August 01, 2001

I find that I feel much more free in my blogging since the Blogathon and perhaps I don't have to have something especially deep to talk about to post something. But don't worry, Kendra, I won't start talking about female ejaculation...

I've found a few interesting things lately and just wanted to put them up for your perusal...

I'd always wondered what caused brain freeze. And know I know... I'm one of the lucky 30% who gets it.

"BANGKOK (Reuters) - Residents of a Thai town are flocking to the home of a bereaved mother to touch and see a five-foot monitor lizard she says is a reincarnation of her 13-year-old son and a bringer of good fortune."
Heck, I'd flock just to see a 5 foot lizard lounging on a bed drinking yogurt.

"KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Whether or not a man can divorce his wife using a message service on a mobile phone has stimulated a debate in Malaysia." Now if you could just page your ex into another state...

"Real-Life 'Fantastic Voyage'--Robots Enable Remote Control 'Telesurgery', Fourteen Long Distance Surgeries Performed; All Patients Recovered, Technology Allows Surgery Anywhere In The World - Even Outer Space"

This is just plain depressing...but I guess that's a good thing?
"Unhappy people 'make the best workers'"

This is a very interesting story about the stigmatization of women with PMS and various other feminine "instabilities." "They're grumpy, they're grouchy ... and there's nothing wrong with that. A growing group of critics contend that there's nothing dysfunctional, dysphoric, or diseased about a woman's natural hormonal rhythms -- period." (particularly bad pun if you ask me.) Here's my favorite bit, from an old article--""Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees," published in the July 1943 issue of the trade journal Transportation:
"4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination -- one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit, but also reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses, which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.""

As for me, my apartment is coming along slowly, still a lot of boxes to unpack. My new computer is acting very badly and I think I need to take it back. And my parents are going out of town so I have to dogsit for them, which means spending less time unpacking. But it'll all work out in the end. It will probably be nice to spend a couple of days not staring at the boxes I should be doing something about while instead trying to surf the internet and ending up cursing my computer for freezing up. And the final count on the Blogathon was $20,099 made total for various charities. The goal was $10,000 so everyone's pretty happy about the result. Maybe next year we can double it again!

Posted by Alyssa at August 01, 2001 09:52 AM
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