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Week in Review

Blood: Tuesday, I donated. Hey, medical types: what's more needed from an A+ donor, whole blood, plasma, or platelets? (The last two might keep me from being exhausted for the next week, but they're considerably less convenient.)

Sweat: Monday, 8:00 a.m., I'm in the car, driving two-plus hours to a prison to take a prisoner's deposition. Call the facility to make sure the inmate hasn't been moved overnight, and the staff tell me that they have no idea that I'm coming to do this deposition at 10:00 a.m. After numerous phone calls and much metaphorical wringing of hands, everything gets straightened out, thankfully—yay, cell phones.

Also, the big project I caught last week is still big and I still can't talk about it, but it's going to be a busy few weeks (at least).

Tears: It snowed on Wednesday. (Okay, I didn't actually cry. But I wanted to.)

Friday I drove out to Massachusetts for dinner with a bunch of friends from high school, one of whom was in town from California, which was excellent. I spent Saturday day with my folks and headed back here that night. Today we did some house stuff, looking for something to give color to the white blinds and white walls in the living room and dining room, and then watched our football teams both win, thereby breaking the zero-sum karma trend.

Also this week, we started dog training classes. The first class was people-only, to talk about what we're hoping for in the class and get some basic information without being distracted by our dogs. Let me tell you, listening to other people's dog issues made us really grateful that we have such a wonderful dog. One woman in the class said that she had a young Golden who pulls pillows off the couch and then tries to pick a fight with her over them: if the owner ignores the dog, the dog growls until the owner pays attention, but if the owner tries to take them away, the dog bites her. To think that what we'd like to fix is that she's skittish around other dogs and pulls too hard on the leash . . .

I like our trainer a lot so far. She listened to and remembered everyone's issues, and followed up on our questions and comments with good information. (At one point, she asked a teenage dog owner a question; the owner's mother answered for her, and she told her, "Hey, I didn't ask you, Mom!" I loved that, because parents answering for kids is one of my pet peeves.) Her techniques are all based on positive reinforcement for choosing desired behaviors, which is reflected in our four homework tasks. The first is name recognition: say her name once; as soon as her head comes around even a bit, praise and hold out a treat. She pretty much had this already. The second is eye contact: show her a treat and then hold it out to the side at arm's length; when her eyes eventually flick back to you, praise and reward. She's getting this one pretty well. The last is eventually going to be a "relax" command: step on the leash so that the dog's head is pulled down toward the floor (can't do this with a pinch or choke collar, obviously); eventually the dog will lie down, and when she does, drop a treat between the paws. It took Emmy three tries to learn this one so well that you don't even need to put tension on the leash before she goes down. We have such a smart dog. (The fourth thing is a "sit for everything" rule (petting, food), which is absolutely not burdensome and is helping manage Emmy's nudginess somewhat.)

The trainer also showed us the best dog toy ever, a Buster Cube. It's a plastic cube with a cylinder in the center, with side compartments off the cylinder; you put food inside and shake the cube so the food goes into the side compartments, and then when the dog rolls it, a bit of the food comes out. It took Emmy the afternoon to figure it out (at first, Chad would roll it, she'd eat the food, and she'd lie down and stare at it until he tried to show her again), but once she did, she went to town—literally hours of entertainment, and she completely tired herself out pushing it around. All we had to do was occasionally extract it from behind the couch. I know what our parents' dogs are getting for Christmas this year . . .


  • VH1 has been on a lot this week because Chad is addicted to "I Love the 80s", which is now in a second edition. One of VH1's commercials is the most brilliant thing I've seen in a long time: it's an animated rendition of "Welcome to the Jungle," done in sort of photographic cutouts, with Axl Rose as a tabby cat and Slash as a white rabbit, both with appropriate wigs and leather jackets (cat!Axl has a bandanna, and rabbit!Slash has a top hat and guitar), plus a monkey popping around in the background and sticking its tongue out at the camera. Words really can't do it justice, and I can't find anything online about it, but I just about hurt myself laughing every time it comes on.
  • A Virginian-Pilot reporter is blogging from the capital murder trial of alleged sniper John Allen Muhammad. It's strangely hypnotic reading. It sounds like the prosecution might be pushing its legal theories somewhat in order to try for the death penalty; considering the fight over which jurisdiction had the best chance for the death penalty and would therefore get the first trial, frankly I am surprised. The prosecution's case also includes all the other shootings (and I bet there was a heck of a fight over the admissibility of those, pre-trial), which makes it appear, from this end, very fragmented; it will be interesting to see how well the prosecution's closing manages to pull it all together. Also, given this level of coverage, I'm amazed that the jury is not sequestered.
  • One of the cutest dogs I've ever seen: an Australian Shepherd, featured in one of the dog shows that Animal Planet covers.
  • Music via iTunes: Barenaked Ladies' "Another Postcard" (audio, lyrics) makes me very happy. Yay, chimpanzees . . .

Right. Back to legal research.

It snowed on Wednesday

Yup. Besides snowing the previous weekend, it also snowed some time during the week. No accumulation, but still disconcerting.

cat!Axl has a bandanna, and rabbit!Slash has a top hat and guitar

Where the heck did that bang-convention come from?

Fanfic, to denominate the story or slant on the character (VSD!Legolas [Very Secret Diaries], angry!Harry). I don't know the origin, but it's handy.

Thanks for narrowing it down a bit. I've seen it before on the Buffy and Angel newsgroups, but had no idea where it came from. I would be fascinated to know how it all got started.

It always makes me think of the UUCP (I think) paths that you can still sometimes (always?) see in the Path: header of Usenet posts, and so I wonder if that's what inspired this usage...but I don't think I've ever seen multiple hops, e.g. maybe something like Tolkien!Jackson!VSD!Legolas.

I believe it may have started as just the ! for "not" and then mutated.

And yeah, I was up very late with your regular garden-variety insomnia. Feel like I've been spin-washed and hung out to dry today, but I'm moving.

A very late comment... (I was linked to your excellent book reviews by coffeeandink and started wandering. The ! for not is a coding convention, but the Angry!Harry use of the exclamation point came from the X-Files newsgroup. It's based on the practice of toy companies releasing many different variant action figures-- you can't just buy Batman, you have to have RocketLaunching!Batman and GrapplingAction!Batman, etc. I believe this was applied to Mulder and took off from there.

I am a big nerd about fannish etymology.

Okay, then--so where did the X-Files usage for action figures originate? First causes, we're all about first causes here. =>

(Welcome, stick around if you like, or not, it's all good.)

Still up?

I hope everything's all right. I'm a little surprised to see that you replied to my original comment at around 2:30am. I assumed you kept fairly standard hours, as opposed to mine of going to bed at 4am.

(The timestamps confused me. It looks like entries get stamped with local time, but comments with PST / West Coast time. I thought I posted my original comment after 1:30am, so the '22:39' timestamp disconcerted me.)

Re: Blood, Sweat and Tears: Good luck.

Re: Emmy: She's so cute! *grin*

Thanks, and yes, she's adorable . . .

Blood: Tuesday, I donated. Hey, medical types: what's more needed from an A+ donor, whole blood, plasma, or platelets? (The last two might keep me from being exhausted for the next week, but they're considerably less convenient.)

My blood type is B+. When I donated a month and a half ago, they were saying that if you're blood type isn't O, but you're CMV- you should donate blood. Otherwise, they like to steer the non-O blood types to donating platelets.

At least at the Red Cross near me.

[I've been told that CMV is a common and non-problematic virus that most people have at one point in their lives, except when you're immune system is comprimised. In those cases, I've been informed, they need blood without the antibodies in it. If you donate via Red Cross your donor card should say either "Active Hero" or "CMV Neg" or something like that if you don't have the antibodies. Or you could always ask them to check their database the next time you set up a donor appointment.]

Interesting. I seem to have misplaced my donor card, alas, so I can't check right now. I appear to have been confused about plasma, also--AB is the universal donor, though A can give to lots. So it's platelets or whole blood, depending, thanks.

AB is the universal donor, though A can give to lots

You've got it backwards. AB is the universal acceptor, and O is the universal donor.

So it's platelets or whole blood, depending, thanks.

De nada. I've got to do SOMETHING to pay you back for all the great book recommendations you've given me over the years.


And anybody who can donate should--I can't anymore and I literaly cried buckets when they told me I was excluded.

AB is the universal donor for *plasma*, in the reverse of whole blood.

Ah, it's A that's the universal for *platelets*. Darn; apparently that's the least convenient form of donation.

AB is the universal donor for *plasma*, in the reverse of whole blood.

Ah. Completely misread that. Sorry.

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Makes sense. There's so much misinformation that's given out at the particular Red Cross center I go to that I'm highly surprised that any real information is ever found. That's what happens when you allow what looks like medical technicians in training to explain things to donors rather than have the trained nurse on duty do it.

The place was packed when I went to donate last night. It's amazing how a disaster will get people out to donate - once. I wish I'd thought that the SoCal fires would have gotten so many more people out to donate, and I would have waited a few more weeks until the donor level dropped back to normal to help keep the everyday supply going.

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The Led Zep kitties were great, but I adore the marimba playing kitty in the Northern selection! I'm strongly tempted to Buy Viking Kitten Stuff


Oh, that's them! How fabulous. I wish VH1 would put up the commercial. Thanks.