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April 23rd, 2009

12:50 pm - Good news!

I'm not going to die of tetanus!

That makes it sound all far more exciting than it really is. Last night I stepped on a piece of floral wire cunningly hidden in the carpet by one of the cats, and my right fourth toe bled like a stuck pig for a while.

myrialux sensibly asked when my last tetanus shot was and the only one I could remember having was back in college. I got into work this morning, phoned my doctor, and they were all YES YES COME IN NOW WE WILL WORK YOU IN SOMEHOW. So I spent the morning in the waiting room as they were even more behind than usual, to be examined by the doc who ensured that there was probably little chance of infection, as the cats were indoor cats* and I was in my bare feet at the time.**

So I was cleared for the DTP*** booster, whereupon they made me sit in the lab area for 15 minutes to make sure I wasn't going to have an allergic reaction to it, and then I was cleared to go back to work.

Overall: long stretches of boredom punctuated (and punctured) by short moments of pain. :D

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* Less chance of getting bacteria from the outside on stuff inside the house.

** More chance of infection with shoes, because the object gets bacteria from the outside of the shoe in the wound.

*** Diptheria / tetanus / pertussis booster - they're now putting the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine in with the adult tetanus booster, as it's currently on the rise.

02:22 pm - Scare quotes ahoy!

Just remembered this - on the way back from the doc, I was on the highway behind a horse trailer for the Fort Worth Police. The warning on the back read:

STAY
BACK
"20"
FEET


And to rub salt into the wound, whoever was stenciling the letters on used the same right-curly-quotes stencil for the scare quotes in front of the 20 as for after it, so I was left with the impression that I was driving behind a misbehaving Word document.

09:37 pm - WTF?!

Good, if a bit weird: Marvel Comics adapting Pride and Prejudice.

Bad: FAILING TO DO ANYTHING RESEMBLING RESEARCH FOR HAIRSTYLES AND MAKEUP AND MAKING THEM ALL LOOK LIKE MODERN 21ST CENTURY WOMEN WEARING DARK LIPSTICK.

http://marvel.com/news/comicstories.7021

Also note: sample page 4. In panel 3, check out where the bottoms of the windows are, and how large the panes are in comparison to the people standing in front of them. In panel 5, see where the 30something heavily made up 21st century Bennett sisters are standing in relation to the windows. Apparently they decided they were in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and took a draft of a DRINK ME potion and ended up giantesses crouching awkwardly in the drawing room.

Via sutlers.
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