0) My mom accompanied me to a brain-adjuster appointment at awful o'clock in the morning (the only schedule slot that all parties could arrive for). It was Good and Useful.

1) [livejournal.com profile] zeightyfiv became Dr. [livejournal.com profile] zeightyfiv.

2) Departing after the ceremony, I tried to circumvent the traffic jam on the stairs and instead fell + slid down five rows of auditorium seats. Injured right wrist, lower back, left shank.

3) The following 6.5h were spent at the ER, during which I had a total of 12 15 X-rays taken. They probably could've left off the last set, but the orthopedist wanted to look at my right ankle to compare with the left.

4) I was discharged around 21:00 with diagnosis of a minor fracture at the top of my left fibula. I have a straight-leg brace, crutches, and instructions not to bend my left knee until my orthopedics follow-up in a fortnight. Shall be seeing my GP far sooner than that, though, because the prescribed pain meds are utterly insufficient for that span of time.

5) I am home and medicated. Sleep now.
Generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy had a massive fraud case blow up on them last week. The problem spans a wide array of product lines, from OTC medications to chemotherapy agents and anti-AIDS drugs. Bottom line? You don't want to be using their products. If you do, get 'em changed.

More information:
Siderea lays out the details better than I could, over on LJ.
Long list of Ranbaxy-made pharmaceuticals. (I mean long. The search function is your friend.)
How to ID a Ranbaxy mf'd drug from pharmacy label (US-specific).
Commentary at Metafilter.
Derek Lowe of In the Pipeline looks under a rock and finds Ranbaxy.

Please spread this information far and wide, especially to anyone in the medical field who you happen to know.
See http://issendai.livejournal.com/601049.html for a description of the problem. Or, if you have the intestinal fortitude, you could read the complaints at Consumer Affairs for yourself: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/ralston.html

The problem seems to cross all Purina brands.
403: Listen to the song of the paper cranes... (Default)
( Aug. 19th, 2011 12:28 pm)
One of the nice things about doing tasks by hand rather than by labor-saving device, which I don't acknowledge often enough, is that it gives me the opportunity to think without physical restlessness distracting me. Today, while hand-washing the unfixed dye out of a new-ish tie-dyed shirt and skirt, I found myself thinking about the current economic situation in the U.S..

America is becoming less affluent. We as a nation no longer have the resources to try to be everything to everyone. What's more, this is an unprecedented opportunity. In deciding where our limited resources should be directed - what to save and what to leave by the wayside - we have the chance to put our money where our mouth is and really live our values, personally and collectively. It's something to consider, in the voting booth certainly, but also in the stores and when you see someone selling the Spare Change News or your local equivalent. Do my actions move this world closer to, or farther from, being one that I want to live in? It may seem like a drop in the bucket, but even drops add up over time.
403: Red-ink fail stamp. (FAIL)
( Aug. 3rd, 2011 01:44 pm)
Rather than get involved with this tempest in a teapot, I've decided not to use Google+. The thing that pushed me off the fence was hearing about the account suspension of a friend-of-a-friend whose legal name is Ka Ping. Ping was suspended for not having a "real name" on their account.

I shall reconsider iff Google's policies stop failing the racism smell test.
403: Green spider chrysanthemum. (Spider Chrysanthemum)
( Jul. 20th, 2011 01:41 am)
Happy 189th Birthday! You may be gone from this world, but your name and accomplishments live on in memory.
In announcing it, Obama said: "And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to Al Qaeda’s terror, justice has been done."

I have to ask, though, is this justice? It's better than nothing, I'm sure, but the literal interpretation of lex talionis started going out of style more than 2000 years ago (IIRC). It's not a legal theory that I particularly want to live under.

In any case, dead with or without trial is still dead. Bin Laden is said to have doted on his children and grandchildren before going into hiding, and I can't help but wonder what they think of all this.

For my own part? Good riddance to him.
Right now, it's 92F with 22% humidity. In Somerville, MA.

In Phoenix, AZ, it's currently 95F with 31% humidity.

What's wrong with this picture?
403: This is your brane on string theory. (String Theory)
( Aug. 20th, 2010 06:55 pm)
Back in April, Tim Wise wrote an article titled What If the Tea Party Were Black?. I recently found out that it's become a music video. (Yeah, I know, only a month late. Video isn't generally my thing.) Props to everyone involved, and I hope it spreads farther than a written article could.
403: Igor (Igor)
( Aug. 9th, 2010 08:52 am)
Vinay Deolalikar of HP Labs, who's done previous work in the area, has published a proof that P ≠ NP. It will take a few days for other mathematicians to check his work for mistakes. I wish I knew enough math to understand the proof myself.
20 years and still going strong.

(Kinda hard to believe that it's younger than I am.)
403: Red-ink fail stamp. (FAIL)
( Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:17 am)
The NY times reports that 21 people were hospitalized earlier this month (of whom, 3 have since died) after attending a sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona. This event is an excellent example of the reasons behind my extreme distrust of the New Age movement. Most of the people involved are harmless... Except when they persuade others to do dangerously stupid things.
Yisroel Dovid Weiss spoke on campus today, at the invitation of a student political group which shall remain unnamed. I walked past and didn't hear a word of truth out of him the entire time I was in earshot.

The campus Jewish groups were also out in force, hanging Israeli flags from every available attachment point and handing out information sheets about why Mr. Weiss is wrong. Rather than continue to be exposed to the vitriol, I left matters in their competent hands and escaped home.
403: Listen to the song of the paper cranes... (Cranesong)
( Aug. 10th, 2009 11:56 am)
I'm a bit behind on this news, but last week the American Psychological Association decided to officially dis-recommend therapy to change a client's sexual orientation. While the people convinced they can Jesus the gay out of you aren't going to go away overnight, the data is against them, and they can't validly claim the support of the professional organization.
403: Reduce - Reuse - Reanimate (Reduce - Reuse - Reanimate)
( Jun. 15th, 2009 12:19 pm)
In case anybody's wondering who the good guys are in the riots following the recent coup attempt in Iran, it's the side that helps their injured opponents out of the street. This is not an isolated incident.

Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic and The Lede blog at the NY Times are both is attempting continuous coverage. TV news has apparently fallen asleep on the job.

Edit: this topic greened in support.

Edit 2: The Lede has seen fit to take evenings off, in coverage of a region with a 12h time difference. Fail.
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