Friday, October 19, 2018

Final Jeopardy 10-19-2018

October 19, 2018

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Final Jeopardy Clue:

A low center of gravity is a key to success in this sport with moves including gaburi-yori & uwate-dashinage

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dopesick (2018). Beth Macy

Dopesick(2018) Beth Macy

Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America


Wow.  I thought I knew something about the opioid crisis but it turns out I had no idea. For instance, I had no notion that a drug company (Perdue Labs) had the ability to reformulate oxycontin into a form that would be more difficult to abuse but waited to do this until their patent expired on the original.  


The big misconception is that you cannot get addicted if you just use narcotics for “true” pain.  That is completely wrong.  Macy makes that clear in case after case of people who are put on oxycontin after injury or surgery and cannot get off and eventually resort to heroine. Macy also spends a good deal of time dispelling the myth that abstinence is the only solution. Not a very cheerful book but if you want to learn what is happening around us this is it.

Final Jeopardy 10-2-2018

October 2, 2018

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Oscar Hyphenates

Final Jeopardy Clue:

This actor has never been nominated for acting–he won, though, as a writer for 1997 & as a producer for 2012

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Ben Afflect

Monday, October 1, 2018

Final Jeopardy 10-1-2018

October 1, 2018

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World Literature

Final Jeopardy Clue:

In a recent poll of 125 authors, this long 1870s novel about a woman ranked as the greatest work of fiction of all time

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Anna Karenina

Friday, July 27, 2018

Book Review: Revenge of Analog (2016). David Sax

Revenge of Analog  (2016) David Sax

What do paper notebooks,  vinyl records, film, and board games have in common?  They are all examples of a persistence or reversion to old school modes as delivered by David Sax.  Is this a trend or the exception that proves the rule.  Are board games going to overtake computer games/   Will we all turn to using longhand and quills to communicate?  Of course not.  It is interesting and probably important that in the midst of technologic progress many of us choose to engage in things we can touch and enjoy without the use of computers.  I am not a Luddite but I see this as a positive thing.  Interesting book.