Monday, December 29, 2003

christmas with volcano high (hwasango for the brothers in k-town), father ted and the princess blade (shura yuki hime for the non japanese challenged).

what a day.

then it's more work, goodbye 2003, and another day off.

hey, 2004 has to be better. i mean what's the the worst that could happen? another four years of W?

oh wait, nevermind. the dems are fielding a dude who lost his issue two weeks ago.


Saturday, December 13, 2003

living without clocks on a trans-pacific flight
is at once liberating and packed with anxiety.

what time is it?
what time is it THERE?
zhai nar bien zhi dien?

i have no clue.

still, i think everyone should have a lap to lean on, if only for that extra pair of hands to brush away pieces of dandruff from your scalp to the floor of a Boeing 747 economy class cabin.

when you're at central shanghai, you can rest with a grande starbucks americano, shop at ikea and cruise massive malls.

all the comforts of home.

Friday, December 12, 2003

I'll be flying
on a

But i know when I'll be back again.

The 2Wire homeportal is a marvelous piece of engineering and design...dsl modem and wireless router all rolled into one in a slim, vertical space-saving package. The company has competent level 2 technicians. They even include recovery software on the installation cd, just in case you try to kill the thing during a firmware upgrade.

I salute you, 2Wire.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

half a pound at six-something
will last almost a month through
bi-daily or
weekly grind into
mr. coffee.

and remember,
never disconnect your modem during a firmware upgrade
even when it looks stuck.
damaged firmware doesn't do anyone
any good.

Monday, December 08, 2003

back sore and tire i sit
before pines
lined along a low-slung
business park
with porn.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

cough cough.
blood-trailed snot.
What Are Gallstones?

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Gallstones are collections of hard, solid material that form in the gallbladder. Some may be the size of a grain of sand, or they may be crystals that can be seen only with a microscope. Others may be the size of a golf ball. People can develop just one large stone, hundreds of smaller stones, or combinations of both.

The medical name for gallstones is cholelithiasis (KOL-e-lee-thigh-e-sis). Gallstones are one of several kinds of stones, or calculi, that can form in the body. Stones also develop in other hollow organs or ducts in the body. Kidney stones, for instance, may occur in the kidneys, urinary bladder, or urinary ducts.

How Do Gallstones Form?

Bile consists of solid materials dissolved in liquid, much like sugar or salt dissolve in water. The materials include cholesterol, bilirubin, and bile salts dissolved in water. Bile salts help the body digest fats. Bilirubin and cholesterol are in bile as waste materials that are being eliminated from the body.

Most gallstones form when there is too much cholesterol in the bile. Cholesterol drops out of the liquid part of bile, just like too much sugar or salt will form crystals at the bottom of a glass of water. The tiny crystals of cholesterol group together to form the larger masses called gallstones.

Cholesterol stones also can form when the gallbladder does not empty normally, and the bile is stored for long periods of time. About 80% of people with gallstones in the U.S. have cholesterol stones.

Some gallstones form from bilirubin, a pigment the liver removes from blood as old red blood cells die and break apart. They are called "pigment stones." Individuals also can have "mixed" stones, mixtures of cholesterol, bilirubin, calcium, and other material.