Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon Nov 10 13:09:26 2003
Pinstripe Prison

So, my knee really didn't take that fall well. The area still isn't healed, but it's not bleeding anymore.. but it's somewhat swollen, and using stairs or my bike is painful. I imagine it'll go down soon... Yesterday, when I woke up, I called to say I wasn't going to the climbing thing, but he said that the training involved almost no climbing, so I went along.. unfortunately, a bunch of girl scouts got there just before we did, and took up all the spots, so we all went and grabbed food instead. A food trip turned into a long, enjoyable conversation about local culture, religion, the Penn Deutsch (Penn Dutch being a corruption -- they're not Dutch, they're German), and Amish/Mennonites. In a way, I liked it better than the climbing -- I'll take good conversation over almost anything else, most of the time. Why, I remember .. oh, hehe.. nevermind :)

Anyhow, I've been working on a paper on Autism for my psych class. I find the illness strangely fascinating. Here's some interesting stuff: NIH Pamphlet, A first-person account, CDC Page on it. That's how I know I'm in a field I can be happy in -- I find the material to be like gravy.. of course, there are several fields like that.. :)

This is probably as objectionable a thing as I'm likely to link to any time soon. Apparently, people are making swimsuits out of fish skins. It's all part of Time magazine's list of coolest inventions (2003). The biggest innovations in the list appear to be relating to practical storage and management of energy, as well as robotic toys. On the topic of toys, it looks like Disney is charting the future, and it looks like the style of comics my generation grew up with is destined for the rubbish bin. I generally don't like the 3d look to these things, but I tend to like anime better anyhow, and on the off chance I meet someone and have/adopt kids, I'll try to raise them with even less TV than I had. I do wonder though, if Disney's move is latching onto a fad that'll destroy the traditional way of things. Gah, I sound like such a conservative saying that :)

Here's someone suing for something stupid. It's a blind woman trying to adopt, who lied on her forms to get artificially inseminated, and isn't being given further services. She claims that the questions shouldn't've been asked anyhow.. apparently they were about the status of her ability to care for a child alone -- she claimed to have had a partner to help out. Why do I think she's wrong? Despite what she says, I think that caring for a child would be hampered by being blind, and that it should be within the state's discretion to ensure that children are raised in a safe environment.

This gives me a lot of hope. I indeed grumbled about Clinton when he was president, but I assumed that the alternative was someone like Bob Dole, who, though conservative, is not a fundie, and who is intelligent.

I find myself wondering -- is there any consistancy with how Kurdish nationalism is being treated now and before Iraq II? I recall that Kurdish forces were allied with the Americans during the war, but now they're fighting each other. Is it the same forces? Hmm.

U.S. lawmakers continue to shoot their mouth off, in what looks like an attempt to me to piss off the Saudis. In this particular case, they're claiming that the Saudis need to 'wake up' to the dangers of terrorism, in response to a car bomb. All of this is, naturally, just a few weeks after they arrested several others, and suffered some other terrorists blowing themselves up during police action. Sure, senator Hagel of Nebraska, I'm sure you know a lot about dealing with extremists in a deeply religious society. I'm sure you're qualified to say that the efforts to apprehend terrorists, especially visible recently, in Saudi Arabia amount to being asleep. Heck, let's ship you over there, and you can join their legislature and do it yourself! I'm sure they'll love you as you mock their efforts to deal with this stuff that very visibly hurts their country.

Anyone know anything about these guys? I stumbled on their site recently, and will probably head back to visit.

When superstitions go bad.. I've grumbled about this before... .. The trend for disposable things is a horrible thing. It encourages waste, and scarce resources go into producing things that people use for a month or so. If anything, the world needs to find ways to use things for longer -- so much 'wealth' is accumulated and ends up in landfills every year. I think the company that makes this should recieve a fine for each one that ends up in city trash...