March 14th, 2003

Nescafe rabbit

Open season on interpretations: Trees

The slow embrace of snow
is gone, the world 
            seeks out the summer
a windblown sculptor's dream
                  defines the day;
         the silence lingers
And trees encased in ice still wait 
                       to contemplate their thawing  
How sweet to touch, 
              to taste the still and sleeping
winter morning
		NsB 13-03-03
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Nescafe rabbit

Who can tell me what CC, HPI, ROS, FHx, and PE means?

Today, in brief:
T.B. has transposition of the great vessels. He's 22, but looks 15. A little squirrely, Dr. L, calls him. No kidding. He just...seemed shifty. But we listened to the heart and even I found the PMI for once. And his thrill.
C.C. is two days s/p CABG, six days s/p AMI. Not to mention she's had oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, and GERD. Oh, and she's 54. This is her second heart attack. But she gives a wonder of a history. Maybe I'll tell it to you later, O Best Beloved.

Home. Dad needs me to take him to Dimension to get the car. Again. Can't say no, of course. Then it's home again, and off to fencing, where I get my ass kicked in foil by a 13-year-old kid named Raffi (been fencing 7 years), trounced 5-3 by Angel in a bout, and mutilated in dry sabre by John, who's big and strong and can parry me by simply not letting me move his blade. Gods, what fun I'm having.

Home. Finished the renal notes, thank havens. Now just 40-some pages of GIT to do tomorrow afternoon. And now to bed. Mom and I are going to go to Curves on Saturday morning, I think, and try it out. Rachel adores it, Mom might spot me some of the membership if I like it. Going to get in shape, godsdamnit.
And things are working out fine with Cyndie and the mortgage. Got word today that the second mortgage to cover the remaining 15% of the house was approved. Hallelu.

Sleep. Yes. *sleeps*
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Nescafe rabbit

Revision: Trees

The slow embrace of snow
is gone, 
              the world seeks out the summer.
A windblown sculptor's dream
                  defines the day.
And trees encased in ice still wait 
                       to contemplate their thawing ;
         silence lingers
              in still and sleeping
   dreaming winter morning
		NsB 14-03-03
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Nescafe rabbit

No Frankie. No Bananas.

Frankie and the Bananas bailed on us. They're the doctor band who usually plays at the Sophomore Send-Off Dinnerdance. For free. They aren't that bad, really, but they play oldies and they play loud. So we weren't thrilled about having them play. But it's on April 11th, and we aren't quite sure what we're going to do now. Jim's on the lookout for a DJ now, although I like the idea of doing karaoke, personally. And Nephrology today is a review session., so even even if he doesn't have notes, it's okay. Funny guy.
'' shave once a week?"
Scott looks a bit embarassed, rubs his scruff. "It's cold out."
"In our society, we feed people before we kill them. It's the American way."

And he brought us Kiszka, which is some kind of Polish foodstuff, a sausage. Since we were making fun of Iwona for her Polish food.
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I am an AIM user. I have been on AOL under various screen names from the time I was a freshman in high school until I had Internet access of my own in college. I am now a second-year graduate student. I recently purchased a PocketPC from Dell. Delighted to find that I could download AIM for my PocketPC to complement my MSN Messenger, I clicked the link.
Imagine my surprise when I was taken to and told that to purchase AIM, I would have to pay $19.95.
Baffled and bewildered, I began looking at the AIM FAQ. Sure enough, it says that the service is free, but that you might have to pay for access to your ISP. And it doesn't say anything about charging for the AIM client, so I suppose you're allowed to do whatever you like. But I, for one, see no reason to pay $19.95 for a messaging client that is and has always been free everywhere else, just to have it on my PocketPC - especially when I can still use Yahoo! or MSN Messenger for free. To be honest, the fact that AIM is free is the only reason I would use the client at all, when there are so many others available. To charge is not only ridiculous, it's almost imbecilic.
I attempted to find a way to contact you about this problem.. Short of fabricating a support incident, I could find no way to do so. Frustrated, I resigned to go looking for something else.
Thus, I began to search the web, hoping that someone would tell me what to do. Imagine my startlement a second time when I was directed by a helpful comment in a thread to, where I could download the British version of AIM for PocketPC for free.
Now, perhaps I misunderstand, and you aren't intentionally attempting to gouge your American customers $20 for a piece of software that is available to the rest of the world for free. Perhaps that's the case. If so, you make no persuasive argument to that effect, nor do you make it easy for me to convince myself to use your services.
A shame, that. I hear you're having trouble recently, faced with broadband Internet that doesn't wield your monolithic, heavy-handed, insecure practises. Companies whose users do not have the association that AOL users do in today's Net-savvy society. I don't know how many times I've heard someone complaining about a person they were talking to on a MOO being incapable of actually holding a real conversation: "He can't type out a complete word, can't spell, has no grammar, and uses stupid abbreviations all the time, even when it's completely inappropriate. I think he's an AOL user."
Congratulations. AOL, to most people who have any knowledge of the Internet community at all, is synonymous with abysmal security, worse-than-average connection quality, users who aren't worth wasting time talking to, and a general lack of any redeeming value whatsoever.
AIM is free, though, and it's an easy way to connect with a lot of people who've yet to be weaned of their infantile obsession to the pretty front page of AOL, and it has some cute features. So it gets used - albeit with trepidation and distaste. And now you want to charge.
Are you certain that's a wise decision?
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Nescafe rabbit

I love you Mom, but....

Mom calls: There's this club, Curves? And it's just for women, and I think you might really like it, and...Mom. I know all about Curves. I even-- And I talked to the people there, and the prices are--- Mom. Rachel goes there. I know what the prices are, I just -- And I think you might really like it, plus it'd be good for you, and--Mom. I know all about Curves. The only reason I haven't joined is because I can't afford to. Oh.

And they wonder were I got my habit of talking so much.

We're going out to Curves on Saturday morning, 9 AM, to try it out. Way to start out the day.
9 AM, Curves (southwest). 11 AM, meeting at church (waaaaay north) about choirchimes. 1 PM, meeting at the insurance office (south) about house insurance. And then I have to finish the other 25 pages of GIT notes before 19:30 when Z runs Mage. Exam Monday-Exam Friday-Exam Monday-Exam Friday. I hate school.
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