The site is still on holidays but I'll post some memories each month.
Quintessence Nook (15/8/2022)
The hits kept coming in August 2002. Well, some of them. A greater than normal proportion of sites didn't survive.
Genesis 6 Giants
Everyone is familiar with that old saying attributed to Isaac Newton about seeing further by standing on the shoulders of giants. But what if it was the other way around? What if the giants were standing on you? You might think that this is not possible as there are no giants any more, but you would be wrong. They are there, hiding and waiting, and they are not kind. When they come back, being stood on will be the least of our worries. Perhaps the giants were responsible for those ancient nuclear wars mentioned in the research section of this site, and if they could make maps like the one in the picture 120 million years ago, there will be no place to hide from them.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the last official sighting of Elvis Presley. As is the custom, I rented a Cadillac and drove down to Burger King. When I returned, there was a message on my voice mail singing the following words.
|Well, the contrails are still streamin'|
And Uri's still bending spoons
There's a place at the URL ratbags com
That's chock full of loons
You'll never be lonely, baby
You'll never be lonely, baby
You'll never be lonely while there's loons.
Though there's lots of faeries
There's perpetual motion engines
People worry about radiation from mobile phones, but what about all those rays coming out of your computer? At last, there is an answer to this serious environmental and health problem.
Something new that's actually something old
I've written a lot of short articles and news items here over the last two decades. Each month a couple of these pieces will be randomly selected. They might not always still be relevant, but that's the way history works.
The ears on the loon go 'round and 'round, 'round and 'round … (9/2/2008)
The promised pickets by Fred Phelps and his gang of rodeo clowns at the funeral and various memorial services for actor Heath Ledger didn't eventuate, but that didn't mean that we were denied the opportunity to laugh at the lunacy of people with less brainpower than nematodes. One of the 'net's great jokes, Betty Martini, announced the real cause of Ledger's death. (Should that be Dr Martini as she prefers to be called since she received an honorary doctorate in theology from some cottage university?) For many years now Betty has been warning us of the terrible dangers of aspartame, and she has now revealed that Heath's death was caused by an interaction between the sweetener in the diet drinks he preferred and the illegal drugs he was taking. Betty must be able to see the future, because she made this announcement before the results of Ledger's post mortem toxicology screen had been released. (The pathologist must have been part of the conspiracy because he found no illegal drugs and didn't test for aspartame.)
One of my favourite Betty stories is the one she spread around about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Coca Cola was a big sponsor of the event and Betty claimed that there was a secret agreement between the Coke people and the Games organisers not to sell Diet Coke during the marathon. The marathon is one of only a couple of events where closeup views of spectators are seen on television, and Betty claimed that the ban on Diet Coke was to avoid millions of television viewers seeing the inevitable collapse (and perhaps even death) of spectators after sucking down the deadly artificially sweetened concoction. Is this woman mad? Do bears growl in the woods? The amazing thing is that she has followers and believers who defend her rantings as if they have some connection with reality.
See everything that appeared in 2008 here.
Chiropractic "ethics" (23/5/2015)
On a single day last week the following two things appeared in my Facebook news feed.
I don't know about you, but my doctor doesn't seem to be taking time out to attend courses on how to bring in lots more patients and keep them for life. The vet where I take my dog doesn't have a plan that requires Cody to come in weekly for "maintenance". I've moved house recently so I don't know if my new doctor will remind me every six months that I'm due for my regular diabetes checkup and pathology tests, but I do know that if he orders too many tests or wants them too often he will have the regulators paying him some attention.
People keep confusing chiropractors with health professionals. They are certainly professionals, but the billing and the visits and the customer acquisition and retention seminars and training are all about money and nothing to do with health. Casinos like you to come in regularly too and almost certainly have marketing plans to attract new customers, but at least you can sometimes leave a betting shop with a benefit in your wallet. It might be rare, but it's a lot more likely than it will happen at a chiropractor's office.
See everything that appeared in 2015 here.