Archive for February 19, 2008

Two People With CloudBooks

February 19, 2008

I knew Meredith was getting one but I didn’t bother to link to her because I wasn’t sure she’d actually post in her blog about it. She did.

Here’s someone else making us all envious.

— from CloudBooker

Microsoft Shuns Moon. Wants Universe.

February 19, 2008

All of you probably thought I was daft when I mentioned Microsoft Moon in the old blog.

Well, Microsoft has gone cheap.

Instead of building and deploying mini-rovers on the Moon for us to play with, they’ve apparently decided to grab some of the free schwag available from the Hubble telescope.

Rumors are this will culminate in software that made Scoble Boy weep: Microsoft Telescope.

(Yes, I know that and other sites are calling it Worldwide Telescope. Has Microsoft failed to slap its name first on any product? Zune doesn’t count … and it hasn’t.)

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Scoble in his lair; weeping.

New Category: Statin Drugs

February 19, 2008

It seems I’m going to be doing more posts about that topic, so I better have a Category.

I’m now going to go in and link those other posts to that Category too.

Simvastatin: This Happened To Me Too!

February 19, 2008

TENDON RUPTURE WITH STATIN THERAPY (PDF link; HTML link)

A 46-year-old male physician had been treated with atorvastatin and pravastatin for his hypercholesterolemia. He had no other medical history. He was then placed on the combination product simvastatin 20 mg and ezetimibe 10 mg (Vytorin). Four months after starting on these two agents, the patient ruptured his left biceps tendon while simply lifting a box from his car. The patient was not on any other medications and did not have any arm pain before this incident. The patient required surgical repair of the tendon and was not restarted on the simvastatin and ezetimibe for another 2 months. After a short period of time, the man started having pain in his other arm over the biceps tendon. The medication was stopped and the pain resolved within 2 weeks.

The authors of this report point out that tendinopathy or tendon rupture are very rare with the class of drugs commonly called the “statins.” Their search of PubMed yielded only four reports of tendinopathy or tendinitis. There were no reports of tendon rupture. The authors also state that in almost 84,000 patients randomly assigned to placebo or statins in clinical trials, there were no reports of tendinitis or tendon rupture. There are 247 reports of tendon rupture in the Food and Drug Administration’s adverse-event reporting system database associated with statin therapy.

Emphasis added by me.

So there I was in the shower one morning soaping up my left underarm and noticing that I’d been having trouble lifting that arm as well as stretching it. What I discovered was a thin strip of something under my skin, where there had never been anything before. And there wasn’t anything similar in my right arm. I’d never before had anything like this in my life. Even muscle sprains (mainly leg and wrist) never presented themselves like that. And I hadn’t done any heavy lifting or unusual activity.

I called up anatomical charts, drawings, and photos on the Net. I couldn’t figure out what the hell it was. Nothing looked like it or even gave a hint of where it came from.

I saw two of my doctors. They were stumped. One of them even opened his desktop anatomical reference. And he couldn’t find it, either.

I asked both of these doctors if this could a side-effect of the Simvastatin. Both said No.

Then I saw my cardiologist. He, surprisingly, said it was a tendon. I also asked him if it was Simvastatin-related. He too said No.

Now I find out the FDA has had other reports of this?

Previously here:
Simvastatin Vs. My Mind
Stopping My Statin
Give Me Back My Mind!

Steve Jobs: Invite Me! Me! MEEEE!!!!

February 19, 2008

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Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at “secret” NYC event

It’s unclear whether this “secret” New York City event has anything to do with a an Apple product event rumored to take place during the final week of the month. The company, however, has yet to issue any form of invitation or acknowledgment of such an event, suggesting one is increasingly unlikely during that timeframe.

Maybe for all you California-based techmemers (I hope the TSA makes your plane trips hell too!). But I’m just a ferry-ride away!

Let me be the first to fondle the iPod Air, Steve!!!

Update: Being absorbed in other things, it’s just today (Feb 21) I find out Linkin Park did a secret midnight show at the Apple Soho Store as part of some contest conclusion. But Steve could still invite me to a California debut of the iPod Air. Except he’d also have to furnish the plane tickets. Ha!

Druggies: See Your Future

February 19, 2008

This was posted on YouTube as an instance of police abuse. While it is indeed that, it also illustrates what I said in my previous post about druggies being grief-causing assholes who think they’re invulnerable (part of that warped sense of self also makes them believe rules of normal, decent behavior don’t apply to them).

Yes, the officer was fired as he should have been. Cops aren’t supposed to give shit. But they shouldn’t have to take shit, either. When you’re grabbed, STFU and obey. Court is the place to exercise resistance.

Dubai Continues Its Madness

February 19, 2008

Grooverider jailed for four years
Radio 1 DJ Grooverider has been jailed for four years in Dubai after admitting cannabis possession.

I’ll catch hell for this. It’s hard for me to be sympathetic. I detest drugs. Some people will snark that’s because I’ve never used them. While that’s so, do you users realize what grief-causing assholes you are when you’re on them? Your lack of inhibition and false sense of invulnerability are part of the reasons why I’d like to own a gun. I’d show you fast just how vulnerable you are, asshole. That Grooverider forgot it was in a pair of pants he packed is Exhibit A of how drugs make users stupid. Sorry, I won’t cry for him.

On the other hand, that kid who possessed legal Melatonin is still trapped in the Dubai legal system and needs to raise legal defense funds. Him I feel sorry for. And he wouldn’t be in jail if it wasn’t for you druggie assholes.

Previously here:
More About Dubai
Dubai: Don’t Go There, Ever!
Dubai’s Been Busy
Let Dubai Know You Are Not Pleased
Reference: Dubai, The Enemy
Reference: Dubai