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You might like to look into the music offered by sumatrae, in giving thanks - and funds - to the hospital which has been treating his daughter's early-diagnosed leukaemia without charge. Make a donation, and he'll match it, plus the CD of your choice.

Ooh. A little leak brings us (finally) Google Earth for OS X. It does appear to work. ^_^

By way of ibneko: The end of the period? 'In 2006, a new oral contraceptive called Anya, developed to "put women in control of when or if they want to menstruate," is expected to hit the Canadian and U.S. markets. [...] Early findings report that Anya is just as effective in preventing pregnancy as traditional oral contraceptives (98 per cent). And as an added bonus, since Anya provides a steady stream of hormones, it promises to quash a woman's usual cyclical fluctuations, virtually wiping out all the irksome symptoms of PMS.'



AP Photo/Stockton Record, Michael McCollum :: A riparian brush rabbit is released on Faith Ranch along the San Joaquin River Wildlife Refuge Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, near Vernalis, Calif.


Advocates within the American Psychiatric Association are considering whether homophobia, racism, and similar extreme bias may qualify as a diagnosable condition.

Via ducktapeddonkey, Eastpak's cautionary tale against disturbing giant pandas in lust (1.6MB).
 
 
 
 
 
 
AP Photo/Stockton Record

And I will hug him, and squeeze him, and pet him, and I will name him 'George'...
*giggle*

Ah, that there can be such cuteness in the world (and really, quite a lot of it, just often unnoticed by human eyes) is heartening, ne?
Advocates within the American Psychiatric Association are considering whether homophobia, racism, and similar extreme bias may qualify as a diagnosable condition.

It'll be interesting to see what they finally decide. I'd think that at least the more extreme cases would certainly qualify. As the article says, people do tend to have various biases, but most aren't driven to violence by them, or crippled socially the way the people they mentioned were.

And hooray for the bunnies. I hope their comeback is a successful one.
It's quite a fascinating article (as, for that matter, is the one about "Anya" - the notion of being "period-free" is not exactly uncontroversial), citing exemplary cases. Prejudice is surely a deeply-rooted aspect of emotion, and one to which almost all of us subscribe, to a greater or lesser extent, but usually, that's under intellectual control. But emotions are so easily exploited, in certain circumstances - politicians are all too well aware of that, hence their routine use of PR agencies; applied psychology. (I really should send you a copy of the two seasons of Absolute Power sometime. It stars Stephen Fry as co-leader of an effective PR agency, wherein they're posed seemingly intractable PR situations, and we witness the progression from problem to solution, all too effectively.. it's quite sharply written, and Stephen Fry is perfectly cast as someone able to exude whatever plausibility the situation demands)

And to quote Wallace, "they're breeding like.. well.. rabbits!" (I do hope you've seen Curse of the Were-Rabbit! Brilliant. Not sure when it's due on DVD, but it's destined for my collection, unquestionably)

To make a subtle change to an old joke:

If it becomes an accepted definition, then homophobes could call in sick: "Nope, still homophobic. Can't come to work today!"

And if they ever find a cure for homophobia, I hope they can cure fundamentalism some day too... :-/
I'm sorry you;re not feeling well....will you be out for this year's FC?

I showed my papa the picture of the bunny and he loved it....it is SO cute!
Ah, thanks. ^_^ Sadly, I'm swinging back out of Bay Area orbit this weekend, most likely to return in the Spring sometime. I'll admit, I'm not nearly the con-goer I was - I've actually not bothered with any, FC included, since CF12 (or thereabouts - the one in that fabulously funky "Town & Country" venue, with itty-bitty picket fencing everywhere, like Disneyland for garden gnomes :). Still, I might well get back into the swing in 2006, especially if the next few (crucial) weeks turn out successfully. (It's looking good, but the timescale's pretty silly; nothing that can be done about that, though, leaving us with a few weeks to pull off a minor miracle)

As soon as I saw that picture, I knew I had to include it.. ^_^ There's much to mourn in this world, but, there's nonetheless as much, if not more, to take heart in, for one's soul to be replenished by - and that reintroduction (and sheer cuteness!) definitely counts. ^_^
Google Earth for OS X. It does appear to work. ^_^

Nothing happens when I double-click on it. Am I missing something? :-/
Erf? You should be presented with their comparison of a "premium" vs free download, with two buttons at the bottom of their respective columns - click on free, if you're so inclined, and you should be taken to another "weeelllll, if you're really sure.." page, leaving a bit of a pause until the download actually commences. They appear to have some serious bandwidth, so there shouldn't be any (ultimate :) problem obtaining the file - it's not terribly small, though, at (as I recall) something like 12MB, expanding to closer to 40MB once on the drive. (Did you say you were (finally! :) on DSL now?)
*smiles* The download went fine, it's when I double-clicked on the Google Earth icon, I'd see the OS's app-opening animation, then... nothing...
When I tried the Google Earth file, I got an dialog box that the file had been deleted due to some complaints. Crap!
Oh God, yes please! There's a myth in medicine that women find having a period 'reassuring', which is why it hasn't been eliminated by contraceptives before now.
Advocates within the American Psychiatric Association are considering whether homophobia, racism, and similar extreme bias may qualify as a diagnosable condition.

I wonder if this means that I can offically "diagnose" some of the more extreme MacAdvocates here at the office... ;^>
Cute bunny.

As for the APA, I think extreme bias already fits into the existing definitions for dementia or various obsessive disorders.