Thursday, March 31, 2005
Dr. Georganna Jones, whose pioneering research lead directly to the development of the home pregnancy test and treatment for luteal phase defects (a cause of recuring miscarriages), not to mention the first wave of American "test-tube babies," died this week.
Dr. Georgeanna Jones, one of the country's first reproductive endocrinologists, was a quiet leader in her field for four decades at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she taught and conducted research.All the women of the world owe her a huge debt of gratitude.
...Dr. Jones is widely credited with inspiring generations of women in medicine. She lectured, wrote some 350 scientific articles and worked closely with many of the patients at her clinic. Slowly progressing Alzheimer's disease restricted her in the 1990's, but she kept an office at the institute and never lost touch with the first crop of children whose lives began in her laboratory.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
The following sentence has been a long time coming.
A comedy remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with Ashton Kutcher in the role previously played by Sidney Poitier?
I mean come-on!
That's low even for you guys.
Still, I'll be paying to see the Star Wars that comes out this summer, so who am I to talk.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
This one via dysk-tonic. I am Chaotic Neutral Geek!
You answered 73% of the questions as a geek truly would.
You don't seem to sway in either direction, however you still seem to have some latent geek attributes within you. Maybe you're interested in computers but not a gamer? Maybe you've got geek hobbies but none of the awkward social tendencies. You may be slightly geekier than you thought and in denial!
The simple geek usually has various quirks that friends may make fun of, but in general can be considered a fairly normal person. Your geek attributes make you less likely to conform to society. The popular kids don't hate you but the geeks don't either, so it's a respectable demographic.
In a nutshell, you answered enough questions with geek tendencies and enough questions without geek tendencies that it's difficult to pinpoint your exact alignment.
Link: The True Geek Test written by ambientred on Ok Cupid
Somebody in a position of power finally states the obvious: there is no real reason to ban gay marriages.
SAN FRANCISCO - A judge ruled Monday that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional — a legal milestone that, if upheld on appeal, would open the way for the most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed.California...if you keep it up like this I may take back some of the mean things I've said about you.
Judge Richard Kramer of San Francisco County's trial-level Superior Court likened the ban to laws requiring racial segregation in schools, and said there appears to be "no rational purpose" for denying marriage to gay couples.
You really have to have worked late night at an answering service to realize how funny this haiku is.
Think you're cool, calm, and collected? Well, we of the (former) answering service workers have heard you freak out when your toilet is exploding, when your heater is broken, and when weird things are happening to your private areas.
Seriously. One of us should write a book about it.
My personal favorite anecdote:
A woman calls a doctor's answering service asking, "Is this the balls doctor? My husband has a balls problem!"
To which her anxious husband whispers loudly, "No, honey, call them testes!"
It almost made the low, low pay worthwhile!
Monday, March 14, 2005
I still kind of have blogging apathy...so here's a quiz!
You are 'programming in QBASIC'. This programming language (of which the acronym stands for 'Quick Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code'), which is so primitive that it cannot easily be used for any purpose involving the Internet nor even sound, was current more than a decade ago.
You are independent, in a good way. When something which you need cannot be found, you make it yourself. In writing and in talking with people, you value clarity and precision; your friends may not realize how important that is. When necessary, you are prepared to be a mediator in conflicts between your friends. You are very rational, and you think of things in terms of logic and common sense. Unfortunately, your emotionally unstable friends may be put off by your devotion to logic; they may even accuse you of pedantry and insensitivity. Your problem is that programming in QBASIC has been obsolete for a long time.
What obsolete skill are you?
brought to you by Quizilla
Via Hedgeblog, who always finds the funnest quizzes.
This was the view out of the car window during the 2 hours it took us to drive 4 blocks on the way home from work today...
Lousy Smarch weather. Wasn't it nice and sunny the other day? Little flower buds were out everywhere and there was a bird's nest in the tree outside my window.
Then again, it did get me out of work. My supervisor said, "We're allowing certian people to leave early due to the snowstorm," and suddenly all there was was a Vanessa-shaped puff of smoke.