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Friday, June 30, 2006

Once Sentence Descriptor

Michael: “I think you’re more of a landmine than a time bomb”

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Wake Me Up

I’ve been having trouble waking up in the mornings.

My pattern, since I was in junior high, is to have my clock radio set to Morning Edition. I’ve never had to set the volume loud–usually my brain start listening to what’s being said, and that’ll wake me up.

Recently, this plan hasn’t been working as well as it used to. The radio goes off, I wake up, then I actually hear what is being said, and block it out, because I just don’t want to listen any more to news about death, explosions, terrorists attacks, or reductions in our civil rights. So I find myself for the first time since I was a teenager, falling back asleep.

Now it’s not like I’m going to be late for work–it just means that I have to skip exercising or have less time to exercise in the morning. But the whole thing is eerie. I’m a news junkie–I love the news. Say what you like about NPR, but I get a mix of state, national, and international news WITHOUT annoying commercials. (You want to know the real reason why I sometimes forget to listen to the WVU games? The awful, incredibly annoying commercials. I hate them.)

In college, being a townie, I hung out at the lair (Mountainlair, i.e. WVU Student Union) all the time. I was almost always there to see what we sometimes referred to as “The Bad News” or the lunchtime Pittsburgh news. It was amazing how they never ever had anything good to report. Just murders and fires and floods.

I’m beginning to feel that way about the news in general now. When I go to the BBC News website, I tend to check the Science & Nature and Technology news. I get daily news headlines in my e-mail. For the past several months the only ones I’ve regularly read have been the Charleston Gazette, since it gives me state news. I’m totally avoiding national and international news.

Is it just me? Or has the news really been this awful for the past couple years, and I’m only just now getting burned out? I mean, avoidance behavior is way up–I’m turning off the radio earlier and earlier to read (or recently, so we can watch a couple of episodes of Babylon 5.)

Is this feeling of dread and doom ever going to go away?

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Truth in Advertising

As we were getting ready for lunch today, I was thinking about food labels.

It seems to me that we would be far better off if, in addition to telling us how many calories per serving, we were also told the number of calories for the entire package.

For example, the guacamole I was eating says 45 calories per serving. However, far more useful is the information that I were to eat the entire container myself (assuming that Michael didn’t get a chip in when I wasn’t looking) I would have consumed 382.5 calories. Which, incidentally, made me feel a whole lot better. I mean, wouldn’t that be a great bit to add? “Even if you eat this entire container, you’d still be getting fewer calories than if you ate a Big Mac.”

Unfortunately, as Michael pointed out, if you are the entire container of guacamole AND the entire bag of tortilla chips AND the whole two liter of ginger ale, that would be more than 2000 calories, and you wouldn’t be able to eat anything else for the rest of the day.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Linguistic Profile

This is really interesting. There were a several times that I wanted a “both” answer, but didn’t have one.

Also, technically, icing and frosting are two different things. Frosting is the thick stuff you spread on a cake, and between cake layers. Icing is the thin runny stuff that you pour over a pound cake or sweet roll that hardens. Just to be technical.

I’m assuming that alphabetical order is the reason Dixie comes before Yankee.


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Social Values

Social Values Survey

We have diagnosed you as most likely being a member of the:
New Aquarians

You also show a similarity to the following tribe(s):
Security Seeking Ascetics

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Search Terms

Snark practice.

greek myth fell into the water and drowned
Actually, it’s not a myth. People actually do, in fact, fall into the water and drown. This is why swimming lessons are recommended for all children, starting at a young age.

why is there less female heroes
Because the word heroes is plural, not singular.

the garden of stubborn cats by italo calvino
stubborn cats” is redundant.

ambulances of the 1940 s 50 s 60 s
Okay, that sounds kind of interesting, pictures of old ambulances–and maybe even fire trucks. Did you try google images?

how big is a fat half fabric
They’re fat quarters. And that would be a quarter yard.

how do i feel being a young naturalist
If I were actually a young naturalist, I’d probably feel pretty good about it.

result of adolf hitler s actions
Is this a trick question?

people stomping on bugs
As much as I dislike creatures with too many legs, looking for a website dedicated to bug stomping is kinda creepy.

html codes for resizing pictures
Don’t resize your images in HTML. Resize your images in a photo editor. If you resize them in HTML they’ll look terrible. What you’re probably looking for is how to make a thumbnail image that links to a larger image.

how not to dress
Please see almost every picture ever taken of me. See also: Go Fug Yourself

recipes leftover hamburgers
Boy are you in the wrong place. Unless you’re eating organic and/or local grown beef, I suggest you read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.

lions mane jellyfish funny facts
The venom in the nematocysts of the Lion’s Mane is a powerful neurotoxin. If a human were to get stung enough, it could be fatal, provided sufficient poison had been absorbed by the body” That’s not really ha-ha funny though.

random things to talk about with your boyfriend
How about Lion’s Mane Jellyfish?

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Thursday, June 22, 2006


Just so you know what huge geeks we are, last night watching a Season 1 Babylon 5 episode, the following comment was made:

“Hey! It’s Weyoun!”

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