Monday, March 27, 2006
Really living there. Eating, sleeping, checking out the DVDs, never leaving. The plan was to spend his entire spring break there. Under the radar.
Some kids go to Cancun. Skyler Bartels, a Drake University sophomore from Harvard, Neb., went to the garden and patio department...
Saturday, March 25, 2006
1) Fever: > 38.3 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit
2) Chills -- sudden onset
3) Cough -- dry
4) Cough -- productive with sputum that has a rusty color. It may be thick and have a pinkish tone or blood specks (Streptococcus p.).
5) Chest pain -- sharp, especially upon inhalation (Pleurisy)
6) Rapid shallow breathing
7) Shortness of breath (SOB) -- especially with activity
8) Headache, nausea, vomiting, Diarrhea, and weakness may occur with all types, but more often is due to Legionella p.
9) Abdominal pain
Pneumonia is not a single disease, so this is the type that I have:
Bacteria (B.P.) or wet p. -- when the body's resistance is lowered due to certain conditions (i.e., age, disease, alcohol, Malnutrition, or how about breathing pollution for 11 days in Hong Kong!) the normal bacteria of the mouth and the throat multiply and invade one or all of the 5 sections (lobes) of the lungs. The infected lobe (or lobes) then fills with fluid and pus (Consolidation), in turn interfering with the lung's normal oxygen exchange.
The infection can spill into the blood stream and invade the whole body. Bacteria can also enter the lungs from the air or from other sites in the body. Infections can either be acquired from the community at large or while in the hospital.
Streptococcus Pneumonia is the most common cause of bacterial (Lobar) Pneumonia.
I am now taking Augmentin, which is a formulation of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. For those inclined to know, below follows a detailed description of the benefits of Augmentin:
Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic antibiotic with a broad spectrum of bactericidal activity against many gram-positive and gram-negative microorganisms. Amoxicillin is, however, susceptible to degradation by -lactamases and, therefore, the spectrum of activity does not include organisms which produce these enzymes. Clavulanic acid is a -lactam, structurally related to the penicillins, which possesses the ability to inactivate a wide range of -lactamase enzymes commonly found in microorganisms resistant to penicillins and cephalosporins. In particular, it has good activity against the clinically important plasmid mediated -lactamases frequently responsible for transferred drug resistance.
The formulation of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid in Augmentin protects amoxicillin from degradation by -lactamase enzymes and effectively extends the antibiotic spectrum of amoxicillin to include many bacteria normally resistant to amoxicillin and other -lactam antibiotics. Thus, Augmentin possesses the properties of a broad-spectrum antibiotic and a -lactamase inhibitor.
So, Now I am medicated and should start feeling better day by day.
Oh, if you have been around me for the last couple of days (you know who you are) and start getting a sore throat (often described as feeling like you are swallowing glass!)... You probably have Strep. If so, go see a Doctor... And accept my apologies.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Catalog your books
Easy. Catalog your books online or keep a reading list.
Social. Show everyone your library, or keep it private. Find people with the same books as you. Get recommendations from readers like you.
Powerful. Search Amazon, the Library of Congress and 30 other world libraries.
Tagged. Tag your books as on Del.icio.us and Flickr (eg., wwii, magical realism, computing, country living, cats).
Safe. Export your data. Import from almost anywhere too.
Free. Enter 200 books for free, as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life).
Now this will take time so be patient! I have no idea how many books we actually have but it's got to be more than 1000. Be sure to go to the profile page and check out the features there.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
5 acres - $399,900 for the land only!If this thing sells for that... Talk about pushing up the value of the neighborhood.
Friday, March 17, 2006
CozmoTV attempts to unify both cable/satellite content and Internet content in one place. You shouldn't care how the video gets to your TV. All you should care about is whether the video is something you find interesting and want to watch. Hopefully CozmoTV will help you do that.
Currently, CozmoTV only helps you find cable and satellite content and record it on a Series 2 TiVo. Baby steps. We will be adding Internet video support and support for additional devices throughout the summer. Stay tuned...
To sign up (It's Totally Free!) just watch the demo to the end or jump right to chapter 11 and then click on the link button.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Realising it would be some time before the ambulance arrived, Johnson opened a packet of sand-like material and poured it into the wound. Within seconds the bleeding had practically stopped, and the man survived. "The medic told me that had I not put the substance in there, the guy would probably have bled out and died," he says.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
The new Windows LiveTM Messenger Beta is the next-generation MSN Messenger and, as always, it is free to download.
It has everything you already love about Messenger – your contact list, emoticons, and plenty of ways to access to your friends via text, voice and video – plus new ways to connect and share documents with magical ease.
When you move to the new Windows Live Messenger, it will be like upgrading from one MSN Messenger version to the next. All your contacts will move with you, as will all your personalised elements (emoticons, winks, user tiles, themes, etc…).
I am currently reading this book and find it to be a very interesting subject. It mentioned on the cover that it was also a PBS NOVA special, so I started hunting for information on the web and look what I found. You can watch the whole 3 hour program right from the comfort of your computer desk. The site is arranged so that all 3 hours of the show are arranged vertically and each hour show is broken into many 6 to 8 minute chunks. If you select the first chapter in the series you can just click on next chapter in the upper right corner of the viewing window to traverse the entire show. I would highly recommend the book so far. It is at times a dizzying read, but nothing a couple more passes of the paragraph wont fix. The concepts presented within will definitely change the way you think about the word and your place in it.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. That's the basic idea behind Windows Live. So the things you care about—your friends, the latest information, your e-mails, powerful search, your PC files, everything—comes together in one place. This is a brand new Internet experience designed to put you in control. And this is just the beginning—you'll see many more new services in the coming months.
This is Microsoft's attempt to take out Google. We'll see.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
I found my China goody to bring back home, but will keep it a secret until Deb gets to see it since it is for her. (okay, and me.) I will tell you one statistic about this above mentioned item however... It weighs about 60 pounds! I believe I can fit it in my suit case and use the rollers to get it around. If not it will be an interesting trip back home! The purchase of this item did create a great story, but alas, I can not share it will you all yet.
I am off to do some reading and then head down for dinner. Until next time...
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
If you want to know what time it is here, just add 4 hours and switch the am or pm. The flight was a long one as usual but uneventful. Sleep was restless as it always is the first night, since the body is in denial and wont do me the favor of just shutting down! We are staying at a Hotel called the Nikko Hong Kong. This is a nice place and very close (walking distance) to most of the vendors we need to see here. I am having trouble focusing on the typing as I am mighty hungry! My body thinks I am trying to punish it by just skipping breakfast and lunch... It will be dammed if it is going to let me miss dinner. First appointment is at 10:00am, breakfast will be at 9:00 and I have an hour to get ready, so I best sign off right now and get moving.
Photos will be posted as they become available.