Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"Those changes left our immune systems with too little work and too much time their hands — a recipe for trouble," he said. "Darwin had no way of knowing that the function of the appendix could be rendered obsolete by cultural changes that included widespread use of sewer systems and clean drinking water."
Now that scientists are uncovering the normal function of the appendix, Parker notes a critical question to ask is whether anything can be done to prevent appendicitis. He suggests it might be possible to devise ways to incite our immune systems today in much the same manner that they were challenged back in the Stone Age.
"If modern medicine could figure out a way to do that, we would see far fewer cases of allergies, autoimmune disease, and appendicitis," Parker said.
The scientists detailed their findings online August 12 in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
Labels: Multiple Sclerosis
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
- 11:40 Kids are away for the week ... miss them already and I've let my schedule fall to bits. #
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- 06:50 The big Verizon Host Split did not go off as scheduled last night due to network issues ... I'm in a holding pattern. #
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
3's of me
You've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with the 3's of YOU. At the end, choose 26 people to be tagged. You have to tag me so really you just need 25 more people. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you - but not in a creepy stalker kind of way.
To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 3's, tag 26 people (in the right hand corner of the app), then click publish. OR ... go to blogspot, post it and hope that the note transfer works right.
Three Names I go by:
2. Yes Sir
3. How may I serve you .... Sir
Three Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Ditch Digger
Three Places I have lived:
3. Virtual Reality
Three Favorite drinks:
2. ummm ....
Three TV programs that I watch:
1. Whatever the kids are watching
2. Whatever the wife is watching
3. 'One Moment Please'
Three Places I Have Been:
1. I've been everywhere, man.
2. Rt 66
3. A very scary place behind my frontal lobe
Three People that e-mail me regularly:
1. Viagra Vendors
2. Nigerian Princesses
3. I email myself ... a lot
Three of my favorite foods:
3. Cabbage ... yeah, my innards are a friggen toxic waste dump!
Three friends I think will respond:
1. No-body loves me
2. Every-body hates me
3. I'm gonna eat some wooo-ooormmms!
Three things I'm looking forward to:
1. Spooning with the mrs
2. Hanging with the spawn
3. TSD Practice
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Single Payer Insurance - Just saying ...
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
HER FIRST PAYCHECK
Here's a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little 5-year-old girl and some construction workers that makes you believe that we CAN make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.
A young family moved into a house next door to a vacant lot. One day, a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot.
The young family's 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door, and spent much of each day observing the workers.
Eventually the construction crew, all of them gems-in-the-rough, more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her odd little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.
At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing a couple of dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who said all the appropriate words of admiration, and suggested that they take the two dollar "pay" she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.
When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, "I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us."
"My goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you be working on the house again this week, too?"
The little girl replied, "I will, if those assholes at Home Depot ever deliver the mother fucking sheetrock!"
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Some Pics from the Weekend
Simple Palm Strike
Axe kick for the Masses
Ghengis And Attila pre-test for the Masters review board.
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Monday, August 03, 2009
In other news, the chickens are doing well in spite of this weekend's "end of days" rain storms. So much flooding, so cold. The cooler weather is doing ugly things to my squash/gourds but the corn and beans are loving it. The tomato plants are growing well, but the fruit is staying green since the night time temps are not peaking above 80 yet. Ugh.
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