Updated blog is now at Interference Patterns. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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One memorably mind-boggling episode revolves around a shipboard 'Mathematical Olympiad.' Nemetsov served as quizmaster, but the competition was won by Cadet Valentin Volkov. He's the show's slide-rule-toting teen heartthrob, a role model for Soviet youth, and he has a mischievous pet monkey named Yuri.I want a mischievous pet monkey, dammit!
From John Bromberg. sadly, I did not get to the museum to bang a nail into John's sculpture.
I INSERTED THE CANDLE AND PEERED IN. THE HOT AIR ESCAPING FROM THE CHAMBER CAUSED THE FLAME
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UPDATE! 10.20.03 a different variation (with interstitial text) over at Sercurity Forums.
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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!!!
Avast, ye weblubbers! That lusty wench Chloe has put t'gether a wee tribute that be including the above picturing and a movin' pitcher of people tryin' to talk like us pirates. Features a sock puppet. Aaargh!
Fer some added booty, feast yer eyes on th' DELUXE Pirate Umbrella Hat from the kindly artisans at Archie McPhee. For those of ye havin' a hard time with the voicin's.
some mail from Mike B.:
So today is the big day when we:
* Watch Chloe's great short film of people drinking and talking like pirates
* Honor Johnny Depp's unique pirate character in "Pirates of the Caribbean."
* Honor Stale Urine's unique use of pirates in "The Fourteen Points." (In which a group of pirates become a theater company under the direction of Woodrow Wilson.)
* Maybe engage in file-sharing or other piracy.
* Read Hakim Bey's "Pirate Utopias":
* Fire a volley across a bowl of Cap'n Crunch.
* Swab something.
wherein it should also be noted that part II was numbered completely arbitrarily.
colossal squid pictures: ya re-post one CNN story, yer branded fer LIFE!
how does a accordion work: for tips
umbrella pictures: I should get some, with Isabella and all.
patting the head pictures
phony shark pictures: take that, Damien!
pictures of pancakes
UPDATE 09.20.03 CNN: Spanish navy shocks blamed for giant squid deaths. Navy denies the charges.
Some clothing designers are watching this week's fashion shows in New York with an eye to knocking off their competitors' designs. Like the music industry, the fashion business is rife with unauthorized copying. But it's relatively free of infringement lawsuits like the ones the major record labels recently filed.My favorite quote, not appearring in the printed version, has the commenter calling Canal Street "the Kazaa of the Fashion Industry."
As NPR's Rick Karr reports: 'If you find yourself attracted to, say, a handbag in an upscale Soho boutique but it costs too much, head a few blocks south to Canal Street. You'll probably find the design that caught your eye on a table on the sidewalk selling for a lot less: A knockoff of a $600 Prada bag, for example, goes for around 100 bucks."
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yes, this is a little old. so sue me.
* síndrome respiratorio agudo severo (SRAS)
ICS toaster museum: yeah, there's at least TWO of 'em!
furious toaster: a blog. not updated since May. oh, well. Bakelite & Toaster museum: ooh, a third! plus that brittle plastic stuff! (hint: don't click the English flag).
Another hint:don't leave your pop-tarts in the toaster and walk away. and a variation.
a moron's guide to toast
toaster pastry resources
somebody had a conversation with my toaster. well, their toaster.
a bunch of ways to make toast
a nice simple way to make toast, by Jenna. Thank you, Jenna.
buy a toaster on ebay.
in the past, I pined for a Hello Kitty toaster.
Now I can't wait for the return of vaudeville.
UPDATE 01.27.04 See even more funny money in Foundlings
Jerks complaining about the Discuss links - QuickTopic bulletin board: discussions are down at BoingBoing. This is a previous thread on previous problems, previously.
UPDATE 09.15.03 evening
Here's the last active Boing- Boing discussion.
Just wear your asbestos suit, that's all I'm sayin'.
UPDATE 09.17.03 mornin'
Seems like this is now one of the few ways to get into the still-alive "meta-disccussion" (although how "meta" is it when all other discussion is gone?). Not that what is there passes much as discussion. Pescovitz (or some other admin) took down the link on the gust-guest-blog (no permalink available; click here), but the other one on Macki's post still remains active as of 8:37 EST.
UPDATE 09.19.03 the wee hours'
Let me get this straight.... "Xeni" is a fakester, while "xeni" is real; and "Cory Doctorow" is real, while "cory doctorow" is the fakester. Right???
09.19.03 afternoon: Craniac, I suppose, is deleting messages on the Generic discussion. There are scattered points being made in all three of 'em, though. As well as gratuitous flames.
UPDATE 09.20.03 morning
flame wars continue. a lower-case "xeni" (note the indefinite article) has claimed (Computer History, msg 48) Cory D. tried to kill himself last weekend due to the flame-threads. Having seen them, I can almost believe it, were it not for the fact you can't believe anything in these forums anymore. The Timecube guy posted to the Generic discussion, msg 27. Also, it seems that the old Pausing the Warblog For Now thread from 3.21.03 is QUITE active, with over 3300 posts on it.
UPDATE 10.08.03 morning
Generic is clunking along, while Pausing seems to have turned into a family squabble (/m3321 - "Aunt Marion" ??!??). The nearly-dormant BoingBoing.tribe sprang to large life yesterday with a surge from 28 moribund (no offense) members to more than 160 after Xeni blogged it. Jason Scott has continued to create new discussions for each (insightful, detailed, hyperlinked) post, engendering on-topic, respectful posts.
UPDATE 10.12.03 morning
Pausing has this charming message:
Messages 3323-3316 deleted by topic administrator 10-11-2003 11:04 AM (not accepting new messages)
So much for the family squabble. Which >was< still on-topic. why was it deleted? If the commenters themselves decided they were ashamed of their words, QT allows them to edit them down to nothing. It's a pity they're gone, because it was an interesting example of a long-thread becoming >else< while still maintaining its original purpose (nominally).
UPDATE 01.27.04 afternoon
y'all should know the only really active site is the BoingBoing Tribe. Although it's not so much active as not comatose.
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to be continued.....
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Human toll of Alzheimer's will likely increase in coming years
By JORDAN DRACKLEY, Courier Staff Writer
WATERLOO --- Irv Frost, 84, remembers the day he first noticed the change in his wife.
He and Rita, now 82, were at Kmart more than 21 years ago.
Rita asked a question. Then she asked again. And again.
"I got goose bumps because I was very much afraid of what was coming about," he said.
Thus began a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, an illness that results in memory loss and behavioral changes throughout its slow advance. The disease is progressive, degenerative and the most common form of dementia.
Rita receives nursing home care at the Friendship Village health center and has been there for four months. Things seem to be going well, Irv says, despite the circumstances.
"Her mood can change while you're sitting there," Irv says, laying a reassuring hand on his wife's shoulder. But, she doesn't get angry.
"Some people refer to her as the smiling lady," he says.
Some of his friends going through similar situations think Irv is lucky. Rita is alive and, so far, hasn't been afflicted with problems other Alzheimer's patients typically endure.
But for Irv and Rita and others the disease will continue to be an uphill fight.
An estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's. The number is expected to nearly triple by 2050 when more than 13.2 million people will experience the frustration of memory loss and distortions in their personalities, according to a recent study in the journal Archives of Neurology.
"We have an epidemic, and I don't think the epidemic is too far in the future. I think it's about here now," says Kathy Martin, director of Lakeview Lodge, an assisted living center at Friendship Village in Waterloo. Her father died 16 years ago with the disease.
People who work with those affected by Alzheimer's say they aren't surprised by the findings. The projected increase is largely due to an aging population with an increased life expectancy.
Baby boomers may be in the toughest situation of all --- the middle.
Some are providing care to parents with Alzheimer's while at the same time trying to take care of their own children. And they wonder about the future.
"Every once in awhile I have that panicky feeling in my stomach: Who is going to take care of me?" says Martin, 54. "I don't want my children taking care of me. They're going to be older themselves."
Julie Thomas, Irv and Rita's daughter, though, says she isn't overly concerned about developing the disease. She is a baby boomer and 45 years old.
"I don't worry about it, I suppose because what happens, happens," she says.
Still, if no major advancements are made, authorities say the projected number of cases could overwhelm individuals, families and available resources in the health care system.
Most Alzheimer's patients' first caregivers are their spouses, who must deal with the person's wandering, confusion and sleepless nights.
Patients often get to the point where they need care 24 hours a day, as in the Frosts' case. Placing a loved one in a care facility can be difficult. But usually, primary caregivers can no longer maintain their own health and ensure the safety of the person they love.
Though he didn't want to leave his home and garden, Irv decided about two years ago the couple should move into apartments at Friendship Village.
But some of their 14 children worried as Rita's illness progressed.
"Mom had him take care of her," Julie says. "We were more concerned that my dad would get worn out."
When Irv realized he couldn't provide all that was required, Rita was moved to assisted living in Lakeview Lodge.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, half of all nursing home residents suffer from the disease or a related disorder. Many facilities have waiting lists and employ a limited number of licensed care providers.
The population balance leans toward people aged 65 and older, and the number of individuals working to take care of them doesn't add up.
"For the first time, we're going to be dealing with an inverted pyramid as far as our work force and our retired individuals," Martin says.
More registered nurses are already needed, as well as certified nurses' aides and licensed practical nurses. For the latter two, training is essential, but low wages, demands of the occupation and other factors create high turnover.
"It's hard to keep good staff now," says Marcia Truax, the activities director at the Friendship Village health center. "With baby boomers, there were more people."
And Martin says larger case loads compound the problem.
"How are we going to solicit and train the individuals in a field where they're taking on so much more responsibility than they ever did before?" she asks.
Making the caregiver feel needed and appreciated is important. Care facilities are responding with programs designed to retain those already employed.
But caregivers must genuinely feel for people with the illness.
"The hardest thing is trying to figure out what it is (the patients) want or need," says Truax, who has worked at Friendship Village for 13 years. "They can be afraid and not know what they're afraid of."
Follow the money
No cure exists for the disease.
However, the prescribed drugs Aricept, Reminyl and Exelon can slow the progression, perhaps allowing a person to stay at home longer.
"Even if you can delay it for five years ... for someone on Medicaid, you would save hundreds of thousands of dollars," says Jennifer Owens, regional program coordinator at Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa.
Irv, like other caregivers, is especially concerned about the cost of prescription drugs. Alzheimer's patients use more prescription drugs than the average Medicare beneficiary.
The average cost of prescription drugs for a person with Alzheimer's is almost $3,000 per year, nearly three times the amount a typical Medicare beneficiary spends.
That's because Alzheimer's patients typically take medications not only for the disease, but also for behavioral problems and other medical conditions.
In general, as people age they are more susceptible to heart problems, stroke and cancer. Alzheimer's patients also commonly face intestinal problems and pneumonia.
Long-term care is costly, too.
The average cost for nursing home care is $42,000 per year, according to the Alzheimer's Association. A person with Alzheimer's disease will live an average of eight years beyond the onset of symptoms. Many live 20 years or longer.
Medicare and most private health insurance do not cover the long-term care most patients need.
Medicare will cover only the first 90 days once a person is certified by a doctor as needing care in a skilled nursing facility. And then only if the person is hospitalized for some reason other than Alzheimer's.
At the same time, patients must meet government financial guidelines for Medicaid eligibility.
"If we don't find a way to slow it down or cure the disease, the likelihood is that we'll go bankrupt trying to pay for this," Owens says.
The federal government spent an estimated $600 million for research in the 2002 budget. The Alzheimer's Association is trying to increase that figure to $1 billion. The goal is to find ways to decrease the number of predicted cases through treatment and prevention.
The disease can only be confirmed by identifying plaques and tangles of protein in the brain after an autopsy. Studies indicate, however, these physical signs of the illness are present 20 to 30 years prior to outward symptoms.
One in 10 persons over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 have Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association. A small percentage of people in their 30s and 40s also get the disease.
Research suggests children of two affected parents are more at risk than those with one. There may be a genetic link as well if a parent developed an early onset of the disease --- before the age of 62.
In general, though, whether a person is at risk comes down to age. But the disease is not a normal part of aging.
"They say it's a disease of older people," says Dr. Ivo Bekabac, a neurologist at United Medical Park. "Age is the greatest factor."
Recent studies show that under doctor supervision, taking anti-inflammatory drugs, Vitamin C and E and having a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle may slightly reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's.
Research released in June showed that staying mentally active may help. The 21-year study published by New England Journal of Medicine says reading books, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards and board games may increase the amount of cognitive reserve in the brain. The activities seem to stimulate development of richer networks of nerve cells.
Irv Frost knows that people should start getting outside help immediately after problems start. When he moved into Friendship Village, he joined a support group led by Bev McCadam and Lois Marsch, both of Waterloo.
Proponents say the confidential interaction helps people open up and share their feelings with those who have gone through it. But it's hard to take the first step.
"Caregivers are reticent to ask for help from other people," Lois says. Her husband, Vernon, had Alzheimer's and passed away two years ago while at the Friendship Village health center.
Vernon Marsch had been a supervisor with a telephone company. Lois began noticing problems about 12 years ago. He was an avid woodworker, but projects that used to take two days began to take a week. He was also having trouble distinguishing card suits in their bridge club.
After five years of the outward symptoms, Vernon was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
"A year later, he asked me, 'What's wrong with me?' And I said 'You have Alzheimer's.' It went in one ear and out the other --- he had advanced that much," Lois says.
His personality began changing. He wandered and hid things.
Friends, members of their church and family --- especially her daughter and grandson --- provided relief from the constant demands of caring for Vernon. She also joined a support group.
Bev McCadam has a similar story.
Her mother, Edna Lohman, has been in the Friendship Village health center for four years. The woman had lived in New York her whole life but wanted to move. Bev and her sister decided it would be best for her to move to Waterloo.
Bev noticed her mother was becoming increasingly upset and confused. Friends would take her to doctor appointments, but Edna didn't know who they were.
"The sad part of it is, she knew something was wrong," Bev says. "She couldn't or wouldn't --- and I don't know to this day --- tell me what the problem was."
Since then, Edna has lost some language skills and can become agitated. Bev isn't sure whether her mother knows her.
Lois and Bev relate well to members of the support group because they represent the two caregiver roles that are most common --- spouse and child.
They say it's important to plan what to do as a family, get legal advice and understand insurance policies if faced with the disease.
"The minute something seems out of order, find out why it's out of order," Bev says. "To me, it's the greatest tragedy that I didn't know then what I know now, because I would have done things differently."
The saddest part, the two women say, is the lack of recognition.
"It's your husband, it's your son, it's your brother, and if they don't know you, oh, it hurts," Lois says. "They're not the same person you grew up with or married."
Without recognition, some people feel visiting a loved one in a care facility doesn't really benefit the patient. Irv Frost and his daughter Julie disagree.
"Even if I'm only there 10 or 15 or 30 minutes, she's got someone there with her," Julie says. "She doesn't know me, but she knows that someone's there ... and she knows that I care about her."
Rita enjoys the attention. Irv appreciates support from loved ones, who help provide the strength to face daily struggles.
Despite an uncertain future filled with rising costs, an increased number of cases and limited number of caregivers, life must go on for those facing Alzheimer's.
Those most closely affected by the disease say the silver lining, if there is one, is that help exists for those who seek it.
"Most of us think we're brave and strong and take care of everything," Irv says. "We should start getting help immediately ... because we need to familiarize ourselves with the difficulties that are going to arise in the future."
John Bromberg puppets: actually wish I had more on John. had hip re-replacement surgery last week
bored x-ray techs: I get this one every now and then
Pictures for sleep wear
native drawings of fawns
pictures of a normal size antartic squid: I blogged the giant one a few months back.
recipe chinchorro sauce
miniature lighted monster figures
pig with wings
pictures of hats including what they are made from
Matrix Re-loaded Cam
gallery hungry bigger boops
"patagonian toothfish" photo image mouth of
ruler of the han dynasty tv series: I didn't even know the tv series HAD a ruler!
giant labia pictures: no comment.
archeologists scranton: well, I've got (popular) Mystic Astronomers, if that'll help.
papyrus of the undying text: some texts die, some are undying. some deserve to be forgotten.
birth and death of Kasimir Malevich
"the man without a past" christian: the movie, I get. the second part???
"knee high socks" fall 2003
egyptian drawings of servants
Diana the Huntress Egyptian God
Jimmy Connors, Mayor Scranton, PA
PORN THUMBNAILS: if "Safe Search" is on, I'm as good as it gets.
"northeast current" Baldino
X-RAY TECHS IN BERMUDA
I'm a fan of Coney Island Lunch on Scranton's Lackawanna Ave. "Two Texas Weiners, Cheese Fries, & a Large Birch Beer" is one of my favorite meals. I hadn't noticed this page on their site before:
Making wieners is not a hard job. I've been doing it for 30 years now. If it was hard, I would have stopped years ago. This page will show some of the things I go through in my pursuit to make the perfect wiener! Not every day comes up a bowl of roses. Check back here often and see what's up.
[Wilkes-Barre's] financial picture is rosy? Yeah!!! And the Mothra twins got falling down drunk on a bottle cap full of Rolling Rock in 1977 and slept with me. Godzilla is a HUGE Bay City Rollers fan. Rhodan was the original lead guitar player in The 1910 Fruitgum Company before becoming an in demand Carol Channing impersonator. Megalon is now a U.S. Congressman from Louisiana. (Donít laugh too quick. That one is entirely possible.) And Gorgo finally retired from stomping on cheezy miniature movie sets and is currently a pansexual newt-herder living a quiet life off the coast of Wales.
I note that google-word-ads appeared at the bottom of Tripod pages a week or two ago. First it was a regular banner ad, then it went away, then the ad-word-ads showed up. And haven't left since..... :::sigh::: that and the billion pop-ups that proclaim YOU are the 10 millionth visitor to xradiograph. yeah, right.