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Holy cow!


You’ve probably seen this, but I hadn’t (from my bed of pain): they’ve found a skeleton near where they found the Antikythera mechanism. They think they might be able to extract DNA from it.

I’m excited. The Antikythera mechanism is one of my favorite fantastic objects that is indisputably real.

I’m up briefly, waiting for my latest dose of Nyquil to kick in. I was resting pretty comfortably, but my lungs were making the most appalling squeaky noises. And not like squeak-squeak, either. More like several excitable chipmunks having a lively conversation in my body cavity. Eventually, Jack came over and investigated. That’s when I knew I needed drugs.

Things you may (or may not) need to know some day: Nyquil is called Nite Nurse in the UK. Same lethal green goo, though.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 20, 2016, 10:54 pm

Humidity can lead to a lung infection (I’ve had pneumonia 4 times)…keep warm and dry.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 21, 2016, 1:09 am

Calling Uncle Badger, Calling Uncle Badger…

Your mission, should you accept it, is to train Mad Jack to accept a collar and to carry a tiny keg around so that when your lady is in extremis he can deliver an ounce or two of 18-year-old The Macallan to her when she needs it most.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 21, 2016, 1:20 am

Be careful with booze and Night Nurse. It has a gram of paracetamol per dose and alcohol potentiates the liver-damaging effects.

Comment from tinman
Time: September 21, 2016, 12:00 pm

Chipmunks, eh? I’ve only been that bad off twice, thank goodness, but a Ventolin inhaler sure helps keep the bronchial tubes open.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 21, 2016, 12:42 pm

I miss the good old Vicks Formula 44 cough medicine, which certainly had alcohol in it, and I believe also featured chloroform. That stuff worked.

Comment from dissent
Time: September 21, 2016, 3:09 pm

Good plan Uncle Al. Take good care of your patient Dr. Jack.

I went to Palm Springs earlier this year. Was sunny, warm and and beautiful. Got bacterial pneumonia two days in. Hardly slept at all for four days straight till we flew back and I finally got some med care and strong antibiotics. Was laid up at home for more than a week. The prescription cough medicine they gave was supposed to be just the thing to quiet my cough and let me sleep. It didn’t do crap. The NyQuil, on the other hand, did help.

Comment from Niña
Time: September 21, 2016, 9:18 pm

It’s vile, but it works, and that’s what matters in times like these.

I’m excited to see what comes from this find, too!! I hope is is as interesting as it I hope it is.

Or whatever.

Stoaty, we show a short video about the progress of a virus taking over people to our bio students every year. It’s so terrifying that they’re afraid to touch each other for weeks afterwards. If it’s any consolation, I’ve seen how it ends, and you’ll feel better eventually. Although, unfortunately, the video recommends not taking drugs so that your immune system can go against the virus unimpeded.

I’ll keep that benefit of modern medicine on hand nonetheless, won’t you?!

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