In a somewhat related note, did you hear that Chop-Logic just won the Greatest Person Ever to Live Award?
In a somewhat related note, did you hear that Chop-Logic just won the Greatest Person Ever to Live Award?
I posted this link on a forum I'm on and got some pretty amusing responses:
"How did they get vaccines to those fetuses?"
Mercury. What can't it do?
- hold its shape at room temperature
- stay crispy in milk
- experience this emotion you call "love"
- Cause autism.
BF: Breasts? I don't have those in my game yet. I may have to unlock something.
"Just don’t be cruel to ANYONE, ever. On the internet, or in your life.
Just imagine, as you sharpen your pen, that every man is your uncle or your brother, and that every woman is your mother or your sister. Just don’t spread vitriol. It’s not clever, it’s not funny, it doesn’t improve anything, it fails to educate, elucidate or encourage debate. It’s lazy. It’d be boring if it wasn’t so awful.
Just stop. Breathe. Don’t be defensive. Think hard about what you think. Clarify your point of view in your head. Try to find a way to articulate it – if you still feel you must articulate it – in a manner that assumes the person you are addressing is an actual human.
Preferably make it rhyme. Rhyming your anger seems to help, in my experience."
Tim Minchin "Storm"
"It's disappointing to feel sad for no reason. Sadness can be almost pleasantly indulgent when you have a way to justify it - you can listen to sad music and imagine yourself as the protagonist in a dramatic movie. You can gaze out the window while you're crying and think "This is so sad. I can't even believe how sad this whole situation is. I bet even a reenactment of my sadness could bring an entire theater audience to tears."
But my sadness didn't have a purpose. Listening to sad music and imagining that my life was a movie just made me feel kind of weird because I couldn't really get behind the idea of a movie where the character is sad for no reason."
I haven't had that feeling of invincibility for a long, long time. I miss it.
In the laboratory there are no fustian ranks, no brummagem aristocracies; the domain of Science is a republic, and all its citizens are brothers and equals, its princes of Monaco and its stonemasons of Cromarty meeting, barren of man-made gauds and meretricious decorations, upon the one majestic level!
- "Three Thousand Years among the Microbes"
"The Minnesota Department of Health released figures on a state outbreak, which started in March with an unvaccinated child, aged two and a half , who had traveled to Kenya. The child attended a drop-in Minnesota child care center. Overall, 21 people were infected and 14 hospitalized"
One child, 21 people infected. That's how contagious measles is. Of course, twice as many people are disabled as killed by the disease, so if your kid infects another kid you can figure they'll probably live. Probably.
In the good news, a vaccine for malaria has been developed. Not that the snooty assholes refusing to vaccinate their kids have to worry about malaria, but for the rest of the world who doesn't share your posh SoCal sensibilities, this is good news. It means their children might live to puberty. Of course if the anti-vaccine movement spreads like the horrible virus it is, we will have to start worrying about children living to puberty without being disabled or killed by the diseases our grandparents sought to eradicate so we wouldn't have to suffer.
EDIT: It's in Canada too.
I'm not proud of all the things I've done and the choices I've made in my life. I've made mistakes, and I regret them. I know there are people I have hurt and I am sorry I've hurt them.
I am calling around and applying for all kinds of things to see if there's any way I can get enough to get by, but I don't know if I qualify for anything. I'm sort of disabled, in that my ankle is permanently fucked. It will always be weak, and any small injury (a little twist or a fall) will aggravate it and be ten times worse than if I did the same thing to my other ankle, and while I will always have problems with this ankle it will (eventually) get better. It will likely get worse again, but it will get better, so I don't know if I can qualify as "disabled". Right now, I can't walk without assistance (but I do have my awesome cane), and I can't walk very far or for very long (though it is getting better every week), and I certainly can't be on my feet all day. Having the problem in my left ankle also means that I am having trouble with my right knee, as that leg is taking more weight. The muscles I am using to compensate are pulling my kneecap over to the side, it's also painful.
I was very fortunate to have someone give me a gift certificate for two physiotherapy sessions. I got treated and was given a list of exercises I can do until my socialist medicine physiotherapy kicks in (3 - 6 months). It's hard to say how long it will take to get better, these kind of injuries usually will cycle, where it gets better for a bit, then worse, then better again. It will likely be months before I am able to be on my feet again for a day, and I am still having days where I am in too much pain to get down the stairs. The laundry piles up because I can't get up and down three flights of stairs to get to the machine (not to mention I am running out of quarters for the machine). Right now I can't even vacuum (which I have to do in small bursts anyway) because I am out of bags and I can't afford any more.
I'm lucky in that the Food Bank of Gramma came and dropped off a pile of canned food, so at least I won't starve.
Next month, I don't know. I don't know if I'll make rent, and if I do, I'm likely going to get my utilities cut off. I am on the cheapest plan I could find for my cellphone, and that's 50$ a month. I was getting a new customer deal on my internet, which is expiring next month and that goes up to 40$ a month (for the slow internet). My power bill is about 18$. I also have a maxed-out credit card I need to make payments on, and another credit card, those add up to about 60$ (for minimum payments). I need 160$ a month for bills, 200$ for food (estimate), 650$ for rent and 30$ for my prescription. I am going to be getting about 500$ from EI. I am totally fucked and I have no idea what to do. Any money I make will be deducted dollar-for-dollar from my EI.
I am totally fucked.
My options are:
- get some kind of work-at-home job that is not a scam and will make me enough money to get by without EI (does such a thing exist?)
- somehow make enough money on my online store to get by without EI
- a combination of the above
- become homeless
If anyone knows of any work-at-home jobs I can do while I still have internet, please let me know. I am willing to work, but I can't commit to working outside the home, as I can't commit to being able to leave the house on a regular basis thanks to my stupid ass ankle.
Pro tip: don't fuck yourself up like this. It makes everything suck.
See full step-by-step instructions here.
This looks really easy! I haven't baked with brown rice syrup before, but it looks yummy. I have used Earth Balance and it is my favourite butter substitute, in that it actually tastes like butter and doesn't have that weird oily texture most margarines have. It has the added bonus of being vegan (I like to bring vegan foods to potlucks etc when I don't know who will be there so everyone can eat it), and bakes very nicely. It can also be frozen. Handy stuff.
Apples! One of my all-time favourite fruits. In Manitoba, we have a very short growing season, so the apples we grow are small and usually have a nice sourness to them. They make a wonderful applesauce. I think this recipe has enough sweetness to balance the tartness of our local apples. I will have to find some and give it a try.
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Still, this show makes me laugh.
Ghosts: what with pretty much everyone and their dog having a camera, you'd think we'd be seeing more proof. There is none. Shows on TV are just that: TV shows. No matter how much they claim they're in it "for the truth", they're in it to make good TV. It's a very tempting thought to think there's something after we die, that we live on somehow, but no one, anywhere, has been able to give any conclusive proof there's anything at all. Personally I don't think there is, but I also don't think it matters. Even if there is something, it's not this life, and this life should be lived as well as possible, not pining over the dream of what might be. That's not to say I haven't seen strange things in my life. I have had a few weird experiences, but I am not about to make a leap of logic from "I saw something I can't explain" to "clearly the only answer is the unquiet dead".
I've talked about mediums and psychics before who claim to talk to the dead and how angry this makes me, I also don't believe in monsters, aliens*, giant worldwide conspiracies, God, angels, demons, or any other otherworldly phenomenon. I'll believe it when I see proof. Real proof, not the kind of proof they give out on shows like "Ancient Aliens" (for a great breakdown of these shows, see The Dumbasses Guide to Knowledge.
The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe does a lot of great shows on how the media and other sources will present information in a slightly off manner, and how to see through them. It's really changed the way I read news stories, especially about health.
Some more great resources:
*I don't disbelieve the possibility of aliens, just that aliens have ever visited Earth or that there's any proof they ever have so far.
What do you do when you can't say what you really feel to someone? How do you get their poison out of you?
My aunt & uncle lived in Guatemala for a couple years, I'd love to go there. I got to visit France in 1995, but it was mostly spent on a tour bus. I want to go back to Nice and really get to know the place. I'd travel pretty much anywhere. I've also been fascinated by a place called Martinique in the Caribbean.
I've been slacking on these. Been reading a biography, which is interesting but not extremely well-written. Nice to see inside the man's life from an outside perspective. I still need this book. I need it to live.
Here's the snag: I have sold things at craft sales because people have seen them online. Sometimes people don't want to go to the trouble of buying online, so they'll come to a sale I'm at and buy it there. Thing is, everything I make is unique and varied, so I really want people to be able to get an idea of the kind of things I am making. In order to run that properly, I'd have to put my online store in vacation mode and change all the listings when I got back to remove all the sold items. Inventory, etc etc.
So, what do you think is a good idea? Should I just put everything I make up in the store, "close" it while I'm at a sale and then reopen with updated stock (and losing all the advantages above plus fees)*, or should I make a set of items I only sell at craft sales which might get people to come out to see something new, or should I have a little of both (some things are only in the store, some things only in person and some get both)? If you have an online store, how do you do it?
*I don't bring my vintage items to craft sales since I didn't make them, and I am creating a "bargain bin" of old items or items with little mistakes for craft sales as well.
So how about you? What's your relationship with junk food? How do you view cooking?
A really interesting article on a man's experience with sleep paralysis. I had a similar experience as a child, feeling that my entire bed was being lifted and tilted. Of course then I knew nothing of sleep paralysis, or the strange things that happen between levels of consciousness. Then, I was convinced I was being attacked by monsters.
Another time maybe ten odd years ago in my first apartment, I woke up after a nap. Looking back on it, it's obvious I wasn't completely awake, but I at the time this was all very real. I woke up facing the wall but on the outside edge of the bed. I woke up with the feeling there was someone over me. I was <i>sure</i> of this. I could feel a presence there, like there was breath on my cheek. I pretended to sleep, going over in my head what I had in the room, what I could defend myself with as I was sure this presence was malevolent and was going to hurt me. I remembered I had repotted a plant and still had a ceramic pot near the bed. I was going to use this to hit the man I was totally sure was leaning over me, watching me sleep. I prepared myself, counted down and suddenly FLUNG myself over, flailing and reaching for the pot and....there was no one. Everything was strange and watery, and I was still convinced there was someone there. I went to the kitchen and got a knife, and walked around the entire apartment, checking for the person I was totally sure was hiding. I laug now because I was looking in cupboards and under the couch, places people couldn't really hide, but every time I looked in something, I was sure. I was terrified. I went back to bed finally, after reassuring myself the door was locked and woke up clear-headed and confused.
Have you ever had something like this happen? What did you do?
Wisdom on Facebook? It can't be!
I got it at a flea market (and got 2$ off for being awesome). I figured if I have to walk with a cane, it might as well be a rad one. It's made of Diamond Willow, but it's really more like kale or seaweed than diamonds.
In any case I am still in pain (SIX WEEKS) but I can walk a bit now and I am not on crutches so that's something.
I have had a nauseating migraine since yesterday though. Anyone know what to do for this horrible muscle pinching make-me-puke pain in the back of my skull?
The major homeopathic manufacturer Boiron has decided to sue a small-time Italian blogger for daring to say that homeopathy (and a particular product of theirs, containing a substance that doesn't exist, I can't explain that one) is quackery and doesn't work. Guess what? Homeopathy is quackery, and it doesn't work. All the lawsuits in the world aren't going to change the fact that giving someone a sugar pill doesn't cure a disease or illness. Facts are facts, and while Boiron is busy making billions of dollars on the ignorant (many people believe "homeopathic" means a herbal remedy, that's not what it is at all, in fact. Myself and some others from Winnipeg Skeptics did a demonstration this spring where we all consumed full bottles of homeopathic products. Many brought sleeping pills, which were clearly labeled with dosages and warnings over taking too much. We took whole bottles, sometimes two. No one suffered anything more serious than a sugar rush. This experiment has been reproduced a number of times by a number of different groups, all with the same results. Would you take a whole bottle of prescription sleeping pills? Didn't think so.
Want the TL:DR version?
Homeopathy is made by diluting a substance so much that there is no longer any detectable amount of the substance left in the water. The water is then consumed or formed into a sugar pill. The belief is that the water "remembers" the substance, which then treats you. All the reliable scientific studies have shown that there is no validation to this claim. A billionaire company suing a small-time blogger for pointing out that homeopathy is not a valid form of treatment isn't going to magically make it become a valid form of treatment.
OF NOTE: If you are vegan, and consume homeopathic products, be cautious as many products use animal substances. The "Oscillococcinum" product the blogger in the discussing is made from duck liver. But fear not if you've already consumed this product: there is no discernible amount of duck liver left in a homeopathic preparation, so you didn't unwillingly eat meat. You may choose not to support Boiron, however, as they do support the (unvalidated and unscientific) use of animal products in their pills. You should also not support Boiron for their unvalidated and unscientific use of bullshit in their pills too, but that's my opinion.
One thing I have never been able to puzzle out or have adequately explained: How does diluting something make it stronger? If I say, have orange juice, and I add water to it, it makes there be less juice and more water, and therefore a more subtle taste. The more water I add, the less orange there is, and the less I taste. The very principle of dilution is to make something weaker. How does it work? I have no idea. Even homeopaths themselves say they don't know, but it "just does".
If this worked (and it doesn't), I would imagine the recreational drug community would have jumped on this. If you could take say, 30$ worth of crack (okay I have no idea how much crack costs, but bear with me) and use the homeopathic process to make it stronger and more effective, you could get a massive amount of homeopathic crack out of solid crack. Spend 30$, make 30 000$. Works for Boiron, shouldn't it work for you neighbourhood crack dealer?
Maybe Boiron thinks that by diluting the availability of knowledge about the unsubstantiated claims against them it will make them stronger?
A total of 122.71$ US is heading to help out Matthew Tucker!
"She is not," Dave said, dryly.
"Of course she's not," Ace bellowed. "She isn't immune, nor will she ever be. Nor will any creature, ever, as long as there is time and fists. Let this be a lesson to things."
Read more: Ace Manheim: Meta-Detective ... Metective | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/blog/ace-man
Things that suck when you are on crutches:
- non-automatic doors
- carrying things
- sitting down
- standing up
- getting from point A to point B
- favouring the opposite side to the point of harming it
- wet/slippery surfaces
- uneven surfaces
- getting in and out of the bathtub
- getting in and out of bed
- small or narrow spaces
- cat tails/paws
- preparing food
- cleaning almost anything
- only being able to walk a certain way
- having to hold the injured leg a certain way
- getting any kind of exercise aside from trying to haul yourself from point A to B (swimming is pretty much it, and I don't have any opportunities to do that right now)
- spending any time not trying to haul yourself from point A to B resting on your ever-increasing ass
- weight gain thanks to lack of exercise
- inability to get up on a stool or step to get things from high shelves
- steep surfaces
- pressure on arms and shoulders from reliance on them for support
- knotted, sore and cranky muscles
- the inability to go camping or spend time in the country or wilderness
- watching people do things you can't (I MISS MY BIKE)
- tripping or stumbling
- shopping at or visiting a place that does not have courtesy wheelchairs or scooters
- oblivious or rude people who don't get out of the way (sorry dude, I take up space on the sidewalk and I need room)
- those little single steps and lips and bumps you never noticed before it was hard to get over them
- being stuck inside, especially in an emergency
- really, really having to go to the bathroom when you're far away from it
- being asked what happened (I don't mind usually, but sometimes it's annoying when I've said it 40 times and it's really not an exciting story)
- the phone ringing in the other room (what did we do before call display?)
- hearing the cat(s) puking/breaking/getting into something out of my immediate reach
- clothing bunching or riding up thanks to crutches (flasher!)
- cast is heavy
- sleeping in a cast
Things that don't suck about being on crutches:
- empathy from strangers "I've been there."
- politeness and consideration from strangers (holding the door open, picking up things I drop)
- friends and family helping me out with the little things (someone baked me a lasagna, yum)
- more time with cats
- kindness and consideration of co-workers
- courtesy wheelchairs and scooters in stores or at attractions (like the zoo)
- watching my nieces play with the crutches
- automatic doors
- elevators (not a fan in general, but such a welcome relief from stairs)
- with any luck I'll develop some stronger arm muscles
If things go well, the cast will be off in two weeks. Then it's physiotherapy. I want to walk again!
AMD Athlon XP 1700+, 1.46 GHz, 512 MB of RAM
It's also about 10 years old (it's a franken-puter, so some parts may be older than others) and this crappy old huge monitor is sucking up power like crazy, my hydro bill has practically doubled since I started using it. Here's the thing: I have no money. Obviously I'd have bought myself something awesome for which to play the Sims on (because outside of Facebook, Etsy, and watching videos on that is all I do*), but I am falling quite behind financially. I need to work, which is going to happen (as soon as I can walk properly), but I also need to save money. If anyone knows of anywhere to get parts I can mush together a better computer out of, I'd really appreciate it. I have a 40 and an 80G hard drive in here, as well as a 1TB external, so that's not a concern. I need a new motherboard, video card, more RAM (I might be able to salvage some parts from the lappy too) and monitor as far as I know (probably more parts, but I don't assemble computers, I just use/break them). If anyone has any of these parts and/or the ability to rearrange my computer, I would be willing to trade. I am currently capable of sewing, drawing and making jewelry and soon will be available for yardwork, housework, helping out etc as soon as I can walk again.
Being able to walk will also make me signficantly less cranky. I am so cranky. I am smashy. I am so annoyed by every little thing. I need to go swimming or something but I can't because I am both poor and without transportation. SMASH. I can't ride my bike! I don't know what to do.
*Also looking up custom content for the Sims because YES I really do need 16 different types of toilets.