Mock Duck = Yummy

Had a nice long supper with Tom talking about some exciting business plans (some that are now almost ten years in the making!). That said, it didn't take long before talking about advanced mass-manufacture of new jewelry and tools turned into discussing the best way to build a hoverboard using model airplane jet engines, so when I downloaded my notes from my Logitech io (very cool) it contained those diagrams as well.

I don't want to talk about it too much, but there are some exciting new materials available, both for piercings and for implants (I was surprised to find out that in some medical sectors silicone seems to be getting phased out when possible because it breaks down so easily in the body, if not properly cured can absorb lipids and other biomaterial, and is very susceptible to degenerative failures — ack!). Anyway, imagine fully biocompatible jewelry that's rigid when inserted at room temperature, but then becomes totally soft when it warms to body temperature — boom! — you've now got jewelry that even the ADA could endorse for tongues, labrets, and so on.

I love taking cabs (I was lazy and took one home). My driver was a Somalian guy (for those that don't know, Somalia is an African country). Like many cab drivers, he was very well traveled and what he enjoyed most about life was experiencing it in all its varieties around the world. His stories about windshield wiper fluid were pretty funny… “My friends, when they see pictures of me with this white stuff, they think it's paradise but they don't know what hell it is!” He'd never seen snow before coming here, let alone experienced winter, so he was left discovering for the first time in Canada, if it's the middle of winter and it's -40 out, pouring water on your windshield is a very bad idea!

but his talking about Iraq was interesting as well. I'll try and paraphrase (it was slower because he had to find the English words)… “I was working in Iraq three years ago, and it was nice — not like Saudi Arabia — there were go-go bars everywhere, you could buy alcohol, women had good jobs, people went to school, and there were even prostitutes. [Saddam] was bad, but [the US] did the wrong thing in Iraq.”

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

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