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June 13, 2019

BehindTheMedspeak: "What to do if you find a nuclear-powered cardiac pacemaker"

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From Los Alamos National Laboratory comes the news that "There are still a number of people in the U.S. who have nuclear-powered pacemakers."


I'm thinking that individuals walking around with these must have some hairy times in airports, what with radiation detectors everywhere.

Below, the article in its entirety.



Nuclear-Powered cardiac pacemaker fact sheet here.

June 13, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: Preserving the classic red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes


An interesting and informative Wall Street Journal Q&A by Teri Agins.


Q: Do you recommend putting rubber treads on leather soles? I have a pair of Christian Louboutin boots with the red leather sole and I hate to cover the lovely color, though I know with wear the color will scuff off.


A: For years I have taken my Manolo Blahnik and Ferragamo pumps to have a super-thin layer of rubber put on the sole, giving me more traction and grip — and making them more comfortable on my feet and legs.

The shoe repairman introduced me to this paper-thin rubber he expertly applies that is undetectable.

It makes them more durable too. (I don't bother applying rubber to certain high heels I only wear while standing on carpet for no more than a couple of hours.)

For your Louboutins, the red soles are a status symbol of the brand and there are ways you can preserve that.

Shoe Bottoms on Amazon sells red rubber soles designed for Louboutin for $14.95.

Check first with the best shoe repair shop in your town to see what red soles they recommend.

June 13, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Just because you say it's urgent doesn't make it so


Above, a giant postcard that came in the mail the other day.

FunFact: This recall was announced on January 25, 2016.

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I called my dealer and asked when I could bring my car in for the replacement.

"We'll contact you when the replacement parts come in," was the response.

Every year or so since then, when I bring my car in for its annual state inspection, I ask if the parts have come in; every year the answer is "Not yet."

In 2017 Mercedes started sending me a form letter every year advising me of the recall and telling me they'll contact me as soon as my dealer has the replacement parts in.

Meanwhile, I've been driving all this time with my faulty airbags without having them explode and kill me.


Earlier this year, I got a call from my dealer saying they've finally got the replacement air bags for my car, so go ahead and schedule a service appointment to install them.

I did so, making certain to reserve a loaner car for the time my car was in the shop.

Two days after I brought my car in, the dealer called to tell me that Mercedes had sent the wrong parts for my car but if I was OK with it, they would try to get the right ones while they still had my car in their shop.

Hey, I was totally down with that: my car is a 2010 C-Class and my loaner was a totally tricked out, super-powerful 2019 E-Class with so many bells and whistles, I was having a great time trying them all out.

After another couple days, they called and said they could not locate replacement parts for my car, so I might as  well come in and get it and they would try in the meantime to find replacements and contact me when they had them.

That's the back story to the splashy postcard up top.


Oh, OK.


June 13, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sharon Van Etten — "Give Out"

I'd never heard of her until I happened on Mark Twight's tweet linking to this wonderful song.

June 13, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

U.S.A. Song Map


What's that music you're hearing?


I dunno.


It all depends on where you live.



June 13, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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