Archive for the ‘The Human Condition’ Category

Let’s Celebrate our Freedom

July 2, 2013

Let's Celibrate our Freedom

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

July 10, 2011

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

November 1, 2010

This is for all Democrats after the fall elections. Cheer up.

Who’s Searching For You?

May 9, 2008

Not totally sure who’s searching for me, but I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be looking anything like that woman in that picture.

Thought for the Day

December 27, 2005
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
G. K. Chesterton, Heretics (1905)

Did You Need Any Change Back?

November 6, 2005

Can we all agree that these annoying waitresses who ask you,

"Did you need any change back?"

shouldn’t get any tip at all?

They might as well just come right out and just ask you for all
the change in your pocket while they’re at it.

Where did this crap come from from anyway?

Who trains these "hospitality" workers?

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Junk Faxes

May 23, 2005

Just great.

At  2:39am yesterday morning the telephone rang and in came a junk fax offering collection services from NationWide Debt Collection. They have a toll free number of 1-800-774-1804 and a fax number of 1-800-803-9585, but neither number or the somewhat ambiguous company name comes up with a reverse phone book or Google search.

I’m on the FTC’s national "Do Not-Call" list, so I made my first complaint to the FTC.  I’m skeptical as to how much good this will do, but it made me feel a bit better.

Terri Schiavo

March 26, 2005

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


We’ve all been watching the tragic and pathetic course of events surrounding the Terri Schiavo affair play out for what seems like months now.

Let’s hope that Terri Schiavo peacefully passes this weekend so we won’t have to hear any more about her parents insane attempts to keep this poor woman "alive" –  if that is what you can call it.

These sort of spectacles seem to be evidence that we’re entering another "Dark Age" where sound science, objective reasoning, and reality based decisions are substituted for uninformed, ignorant, unilateral, faith based decisions often aligned with somebody’s twisted political agenda.

It’s depressing to see  how easy it is for a few of our sleazier politicians to get so many stunningly stupid people whipped up into a frenzy over issues about which that they are appear to be completely clueless.

Unfortunately, the Terri Schiavo incident is only an indicator of how we are dealing with many of today’s major issues.

It’s a sad reality of humankind that one of the most effective tools of absolute power by any ruling class, is the persistent maintenance of ignorance and unawareness throughout the class that is
being governed.

We are going to be the architects of our own downfall if we continue on this trajectory.

Help Clean Up America

January 15, 2005

This is important.

Please take a few moments to help clean up America.

Sign the Stop Ashlee Simpson petition.


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You’ll be glad you did.

Sleep Apnea

December 14, 2004

I guess sleep apnea is the new “in” thing to have. 

Bloggers Andrew Sullivan and Kevin Drum both say they have it.

Well, me too. I’ve been on a CPAP machine for about six months now, and I can report that sometimes it seems to help, other times, it doesn’t and the nasal pillows are a pain in the ass.

I’ve always had a problem with my nose stopping up when I lay down.  It still stops up, but blowing air into my nose at about 13 pounds per square inch seems to force enough air into my system to help prevent my brain from thinking that I’m strangling to death and sending signals that causes me to wake up just below the conscious threshold  hundreds of times a night.

That’s what my sleep test showed.  I woke up – but not consciously – hundreds of times an hour.  I got zero, nada, none, so-called REM sleep.  REM, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep is supposedly the sleep stage that one need to be in for at least three 90 minute sessions per night in order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Some people are so sleepy that they fall asleep at traffic lights or while driving.  I’ve never had that sort of a problem, but most of the time I’ve felt very sleepy in the afternoon.  When the CPAP machine works, I don’t feel sleepy during the day at all.

I’m also fat.  Fat causes your windpipe – probably not the scientific name for it – to have a smaller inner diameter and when the throat muscles relax when you go to sleep, the windpipe collapses and air is cut off to your lungs.

This is where the CPAP machine comes in.  In my case, a  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device blows air up my nose at a pressure designed to prevent my airway from collapsing when I go to sleep.

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At night I’m hooked up to the machine with a long plastic pipe and have this snorkel looking thing on stuck up my nose, secured by an plastic and elastic band around my head.

Breeze       <—- Not Me, but that’s the same gizmo I use.

I think it’s quite sexy.  Mrs. Curmudgeon doesn’t agree. The solid stream of air exhausting from the mask is not a real turn-on either.