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September 23, 2020

Preemptive Replacement

The headline up top is a term I made up to describe a particular behavior of mine.

For as long as I can remember, I've removed the almost used up Scotch tape roll from my dispenser before — not after — I get to the end.

I hate to run out of tape right while using it: it's annoying to stop and have to go get a replacement roll and trade the two.

My practice means throwing away the last couple perfectly good inches, through which I can clearly see the almost exposed plastic hub.

I deal with toilet paper the same way: bag those last few squares.

Variations on this theme include:

• Replacing both light bulbs in a difficult-to-access fixture when one burns out, even though the other one is working fine.

• Prepositioning a fresh bottle of soft soap near one that's almost empty so as not to run out while washing my hands.

• Back in the day, anesthesia cart preparation* [above and below].

Early in my residency I got in the habit of setting up my equipment and drugs after finishing my cases for the day, even though it was routine for residents to come in early in the morning to do it.

The way I saw it, I could do my setup in peace, without the distraction of twenty other residents around me in the hallway talking and joking, as I was the only one who did this; I could sleep in an extra half hour in the morning; I had a chance to double-check that I had everything I needed before wheeling my cart into my OR.

Am I the only person who does this sort of thing?





*The 2008 video up top, with 112,000 views, is my second most popular ever.

Part 2, also from 2008,

is my fourth most popular, garnering 48,000 views.

It occurs to me that I'd easily have long since acquired many thousands of subscribers if I'd kept up with that sort of thing instead of featuring my sleeping cat.

Sic transit gloria mundi.  

September 23, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

Another: not a color iteration of the Rorschach test.

Another aspect:


September 23, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

It was cheaper for Christopher Nolan to crash a real 747 into a hanger in 'Tenet' than to do it in CGI

Back story here.

September 23, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Cheese comes to room temperature faster if you position it on its rind


A rule of thumb re: cheese is that it needs an hour outside the refrigerator to come to room temperature, its most delectable state.

Shorten that time by positioning it rind down (above): this maximizes exposure of the paste to air and subsequent thermal equilibrium with ambient conditions.

Nothing is too small to be noticed and made better in bojWorld©®.

Pictured: Chällerhocker.

September 23, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

...oops! Eraser

Screen Shot 2020-09-21 at 9.27.50 AM

2.8" x 1.6" x 0.6".

Apply within.

September 23, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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