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Victor Ganata
I'm irrationally apprehensive about eating at a sushi place with the same name as one of the villains in Street Fighter.
FUGU HIM! - Pete
What's the name? - Andrew C (✔)
Akuma - Victor Ganata
…which I didn't realize until now means "the Devil" in Japanese. - Victor Ganata
"Master Of The Fist Sushi" - Big Joe Silence
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Yeah, there's no real good reason to watch Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith say ridiculous things to each other. And this was even before Stephen A Smith tried to justify both homophobia and violence against women.
They keep striving for new levels of terribleness. - John (bird whisperer)
Skip Bayless the restaurateur? EDIT: HAHAHA! i was thinking Rick Bayless. #BrainFart - Big Joe Silence
Rick Bayless is Skip Bayless' brother, though :) - Victor Ganata
yikes. perhaps this partially explains the "pervy uncle" vibe i get off Rick Bayless? - Big Joe Silence
Quite possibly. - John (bird whisperer)
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Weird that sistren (archaic plural of sister) is a Middle English word but Google ngrams doesn't show it in the corpus until after 1750
It's possible that it shows up in manuscripts or incunabula whose texts haven't been digitized yet. - John (bird whisperer)
Yeah, I figure it's just an artifact of whatever corpus Google is using. - Victor Ganata
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Butterflies never sleep. In a way that makes me sad. They inspire so many dreams in us it seems unfair that they themselves can't dream too.
Well, they kind of sleep once :D - Victor Ganata
Butterflies (like other insects) may go into diapause over the winter or torpor on cold nights, and that's sort of like sleep. Probably not enough like sleep to dream, though. - John (bird whisperer)
Monique Judge
It's my birthday!! 🎂
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MO! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Happy HAPPY - WarLord
happy birthday :) - Pete
Happy Birthday!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy bday! - holly #ravingfangirl
Happy Birthday!!! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy Birthday! - Jessie
Happy birthday! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Happy birthday :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, gorgeous! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday, Momo! - Bren from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Jed
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy Birthday! - Mo Kargas
Happy birthday!! I hope it's fabulous! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Happy Birthday, Monique. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Happiest Momo Day, dear friend!!! I'm so glad you were born! You pretty much rock and should keep rockin' it. Hard. I love you. I mean it. xoxox - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Thank you everyone! - Monique Judge
happy bday superwoman - Steve C
A very happy birthday to you! - Galadriel C. from Android
Happy birthday, Momo! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday and many more, dear. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Happy birthday - mimsin
Happy birthday. <3 - Alix May
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy birthday! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Betsy from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday Momo! xx - Melly
Thank you all! You are an amazing group of people, and I love you. 😍 😍 😍 - Monique Judge from Android
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Anyway, regarding the neighbor crying: his mom died sometime in the night. They won't know why until the autopsy. May she rest in peace.
Oh, wow, how sad. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, she was a nice lady. Polish and a bit of a smoker but a really nice person. Spoke broken English but she always talked to us. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Aw, that's sad. - John (bird whisperer)
Victor Ganata
Absurd premises in movies that I've been able to accept without question:
Giant robots that transform into vehicles or household appliances. - Victor Ganata
The powers of Norse deities are really just superadvanced technology. - Victor Ganata
The only real way to combat 300 foot monsters is with 300 foot anthropomorphic robots. - Victor Ganata
The only surviving remnants of humanity live on a 1,000-car train powered by a perpetual motion engine that must continue running forever, otherwise everyone freezes to death. - Victor Ganata
Killing a specific subtype of alien species gives you the power to rewind time over and over again and this power gets rescinded if you have a blood transfusion. - Victor Ganata
that you can run along on top of a train and stand like its not moving at all and never lose your hat. - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
A radiologist would be selected to carry out a complicated EVA involving the installation of experimental equipment. - Victor Ganata
A nuclear war is survivable by any quantity of humans. No, wait, I didn't believe that even at the time. - Big Joe Silence
That a boy can meet a girl and they can fall in love, then overcome an obstacle that drives them apart, and subsequently they live happily ever after. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That somebody as short as Tom Cruise would be allowed to fly a jet airplane for the Navy. - Brian Johns
Brian: there are actually limits on how tall you can be to fly most military jets. The cockpits are quite cramped, so larger stature people (ahem, Rick Rossovich) are not welcome. - Bren
That a guy being held by terrorists could build a big iron suit that could fly and that whole nuke for a heart...Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts? Not so much - WarLord
Midi-chlorians. ;P - Anika
I don't remember for sure, but I'd like to hope I greeted midichlorians with a WTF expression right in the theater. I know I did for the Matrix's "they're using humans as power" line. - Andrew C (✔)
Kramer vs. Kramer -- I mean c'mon, would anyone believe divorce is actually "difficult". - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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Random thought: Earthquake weather #CorrelationIsNotCausation
No, the neighbors' dogs were all just going crazy for a little while for no apparent reason. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I was thinking more along these lines, since you live in the boonies... :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
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How much sleep do you really need? A sleep scientist explains - Vox (via
"The implication of the Wall Street Journal article is that if you sleep nine hours a day, you might have bad health consequences. It's not so simple. What happens is that people who have bad health sleep more. So if you start working backward from people who have health problems, they were already sick and they slept more because their immune systems were trying to fix the problem." Typical of a Rupert Murdoch publication, to totally confuse cause with effect. - Victor Ganata
"The benefits of the exercise for your health are undone by not getting enough sleep so you may shoot yourself in the foot." - Victor Ganata
"People often think if you don't get enough sleep that it makes you groggy, a bad coworker. There's some truth to that but it's more complicated. It's not that sleep loss makes you more groggy but that it makes it more difficult to regulate your emotions. We have to regulate our emotions all the time, and without sleep, that becomes very challenging." - Victor Ganata
"Many people think they can get by with less sleep than they need because they got used to it or found a workaround. But it turns out if you measure it very carefully—what people can do, whether they can focus very well—one of the consequences of sleep loss is that the brain becomes unstable." - Victor Ganata
"The brain of the person who doesn't get enough sleep most of the time can actually do most of the things it needs to do most of the time. But when it doesn't do a good job, that comes at random moments. It's precisely those moments that cause people to get into trouble." - Victor Ganata
How are you doing with your sleep lately? - Spidra Webster
I've been averaging 6½ hours this month, and lately it's been closer to 5 hours. Partly it's the heat. - Victor Ganata
"It's not that sleep loss makes you more groggy but that it makes it more difficult to regulate your emotions." <-- true for being hungry, thirsty, in pain, etc. - John (bird whisperer)
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Arrest warrant issued for California man with tuberculosis - L.A. Times
This is how the End Times begin. - Victor Ganata
Damn. Can't say that I'd be willing to have an unknown authority come to my sleeping place and watch me take meds either. But damn, he ran. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Makes me think we're not going to handle TB any better this time than we did before (as in herding people into dubiously helpful 'rest homes' unless they have the cash to avoid it.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Wow, that's not good. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Directly observed therapy works pretty well in keeping TB from spreading all over the place. So long as public health departments are funded well and the cops aren't busy with other things. They don't f- around. This guy has probably infected lots of people by now. And we won't know for a while because the incubation period can be very long. - Victor Ganata
Freakin' Stockton. I hope they find that guy fast. - Corinne L
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Yep. Woke up at 5:30am an hour before my alarm is set because it's already too warm.
I hate that! - Katy S from iPhone
I tossed and turned from that point for an hour. It going to be really, really hot today, isn't it? - Anika
The forecast says 90 degrees, but it already feels like it's gonna be hotter than that - Victor Ganata from iPhone
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Man, that "50 Shades of Grey" teaser is all over the radio.
The end of it sounds so weird. Apparently it's "Crazy in Love" super slowed down. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
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A lot of people talk about how you should never go to a teaching hospital in July because all the interns are new, but you're probably going to be safest because the resident and the attending are going to be double- and triple-checking everything.
The only problem is that you're probably going to get at least three rectal exams. - Victor Ganata
That's that third pounder.... - Spidra Webster
^^^Hahahaha! That's perfect. And disturbing :) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
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It occurs to me that one of the consequences of climate change is that eventually it will be unsafe to stay outside because of the swarms of mosquitoes carrying untreatable diseases that used to be considered tropical. This will force people to stay inside and run their A/C, increasing CO2 emissions even more. #doomed
Chikungunya is here now West Nile virus has been here for a while. Surely it's only a matter of time until we start getting dengue and yellow fever and malaria. - Victor Ganata
Oh. I guess dengue *is* already here, too. - Victor Ganata
Could Yellow Fever Return to the United States? - PLOS Blogs - 2013 Dec 5 - Victor Ganata
Yeah, I expect we'll see more of tropical diseases and the tropical insects that carry them in the near future. And people will need to take extra precautions, whether that means spending more time indoors or covering up more outdoors. - John (bird whisperer)
Even without the mosquitoes I feared that rising heat would mean people would just crank the AC and make it worse. And until I can get my ass out of SoCal, I have to admit I'm grateful for AC. - Spidra Webster
Also, more people at northern latitudes will use AC because their climate will be warmer more frequently. - John (bird whisperer)
Oh, most definitely, the heat itself will drive A/C use, but I'm especially thinking of all those days where just leaving the windows open would probably be sufficient, but you can't leave the windows open because you don't want to get drug-resistant malaria. - Victor Ganata
Window screens are pretty effective at keeping insects out. Not 100% effective since they sometimes have larger holes or gaps around the edges, but they keep out most things. (I know not all buildings have them, though.) - John (bird whisperer)
I get the feeling that you'll see a lot more efficient screens crop up as well. Heck, even mosquito netting around beds is pretty effective. - Jennifer Dittrich
Sure, mosquito netting is effective in cutting down transmission, but you get out of bed sometime. Or not. :D - Victor Ganata
I guess there will be a market in mosquito-proof window screens. Although that still doesn't solve the problem I'll have while car camping... I was afraid to car camp in Winters this time due to West Nile. Not terrified, but it definitely weighed in my reluctance to do it. - Spidra Webster
Yeah, it's going to be more reluctance than panic, but I feel certain that the increasing incidence of mosquito-borne illness will change people's behaviors. - Victor Ganata
Are they starting to offer continuing ed workshops to med personnel here to let them know what to spot and what to do, assuming that they're unfamiliar with these diseases? - Spidra Webster
There are CME classes for tropical medicine, but I think we mostly rely on CDC alerts and the medical literature to get up to speed. On one hand, we'll be seeing things that most of us haven't thought about since med school. On the other hand, most of these things are totally untreatable, so all you can really do is supportive care anyway. - Victor Ganata
Gah. They're all incurable? :( - Spidra Webster
Yeah, they're all mostly viral illness. But that also means most of them are actually self-limited and will eventually go away, but you can be sick for a very long time, and they can have very debilitating after effects. The only one of the ones I mentioned that has a treatment is malaria, but antimalarials have become steadily less effective due to drug resistance. - Victor Ganata
Fuck, I left the car vent windows open at sunset and now there's a mosquito in the car. Gah! - Spidra Webster
Victor Ganata
Random thought: it would be completely impossible to write a novel if you had FOMO.
Okay, I'll bite: "FOMO?" - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Fear Of Missing Out - Victor Ganata
Oh well yeah. But the trade-off is worth it. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Leave It to a Laxative Brand to Make the Year's Most Uncomfortable Ad | Adweek -
Leave It to a Laxative Brand to Make the Year's Most Uncomfortable Ad | Adweek
"At first glance, this Dulcolax ad draws you in with its warm sepia tones and lovely vignetted glow. Then you look closer, and ... oh my God. Are those turds in prison? Indeed, orange is the new brown is this extremely odd laxative ad, showing what appear to be the stinky love children of the Michelin Man and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Turdles?) awaiting sweet release from bowel purgatory. And they're huddled around ... is that ... ? No, it's not the Sarlacc Pit that almost eats Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. "Only you can set them free," explains the tagline. If the point is to make the viewer as uncomfortable as a constipation sufferer, mission accomplished." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I think I spot some relatives - Steve C
But now I have that Barnes and Barnes song they use on Dr. Demento stuck in my head, except replacing "fish-" with "shit-" - Victor Ganata
Turd with boobs amuse me. - Janet
When did people start confusing lightning/lightening? I feel like it came out of nowhere and I'm seeing it all over the place now.
I think it might be autocorrect. - Victor Ganata
One's a highly charged subject while the other pales in comparison. Don't know what's so hard about it. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I am more bothered by people messing up lose/loose and losing/loosing. - Brian Johns
^ this - Katy S from iPhone
The effect has lost its affect. - Joe
Marie, I suspect it;s just the power of a meme. Someone made something catchy and attractive on the lightning/lightening front, and it took off like the message was the force. I think it's just meme-in-action. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Victor: You mean a computer program would be substituting the very rare "lightening" for the common "lightning"? That's bizarre, but I don't doubt it. - Walt Crawford
Autocorrect learns some really bizarre habits. - Victor Ganata
Honestly, I never noticed they were spelled differently. Not that I use either one all that often. - Holly's favorite Anna
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James Harden suggests every Rockets player not named Dwight Howard is fungible - SB Nation
Oh, man, I guess the Rockets are going to have a rough season. But it might still be pretty entertaining. - Victor Ganata
"Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we'll be fine next season." — James Harden #daaamn - Victor Ganata
If I can accept the conceits of ghosts in Ghostbusters, superheros in DC/Marvel, a magical nanny in Mary Poppins, space stuff Star Wars/Trek etc, the "10% of your brain" conceit isn't that hard.
I think the conceit itself bothers me far less than how often it is mentioned in the marketing (which is on super-overload right now.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Today, Mary Poppins would have a nanny cam pointed at here 24-7—NONE OF THESE SPOONS OF SUGAR FIREABLE OFFENSES. - Micah
Yeah, it is a bit much... I guess it's a concept you can't really show. I mean with Avengers you can show the Hulk or Thor etc... If you didn't mention it and it was just footage of ScarJo just going around mind-fucking everything, I don't think the movie would be as appealing to the mainstream audience. - Johnny from iPhone
Micah, and Mr Banks would be a Wall Street banker and his wife would be on an Pay Equality march. The captain who fired the canon would be an NRA nut and Burt would be a #Occupy protestor. - Johnny from iPhone
I definitely have no problem with accepting completely daft premises, especially if the only reason why I'm watching something is for the action sequences, the fight scenes, and Scarlett Johansson. It just galls to hear this kind of stuff regurgitated as unassailable fact because, hey, it was in a movie and Morgan Freeman said it so it must be true. - Victor Ganata
... damn... Disney get on that shit. - Johnny from iPhone
Victor Ganata
Hopefully I'm drowsy because I only slept 4½ hours last night and not because it smells like hydrogen sulfide is slowly diffusing into the air in this office. If you don't hear from me, avenge my death!
Is your office trying the fab new cure? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
mmmmmmmmmmm, smoked Victor - Pete
I am certain there is something seriously wrong with the plumbing in this building but the people who own the place think we're crazy. We're trying to get out of here, but my boss hasn't found a place we can move to. - Victor Ganata
Sarah G.
Should we get the CDC involved? #LibrariairesDisease
In all seriousness, it might not be a bad idea. - sglassme
How does one do that? Is there like a bat signal or something? - Sarah G.
Here is the reporting page, but it should be a state health department. Maybe get a list of sick folks (or at least a number) and symptoms, and e-mail Texas dept of health? - sglassme
If you have a positive PCR for pertussis, it should get reported to the local department of public health. - Victor Ganata
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"So basically I'm using Tinder as an Instagram discovery tool." #DoingItWrong #AloneForever
Try Coffee Meets Bagel. IME it's slightly less soul-crushing than Tinder. - Andrew C (✔)
Slightly less soul-crushing? Sounds good! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I don't want to promise too much. - Andrew C (✔)
Isn't everyone moving to Mixxxer for Instagram? #noclue - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
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Back pain: Acetaminophen no better than placebos - Boing Boing
I wonder if they've done a study of similar scale on NSAIDs? - Victor Ganata
Efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain: a double-blind, randomised controlled trial - Lancet - Victor Ganata
I've never found it particularly effective, except in combination with other drugs (taken in concert with ibuprofen for tension headaches, or as a part of my woefully discontinued migraine medication.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I think it depends on the mechanism of injury and a person's enzyme and receptor makeup, though. I've found acetaminophen effective for certain aches and pains and it has the advantage of not screwing up the kidneys in people with existing renal disease and of not causing gastritis, ulcers, or GI bleeding, but YMMV for sure. - Victor Ganata
Sarah G.
Still sick with #AALL14 mystery flu. This is what I get for messing with Texas.
You sure it's not Legionella? - Victor Ganata
No. I'm open to anything including gypsy curse. - Sarah G. from iPhone
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"Eat them up. Yum."
Fish heads? - Stephen Mack
Yup. - Victor Ganata
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Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is still coincidence, although somewhat less probable.
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That time of year when you don't need to set an alarm to wake up because the blazing heat will wake you up instead.
In Texas, we call that "every month except January". - Steven Perez from Android
But the weather isn't *supposed* to suck here! - Victor Ganata
^ *chuckle* - Spidra Webster
After months of slinking across the border, chikungunya has been transmitted in the U.S. #NOVAnext
Welp. - Victor Ganata
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Wow. 0% match, 97% enemy? Sheesh. #SheHatesMe
Looks like OKCupid helped me find my nemesis! - Victor Ganata
Your arching paperwork should be coming through any day now! - Jennifer Dittrich
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
An ad advertising a two-night "weekend quickie" dating site. 😮 I AIN'T NEVER GETTING MARRIED! 😲
Is it really a "quickie" if it takes all weekend? - Katy S
This fucking yolo generation, man. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Hah, two nights is a serious committment! ;) - Victor Ganata
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