Assault trucks

Because that’s what she does, Roberta X does the math:

[A] couple of tons of vehicle moving at 20 mph — the upper limit for Pokémon Go — is a deadly weapon, packing more kinetic energy (72,518 Joules) than the total of every bullet in a 30-round AR-15 magazine (1,767 J x 30, 53010 J); and the truck doesn’t need to be reloaded for hours.

Bans presumably to follow.

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Lots of indemnity

Is this still from Double Indemnity — Fred MacMurray is the mark — the definitive picture of Barbara Stanwyck?

Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity

I mean, I’m pretty sure this isn’t, though it has its charms:

Barbara Stanwyck in color

And there’s one under the break about which I shall say little:

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Hops to it

Darling, you really need to drink more beer:

New research suggests hops — the flower that makes beer and gives it its zesty taste — could help fend off breast cancer. The plant has long been tied to hormone levels, with studies showing it gives men “man boobs” and soothes postmenopausal symptoms by boosting estrogen metabolism. And now, experts at the University of Illinois at Chicago claim that same process could activate chemicals that prevent tumors from developing.

Researchers applied hops extract to two different breast cell lines to monitor its effect on the cells’ estrogen metabolism. As hoped, the researchers found one potent compound in hops — 6-prenylnarigenin, or 6-PN — increased the rate of estrogen metabolism, boosting a detoxification pathway in the cells.

Yeah, I know: the Daily Mail. But hey, they know their estrogen.

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I do believe it’s true

Now, about those seeds:

boneless watermelon

(Via Todd Wilbur.)

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Not at all perky

And I never, ever will be:

Get well soon.

Balloons and cards offer — or sometimes command — this well-meaning sentiment to patients in the hospital. Gifts of stuffed animals and flowers are showered upon people to provide comfort and cheer. But for some patients, nothing can help them feel better after leaving the operating room. Even as they recover physically, their mental health suffers as they experience sadness, fatigue or anxiety — all of which are symptoms of post-operative depression, a commonly experienced but little-known condition.

Depression following surgery is a frequent occurrence but not nearly as frequent a topic of conversation in the medical community. It can be credited to a number of physical factors after an operation, including reactions to anesthesia and narcotic painkillers, pain and discomfort, or an undetermined biological process. The type and severity of the depression can vary depending on the type of surgery performed, but according to HCPLive, post-operative depression is reported to occur more in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients who smoke, are single, experienced anxiety before the surgery, have high levels of cholesterol and angina or more severe heart disease or are undergoing another CABG. Emotional triggers of post-operative depression can be credited to disappointment in the outcome of the surgery and a response to physical changes such as stitches or scars as well as resulting feelings of vulnerability and fear.

And believe me, I know from vulnerability and fear. I technically don’t have a life-threatening ailment, so far as I can tell; but the life I used to have was threatened, and now it’s evaporated.

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No treble at all

I’d love to hear it, were she ready to let it out into the wild:

Meanwhile, Royal Crush continues:

Quite the conniver, her character.

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What was done

In case you were curious:

For the record, I had three screwy laminae plus one herniated disk. Prognosis, to me at least, seems unclear.

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Rehab: day fifteen

There is no day fifteen. I have left the hospital — they approved — to face an uncertain future.

Scared spitless, or something similar.

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We, the experts

I have to remind myself of things like this now and then:

[I]n any sane world nobody would pay any attention to the opinions of completely unqualified individuals on any given topic. There’s a reason I write for Road & Track and not Men’s Health, for example, and it has something to do with the fact that I’ve literally had more racing wins in my life than I’ve eaten salads. If I started pontificating about whether a particular protein supplement built more muscle mass and got you more ripped than another one, the readers would be entirely right to point out that I am not a doctor and that I have never been seen to bench press more than 255 pounds, not even once.

I’d buy this guy a salad any day — to accompany a proper steak, of course.

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Farging text editors

A couple of weeks back, I complained that Chromebooks didn’t have any. Further research from elsewhere:

Today I am using a Chromebook and I have a couple of really feeble editors loaded: Text and Caret. Neither one can do a proper search and/or replace. Text doesn’t even offer replace. Caret’s search and replace function only works on regular characters, it can’t find line-feeds or tabs which makes it absolutely useless, absolutely useless I tell you.

So I’m looking around and I’m not finding much, mostly a bunch of articles about the ‘top 5 moronic editors for Chrome!’ and the ilk, but I do find one cool thing: a bit of html code that will turn an empty tab on your browser into a text editor. It will look like nothing happened, but click on the empty page and you get a cursor. Start typing.

Now they tell me.

What I wound up with was EditPad.

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Rehab: day fourteen

Uneventful, except for an apparent hallucination circa 1 am.

I’d explain that if I could. I can’t.

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40 percent less Spice

Okay, it may lack sport or poshness. Still:

[smiling at that #wannabe hashtag]

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There’s always another obstacle

In this case:

Sometimes, that thin wire is all you have.

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Official, it says

Subtle, it’s not.

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Eye of beef

And the back eye at that. It’s just crazy enough to work:

Scientists have come up with a solution that will reduce the number of lions being shot by farmers in Africa – painting eyes on the butts of cows.

It sounds a little crazy, but early trials suggest that lions are less likely to attack livestock when they think they’re being watched — and less livestock attacks could help farmers and lions co-exist more peacefully.

The new technique is being tested by scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, after they noticed that lions tended to back off when their prey, such as impala, looked at them.

An early trial:

[I]n a small trial in Botswana last year…when the researchers stamped painted eyes onto a third of a herd of 62 cattle, and counted the returning cows over a 10-week period, no painted cows were killed by lions, while three unpainted cows were.

Should this show up in a Chick-fil-A ad — on second thought, never mind.

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Rehab: day thirteen

As I should have suspected, I have not lost 30 pounds while in confinement. (More like 15.) Never trust a single scale if you can possibly avoid it.

The profession is apparently hiring some damnably attractive women these days.

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