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meds for meds
|| 3/30/2005 || 7:05 pm || Comments Off on meds for meds || ||

I think this is some interesting news:

New Medication Helps Women’s Pain Problem
Pfizer Gets Approval For Endometriosis Drug

POSTED: 5:02 pm EST March 30, 2005

Women who suffer from endometriosis now have a medication that treats the painful problem.

Pfizer said it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for depo-subQ-provera 104.

The medicine is the first new treatment option for the gynecological condition which affects one in ten women of reproductive age.

The medication contains the same active ingredient as the contraceptive depo provera, but does so with less bone loss and fewer menopausal symptoms. The drug is given as an injection four times a year, every 12 to 14 weeks, according to Pfizer.

“The availability of depo-subQ provera 104 is good news for the millions of women who suffer from pain caused by endometriosis, a condition that tends to worsen over time if not treated,” said Dr. Ray Urbanski, Pfizer medical director. “Women will now have the opportunity to get pain relief as effective as a commonly prescribed treatment but with few hot flashes and less bone mineral density loss,” said Urbanski in a press release.

Endometriosis is one of the top three causes of infertility, though the exact link is unknown.

The last line in this story is what caught my eye…. though the exact link is unknown

Given that I am a guy, and will never have to experience endometriosis, I had to deal with it indirectly. A former girlfriend of mine had a bad case of endometriosis, and every month I had to care for her due to the pain that it caused. The interesting aspect is that she & I both came to the conclusion that the endometriosis was a direct result of her taking birth control pills. Once she stopped taking birth control pills, the monthly bouts of pain due to endometriosis stopped- completely.

though the exact link is unknown, I’ve got to wonder if there has been research done that correlates birth control pills (aka synthetic hormones) with an increased risk for endometriosis and/or uterine cysts. Being that it’s only been around for 40 years, the long-term analysis of birth control is still not known. Nonetheless, I do sympathize with those women who have endometriosis, but I have to wonder if there will eventually be a class-action lawsuit on behalf those who have had to undergo surgery because of birth control related endometriosis.

The experiment is on us, but at least we have meds for meds….

DCist Covers the Colonist
|| || 12:36 am || Comments Off on DCist Covers the Colonist || ||

posted today on DCist

D.C. über-activist Adam Eidinger didn’t win his campaign for shadow U.S. representative last fall, so now he’s campaigning for another public position: mascot for the Washington Nationals. A group of activists is calling for Adam to become the team mascot as “The Colonist” because “colonialists like you once brought about a revolution.” (Above, he waits in line for tickets for opening day.)

The Colonist and his friends also plan to flash signs reading “Strike for D.C. Statehood” after every strike during the first Nationals home game, from their seats in Section 438, Rows 3 and 4. They make it clear they’re not protesting baseball, but rather want “baseball fans from all over the country to understand that DC residents are effectively second class citizens due to our lack of Statehood.” The group has set up a website for their effort, but there’s not much information up yet: strike4statehood.com.

Meanwhile, last week the AP reported that although the team had chosen and named an official mascot, “It may be the most closely guarded secret in the Nation’s Capital.” The official mascot will be revealed on April 17 at the Kids Opening Day game.

Posted by Rob Goodspeed

usgs quake assessment
|| 3/29/2005 || 1:11 am || Comments Off on usgs quake assessment || ||

from USGS Earthquake Hazards Program 3/29/05:

2005 March 28 16:09:36 UTC
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

A great earthquake occurred at 16:09:36 (UTC) on Monday, March 28, 2005. The magnitude 8.7 event has been located in NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

Magnitude 8.7
Date-Time Monday, March 28, 2005 at 16:09:36 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Monday, March 28, 2005 at 11:09:36 PM
= local time at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 2.065°N, 97.010°E
Depth 30 km (18.6 miles) set by location program
205 km (125 miles) WNW of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia
250 km (155 miles) SW of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
535 km (330 miles) WSW of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
1410 km (880 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 4.6 km (2.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst=239, Nph=239, Dmin=538.5 km, Rmss=0.79 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
Event ID usweax
Felt Reports At least 290 people killed, 100 injured and 300 houses destroyed on Nias. Extensive damage on Simeulue. Felt in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and as far north as Bangkok, Thailand.

Three hours before the last earquake (and resulting Tsunami), I got this receipt

That was the day after Christmas and this earthquake was the day after Easter- Go figure….

DC Colonists – Flyer & Press Release
|| 3/28/2005 || 9:40 pm || Comments Off on DC Colonists – Flyer & Press Release || ||

March 29, 2005

CONTACT: Zoe Mitchell 202-253-2990
Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671

DC Democracy Supporters Plan Action at First DC Baseball Game in 30 Years

DC Colonists to Hold “Strike 4 DC Statehood‚” Placards at Nationals‚ April 3 Exhibition Game

Activists Want The Colonist‚ to be Nationals Mascot

WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty DC Democracy supporters calling themselves the DC Colonists, will be out in force during the first baseball game at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in over 30 years. During the Sunday, April 3, exhibition game, twenty baseball fans/activists plan to flash placards that spell “Strike 4 DC Statehood‚” after every strikeout.

“We are not doing this to protest the Nationals. We are very excited about baseball coming back to DC,” John Capozzi said, “Baseball is an American pastime. Democracy is an American principle. By attending this game with our signs, we are showcasing our support for both.”

WHO: DC Colonists – twenty DC Democracy supporters
WHAT:Strike 4 DC Statehood‚ Sign at Nationals‚ April 3 Exhibition Game
WHERE: RFK Stadium
WHEN: Sunday, April 3, beginning at 12:05pm, Section 438 Rows 3 and 4

“We would love to have our mascot, The Colonist, become the official mascot of the Nationals,” said Adam Eidinger, who purchased the 20 tickets on March 12 wearing a full 18th Century costume, “We want baseball fans from all over the country to understand that DC residents are effectively second class citizens due to our lack of Statehood.”

Unlike citizens of states, DC residents pay federal taxes, yet lack full representation in the U.S. Congress. Additionally, DC‚s local budget must be approved by Congress before it is implemented. Any Congressional delays prevent the District from spending new funds on such urgent needs as health care, schools, and public safety. Finally, Members of Congress can attach “riders,” restrictions that negate the wishes of DC‚s voters. Current riders include a ban on needle exchange programs to prevent HIV/AIDS and a prohibition on implementing the initiative to allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. If DC were a state, we would have full representation in Congress and local control over our budget.

The DC Colonists plan to attend many Nationals games at RFK and in cities across the nation throughout the spring and summer.

DC Colonists is a project of members of the DC Democratic Party, DC Statehood Green Party and Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition.

For more info visit: www.Strike4Statehood.com

This should be fun….

We made on FOX NEWS…

The Modern Geographer
|| 3/25/2005 || 11:55 am || Comments Off on The Modern Geographer || ||

This is my first draft of what I am calling “The Modern Geographer.” The background is a painting titled “The Geographer” by one of my favorite painters of all time, Johannes Vermeer. I scanned a picture I had of the painting and modified it to give it symmetry. I used a poser from one of my programs and mapped her body with the 2002 USGS aerial photography of the area around the White House in Washington, DC. I ended up rendering it at 8000X6000, but I realized that when I scanned the painting, I scanned it too large so that if you look closely you can actually see the RGB colors dots from the printer. I am going to rescan to the painting so I can downsample it slightly and make the colors a bit more richer. I’m still not sure where I should place the poser, or if I should include more posers, possible give her a globe to gaze at, she is a Modern Geographer afterall…

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The Inaugural Map Recap
|| 3/23/2005 || 5:12 pm || Comments Off on The Inaugural Map Recap || ||

I just got the AWStats analysis back from the Inaugural Map IP logs… All I can say is WOW! I am going to be posting the HTML results on my website later tonight…. It looks like another analysis of the IP logs is needed for some of the IPs that didn’t resolve, so there might be some updated content tomorrow as well…..144,000 domain names takes a long while to analyze!….

Inaugural Map
“The Inaugural Map”
Designed to help coordinate visitors coming to Washington, DC to celebrate the second inauguration of George W. Bush. InauguralMap.com was featured the front page of Michael Moore’s website and mentioned on the Drudge Report. In it’s one month on-line, InauguralMap.com recieved 147,681 hits and 42,155 unique visitors.

View IP Logs

Two Years Ago today…
|| 3/22/2005 || 4:03 pm || Comments Off on Two Years Ago today… || ||

Image Links to Flash Player:

…was Saturday, March 22nd, 2003, and it was the day in which the first protest took place in DC after the invasion of Iraq had commenced. It was also the day that I made my first “newsicvideo” of a protest. Using my tiny, little Canon S200 digital camera, I filmed in 320X240 resolution, I recorded the protest that took place that day. After returning home, I took all the clips (I think there was in upwards of 50 or so) and I sequenced them together in Final Cut Pro and added DJ Shadow‘s “You Can’t Go Home Again” tune to the footage. The final product was a ground-breaking creation because I felt that I finally was able to get my mind around the software, and more importantly I had documented a protest from start to finish. Alas, two years later, we are still in Iraq, and over 1,500 Americans have died and probably over 100,000 Iraqi civilians….

Washington Monument Lenz
|| || 9:10 am || Comments Off on Washington Monument Lenz || ||

For some reason it looks like I never posted this in my blog… I totally remember doing so, but I can’t find it! Nonetheless, I love this rendering! The shadows the Washington Monument coupled with the reflections make it fun to look at. I can’t wait to reflect it a little more :-D

Baltimore Lenz
|| 3/21/2005 || 10:53 am || Comments Off on Baltimore Lenz || ||

Man this weekend was nothing but Baltimore. I should have gone to my friend’s house party on Friday night in Baltimore….oh well…no regrets I made 4 renderings this weekend. I still need to sign my newest DC rendering which finished up this morning. Its just sitting in photoshop right now at home waiting to be “signed.” I’ll put it on-line tonight. In December I snagged the USGS hi-res aerial photograph of the southern half of the National Mall and cropped the image so that the Washington Monument is reflected in the center. The finished rendering looks really nice, and when I zoom into the Monument there is no degradation in visual quality. It will definitely go on the wall next to DC Lenz #2. However, the printing queue is backed up about 20 prints right now….grrr..

Star of Baltimore
|| 3/20/2005 || 9:38 pm || Comments Off on Star of Baltimore || ||

So I found out after looking very closely at the embedded signature I added to the source imagery of Baltimore, and after two renderings, I realized that I spelled my name wrong! NIKOLLAS SCHILLER… I have subsequently deleted and rerendered the scenes. I think I might keep the “Abstract Baltimore” the way it is with the mispelling, because afterall, it’s supposed to be Abstract. In other news, on saturday I framed two more of my renderings, and I must say they look wonderful on the wall!

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