Monday, September 1, 2008

Weekly recap (new post copout)

Here are some facts that I learned this week:

  • The Phoenix Public Library System has a zero-tolerance policy for water damage to books. If they detect that a book has gotten wet then they consider the book ruined.
  • Phoenix libraries charge a five dollar service fee on top of the price of the book to have it replaced. You're free to bring in a replacement book, even a used one, to avoid the charge, but you won't be able to check out anything until you do so.
  • Being the goalie in soccer is a high-stress position. I played goalie for about thirty minutes in this week's game because our starting goalie was carded and the backup goalie didn't make the game. I was so on-edge the entire time that my gut began to hurt. I think I was having a fight or flight response.
  • The nuclear fusion of two hydrogen atoms into a single helium atom releases energy both because it unlocks potential energy in the system and because the resulting mass of the helium is less than the combined mass of the two hydrogen atoms.
  • Lightening can be all different kinds of color: white, blue, green, orange, red. The colors are caused by air pollutants.
  • Skeletal muscle cells can have multiple nuclei and can be really long, like the length of your upper arm. Neurons can be really long, too.
  • My homemade oatmeal bars are more textually cohesive if I use less water.
  • It's wise to be careful when cutting a damaged toenail because it's possible to pull it out accidentally. It doesn't necessarily hurt, but it's really gross.
  • Rolf Vector wheels, the kind on one of my bicycles, were discontinued.
  • Whole barley may be purchased online but not sold in many, if any, local grocery stores. Barley has a moderate glycemic index value, about the same as whole wheat's, but regulates blood sugar for up to ten hours (according to Wikipedia), which is a really long time. All I've found in local stores is pearl barley, which is barley that has had the bran removed.

And the quote of the week, courtesy of Lucian.

The life of the ordinary man is the best and most prudent choice. Cease from the folly of metaphysical speculation and inquiry into origins and ends; count all this clever logic as idle talk, and pursue one end alone--how you may do what your hand finds to do, and go your way with never a passion and always a smile.

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