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(no subject) [Jun. 5th, 2010|05:41 pm]
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When I was working at Baker's (Inland Empire area fast-food chain for those who don't know or don't remember) I used to make a ghetto salad by grabbing a pack of our shredded chicken, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing. That always tasted really good for some reason, probably because I was always starving at work. Bizarrely, I was probably never healthier than when I was working at a fast-food restaurant.
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(no subject) [Jun. 4th, 2010|07:08 pm]
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So...does anyone still see my posts?
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Love xkcd [Feb. 11th, 2010|08:57 pm]
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The future of space flight [Feb. 4th, 2010|07:58 pm]
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I've been a space and spaceflight nerd since I was a kid, and this long hidden video of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that was released today got me reading about what NASA's plans are for future manned spaceflight and found this on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_spacecraft

I had heard a little about how it was similar to the Apollo spacecraft that we used to land on the moon in the 60's and 70's, but BOY, it's not just similar, it's almost exactly the same design. In fact, the fundamental ideas behind Apollo weren't much different from from the first craft NASA sent up in 1961! Amazing how no one has really been able to find an effective new design in the last half-century. If you think about it though, the Russians have been using the same Soyuz craft since the 70's too.

It's gonna be a long time before anyone sets foot on Mars.

Meanwhile I have this aching to play Mass Effect 2 so I can PRETEND I'm on another planet.

Maybe someday I'll be rich enough so I can pay to throw up in zero gravity.
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2010|09:33 pm]
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Got a donation solicitation call from a sorority girl working for UCR's Alumni Association. The only thing I had in common with her is that we both worked at the same fast food restaurant chain, haha.
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It was as if... [Dec. 28th, 2009|08:01 pm]
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...millions of football betters screamed out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

First off, I was in Las Vegas this weekend. The highlight was seeing "The Beatles: Love," but I will make another post about that. Maybe. Here I want to talk about one of the most bizarre, hilarious and painful experiences I ever had prior to seeing "Love" on Sunday night.

I bet $100 dollars on football. I stood to win $538 if three conditions were met:
1. The Broncos/Eagles game had a total combined score of more than 42.
2. The Jets/Colts game had a total combined score of more than 41.
3. The Colts won the game by at least 4.

For those that don't watch football: the Colts (my favorite team) have their playoff spot and position locked up and really had nothing worth playing for.

Except pride.

And history.

Because they had yet to lose a game this season and had the chance to do what the Patriots failed to do last-last season: have the first perfect season since the schedule was expanded to 16 games. Some sports writers wondered if the Colts would really go for the perfect season, since the team's management has been known to rest starters when playoff positions were locked, but with history possibly in the making, and having played all the starts LAST week, when there was also nothing worth playing for, it appeared the Colts were really going for it.

Then, part way through the third quarter on Sunday, up by only 5, the Colts' coach (apparently on a command from the general manager) pulls most of the starters. I was watching the games at the Bellagio Sports Book, and when a shot was shown of the Colts' backup quarterback warming up there was only what I could describe as a collective gasp mixed with very audible groans. Lots of people had money on the game. For the rest of the game, the network kept showing the Colts starting quarterback on the sideline, with his helmet still on, obviously begging to go back into the game. Every time he was shown, the crowd at the sports book would scream "PUT HIM IN, PUT HIM IN!" It never happened. The Colts lost by 14.

Colts fans and NFL fans have apparently been irate on the internet and on sports radio shows today. I would've been disappointed if I DIDN'T have money on the game, as it is, I can only sorta shake my head in disbelief with a goofy smile.
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This is all I have to say about the Pittsburgh Steelers [Dec. 10th, 2009|07:48 pm]
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3-1-PIT 24(10:58) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger sacked at PIT 15 for -9 yards (C.Williams).

3-3-PIT 13(5:45) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger sacked at PIT 3 for -10 yards (H.Poteat).

3-7-CLE 41(15:00) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger sacked at CLE 48 for -7 yards (M.Benard).

2-12-PIT 40(5:29) B.Roethlisberger sacked at PIT 33 for -7 yards (C.Williams).

3-19-PIT 33(5:00) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger sacked at PIT 27 for -6 yards (M.Benard).

3-7-PIT 31(6:04) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger sacked at PIT 20 for -11 yards (D.Bowens).

2-5-CLE 23(:59) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger sacked at CLE 24 for -1 yards (B.Schaefering).

[UPDATE] Stop the presses! This just in:

1-10-CLE 43 (2:40) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger sacked at PIT 48 for -9 yards (sack split by K.Maiava and B.Schaefering).
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In Which Someone Totally Calls the Truth Behind Balloon Boy [Oct. 15th, 2009|08:38 pm]
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During lunch today, the biggest news was the Balloon Boy. The funny thing was, I switched from KFIAM640's Bill Handel Show (which discusses current events) to ESPN radio and THEY were the ones who I heard bring it up first. One of the hosts of the show that was going on said something interesting when they found out the family had been on "Wife Swap" before: he had a hunch this was staged. This was before the balloon landed.

Of course, his co-host immediately blasted him saying things like "Come on, a kid's life could be in danger!" But he did not back down. He continued by saying that you can never discount anything when it involves the kind of people who want to be on reality TV.

Listening to the reports on the way home after work, the willingness of the family to speak to the media startled me. The ESPN guy's hunch came to mind.

And guess what.

It turns out he was right.

What a bunch of douchebags.
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Five minutes of your time today could mean a fighting chance for someone in need. [Oct. 14th, 2009|07:12 pm]
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[This is a repost of something my friend Angela wrote up for the club she's in. She's a med student, so you can trust her with your life. I think.]

Five minutes of your time today could mean a fighting chance for someone in need. Please help the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association register Asians for the National Bone Marrow Registry!

Janet Liang, a 22 year-old UCLA student, and Matthew Nguyen, a 27 year old Vietnamese pharmacy student, both need bone marrow transplants. But their fight against cancer and the search for a bone marrow donor are difficult because Janet is Chinese and Matthew is Vietnamese and there is a CRITICAL UNDERREPRESENTATION of ethnic minority and mixed donors in the registry. Janet and Matthew need your help, 5 minutes of your time, so you can gain the power to save their lives.

Joining the Be the Match Registry online is FREE and EASY: http://join.marrow.org/SWAB4APAMSA.

REGISTRATION FEE IS WAIVED if you register by October 31st!!

When asked to provide a Promo Code, please enter "SWAB4APAMSA"




Ethnicity is the KEY FACTOR

Ethnic Minority Individuals are particularly encouraged and needed to join the registry. As it stands, only 30% of patients of Asian, Pacific Islander, Latino, Black/African American and Multi-Racial descent are able to find a match on the current database.



Donation is Simple

The majority of donations do not involve surgery. The patient's doctor most commonly requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical, similar to platelet donation, and does not require a stay in the hospital.

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Janet Liang is a vibrant 22 year-old student at UCLA student who wanted to travel the world, study in Paris, and become a full time teacher, but her plans were stopped short when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on August 24, 2009. Her only brother is not a bone marrow match and she hopes to find a match so that she “can reclaim [her] life.” Follow Janet’s video blog at: http://www.janetgliang.com/

Matthew Nguyen was like any other healthy vibrant 27 year-old, full of life and ready to take on the world, until he was unexpectedly diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in June 2007. He underwent chemotherapy for sixteen months, overcoming one complication after another, fighting for his life and ultimately reaching remission. Unfortunately, six months after his last round of chemotherapy, 3 days after he finished a 100-mile bicycling marathon, Matthew learned that he had relapsed. Everything is now put on hold again for Matthew, including school and marriage. www.teammatthew.org





Register to gain the power to save a life.

By joining the Registry, you give hope to patients everywhere with leukemia, lymphoma and a variety of other diseases. When you register as a bone marrow donor, you join a global movement of more than 12 million donors who stand ready to give someone a future. You may never be called upon to donate, but if you are, you and perhaps only you will have the power to save a life.

Registering is simple and takes as little as five minutes, and our online drive will allow you to register for free. You will be asked to fill out a basic form with your contact information and medical history (which remains protected), and then you will swab the insides of your cheeks with a kit that is mailed to your home. No blood draw is required. Cheek swabs are all that's needed to register. Five minutes of your time today could mean a lifetime for someone in need.



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Additional ways you can help

SHARE Janet’s and Matthew's stories with your friends and family, especially those of minority background. With a few e-mail and phone calls, you can get the word out about the importance of registering.

Learn about the need for ethnic minority bone marrow donors from Yul Kwon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY2bX1S0VpA

Find a drive near you at http://marrow.org/JOIN/Join_in_Person/index.html


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Myths and Facts about Bone Marrow Donation

MYTH: The bone marrow donation procedure is painful.
FACT: General or regional anesthesia is always used for this procedure. Donors feel no needle injections and no pain during marrow donation.

MYTH: All bone marrow donations involve surgery.
FACT: The majority of donations do not involve surgery. The patient's doctor most commonly requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical and does not require a stay in the hospital. If marrow is requested, it is a surgical procedure, but there is still usually no stay in the hospital.

MYTH: Pieces of bone are removed from the donor.
FACT: Pieces of bone are not removed from the donor in either type of donation. A PBSC donation involves taking the drug filgrastim for five days leading up to donation in order to increase the donor's needed blood-forming cells. On the fifth day, blood is taken from the donor through one arm, passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells, and returned through the donor's other arm. In marrow donation, no pieces of bone are taken; only the liquid marrow found inside the bones is needed to save the patient's life.

MYTH: Donating bone marrow is dangerous and weakens the donor.
FACT: Though no medical procedure is without risk, there are rarely any long-term effects from donating. Only five percent or less of a donor's marrow is needed to save a life. After donation, the body replaces the donated marrow within four to six weeks. The NMDP screens all donors carefully to ensure they are healthy and that the procedure is safe. The NMDP also educates donors, answers questions at every step, and follows up after donation.

MYTH: Donors have to pay for the donation procedure.

FACT: Donors never pay for donating. All medical costs are paid by the patient's medical insurance or by the patient, sometimes with NMDP assistance. The NMDP reimburses donors for travel costs, and may reimburse other costs on a case-by-case basis.

(from www.marrow.org)

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Become an APAMSA Golden Crane for Hope.

You can save a life. Take the first step at www.BeTheMatch.org

Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program



[I'm not just a lazy plagiarizer. I registered. Join me, and TOGETHER WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY.]
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Klutzy Day [Oct. 8th, 2009|08:13 pm]
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Today I dropped:
1. One of ten chicken nuggets onto the floor.
2. BBQ sauce onto my pants.
3. My PSP onto the floor.
4. My pants in front of the boss.

Actually #4 is a lie, but ya'll wish I did.

Tomorrow I plan to drop it like it's hot.
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