Saturday, March 31, 2007

This is exactly it. But the whole post has more punch than just this excerpt.

"You might get just that - a vacation from me because i'll stop asking, caring, wanting. Whoever you might be. I'll take a vacation from your aloofness, your insincerity, and self-centeredness. You'll get your free paid vacation from me. So enjoy it, the sun, the text messages and the solitude. It's yours, my gift to you."

You are so not worth my time.

Friday, March 30, 2007

So I was trawling through Bjorn Lee's blog and wondering how come he looks so much like another friend Charles N., and I came across this entry: Heroes are borne [sic] out of reluctance. Pretty good, but in that link there was a Time story from Sept 24 2006, about a Time reporter who lost his right hand simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and saw a live grenade about to detonate. That story is here, despite the melodramatic title, it's worth a read.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Nobody can tell you that you have failed. Only you can give up on yourself.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Oh thank God (or Whoever), Lambert is out of danger now.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Once upon a time before I became sentient, paths were laid down in my mind. Paths of fire and water and air, and earth. And these paths formed a garden maze, to which several doors were the ingresses and the exits.

Over the years for want of something else to tend I tended those paths in that garden, and knew nothing of the outside world.

On the occasion that I gained my sentience, two of the doors were, for lack of a better word, sandblasted closed. And the locks were fire-melted away, such that no key could open those doors ever again. And I ran from the garden that then brought no joy, and wandered.

I wandered far, and in my wanderings I found I could reshape the lock and key to one of those two doors. But the key that was refashioned was, at best, rusted, and I found I could not return to the garden I once knew.

I then turned my attentions to the third door of the garden, the only one whose key I still had and whose lock was not out of shape, but one I least understood, and tried to know it well in order to regain myself.

Whereupon you surprised me with your sharing of lock and key of the second door to your own garden, and in walking beside me through the paths of your garden that led on from your second door, unknowingly opened up the accesses of my paths that led from my own second door. And when I looked back from where I was on my path I saw - my own second door gleaming refurbished, the lock clear and bright as a new day, and the key in my hand. And I knew that I had finally returned home, and all the keys were well.

For this I thank you, you know who you are. Happy 25th birthday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Symptoms and diagnosis of gastric cancer at early curable stage.
Anthony Axon

Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology (2006), 20(4):697-708
Pubmed ID: 16997154


Of patients presenting with gastric cancer in the West, 90% are dead within 5 years because the cancer is usually inoperable. Those with the best prognosis present with symptoms of benign gastric ulcer such as haematemesis or severe dyspepsia, in which case ulcer cancer may be identified. However, acid suppression masks both the symptoms and the endoscopic appearances. Unlike the situation in Japan, where every endoscopist is alert to the potential of gastric cancer, the rarity of these lesions in the West means that the stomach is not examined with the same care. Not every Western patient with dyspepsia is likely to be referred for endoscopy; most management algorithms advise that general practitioners should treat with acid suppression first. This policy is unlikely to be reversed, and with the continued fall in the incidence of gastric cancer in the West primary endoscopy for dyspepsia is likely to decline. The rise in incidence of Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer is perhaps one factor that may increase pressure on primary care doctors to refer patients for endoscopy, but a change in the attitude of endoscopists will also be required to identify early gastric cancer.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

As tagged by si1vara, who is old enough a friend that I know she won't be offended by my merely humouring her by doing these things. =p

These are the rules: Each player of this game starts out by giving 6 weird things about themselves. People who get tagged need to write in a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state the rules clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. After you do that, leave them each a comment letting them know you tagged them and to read your blog!

As you know, I break rules that have no greater meaning than for their own sake. So I'm not going to tag anyone for this...

1. When I get tipsy, my physical coordination falls by the wayside, but my mind actually gets sharper and clearer -as long as- I do not have to move. I hold more fun and exciting conversations under such conditions, and yes, this has been confirmed by my non-intoxicated conversation partners.

2. I have perfect relative pitch. This is really horrendous when singing for fun, cos I sound like your usual inanimate musical instrument if I don't purposely style or slur my notes.

3. I am pursuing a 4-year part-time course in something I love but which is totally out of my previous university major.

4. I think that just because something looks impossible that it doesn't mean you can't do it - that'll just take a while longer. -If- you truly love it.

5. I. Blog.

6. And lastly, I have the rare pleasure of having eccentric friends. :)

Enjoy your weeks, people.

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