Jul
20
2017
4

In which the @RadioFlyer Landspeeder viciously mocks me and my lost childhood.

I do not hate these children.  It is not their fault. Radio Flyer, on the other hand…

(more…)

Jul
19
2017
4

So I stopped buying Coke Zero.

Why?  Because what I read here correlated to what was going on in my personal life.  To wit: cutting out sugar wasn’t really helping with the weight gain.

You’ve been watching your sugar intake lately, so you select a diet soft drink from the office pop machine for a cool, refreshing pick-me-up. It’s sugar-free and has no calories. About as harmless as water, right?

Not so, says a new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Nonnutritive sweeteners such as those used in diet pop were associated with weight gain, a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes and other health problems, according to researchers from the University of Manitoba’s George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation.

Now they tell me.  I may just give up completely and drink water with lemon juice in it from now on. Surely that’s healthy for me, right? (more…)

Jul
19
2017
2

Wife’s birthday today!

…So I had to go put on big-person clothes.  Seriously, I am one of those White People who Likes Shorts:  I am happy to run around Maryland all summer in cargo shorts and a t-shirt, because this is America.  But it’s also my wife’s birthday, and when I casually brought up how we were dressing to go to dinner it was clear that today’s Let’s dress like a cleaned-up hobo! look just wasn’t gonna fly.

Mind you, I’m just wearing blue jeans and a shirt with long sleeves.  Then again, it’s Maryland in July.  This is a bit of a torment for me.

Jul
18
2017
0

Tweet of the Day, Funny You Should Mention That… edition.

…Because those daily Secret World Legend challenges aren’t going to achieve themselves.

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Jul
17
2017
1

My hand stings abominably.

Liquid nitrogen for wart removal, you see.  It’s also got an impressive blister, which would be a lot more alarming if I didn’t know that this was perfectly natural and possibly even a sign that this particular treatment is going to be the last one (I’ve had four shots of liquid nitrogen to it, at this point). All of which leads to the larger point: I’m cranky and crabby and my hand smarts and I mostly want to whine about it all.

Sorry about that.

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Jul
16
2017
0

TL9/Fallout Watch: Radaway.

Got sent this via email (which also originally made the Fallout reference). If it’s true, it’s the business.  Of course, that’s a big if.

An injection being developed by the Israeli company Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. PSTI, +0.00% appears to help the body rebound from radiation injuries.

The therapy, like others Pluristem develops, uses cells from the placenta, or the organ that grows during pregnancy to support a baby’s development. (The cells are harvested after C-sections with the woman’s consent, Pluristem said, and then the company uses a process to dramatically expand the number of cells.)

Won’t prevent new radiation from radioactive dust and particles still in your system, but if you’ve had that stuff successfully purged this might help deal with the aftereffects.  The future keeps moving on on…

Jul
16
2017
0

Tweet of the Day, This Is An Excellent Comic edition.

It’s the expression in that second to last panel that really sells it. Very Ren and Stimpy. Original here.

Jul
14
2017
0

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER.

Part One of Four, so you may want to look the rest up on YouTube.

Jul
13
2017
1

Hyperloop! (Well, not really.)

The concept is sound enough – magnetic levitation in a vacuum tunnel – but that test yesterday was for a few moments, and at only about 70 miles per hour.  I also think that it’s kind of entertaining that the Hyperloop people keep talking about travel times in terms of California cities, because the odds of getting per… hah! Nearly got me, that time. Let’s just say that they should start talking about it in terms of, say, Dallas to El Paso and leave it at that.

Moe Lane

PS: Unfortunately, the target number of 700 mph is not nearly enough for escape velocity, either. You’d need something like 25,000 mph for that.  But, hey, proof of concept, right?  Heck, put one on the moon and you’d only need about 5,000, 6,000 mph.  That’s a lot more doable.

Jul
13
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, Life Imitates Python, Oregonian Eels edition.

As I noted on Twitter: the funny part is, you get matches for free if you buy a pack of cigarettes anyway.  Or, at least, you used to.  I stopped smoking over a decade ago, so I’m maybe out of the loop.

Jul
12
2017
1

Look, if I ever found an Enigma machine in a yard sale…

…masquerading as an ‘antique typewriter’ I’d obviously buy it on the spot.  At 100 euros it’d be a steal.  But there wouldn’t be a chance in Hell that I’d resell it.  At best I’d go find a local museum to donate it to, complete with a nice little plaque that casually mentioned what a fine fellow I was to give them such a valuable historical artifact.

Mind you, at 45,000 euros an Enigma machine is still a steal.  Well, except for the lack of documentation, which is probably why it sold for so little.  Which would be another powerful argument for giving it to a museum.

Via Instapundit.

Jul
11
2017
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Tweet of the Day, This Is Just About Perfect edition.

I’m not saying that you can’t still be in a bad mood after seeing this, but you’re gonna have to work to keep that scowl on your face.  I mean, geez, there’s even dramatic tension in there.  Well played, senor. Well played.

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