Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Nice Sunny Afternoon

I know, I know, there are some who wish for overcast, despair, and hard-bop music, day after day, forever and ever. But I, for one, love the sunshine we are receiving this afternoon in Bend. It warms the ground, fills my heart with joy, and promises of summers of camping.

I like camping.

Shine on.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

A Nice Soaking Rain

I know, I know, there are some who wish for sunshine, unicorns, and easy-listening music, day after day, forever and ever. But I, for one, love the soft rain we've been receiving here in Bend. It soaks the ground, fills the lakes and rivers, and leads to summers with flowers.

I like flowers.

Rain on.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Taking Part in a Clinical Trial

Jack recently participated in a study modeled on the work being done by Griffiths et al at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to evaluate the effects of psilocybin on attitudes, mood, and behavior. The study was done under clinical conditions, and every effort was made to replicate the experimental parameters set up by the research team at Johns Hopkins.

All Jack can say is that sitting in a quiet room with a blindfold on and listening to Chopin's Nocturnes on headphones is a perfectly good waste of psilocybin. But getting the dosage right is critical.

More research is needed.

Monday, March 19, 2012

We're Number 14!

In terms of corruptibility, Oregon ranks #14, earning a meager C-. This is the kind of grade that I routinely earned in school. That's sad. Good thing my kids are smarter than I.

According to Think Progress,

A landmark new study conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International grades the level of corruption in each states. The least corrupt states were Connecticut, Washington, California, Nebraska, and despite popular conception to the contrary, New Jersey. Eight states in total received the ignominious honor of “most corrupt“: Georgia, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wyoming. Notably, all eight states have both Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislatures. It appears the nation has been misguided in its focus on “Chicago-style corruption”; it is now time to turn our attention to the perils of Cheyenne-style corruption.

Full details here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Bend Irish Dry Stout Pubcrawl Canceled

I must express my regrets to my reader that I was unable to fulfill my self-appointed St. Patrick's day duty to wander about Bend and sample the Irish dry stouts this year, as I have in the past, but other obligations have required my attention: Mrs Elliott, you see, received oral surgery yesterday and I have been tending to the poor dear who is in pain and barely able to receive sustenance.

So, I am at home, pouring myself a couple pint glasses of pasteurized Guinness from cans (see video here for the right way to do it), and attending to my lovely and sweet wife who is ailing from dental surgery.. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Why You Seldom Find Buildings in Mexico Made of Wood

A few years ago I read an article, probably in the San Diego Reader (an alt paper less-interesting than Bend's Source Weekly), that to build a house in Mexico you got a loan from the bank. But the bank only allowed houses to be constructed of stone, concrete, or cinder blocks. The writer did not know why these were the only permitted building materials.

Now, after having spent a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with the lovely and always charming Mrs Elliott, I know the reason why: Mexican wiring.

Herewith is a gallery, which represents only a tiny fraction, of the open and exposed electrical wiring horrors I saw while walking around the city:

And here we are:
Jack and Mrs Elliott. Jack has somehow channeled his old man, circa 1974.

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