December 4th, 2002

boots

sore throat and guilt

My throat feels disgusting. Yesterday, I just had a sore throat. Today, it's not sore, but I feel as though there's something stuck in it. Eurgh. I'd say tonsillitis, except I've had that, and it hurts a damn sight more than this - this is just uncomfortable.

Cancelled my shift at work today (giving them the required 4 hours notice) because I didn't think I could talk for 4 hours, went back to sleep, and finally got up and went to the British Library. Although the library itself is in St Pancras, their main book store is in Yorkshire, at Boston Spa, and sod's law dictates that all the books I need to use seem to be there. For some reason, it takes 4 days for the books to arrive if you order them by email or phone, but only a day and a half (or less) if you go to the BL itself and order through the computer there. So I didn't have any choice but to haul my arse into town. Bleh.

And I've just been reminded that it was World Aids Day on Sunday, and I forgot. And I haven't spoken to my HIV+ friend in months. I owe him a long phone call or a letter, but now is not a good time. But if his health is crap and I don't know because I haven't been in touch, I might not have time later.
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baratron, silly

psuedo-scientific bullshit

Thanks to a google search, I have just seen the biggest pile of rubbish since Alex Chiu and his magnetic bracelets. I give you Oxytherapy.com, a site trying to sell you machines to put poisonous oxygen compounds into your body. Apparently, there is both good and bad ozone. Since the primary ingredients of air are oxygen and nitrogen, when ozone is generated from air, the products are ozone and nitrous oxides. Both nitrogen pentoxide and nitrous oxide are toxic to the respiratory system but pure ozone is not; therefore if the nitrogen products are removed from the ozone, the toxicity would be eliminated. Ozone made from pure oxygen will produce only ozone and oxygen. Ozone generated from air is called IMPURE OZONE, but ozone made from oxygen is called PURE OZONE. Aha. Um, there is so much wrong with this that I can't even begin to sort it out. Pure ozone is pretty damn toxic. "Ozone made from pure oxygen will produce only ozone and oxygen"? Wha? And putting things randomly into capital letters definitely improves the logic behind their argument, don't you think?

Oh dear Lord, it gets worse. A link from that page called How Can I Protect Myself? says Prevent ozone from off-gassing into the air. This can be done through products such as an ozone destructor. An ozone destructor such as the one pictured below, is filled with granular activated carbon (GAC), which will destroy the ozone, resulting in the production of carbon dioxide and a little carbon monoxide. Oh, just what we want: carbon monoxide sitting around in the house, the chemical that bonds 200 times more readily with haemoglobin than oxygen, thus making the blood unable to transport oxygen around the body. You know when people die because their gas fires weren't properly ventilated, or when people commit suicide by running the car in the garage and breathing in the fumes? Yup, carbon monoxide.

fx: *rolls eyes and screams*
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