||[May. 29th, 2013|11:48 am]
Jayne is not a greyhound. A rabbit swerved in front of us on the path and Jayne took off like an arrow, but no. A slow arrow. Now, if they'd both been pulling sleds.... |
Though neither is he a total quitter. He found the gap in the chainlink fence, and suddenly rabbit was back on the menu. Too bad his human was afraid he'd forget where the gap was and get stuck in the wildlife-only reservoir, so he was forced to leave da sassy wabbits alone.
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Longevity and Commensal Bacteria: I had a Eureka moment in the shower. The hot water was pelting down and, BAM! It hit me. You know why Okinawans live so long, so healthfully? OFURO! Those really hot daily baths up to the neck? There have to be commensal bacteria that benefit from immersion in super-high temperatures. Maybe the Japanese Bacteroides plebeius? The gut bacteria that allow Japanese to digest their seaweed more efficiently by producing an enzyme that degrades algal cell walls? All life is said to have developed around deep- sea vents, so it wouldn't surprise me if there are lots of beneficial thermophilic bacteria. And if giving them their daily hot tub is what enables Okinawans to have
"extremely low risk for hormone-dependent cancers including cancers
of the breast, prostate, ovaries, and colon. Compared to North Americans,
they have 80% less breast cancer and prostate cancer,
and less than half the ovarian and colon cancers."
Someone should study this, though getting the rats to sit in the tub is gonna be hard. :) * * *
The Crazyladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian is autobiography at its finest. If you read it,
1) you will learn new words, in fact, words that you are certain are made up or are typos, only to be found deliciously wrong;
2) you will see what it was like to be Trevanian at 6-13; exactly him and no other kid raised by a single mom during the Depression and WWII, and why he would grow up to write what and how he did;
3) you will be beautifully reminded that fact is stranger than fiction. You just can't make this shit up;
4) and searching for a quote will just want you to reread the whole thing again.
It's that good. Do yourself a favor and read a free sample. You will not regret it.