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Perhaps This Is Why My Drain Is Slow

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Plumber: “How did the water drain before?”

Me: “…”

Planes, Trains, and Vaporettos

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Just back from 8 glorious days in Italy… jet lagged like nobody’s business, but replete

Thinking about all the forms of travel required to get from here to Florence, around Tuscany, to Venice, back to Florence, and back to San Francisco. Looks a bit like this (not including copious amounts of time spent on foot):

taxi, plane, bus, plane, taxi, taxi, car (rental), car (friend), car (rental), taxi, train, boat(s), train, taxi, plane, taxi

All that’s missing is the rickshaw!

Sometimes Sleeping Is Hard

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Had insane dreams last night. People (even some dead ones) from the distant past playing major roles. Espionage and hitmen after me, holed up in a hotel room. My kids were overgrown to 5’6″ tall (but still 4-7 years old).

Things got so weird I was woken up and told that I was having a crazy dream, then went back to sleep.

But that was part of the dream, too.

The hitman/hotel story continued where it left off.

Still not sure if I’m up.

It Was Only a Matter of Time…

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I’m surprised it took so long…

Like Getting Hit in the Face

Friday, December 25th, 2009

“I can’t stand to see a woman bleed from the mouth. It reminds me of that country and western music, which I cannot abide.”

– one genius line of many from In the Loop

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

If this isn’t Snuggie weather I don’t know what is.

Darkness Imprisoning Me

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Hey, I’ve seen this movie.

A man thought by doctors to be in a vegetative state for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time, it was revealed last night.

Im Hurt

Saturday, November 21st, 2009


It’s funny because it’s true.

Be Mad

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

It’s healthy!

An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.

In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.

While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australian Science Magazine.

(For all wondering, the comments on this piece are related to this post.)

BPA: We’re All Screwed

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Society laughs at your fears about the BPA-laden plastic water bottle.

“When people talk about polycarbonate bottles, they talk about nanogram quantities of BPA [leaching out],” Warner observes. “The average cash register receipt that’s out there and uses the BPA technology will have 60 to 100 milligrams of free BPA.” By free, he explains, it’s not bound into a polymer, like the BPA in polycarbonates. It’s just the individual molecules loose and ready for uptake.

As such, he argues, when it comes to BPA in the urban environment, “the biggest exposures, in my opinion, will be these cash register receipts.” Once on the fingers, BPA can be transferred to foods. And keep in mind, he adds, some hormones — like estrogen in certain birth-control formulations — are delivered through the skin by controlled-release patches. So, he argues, estrogen mimics like BPA might similarly enter the skin.

In Other News, Ukranian Cash is Known as the Hryvnia

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Note to self/world: If you drop money into a toilet, let it go.

The emergency workers removed tiles, drilled the toilet out of concrete floor and cut the outlet pipe, but the man’s arm remained trapped in the chute. Hydraulic shears and a plumber’s torch were finally used to cut the man free.

Get Ready to Suck, San Francisco!

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Oh boy


Elegy for the Tone Deaf

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Can’t sing? Here’s why. (Hint: Blame your brain architecture.)

The Kool-Aid Is Served

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Final recording from Jonestown, November 18, 1978. 44 minutes of preaching and death. Yeesh.

Seriously, Safeway?

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

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no toilet paper

On Fava Beans, Chianti

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I’m getting so tired of this ridiculous Steve Jobs liver transplant story. The increasingly tiresome Jim Goldman “confirms” what was widely suspected: Jobs went to Tennessee so he could get a liver transplant. Yeah, we got it.

But now comes the backlash: Did Jobs jump the transplant line so he could get a liver before a more worthy candidate? Says Goldman:

However, two sources at Apple told me tonight that both Jobs and the hospital were facing increased criticism that Jobs used his wealth and status to secure the donated liver. The Wall Street Journal, which broke this story, raised the issue in its Friday evening coverage that there might be a perception that Jobs state-shopped, looking for the shortest wait-list for a liver transplant.

Now I have no special love for Apple or Jobs, but — Jesus! — the man was clearly dying, and you’re going to try and fault him for using every ounce of his influence to try to get a liver as soon as possible, even if that means begging for an organ in every state? Hell, I’m surprised he didn’t go out of the country for the procedure, though perhaps that would have drawn too much attention to the matter — or perhaps Tennessee just turned out to have a short enough wait.

Seriously, Jim. Maybe he pulled some strings and even greased some palms so he wouldn’t croak. If you had all the money in the world, wouldn’t you?

Don’t Trust Nobody

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The Rosenhan experiment:

For the purposes of the study, eight “pseudopatients” (associates of Rosenhan selected to be a group of varied and healthy individuals) attempted to gain admission to psychiatric hospitals. During psychiatric assessment they claimed to be hearing voices that were often unclear, but which seemed to pronounce the words “hollow”, “empty”, and “thud.” No other psychiatric symptoms were claimed, and apart from giving false names and employment details, further biographical details were truthfully reported. If admitted, the pseudopatients were asked to “act normally,” report that they felt fine and no longer heard voices.

All were admitted, staying for up to 52 days.


Hell of a Way to Go

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

I thought they were supposed to be buried in a VW Beetle

When Cameron Was in Egypt’s Land…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Let my Cameron goooooooooooooooooooooo.

FOR SALE: 370 Beech Street Highland Park, IL 60035

$2.3 million and worth every penny. Is that really a Ferrari in the garage? Hard to tell from the pic…

I Guess There Is P in Our OOL

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Part of me just died inside.

1 in 6 admit to peeing in the pool