One more day until I get my bloodwork back. The cynical part of me predicts like practically every other test done on me, it will be “inconclusive”. Maybe it's because I feel fine right now, but I really feel like I should have just kept my mouth shut and toughed out whatever bout of whatever I'm going through. There are many people on IAM with far worse medical problems than I can imagine, I should follow their example.

Thanks to something half way between a tremor and just a jolt of surprise as the back door blew open in the wind, I dropped the bathroom mirror I was cleaning (what you say?!)… As it fell it hit the contents of the cabinet and either broke or slipped out of my hands, cutting along the outside edge of my right little finger. I'm actually surprised I got cut at all, but what I did get was sort of like a really deep paper cut… I could actually see the bone in the instants before everything became covered in blood.

I grabbed some gauze and bandages and quickly put myself back together. I still had full feeling, and was pretty sure movement was unaffected. It bled a fair amount (not a pretty sight to come home to I'm sure), but realistically I was certain nothing essential had been severed. I probably could have used stiches to minimize any scarring, but that's really not an issue to me so I just left it with my own bandaging. It's quite sore, but assuming it doesn't get infected I'm sure there's nothing to worry about.

Anyway, I've got work to do. I did have two stories I wanted to link to… They're not quite as inflamatory as most of my links, but I found them interesting:

  • America's greatest 20th century victory – Argues that Vietnam was America's only war victory in that every other war severely taxed the US economy after the war. Of course, I've watched every flavor of Apocalypse Now in the past week, so maybe I'm biased. I know that a fair number of the older, extremely modified people I know spent their time in Nam… I always wonder if it made a difference (next interview?)
  • An Iraq war could fan flames of recession – A war in Iraq could of course hugely increase the price of crude oil via OPEC nations, and, unless Russia does the US a biiig favor, this increase could have a devestating effect on the US economy — what is the current US dependance on OPEC oil? Last year I think the US and Canada produced about 3 million barrels (per day) of oil for US use. Europe and Africa sold America almost 5 million barrels daily, whereas Asia and the Persian Gulf were able to sell the US about 15 million barrels a day…

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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