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The other day my wife sent a personal note for Trent Reznor to his office. Completely cold, no prior context.

His agent called back ten minutes later.

Ever wonder why women like wearing make-up so much?

Butylene glycol is the safest of a class of chemicals called solubilizers

Butylene glycol is rapidly absorbed through any tissue, including the skin. It is rapidly metabolized to gamma-hydroxybutyric acid in animals and humans. Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid is a naturally occurring chemical found in the brain and peripheral tissues of humans. Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid is also rapidly metabolized into succinate through the tricarboxylic acid cycle within the body. Given in high doses, a neuromodulator effect can be seen. However, in the small doses used as a solvent in pharmaceuticals and nutritionals, there are no known side effects. In water-based products, a concentration of 0.5% butylene glycol, as a solvent, would be safe for topical use.

Butylene glycol in concentrations of 0.5% or less in a topically applied product scores at least 9 out of 10, with a score of 10 being perfectly safe.


Anyone know if there's ever been a study of the ratio of (1,3) butanediol to (1,4) butanediol in common make-up products? My money says that the proportion of (1,4) would turn out to be higher than naturally tends to occur via normal synthesis techniques.

The dirty little secret of the cosmetics industry: foundation is actually a time-release formulation of GHB.

The new fashion in getting high: vacuum distillation of cosmetics products.

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A little tidbit of information for anyone curious about the origins of the civil war, there's a speech explaining the secession.

A good summary line: "Louisiana [and] Texas... are both so deeply interested in African slavery that it may be said to be absolutely necessary to their existence, and is the keystone to the arch of their prosperity"


I just watched a bunch of episodes of the second season of the show 24.

Man, what a piece of excrement that thing is.

Soap opera style plot and dialogue. No flow of conversation, confrontational statements with no motivation other than to build drama. Moronic characters who don't show the slightest wiff of common sense if it would get in the way of the preplanned plot. Technobabble comparable to what you'd see on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But the worst part is what a nauseating propoganda piece the whole thing is. Military intelligence is always perfectly accurate, even if it's completely lacking in specifics. Terrorists are about to bomb the united states in a well-orchestrated well-funded attack. If you have the slightest suspicion that someone you know might be a terorrist, they're clearly guilty and you're perfectly justified in completely freaking out. The counter-terrorist agencies are completely on the ball. The president is in charge and highly competent. Torturing people always gets perfectly accurate information out of them. It's okay for law enforcement to kill a bunch of people if they think there's an emergency.

The product placement for Fox news is a nice touch. It puts everything in context.

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Thanks to the magic of ebay, I've now acquired a replacement Brain, this one with an accompanying Pinky. I paid almost $300 for it. A solo Brain just went for $50 (the reserve) plus $30 shipping, so I overpaid, but I wasn't sure if a brain would come up for sale again, and I think the second one got hurt by having a reserve price, which stopped a bidding war, and also by not mentioning pinky, so it was hard for it to show up in searches.

In any case, I've got my replacement brain. woohoo!

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R. has an ear infection. She's on antibiotics though.

C. is now learning how to sleep through the night. I've been sitting next to him and petting him a little whenever he wakes up and cries. He hasn't done it for more than a few minutes at a stretch, thankfully.