Friday, September 24, 2010

Just When You Think You've Seen It All

Along comes something else to laugh at. But more on that in a minute.

Sissie is doing pretty good with the cellulitis. The leg doesn't seem to be as swollen. The dr. put her on Cephalexin and that is working. Her diabetes is still to early to tell how that is going (considering she has only tested her blood once since she learned she had it "it hurts" she says).

Johnny is having to increase his insulin 5 units every 5 days until it levels off at a consistent 150. Right now he is at 20 units once a day. His weight and BP is staying pretty level. He is doing pretty good. He and Frank have built a smoker and are constantly on us for meat to do on it.

Frank did find his cell phone the next morning right in the spot where he was getting loaded. Such a relief that it didn't get ran over. Was even still charged up.

Beautiful weather these days with a hint of fall in the air. The guys have really been making a difference cleaning up around the shop.


What's a Penny Worth?

Sometimes pennies can be more trouble than they're worth. While a 1909 penny could send a postcard or buy a few eggs, in 2009 it can't even purchase itself: the U.S. Mint spends 1.4 cents on every penny it produces.

The Bladeless Fan

Ever since Schuyler Skaats Wheeler introduced the electric fan 127 years ago, there hasn't been much innovation in the field. The old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. But who ever said it was perfect? Certainly not James Dyson, which leads us to the bladeless, nonbuffeting Air Multiplier. Air is pulled in through vents in the base and then pushed out by a hidden impeller over a circular airfoil-shaped ramp that runs inside the rim of the halo, creating an uninterrupted stream of cool air. Because it's bladeless, the Air Multiplier is safer than conventional fans, and it retains normal functions like tilt, oscillation and speed control. It looks cooler too.

In Case of Emergency...

Please Remove Your Bra

Caught in a disaster? You'd better hope you're wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head -- one cup for you, and one for your friend.

Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ignoble Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95.

"The goal of any emergency respiratory device is to achieve tight fixation and full coverage. Luckily, the wonderful design of the bra is already in the shape of a face mask and so with the addition of a few design features, the Emergency Bra enhances the efficiency of minimizing contaminated bypass air flow," explains the eBra website.

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