October 29, 2007

Study On THIS!

This article from SWNEBR News
50 million year old spider brought 'back to life'

A 50-million-year-old fossilised spider has been brought back to life in stunning 3D by a scientist at The University of Manchester.

In a paper published in the latest issue of the Zootaxa journal, Dr David Penney and co-authors from Ghent University in Belgium report on the use of a technique called ‘Very High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography’ (VHR-CT) to ‘digitally dissect’ tiny fossils and reveal the preservation of internal organs.

Dr Penney, from The School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (SEAES), specialises in studying spiders trapped and preserved in amber tens of millions of years ago.

The male spider studied in his latest paper is a new species named Cenotextricella simoni. It is around 53-million years old and was found preserved in amber in an area of France known as the Paris Basin.

This is the first time the VHR-CT technique has been used to digitally dissect a fossil in amber – and Dr Penney says it has the potential to ‘revolutionise’ their study.

The VHR-CT technique was originally developed for medical diagnostic purposes.

Dr Penney said: “This technique essentially generates full 3D reconstructions of minute fossils and permits digital dissection of the specimen to reveal the preservation of internal organs.

“Up until recently the only place to do such scans was at The University of Texas, although they never achieved results like these.

“My colleagues in the department of Subatomic and Radiation Physics at Ghent University in Belgium have significantly increased the resolution of the technology, bringing some quite amazing results.

“This is definitely the way forward for the study of amber fossils.

“Amber provides a unique window into past forest ecosystems. It retains an incredible amount of information, not just about the spiders themselves, but also about the environment in which they lived.”

Dr Penney is currently spending an indefinite period in the African jungle in a ‘living laboratory' studying spiders.

Earlier this year, a species of spider which dates back more than 20 million years was named after Dr Penney. The amber-encased spider which was discovered deep in a Mexican mine is thought to have lived long before the first humans.

It was found by a Mexican researcher who earned the right to name the species and he chose the name ‘Episinus penneyi’ in honour of his former colleague.



Okay...this guy SPECIALIZES IN studying spiders trapped and preserved in amber tens of millions of years ago. WTF?? and I'm worried about what MY kids are going to study in school. Let me say this...is my kid came home on Christmas break and said she wanted to specialize in studying spiders trapped and preserved in amber tends of millions of years old I would slap her. and then...I would say...why don't you just get married.


ha ha

October 24, 2007

Cancer and Wine

Tonight, after 'WINE CLUB" meeting numero 1 of which I will visit about soon. I turned the tv on and was astonished to see a show called CRAZY SEXY CANCER. The girl who was the "star" met up with someone whose blog I read almost every day when my dad was sick. Erin, who works for glamour magazine and deals with her own cancer very publicly, was on this show. I felt so weird, like I knew her personally. Seemed strange. Started me thinking.
Sometimes, I feel like it's only a matter of time before I get cancer. I think, well, when I get enough sleep, when I lose enough weight, when my relationship is totally good with my kids, my husband, when my business life is balanced with my home life, when all is in place...that's when it will happen. So...maybe I'm pessimistic, maybe I'm realistic, maybe I'm going to be happy with being a tired, fat, bitch who owns a disorganized coffee shop for that reason. I don't know.

Life With Cancer

October 19, 2007

Super Dooper Dumb Ass Attack!

Tomorrow is only Saturday! Hell...I have to work!

Also...my scary costume came in. I am going to conquer my fear of CLOWNS this year by becoming a freaking scary ass clown for halloween. gag I hate the thought of it. I think our coffee shop theme should be "FREAK SHOW"...and I'm NOT telling why.

ps you know who you are...is my SHELF DONE YET?!!!

I"m going to bed...

October 17, 2007

Thank You Pad O Meter!

Well, even though I'm not having a happy period or even a period now I thought I would check out the "pad o meter" to find out if I have a problem and if I did could it be identified. Because...you know...I love oracles and such. Anyway, I sent my emotional description "moody" into the "meter" and after a bit of sproinging and wheel turning out popped my diagnosis...I am not moody people...I AM FUCKING COMPLEX!...period or not! I am not whiney...I AM SELF AWARE you IDIOTS!! geeze I guess I'm not so damn bad after all. If only my kids could see me through the great and wonderful Pad O Meters eyes...sigh....they might realize what a hip, aware and cool being I am.

October 15, 2007

October 14, 2007

Well...Hell!

Which jobs have highest rate of depression?
Report says personal care, restaurant industries suffer worst cases of blues

WASHINGTON - People who tend to the elderly, change diapers and serve up food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers.
Workers who prepare and serve food — cooks, bartenders, waiters and waitresses — had the second highest rate of depression among full-time employees at 10.3 percent.

In a tie for third were health care workers and social workers at 9.6 percent.

Most of the women I know are food servers and diaper changers along with their career. Like...is there a choice in that anyway??

October 12, 2007

I Love Balls!

I love BAWLS
and I REALLY love MEATBALLS!
Especially THIS MEATBALLS! Which I watched the last half tonight. I may have to buy that movie. I think the kids would even like it...maybe.


Notice the HOT short shorts the guys wear! hee hee They would just SHIT if they had to wear those now.

October 09, 2007

Four Months Gone Already

I keep thinking about Dad and when he died. The hospital room that day, the way he "talked" with his eyes until the very end. I keep remembering the last breath he took. I can't help it and I hate to think of it and I wish I could think of other things. Better things.
Not long after Dad died Mark and I thought we would go fishing at the creek. I went into Mom and Dads garage to get Dad's tackle box. I picked it up, opened it up and my mouth dropped open. Inside were a jillion cigarette butts. Neatly packed on top of his lures. In fact it looked like they belonged there. Obviously he hadn't quit smoking. I guess I knew that...deep inside I knew it. I shook my head and Mark and Mom stood there with their mouths dropped open. I felt such a...dismay...it seems like I was always telling my Dad not to smoke when I was a little girl. I hated the smell...although sometimes now I like the slight whiff of a cigarette burning... I don't smoke...can't stand it...I remember thinking...I wonder when he will die of cancer back when I was little.
terrible thoughts
Mom and I picked out a headstone. There is a fishing scene on the back. The only thing it needs is a cigarette and the picture would look like him.
Wish I could sleep

October 08, 2007

Don't You Love the Word...DRACONID??

Space Weather News for Oct. 8, 2007
http://spaceweather.com

METEOR WATCH: The annual Draconid meteor shower peaks on Oct. 9th at 0430 UT--in other words, tonight at 9:30 pm PDT or 12:30 am EDT. Don't expect a big display. The source of the shower, comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, is far away and unlikely to produce more than a few slow meteors every hour. It should be noted, however, that unexpected Draconid outbursts have happened as recently as Oct. 2005 resulting in dozens to hundreds of meteors per hour. Could tonight be such a night? If you decide to look, keep an eye on the northern sky (Draco is not far from the north celestial pole) during the hours around the predicted peak.

October 04, 2007

Sad Really

You ever get up in the morning and first thing you think about is, "Will I get to take a nap before bedtime??"

October 03, 2007

Snip that Sucker!

Last night around 11 pm Alec informed me through a muffled voice that he had a wire poking into his mouth that was on his very back tooth. side note...my mom took him up to the ortho yesterday and he got a few things adjusted on his braces. Anyway, I looked into his mouth and saw...rice krispies...gag and after he rinsed I saw...a wire poking directly into the ripped and shredded tissue near his molars. OH MY GOD I said, I have to do a little sugery! Alec got wide eyed but laid down and opened his mouth. I got a q-tip, sterilized my tweezers, found and cleaned, sterilized a toenail scissors (just kidding), I really just looked into his mouth and wished I had a hemastat to snap off that little damn wire. I thought a bit about calling the dentist...especially as Alec pulled out a wad of his t-shirt he had ripped off his sleeve to use as padding during the school day. I looked around for a taper candle to shove into that little space between cheek and wire...nothing...nothing...FINALLY...I remebered I had some wax that I'd used for arthritis pain on someone (probably me) and slightly warmed that and made a wad the size of a walnut and Alec shoved it in. I would call the dentist in the am and hopefully get that sucker snipped.
what next?

don't EVER EVER EVER SAY THAT...the trouble fairy will come right your way...take it from me