ignorance could produce a laxative effect

Recently I was battling a cold, and someone suggested I take Cold-Eeze, which is supposedly proven to reduce the duration of the common cold.  It’s hard to know how much it actually helps, because colds vary in duration naturally.  But I’m willing to try it.  Also, it has zinc in it, which reminds me of an episode of Phineas and Ferb.  🙂

While glancing over the fine print on the box, I noticed this line:

“Product may produce a laxative effect.”

That’s information that it pays to know!  Well, you might also pay if you don’t know!  If someone started taking them like candy, reasoning that if one helps then surely multiple doses helps more, bad things could happen.  Ignorance isn’t always bliss, as the saying goes.  Here, ignorance could equal diarrhea.

That’s all I have to say about that, but I can’t end the post with diarrhea, so let me close with an appropriate saying I learned from watching G.I. Joe cartoons as a kid: “Knowing is half the battle.”  In this case, it could be more than half…

comments section having problems

I can't leave a comment?!? Oh, bother!

If you try to leave a comment and get an error saying “That email address is associated with an existing WordPress.com account, please log in to use it”, that’s because WordPress (the blog hosting software and platform) recently updated their comment system, and they changed something.  A cursory glance online reveals many sites across the blogosphere are having this issue.

So if you had a problem leaving a comment, please try again.  If you do have an account, you should be able to login and leave a comment.  I don’t have any way to see the info from who logs in, so don’t worry about that.

I’ve discovered this also happens for e-mail addresses that have a Gravatar account (which is for the image that goes with your name).  That seems to be a bug, as far as I know.  So in the meantime, you can either use an alternate e-mail address (or make one up), or just wait until it’s fixed.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

ending 2011 with a crash

I know the saying goes “end with a bang”, but in this case, it was a crash.  This happenstance also explains why there haven’t been new posts in a couple of weeks.  I could make this an extensive story, but I will sum up for your convenience.

Basically, the hard drive containing Windows 7 in my main computer crashed.  At first it just started running slower, then there were some obscure errors, and then upon reboot, it continued to reboot, never even attempting to load Windows.  This was quite the inconvenience.

Fortunately no important data was lost, so all the blog posts in progress and the cache of funny pictures are still waiting to be published.  It’s just taking time to backup data and rebuild my system.

I did have an external hard drive for real-time backup, but it died a while back.  I never expected to have 2 hard drives die in the same year, but it happened.  Now I’m paying for my procrastination of fixing the backup.

So the moral of the story is — always maintain a backup.  Hard drives do go bad, even solid state drives (SSDs), which is what my C: drive was.

Sorry this isn’t very funny.  I did take a minute to find a couple of amusing pictures for it, though…  (And no, that’s not how it broke.  Maybe it’s what should happen now, though…)

a call to eat pizza!

Click on this to be tempted!

Friends, Romans, countrymen!  Lend me an ear!

It has come to my attention that the Larry’s Pizza in Monticello has closed down.  While there could be many factors involved in one closing, I also learned that our local Larry’s Pizza is now closed on Mondays.  Together, these signs appear ominous!  I suspect economic problems.  The recession is tough on a lot of people, including businesses.

We must not let our local Larry’s Pizza close!  It is the best source for the legendary chicken-bacon-ranch pizza.  It is also one of the favorite meeting locations for the Buffet o’ Blog staff.

We must join together to support our favorite pizza restaurant!  Obviously extra trips to the buffet are necessary.  Can we count on your support?  Will you make the “sacrifice” of eating pizza more often, for the greater good?  We must all do our part!  Do not take this challenge lightly.  Spread the word to all your friends who like pizza.  Do what you can to save our best pizza eatery.