Mood: grateful for the little things
Posted on 2006-07-27 14:57:00
Tags: asmc poll links
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Rehearsal went well last night, except we didn't get a chance to do a runthrough because we had to re-setup the sets (someone used the theater Tuesday night) and lots of other stuff. So we're doing two runthroughs tonight, which we need, but is going to totally exhaust me. On the plus side, I'm not too exhausted since we didn't runthrough last night :-)

There's a part of the show where me and some other guys lift Vixen (a doll) up in the air. Last night it didn't go well, and we sorta half-dropped her, although she ended standing up. I hold her legs and feet, though, so I got kicked in the jaw. Totally not her fault, of course, but it's still bothering me a bit today :-/

Lance Bass (member of NSync) is gay! Neat!

Nerd Attention Deficit Disorder - I have this, most certainly.

Clips from the new Simpsons movie look good so far. Maybe it really will come out next year :-)

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis tests positive for testosterone, although the results aren't final yet. Hope it isn't true, but if so...ouch.

TIOBE ranking of most popular computer languages - wow, didn't realize Java was #1. Ruby's only #17. Also, go LabVIEW! (#34)


Comment from onefishclappin:

I'm rather upset by the TdF doping issue. I actually followed (and very much enjoyed) this year's Tour and will be very disallusioned if it turns out that he did it w/drugs.

I wish more cyclists, once caught, actually fessed up and apoligized - there was one guy in the tour this year who did that, served his time, and it's now back in the sport clean and I have more respect for him than Tyler Hamilton, who still claims he's innocent (but is evasive when confronted with ways to show his innocence).

Comment from krikwennavd:

On the other hand, there are a variety of reasons that his testosterone levels might have been out of whack, including the fact that he'd had a beer the night before.(Study showed 40-50% change in levels, albeit with larger quantities of alcohol ingested) And the vast majority of these cases end in the rider being cleared of charges. It's an "abnormality" rather than a positive drug test, which is really difficult to test for. There's not been any foreign substance detected in his samples to make the issue any less grey. Sigh. I am very frustrated with the doping control protocol in such issues. If you are interested, there's a good write-up on testing procedures here:


Look for "detecting doping"

Comment from gregstoll:

Ah, interesting. I've heard that it's less clear-cut than it can sound. Thanks for the link!

Comment from krikwennavd:

No problem. There is obviously an issue with drug testing protocols that goes beyond this example, too. Several doctors have admitted that it would be entirely possible to dope someone fairly heavily, but in a way that cannot show positive on testing.

Further, when someone *does* test positive, it's frequently the case that they must have been involved in artificially adjusting their abilities for a while, and one wonders why they haven't shown up earlier in testing. Either they are innocent, and the test is giving a false positive, or they have been guilty for a long while, and the test isn't good enough to catch them most of the time. It leaves me feeling that there is a problem with the system that allows cheats to gamble on the odds, rather than catching them and driving them out of the sport.

I'd rather a system that automatically allows for permanent bans from sport if they are caught, but only tests for those things that can be proven rather than suggested at. All other "abnormalities" ought to be allowed, with perhaps a short suspension of wage and participation until they can test clear or provide sufficient medical history of the abnormality, justified by "health concerns." As in, "your hematocrit levels are high enough that we are concerned you could suffer blood thickening due to dehydration to a dangerous extent." and similar.

Comment from wildrice13:

You and me both, with the NADD. But I think we all knew that.

Comment from wildrice13:

I don't know why Britton was quoting Alanis. Did I miss something?

The Simpsons link: broken by the time I got home from work! Buuuuuut there's still a Spanish version up at YouTube (shh!) :)

Comment from anonymous:

I think the distraction part was relevant.

Yeah, Fox had it taken down. Oh well.

Comment from gregstoll:

That was me. *sigh*

Comment from wildrice13:

Ahh, makes sense now :)

Comment from brittongregory:

"why are you so terrified of silence?
here, can you handle this?

did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines
or when you think you're gonna die
or did you long for the next distraction?"

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