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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Mar 08, 2008 at 04:19:23 AM EST) Reading, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading. Me. Web.

The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. Kind of a magical realist comic book. An Algerian rabbi's cat learns to speak after eating a parrot. Some interesting stuff there: liked the depiction of 1930s Algeria, and the culture shock when the Rabbi visits Paris.

Artwork has a kind of pseudo-naive style which is OK but doesn't particularly appeal to me.

Worth a look if you feel like something different. Not a lot of plot or direction there though.

Flu or Man Flu
How do you actually tell the difference?

I don't take much time off sick from work: Friday was the first time I've done that in about three years.

As well as the normal symptoms of a cold, I've been alternating between feeling extremely hot and extremely cold, accompanied by bouts of violent shivering. Also aching joints and dizziness. Spent most of Friday flat on my back staring at the ceiling: tried watching children's TV for a bit but couldn't follow the plot.

I strongly suspect this is actual flu. However if I complain about it to real life folk I also suspect they'll think I'm just suffering from a cold plus self-pity. Bah.

Seems to be getting better now anyway.

Lego guns.

Alternate ending to I Am Legend movie. (MeFi)

Butterflies retain caterpillar memories. The findings "challenge a broadly-held popular view of lepidopteran metamorphosis: that the caterpillar is essentially broken down entirely, and its components reorganized into a butterfly or moth," wrote the researchers.

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I thought by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Mar 08, 2008 at 05:58:16 AM EST
The whole thing about cold vs flu was so obscure because firstly, you'd have to do a blood test for influenza virus to tell, and secondly, it's not worth doing that because treatment is the same - treat symptoms, rest, drink fluid, and perhaps some systemic antibiotics.

So the whole cold vs flu vs man flu debate seems a bit silly to me even by internet standards. It's like getting into a heated discussion over whether you have astral cramp or simply a skewed aura; an actual doctor won't give a fuck.

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I think they have somewhat different symptoms by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Mar 08, 2008 at 06:21:27 AM EST
A fever and extreme exhaustion apparently distinguish flu from the common cold.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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brickarms by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Mar 08, 2008 at 06:29:13 AM EST
Banned by well-meaning moms everywhere!
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Lego guns by Alan Crowe (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Mar 08, 2008 at 10:20:39 AM EST
When I was a child, lego guns were made out of lego.

Not flu by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 06:16:36 AM EST
Flu is really, really awful and lasts a while. You certainly know when you have it. I had it in the mid-1990s and was off work for three weeks.

You had a bad cold. No dishonour in that - they can be pretty bad.

It's political correctness gone mad!

That seems a bit long by R Mutt (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 08:19:32 AM EST
Britannica says:
The incubation period of the disease is one to two days, after which the onset of symptoms is abrupt, with sudden and distinct chills, fatigue, and muscular aches. The temperature rises rapidly to 38 to 40 °C (101 to 104 °F). A diffuse headache and severe muscular aches throughout the body are experienced, often accompanied by irritation or a sense of rawness in the throat. In three to four days the temperature begins to fall and the person begins to recover.

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Hmm by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 12:40:39 AM EST
Maybe I had something else and you had flu.

It probably varies a lot though depending on the strain - I doubt Spanish flu only lasted a few days.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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