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POOF and the light goes off October 31, 2010

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An 86-year-old man goes for a physical. All of his test results come back normal.

The doctor says, “Gary, everything looks great. How are you doing mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God?”

Gary replies, “God and I are tight. He knows I have poor eyesight, so he’s fixed it so when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, *poof* the light goes on. When I’m done, *poof* the light goes off.”

“Wow, that’s incredible,” the doctor says.

A little later in the day, the doctor calls Gary’s wife. “Marianne,” he says, “Gary is doing fine but I had to call you because I’m in awe of his relationship with God. Is it true that he gets up during the night and *poof * the light goes on in the bathroom, and when he’s done, *poof* the light goes off?”

“Oh for Pete’s sake!” Marianne exclaims. “He’s peeing in the refrigerator again!”



Mel Gibson October 24, 2010

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I have been very disappointed in Mel Gibson for several years.

He was one of my favorites. After Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon series, he directed and starred in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart. In 2004, he directed and produced The Passion of the Christ, a very faithful portrayal of the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ. But Mel has a big mouth: homophobia, misogyny, and antisemitism. And now his ugly divorce from Robyn and the mess he’s made of his relationship with Oksana Grigorieva.

He cannot keep his personal life and his big mouth separate from his professional life.

I am not paying anymore for satellite TV to the trailer, so today I’m watching some old DVD’s. The one on now is Forever Young with Mel, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood and George Wendt. The scene on now is Billy Holliday singing “Just the Thought Of You”, in which Daniel (Mel) has a romantic moment with Claire (Jamie Lee) following the flood of his memories from fifty years before brought on by the song. I cried along with Daniel, Claire, and the rest of Western civilization.

I’ve decided that I, for one, will keep Mel’s private and personal lives separate.


Oops #2 October 22, 2010

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This is the last day of the fund raising drive at St. Louis Public Radio.

The NPR folks here.

Their timing could not be worse.

NPR fired Juan Williams yesterday for saying that he gets scared when he sees Muslims dressed in their traditional dress getting on airplanes. Now there is a move to de-certify NPR for Federal funds.

Many folks who were going to contribute will now sit this one out.

Not so much an “oops” as “this happens when you let the dummies drive the airplane.”


Oops! October 22, 2010

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Hedgehog in the Fog October 14, 2010

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This is an award winning animation, made in 1975 in the former Soviet Union which was re-becoming Russia. It’s delightful!

Hedgehog in the Fog [Ёжик в тумане], Yuriy Norshteyn (1975)

This is a story about a little hedgehog (voiced by Mariya Vinogradova) and his friend bear cub (voiced by Vyacheslav Nevinniy). The two would meet every evening to drink tea from the cub’s samovar, which was heated on a fire of juniper twigs. As they drank their tea, the hedgehog and the bear conversed and counted the stars together. One day, the hedgehog decided to bring raspberry jam. As he went to the bear to count the stars, he passed through the woods and found a horse standing in a fog, where the hedgehog can’t even see his own pink paw. He is curious as to whether the horse would drown if it went to sleep in the fog. The hedgehog decides to explore the fog.


Excursions, Indeed October 13, 2010

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Well, I was invited to this seminar, and it looked interesting.

Troubleshooting Microbial Excursions
October 20, 2010 WEBINAR
NOON – 1:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
This webinar will address excursions and the best practices for troubleshooting them.

Well, how troublesome could microbial excursions be? I saw a lot of HUMAN excursions last year, as I watched people come and go to Yellowstone National Park. You get on the bus, you get off at the hotel, you eat lunch, you get back on the bus… Not a bad life.

But then I continued reading:

The most common sources for excursion are personnel practices, cleaning and disinfection program, facility design and conditions, and bringing items into the cleanroom. This webinar will discuss the details of specific excursion investigation for outbreaks of molds, vegetative bacteria, and Bacillus. End users will gain a new understanding of the complexity of troubleshooting outbreaks and contamination issues based on real life experiences.
Areas Covered in the webinar:
Learn how to develop solutions to your microbial control problems.
This seminar focuses on both preventative measures and corrective actions.
This session will be interactive with audience input.
Who will benefit:
QA and QC Managers
Disinfectant Validation Managers
Operations Managers
Cleanroom Managers
Personnel and contractors that clean and disinfect cleanrooms

$365 for one (1) person

OK, not what I had in mind…