars again for inauguration day.

Man fined $3,500 for breaking Taiwan coronavirus quarantine for 8 seconds

Sitting all day? Just 11 minutes of exercise a day can help reverse the effects

The exercise—which needs to be the equivalent of brisk walking or biking to count as moderate-to-vigorous—likely doesn’t have to happen at once. In a previous study, researchers saw that movement throughout the day also helps. “It doesn’t matter if you accrue it in 30 minutes or one-minute bouts over 30 occasions,” Diaz says. “The guidelines historically used to recommend that it had to be 10 minutes or more time, and we found that that’s just not the case. Any movement, no matter what duration, is beneficial, as long as you accrue enough of it.”

Some previous studies had suggested that it might take as much as 75 minutes of exercise a day to offset the harms of being sedentary the rest of the time. But older studies relied on self-reported data, which is notoriously inaccurate.

How Japanese People Stay Fit for Life, Without Ever Visiting a Gym

If you take a closer look as to what exercise means to Japanese people, you’ll find that exercise equates working out. But perhaps exercise can take on forms that aren’t necessarily about going to a gym and lifting weights, or going on 10km runs. Namely, perhaps the exercise we need is the kind of exercise that is weaved into our lifestyle: walking.

What the above results show is not that exercise isn’t important to be healthy, but that in Japan’s approach to moving, perhaps most don’t see it as exercise. Japanese adults walk an average of 6500 steps a day, with male adults in their 20s to 50s walking nearly 8000 steps a day on average, and women in their 20s to 50s about 7000 steps.

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