Sorry about the lack of updates to my RSS feed. I've been using my laptop to post stuff to Scripting News and it doesn't have the new code yet, trying to stay out of the office which reeks of smoke. Had to come in here to do a Mail Page. Learning so much good stuff.
Joshua Whalen: "Over the last 10, 20 or however many years you smoked, Nicotine accumulated in your body's fatty tissues. Whenever you come under stress or eat badly, (or worry) your body burns some fatty tissue, and some of the stored Nicotine is released into your bloodstream, and in this way, it is kind of like having a dozen nicotine patches trickling the stuff into you. Definitely do not use the patch if you are already cold turkey. It will only maker this worse. Instead, you want to clean out your fatty tissue."
Andy Edmonds: "The A Day in the Life study is a large scale sample of internet behavior. Data collected will be released under an open data license. The first study will commence in mid July."
Semant-O-Matic may be just the thing. Its author, Maciej Ceglowski, calls it a Blog semantic search engine.
Jacob Reider, a physician, writes about smoking cessation.
Dave Sifry is happy that Movable Type makes it easy to add a Google-It macro to his blog with a little programming. It's pretty easy in Radio too.
This weblog needs a restart. Got any news related to scripting, weblogs, XML, new uses for the Internet, etc, and I will do my best to deliver the hits. Drinking coffee now. Not smoking. 9 days. Fascinating emails.
One guy wrote that he quit for 190 days and then restarted, first with a single cigarette, then a pack, and then cartons. For me, nine days into it, I feel like I'm dancing with a 7-foot cigarette who is always saying -- Just Smoke Me. The dreams have been super-vivid and frightening. My sense of smell is also that way. Everything in my indoor environment smells of cigarettes. Outdoors is much nicer. Thanks for the 802.11b.
About doctors and cigarettes. Just guessing that most doctors never smoked, or if they did they didn't do it for very long, so don't really understand, at a personal level, how hard this drug is to say goodbye to. It just doesn't want to let up. The doctors say "You have to just quit." But what are the best strategies. Should you use the patch if you've already got a week of cold turkey under your belt. Interested in what other people think.
Kelly White sent a link to Douglas Adams' death as reported on Scripting News last year. I wondered too, what happened to Adams. Had he been to the doctor? What condition was his heart in? Did he have pains. He died on an exercise bike.
OK, here's the deal. I did not have a heart attack, but it was close. I had bypass surgery, which I am now recovering from. It was my fault -- I had classic warning signs that I ignored. No family history of heart disease. Most important -- I wanted to keep smoking. The numbers are good if I quit smoking. If I don't the numbers are totally awful.
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