Lab Rat

Surgery without health insurance, or how to live outside the box without falling over.

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Sunday, February 13, 2005
Well lots going on: a whole lot!

Such as?
Well first off the car "broke".

You've got to be kidding?
Yeah, I wish.

Anything good going on?
I gave Art Attack Central sort of a facelift, and did a new site for my brother, RAI.

Hmmmm..., there is something else going on, but I'm not ready to write about it. So I'll talk about something else instead.

Not Mr. Potato Head, I hope?
No, not Mr. Potato Head. I'm wondering how Chad knew I was writing here again, maybe I told him. I can't remember. Do you?

How should I know?
Aren't you psychic?

No, I'm psyche. Can't you remember anything?
Hey, I did say a lot is going on. Now I'm thinking of putting that little Psychic Cigar Band thingie back up here. On the other hand, there's lots of other stuff I "should" be doing, so I'm signing off now.

"Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed."
-Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, December 11, 2004
Birthday Party!

Alrighty then, I'm at my friend Nadine's house celebrating the birthday of our friend Lucy. Lucy is going to be 47 on Monday the 13th of December. We were going to put her picture up here; however, we're working with her new computer and we can't make the scanner work. God, I hate XP.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Where's the money?

I'm still trying to get paid for a weeks worth of temp work, from the week before Thanksgiving. The system (computer or phone) is way more complicated then it should be. Mostly it's a real pain in the ass!

So what are you going to do about it?
Call them up one more time today.

What else is going on?
It's a grey rainy day, and I don't feel like doing much of anything. However, I've got to do a bunch of things, such as apply for the MD energy assistance plan, and food stamps. And, and, and...

Why don't you start a painting?
I wish I could; I haven't done any painting in over 18 months! Something else always seems to have priority. Maybe I'll just go do it anyway. The time will never be there if you don't make it so.

"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
Aldous Huxley

Monday, December 06, 2004
Elliott and his tambourine

Yes it's true Elliott and I are doing tricks with the tambourine. So far he's jumping through the tambourine at a height of about 8 inches, and there must be a piece of turkey on the other side. We started out with the tambourine on the floor; all he had to do was walk through it. In several months I expect you can catch our act down at the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

That's about as likely as getting rich as an Amazon associate.
So, cats have their dreams. It's not just the rats running the show. And, speaking of dreams, I thought you were going to be research participant. What's up with that?

It looks like I'm too old for most of the studies.
Oh dear, there's no turning back you know.

Who said anything about turing back?
I've heard you talk about backsliding, backstabbing, backstroking, backbiting and backwards. Back wards, perhaps I've been stuck in the back ward of late.

Late for what?
Like I said, "it's too late to turn back now." Well, what I meant was don't get your back up over it.

Up over it? Up over what?
Never mind; I think that might qualify as word salad, or clanging.

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."
John Dewey

Sunday, December 05, 2004
"Germs That Build Circuits"

I know, can you belive it? Read an article in the Spectrum Nov. 2003 magazine. Got the mag. from my Dad, and it looks like you've got to be a member to access the old issues online. However the mag. did provide the following URL
here where you can see a flash movie of biotechnology at work via genetic engineering of viruses.

What does it mean?
The article talks about a process called "directed evolution". It means that on a nano level "we" are directing evolution.

Don't worry it's beyond me too, but I do think it quite amazing, and what the consequences will be in the future... is probably "anybodies" guess.

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Aldous Huxley

Saturday, December 04, 2004
Gone so long,
that I don't even recognize the blogger interface, and find that mozilla won't let me use the "create new post" box.

What took you so long?
Beats me.
Hmmph, and now using Foxfire, I can't seem to grasp turning on bold and italics and then turning them off.

Who beat you?
Nobody beat me, you idiot! It's just a phrase of speech.

How can you call me an idiot, when you're the one who doesn't know how to make this work right?
Oh yes I can make it work right, or least make it do what I want to. I've turned off the wiziwig thingamjig. Now we'll see. So I had to wipe out all those tags too, but now it seems to do what I want it to.

So now what Miss Smarty Pants? Are you here to write or just grumble?
I'm here now, and I'm here to tell you about just exactly where here is.

What made you come back anyway?
I got an email from Chad, who reminded me of "life" on the internet, that strange gathering of the tribes or is that scribes.

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."
Anais Nin, "The Diaries of Anaïs Nin"

Sunday, April 18, 2004
Where's Lab Rat these days?

Jeusopeuso, how should I know?

Somebody's got to be in charge here; why not you?

Oh hell, why not? This is an obscure place, no one knows I'm here, so alright then I'll be in charge. Now first off let's establish some rules.

Rules? I've got a feeling I'm not going to like this

We probably ought to bring Lab Rat back in some form. Actually this might be a really good time to cruise the "health wanted" adds again.

Health wanted, what does that mean?

You know, those adds in the City Paper. Where they say participants wanted, and we'll pay you lots of money to be our lab rat.

You don't actually believe that do you?