August 30th, 2010

Allah Sulu-South Park

I'm Going To Live FOREVER

TIME — One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do. The standard Alcoholics Anonymous explanation for this finding is that many of those who show up as abstainers in such research are actually former hard-core drunks who had already incurred health problems associated with drinking. But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that – for reasons that aren't entirely clear – abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers. …

Lack of Mischief: Managed

I accomplished next to nothing all weekend.
I wrote at great length in the past about the issues I had when I first attempted to switch from donating whole blood to donating platelets at the Red Cross. I haven't mentioned it again since there wasn't much to say: With one exception, all of my subsequent platelet donations have gone off without a snag. I am, however, thinking of changing my policy of selecting only DVDs I don't own and haven't seen to watch while donating, since that severely limits the options. Last weekend I watched Year One.
However, there are still problems with donating this way. You are trapped in a chair and hooked up to a machine for about two hours (which is why you get a portable DVD player and a DVD of your choice to watch). That's a long time to squeeze that stupid rubber ball while your blood is being extracted for processing – about fifteen minutes before I was done last weekend, the fingers on my left hand didn't want to move anymore. (Decades of typing have made them a little sensitive to spending too much time on repetitive motions.) Worst of all, however, is the way that the donation knocks me on my ass in a way that normal whole blood donation never did. I spent most of Saturday afternoon passed out, which led to me being up most of the night, which led to me being groggy most of Sunday… There were a number of places I wanted to go and people I wanted to see over the weekend, and I didn't do anything.
And they want me to do this every other weekend…