Thursday, December 31, 2015

Daily Specials - Facility Menu

Thursday, Dec. 31st, 2015


Maple Oatmeal
Vegetable Frittata


Southwest Beef Vegetable Soup
Grilled Ham & Swiss on Rye
Oven Browned Sweet Potatoes
Marble Cake w/ Chocolate Frosting


Sicilian Roast Beef
Spinach, Bacon & Onion
Egg Noodles
Fruit Cocktail

**Menu Subject to Change due to Dietary Restrictions**

Wednesday, Dec. 30th, 2015


Maple Oatmeal
Vegetable Frittata


Cream Butternut Squash Soup
Beef Stew
Cheddar Biscuit
Old Fashion Rice Pudding w/ Cherry


Honey BBQ Chicken
Pan Fried Potatoes
Corn w/ Fresh Herbs
Peanut Butter Bar

**Menu Subject to Change due to Dietary Restrictions**

Tuesday, Dec. 29th, 2015


Blueberry Pancakes
Sausage Links


Beef Barley Soup
Tuna Salad on Wheat w/ Lettuce & Tomato
Pickled Beets
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Oven Browned Potatoes
Braised Cabbage
Rye Bread
Fruit Sherbet

**Menu Subject to Change due to Dietary Restrictions**

Monday, Dec. 28th, 2015


Scrambled Eggs w/ Swiss Cheese
Cinnamon Pinwheel Danish


Cream of Broccoli Soup
Breaded Chicken Fillet Sandwich
French Fries
Double Chocolate Bar


Crumbled Top Fish w/ Tarter Sauce
Parslied [sic] Potatoes
Green Beans
Sugar Cookies

**Menu Subject to Change due to Dietary Restrictions**

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2nd Moves To Twin

Rehab Facility - Pain Meds

Mon., Dec. 28th - Fentanyl Patch - Staff Doctor increased dosage to 75 mcg from 50 micrograms
(FP replaced/changed ever 3rd day)

Oxycodone - 10 mg (two 5 mg pills/crushed)

Tylenol (unknown dosage)

Note: Am also taking some Pepcid, amount unknown, to help because am on a direct "food/feed" bag line to the stomach, i.e., eating the same way that I take the pain-meds... liquid form.

Reminder to Self: Talk to Dr. about taking something to reduce amount of mucus/phlegm discharge. Chest area beginning to hurt cause of all the coughing.  

Monday, December 28, 2015

Rehabilitation Facility

Post Surgery / Extended Hospital Stay

Last Tues. Evening (Dec. 22nd) was transferred to a Rehab Facility in "Souf" Philly. Had spent slightly less than four weeks in the hospital recuperating, following the removal of an enlarged cancer tumor in the throat/neck area. ENT Surgeon had told me removal & post-care would be relatively easy and simple. 10-12 days max, then life would probably be back to "close to normal." Surgery was a bit more complicated than expected, lasting about 11 hours instead of the estimated 6-8.

Rehab is somewhat more painful than the hospital stay, i.e., Morphine is no longer a pain medication that is available to me every couple of hours. Am currently taking an oxy-opioid every 4 hours through a stomach feeding tube and am also wearing a fentanyl patch that is changed every 3 days.

Note: Frederick Douglass Hospital Historical Marker is mere steps from the main entrance of Rehab Facility.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

'nother Note for RNs

Rm 1948 = (empty) corner patients room, two beds. Has great views of N. Broad St. plus I-76 and Vine Street Expressway. Also, currently has lg fan that was in our room (#1971) couple of days ago but quietly taken away. very hush hush. ha ha ... 1948 is now the luxury suite.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Memo City


Note: "Hummingbird Special Diet" (memo to self, 2nd from top) was written over numerous days immediately following 1st neck/throat surgery. Though not currently craving so many sweets, this is still the basis for next grocery store list. Btw, a cold iced-coffee would be really great now. And ice-cream too. Haven't had solid food or reg. drink since Nov. 24th. Also, haven't had a cig since then too. Unfortunately, have begun to crave smokes in last few days. Must not start again. Today is Dec. 8th. (bolded date is when this typed txt originally written though not posted publically)

Monday, December 14, 2015

(*) "Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)"

(*) Note: By coincidence, was listening to Pavement EP "Watery, Domestic" during recent pain med (morphine) injection at Hahnemann Hosp., post-initial surgery.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hahnemann Hosp Stay


Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2015, Around Noon

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Excerpt: George Musser - Gizmodo

A New Way Of Thinking About Spacetime That Turns Everything Inside Out

One of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanisms is entanglement, because two entangled particles affecting each other across vast distances seems to violate a fundamental principle of physics called locality: things that happen at a particular point in space can only influence the points closest to it. But what if locality — and space itself — is not so fundamental after all? Author George Musser explores the implications in his new book, Spooky Action at a Distance.

The assumption, made by nearly every physicist and philosopher from Democritus onward, is that space is the deepest level of physical reality. Just as the script of a play describes what actors do on a stage, but presupposes the stage, the laws of physics have traditionally taken the existence of space as a given. Today we know that the universe has more to it than things situated within space. Nonlocal phenomena leap out of space; they have no place in its confines. They hint at a level of reality deeper than space, where the concept of distance ceases to apply, where things that appear to lie far apart are actually nearby, or perhaps are the same thing manifested in more than one place, like multiple images of a single shard of kaleidoscopic glass.

When we think in terms of such a level, the connections between subatomic particles across a lab bench, between the inside and the outside of a black hole, and between opposite sides of the universe don’t seem so spooky anymore. Michael Heller, a physicist, philosopher, and priest at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow, Poland, says: “If you agree that the fundamental level of physics is not local, everything is natural, because these two particles which are far apart from each other explore the same fundamental nonlocal level. For them, time and space don’t matter.” Only when you try to visualise these phenomena in terms of space — which is forgivable, because it’s hard for us to think in any other way — do they defy comprehension.

The idea of a deeper level seems natural because, after all, it is what physicists have always sought. Whenever they can’t fathom some aspect of our world, they assume they must not yet have gotten to the bottom of it all. They zoom in and look for the building blocks. How mysterious it is, for example, that liquid water can boil to steam or freeze to ice. Yet these transformations make perfect sense if liquid, vapour and solid are not elemental substances, but distinct forms of a single fundamental substance.

“Spacetime can’t be fundamental,” says the theorist Nima Arkani-Hamed. “It has to come out of something more basic.”

This thinking completely inverts physics. Nonlocality is no longer the mystery; it’s the way things really are, and locality becomes the puzzle. When we can no longer take space for granted, we have to explain what it is and how it arises, either on its own or in union with time.

When it comes to space, though, there can be no “smaller,” because size itself is a spatial concept. The building blocks cannot presume space if they are to explain it. They must have neither size nor location; they are everywhere, spanning the entire universe, and nowhere, impossible to point to. What would it mean for things not to have positions? Where would they be? “When we talk about emergent space-time, it must come out of some framework that is very far from what we’re familiar with,” Arkani-Hamed says.

Within Western philosophy, the realm beyond space has traditionally been considered a realm beyond physics — the plane of God’s existence in Christian theology. In the early eighteenth century, Gottfried Leibniz’s “monads” — which he imagined to be the primitive elements of the universe — existed, like God, outside space and time. His theory was a step toward emergent space-time, but it was still metaphysical, with only a vague connection to the world of concrete things. If physicists are to succeed in explaining space as emergent, they must adapt the concept of spacelessness as one of their own.

Note: Click Title Link for Complete Gizmodo Article by George Musser

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Boing Boing Bulletin Board System


00:07:15 UTC #13

daneel: Let's not forget that 43 people were killed in attacks in Beirut yesterday, too.


00:29:00 UTC #14

Conspiracy_Raven: The worst acts of violence to hit France since World War II? No. You are
missing the Paris riots of 1961 where french police killed hundreds of algerians.


00:40:50 UTC #15

JonBristow: "The worst acts of [non-french-state-sponsored] violence to hit France since World War
II" is I think what's implied here.


22:03:49 UTC #1

Managing Editor

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Electric Literature: Engineering A Writing Career

Kurt Vonnegut’s Inspired Years Among the Scientists at General Electric

In 1973, Kurt Vonnegut was asked by an interviewer why he started writing science fiction. “I was working for General Electric at the time,” he replied, “right after World War II, and I saw a milling machine for cutting the rotors on jet engines, gas turbines.”

The machine was computer-operated, and it inspired Vonnegut to write a novel, Player Piano, about a future society in which industry has become completely automated, at enormous human cost.

“There was no avoiding [writing science fiction],” he told his interviewer, “since the General Electric Company was science fiction.”

Click Here For Complete New Republic Article by Evan Kindley

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Banana Peel Trope Slip

Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange - The Interviews: Part Three (5:14 mark)

"Despite all the claims of sociologists that there are abundant studies proving a direct correlation of represented violence to violence enacted, I think that the, it's mini-school, minuscule compared to the overwhelming numbers of people, millions upon millions of people, who would see any given violent movie; that the seeds for violent behavior have been sown long before the individual film."

-- Professor Camille Paglia, Writer and Critic

Friday, October 9, 2015

City Paper Obit

Bell Curve: CP's Weekly Quality-of-Life-O-Meter

By Patrick Rapa
Published: 10/08/2015 0 Comments Posted |

[-4]  This is the last issue of City Paper. The district attorney is legally permitted to seize it from you at any time.
[+1]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Thank you for storing your garbage in our boxes.
[-5]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Orange is the new not around anymore.

[+3]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Does anyone know the Blue-Book value on a gently used A.D. Amorosi? Asking for a friend.
[-1]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Stu Bykofsky outlived us.
[+5]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Thus ends the 250-year run of the publication that began as Benjamin Franklin’s Ye Olde Punk Zine and Silly Hat Directory.
[-1]  This is the last issue of City Paper. Maybe we shouldn’t have given it away for free.
[+100]  This is the last issue of City Paper. The schools are fixed, the cops are clean, the theaters are packed, the bands are popular and the restaurants are booked. We’ve done all we set out to do.
This week’s total: +98  //  the year so far: +1,000,000
My name is Patrick Rapa. I've been editing and mostly writing the Bell Curve column for the last 10 years or so. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Philly Cig Tax: One Year Anniversary

Dear Customer,

Effective October 1, the City of Philadelphia Cigarette Tax goes into effect.

We have implemented the Cigarette Tax [$2.00 per pack] in all of our Philadelphia stores. We understand this price increase may be difficult for some customers, and hope customers remain aware of our commitment to value pricing and ongoing promotions across our store offer.

We also understand and wholeheartedly support the need to strengthen the schools and budget. We have been part of the Philadelphia community for more than 100 years, and have a long standing commitment to supporting our communities. We are committed to supporting education and children in many ways, including programs and community partnerships that champion children’s health, wellness, and well being.

If you have any questions regarding the cigarette tax increase please contact our Call Center at 1-800-[redacted].

©2014 Wawa Inc.
Buck Slip (PC) 


Personal Note: If your "politics" are left-of-center or progressive & you're a smoker, your opinions are sorta less than valid simply cause, hey, you feed the worst of corporate profits.

Monday, September 28, 2015

CEO Shills

Who is the worst CEO Pitchman hawking a product on television? The old guy with glasses (Dr. Neil Clark Warren) for or John Schnatter of Papa John's Pizza fame? Both terrible.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

FLP Dvds Checked Out

Movies Watched: 9/7 - 9/18

(*) Looper

(*) Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

(*) American Sniper

(*) The Judge

(*) The Hit

(*) Flash of Genius

(*) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

(*) Lucy

(*) The Messenger

(*) Prometheus

(*) Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa

(*) Cemetery Junction

(*) Everything Is Illuminated

(*) Paths Of Glory

(*) Take This Waltz

(*) Zombieland

(*) Black Snake Moan

(*) Grizzly Man

(*) Guardians Of The Galaxy

(*) Deception

(*) After. Life

(*) Dr. Strangelove

(*) King of Devil’s Island

(*) Naked Lunch

Monday, September 14, 2015

Werner Herzog: 24 Life Lessons for Filmmakers

1. Always take the initiative.

2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.

3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.

4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.

5. Learn to live with your mistakes.

6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.

7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.

8. There is never an excuse not to finish a film.

9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere.

10. Thwart institutional cowardice.

11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.

12. Take your fate into your own hands.

13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.

14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.

15. Walk straight ahead, never detour.

16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.

17. Don't be fearful of rejection.

18. Develop your own voice.

19. Day one is the point of no return.

20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.

21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.

22. Guerrilla tactics are best.

23. Take revenge if need be.

24. Get used to the bear behind you.


Monday, September 7, 2015

FLP Dvds Checked Out

Movies Viewed 8/1 - 9/6

(*) Michael Clayton

(*) Boyhood

(*) American Hustle

(*) The American

(*) Brazil

(*) Zero Dark Thirty

(*) The Hangover

(*) Full Metal Jacket

(*) Drive

(*) The Ice Storm

(*) Moon

(*) Trading Places

(*) Frost/Nixon

(*) Repo Man

(*) The Diving Bell & The Butterfly

(*) Amadeus

(*) Whiplash

(*) St. Vincent

(*) The Imitation Game

(*) The Monuments Men

(*) A Late Quartet

(*) Nightcrawler

(*) The Master

(*) Dallas Buyers Club

(*) Lincoln

(*) Gone Girl

(*) Lone Survivor

(*) Fury

(*) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

(*) The Wolf of Wall Street

(*) Sudden Impact

(*) Nebraska

(*) Slaughterhouse-Five

(*) Once

(*) The Informant!

(*) Schindler’s List

(*) Frank Miller’s Sin City

(*) Gran Torino

(*) High & Low by Akira Kurosawa

(*) David Lynch’s Inland Empire

(*) Midnight Cowboy

(*) Pan’s Labyrinth

(*) Paradise Now

(*) This Is The End

(*) Walk The Line

(*) Rosewater

(*) Argo

(*) 3:10 To Yuma

(*) Edge Of Tomorrow

(*) What’s In A Name?

(*) Lost In Translation

(*) Gravity

(*) What We Do In The Shadows

(*) The King’s Speech

(*) Our Idiot Brother

(*) The Equalizer

(*) Inside Llewyn Davis

(*) Django Unchained

(*) Inglourious Basterds

(*) Dracula Untold

(*) Cloverfield

(*) Lost Highway

(*) The Reader

(*) The Darjeeling Limited

(*) The Theory Of Everything

(*) Broken Flowers

(*) Being There

(*) Apocalypse Now - Redux

(*) Blade Runner - The Final Cut

(*) Exit Through the Gift Shop

(*) Citizen Four

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Current Bedside Books

(*) Conversations with David Foster Wallace, edited by Stephen Burn

(*) A Cultural Dictionary Of Punk 1974-1982, edited by Nicholas Rombes

Monday, August 3, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

e pluribus unum


Wikipedia: Bob Dylan began to record the Blonde on Blonde album in New York in October 1965. Frustrated by the slow progress in the studio, Dylan agreed to the suggestion of his producer Bob Johnston and moved to Columbia's A Studio on Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, in February 1966. Bringing with him Robbie Robertson on guitar and Al Kooper on keyboards, Dylan commenced recording with the cream of Nashville session players.

On February 15, the session began at 6 p.m., but Dylan simply sat in the studio working on his lyrics,while the musicians played cards, napped, and chatted. Finally, at 4 a.m., Dylan called the musicians in and outlined the structure of the song.Dylan counted off and the musicians fell in, as he attempted his epic composition, "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands". Drummer Kenny Buttrey recalled, "If you notice that record, that thing after like the second chorus starts building and building like crazy, and everybody's just peaking it up 'cause we thought, Man, this is it...This is gonna be the last chorus and we've gotta put everything into it we can. And he played another harmonica solo and went back down to another verse and the dynamics had to drop back down to a verse kind of feel...After about ten minutes of this thing we're cracking up at each other, at what we were doing. I mean, we peaked five minutes ago. Where do we go from here?" The finished song clocked in at 11 minutes, 23 seconds, and would occupy the entire fourth side of the album. Four takes of the song were completed, but were mainly rehearsals; take 2 is also interrupted.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Atlantic Ocean Trek

Turtle hatchling making it's way to Atlantic Ocean. Filmed at Indialantic Beach, Fla on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Hat-Tip: Kathryn Ballett & Charlton Labelle

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Late Tues. Afternoon (April 21st)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015: 1st Day of Spring

Philadelphia - March 20th - 5 pm