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Thursday, November 26th, 2009
5:17 pm - Costa Rica
any insights as to areas worth hiking/exploring are welcome.

Not the Monteverde Cloud Forest.I heard it is way too crowded.

I was looking around Arenal,but I am open to suggestions.

current mood: contemplative

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009
1:56 am - Is there a 12 Step group?
I kind of figured...but Sugar Addiction is Real  :

Bart Hoebel, whose research focuses on behavior patterns, addiction and the functioning of the nervous system, has been studying the addictive power of sugar in rats for several years. His previous studies have demonstrated in the rodents one of commonly understood component of addiction: a pattern of increased intake followed by signs of withdrawal.

In his latest studies, Hoebel and his colleagues at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute have identified another essential part of the addictive cycle: craving and relapse.

In his most recent experiments, lab rats were allowed to binge on sugar, then denied the sweet substance for a prolonged period. When it was reintroduced into their diet, they ate more sugar than they had before – behavior that will sound familiar to many dieters.

Ominously, the rats increased their consumption of alcohol after their sugar fix was cut off. They also showed extreme sensitivity to a tiny dose of amphetamine. Both findings suggest their bingeing changed the way their brains function – and not in a good way.

“Craving and relapse are critical components of addiction, and we have been able to demonstrate these behaviors in sugar-bingeing rats in a number of ways,” said Hoebel, who is presenting his findings at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmcology in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We have the first set of comprehensive studies showing the strong suggestion of sugar addiction in rats and a mechanism that might underlie it.”


Hoedel’s data is in a paper that has been submitted to the Journal of Nutrition.

His previous research has found that rats that binge on sugar provoke a surge of dopamine in their brains. After about a month, however, their brains begin to adapt to the increased dopamine levels by producing fewer of a certain type of receptor. Thus the animal had to ingest increasing amounts of sugar to get the same feeling of reward or satisfaction – a similar process to that seen in the brains of rats addicted to cocaine and heroin.

If that sounds alarmist, consider that the rats suffering from sugar withdrawal exhibited some of the same behavior as junkies in need of a fix. These include chattering teeth and a tendency to stay in a small tunnel rather than explore their maze, which Hoedel considers a sign of anxiety.

As usual, the research comes with a caveat that it’s too early to fully understand its implications for humans. Our relationship to food – which is simultaneously physical and emotional – is highly complex."

No wonder people will argue with you about why having chocolate cake or sugar sodas are necessary evils...you can't reason with heroin addicts or cigarette smokers,either.

/off topic/ I just watched (the full length version of)"Cinema Paradiso" .What a bittersweet bummer movie!
I am really tired of all these movies that imply you can't be successful and have love...that somehow there is some cruel choice that must be made.

current mood: gloomy

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009
12:03 pm - random meme

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Simple, Progressive, and Sensual

23 Ukiyo-e, 4 Islamic, 11 Impressionist, -31 Cubist, -31 Abstract and 23 Renaissance!

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵, Ukiyo-e), "pictures of the floating world", is a genre of Japaneseand paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. it mostly featured landscapes, historic tales, theatre, and pleasure. Ukiyo is a rather impetuous urban culture that has bloomed in popularity. Although the Japanese were more strict and had many prohibitions it did not affect the rising merchant class and therefore became a floating art form that did not bind itself to the normal ideals of society.

People that chose Ukiyo-e art tend to be more simplistic yet elegant. They don't care much about new style but are comfortable in creating their own. They like the idea of living for the moment and enjoy giving and receiving pleasure. They may be more agreeable than other people and do not like to argue. They do not mind following traditions but are not afraid to move forward to experience other ideas in life. They tend to enjoy nature and the outdoors. They do not mind being more adventurous in their sexual experiences. They enjoy being popular and like being noticed. They have their own unique style of dress and of presenting themselves. They may also tend to be more business oriented or at the very least interested in money making adventures. They might make good entrepreneurs. They are progressive and adaptable.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test
at HelloQuizzy

current mood: chipper

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
5:10 pm - Weather Idiots are universal!!!!
I am sorry,but these jackasses are no better than the morons who refuse to leave a tiny island during a hurricane and choose to "ride it out" with macho/ pigheaded bravado:

"Still, some Minnesotans took it as just another winter day, even in the state's extreme northwest corner where thermometers bottomed out at 38 degrees below zero at the town of Hallock and the National Weather Service said the wind chill was a shocking 58 below.

"It's really not so bad," Robert Cameron, 75, said as he and several friends gathered for morning coffee at the Cenex service station in Hallock. "We've got clothing that goes with the weather. ... We're ready and rolling, no matter what".

His buddy is leaving town for Arizona however.

I might be a soft Southerner more accustomed to 95F/95% humidity,but my dad grew up ten miles from the Canadian border near Fort Drum, New York.Fort Drum is where they had US Army Winter training for decades because ,according to local lore,it was more reliably cold than Alaska.From friends who have tried(and failed) to go winter camping up there,this very well could be true.

My dad grew up working on a dairy farm in this weather 7 days a week and I don't think I'd ever hear him spouting macho bullshit like Robert Cameron.

Robert Cameron clearly works indoors or is morbidly obese like a walrus.

current mood: discontent

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Sunday, December 21st, 2008
8:14 pm - Darkest Days
Happy Winter Solstice everybody.

I don't think I saw the sun today(fell asleep while it was raining this AM and awoke at 7PM),so I believe I celebrated it appropriately.

It all gets brighter from here.

current mood: awake

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
8:01 pm - A thought
as much as I wanted to like the life story of Edith Piaf :"La Vie en Rose"

I just can't get into torch singers...and  her early life was so dismal,all I could think of was all the sickly street children of whores who didn't make it....

current mood: contemplative

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Saturday, August 16th, 2008
8:42 am - Stuff White People Like
Fellow trianglites who endure the very white people mocked by this blog....maisimai in particular...will find this smart-assed blog very entertaining,especially the bits about Unpaid Internships and Arts Degrees.
.hanareru may also enjoy the entries on Graduate School ,Sushi and Grammar.

Some of it was...painfully familiar,as I own a bit of Outdoor Performance Apparel and ride a bicycle to work fairly often.

If you have already heard of it,well...I am often the last to know,web-wise.

current mood: groggy

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Friday, July 11th, 2008
1:01 pm - A new drinking game
Normally I find drinking games...well, stupid.
I can get plenty drunk without impetus from outside sources.

But yesterday we conceived of one so brilliant I must share:

Start by watching Paula Deen on Food Network(or DVD or whatever)
Every time she adds:
 1)butter 2) heavy cream/half-n-half
 3)mayonnaise 4) booze or 5) fries something,you must take a drink.

Personally, I think Paula Deen ,in her own way,is WAY more depraved than any rock star could dream of.
Kind of a culinary Keith Richards.

Carry on.

current mood: dorky

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Thursday, June 5th, 2008
8:36 am - After weeks of studying and years of school
this is all I really want to put down for my NCLEX exam.I mean,just draw it and leave:

(thanks, darkhumor  )

and who the fuck authorized all this heat this early in June?

current mood: hot

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Thursday, May 29th, 2008
1:23 pm - Fascism ,I tell you
is why you can view Facebook from my work computers but not myspace.


current mood: contemplative

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008
4:59 pm - Done.Done.DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As of 12 noon today....I am officially done with nursing school.


current mood: ecstatic

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
10:29 am - Dear tech people on my friends list
any suggestions for squeezing a little more life out of a dying disk drive?

I plan on getting a new laptop after I graduate...but I need this one to work just a few more weeks...

I have used the dust off in the bowels of the drive,turned the computer on and off,made sure there weren't any files waiting to be written to disk that might have slowed it down...I am clueless.
The drive still just doesn't like certain CDs.


You can ask me some random health problem question in return.

current mood: frustrated

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
9:20 pm - In case you were wondering
beer from a keg that has been sitting on your balcony for almost two weeks...is not very good.

current mood: disappointed

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
3:46 pm - hmmmm.....
How many cannibals could your body feed?
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My husband and I were married 4 years ago today.Go us.

current mood: hungover

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008
9:07 pm - Musical experimentation week
Today, I have been listening to music similar to Cloud Cult and Stereolab on lastfm,upon recommendations.

 This is more for me than for you,so I remember what "station" I was grooving on.

I realized over the weekend that everything (with a handful of exceptions) I was listening to was almost entirely pre-2005 music.  And frankly,I was getting bored. Really bored.

This was the aural equivalent of reading hipsterbookclub
,sort of.


current mood: rejuvenated

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Monday, March 3rd, 2008
2:28 pm - Just in case you were wondering
Kid Rock pleads not guilty in Waffle House brawl.

current mood: amused

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Sunday, February 24th, 2008
7:58 pm - I step away momentarily from my apolitical stance to say:
"Fuck off Ralph Nader, ya silly old coot."

current mood: cranky

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Monday, February 18th, 2008
7:52 pm - Ya do what ya gotta do...

current mood: peaceful

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008
7:49 pm - further adventures in home health
I have started my first clinical rotation for my last semester: 6 weeks precepting one-on-one with a home health nurse.

So far it is very mellow and I like my aging hippie preceptor quite a bit.
She also has some stories that can't be beat:

1) She went to a dingy trailer to do some fat hairy guy's dressing change.When she got in ,he exclaimed: "My dressing kept falling off so I got me a way to keep it on". She lifted his shirt and he had duct-taped it in place.

2) Another patient would furtively remove her dressing after the nurse left, and would apply a piece of fatback to the wound.When the nurse discovered the substitution, Mamaw said /add sugary sweet southern accent here/ :" Well honey ,your dressing wasn't really working and my grand maw always put fatback on our cuts".

3) Another patient was partially paralyzed from a stroke and couldn't move around too well.During the visit the police started pounding on the door.He wobbled over to his closet,slowly trying to procure a firearm while the nurse ducked behind the furniture to avoid any errant rounds.Fortunately ,he couldn't move too fast and the cops cuffed him and hauled him away.

Needless to say the visit was charted as incomplete.

current mood: amused

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Friday, January 18th, 2008
7:39 pm - I have been saying this for years
In your face, pacifists!

Humans crave violence just like sex

Ignore that last paragraph,they're just covering their asses on the whole "condone-violence" thing.

current mood: silly

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