COW is now WOW to not offend people

Last night, I ate with one of my classmates and she was excited that the hospital she’s working in finally has COWs. Or Computers On Wheels.

In Michigan when I was touring several hospitals, I saw that there were WOWs. I finally had to ask the nurse educator, “What is a WOW?”

“Oh, that’s a Workstation On Wheels.”

“Oh, that’s kind of like COW. That’s what I learned in school.”

“Yes, it used to be called a COW but we changed the name to WOW to not offend people.”

“How would you offend someone by calling a computer a COW?” I paused for a moment to think about it. “Oh, unless someone is self-conscious about his weight and you say, ‘Hey, can you bring that COW in here?’ And he thinks that you’re talking about him instead of the computer. I get it now.”

Interesting choice of words~ I guess we have to be careful with our choice of words.

Fitocracy: Great “fit” community to keep you motivated

On a Sunday afternoon, I scrolled through the “Featured apps” on my iPhone and saw one called Fitocracy. At first, I was a little bit skeptical but after recording all the exercise I did in the past week, I saw that I was ‘leveling’ up. That was nice, but the best part was that other people gave ‘props’ to show that they are excited about my progress and my workouts. Even though it is a bit of a virtual ‘caring’, you still know that someone out there in the real world made the effort to do so.

I felt that joining the Swimming group was particularly great — probably because I enjoy swimming and it is so awesome see that others are logging in more and less distances. There is so much support in that group and I think that is great.

So instead of telling my real life friends and family about my fitness progress, I’ll share it to a group of online people who will keep me motivated to work out.

Maybe you ought to try it out: http://www.fitocracy.com/.