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Friday, August 06, 2004


Open source Paranoia?

Can I have some geek with my geek?

(found on the inimitable BoingBoing)

posted by Julie Neff  # 8/06/2004 01:56:00 PM

Thursday, August 05, 2004


Look Dr. (blank), I don't tell you how to be a pulmonologist, so don't fucking tell me how to be a transcriptionist. Dictate your report and hang up. Don't waste my time telling me to remember to capitalize and punctuate. I already do so. Remember, you don't know WHO will be typing your notes.

You've already been scolded once for being bitchy to us. Yeah, it was me who ratted you out. Do it again and you'll end up handwriting your letters.

Busy lady like you, pimping out drugs for megaconglomerate companies and raking in the legal kickbacks, doesn't have TIME to waste on writing her own letters?

Gee. What a fucking surprise.

posted by Julie Neff  # 8/05/2004 08:16:00 PM

Wednesday, August 04, 2004


I tried my wild yeast experiment again, this time with poolish, a very wet starter. A cup of water, a cup of flour, and being left out in a warm spot in my kitchen seemed to do the trick. 12 hours later, I had a bowlful of bubbly paste that smelled like beer.

The resultant dough was a little too wet to hold a baguette shape, but the flavor and texture are very baguetty. The 3 little loaves look like pugliese instead, about 2-1/2 inches high, 8 inches long and 3 inches wide, but have a crust you could cut your lips on if you weren't careful. Oddly, there really isn't any sourdough flavor in them at all. Nor is there any yeasty flavor like in some of the other breads I've made. There is a slightly salty, slightly sweet, smooth, stretchy, chewy sort of thing going on inside, with weird, asymmetrical swirly crumb structure and the aforementioned crunchy crust.

So what do we call a wild yeast pugliese/baguette hybrid? YUMMY!

posted by Julie Neff  # 8/04/2004 03:12:00 PM

Tuesday, August 03, 2004


Josh is at work right now, or he would have posted about this, found on BoingBoing:

Justice Department attempting to remove public documents from libraries.

Can someone sit Mr. Ashcroft down for a minute and explain this Constitution thing to him again? Joan, Ms. Constitutional Law person, would you like the honor?

EDIT: Whew, that was close. Apparently they rescinded the order.

posted by Julie Neff  # 8/03/2004 02:16:00 PM


I saw this article on CNN. Ooh, touchy touchy...

My opinion should be this: If you're otherwise somewhat physically active, eat a reasonable amount of healthy food, allow your metabolism to assert itself, and have no other health problems, being fat is not going to hurt you. Generally. If you have the mental fortitude to not be bothered by it.

The empiric data (and when I say empiric, I mean the umpty-million clinic notes I've typed in 6 years) show that fat people get sick more and die sooner. They get wonky metabolisms from out of balance body composition and endocrine overload, their joints wear out, they accumulate gunge in their blood vessels, and so on.

I personally would not and have not discriminated against people's weight. I have been there. I'm not there now, and dread going back, but I'm not going to be nasty about it to anyone else.

Some people really can't help it. They're just built that way, no matter how many vigorous walks and weight training sessions they make take, or carefully selected their diets may be.

A lot of heavy people eat more than they should of the wrong kind of food, and a vicious cycle of inactivity sets in past a certain point. "I'm too fat, I have to exercise, but my knees hurt because I'm wearing them out because of bearing too much weight, so I won't exercise, and I'm depressed by the way too so I'll eat this cake to make me feel better...argh, I'm too fat, but my knees hurt..." and so on.

Oh yes, this is a touchy issue.

What I want to know is, has Marilyn Wann or anyone like her seriously assessed what their weight is doing to their life span? Are they really healthy? If so, feel free to smack me down in my place. If a fat activist ends up with amputations and kidney damage from type 2 diabetes (which often goes hand-in-hand with obesity), a heart attack, a stroke, worn-down knees and such...then I can say I told you so.

If your thyroid and pancreas are in perfect working order, if your joints can bear up an extra 25 or 40 or 60 or however many pounds, if you can get around without discomfort and without getting winded, if you ENJOY being big then I don't see a problem.

If you whine and whinge and go on about it, and if you ARE unhealthy as a result, then fucking DO something about it. At least TRY a healthy lifestyle. Even if you don't lose weight, you might mitigate some of the damage being overweight can cause.

I too despise the diet industry for making people feel as though they can't do it themselves, as though they're not good enough in the first place. Common sense should rule but alas, marketing and combativeness prevail instead. One side just plain ignores empiric evidence, and the other side continues to rake in the cash because their targets are gullible and impatient. Argh.

Both sides are wrong. Being obese is not healthy, but it doesn't make you any less of a human with all the concomitant rights. THAT's common sense.

posted by Julie Neff  # 8/03/2004 01:17:00 PM


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