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I thought I read this somewhere, but then I couldn't find it on the internet, so... maybe I invented it? Fred says I have to post this, so here goes:

"I like my recursion like I like my recursion."

Did this, or did this not, spring fully-formed from my brain?

Cocktails for a Cause

Host: Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
Location: tonic bar & grill
971 Liberty Avenue (at 10th)
When: Tuesday, September 26, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

I'll probably leave straight from campus. Let me know if you want to go and need a ride.

I am a menace.

Do not leave me unattended with your computers. Or your teeth.

My laptop has been cranky lately, and most specifically since I tried to install updates for SpySweeper. Apparently, trying and failing to update SpySweeper will cause your laptop to freeze. Okay. So, since my laptop wasn't looking like the most stable piece of equipment ever, I thought it might be a good idea to back up my harddrive. Except then I discovered that the CD drive wasn't working. Like, at all.

I dropped my laptop off at SCS Help this morning so that it could be repaired and went back to my office to use my desktop machine. Only to discover that it had what appeared to be a virus. All of the text had turned into unreadable nonsense characters. Fun for the whole family. I called the help desk and they sent someone over to take it away. He seemed to think it was a bad video card. (Actually, when he called me later, he said he couldn't find anything wrong with it and rebooting seemed to fix the problem. Which I find very sketchy.)

So now I had no computers. All of my computers were broken. I went down to the lab to check my email, where I promptly caused the computer I was using to freeze up. dlv78 kindly made me an account on a spare Powerbook. I suspect he's still trying to win me over to the Mac side.

Since today is clearly not my day, I went home to sulk, taking the Powerbook with me. Where I also managed to cause it to freeze up while watching a DVD. Fortunately, power-cycling seemed to take care of that.

But seriously, this is 4 computers in less than 12 hours. I am extraordinarily talented.

As for my teeth... Collapse )

I'm having a bad week.

Oh no! Not the liquids!

Guess where I'm not!

If you guessed, "On a plane to Florida," you would be correct. See, it turns out that as of this morning, the FAA has raised the threat level for air travel and in response, has banned the transporting of any liquids or gels in carry-on luggage.

I wasn't planning on checking bags, so after waiting 20 minutes in the Extended parking lot for a bus and making it to the terminal exactly 45 minutes before my flight, I checked in as quickly as I could and ran down to the security line. Where I was informed about the "no liquid" rule and sent back upstairs to check my bag. Except, you can only check bags up to 45 minutes before a flight. And since pretty much the entire contents of my bag were either liquids or gels, I declined to throw them all out. So now I'm flying though Charlotte, arriving a mere 5 hours later than planned.

But don't worry, America. You're definitely safe from my toothpaste and contact solution.


I had a weird burst of domesticity today and spent almost the whole day cooking. So far, I made:

- cucumber salad
- some cucumber/dill/mint yogurt thing
- I don't know what the difference is between roast beef and pot roast, but I made one of them
- and weirdest of all, a cake

Plus, I prepped a bunch of vegetables for future cooking, even going so far as to freeze some of them for posterity.

Still to be made:

- coleslaw
- Something involving a lot of chard. I haven't decided what yet. I'm leaning towards chard paneer simply because they (shockingly!) had paneer at Murry Avenue Kosher this morning, prompting just the tiniest dance of joy on my part.

I think the vast amounts of farm-share vegetables in my refrigerator were starting to look a little ominous. That, or I was just hungry. But in any case, if anyone feels like declaring a potluck this weekend, I am all set.

A straw-poll for the boys

Apparently, there's a new non-hormonal male contraceptive method undergoing large-scale clinical trials in India right now. Basically, this method works by injecting some kind of gel into the vas deferens that disables sperm. It can last up to 10 years, and is reversible by a second injection that flushes the gel out. The major side effect (which, I'll grant, sounds a little squicky) is "several weeks of non-painful scrotal swelling".

So, I'm curious, guys. Would you go for this if it became available on the market in the US?