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Nested tables in Word.  Plus comments from 4 people, plus XML for the referencing software.

That is all. [And isn’t it more than enough?]

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Among my regular reads is Derek Lowe’s blog In the Pipeline, over at Corante.  Not only are there good discussions about science and pharmaceuticals, there are splendid asides on laboratory explosions and quirky scientists.  Today’s special dish was about an article from someone at Case Western who might have gulped down a few atoms from Ludwig Plutonium’s rarified atmosphere:

Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life

Right.

A more detailed marveling at the strangeness is here.  What did Yeats ever do to the word gyre that deserved this response?

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[Sigh]

“Watching television is a way to wined down and relax; a chance to watche the lives of others instead of putting forth the engergy to exist in one’s own life”

“Grant it we were thankful not to live in fear of an airborn toxic event”

“The ending to the final passage of the novel comes to a close, in an enlightening fashion for Jack Gladnep/”

“Word choice and punctuation errors unclear on use of sources to illuminate text; agree/dis kinds of insertion”

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But I am fried, and tired of looking at what is slowly blurring into a Jello(R) salad of bright moments and horrific vagueness.

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You know how it is — the bees are buzzing in the flowers, the lavender is ready to harvest, and maybe one morning the hummers will discover the agastache.  The frozen pineapple chunks have melted in your limoncello, and….

Oh.  Well, that’s how it is for me this afternoon.  Hey, at least if I’m projecting, I’m projecting a pleasant afternoon at y’all.

Here are a few less pleasant items:

“Appropriate use and disposal of dredged sediment deem vital roles in the security of the nation’s coastal and oceanic resources.”

“Over indulging is a concept that humans have been living through for the past hundred years.”

“These articles read as if an academic (professional) approach towards information and explanation.”

“A series of best management practices assist agricultural businesses by setting policies that allow farmers to abid by to provide equal and less harmful effects against the environment.”

“I am very interested in winemaking, vineyard management and just wine in general.  I would like very much to come over and introduce myself.  As well as try some of your wines.”

“These stakeholders contribute vital roles that dictate how [procedures] should be done in order to beneficially conerve and maintain economic, transportation, and integrity in the most beneficial ways.”

“The history of the Pierce’s disease is also explained as a method to inform the reasoning.”

“Positive community action whether it be cleaning and planting an area or boycotting companies with major infractions, observing change will inspire yet more action.”

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This was on a survey sent to me recently:

Please mark one.

male                                  female

Do they want me to say what I am, which I prefer, or which I notice might need a bit of sprucing up?

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….continues:

More studies need to be conducted involving [this fish] in order to
determine whether or not PCBs had an effect on it putting
cause for more research in the future.

The fish were unavailable for comment.  I just slapped a grade on the document and moved on to the next logical disaster…

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