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November 27, 2012

"Hell no, we won't go!" — Chinese couple demands fair market value


From Enpundit:


"Luo Baogen and his wife refuse to leave their home in Wenling, Zhejiang, China because they believe that the relocation compensation offered by the government is not enough money for them to rebuild. The couple has been living in the half-demolished building on their own (all of their neighbors have since moved out)."


"Because the family has not left, cars must drive around the 5-story building while they remain living inside. The road leads to Wenling railway station, which has not yet been officially opened."

November 27, 2012 at 09:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Inflatable for Cats


Stand down, it's just a unicorn horn.

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What's wrong with you?

Gray Cat's another matter.

When the picture up top came up on my screen she stared at it for a few seconds, arched her back with her fur standing straight up, then backed into her pre-pounce crouch preparatory to what looked to me like an all-out full frontal head butt centered right on my Retina Display.

Clicked away in a Podunk town minute, I did.

From the website:


Your cat pretends to be standoffish and cool, but slip this Inflatable Unicorn Horn for Cats on top of kitty's cranium and she'll reveal the fun-loving feline that you know she hides beneath her scowl.

Cats think it's cool, especially when they get to wear it in front of other cats.

Why have just a regular cat when you could have a caticorn?

It's not at all even a little bit humiliating.

Be careful — some people report that it has turned their cat into a jerk.

Details and Features:

• Four-point elastic strap system

• Makes your dreams come true

• 5.5" tall

• Vinyl



November 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

"I think old people are scary" — Grace Slick at 67


That was nearly six years ago, in early 2007.

The photo up top accompanied a Washington Post interview.

I wonder what she thinks now (she turned 73 on October 30)?

November 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Hometown Puzzle

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From Cool Tools: "From any starting point, we'll create a 400-piece puzzle of a six-by-four-mile area using U.S. Geological Survey maps. A house-shaped piece in the center represents the address you choose. Shows main roads, contour lines, water features, vegetation, and notable buildings."


November 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Why it's great to drive an 88 Mercedes


Above, my semi-annual county car property tax bill.

It's been unchanged for at least 10 years.

Free — the way I like it.

What I also like is the county's view of my beloved car's assessed value: $750.

Perhaps you've heard the phrase "the price of everything and the value of nothing?"

You hadn't before?

You won't be able to say that again.

November 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Doughnut Hole Pan — "If you can dream it, bake it"

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From the website:


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Create perfectly round doughnuts, cake pops, pancake pops, and brownie pops the easy way.

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Set of two aluminum pans with tabs to lock them together — just fill, lock, and bake.

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Let your imagination run wild — if you can dream it, bake it.

Freezer-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe.

Made by Nordicware.

Makes 12 at a time.

10½" x 8" x 1⅔".



November 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Ace your residency interview


A treasure trove of excellent advice from Wellness Rounds.

Bullet points:

• Learn about the program before you go

• First impressions are important

• Prepare for questions

• Keep track as you go

As long as everyone you're competing against doesn't see this post you've got a huge leg up.

Now do it!

And don't forget: Think like an anesthesiologist.

Because nobody ever said you had to be one to think like one.

In fact, the more I reflect on this, the more I think that those whose brains remain unclouded, without exposure to decades of breathing unscavenged waste gas, stand a better chance than us pros of actually invoking this sort of thinking outside the operating room space.

P.S. The advice offered applies equally well outside the medical space and will play well in any interview in any field.

One last thing: Don't plan on arriving the day of the interview.

You arrive the day before.

No exceptions.

If you don't care enough about getting the position to do that you don't deserve to get it.

November 27, 2012 at 07:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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