Yeninko of the Umlaut

Monday, November 26, 2007


I really want to do an experiment sometime where every time I'm tired I just sleep. Just to see what it feels like to be well rested.

I think these guys had is right

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

'Sup Blood.

I’m always surprised by the changing nature of the questions on the blood donation form. Each time one gives blood there is a short form one must fill out. A few of the most recent gems below;

28. In the last 12 months have you been in juvenile detention, lockup, jail or prison for more than 72 hours?

72 hours in a jail is enough to put someone at risk for blood borne pathogens? I guess we all know something is wrong with the prison system but wow.

30. From 1980 through 1996 did you spend time that adds up to three months in the UK?
32. From 1980 to the present did you spend time that adds up to five years in Europe?
33. From 1980 to the present did you receive a blood transfusion in the UK?

I suspect the UK and Europe questions have to do with Mad Cow disease .

47. Have you ever had sexual contact with anyone who was born in or lived in Africa?
48. Have you ever been to Africa?

Those two were a surprise because I don’t recall seeing them on a previous questionnaire. Just visiting the continent is enough to raise a flag? Africa is worse for your health than Jail?

55. Have you ever been pregnant? If yes how many times?

This one was also a surprise. I have no idea why it would matter if you had ever been pregnant, nor the amount of children you’ve had.

Incidentally I am A- as is 6% of the US population.

Distribution of ABO and Rh Blood types
Korea, South27%34%27%11%0%0%0%0%

(Everyone in South Korea is RH Positive?)

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Bois who like Grrls who like...

The Gender Genie allows you to plug in text and lets you know (within parameters) if the author was male or female.

This can be of use when you guys/gals are chatting online with that seemingly smoking man/woman who is sending you all those pictures of his/her-self. Because as we have learned, things are rarely what they seem on the internet.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

The Surrealist For Realist

I honestly don't even know how to introduce the Surrealist's website. It's sort of like all those weird internet sites you'd kill time playing with in 1997, all rolled into one.

Of particular interest are;

As far as I'm concerned the The Mechanical Contrivium is just a tech version of myself, because as we already know;

1. The first American zoo was built in 1794, and contained only Fishist.
2. Fishist is the largest of Saturn's moons.
3. Baby swans are called Fishist.
4. Fishist has 118 ridges around the edge.
5. The Fishist-fighting market in the Philippines is huge - several thousand Fishist-fights take place there every day!
6. New Zealand was the first place to allow Fishist to vote.
7. The canonical hours of the Christian church are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, Fishist and compline.
8. Over 46,000 pieces of Fishist float on every square mile of ocean!
9. Lightning strikes Fishist over seven times every hour!
10. Donald Duck's middle name is Fishist.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Pop vs Soda

Some how growing up I managed to pick up the habit of calling Soda, 'Coke'. As in;
"Would you like a Coke?"
"What Kind"

Mind you this was back when there was only one kind of Coke.

I have come to learn that what one calls bubbly sugar water is heavily influenced by where you grew up as evidenced by this interactive map

How I ended up using a Southern idiom growing up in LA is beyond me.

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I long, long time ago I bought my all-time favorite hoodie for $1 at my own garage sale.

So imagine my surprise when I run into someone else wearing it it on a random video about cabinet making from

The zipper is half busted and I've had to sew up the pockets twice but I love it so.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

¡Ya Voté!

The San Francisco municipal elections are tonight, a night of excitement and community. One of the measures was Proposition G which asked, "Shall the City establish a Golden Gate Park Stables Matching Fund to be used for the renovation, repair, and maintenance of the Golden Gate Park stables and provide up to $750,000 in matching City revenues toward this Fund?" The idea being, for each $3 donated by individuals or corporations the City would donate $1.

Now I can see how someone might be for or against such a measure (horses are purdy vs. can't we use this money to incarcerate someone?) but the line in the "Opponents Argument Against Proposition G" that caught my eye was this one:

With rhetoric like that, how can you NOT vote against the measure?

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Human Transport Options

My friend Trevor often comments of how much space cars take up, not only due to their bulk but also due to the amount of space you need to dedicate to around a car as it moves (especially in front as a car increases in speed).

I found the picture below (click on it for a large version) which is some indication of the space even non-moving cars take up in comparison to other transport options.

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