Sex as cause of carpal tunnel syndrome

February 25, 2010
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Via Suzanne, who writes "this is bad news for computer scientists".

A new paper in Medical Hypotheses journal posits that carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by sexual intercourse. From the abstract:

It is proposed that carpal tunnel syndrome can develop during sexual intercourse when the hands become repeatedly extended while under pressure from the weight of the upper body. Of the eight risk factors associated with non-occupational carpal tunnel syndrome, age, marital status, pregnancy and use of hormonal agents can be explained by changes in the frequency of sexual intercourse. On the other hand, obesity, macromastia and large chest circumference can be explained by the increased pressure imposed on the wrists by the heavier upper body associated with such conditions. The bilaterality of carpal tunnel syndrome can be explained by the fact that both hands are needed to support the upper body during sexual intercourse. A parallel decrease in the frequency of sexual intercourse and the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome between the sixth and the seventh decades of life suggests a possible cause and effect relationship between sexual intercourse and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Also: if you do push-ups, you might invest in getting some push-up bars. See also JWZ’s experiences with his wrists.

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C64INTRO, by MATHWRATH

February 25, 2010

Seen via pixelstyle: a neat image!

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/wpid-tumblr_kxjjzb4ojl1qzzndxo1_400.gif

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a few words about a live clip featuring the beets

February 25, 2010
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Maybe this is stupid, but I live for moments like these (seen via Sumana).

Well, I stumbled across it somehow, I’m not sure how, and I watched it, and I had one of those experiences you have sometimes with a band you’ve never heard playing a song you don’t know. One of those transformative reaffirming experiences, which you then get religious about, even if religious isn’t exactly the word you’d use but trust me it’s the word you actually mean: you start thinking, everything should be like this all the time, anything that’s not like this is a ridiculous waste of time, I want peak experiences and only peak experiences because life is all about peak experiences and people who consent to have less than constant peaking epiphanies all the time are missing out, etc., etc., all infantile nonsense of course but as feelings go a bracing & pleasant one. The permanent reoccurring 19th summer is a nonstarter as a governing aesthetic stance, but as a tool in the kit it’s not without some merits. I have a lot to say about this, actually, but it’s complicated, and hurtful to people whose 19th summer left such a profound impression on them that they think it’s the meaning of life or something, so, you know, whatever. It doesn’t matter much except when it does….

Did this clip have a press blast sent out twice a day via email to everybody? Maybe, probably, I don’t know, but by the time I saw it, it was just something hanging around, ready to be ignored, preemptively ready to be ignored, even. It’s like a good plumber: you didn’t catch his last name and you’ll forget he was even at your house by this time tomorrow, but if he hadn’t been there, you’d be up to your neck in your own shit, which is, I think, what I am trying to say. That without this clip of the Beets in your life, you are drowning, drowning forever in a river of your own excrement. Not in any way that might seem heroic or tuff or remarkable. Just unpleasantly.

I guess in a sense this was my PyCon experience. Expect to see a bunch of posts in the near future regarding the neat stuff I saw there.

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Pulsewave Poster by Minusbaby

February 25, 2010
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Seen on pixelstyle: this poster.

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/wpid-tumblr_kxyi69XsDz1qz59yco1_500.gif

Be sure to come to Pulsewave this Saturday! Ha ha..

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Lots of Snow!

February 25, 2010
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Via Tayeb, some cool pictures of snow.

Snow being cleared from the Trans-Labrador Highway in northeastern Canada:

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/wpid-e546wy45et45rewt54re.jpg

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