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Entries from April 2008

Breaking Pavlov’s smoke

April 22nd, 2008 1 Comment

Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (photo from There exist certain cues throughout my day that kick off the urge to smoke. Some activities are SO heavily associated with smoking that it’s hard to imagine one without the other (morning coffee). Smokers are but one of Pavlov’s dogs. If I want to quit smoking, there are certain […]

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eBay wants you to look for a new job?

April 22nd, 2008 No Comments

Screen capture of eBay home page. Today’s 10 cent list fee special is sponsored by Monster. So, apparently eBay is encouraging you to look for a job on Monster. I guess that makes sense if eBay’s news policies are driving you off the site. This seems like a really odd marketing partnership for a site […]

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Quitting, Day Four

April 21st, 2008 No Comments

Okay, so today has by far been the worst, though also the most successful for quitting smoking. By the end of our workday, I’ve had three cigarettes. I also haven’t been able to focus on anything for longer than ten minutes. I’m not cranky or jittery, I just can’t concentrate. This was a somewhat out […]

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Quitting, again

April 20th, 2008 2 Comments

Photo by SuperFantastic on Flickr (Creative Commons license). I hated that my parents smoked when I was a kid, especially my mom. Sometimes I took one or two cigarettes out of her pack and threw them away. Once I poured a can of soda into an entire carton, which really wasn’t a very effective way […]

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Speed’s Place: A fabulous discovery in the Unmuseum

April 4th, 2008 No Comments

File under bizarre. We went to Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Museum on March 22 (traveling for Easter weekend). On the top floor is the Unmuseum, a child themed, interactive display to entertain the kiddies (and the very young at heart, which happened to include our entire party). The gem of the Unmuseum was Speed’s Place, a […]

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North Carolina is the National Champion!

April 3rd, 2008 No Comments

One of two North Carolina Championship shirts being offered by CBS. This is completely off-topic, but as a loyal Jayhawk I have to point it out. Patrick over at Fortuna Faveat has posted that the CBS Sports Store is selling North Carolina 2008 Men’s Basketball Championship shirts (I’m sure this link will go dead soon) […]

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