Why do I do this to myself?

I went snowboarding again at Snoqualmie Summit today. This is the second time I've gone. Last time was about a year ago.

Last time, I spent a month finding it very hard to sit down because I bruised my hip or my coxix (hey, steady now...) or some other bone in that neighborhood by falling flat on my ass about 40 times in a row.

Ouch.

This time? 5 minutes into my first run (after taking my first ever chair lift), I find myself cartwheeling, jamming my left wrist straight into the snow pack, and all of a sudden one bright white flash before my eyes later, I'm nursing a badly sprained wrist. I spent five minutes covering my wrist in ice, sat there in pain, smoked a cigarette, then unhooked my board and trudged down the mountain on foot.

Fortunately it does look like it is just a sprain. The Ski Patrol guys checked me out at the bottom - they pushed against my hand and told me it wasn't broken, because if it was, I'd have nailed them with a right hook when they did that. (Nice test, huh? :) ).

So, a grand total of maybe 40 minutes there, at least 25 of which were buying new goggles and putting on my gear.

Work are doing another snowboarding trip in the next month or so. I may go. If I do, I'll probably end up just staying in the lodge drinking boozy hot chocolate.

Ouch.

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Cheap Safe Drug Kills Most Cancers

New Scientist recently posted an update to their story on DCA, a cheap chemical which is so readily available in industry that pharmaceutical companies are unable to get a patent on it - so the funding is not available for human clinical trials to see if it can safely cure cancer in humans.

The initial research at the University of Alberta is exceptionally promising, and represents an entirely new approach to attacking cancer.

The gist of it is this. Normal cells use their mitochondria to create the energy they need to live. In cancer cells, which tend to be oxygen-starved, the mitochondria can't do their job (no oxygen!), so the cell switches them off and reverts to an older survival mechanism - glycolysis.

Unfortunately, the mitochondria themselves are what controls cell death (apoptosis), and with them out of the way, the cells become "immortal", and will not commit suicide, even though they're now cancerous.

The chemical DCA turns the mitochondria back on, enabling the faulty cells to commit suicide, and then the immune system cleans up the rest of the mess.

Please DONATE money to the University of Alberta Dr.Michelakis - Cancer Research Fund (make sure you select this from the list of funds they allow you to donate to) to allow them to perform the necessary human trials to get this drug into the hands of doctors.

I've donated $100 in memory of my mum, Linda Marie Cooke, who died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 37.

They also have a site you can sign up for email updates when they have new information on the progress of the research.

This represents possibly the most amazing medical research I've heard of in recent years. Well, that and the use of enzymes extracted from the intenstines of icelandic Cod as a potent cure for the common cold, influenza, arthritis and eczema.

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Random Updates...

A few things to update on the posts I've made over the years...

Hangover Cures

The basic principal still stands, but throw in some Vitamin B6, and/or some Red Bull. Red Bull is actually surprisingly good as a hangover cure - lots of B vitamins in large supply, some amino acids, caffeine and sugar, so it replenishes lost nutrients, helps with the headache, and the sugar helps trick your system into creating more serotonin.

New info: SSRIs and nausea

Why do SSRIs make you nauseous on an empty stomach? Because the Vegus nerve runs right through there, and it gets affected first. The Vegus nerve is what gives you motion sickness, makes you feel nauseous, and handles a lot of digestive system communication tasks. Speaking of which...

New research: Morning Sickness Cures

I verified this with research from Johns Hopkins after coming up with the idea independently, because I started thinking about what nausea really is... Two good morning sickness cures are either Dramamine (quiets the Vegus nerve, which is causing your nausea), and it's tried and tested on a friend on mine who's going through horrible morning sickness (ends up she tried it before I mentioned it, so this might be pretty well known). The other is half a Unisom tablet plus 50mg of Vitamin B6 - which matches an old prescription-only morning sickness cure that has since been taken off the market. Yes, they'll make you groggy (basically, they're antihistamines, and put you somewhat to sleep), but they're a good cure for nausea. Pick your poison, basically.

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#hangover cure, #update, #anxiety, #ADD
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To Departed Friends

Eric: I miss you man. I didn't know you as well as I'd have liked, but I considered us good friends. I hope things are better wherever you are now.

To my readers:

Don't let depression go untreated. Go see a psychiatrist, get your vitamin B12 levels checked out (it's a simple blood test), and get treatment. You don't have to live life feeling black. Do something about it.

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OSS and the Many Eyes theory

Just got a flurry of mail today regarding some bugs I posted against a cross-platform open-source GUI toolkit that's pretty widely used.

I posted the bug in March of 2003.

Today, it's January, 2007.

The original bug? Well, under Windows, modal dialogs get assigned an owner window. This makes it so that clicking on the owner window brings the modal dialog to the foreground, disables message handling in the underlying window, etc etc. This framework wasn't doing it right, and so the window would end up attached to the wrong thing.

Pretty easy to fix, to be honest. MSDN covers it right here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/winui/winui/windowsuserinterface/windowing/windows/windowfeatures.asp?frame=true#owned_windows

Oh well. 4 years. I guess it was low on their priority list, not being a Linux bug and all.

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