July 17th, 2001

Kind lady

mystery solved - the music is...

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From Alan Taylor, re: Mystery Music.
Just wanted to say thanks to all of you who helped in trying to find the Artist & Title of my mystery song ( http://www.kokogiak.com/gedankengang/default.asp#07007200110 ).
The Mystery has been solved and I'm a pretty Happy Camper - it couldn't have been done without all of you.
Of course, most of you are probably wondering who it is...
It was composed by David Byrne.
From the Album '"Music for ''The Knee Plays''' released in 1985.
Full details and more thanks here: http://www.kokogiak.com/gedankengang/default.asp#0717200114

Thanks to folks that offered help here!
Kind lady

word of the day - exegesis, and evil news.

exegesis \ek-suh-JEE-sis\, noun;
plural exegeses \-seez\:
Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text.

Exegesis comes from Greek, from exegeisthai, "to explain, to interpret," from ex-, "out of" + hegeisthai, "to lead, to guide." Thus an exegesis is, at root, "a leading or guiding out of" a complexity.

No variety of love is too trivial for exegesis. No aspect of love is so ridiculous that it hasn't been exhaustively reviewed by the great thinkers, the great artists, and the great hosts of daytime talk shows.
--P. J. O'Rourke, Eat the Rich

Push The Ailment If You Have The Cure
About two years ago, newspaper, magazine and television news stories began popping up across the country about a little-known malady called social anxiety disorder. Psychiatrists and patient advocates appeared on television shows and in articles explaining that the debilitating form of bashfulness was extremely widespread but easily treatable.
The stories and appearances were part of a campaign, coordinated by a New York public relations agency, that included pitches to newspapers, radio and TV, satellite and Internet communications, and testimonials from advocates and doctors who said social anxiety was America's third most common mental disorder with more than 10 million sufferers.
So successful was the campaign that according to a marketing newsletter, media accounts of social anxiety rose from just 50 stories in 1997 and 1998 to more than 1 billion references in 1999 alone. And about 96 percent of the stories, said the report in PR News, "delivered the key message, 'Paxil is the first and only FDA-approved medication for the treatment of social anxiety disorder.' "
The plug for a drug was no accident. Cohn & Wolfe, the public relations agency coordinating the campaign, did not serve at the pleasure of the doctors and patient advocates who participated in the education campaign. Instead, the agency worked at the behest of SmithKline Beecham, the pharmaceutical giant now known as Glaxo SmithKline, which makes the antidepressant Paxil.

Searching For The Truth
Attacking an increasingly popular Internet business practice, a consumer watchdog group Monday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asserting that many online search engines are concealing the impact special fees have on search results by Internet users.

IRS Advice, Don't Follow Our Advice, Except For This Advice
A Treasury Department sampling of service at IRS walk-in centers this year found agents gave taxpayers incorrect or insufficient advice on their tax questions 73 percent of the time -- a slight improvement over last year's 81 percent error rate.

Gooey Viagra
New treatments in the pipeline for sexual dysfunction
Could a rub-on gel boost erections? Topiglan is one product that is being studied for this use.

Now That Its Up, What Happens?
A new therapy could offer help for millions of men suffering from premature ejaculation, British psychiatrists said Friday.
A SMALL PILOT study of a latex rubber ring has shown that it can relieve the problem that afflicts an estimated 29 percent of sexually active men.

Samurai Psycho
A MENTAL patient escaped up to seven police officers who had been called to his home before he was shot dead in the street while wielding a samurai sword.
Police said that they tried to restrain Andrew Kernan by using CS spray outside a busy pub in Liverpool and opened fire only when it failed to subdue him. Mr Kernan, a 37-year-old schizophrenic, was taken to Royal Liverpool Hospital but died from injuries to the chest.
Police had gone to his house after being alerted by his family when he became disturbed. It was unclear yesterday how Mr Kernan, who was wearing pyjamas, was able to leave the house and arm himself with the sword.

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Kind lady

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I wonder how Tman & Pix are.... I've not heard from either in a while. They're both nice folks, and a cute couple... but so *busy* all the time. (Note to self, let pix know her program is done, if she still wants it.) School, work, or my wor cuts into any hanging out time we might get. Same goes for my younger brother. I need to set aside some time to spend with him this week... maybe Sunday night, after my sweetie's gone to bed, or sunday am, before she gets up. I need to put a good sound card in his system, and just goof around some. We don't see each other enough, considering how close we live to one another now.

Also, now that Dan's done teaching summer school, I think we can get together some morning and get a smoothie or so at the groves (did I mention that I'm right behind Mack's Groves, now? I should count the steps from my front door to the cash register there. They've not called me lately about the website... I wonder if it's finally stableized enough that they're happy, or if they took the nephew off the net.

quick comment about the HTML post, earlier... a lot of the last bit was tongue in cheek, thus the ;) at the end... I may not have gotten that idea across very well. (Some of the e-mail replies to the list are, to say the least, very misinterpretive of what I had to say.)

not so evil news -

The Flying Woman finally crash lands

Historic plane wreck 'spotted' from space
The wreckage of Amelia Earhart's aircraft which disappeared in 1937 may have been found.

That's too cool. I love when old mysteries look like they're getting solved.... Call Leonard Nimoy! 'Time for an In Search Of' reunion!
Kind lady

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12 hours after reconnecting to DSL.

over 900 ports scans on my firewall. Geez... is it because it's summertime, and all the kids have time on their hands?

Ah well... I'm glad the sucker's there. ZoneAlarm. Schweet, and free. Neener neener, script kiddies!
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Kind lady

Puzzling me.

How did Lorne Green know that the new Alpo tasted better?

meat by-products, in a thick savory sauce. ew.

after I eat, isn't the by-product poop? I'm made of meat.

for that matter -

Why do restaurants advertise having a "drive thru window" when they won't let us drive through it?
Kind lady

Sponge bob inspired

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Poll #2210 Would you rather be ?

What Sea Creature would you want to be?

Blue Whale
The Ghost of the flying Dutchman

Something Else?

Kind lady

dung. why? because.

Why is stool brown?

The color comes mainly from bilirubin, a pigment that arises from the breakdown of red blood cells in the liver and bone marrow. The actual metabolic pathway of bilirubin and its byproducts in the body is very complicated, so we will simply say that a lot of it ends up in the intestine, where it is further modified by bacterial action. But the color itself comes from iron. Iron in hemoglobin in red blood cells gives blood its red color, and iron in the waste product bilirubin gives rise to its brown color.

Why does my poo smell?

Poop stinks as a result of the products of bacterial action. Bacteria produce smelly, sulfur-rich organic compounds such as indole, skatole, and mercaptans, and the inorganic gas hydrogen sulfide. These are the same compounds that give farts their odor.
Kind lady

cross posted to squarepants

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Spongebob: F is for friends that do stuff together U is for you and me, N is for anywhere and anytime at all, (scallops- "down here in the deep blue sea!")

Plankton: F is for fire that burns down the whole town, U 's for Uranium!......Bombs! N is for no survivors-----(when your having fun!)

Spongebob: "no plankton, that's not how you do it! here, let me help you..."

F is for frolic through all the flowers, U is for eukaleelee(you-ka-lay-lee) N is for nose-pickin' sharin' gum and sand lickin' (scallops- "Down here with my best buddy!" )

download the mp3 here.