February 16th, 2001

beest

So anyway...

My aunt went into surgery at around 5. My wife told me some things I hadn't heard yet, but my mom told her. Like the fact that the docs were giving her one chance in five of making it through the surgery.

The doctor came out to talk to us at about 8:45, which seemed far too soon. They had said it would likely be a difficult 4-to-6 hour surgery...

But the doc seemed pleased. He said it was much better than expected and that it went well. She's in ICU now for recovery, and I haven't heard any news, so hopefully all is as well as can be.

I think despite the diabetes and her generally poor control of that, she still had her relative youth on her side. Hopefully the recovery and healing can progress well.
beest

*Yawn*

Messing with friends, waiting for pending big dub order.

Trying to figure out what to eat, and whether to go out of the building in search of food...
beest

Write secret messages on your eggs...

Secret message eggs
Hard boil an egg - app. 5 minutes. Allow it to cool. Dissolve as much alum as will dissolve in about a tablespoon of vinegar. Alum is found in the pharmacy or in the grocery store with pickling supplies. Use this solution to write on the eggshell using a toothpick. Once the egg is dry, it will look perfectly normal. When the shell is later removed, the writing will be visible on the egg's surface. Note: although alum has been used for years in pickling, it is no longer considered as safe as it once was (aluminum compounds may be linked to Alzheimer's Disease) so it is best not to make a habit of eating too many of these eggs. Also note that this trick doesn't always work. It seems to depend on the egg used. I am going to do some experiments with different brands of eggs (free range and otherwise), boiling times, etc. If and when I find the "secret" to making this work every time, I will add it here.

Above is from Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen
beest

Found a poem:

Exploding Fish!
by
J. Andrew Haknort

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Exploding Fish!
Exploding Fish!
A power overload!
Exploding fish!
Exploding fish!
Look at them explode!
Boom!