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  1. Razors Edge


    I went by our local Mom's Organic Market this weekend to buy some bulk nutritional yeast and a few other items. While there, I noticed that there was a new tenant in the old K-Mart space - a Sprouts grocery store. I always thought of them as a West Coast sort of store, but apparently, they are spreading all over. What's interesting is that they are located in the same shopping center as the MOMs, a Lotte, and a few bodegas (or the Middle Eastern equivalent), and across the street from a Safeway. So, now within a stroll or, as my wife prefers, bike ride, we have our go-to shops of Trader Joes & Harris Teeter. Then there's Giant, Whole Foods, two Safeways, a pending Wegmans, a Balduccis, and places like Target or CVS trying to grab my grocery dollars. All this while we have bumped up our meal delivery service usage instead of spending time at any grocery store. I don't quite get the grocery store business.
  2. ...but I really think both have probably spent a good bit of time thinking about this sort of thing. Poop shame is real — and it disproportionately affects women, who suffer from higher rates of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. In other words, the patriarchy has seeped into women’s intestinal tracts. Let’s call it the pootriarchy. Girls aren’t born with poo shame — it’s something they’re taught. In “Psychology in the Bathroom,” the psychologist Nicholas Haslam writes that girls tend to be toilet trained earlier than boys, learning at a young age to neatly keep their bodily functions contained (our words, not his). When those girls get a bit older, they learn to pass gas silently — while boys do it loudly, and think it’s hilarious. (Yes, there is a kind of Kinsey scale to gas-passing and it goes like this: According to a study called “Fecal Matters” that was published in a journal called “Social Problems,” adult heterosexual men are far more likely to engage in scatological humor than heterosexual women and are more likely to report intentionally passing gas. Gay men are less likely to intentionally pass gas than heterosexual women, and lesbian women are somewhere in between.) “If a boy farts, everyone laughs, including the boy,” said Sarah Albee, the author of “Poop Happened!: A History of the World from the Bottom Up.” “If a girl farts, she is mortified.” Which is not to say that anxious poopers or audible flatulators of all genders don’t exist: Indeed, a male friend of ours, a U.S. Marine, recently explained that he often changes out of his military uniform and into another while on base in order to enter an entirely different facility to use the restroom. (He was one of three individuals who responded to a survey we sent out to 100 people, mostly women, about fecal habits at work. Even with the cloak of anonymity, apparently nobody wanted to talk about it.) But while boys and men are more likely to develop “paruresis,” the D.S.M.-recognized medical term for pee-shyness — theorized by some to stem, in part, from the pressure of standing next to each other at open urinals — it is women who are more likely to have “parcopresis,” the corresponding bowel movement anxiety, which is not in the D.S.M., according to a variety of fecal scholars. “The bathroom is saturated with gender in fascinating ways,” said Mr. Haslam, a professor of psychology at the University of Melbourne, who noted that women’s aversion, particularly at work, is not entirely unfounded: One unpublished study he mentions in his book found that a woman who excused herself to go to the bathroom was evaluated more negatively than one who excused herself to tend to “paperwork” — while there was no difference in the way participants viewed the men. “At one level it’s an association of women with purity,” said Mr. Haslam, referring to the double standard. “At another it’s a double standard applied to hygiene and civility, where the weight falls disproportionately on women to be clean, odorless and groomed.” Or, as one of the woman interviewed in that “Fecal Matters” study put it: “Women are supposed to be non-poopers.”
  3. ...in the background on my iPhone!!! I merely checked to see how Apple Health displays HRV, and I noticed I had activity totals for MONTHS. I don't wear an Apple Watch, but I do tote my phone with me most of the day. Amazing. Not sure how accurate, but still - OMG!
  4. ...on something, and that Hagaki postcards would be a cool thing to add to my life. I can only imagine DOUBLE Hagaki postcards would be even more awesome! Regardless, my damn Xerox keeps printing stuff on dull 8.5"x11" paper which is the most boring of all paper sizes.
  5. ...or, simply, he knows a good thing when he sees it! Here, a complete ranking of the happiest states in the country: 1. Hawaii 16. Massachusetts 31. Rhode Island 46. Oklahoma 2. Utah 17. Washington 32. Indiana 47. Alaska 3. Minnesota 18. Colorado 33. Maine 48. Louisiana 4. North Dakota 19. Georgia 34. Michigan 49. Arkansas 5. California 20. North Carolina 35. Wyoming 50. West Virginia 6. Idaho 21. Arizona 36. South Carolina 7. Maryland 22. Texas 37. Ohio 8. Iowa 23. Illinois 38. Vermont 9. South Dakota 24. New Hampshire 39. Oregon 10. Nebraska 25. Kansas 40. Tennessee 11. Wisconsin 26. Nevada 41. New Mexico 12. Connecticut 27. Delaware 42. Missouri 13. New Jersey 28. Montana 43. Mississippi 14. New York 29. Florida 44. Kentucky 15. Virginia 30. Pennsylvania 45. Alabama
  6. ...and whatever the folks younger than them are called! Last night, we were playing "Wits & Wagers" (an fairly non-competitive pseud-trivia game). Anyway, the question was "What's the age of the oldest person to climb Mt Everest?". I said I had recently heard that info, and was surprised how young the person was. My 15 year old niece put down "45 yrs old" as her serious answer. My other 22 year old niece answered "48 years old"!!!!! WTF is wrong with young people?????? I must be nuts for thinking someone in their 70's is "sort of young" to be the oldest to do something. ? For the record, the current oldest person to climb Everest is:
  7. ...and Kings Canyon/Sequoia NPs, and then a leisurely few days in SoCal. Gotta say, California continues to kick the azz of the rest of the US. Colorado or Utah might have given it a run for #1 if only they had access to an ocean. Anyway, a great place to visit and camp for a bit of rejuvenation. A shot from atop Sentinel Dome off over the valley and towards Half Dome: A view on our way down of Nevada Falls (and maybe Liberty Cap) as we walked down. And you have to respect the Captain! If you look close at El Capitan, can you spot the three climbers? I'll give you a hint, they are not on the shaded portion. ...and a side trip to Mono Lake and then the ghost town of Bodie.
  8. I got a freebie from Amazon for my Kindle named "Quantum" by well known and bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. I've never read her Scarpetta detective novels, but folks seem to love them. Anyway, this first book in a new series ("Captain Chase" series) would seemingly tick all my boxes (besides being FREE), but damned if it didn't leave me angry at the WTF denouement and wondering if her other books are similar in style and odd ending. If you have Amazon Prime, you probably can also get it for free, and read it and let me know if I am nuts in thinking this was a half-baked novel. International bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers pulse-pounding thrills in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine, cutting-edge cybertechnology, and stakes that are astronomically high. On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences. As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide—a series of disturbing clues point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days. Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister’s name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past, probing for answers to her twin’s erratic conduct. As time is running out, she realizes that failure means catastrophe—not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.
  9. It seems it would be pretty neat to be able to tag stuff even further down into a conversation. Sure, an OP might be an "Intelligent Post", but perhaps someone wants to respond with a saucy remark, so a tag would be helpful. Maybe another person wants to sneak a in there, too! Opportunities abound Seems like a great way to take the tagging to another level.
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  11. ...how about @donkpow brings backs his awesome collection of dancing cat gifs? Those things were some of the best images going.
  12. ...for peak foliage in my favorite place for foliage fun!
  13. ...this was a fun story on a strange weather phenomenon that pops up occasionally and offers cool photo ops:
  14. ...is great advice. A New Hampshire woman is fighting the state Department of Motor Vehicles over her 15-year-old vanity license plate showing a common parental phrase. Seacoastonline.com reports Wendy Auger, of Rochester, has been asked to surrender the plate, which reads “PB4WEGO.” The state says phrases related to excretory acts aren’t permitted. Auger’s appealing. She asked: “Who has a mom or dad or parental figure who hasn’t said that to kids before leaving the house?” She’s one of 92 New Hampshire drivers who received vanity plate recall letters this year. State records show there are 152,028 vanity plates on the road in New Hampshire. A DMV spokesperson said plates must be rejected “when they do not conform to legal requirements.” The spokesperson said the state cannot comment on the specifics of Auger’s case.
  15. It seems the build site decided to add another big crane to the development sometime last week: I wonder if it is because they are falling behind schedule or was planned this way?
  16. ...when Porsche drivers would flash their headlights as they approached another Porsche coming from the other direction? When did that stop being "a thing"?
  17. I get to disk #321 of 414 install disks, and I get a read/write IO error. I'm wondering if I should just swap out the 3 1/2 floppy drive for a more reliable 5 1/4 drive????
  18. ...came out a few days ago! Best Cars For Teens!
  19. ...or, this year's Hugo winners (in bold and nominees):
  20. Clearly the 82o for sleeping is BS and even the 85o while away during the day seems nuts - especially if you have pets, so what's your "3 thermostat temp AC settings"? We generally do: 76o F when at home 72o F when we're sleeping 76o-80o F when we're away (76 if in & out regularly & 80+ if off on vacation) With a single AC zone system and two living floors to heat/cool, we generally set the temp to be comfortable in the bedroom and the thermostat for the house is in the hall outside the bedroom. If it was located on the first floor, our settings would be at least 2 degrees LOWER to account for heat rising. T
  21. ...to the bathroom when you are the only one at home and need to go pee? How about if just your significant other is in the house with you?
  22. ...this Fertig chap? “That piece was absolutely smoking,” says Jonathan Fertig, an architect and longtime vocal bike advocate in Boston who moved to Denver a year ago. “He held no bars.” Fertig co-organized Critical Mass with Toftness and created the spring’s Red Cup Project. Like other Denver riders, he’s fed up with the slow pace of change. The two cyclist deaths, so close to each other, struck a nerve that the 15 pedestrian deaths so far this year have failed to do.
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