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{ Monthly Archives } August 2010

I wonder why?

From a joke thread at reddit: René Descartes walks into a bar and orders a beer. When he finishes the glass the bartender asks him if he’d like another. Descartes says, “I think not,” and pop he disappears. As a philosophy degree-holder, I hate hearing this joke while I’m flipping burgers.


Saturday storytime

I have a rule about Ratlands.  I don’t give out the name of the site to my co-workers.  It isn’t that there’s anything here that embarrasses me; I’m well aware that nothing on the internet is private and nothing on the internet ever goes away and I operate accordingly.  Although I have an ego as […]

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And that’s how I solved my OCD problem

There were a couple of studies published this week that suggest that hallucinogens may be of some value in treating mental illnesses.  One suggests that Ketamine (yes, the horse tranquilizer) which is mildly hallucinogenic in humans boosted signaling between neurons in the brain, and even led to healthy growth of synapses. (Chronic depression can be […]

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And now, for something completely different…

I thought that might get your attention

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Quote of the day

From Fiona on Burn Notice: Well, in my experience, if something seems too good to be true, it’s best to shoot it, just in case.

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Or maybe it’s my job to know…

According to this little test I know so much about drugs I’m, well… – Identify The Drug

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Fundamental Changes: the world will never be the same

In any life, there are events that change forever one’s perception of the world.  Some are collective events; the Moon landing and Watergate for folks of my generation or more recently 9/11.  Some are personal; a first kiss, meeting the love of your life, the birth of a child.  Unfortunately, at least in my experience, […]

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“It would appear,” he said with a hint of anger in his voice, “that I’m screwed.”

From The Register today: Irascible, grumpy cynics have a significantly higher risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes compared to mellow, amiable, trusting people, according to a new study. Researchers carrying out a survey found that “antagonistic” subjects – that is, those who were assessed as competitive, aggressive, manipulative or “quick to express anger” – […]

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A public service announcement

OK, not exactly.  But, it is information you might be interested in. (I haven’t heard of any instances around the general Ratlands area, but then again, I don’t pay much attention to the local news, as I don’t (usually) care about what passes for news on the local TV stations and I really don’t care […]

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What to do when your kid is a marijuana addict

Here’s a very interesting article by a former drug treatment counselor about what to do if you discover your kid is smoking pot.  As always, you should read the whole thing.  However, I will tell you the short version is not “send them to drug treatment.”  The author argues that if you send your kid […]

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