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September 30, 2007

Steve Wozniak and Kathy Griffin are America's new fun couple

The Woz comes up about halfway through her interview with Larry King (above) and their repartee about Steve for the remainder of the segment is very amusing.

September 30, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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September 30, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Where to buy paper goods online


Yesterday's post about stuff I can't remember last doing included buying paper towels and toilet paper in a bricks-and-mortar store.

Since two readers asked within four hours of the post appearing where I get these things online, I figure there are probably 10 or 100 others who for one reason or another won't ask but wouldn't mind knowing.


Without further ado, then:

Paper towels

Toilet paper


Paper grocery bags


Pictured above are selected works in paper by Shigeru Ban.

September 30, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MorphWorld: Marcel Wanders Egg Vase into Self Arranging Flower Vase


I do like my little Egg Vase (below)


a lot but it's become pretty pricey:



Now comes a new take (top and below) on the vase for 12% of the price of the original.

From the website:

    Self Arranging Flower Vase

    Whether you're experienced or a novice at flower arranging, you can create a gorgeous, professional-looking bouquet every time.

    Seven glass vases are connected, each at the perfect height and angle.

    Simply fill with water and insert flowers and greens — that's it!

    4" diam. x 6" high.



$14.99 (flowers not included)

September 30, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A message to my readers


The "Help Ticket" above was filed an hour ago.

We'll see if it does any good.

September 30, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Hope Solo in her own words — the full story

Today's papers are full of news about the recent uproar over the sequence of events surrounding the demotion of U.S women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo (above) to the bench for last Thursday's World Cup semifinal.

Most of them refer to Solo's MySpace page apology but quote only a small part of it.

Out of context = without meaning, though most of the information we get these days is just that way, lacking context.

Nevertheless, in the interest of clarity, so that more people can easily gain access what Solo had to say in her own words, below is a screenshot of her MySpace apology — in full.


Up top is the post-semifinal benching interview that caused her to be suspended from the U.S. team.

September 30, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: '6 die from brain-eating amoeba in warm lake waters'


More and more, life is becoming a series of tabloid headlines.

No wonder the Weekly World News folded — it was co-opted by mainstream media.

Witness the headline above, over an Associated Press story by Chris Kahn that appeared in my local Podunk town's daily yesterday as well as papers nationwide.

Here's the article.

    6 die from brain-eating amoeba in warm lake waters

    It sounds like science fiction but it's true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain where it feeds until you die.

    Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it's killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future.

    "This is definitely something we need to track," said Michael Beach, a specialist in recreational waterborne illnesses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "This is a heat-loving amoeba. As water temperatures go up, it does better," Beach said. "In future decades, as temperatures rise, we'd expect to see more cases."

    According to the CDC, the amoeba called Naegleria fowleri (nuh-GLEER-ee-uh FOWL'-erh-eye) killed 23 people in the United States, from 1995 to 2004. This year health officials noticed a spike with six cases - three in Florida, two in Texas and one in Arizona. The CDC knows of only several hundred cases worldwide since its discovery in Australia in the 1960s.

    In Arizona, David Evans said nobody knew his son, Aaron, was infected with the amoeba until after the 14-year-old died on Sept. 17. At first, the teen seemed to be suffering from nothing more than a headache.

    "We didn't know," Evans said. "And here I am: I come home and I'm burying him."

    After doing more tests, doctors said Aaron probably picked up the amoeba a week before while swimming in the balmy shallows of Lake Havasu, a popular man-made lake on the Colorado River between Arizona and California.

    Though infections tend to be found in southern states, Naegleria lives almost everywhere in lakes, hot springs, even dirty swimming pools, grazing off algae and bacteria in the sediment.

    Beach said people become infected when they wade through shallow water and stir up the bottom. If someone allows water to shoot up the nose - say, by doing a somersault in chest-deep water - the amoeba can latch onto the olfactory nerve.

    The amoeba destroys tissue as it makes its way up into the brain, where it continues the damage, "basically feeding on the brain cells," Beach said.

    People who are infected tend to complain of a stiff neck, headaches and fevers. In the later stages, they'll show signs of brain damage such as hallucinations and behavioral changes, he said.

    Once infected, most people have little chance of survival. Some drugs have stopped the amoeba in lab experiments, but people who have been attacked rarely survive, Beach said.

    "Usually, from initial exposure it's fatal within two weeks," he said.

    Researchers still have much to learn about Naegleria. They don't know why, for example, children are more likely to be infected, and boys are more often victims than girls.

    "Boys tend to have more boisterous activities (in water), but we're not clear," Beach said.

    In central Florida, authorities started an amoeba phone hot line advising people to avoid warm, standing water and areas with algae blooms. Texas health officials also have issued warnings.

    People "seem to think that everything can be made safe, including any river, any creek, but that's just not the case," said Doug McBride, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    Officials in the town of Lake Havasu City are discussing whether to take action. "Some folks think we should be putting up signs. Some people think we should close the lake," city spokesman Charlie Cassens said.

    Beach cautioned that people shouldn't panic about the dangers of the brain-eating bug. Cases are still extremely rare considering the number of people swimming in lakes. The easiest way to prevent infection, Beach said, is to use nose clips when swimming or diving in fresh water.

    "You'd have to have water going way up in your nose to begin with" to be infected, he said.

    David Evans has tried to learn as much as possible about the amoeba over the past month. But it still doesn't make much sense to him. His family had gone to Lake Havasu countless times. Have people always been in danger? Did city officials know about the amoeba? Can they do anything to kill them off?

    Evans lives within eyesight of the lake. Temperatures hover in the triple digits all summer, and like almost everyone else in this desert region, the Evanses look to the lake to cool off.

    It was on David Evans' birthday Sept. 8 that he brought Aaron, his other two children, and his parents to Lake Havasu. They ate sandwiches and spent a few hours splashing around.

    "For a week, everything was fine," Evans said.

    Then Aaron got the headache that wouldn't go away. At the hospital, doctors first suspected meningitis. Aaron was rushed to another hospital in Las Vegas.

    "He asked me at one time, 'Can I die from this?'" David Evans said. "We said, 'No, no.'"

    On Sept. 17, Aaron stopped breathing as his father held him in his arms.

    "He was brain dead," Evans said. Only later did doctors and the CDC determine that the boy had been infected with Naegleria.

    "My kids won't ever swim on Lake Havasu again," he said.



For much more about Naegleria infection, visit the CDC page.

September 30, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Quelles* drôle** business cards!


From the website:

    Tag Business Cards

    The concept for this card design came to being during a holiday party.

    The designer ran out of his own business cards and turned to scratching out the details on cards he had accumulated, in turn filling in his own information.

    Each set comes with 20 business cards, a vinyl holder and a pen.

    Use the pre-scratched cards [top] to permanently inscribe your name and contact information.

    Impress clients/associates while adding your own distinct spark to the professional world.



$14 CAD (they don't make it easy for you: first, click on "Desk and Stationary; then scroll down to the fifth item from the bottom).



September 30, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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