June 17th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

Update and World Cup

Morning was at school, and I've finally found the 1929 edition of the Aristotle translation I needed. But the page numbers still made no sense when compared to the volume. It turned out to be an instance of why it's useful to tell someone why the information is needed when you ask it of them. As it turns out, the requested page numbers were not at all the ones that were needed. But that task is now finished, and took far longer in total than it ought to have.

I had a lovely lunch with a fine glass of Strawberry-Banana juice, and company courtesy of Cat and Jenene. Technically, I was there courtesy of them actually. Anyways. I've installed word processing software on my machine this afternoon so now I'll no longer need to use VNC to do word processing things on it. One of the Really Good things about OsX is that bits and pieces of programs are no longer scattered throughout the operating system. It's so much tidier this way.

I'm amazed... the US beat Mexico 2-0 this morning to make their first World Cup quarterfinals since 1930. It's been a while! They go up against Germany and England plays Brazil on Friday morning. Maybe we'll even bother watching it. Meanwhile, earlier in the week, South Korea plays Italy, and I have friends cheering both sides of that match!

It's been very nice living in an internationally-populated city for this World Cup. No matter who wins, a large number of people are out visibly and audibly celebrating the event, so it's all good. Thanks to a very scientific survey on my part this past week of numbers of people out waving their flags and honking their horns at 10am right after a game win, there are about 4 times as many Portugese in my neighborhood as Brazilians.
Fishy Circumstances

Goals

Ooops, missed committing to today's goals. Half day went to RAship things. Resuming from last week's failed achievements, I'm aiming for 5 more pages of editing today. Entry on leeches forthcoming later today.
Fishy Circumstances

Leeches

The Discoveries page editor wasn't paying enough attention to the articles in today's MetroToday. First, the big headline of the reads "Insulin prays, pills working." The opening lines read as follows:
Insulin shots may go the way of blood-letting leeches as medical science closes in on ways for diabetes patients to simply swallow or inhale the human protein, researches said yesterday.

That in itself is excellent news, especially if in practice it turns out to be as successful as it has been in initial testing. It'll be years before this product is commerically available, however.

Another article on the page is entitled "Leaches (sic) could suck away arthritis."
Scientists have recommended a cheap natural therapy for arthritis - hirudo medicinalis, or more simply, leeches.

Since it's a somewhat superficial free daily paper, it fails to give much more in the way of details - such as where the data was published, who announced it ("Western drugmakers" with "a Russian team" responding) - that's all I can tell you on the actual discovery. But if we take the first sentence of article #1 as true, as well as article #2, then are insulin shots the new future wave to be thrilled about? Of course not. The throwaway insult about leeches in the beginning of the feature article is of the ilk of pseudo-informed articles that want to make themselves sound knowledgable - much like those articles which, with a superior air, offhandedly mention how "medieval" somesuch thing was, with the intended meaning of "completely out of date" or, perhaps, "barbaric."

Still, it was a funny coincidence to have both articles sitting there next to each other! (p. 17 if you have a copy).

Note: MetroToday often saves little random nugget articles like these for whenever they have space or get around to noticing the issue. Consequently, I can't even promise this was news this week or even last.