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Thor's Day 
7th-Jan-2010 07:21 am
Oh hey, it's another big day for awesome people to be born! Happy birthday to beelavender, liminalia, mister_wolf, slipjig (who, it cannot be stated enough, sold a Sunday crossword to the NYT!), and terracinque!

Oddly achy and tired. Did I get accidentally glutened? Maybe the kitchen was not wiped down as much as it needed to be after Elayna baked brownies on Tuesday; I did all of yesterday's meal prep.

Walk for Change
I said it last night, but will say it again: Please sponsor me. :)

Also, you can join my team and walk with me!

People Who Require Assistance
* More details on how you can help gafferbear - mostly Denver-specific, but not all.
* idiomagic needs $4,000 worth of dental work - ouch! She's offering tarot reading, proofreading, research, data entry, jewelry, and massage (in Austin).
* "On August 22, 2009 Matthew Hodge, the 17-year-old son of former Disney story artist and Big Idea productions director Tim Hodge, was in a serious auto accident...While Matt suffered neither broken bones nor any internal organ damage, he did receive severe head trauma causing him to remain in a state of coma today...Being self-employed, the Hodge family has short term medical insurance that will not fully cover all of their bills." The National Cartoonists Society Foundation is holding an auction to raise money for his care. [h/t creentmerveille]

Link Soup
* Phoe makes jewelry. You want some.
* Clothes discarded by H&M are first destroyed, so the homeless can't wear them. The kicker? There's a clothing donation place *on that block*; it literally would be easier to go donate the clothes instead of taking the time to cut them up. (I remember being homeless in Vegas and keeping track of what restaurants rendered their food inedible before throwing it out at closing time. McDonalds unwrapped all the burgers before tossing them in the dumpster. Pizza Hut would gently set the pizza boxes on the back steps and close the door, because they knew we were there and they wouldn't have to report anything to the manager if they didn't actually *see* us take the pizza.)
* The origins of "Om nom nom"! Related: I so want to meet Cookie Monster.
* End of Time spoilers: Mock Facebook pages for the Doctor and the Master.

Daily Science
University of Florida urologists have used robot-assisted surgery to cut about 20 minutes off average surgery time for conventional vasectomy reversal using a microscope.

What I want to know is who's going to let a robot slice & dice their vas deferens.

Work, home. Seeing if I can get a bit of writing done. Also must go through my inbox, which is getting unwieldy again.
7th-Jan-2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Those Pizza Hut employees totally rocked.

Stupid H&M.

Not the same, I know, but Wolf does a great Cookie Monster imitation; Joshua and Eva's classmates at day care adore it.
7th-Jan-2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Things like that H&M BS put me into Instant Smash Mode (tm).

Achy/tired could be gluten detox? Fingers crossed!
7th-Jan-2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the signal boost for Matthew Hodge. *hugs* There's some amazing art in that auction, and it's for a great cause.
7th-Jan-2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, hon! *smooch* Hope to get to hang out a bit at Arisia!
7th-Jan-2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Clothes discarded by H&M are first destroyed, so the homeless can't wear them.

The only, only, reason that I can understand for destroying your product rather than doing anything else with it is the cost. If it's more expensive to do anything other than destroy it, then a company probably should do so, simply because of economics.

However, these days there exist many, many organizations that will gladly take your products, be it books, clothing, food, or whatever, and distribute it for you to people who need them, at no cost to the company. But many companies don't take advantage of them, because of things like corporate image or ethics, or just stupid officers. Luckily, I think that'll change in the future, as people are much less willing to waste and much more willing to help others these days. Or so I believe.
7th-Jan-2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
*nod* I've watched a number of scavenger lists for years now, partly to participate but mostly as an economic indicator (on lj for example, the
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*nod* I've watched a number of scavenger lists for years now, partly to participate but mostly as an economic indicator (on lj for example, the <lj-user="dumpsterdiving"> group), and it's disheartening to see all the stories of intentional ruin of goods. It makes no sense; if they still cared about the product as product, then why not find secondary distribution channels? And if they don't care, then why does it matter if someone else then picks up (literally) where they left off? I can't imagine that the labor costs of damaging/destroying goods is cheaper than one short phone call ("come and get it") to a charity organization.
7th-Jan-2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
I'd like to add my GRAR to everyone else's. Why the deliberate waste?! It makes me sad. I don't even have words for articulating how upset this makes me.
8th-Jan-2010 01:21 am (UTC)
I hope this comment gets noticed among other emails in your crowded inbox. I became aware of this poor puppy through my sister's Facebook update. If anyone has the means and the heart, please donate to the medical treatment for Hope, the Australian Cattledog puppy. The photos posted in this blog are rather graphic, but this little creature needs every bit of help we can summon. http://www.thepuppyhope.com/about-hope.html
8th-Jan-2010 03:49 am (UTC)
You walked all over two days ago, yes? Even healthy people can get delayed soreness, though it is typical of fibro. Or maybe you're still having fibro-like reactions while the gluten cooties continue to work their way out of your cells?
8th-Jan-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
For food, when I worked fast food, X number of years ago, we had to dispose of the food when it was beyond it's sell time. We couldn't eat it ourselves, give it to friends, or homeless people. Apparantly, restaurants have been sued for all these things. If it's not fit to be sold, and you give it to someone to eat, you are giving them inedible food and trying to kill them and stuff. Unfortunately, if a place gets known for giving out less-fresh food, someone will use the opportunity to make a buck and initiate a lawsuit.

Your best bang for your scrounging dollar is trading up. When I worked pizza delivery, we were all sick of pizza so we worked trades with other restaurants. Sometimes you can make it work even if you don't work at a restaurant, with some social engineering. KFC was well known as the best trade in town, because they prepare a lot of food that they can't store overnight. Set up a trade at closing time, and they would give you a ton of food for two pizzas. It's KFC food, but you get a lot of it.
8th-Jan-2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
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<<Happy birthday to [info]beelavender, [info]bifemmefatale, [info]mister_wolf, [info]slipjig (who, it cannot be stated enough, sold a Sunday crossword to the NYT!), and [info]terracinque!>>

And me... happy (now belated) birthday to me...
8th-Jan-2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
And to you!
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