Unrelaxing Auto-Blood Pressure Machine Incident

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April 15, 2010 10:09 AM

So I go to one of those in-pharmacy automated blood pressure machines. It will auto-grip my arm, and then squeeze it and tell me my blood pressure and pulse....[More]

(Not quite) Gout Diary: THIS HURTS!

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April 7, 2010 10:23 PM

{Turns out it's an osteoarthritis of sorts, but close enough} DAY 1 – OMFG this HURTS! Toe humongous. Surrounding joints tender....[More]

WWII Observations: Hitler's Not-So-Evil Twin?

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March 28, 2010 01:10 AM

As part of a series of entries on World War II and its era that I am doing from a long period of research, I call your attention to a particular figure. You may know of whom I speak. Born in an Austrian town around 1890, of uncertain lineage due...[More]

Coolest political party names

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February 18, 2010 12:49 PM

Were these two rival parties the coolest political party names ever ? (Well we did have the Whigs, and the British had the Roundheads)....[More]

Luckiest or Unluckiest Guy Ever?

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January 8, 2010 10:09 PM

Mr. Tsutomu Yamaguchi dies at 93. Yamaguchi, then an engineer . . . was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when an American B-29 bomber. . . dropped an atomic bomb on the city, killing 80,000 people instantly. . . The badly burned Yamaguchi . ....[More]

Book Review: The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Matthew Hogan - July 17, 2010 09:23 PM | Comments (1)
Filed Under: Egghead Stuff , Random Personal , World War 2

Good book, with serious caveats. It was probably a bit overpraised when it was first released over a decade ago. But no one had done it before, or as well, at least in English.

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Declaration of Independence in modern English

Matthew Hogan - July 3, 2010 11:18 AM | Comments (0)
Filed Under: American Culture , Egghead Stuff , US Politics , Words

Happy 4th. Updating an older effort of mine here, creating a more modern prose version of the Declaration of Independence. Unlike some other modernizations, it is not satirical, or abridged or dumbed-down for kids. In short, not intentionally funny or bad.

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Statements Never Uttered By Any Female, Ever

Matthew Hogan - June 27, 2010 12:34 PM | Comments (3)
Filed Under: American Culture , Humor Attempts , Random Personal , Rants- General , Words

My instrumentation and research have identified 5 statements never ever ever uttered -- at least sincerely -- by any human female since the emergence of our species. Young, old, good, bad, radical, traditional, gay, straight, drunk, sober, right-wing or left wing, Palin or Steinem, hijab-bedecked or pole-dancing, none have ever said these and meant it.

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Torture, Bigotry & the Lying Dutchman

Matthew Hogan - June 6, 2010 02:13 PM | Comments (0)
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Two very recent events – the arrest of the probable Natalie Holloway killer Dutchman Joran van der Sloot and the explicit admission of waterboarding by ex-President Bush – both suggest discussing the dynamic of the torture debates.

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