Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
And LET US NEVER SPEAK OF IMEEM AGAIN. Fucks!
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
The Centers for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically. This virus is called Weekly Overload Recreational Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever - DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! This virus will wipe out your private life entirely. If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises.
Take two good friends to the nearest liquor store and purchase one or both of the antidotes - Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.
You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.
Friday, March 27, 2009
1. Next Saturday, April 4, the UMass MBAers will be hosting an all day beer olympics, so if any of you want to pay a visit to Amherst, next weekend could be a fun time to do it. Teams are of 5, and it's open to anyone to participate.
2. I will be in NYC this weekend (arriving a few hours from now). I would love to see you all. Also, if anyone has a tape recorder, it would be a big help to me. I need to do a focus group for one of my classes, so maybe a discussion around brunch or dinner or something should be in order.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Drat, thwarted so close to freedom’s sweet caress… I dreamed for but a taste of the decadent west, and now my eulogy is sung by guard dogs and alarm bells.
I keep thinking I have exhausted the web's supply of cat pictures, but they just keep coming.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
example: the pork tapeworm. this guy (check out the suckers) usually attaches itself to a pig's intestines and happily feasts on whatever food bits come its way. some of the larvae can crawl to the muscle or other organs and develop into cysts. then, when you eat undercooked pig, you get a tapeworm of your very own. not so bad unless the larvae form cysts in your brain.
you are much less likely to meet this next friend in your lifetime. Wuchereria bancrofti, aka filaria, is found only in africa and south america, where mosquitos carry it around from person to person. this wormy-looking dude looks a little gross, but it's microscopic. it tends to hang out in lymph nodes and can cause fluid accumulation. which, if it happens again and again, can lead to some serious difficulties (note - a google image search for elephantiasis will bring you to much more disgusting images than i was willing to post on this blog):
last and definitely not least: the guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) (aka "the fiery serpent"). a roundworm that gets into your body when you drink unfiltered water (which has small crustaceans infected by said worm). the larvae enter the wall of your gut, find a mate, and reproduce. and then, the pregnant worm needs to find a way out - for instance, poking a hole in your skin and sticking its uterus through it for all to see (and to get its eggs to fresh water). this apparently burns like hell, hence the fiery serpent.
the bad news: there is no treatment aside from wrapping the emerging worm around a stick and waiting for it to completely emerge (which can take weeks!). the good news: the carter center has actually been very instrumental in fighting to eradicate Dracunculus from countries where it is still is poking out of people's legs (only six countries left to go!)
so let me sum up with the important lessons here : 1) cook your pig well, 2) boil water when traveling, and 3) big balls are not always a good thing.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
" How many times has this happened? You’re playing 18 holes with your best buddies, drinking sport-“ades”, water, beer, etc. You’re coming up to the 3rd hole with no rest room in sight. There are no trees or bushes around and you just have to go, what are you going to do?"
Clearly, a problem that has affected all of us - but only one man decided to do something about it: uroclub
order one yourself!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Ok, so there's this guy Kutiman, an Israeli DJ/Producer. He made this project called "Thru You" where he took existing YouTube videos of people playing instruments and then cut them together to make songs.
I thought this would be one of those things that was kind of amusing for a minute or two, but it turns out, the songs are actually awesome. Something about this gives me a really warm feeling on an otherwise cold Monday.