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Catalytic Converter Theft

A coworker's catalytic converter was stolen yesterday.  It's happening all over the country.  If you have a vehicle with a high clearance, like a Toyota 4Runner, consider going to a muffler shop and getting the converter nuts spot-welded.
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I just learned something about LJ.

If you make a 'friends only' post, and then a bunch of people comment on it, and then you make it public, all the comments will be immediately and irrevocably deleted.

I understand the reasoning for this behavior, and I can accept it.  I just wish I'd known before I lost those comments.

At least I still have the email notification archive.
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One Percent Inspiration

I have a list of ideas.  I carry it around in my pocket (in a PDA).  They are big ideas, for difficult projects, with commercial viability, such that, if I were the risk-taking sort, I could quit my job, focus on it, and try to make my fortune.  I haven't done any of them.  Some of the ideas I had years ago have since been realized by others who had the same ideas and formed companies around them.

Today I had my first new idea in about a year, and it's a great one.  I'm really excited about it.

I'm not going to tell you what it is, but ask me later if I've worked on it.  I don't want this one to just sit in my pocket.
allidc

The Guv'ment Keepin' me from my Drugs!

I had a headache today at work, but didn't have any drugs on me, so I got some ibuprofen from a coworker.  It was reasonably effective, reducing the headache to a level that was no longer distracting.  However, when I'm home, my preferred drug is ketoprofen, brand name Orudis.  One pill always make my pain go away within 30 minutes.  (Apparently, it's popular for use on horses.)  A couple years ago, it disappeared from stores.  I didn't know why, but I quickly bought a dozen bottles on eBay.

I finally figured out why it was discontinued.  Here is the 2005 FDA action.  I'm not worried, though, as I only take it about once a month.  I'll keep using my stash, for as long as it lasts.
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A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: "That's the ugliest baby that I've ever seen. Ugh!" The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: "The driver just insulted me!" The man says: "You go right up there and tell him off - go ahead, I'll hold your monkey for you."
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Reuse

At Home Depot, I overheard a woman asking an employee where she could donate used building materials. Whether it was items such as tiles or cabinets that had been removed and replaced, but were still usable, or just excess paint or boards, she felt bad throwing it away, but didn't know what else to do with it. The employee didn't have an answer for her, and I didn't, either. I knew about the Baltimore Free Store, but that seemed too far away.  Now, I know what the answer should have been:  Community Forklift, near Hyattsville.  (I heard about it from The Daily Compost.)  Next time I have a home improvement project, I might buy some of their cheap stuff.

Knowledge is power.
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I Feel You

I used to think that emotions were a liability; they just got in the way of doing the right thing in the most efficient manner. Now I think perception matters more than reality, since we can't perceive reality directly and must do it through our senses. Also, I think feelings are in some way a sense, which is stronger than other senses, in its power to affect you.

A recent change in my Myers Briggs Type Indicator result is consistent with this change in attitude. I used to be an INTJ, with the most extreme facet being the T, for thinking, versus feeling, while the others were closer to the middle (50). Collapse )