I am sorry, my lovelies, for no content this weekend. I hate it when fibro and EDS win, but sometimes they do. I overextended myself yesterday, and then fell today. I am okay–hyperextended both wrists and one elbow, hurt one knee. I am typing this with one finger which is driving me bonkers. I shall return tomorrow with episode content and Australia content, body be damned. Until then…anyone know how to make pajamas out of bubble wrap?
All righty, y’all. I crawled out from behind the debris of history books, chocolate, and horror movies to settle this one. I checked several sources, including the mighty Oxford English Dictionary. Not only does biweekly mean either twice a week or every two weeks, but the very first appearance in English found by the OED was twice a week.
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Random member of Chorus one: Look, kittens!
Random member of Chorus two: Look, someone over there needs to be shamed! Attack in a pack!
Random member of Chorus three: 93 percent of my friends won’t share this, I know who will…
Hero: I am injecting something thoughtful, kind, and funny, and only four people noticed.
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Nothing goes better with jacked-up history than original sources. I love finding original sources, apparently when they concern kooky quacks like John Brinkley and his wonder goat balls cure. Full title: The Goat-gland Transplantation As Originated and Successfully Performed by J. R. Brinkley, M. D., of Milford, Kansas, U. S. A., in Over 600 Operations Upon Men and Women by Sydney Blanshard Flowers May, 1921 Just sit with that full title and enjoy it for a moment. Let it simmer in your brain juices in all its fabulousness. Free for Kindle: The Goat-gland Transplantation. Have fun…and protect your balls. Bahhhhhh. episode 62: entry with episode mp3
First a float, now a book: Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West, by Bruce Hevly and John M. Findlay, University of Washington Press
On the banks of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest river lies the Hanford nuclear reservation, an industrial site that appears to be at odds with the surrounding vineyards and desert. The 586-square-mile compound on the Columbia River is known both for its origins as part of the Manhattan Project and for the monumental effort now under way to clean up forty-five years of waste from manufacturing plutonium for nuclear weapons. Hanford routinely makes the news, as scientists, litigants, administrators, and politicians argue over its past and its future.