Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Why is finding drug treatment so difficult?

Drug treatment can be difficult to find, this is true. But the reasons are understandable, even if they're not entirely palatable. For the thing is that in recent years we've been finding out a great deal more about addictions of all sorts, not just those to drugs. We've been finding out more about what causes them for example: some people do simply have an addictive personality, others can have entirely different underlying problems.

We're also finding out a great deal more about drug treatment in how we actually do about treating addiction to drugs and other things. For example, the realization that there could be other problems, other things needing solution other than the addiction itself has led to the dual diagnosis treatment. There's little point in attempting to treat just the addiction without dealing with what led to it: this would be like offering an alcoholic a new liver without insisting they also stop drinking.

We also know other things about what works in drug treatment. For example, we now think it best that adiction services are offered in a campus like environment: we need to get the addict away from not just the addiction but the background and environment where it happened. We also know a great deal more about what drug therapies can do to help: plus, of course, our knowledge of the human brain continues to advance so we're closer to understanding what addiction itself actually is.

All of these things mean that we're ever more successful at dealing with, limiting the damage done by, addictions: if you'd like to know more about what can be done these days just click through any of the links. But while we know more, of course this is all new so we're still creating some of the facilities we need to use this new found knowledge.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Why won't my parakeet eat my diarrhea?

That's a pretty strange question, I think you'll agree: "Why won't my parakeet eat my diarrhea?".

The thing is that it's one of the suggestions that comes up when you put "Why won't" into Google.

Which means that someone really rather odd has trained Google into thinking that that is a common question that people are likely to want to know the answer to.

But don't fear for the future of the human race just yet. There's a reason someone has done so. It's a game, a jeu d'esprit. The full explanation of "why won't my parakeet eat my diarrhea" is here.

This actually all looks like a variation on "googlewhacking". That's the attempt to get your page as the only entry in the entire Google index for some phrase or another. You do have to be pretty inventive to manage it now, given the size of the index. My assumption is that this is a variation: a game being played to see who can get the most outrageous suggestions out of Google by asking the question a few times and seeing if it comes up as one of those suggestions. And I would think that whoever came up with "Why won't my parakeet eat my diarrhea?" has managed to win a very large number of points.

What fun, eh? Anyone coined a word for the game yet?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Celebrity News: Katie Holmes

So, is Katie Holmes your favourite celebrity? Do you have a favourite celebrity? If not, don't you think you ought to choose one?

While you're thinking about that why not check out the site dedicated to news about Katie Holmes? There's a series of news reports and stories about her, as well as photographs and even news video.

There's also a section on Katie Holmes' marriage to Tom Cruise. So why not check it out?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Topping it or Not?

There's always the most fearsome arguments about circumcision. Leaving aside any religious issues (if you know what a mohel is, it's not really going to be voluntary) there is on the one side the fafct that it does protect against certain sexually transmitted disease and cancers.

Good, good you will say.

On the other side it's always said that circumcision leads to lower sexual pleasure as a result of desensitizing that part of the man.

However, you might want to click through to see that this argument is wrong. Such desensitization almost certainly leads to an increase in sexual pleasure.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Reading a Book

Quiteunbelievable, looking at what people search for I find that gthere are those who search for intructions on how to read a book.

Fortunately, if you click through the link you'll get the full instructions on how to read a book.

Obviously, open it at the front and look at all the words until you get to hte end is too complex an instruction set.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jennie and the Billies

Here's a good blog post about Jennie Finch and her appearance at the Billies:

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had the privilege of attending the Billies with my daughter Abby. The Billies are an awards event named after Billie Jean King recognizing the positive portrayal of women in sports. The highlight was Abby acting as SunValleyOnline’s cub reporter and interviewing an array of sports figures ranging from Billie Jean King herself to Jimmy Connors to Jennie Finch. The athletes were incredibly nice to her asking her as many questions as she was asking them.

A private concert by Elton John afterwards as well? Pretty cool.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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