Friday, August 20, 2010

the nyt has a great little article on the boulder dash

at lake compounce

Screaming Through the Trees
In an effort to provide unusual and authentic thrills, companies and theme parks have devised several ways to make their rides stand out. But rarely have these scream machines used the environment around them in a ride that celebrates nature.
Enter Boulder Dash. This appropriately titled roller coaster has the distinction of being billed as the first built into the side of a mountain, with a track that moves along tree-lined terrain. As an enthusiast who has logged rides on more than 100 coasters nationwide, I had somehow missed this novelty — and it is practically in my own backyard, at Lake Compounce, a small family amusement park tucked in the hills of Bristol, Conn.................

Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times
The Boulder Dash is never far from the ground, or the woods, while reaching 65 miles per hour.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

this is kinda cool

and it's the first i've heard of it but i guess it's the third year:

'Pooch Plunge' Set for Monday

The third annual "Pooch Plunge" is set for Monday at Kennedy Memorial Pool.
From 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., dogs with a current license from their town will be allowed to swim in the pool with other area pooches................

connecticut criminal (alleged) of the month!

Police: Woman Arrested For DUI Had More Than Five Times The Legal Limit

Breath Test Showed .406 Percent Blood-Alcohol Level

i know several of our medicines are based on herbal remedies

i know we can't all be sucking on willow bark all of the time - so now we have aspirin. well i prefer the willow bark.

i don't want to take a pill with a lot of numbers and funny letter combinations in it. i'd RATHER just make a tea of the herbs. i guess that's not always possible

OH AND ONE MORE THING. LEGALIZE POT. AT THE VERY LEAST FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES. it WILL help people who are going through chemo (as well as other ailments). and if you're wondering. NO i don't smoke marijuana. it's not ME i'm thinking of (this time)

Yale Researchers Look To Ancient Remedy To Fight Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Yale researchers have developed a medication based on a Chinese herbal recipe more than 1,800 years old to counteract the adverse effects of chemotherapy.
The medicine, called PHY906, would relieve the gastrointestinal side effects of a common chemotherapy drug known as CPT-11, but not the drug's effectiveness in fighting cancer cells. Yung-Chi Cheng, a professor of pharmacology at Yale and the paper's senior author, calls the medication "a marriage of Western and Eastern approaches to the treatment of cancer."..............