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I'm a 40-something married white female, survivor of weight watchers, avid reader of pulp. Dogs (not cats), extreme right (handed, not politics), ENTJ, alto, wanna-be knitter.

September 14, 2011

Signs of Health!

Since I’m riding the train on a daily basis, I’ve taken subscriptions to New Scientist and National Geographic. I was reading New Scientist today… and I am so proud of Europeans. Really!

With a title of “Europe’s Health Gap”, the article  lamented the fact that psychiatric illnesses are now the biggest source of ill health in Europe.

They say this like it’s a bad thing.

But I say that when depression, anxiety, insomnia (!) and seasonal affective disorder are your worst problems (instead of things like malaria, starvation, TB, etc…), you’re pretty darn healthy. Do you think that someone who is affected by something like heart disease or yellow fever doesn’t have a bit of depression to deal with? But it doesn’t count, because the physical ailment trumps the mental one.

I don’t often like the political bent of New Scientist, but they sure have some interesting articles.


So, I’m thinking of my brother Johnny this morning. No, not because he’s psycho, though he may well be (ha ha), but because I had to break out my calculator to teach physics. I still have my calculator from senior year high school that he got me. It graphs, and I used it in my first calculus class. In 1987. It still is a fantastic calculator. It’s no Bomar Brain, but it rocks J.

Thanks, Johnny!

Off to grade labs!



Anonymous Kid #6 said...

Awesome! Probably still works because I didn't take it apart to rearrange the keypad (like I did on Mary's Comp IV!)

p.s. Physics is Phun!

September 14, 2011 10:10 AM  
Blogger cube said...

My old HP died many years ago. It was programmable and the professor had to come by each desk and deprogram every single one in the room before a test. Those where the days...

September 15, 2011 1:46 PM  
Blogger birdwoman said...

Hmmm, I tried to reply b4 and it disappeared...

I said something snarky about the prof using a magnet. I always wanted to pull out the big magnets at my old school when the kids wouldn't put the mp3 players away. Never had the brass, though.

Johnny, why would you rearrange the key's on mary's calculator? Meanie.

September 16, 2011 6:06 PM  

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