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Something to Wrestle With

17th December 2005
by Scot

Something to Wrestle With

It’s usually not wrong to end a sentence with a preposition, so I’ll do it whenever I want to.

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18th November 2005
by Scot

Swollen Uvula Kind of Day

mouth.gifWoke up this morning with a big, fat, slug-like uvula, which happens from time to time. (I snore quite aggressively and have mucus issues.) But I never Googled “swollen uvula” until today. Came across this incredible post on the Neill O’Brien blog. I never knew it was such a common problem. It’s nice to know I’m not alone…

Update: This condition is known as “uvulitis”, “uvular edema”, or (my favorite) “Quincke’s disease of the uvula”.

posted in Health | at 8:57 am | 2 Comments
30th October 2005
by Scot

My Version of Funny Girl

I’m very excited to announce the casting of Hugh Jackman to play me in the musical version of my life. Buy your tickets for opening night now. They are sure to sell out sometime in the next 20 years.

Your Life: The Hit Broadway Musical by belismakr
Your stage name
The show Where No Man Has Gone
Opening night January 5, 2028
Budget $36,607
Starring as you Hugh Jackman/Rosie O’Donnell
Love theme Another One Bites My Nipples
Your solo song Power, Corruption and Family Values
Critics say “I loved it. No, really.”
Quiz created with MemeGen!

posted in Theatre, Vanity | at 11:27 pm | 0 Comments
25th October 2005
by Michael

Sulu’s a Sissy?

George TakeiGeorge Takei, Star Trek’s Sulu has come out of the closet! That’s right, swashbuckling Sulu, who boldly went where no man has gone before is out and proud as a gay man. He’s also starring on stage in Equus. You can read about it in this article at tribe.net. Funny, I never thought about Takei being gay, but looking back, I can see it. After all, after Uhuru, Sulu was always my favorite character. That should tell you something. Good for you, George.

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9th October 2005
by Scot

Drugs are bad. Especially this one.

I knew I’d have to face it someday. Sudafed (the real kind) is now as hard to get as paragoric. Pfizer has reformulated their product by taking out the pseudoephedrine and replacing it with this stuff called phenylephrine. Not only do they not appear to have a 12-hour version of this Sudafed PE stuff, but as far as I can tell, it doesn’t do anything to help with my chronic sinusitis. And it makes me super jittery and nauseous. I can’t urge you strongly enough to stay away from this crap.

Why did they do this? Apparently you can make speed out of Sudafed. Who knew? Well, if the feeling I get from Sudafed PE is any indication, I bet you can make some whopping illicit drug out of that too. (Meth PE, perhaps?)

I understand that the pseudoephedrine versions (Sudafed Classic, I think they should call it in homage to Coke) will still be available … but pharmacists will keep it behind the counter. Great. Just what I wanted. Everyone in my neighborhood will think I’m running a meth lab.

posted in Health, Products | at 11:44 pm | 0 Comments
29th September 2005
by Scot

I want one!

Sledgehammer Keyboard
Boing Boing: Sledgehammer keyboard

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26th September 2005
by Scot

My New Friend

Pledge Multi-SurfaceOkay, call me a stupid consumer but I love Pledge Multi-Surface. It rocks. I had to do lots of chores as a boy in a single-parent household and my life would have been so much easier if I could have used this product. I can’t tell you, as part of my daily chores, how many times I used furniture wax on the fridge or Windex on the dining room table.

posted in Home, Products | at 6:53 pm | 0 Comments
4th September 2005
by Michael

A National and Natural Disaster

Those who know me also know that I have a special connection with the city of New Orleans. I have visited New Orleans on several occassions. It is one of the only U.S. cities that I have ever seriously considered moving to. I realized fairly quikcly that this wouldn’t be a good idea and as recent events have so horrifically and eloquently pointed out, I made the correct decision.

It’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around the impact that Hurricane Katrina has had on the people who live on the Gulf Coast, despite the images I’ve seen in the media. New Orleans is a city I have visited repeatedly. How could it possibly be under water? I can’t imagine what the residents are going through, from those who evacuated and must now wait possibly months to even find out if their home still exists, to those who have been trapped in the city waiting for some mysterious reason, for the delayed rescue forces to come and help them.

Much has been made of the slow response of President Bush and his administration with regard to the aid sent to New Orleans, and I rightfully so. It is unforgivable that rescue forces were not deployed immediately in great numbers. But really, let’s be honest about this: are we surprised by anything that Mr. Bush does? My surprise would be for him to do something right. What is so criminal about his actions is the fact that there are lives in the balance here. Innocent lives in a country expecting leadership but receiving very little.

The “natural” part of this disaster keeps coming back to me as well. This horror has come about as a result of weather, something that man, try as we might, has little or no control over. Tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards… we can combat them as best we can. We can try to predict what they will do, but in the end, these things are part of the natural world, and that is something humanity has never really had a very good grasp of, both intellectually and physically.

What the future of New Orleans will be is still very much up in the air. The priority is to help the scores of people who have been displaced by this natural disaster. I hate when my thoughts drift to the inevitably selfish, “will that city I loved so much survive this cataclysm? When I next visit (supposedly next June) will the magic stlil be there?” It’s amazing how we can’t help but reduce a horrible experience, no matter how distant, to how it affects ourselves? For me, it’s just the enormity of such an event, and how unreal it seems. My heart goes out to all of those people, from friends I have in the area, acquaintances I have met online or during vacations, to the countless strangers whose lives have been uprooted.

posted in Nonsense | at 12:46 pm | 0 Comments
31st August 2005
by Scot

Push Me Pull You

So, I keep coming back to children’s literature when I think of what makes “me” the person I am. And sometimes it scares me.

Why do all the classics I can think of have imperialist themes?

  • Doctor Doolittle is a “vegetarian” who really craves the flesh of his patients.
  • Babar would be nothing if he didn’t learn western ways. He certainly wouldn’t be king!
  • Is the conclusion that Ozma is a “fair and gentle” ruler enough justification to alter the way of life of the people in hidden countries of Oz?
  • How do those Narnia kids have *any* real claim to the throne of the country?!

And as a postscript… do you ever have nightmares about being held up against Mary Poppins’ tape measure? I do.

posted in Books, Movies | at 11:15 pm | 0 Comments
31st August 2005
by Michael

She Emerges from the Mists of Antiquity… at last!

Kate BushSeveral people got this information to me today, knowing how she used to be my favorite musical artist, but the winner was Chris, who passed on this Billboard article to me this morning. After 12 years, Kate Bush returns with a new double album, entitled “Aerial” on November 8 in the States! What will it sound like? Will anyone care? Who could possibly imagine? I know that after her last album, “The Red Shoes,” a son, and a span of 12 years, Kate could have gone in any direction conceivable.

Now after three albums that I consider sheer genius, and incomparable in the world of modern rock (those albums being “Never Forever,” “The Dreaming,” and “Hounds of Love” – which bore the U.S. Top 40 hit, “Running Up That Hill”) Kate had difficulty maintaining that level of genius, and her last two album, “The Sensual World,” and “The Red Shoes,” while still amazing and pretty damn spectacular, could only be seen as disappointments. Regardless, 12 years is WAY too long to go without any new material from La Bush. At least it’s a double album… and I’ve heard that she is working on some video/movie project to go with it. I must say, I can’t wait!

posted in Nonsense | at 6:01 pm | 0 Comments
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