23 July 2010

Linkage, Volume 117

Fantasy Doctor Visit
"What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system."
via Miss Cellania

Russian Barre
unbelievable acrobatics "recorded for Chinese television at the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo."
via Miss Cellania

Retro Recipe
they're trying them at home so you don't have to.
I don't remember where I found this site, but I think I read this unfortunate recipe first.

22 July 2010

Linkage, Volume 116

No Pulse
Dick Cheney has a new device that pumps his blood continuously, leaving him without a heartbeat
via Plime

Chronicles of George
this one is for my fellow nerds - files from the worst help desk employee ever
Jump to Page 1
via Plime

The Plural of Octopus (video link)
as it turns out, there are three correct answers
via Neatorama

Face for Chrissy (video link)
artificial face has been made for a woman, 11 years after a terrible accident
via Neatorama

12 July 2010

Linkage, Volume 115

The CSI Effect
comparing real forensic science with how it is shown on TV
via The Presurfer

Funny Graphs
BuzzFeed selected 30 of their favorite funny graphs from Graph Jam
via Miss Cellania

Zucchini Corn Fritters
This is one of my favorite summer recipes. I made several batches of these fritters last year, with great success. I like to eat them with sour cream. Last week, I made my first batch for this year. Next time, I think I'll spice them up with some cayenne, lime juice, and cumin. Yum!
via Serious Eats

04 July 2010

My article with tips for the First Time Flyer, was featured in a post on!
Check it out at #32, with lots of additional advice, here:
50 Articles and Blogs That Offer Tips for Flying

02 July 2010

Linkage, Volume 114

Easter Eggs
hidden gems in the movie "Toy Story 3"
click on the source links for more complete listings!
via Plime

Geek Wedding
9 Geeky Wedding Invitations That Will Make You ROFL
via Neatogeek

I'm Remembering
nostalgia from my childhood, like Alf, Slimer, Popples, Jem, McNugget Buddies, Muppet Babies, and much much more!
via Neatorama

01 July 2010

Afternoon Adventures

Hang on for my stream-of-consciousness story...

I went to the American Red Cross this afternoon to donate blood. Little did I know that I was being assigned to The Stabinator. She was very difficult to understand. I guessed Eastern European. She took my history and vitals (fyi, the finger-prick hurts way worse than the actual donation!), then got me a juice to sip on during donation.

The Stabinator tried and tried but couldn't find a vein on my left arm (nor has anyone else...) so she switched to the right. I squeezed the squeezy ball for*ever* while she rubbed and tapped and rubbed and tapped. Finally found the vein. Marked, iodined, de-iodined.

Poked around.
And around.
Kept doing this until she noticed the pained grimace on my face. "One more try, then I get help." Last try really hurt! She finally called for help. By this point, everyone else in the room had noticed my grimace and were all ready to jump in and help. Steve, now known as My Hero, came over and gently got it in on the first try.


Elka was amazed at how quickly the blood was coming out of my tiny veins. "You are skinny. This is why you have tiny veins. You were born same year as my oldest. She has tiny veins also. Middle one, my son, married girl from home country. Youngest daughter turning 17. Thinks she is so big! You are all done - have good circulation! So fast! 4:51" Finished up as usual.

Work slip.
My job gives 4 hours off for blood donation, to rest and recuperate.

Went to Kroger after donation to get a few things. Got a call from Mom, asking if I was going to be near a Kohl's, because Cookie needed goggles. Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I was very near Kohl's.

Went to Kohl's, but they didn't have them. So I went to Dick's Sporting Goods. They had the goggles, but not a good price. But she was also looking for a black Speedo swimsuit and brightly-colored swim cap. Got those.

Mom jokingly asked if I could just run them down to my hometown before tonight's swim meet. Sure! No problem. But seriously, I was very near my Uncle's office and he might be able to deliver them since he commutes. I took the bag over and met him at his truck. We talked in the parking lot for quite a while.

Standing out in the sun for so long, I started feeling light-headed, so I asked for some water. Uncle took me and my water bottle in to the water fountain.
Drank water.
Saw stars.
Sat down.

Uncle offered to get me some candy. Yes, please.
Head got foggy.
Ears sounded muffled.
Still saw light.
Drank more water.

Uncle came back with two kinds of candy. Ate a Snickers Bar and felt very much better. Than-you, Uncle!
Went home.

So the moral of my story is that when you're given time off to rest and recuperate, go home and do that!