Are you sure you’re helping

January 28, 2008

Once again, in my head this sounds more like a stand-up routine, than a rant or a blog entry, but what the hey.

Recently, I heard on the news that physicians don’t really think that cough medicines do all that much.  In one recent study, they say that cough medicines work about as well as a placebo. 

Now, what I’m sure they’re trying to do is to get people to take better care of themselves when they are sick.  Basically, when you have a cold, there’s only four things that will really make things better: time, sleep, fluids, and antibiotics.  So, if this gets 10 people to go to the doctor and living, when instead of just downing NyQuil and dying in their sleep, sure there’s a small benefit.

So millions of people think that over the counter cough syrup works for them.  I wasn’t hearing a loud outcry of angry Robotussin users picketting the Wyeth company.  And now the news has informed them that it doesn’t.  Isn’t that like telling someone how David Copperfield does magic tricks, when they’re going out the door to see him? 

People are generally dumb, but they’re not that dumb.  If the cough syrup had no affect AT ALL, people would notice.  Hey, maybe it’s the delivery system.  Maybe sticky syrup makes you stop coughing long enough to get some sleep. 

Plus, the article goes on to say that a placebo had the same effects as the cough syrup.  Okay, that’s great.  But Robitussin is pretty darn cheap, especially if you buy the drug store knock off brands.  I can buy 12 ounces of the stuff for like $6.00.   Even at 4 Teaspoons a day, that’ll last you a good long time.  I bet if they get a placebo out onto the market, it’ll be twice the price. 

Sure, maybe cough syrup is the same as hot tea.  But when I wake up in the middle of the night with a cough, I’d rather slam some Tussin, than go downstairs, completely wake up, and make myself tea, while I hack all over my kitchen. 

This wasn’t some $100.00 an ounce prescription wonder drug.  It’s store bought cough syrup.  We’re purchasing it because it’s convenient and cheap.  What’s next? 

Halls Cough Drops more like candy than medicine?  NO?

Store bought hand cream only soothes doesn’t help dry skin? Say it isn’t so!

Toilet covers don’t really prevent anything, your butt cheeks are not covered in germs.  My world is shattered!


Oh this just appeals this morning

January 25, 2008

This just hit the right spot this morning.  And mostly is where most of my internal errors seem to come.



The full joke is at:

Hold me back!

January 22, 2008

Hold me back!, originally uploaded by rjs_2007.

Okay, I’m not a huuuuge fan of the lolcat or loldog. They’re funny, certainly, but not necessarily worth posting on a blog….

To me this one is an exception…. Too funny.

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Awwww, damn!

January 18, 2008

You know, it’s bad enough when you learn that someone famous that you kindof like has died.  You hear it on the news, and there’s an emptiness in you, because someone whose work you appreciated has passed away. 

But then there’s the empty and somewhat weird sensation when someone famous that you kindof like has died… but it happened several months (or years) before.  So then there’s the emptiness, except you can’t share it with others, cause anyone who cares had already moved on.  Plus, how much did you really care if you totally missed that the kicked off.

Anyway, the other Michael Jackson died last August.  Michael Jackson was one of the key proponents of the craft-brewed beer movement.  Probably would have happened without him, but I think he helped craft brew beer fanatics organize themselves.  An obituary is here.

Raise a pint if you are so inclined.


I know I’m Jinxing Myself

January 14, 2008

Well, two more checkboxes to cross off the list in our Journeys Through the Wonders of Toddlerhood. 

  • Cleaned up Baby Puke
  • Visited the Emergency Room

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Stupid and pointless, but then again so was D&D

January 10, 2008

Quiz time… This one was more interesting than most, in that there were a bunch of possibilities, but it’s a generate a D&D character based on your input. Interesting… in a sense…

Anyway, here’s me:

I Am A: Chaotic Neutral Human Wizard (5th Level)

Ability Scores:

Chaotic Neutral A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn’t strive to protect others’ freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society’s restrictions and a do-gooder’s zeal. However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard’s strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)


The other new webcomic

January 9, 2008

This one is from, this is soooooo going to happen to me one day: