1. Always read carefully before mocking giant weird guns... I need to completely reverse what I said yesterday about the stun gun. I was laughing so hard when I saw the thing I didn't register that it was a laser gun. Thought it was just a bright flash. I revised my opinion about it in yesterday's journal. Here's what I wrote:
I've tracked down the original article ... Wizbang2 commented correctly that laser light would not be diffuse and could be hazardous to vision, depending on the length of exposure and wavelength used. Certain wavelengths are far more destructive than others. They mention in that article that there are safe green lights that can be used... we use a green targeting beam when we do ablative laser procedures on the retina (as in diabetic eye disease) but I know there have been studies showing that repetitive exposure to the foveas of ophthalmologists to the green aiming beam can, over time, cause some permanent loss of sensitivity to light. Similarly, prolonged exposure to lasers like the ones in laser pointers can cause a diminished light response... so don't stare at a laser pointer for prolonged periods of time.
I wouldn't tell you that, but I know at least one forum member here has done it. You know who you are.
2. Steve 'n Lois Just so you know, the reason I've had another break in the series is the same as the one before... the one that resulted in
Chuck Admiral Norris appearing in the series. (I had to make a Chuck Norris head.) But I think the new prop is about ready, so I'll start these up again.
For prior episodes, you can go to the HAFT page at www.TaiChiKnees.com, or check out the Halo Action Figure thread here at RedVsBlue.
Halo Action Figure Theater: The Steve n' Lois Chronicles
Episode 29: Capture the Flag ("Jeu d'hiver.")
3. Ask the Doctor I get probably 2 or 3 PMs a week asking medical questions here at the site. I was thinking that maybe I should start up an "Ask the Eye Doctor" page at my website... would that be something you'd be interested in? . If you had questions I could answer them here and then just copy over to there...
Just throwing that out there.
4. Food at the Mackies. I've got my flight and hotel for the Mackies. I decided to stay out by the airport as the hotels near the show are pretty much full. Also, I got a good deal on Travelocity. Anyway, I got a second e-mail from my cousin Jack that I thought I would share:
I was in Astoria yesterday, and here's some more neighborhood info:
The Bosnian fast-food place is called something like Cevaxkljhfdgf (not actual spelling) Sarajevo. I love the cevapis they have: a skinless lamb sausage on a nice hot roll with spices and sour cream. They also have bureks, which are flaky pastry-like things. The museum is on 35th Avenue; this place is one block north, on 34th Avenue, and 38th Street, a few blocks east (the avenues and streets do get a little confusing over there).
The Cafe Bar (or Bar Cafe) is also on 34th Avenue, at about 36th Street I think. Besides beverages with alcohol and caffeine, they also serve Cypriot/American food.
S'Agapo is at 34th Avenue and 35th Street and is still open, fortunately. I forgot to mention that they grill a mean octopus there.
I also saw a hipster-looking bar/cafe that I hadn't been to before at 34th Avenue and 33rd Street.
Besides the event you're going to, the American Museum of the Moving Image is a pretty fun museum and good for someone of [Spyton]'s age. You should check it out if you have the chance.
If you want to take public transportation to and from this area and Laguardia (very safe, nothing to worry about), you can take the M60 bus from Laguardia to 31st Street and Astoria Blvd. From there, you can take the N or the W train to Broadway (and 31st Street), which I think is two stops. (The fare is $2, there's a free transfer between buses and trains). Broadway is the equivalent of 33rd Avenue, a couple of blocks north of 35th Avenue, site of the museum. Depending on where you stay, you can also go back that way.
If you choose to cab it, it's usually not easy to hail cabs in the streets of Queens - they just don't cruise around there looking for fares like they do in Manhattan. You'd have to ask the hotel or the museum for the phone number of a car service (also called a livery cab) to take you where you want to go. Always ask the fare before the trip starts so that you don't get sticker shock (even better, ask for the fare when you call the car service and confirm it with the driver). If you take a car service, tip the driver well -- I represented one once and they really get screwed financially in general.
5. In defense of Americans. When I mentioned a few days ago that American news stations don't cover international news several people commented that Americans don't care about the rest of the world. I disagree that Americans are all self-centered. I will complain, instead, that the American media has chosen to only show news that is about America. They've decided that the average American is not very smart, has a low attention span, and is interested in sex, violence and watching pretty girls eat bugs. Because there is no network coverage of the events in Africa, Asia, or the completely invisible South American continent, US citizens don't have the opportunity to become invested in world events.
With the advent of dish television, and internet news, hopefully that will begin to change.
Of course, there will always be pretty girls eating bugs. Some things are sacrosanct.
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