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loafingcactus
Raleigh, NC
Loafingcactus is the general life online presence of clinical research entrepreneur Mary KDR.
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Come on over to http://www.loafingcactus.com and follow me on Twitter @loafingcactus . Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Cactus Juice
This blog will be restarting at http://www.loafingcactus.com within the next 30 days. I am so excited to be back and hope to see you over there! Meanwhile, follow me on Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Cactus Juice
It took having my vehicle towed on Thanksgiving weekend to restore my faith in humanity and usher in some holiday spirit. We were sitting around chatting after dinner when someone started ringing the doorbell and didn't stop. Then we heard... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Cactus Juice
I've lately been reading Chesterton, Bonhoeffer and Ellul, and they all in various ways take the view that Christianity requires an appreciation of opposites, particularly in the issue of religion. In these dark days, I appreciate this sunny view that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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Went to bed last night with the news that a North Carolina jury has convicted a man on the flimsiest of evidence and woke up to the news that we've assassinated a US citizen. That's just 12 hours worth of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at Cactus Juice
In That Used to Be Us, Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum claim that we changed on 9/11. A Washington Post editorial claims that we had a giant collective emotional breakdown and just need to get our act back together. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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"To me, science is about how not to be a sucker." - endnote, page 273 I was asked to read Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan by a friend who has never steered me wrong before. In general, one should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Cactus Juice
The August issue of The Lancet features an editorial and a set of articles on obesity. An excellent point from the editorial: "One important premise is that the increasing weight of people worldwide is the result of normal response by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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I've been a little sad that I missed so much of the Great Two Vacations because of my illness (unknown at the time). I was so tired, sleeping a lot and even when I was awake I wasn't 100% there.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at Cactus Juice
Nothing, but nothing matches the energizing effect of a visit to Manhattan. It is one of my favorite places to go, sit in a cafe, and suddenly have a million things to write. Manhattan is generally thought of as expensive,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Cactus Juice
There are quite a few options for watching TV and video on the iPad, but one of my favorite TV applications doesn't actually play the shows. What's On? gives you the TV schedule with accurate channel numbers for any provider... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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Last week I alluded to how I have been dragging about. I thought I was a little depressed. I had, after all, spent three months working with a computer program that I had named "The Depression Machine." By the end... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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Vacation #1: Las Vegas, NV Why Las Vegas? Earlier this year I was in California to visit my niece in the ICU, except I couldn't go in because I had the flu. And I couldn't stay were I was because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Cactus Juice
I haven't been more specific because I haven't finished Black Swan and detailing exactly the problems between step A and step D is a process that will take some time. Meanwhile, a tangent for my friends who will indulge me for 250 words on the morning commute, and a tickle for my brain that I can identify another path with a similar pothole ("What is the information FOR?" Who is his audience? What does he mean for them to do?--Not think, but do. This is particularly relevant to the Traffic problem.-- His contempt for other people thinking on the same topics--they exist where he writes that they do not and therefore does not have to engage their work-- and apparent contempt for all humanity has caused him to skip these issues... to where I am anyway.) even if I have not described it completely. I promise I'm reading Black Swan with diligence, taking plenty of notes, and will put together something directly relating to Black Swan when I'm finished.
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Currently, I'm reading Black Swan. I think the manner in which the book is written is very problematic, and for an illustration of the problem with that book, a similar problem from the book Traffic: What do you do when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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This week I'm kicking off a new Friday topic: Vacation!!! So leading into that here is a review of the travel resources on my iPad. The 3G iPad comes with real-time mapping, and that's actually the only thing I've used.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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Hello strangers, where ya been? Oh, right, the issue is where I've been. Down a deep dark hole that did nothave a colorful magical kingdom on the other side. Apparently when you have near unemployment (I was being paid, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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I am not your go-to person for games, but since this is a complete tour of the iPad, here goes: Words with Friends. A Scrabble type of game that can be played between iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Fantabulous. Can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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Recently on Salon, a physician essay about the teen "private chat." From the essay and the comments, some parents and some teens don't want the chat because it's going to be about sex, and since everyone knows that it isn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at Cactus Juice
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There's an old joke that that the Japanese eat little fat, the French eat lots of fat; Indians drink almost no red wine, the Spanish drink lots of wine, yet their heart attack rate is less than in the United... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Cactus Juice
I was wondering about this. Someone posted something disparaging about them on the boards. They were one of my first discoveries in low-carb happiness.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2011 on Rocking the Grok-ing at Cactus Juice
Today, instead of phones there is FaceTime and Skype. Anyone who thought calling without warning wasn't fairly intrusive should get the message at this point: electronically showing up in my house, even worse. FaceTime doesn't even have the choice to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Cactus Juice
No matter where you are--Atkins, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Primal, OA, vegitarian, vegan--there is a crowd busily pointing out how misguided or just plain stupid the other program is. For emphasis, the other people are unhealthy for some scientific reason and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Cactus Juice
10.Set up your security the way you want it. Remember you can put your so-called friends into groups and set who has access to what. You can block people and they dissappear entirely... it's the bestest! Don't complain that your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Cactus Juice
I have developed a bad habit of not carrying around my phone. I'm pretty sure this put a phoning and texting friend's undergarments in a bunch recently, and this weekend it caused me some anxiety when someone knocked on my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Cactus Juice