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July 22nd, 2008

Spaced Signing [Jul. 22nd, 2008|02:32 pm]
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Damn. Either I screwed up and wrote down the wrong time or they changed it on me. The signing with Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes and Edgar Wright is today from 2PM-4PM, not tonight starting at 5 as I had originally thought. It being 2:30 already, it looks like I'm going to miss this one. Just as well, as I ought not to drop $40+ on a DVD set right now, but still, I was looking forward to meeting them.

Poop.
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Thank You, Google Alert! [Jul. 22nd, 2008|04:24 pm]
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This is the kind of website you're notified about sometimes when you have a Google Alert for your own name, even if it's not a very common one (especially with those two crazy Ns at the end).

However, if I were a filmmaker, that is exactly the kind of movie I would make!
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Health Update [Jul. 22nd, 2008|05:31 pm]
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In last week's episode, we discovered my cholesterol count was 220 and also I didn't have enough of HDL, the "good" cholesterol. My doctor recommended a statin, and several friends suggested asking him about niacin and fish oil instead, rather than going on a heavy-duty prescription drug.

I spoke to my doctor today, and the good news is he's fine with me trying niacin or fish oil first. He also mentioned something called red yeast rice that has worked wonders for some of his patients (one guy's count dropped from 250 to 200 on it), but according to my brief internet research it looks like red yeast rice supplements may no longer be on the over-the-counter market with the natural lovastatin that helps in cholesterol matters. I'll hit my local health food stores and see what's what.

He's also not sure the niacin and fish oil will do anything to help with the cholesterol, though it does help with triglycerides, but he figures it's worth a shot if I can't get the red yeast rice.

Also, my chest x-rays came back fine. Whew!
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