Here’s to productive weekends!

My to-do list this weekend was very short: AVOID PEOPLE. ALL PEOPLE.

I accomplished some of that, but I was unusually productive for me, for a weekend.

I got my mousie houses cleaned (whew!), laundry done (yay), watched movies (I’ll come back to that), visited with a friend, and made dinner Sunday night. I made spaghetti—as in, got out the pasta maker and MADE the spaghetti. And I baked bread to go with it. And I got the kitchen cleaned up after myself (hurrah)!

I also got my bedroom cleaned up. I tend to accumulate coffee cups as the week progresses. Sigh. I try to be good about it, but I’m seriously not at my best first thing in the morning, so I tend to scurry out the door in a fog.

Regarding the movies: Lethal Weapon 1, Lethal Weapon 2, and then… the Andromeda Strain miniseries.

<RANT MODE ON>I don’t even know what to say. Yes, I do. It was horrific. The science was so badly done it wasn’t even something I could laugh at (scream at, yes). It was a very good commentary on why people in our country are, in general, so mistrustful of science. Hmmm. Let’s see, you expose a lab rat to something you think will cause disease, and sure enough, it dies. The next thing you do is….???? Anyone?

 

AUTOPSY IT. (Necropsy, if you want to be all nice and technical). You do NOT immediately expose another rat to the body of the first one.

Seriously. In the realms of bad science, this took a new award. They messed up biology, chemistry, physics, meterology (have you EVER seen a weather system move East to West in the continental US? Have you ever heard of the JET STREAM? Do you KNOW what the weather channel is???)….

So here they are working with a highly infectious agent. Now, me, I’d want at least a BSL (biosafety level) 4 positive pressure suit (think Ebola). Positive pressure suits mean if you’re nicked, air flows OUT of your suit to keep stuff from getting IN. The best/worst scene? They’re looking at thing under a dissecting microscope, in open air, in T-shirts! No masks, gloves, suits, nothing, and this is for an AIRBORNE disease! Nice, huh? Even better, they say they’re looking at its chemical composition. Which, for the record, is completely impossible with that type of microscope. Electron microscope, maybe; dissecting light microscope, NOPE. Then, they cure the disease using Bacillus infernus. If they had BOTHERED to read anything about the bacterium, it doesn’t live in ocean depths, it was isolated in Virginia, it does NOT eat sulfur, it won’t LIVE under the conditions they claimed, it’s not a member of Archaea, and it won’t magically clean up an alien infectious agent from the atmosphere, ground, and water.

Really, I should stop now. </RANT MODE OFF>

 

I was pretty proud of everything I did this weekend. I started my week feeling refreshed. And that is a very, very good idea.

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