Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jumping to conclusions

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA Times read: 'California archaeologists, finding traces of 200-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.'

One week later, The Alpena News of Michigan reported the following: After digging as deep as 30 feet in his cow pasture near Posen, MI , Stosh, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Stosh has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Michigan had already gone wireless.

The above is not real. All gleaned from a "Michigan Humor" page.

The other day, the Wall Street Journal had a survey of numerous studies to determine if caffeine is detrimental to ones health. Results were mixed. On one hand, caffeine drinkers experienced a lower rate of certain cancers but suffered more heart arrhythmias. Currently in discussion on the TNBC web pages is whether Adriamycin actually contributes anything positive to surviving TNBC. Lots of studies out there that say not really unless one is HER2+. While deciding what poisons to take, I trotted down to the onc with these studies in hand. She said that they may be right but if they are wrong, it would be a bad gamble on my part. Adriamycin can cause heart failure, both acute or chronic. I guess I survived the acute kind-the jury is still out in regards to the chronic.

Snow, snow, snow. After about 12 hours of driving with unhappy babies, they only made it slightly more than halfway back stopping in Syracuse where the lake effect snow was blowing so hard, they could barely see. Today the forecast for eastern NY and all of Massachusetts calls for even more snow and strong winds. The snow doesn't show up well on radar. I kept reporting clear roads to them (as they looked clear according to the Weather Channel) but in reality, the snow was heavy. They haven't resumed their journey yet. I will be relieved when they are home safely.

It is cold and windy again but at least no new snow. I ran in below zero wind chills yesterday-tough against the wind. It was at least sunny. It felt good when I was finished.

And Ms. Naomi continues to be untrustworthy. Without going into details, suffice it to say, she breaks my heart just when I thought she was making some strides towards independence and maturity. Her future is looking bleaker.

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