Life On The 48th Floor

Water boils faster up here. It\’s true!

What’s Been Going On

is that I’ve been really, really busy. Really so. There was this post further down about TV Series. Yeah, that. And quite a significant bit of WoW as well.

Currently playing:

Dead Like Me (Seasons 1 & 2) – This is really good stuff. Quirky, funny and lots of sad sometimes. Girl gets killed by a toilet seat falling to earth when Russian space station blows up. Wakes up as a Grim Reaper, whose job is to harvest the souls of those about to die.
Sleeper Cell (Season 1) – Pretty heavy watching. I can dig Islam; it’s noble, solemn and graceful. And very unfortunately, violently divided.
House MD (Seasons 1 & 2) – TV light, with a dose of diagnostic medicine.
The 4400 (Season 3) – The current season, trickling in at a snail’s pace of one episode per week. There are very few series that I would endure this for. More powers, new factions, promise of large scale violence.

Viral pilots seen (all S01E01):

Class – by the guys who did Friends. Hrmph.
Jericho – interesting pilot. Feels a little like Roadwars 2000, Mad Max.
Shark – looks pretty good. Courtroom intrigue and stuff.
The Nine – odd. But will be compelled to watch it when it starts. Is it 24-esque or Lost-esque?
Traveller – has bombs in NYC and some kind of conspiracy. May be worth watching.
Studio 60 on Sunset Strip – is written by Aaron Sorkin. ’nuff sed.

In the queue (still):

Deadwood (Season 1 thru 3 or 4)
CSI (some recent seasons)
The Shield (some reasons seasons)
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 2)
The rest of Wonderfalls (Season 1)
and some others like The West Wing, Lost, Deadwood perhaps, more seasons of The Apprentice, One Tree Hill, Project Runway (*gasp).

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10 August 2006 Posted by | TV | Leave a comment

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body

(This was forwarded to me without accreditation.)

1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear.

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you’re more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”

2. Experience supersonic hearing!

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.

3. Overcome your most primal urge!

Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about Jessica Simpson. Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won’t feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. For best results, try Simpson’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking” video.

4. Feel no pain!

German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

5. Clear your stuffed nose!

Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

6. Fight fire without water!

Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? “Sleep on your left side,” says Anthony A. Star-poli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity’s in your favor.

7. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.

8. Make burns disappear!

When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natural method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.

9. Stop the world from spinning!

One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,” says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.

10. Unstitch your side!

If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.

11. Stanch blood with a single finger!

Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if you don’t mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”

12. Make your heart stand still!

Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It’ll get your heart rate back to normal.

13. Thaw your brain!

Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. “Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.

14. Prevent near-sightedness!

Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. “It’s usually caused by near-point stress.” In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles—like the eyes —into relaxing as well.

15. Wake the dead!

If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don’t let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.

16. Impress your friends!

Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will fold like a house of cards. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body’s ability to resist.

17. Breathe underwater!

If you’re dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin’ ain’t right. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity,” says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. “This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen.” It’ll buy you up to 10 seconds.

18. Read minds!

Your own! “If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.

18 July 2006 Posted by | Stolen Stuff | 1 Comment

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

is pretty darn good, for a sequel. The only thing missing was a musical identity. As G puts it, a mashup of Hans Zimmer themes collected through the ages (or somesuch).

There’s a good poster to be made of a shot of Jack and the Kraken.

18 July 2006 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment

TV Series

I am so behind on the watching.

Currently playing:

ReGenesis (Season 1, with most of season 2 in the pipeline – this is pretty good, comes with a where-have-I-seen-that-face moment too: Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde in X3))
Doctor Who (2005, Season 1)
Harsh Realm (Chris Carter, old stuff, only 1 season I believe)
Tru Calling (Season 1, why do I bother?)

In the queue:

CSI (Seasons 5 and 6)
Deadwood (Season 1)
The Green Wing (Season 1)
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 2)
Prison Break (Season 1)
Lost (Season 2)
The West Wing (Season 7)

Completed recently:

Veronica Mars (Season 2 – again, like s1, it was one episode after another.. I can’t stop clicking on the next episode)
Hex (Season 1 – yeh all 5 episodes of it)
Life on Mars (Season 1 – surprisingly good. Crooked cops, near death experiences, time travel and police violence!)

11 July 2006 Posted by | TV | Leave a comment

The Tunic of Undead Slaying

dropped after we ganked 26 or so Shadows of Doom. So I’ve finally completed the Undead Slayer’s Armor set (Tunic, Bracers, Gloves) and am poised to destroy the dps charts when we finally get into Naxxaramas.

We also accounted for 2 victories against the Scourge invasion as well and each walked away with at least a hundred or so Necrotic Runes. (We = Leonie, Littled, Taalia/Glow, Lemina, Woot and I.)

Scoring a victory is not hard, just time consuming. Each map under attack has 4-5 invading armies, supported by some sort of undead crystal. Kill trash (soldiers of the invading armies) and the crystal’s power wanes (it starts of at 100 and goes down by 1 for 2-3 soldiers killed. When it hits 0, 4 scourge engineers will appear and they will start repairing the crystal.

Use 8 Necrotic Runes on the engineer and a Shadow of Doom will spawn. Pull it away from the main bulk of the invasion and whup! Repeat with the other 3 engineers and the crystal dies. Repeat for other 3-4 crystals and a victory is scored.

10 July 2006 Posted by | MMO | Leave a comment

The Number of Pages in any Given Book

is usually divisible by 32 and is determined very early on from projected sales and profits.

“And most publishers avoid leaving more than four blank pages in the back, because blanks make the buyer think he’s being cheated. There are certain pages in the front of a book that can be added, reshuffled, or deleted in a pinch, but the goal for the designer is to make everything fit just so without reorganizing anything.”

http://indiamos.wordpress.com/2006/06/30/making-castoff/

8 July 2006 Posted by | Reading | Leave a comment

ZOMG! Funny Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister Video!

6 July 2006 Posted by | Video Clip | Leave a comment

Telephoto Lens

for the Nokia. Woot!
http://www.golem.de/0607/46307.html
http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/cellphones/telephoto-lens-for-your-phone-141114.php

5 July 2006 Posted by | Desired | Leave a comment

Oversights

are caused by a lack of oversight.

Autoantonyms are words that are their exact opposite.

4 July 2006 Posted by | Reading | Leave a comment

Earth is Tiny

and Antares is pretty big.

http://www.rense.com/general72/size.htm

2 July 2006 Posted by | Musings | Leave a comment