this week i

attended american community survey data user's conference, they're not sure whether to make it synthetic.  census bureau only on its 26th director

wish weird al would cover gandhi by the cranberries. my most promising tinder match: hi, i like french fries. if you like texting, let's get married pls

watched omkara: bollywood's othello.  desdemona first woman played by a woman.  she who can dupe her own father will never be anyone's to claim

listened to rachel bronson justify clock close to midnight. ta-nehisi coates also noticed equipment overload at corniche ouest. fox news quoted hillary

drew still life with googly eyes, maybe tablecloth and green onions next time.  some emoji sentences: πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸŒ‹ // πŸ—ΌπŸͺ‚ // πŸš™πŸ’¨  πŸš“πŸš“πŸš“

read bring out your dead: the great plague of yellow fever in philadelphia in 1793 by john harvey powell

their infections could obviously be traced to the noxious effluvia of the rotting coffee

take of rue, wormwood, and lavender, of each one handful; put these altogether with a gallon of the best vinegar into a stone pan, covered over with paste, and let them stand within the warmth of a fire, to infuse for eight days - then strain them off, and to every quart bottle put three quarters of an ounce of camphor.  let the camphor be dissolved before it is put into bottles.  rub the temples and loins with this preparation before going out in a morning, wash the mouth, and snuff up some of it into the nostrils, and carry a piece of sponge that has been dipped in it, in order to smell to pretty often

less worldly writers deemed the fever caused by the pride and corruption of the citizens, their playhouses, circus, palaces, carriages, and costly edifices; they commended prayer and submission to god in place of flight or medicine

amulets of dried frogs

an appeal to bankers urged that all notes be renewed so the respectable inhabitants could leave the city - a live debtor was a better risk than a dead one

"hereafter my name should be shadrach, mesach or abednego..for i am sure the preservation of those men from death by fire was not a greater miracle than my preservation from infection of the prevailing disorder"

i even saw one of the diseased, who having nauseated his medicine, discharged the contents of his stomach upon his benefactor.  what did girard then do? - entirely devoted to the public welfare, firm and immovable, and forgetting himself to think only of the sufferings of his fellow-creatures, whom he wished to succour; he wiped the patient's cloaths, comforted, and by the force of persuasion and patience, induced him to swallow the remedy

the principal mortality of the disease is now from the doctors

many more favorable notices of mercury and bleeding appeared than unfavorable.  letters from patients bearing grateful witness to the success of dr. rush's cure overwhelmed the few protests against it, and the small company of mercury doctors were as ready with the pen as with the lancet.  rush magnified doubts into enmity; he also magnified consent into virtue

the new little baby died; but winter came on, and she and her older son recovered.  they returned with her mother to the city, where mrs. payne began to take gentlemen boarders.  the handsome young widow of lawyer todd was an appealing spectacle.  senator aaron burr certainly thought so, and he was accounted by all to be an excellent judge.  it was senator burr who introduced dolly todd to congressman james madison of virginia.  that the distinguished statesman was twenty years her senior, even that he was a head shorter than she, did not long deter the lady of john todd's heart.  eleven months after john's death dolly married james madison, and entered upon a career that would have amazed her simple, adoring quaker lawyer.  dolly madison's role in history began in the yellow fever of 1793

this was the height of the plague, the height of demoralization, of despair, the height of disaster.  the city was no human thing at all, but a place of quivering stench and filth, a place ruled by unreason.  everyone realized the uselessness of garlic, nitre, vinegar, tar, and camphor, but still they clung to their familiar nostrums from force of habit, took some comfort in their astringent smells.  every superstition, every homely legend, every traditional remedy was preserved, in all its ineffectualness.  tobacco was the universal preventive.  young henry s. drinker went out for a walk in germantown with a segar in his mouth.  he had never smoked before; the segar turned him to a green sweat.  he staggered around to george hesser's orchard to discharge his stomach, fearful of doing so on the road lest people suspect him of having the fever.  back in his mother's parlor he was sick and pale

stephen girard resumed his lonely existence, going from one service to another, rising higher in the esteem of philadelphians, withdrawing further from their midst, finally crowning his endless efforts with the largest bequest to public charities that the modern world had ever seen


this week i

double-took at a skin-tight leopard print crop top to confirm wasn't leopard print arm sleeve tattoo. picasso copied hokusai, ai may change much
a cambrian explosion of use cases
churning out persuasive-sounding answers in response to any prompt, they are brilliant but brainless mimics, with no guarantee that their output is anything more than a digital hallucination
every single major content provider in the world thought they needed a metaverse strategy; they all need a generative media strategy

peaches in the summertime
apples in the fall
if i can't have the girl i love
i don't want none at all


completed episode 150, henry the 8th reforms church, beheads queen elizabeth's mother.  because almost all reading was done out loud at the time


read where the crawdads sing by delia owens

i can't count as high as that many gulls are

you just shit fire an' fall in it

if she ever became a poet, she'd make the message clear

she's outrun everybody for years.  truant officers, census takers, you name it, she's outwit 'em all

her family never had a pet.  not one dog or cat.  the only thing close was the female skunk - a silky, slinky, and sassy creature - who lived under the shack.  ma called her chanel

ordinary light is shattered by microscopic prisms in the feathers of hummingbirds

you can't get hurt when you love someone from the other side of an estuary

grits were listed on the menus as polenta in mushroom sauce and cost $6.00

like a lady firefly



this week i

anoint thee a wooden door after three beers.  ray charles and willie nelson sound good.  that dude dominates the algorithm.  //  oh?  word.  we are closer to captain james tiberius kirk's birthday than we are to the war of 1812, or as it is locally known, the war of southern aggression

they could hear the riders coming
he said, this will be my last fight
if they take me back to texas
they won't take me back alive


attended deer in headlights. quebecois license plate can only be read as a whispered threat.  are you american? // no, we're canadian. // oh soh-ree

watercolor penciled still life, six kiwis as stonehenge. a separate still life with googly eyes forthcoming, thwarted this time by non-self-adhesion. dog


read meaning, medicine and the 'placebo effect' by daniel moerman

placebo domino: "i shall please the lord"

an epithet given to any medicine adapted more to please than benefit the patient

sometimes, a bandage on a cut finger works better if it has a picture of snoopy on it

the diagnosis in itself exercised a therapeutic effect for the patient inasmuch as it provided an understandable, acceptable explanation for his behavior

the very fact that conventional medicine relies so strongly on the randomized controlled trial, often referred to as the "gold standard" of medicine, rests on the fact that people get better when they take inert medications

i was very impressed with him, especially when i heard he was the team doctor with the [houston], sure, i went ahead and signed up for this new thing he was doing...the surgery was two years ago and the knee never has bothered me since.  it's just like my other knee now.  i give a whole lot of credit to dr. moseley.  whenever i see him on tv during a basketball game, i call the wife in and say, "hey, there's the doctor that fixed my knee"

[injected] placebo is more effective than the oral placebo

new blood vessels ("angiogenesis")

researchers noticed that men who took most of their prescribed clofibrate, more than 80% of what was prescribed, did better than the men who took less.  after five years, only 15.7% of the good adherers had died, while 22.5% of the poor adherers had died.  the message seems to be "take all your medicine."  but it is more complicated than this because the same thing happened with the placebo patients.  men who took more than 80% of their placebos had a five-year mortality rate of 16.4% while those who took less had a mortality rate of 25.8%

if you expect that a cup of coffee will wake you up, it will, even if some sneaky researcher has secretly given you decaffeinated coffee

among the most important and powerful medicinal plants used by the iroquois are those known to grow on graves





this week i

published on medicare advantage overtaking the fee-for-service program nationwide, among those eligible to choose between the two

passed rosemarie's to the st lawrence watershed civilization, francylvania to be precise.   this lovely honda crv in quebec city thar be dragonsed me

watched ronnie burkett yada yada shakespeare, convince three audience members to undress sans hypnosis.  still life worse than whiskey in the jar


memorized the yukon song.  elderly quebecer wore what i can only assume was an unironic beret.  online dating: same hit rate as those claw games

watched broadway danny rose then john cusack impersonate woody allen in bullets over broadway.  [toasts] to an ideal world with no compromise

you actually burned down your school?  //  it was lincoln's birthday.  there was nobody there

read the voyage of the beagle by charles fucking darwin.  only thirty of the four hundred eighty pages devoted to the galapagos.  the book which had the most profound effect on darwin was charles lyell's principles of geology..darwin did not write his beagle narrative with a coherent theory of human evolution in mind; awakened curiosity and uncertainty best describe the mood governing his observations

we were bivouacking late one evening near coquimbo, in chile, when my servant, noticing that one of the horses was very restive, went to see what was the matter, and fancying he could distinguish something, suddenly put his hand on the beast's withers, and secured the vampire

a fine specimen of the yagouaroundi cat

i carried with me some promethean matches, which i ignited by biting; it was thought so wonderful that a man should strike fire with his teeth, that it was usual to collect the whole family to see it

we passed the night in punta alta, and i employed myself in searching for fossil bones; this point being a perfect catacomb for monsters of extinct races

we did not reach the posta on the rio tapalguen till after it was dark.  at supper, from something which i said, i was suddenly struck with horror at thinking that i was eating one of the favourite dishes of the country, namely, a half-formed calf, long before its proper time of birth.  it turned out to be a puma; the meat is very white, and remarkably like veal in taste.  dr shaw was laughed at for stating that 'the flesh of the lion is in great esteem, having no small affinity with veal, both in colour, taste, and flavour.'  such certainly is the case with the puma.  the gauchos differ in their opinion, whether the jaguar is good eating, but are unanimous in saying that cat is excellent

my passport, which began with 'el naturalista don carlos'

it was snowing butterflies

the phosphorescence of the sea

except when rising from the ground, i do not recollect ever having seen one of these birds flap its wings

a strong desire is always felt to ascertain whether any human being has previously visited an unfrequented spot.  a bit of wood with a nail in it, is picked up and studied as if it were covered with hieroglyphics.  possessed with this feeling, i was much interested by finding, on a wild part of the coast, a bed made of grass beneath a ledge of rock.  close by it there had been a fire, and the man had used an axe.  the fire, bed, and situation showed the dexterity of an indian; but he could scarcely have been an indian, for the race is in this part extinct, owing to the catholic desire of making at one blow christians and slaves

the mule always appears to me a most surprising animal.  that a hybrid should possess more reason, memory, obstinacy, social affection, powers of muscular endurance, and length of life, than either of its parents, seems to indicate that art has here outdone nature

 the assumption of the immutability of species

the happy doom of the mendozinos is to eat, sleep, and be idle

we rode on to ballenar, which takes its name from ballenagh in ireland, the birthplace of the family of o'higgins, who, under the spanish government, were presidents and generals in chile

young tortoises make excellent soup

the well-beaten paths made by the thousands of huge tortoises..there is no other quarter of the world where this order replaces herbivorous mammalia in so extraordinary a manner

 captain porter has described those from charles and from the nearest island to it, namely, hood island, as having their shells in front thick and turned up like a spanish saddle, whilst the tortoises from james island are rounder, blacker, and have a better taste when cooked

the all-powerful and never-tiring waves of that great sea, miscalled the pacific

i believe we were all glad to leave new zealand.  it is not a pleasant place.  amongst the natives there is absent that charming simplicity which is found at tahiti; and the greater part of the english are the very refuse of society.  neither is the country itself attractive

the sloping plain of the pamplemousses

a traveller should be a botanist