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March 22, 2008

The way it is — by Alex Gregory


March 22, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pole-R-Bear Handy Umbrella Hooks — 'With a name like that they'd better be good'


From the website:

    Pole-R-Bear Handy Umbrella Hooks

    Slips over your beach umbrella pole so you can hang up wet towels, tote bags, T-shirts, etc., to keep them shaded and sand-free.

    Fits most standard umbrella poles and includes adapter for smaller sizes.

    Rubber collar with 4 rubber-coated, stainless-steel hooks.


$12.99 (umbrella not included).

March 22, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'People reveal far more about themselves by listening than they could ever hope to do by talking' — Dr. Mardy Grothe


I'd never heard of the above-cited American psychologist and writer until my Missouri correspondent pointed my ignorant eyes in the direction of Dr. Grothe's website.

To say I love the quotation in this post's headline would be the height of understatement.

Plenty more where that came from.

March 22, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

March 22, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Lost in transition


Handovers have their pluses and minuses.

You lose something, someone finds it, they let you know.

Should they leave it for you somewhere with someone or try to give it directly to you?

Might be a lot easier to leave it with a third party, but I don't recommend that course of action even if it inconveniences you a lot.

As soon as a third party gets involved, the chance of you not getting your lost item back in the same shape it was found in diminishes a lot.

I've seen this happen twice in recent weeks to people's cellphones.

One time the individual ranted and fumed about how stupid the finder was, to have taken it home with her and made the owner trek across town to get it when it could have been left at the coffee shop where it was found or in the student activities office at school.

Excuse me, but since I'm the person who asked the finder to hold on to it and give it directly to the owner rather than drop it off, I'm entitled to my opinion.

Which is that I handled it correctly and would do exactly the same thing the next time.

Sure, it's great to take the easy way but if it's not as secure it's not easy — it's dumb.

In the OR, handing off a case to another anesthesiologist can have its pluses and minuses.

On the good side, oftimes the fresh person notices something the incumbent hadn't and corrects it, to the benefit of the anesthetized patient.

On the bad side, sometimes the relieving doctor discovers something amiss and doesn't know if it's serious or not, something new or instead something that's been going on for hours and was passed over in the handover report.

Too often this discovery occurs after the original anesthesiologist is dressed and out of the hospital, say 10–15 minutes after being relieved.

Then you're not sure what to do.

That's why I make it a practice to always — always — stick around in my scrubs for 15 minutes or so after being relieved, then go back into the room to check that the relief anesthesiologist is OK with the case or if there are any loose ends.

Much better that way.

I only wish they came back to the room after I've taken over but hey, you can't have everything.

March 22, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Strange Days Reading Glasses


You'll fool everyone when you get so mad you snap your glasses in half in apparent frustration and storm out of the room.

Just don't start laughing until after you've slammed the door.

From the website:

    CliC Reader Glasses

    You won't lose these unique readers that feature a built-in neck band and magnetic front closure.

    Simply slip them around your neck until you need them.

    Then move the glasses into place and the two strong magnets click the lenses together.

    Tortoise or clear frames.



4 magnification strengths available: 1.5X; 2.0X; 2.5X; 3.0X.

Apiece, $24.99.

March 22, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Public Library of Law = plol.org


Fastcase put the Public Library of Law up last month.

Free online legal research.

The way it should be.

What do you get for your money?

See below.


For what it's worth, when I first tried to visit the site I typed in .net instead of .org.



is what appeared.

Pretty funny.

At least, I thought so.

But as you may have gathered by now, I'm very easily amused.

March 22, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Index Chopping Boards


Designed by Damian Evans.

From the website:

    Index Chopping Boards

    These four color-coded polypropylene chopping boards are designed to avoid cross-contamination of various food types: Red — raw meat; White — cooked foods; Blue — fish; Green — vegetables.

    The boards are stored in an ABS plastic filing unit with a non-slip rubber bottom.

    Filing unit: 9"H x 13.5"W x 3"D;

    Boards: 8"H x 12"W x 0.75"D.

    Boards are dishwasher safe.


I'll take the green one, you can have the others.

I guess if a tomato is a fruit then an orange might as well be subsumed under the rubric of vegetables — at least for the purposes of this post.

Note to file (as it were): Forward to Jeanette Winterson.


March 22, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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