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Subject:The miscellaneous files
Time:01:17 am
I decided to have custom checks made. Remember checks? Paper ones, not the ones that you send via online bill pay? I still write one every now and then, but I ran out of checks on my primary account a while ago. (Well, I still had some left, but they had my San Francisco address on them from >5 years ago.) This time, I decided I wanted checks with my own photos on them. These are the ones I chose:

check4Check3
Check2Check1

I'm pretty happy with the results. The colors are much lighter than in the original photos, but I knew that would happen. They came from Carousel Checks-- you're welcome to use any of my images if you want to have your own made. Just download the full-size images from Flickr.

I have now showed my auto mechanic how to fix his car, and loaned tools to my motorcycle mechanics. That just seems wrong.

One of my coworkers wrote a play that's being produced at the SF Fringe Festival this year. I'm going this Tuesday at 7:30. Anybody want to join me?

Without consulting any sort of reference material, how big is 28000 acres in square miles? And for bonus points, how does that compare to the size of San Francisco?

I had two small fillings today, both of them on upper teeth near the front. As usual, they were done without novocain (or lidocaine or whatever they use these days) without my regretting it. The bad thing about getting front teeth filled, though, is the smell. Ick, bleah.

I scored pretty well in the "female issues" department for the most part. In particular, I almost never get bad cramps. Every now and then, though, I pay for it. Last night they were so bad that I didn't want sex. I don't think that's ever happened before!
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songmonk
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Time:2007-09-08 08:46 am (UTC)
Weird.

Earlier today, my coworker commented on the 28000 acres of wildfire. I remarked that I had no concept of how much that really was. He did a rough conversion into square miles in his head, and I said I still couldn't really figure how much area that was. I paused, then I said that I knew that San Francisco is roughly 7 miles by 7 miles, or 49 square miles, so about that.

And then we moved on to other topics.
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freelikebeer
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Time:2007-09-08 12:19 pm (UTC)
Just elaborate on this, 28000 acres is roughly 45 square miles. The burn area is probably dimensioned more like 1.5 miles x 30 miles in a curvy kind of shape.
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rahaeli
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Time:2007-09-08 09:10 am (UTC)
For the cramps, I repeat advice a massage therapist friend gave me a while back:

Sit somewhere where you can put your left ankle across your lap (or otherwise within reach). Take your right hand and hold it with your fingers all together loosely. Rest your pinkie finger against the knob of bone on the inside of your ankle, so that it's not actually on the knob but next to it, and so that the tip of your pinkie is even with the top of the knob. Your index finger will naturally be curled along your shin-bone. Right beneath the tip of your index finger, on your shin-bone, will be a (very very faint) indentation -- you might need to wiggle your finger around a bit to find it, but that's the method of location that works for most people.

Rub this spot. Your cramps will disappear. It is freakish.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2007-09-08 12:19 pm (UTC)
It's 37.4 square miles -- one-tenth the size of the 375 square-mile Zaca fire. SF is about 48 square miles, I think.

I didn't look these up for the answer to this question, but I'm writing a piece for UnNatural History on the fires, so the figures are in my mind.
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wild_irises
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Time:2007-09-08 03:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't have a filling until I was in my late 30s, and I was horrified by the smell, which I still despise.
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clutch_c
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Time:2007-09-08 03:29 pm (UTC)
How can you do this? Sometimes even the novocaine doesn't work well enough for me. I can't imagine having a tooth filled without it.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-09-08 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's easy... it basiclally doesn't hurt.

Pinch the skin between your thumb and index finger... not hard, just until it barely hurts. For me, that's about the worst sensation I ever get while having my teeth filled. It's occasionally a little bit worse, but only a little bit and it only lasts for about five seconds.

It's not true for everyone, but I think most people have an irrational fear of dental pain.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2007-09-08 05:00 pm (UTC)
I never had novacaine for the few fillings I've had and it wasn't too bad. I have been told, however, that if it doesn't hurt they probably aren't drilling deep enough. I did have a shot of novacaine when I was a kid and had some teeth pulled (I think they were baby teeth that wouldn't come out and were screwing up my adult teeth).
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luckylefty
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Time:2007-09-09 10:54 pm (UTC)
I just pinched myself in the manner you describe, not "until it barely hurts", but "as hard as I could". It was not nearly as painful as the least painful teeth cleaning I've ever had. The one time I had a dentist drill without giving the Novocaine enough time to kick in first, the pain was much worse than the worst cleaning I've ever had. And presumably there was some deadening from the Novocaine, just not the full amount.

Are you just falling into the "most people are like me" trap, or do you have some objective reason to believe that more people experience the amount of pain you experience than the amount of pain I experience from drilling?
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drj0402
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Time:2007-09-08 05:21 pm (UTC)
When I have had fillings, I always needed novacaine / novocaine and sometimes a double shot.
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