Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I've been looking for a way to work in a Crocodile Dundee reference, and here it is

Sleep apnea is a condition in which basically, a person has episodes during the night where he or she stops breathing for a second or two. One common treatment for sleep apnea is for that person to wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which has a mask that is worn on the face, This is often uncomfortable, and leads to low compliancy, which of course doesn't help the person to sleep.

Well, I'm thinking about suggesting to doctors that they have their apnea patients learn how to play a didgeridoo. Huh? How abstract is that? But see, it's really been proven to work, according to this article in the British Medical Journal. It has something to do with the circular breathing method required to sustain the musical notes. Apparently that helps to train the breathing muscles.

What the BMJ article didn't mention, however, was what beneficial effects there are of going shirtless and fighting crocodiles with a knife the size of your arm.

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At July 23, 2008 at 12:49:00 PM CDT, Blogger blessed said...

Anyone have a didgeridoo I could borrow?


At July 23, 2008 at 6:08:00 PM CDT, Blogger Mark said...

It is my loving wife's elbow that helps keep my "compliancy" up.


At July 23, 2008 at 8:29:00 PM CDT, Blogger Matt and Lori Graber said...

We saw a booth last weekend at Portland's Saturday Market. A man was selling these, and encouraging everyone to "try it out". Although it was tempting, the reality of putting my mouth on the end of a stick that EVERYONE else that day, and probably previous weeks, had also slobbered on--helped me to get over my curiousity. And no, he wasn't cleaning them between uses. Gross!


At July 24, 2008 at 9:18:00 AM CDT, Blogger blessed said...

It's my addiction to breathing that keeps my compliance up.

Stan, I wish you would allow comments from other than Blogger accounts, it's the only reason I keep that account. . .I should probably change the picture though. It's at least 4 yrs old.


At July 24, 2008 at 10:38:00 AM CDT, Blogger stan said...

The reason I put the restriction on there was because I was getting a zillion spams on my old posts from anonymous bots. To clean those up, I had to decide between word verification, moderation and restriction, and I figured that restriction was the easiest for people who comment. Because almost everyone who commented was a Blogger themselves, and who really likes word verification?


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Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm feeling very Jovial today

At the moment this was posted, I turned three years old.

"Huh?" you ask.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I'm three in Jovian years. At least, that's what Re-Date tells me.

Too bad it's not Thursday. According to Germanic mythology, that'd be more fitting.

Don't forget to visit my gift registry at Jupiter REI (Great Red Spot location only).

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At July 21, 2008 at 2:14:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

I like that it still caculates Plutonian years.


At July 21, 2008 at 3:07:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

There's no school like the old school.


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Friday, July 11, 2008

You just know this warning was put on there because someone thought they were special shaped McNuggets

Spotted by my father-in-law at that oh-so-speedy McDonalds on Central St. in Carthage on Wednesday evening

Moo, where's my chicken

Apparently Chick-Fil-A is doing this promotion today where, if you dress up like a cow and go into the restaurant, they'll give you some nominal amount of free chicken.

To me, that doesn't seem like a fair trade. If I am going to spend $150 or more on a cow costume, shouldn't I get, like, free chicken sandwiches for a month?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Well, that's just sick and wrong

The corporate lunchroom is serving something called "baby bakers" for lunch tomorrow. I don't even want to know what those are.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Colin Mochrie = younger Roger Ebert?

(Sorry for the enormous image sizes - I can shrink them down later.)

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At July 9, 2008 at 6:11:00 PM CDT, Blogger Matt & Lori Graber said...

They've gotta be related. The jaw line, eyebrows, etc. What helped you uncover this matching pair? Is it your CSI training?


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Ever wonder what songs get stuck in my head?

Well, I know you probably don't, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.

(I hadn't created a new blog in a while, so it was about time I did. I know, I have a problem.)

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At July 9, 2008 at 9:38:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

You and Nicole should start a group (or better, a blog) called "Compulsive Blog Creators Anonymous."

But seriously, the new blog is awesome!


At July 10, 2008 at 11:03:00 AM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

Actually, you can join the "Compulsive Blog Creators Anonymous" (Meetings are Friday nights in Yahoo Messenger) when you accept the invitation to the "Stuck in My Head" blog. :)


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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

So much for free Internet

When I was looking at my blog's referrers today, one of the pages that came up had this message when I clicked on its link:

"Sorry, we only allow Firefox users into our site.
It's FREE."

And that was followed by a link to which I could presumably download Firefox, if a) I actually wanted it, and b) I had the permission to do so at work (which I don't).

Look, I know that there are people who don't like Internet Explorer for whatever reason, and that they'll only use Firefox, or Opera, or some other browser. But is it fair that someone can create a website that can only be viewed in one browser? I mean, color me ignorant, but HTML is HTML is HTML, right?

Why do people have to be so snobby and elitist against those who, either by choice or by necessity, use a browser other than theirs?

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At July 8, 2008 at 3:16:00 PM CDT, Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

That's sincerely interesting. Being a Mac user (and having no version of IE developed for us since MSIE 5.5 for Mac (which is so old now it has to run in Classic mode)) I can say that I get closed out of an awful lot myself.

Though It's unusual to see someone excluded for not using IE.

The whole thing is messed up really. Any browser should be able to go anywhere. This is why web designers should be standards compliant.


At July 8, 2008 at 3:27:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

I had no idea that you'd been blocked out of sites. I hope I've never had a site that doesn't let you look at it! :)

Hmm, perhaps it isn't elitism after all, but simply web design ignorance. Or, if I may portmanteau it, web designorance.


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Monday, July 07, 2008

And you think Portland is weird

So I can't figure out which is the most ridiculous:

1. That in Jasper County, Missouri, the position of Coroner is an elected position

2. That there are four candidates vying for said elected position in this fall's election

3. That at least two of the candidates are actually running on a Republican ticket, as though party affiliation has anything to do with competence as a County Coroner!

(In all fairness, I could only find one link to a campaign website, and signs for just three of the four candidates. According to this Globe article, the fourth candidate's name is Shane R. Moore, who may or may not still be running.)

I've been trying to think of a Top Five list of campaign slogans for a County Coroner candidate, but I'm coming up empty. Maybe you all can help?

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At July 7, 2008 at 10:57:00 PM CDT, Blogger Matt & Lori Graber said...

Yeah, weird. And weirder is the last sentence in the link you provided:

"Your vote for Scott Keatts is a vote to reestablish pride in the Jasper County Coroner’s Office"

Re-establish pride? When was it lost?


At July 8, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM CDT, Blogger Andrew Weaver said...

My wife and I noticed this the other day while out for a walk. We too thought it ridiculous. I don't know about you, but I think it's a little odd for a person to stick these signs in their front yard.

"Really? You're serious? You care about WHO wins the County Coroner position?"

What does that say about the person inside the house? Just thinking out loud here...

Sometimes this area is just so odd.


At July 8, 2008 at 4:37:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

There's one yard in Carthage that has two signs - for two different candidates. My wife concluded that the husband supports one guy and the wife supports the other. I can imagine the heated debates in that house.


At July 11, 2008 at 11:18:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

Stan -- it's an administrative position -- here's a nice list:

-- the medical examiners do the autopsies -- the coroner mostly just looks at the body and just says "Yep, he dead." [or "Yep he's did" depending on where you live.]


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Here's your...uh...Stevie Wonder singing "Pappa Was a Rolling Stone" through one of those electronic talk box thingys...ration for the week.

Bonus: If it shows up after the video is over, click on the video of Stevie singing "Superstition" live on Sesame Street. That's classic funky excellence right there, plus you see kids dancing around.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Here's your cuteness ration for the week.

Boxing Cat

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

"Ohhh, we're halfway there, Ohhh, livin' on a prayer" (366 Days update)

At midnight tonight, fifty percent of the year 2008 will be expired. Let's check in on how the 366 Days are coming along, shall we?

Creative Day: 129
Actual Day: 183
Difference: 54 days

Not looking too good, is it? I'm telling you, I have come this close to quitting because of how far behind I am, but thanks to the encouragement of my lovely Nicole, I am going to press on. Hopefully I'll be able to get something up soon - maybe even a lot of somethings!

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At July 1, 2008 at 11:21:00 PM CDT, Blogger Matt & Lori Graber said...

As you know...nothing is impossible.....


At July 2, 2008 at 10:49:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Well...but every day that you do it, you're another day closer. And you're a lot farther along than you probably would have been if you hadn't started the 366 Days project in the first place.

So, your lovely wife is very right. :) It's not worth it to quit when you're this far along!


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