Re: Nil By Mouth

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I bet he was pretty PO'd.

ahahahahahaha.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 2:31 PM
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I wonder if he has a tongue. Would you notice if you didn't have a tongue? Right now, my own, unused, is not in my foreground. I do touch my teeth with it just a little.
Does Ebert have teeth? Can he open his mouth? A larnyx, throat, palate? Does he always breath thru his nose?
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(Some?) Doctors can be like that. The only point at which they will discuss "quality of life" issues with you is the point at which they think they are wasting their time and somebody's money. When some committee or authority says the Medicare cost is too high. Been there.
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It is rare that a person put though extraordinary life-saving medical measures will say they were not worth it. Or not.
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Over the course of forty years, without exception Ebert has in every encounter I have had with him grown in my estimation, admiration, and affection. I like him a little more than yesterday.
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I tried while reading the article to remember the taste of toffee. I vaguely succeeded.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 3:03 PM
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Mr. Ebert really is an extraordinarily gracious person. I'm always impressed when I read anything by him.

When my sister did a ten-day fast/cleanse, her main impression was similar to what Mr. Ebert reports. The food part was minor; being left out of social occasions made the fast boring. I think I would miss food more than my sister did, though.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 3:28 PM
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I think I would miss cooking the most. Sure, I could still cook even if I couldn't eat, but I probably wouldn't.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 3:41 PM
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Via Emessily

Miss 2010?


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 3:50 PM
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Wow, very interesting.

I wonder if he's ever ordered something at a restaurant for the purpose of being able to smell it.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 4:20 PM
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This and the recent Tony Judt essay remind me to be immensely grateful for such health as I enjoy.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 4:41 PM
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7: Oy, yes.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 4:45 PM
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8: Not to mention that I am watching a biopic of Ernie Davis, and it is almost too sad to bear.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 4:45 PM
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I don't really understand 5, but I'm taking it as a compliment in an effort to cheer myself up.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 5:29 PM
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10: Sorry, it was an obscure (and not very funny) reference to an earlier threa in which it was observed that ogged had a pattern of becoming very attentive (not in a bad way) to some female blogger every year or so.

I was just noting that H-G has been linking to you a lot lately.

I almost didn't post the comment because I didn't want to complain. I just thought it was amusing.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 5:52 PM
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10: Sorry, it was an obscure (and not very funny) reference to an earlier threa in which it was observed that ogged had a pattern of becoming very attentive (not in a bad way) to some female blogger every year or so.

I was just noting that H-G has been linking to you a lot lately.

I almost didn't post the comment because I didn't want to complain. I just thought it was amusing.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 5:53 PM
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Whoops.

And 7 gets it right.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 5:55 PM
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Ah. I was confused by the jump from Ogged to Heebie, mainly.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 5:56 PM
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Also I thought the reference had something to do with dating Ogged. Or going on a date. Or something. And I never! Heebie is MARRIED!


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 5:59 PM
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I thought these were all links posted in "Emessily"'s dating profile.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 6:01 PM
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But if Heebie weren't married?


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 6:04 PM
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Yes, it wasn't just frequent linking, but the supposition of lustful intent.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 6:10 PM
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It was a stretch but it seemed amusing to me.

Thanks to 16 and 17 for showing that I wasn't just being crazy.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 6:21 PM
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20 is, obviously, not me.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 6:48 PM
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20 is kinda freaky now. What is the truth value of this statement?


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 6:59 PM
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17- well, then, she'd have to ask me out. Lustfully. And we'd see what happened from there.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:00 PM
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20 is kinda freaky now. What is the truth value of this statement?

Hmmm. I think you'd have to say that 20 is false -- despite purporting to state an obvious truth.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:29 PM
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24 is kinda freaky now. What is the truth value of this statement?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:31 PM
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doesn't having "me" in it make it more complicated somehow?


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:39 PM
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Simpler, perhaps, in that 20, unlike NickS, is either a number or a comment identified by a number.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:41 PM
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Maybe NickS IS a comment, and it is comment number 20 that he is, and that's why I found the whole thing so befuddling.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:50 PM
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That is another possibility.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:52 PM
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I knew it would be more complicated with me in it.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 7:53 PM
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Posted by: | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 8:10 PM
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Someone linked to that Ebert piece and I read it yesterday - pretty intense. It has been fascinating, over the past few years, reading his writing and appreciating just what an interesting thinker he is. Has anyone seen his AA piece? I think it may have been ostensibly an obit for Bill W.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 8:28 PM
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Someone should probably delete 30 as well.

*shrug*


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 10:09 PM
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I have a feeling I just missed something intensely pervy. Or at least entertaining.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 10:45 PM
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What the fuck clock is the unfogeed server on, anyway?


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 01- 9-10 10:46 PM
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the unfogeed server's fuck clock is legendary, man.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 3:06 AM
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I've mentioned before my crush on Grant Achatz, right? He talked about how, when he was diagnosed with oral cancer, the docs immediately wanted to remove his tongue. He had to really fight to find a doc who would explore alternatives. To imagine not being warned by the doctors that this was possible, to just wake and find you'd had your last creamy soup or juicy roast. I'd be much angrier than Ebert seems to be.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 4:43 AM
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I was just noting that H-G has been linking to you a lot lately.

Cecily sends me lots of great links. Anyone can get in on the hot linky action as long as they know the secret, which is that my Unfogged e-mail address is broken, and so they should use my gmail address, which is heebie dot geebie.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 7:05 AM
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Can anyone find the RSS feed for Ebert's blog? I always get linked to an outstanding article there, promptly forget he has a blog, until six months later I get another link. Where's the feed?


Posted by: Counterfly | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 9:12 AM
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Posted by: | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 9:43 AM
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I thought Ebert's post was especially poignant after reading another article on the subject in Esquire. It shows how different the perspectives two people can have on the same subject.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 9:46 AM
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On the subject of eating: I was just served a foie gras appetizer that was garnished with little flakes of gold. WTF people? Gold isn't food! This is the conspicuous consumption of laboratory purity.

Do they have no idea how this is going to look after the Revolution when I am hauled before the People's Special Revolutionary Tribunal?

"Comrades, on top of all his shameful crimes in the service of the capitalist oppressors, this man ATE GOLD. [Crowd gasps.] Yes, comrade, he does not deny it. He ate gold, and he SHAT IT OUT! The customary bullet to the base of the skull is too merciful for him!" [Mob drags Knecht away to the firing squad.]


Posted by: KR | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:45 AM
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Edible gold and silver is old news. Gold-coated almonds. Silver foil.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:50 AM
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The link in 41 seems really whiny and irritating to me. But I'm not in a very good mood, so maybe I'm just being a jerk.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:50 AM
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That doesn't make it any less silly, though.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:50 AM
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Did we have a conversation here about the pretend illness where alien fibers come out of your skin, and so you have to eat silver and turn blue to cure it? Let's have that conversation again; those people were fun to mock.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:52 AM
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And then there's Goldschl├Ąger.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:52 AM
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Morgellons? I think that was the fiber illness.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:56 AM
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Was that the article about the person who scratched through her skull? I think I was too horrified to find anything mockworthy.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 10:58 AM
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Yes! Oh, man. I forgot how great this is.

A Montana politician ate lots of silver and turned permanently blue. Because Montana politics is awesome.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:00 AM
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Yeah, but that wasn't because of Morgellon's.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:05 AM
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YOU don't know that. He probably kept the Morgellon's secret for fear of appearing weak.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:07 AM
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(in reality, his reason was almost better than Morgellons: he thought there would be no medicine after Y2K so he prophylactically turned himself purple)


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:07 AM
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Don't you think it's more likely that the story about eating silver was just a coverup for the fact that Montana isn't ready for its first Zombie-American politician?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:12 AM
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Well, yes.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:50 AM
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54-55: But Montana was represented in the US Senate by Conrad Burns, who is zombie-American. At least, that's the most parsimonious explanation for Conrad Burns I can think of.


Posted by: KR | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:57 AM
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Don't ask don't tell has always been big in the west.


Posted by: Cecily | Link to this comment | 01-10-10 11:58 AM
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Okay, I'm now feeling better about getting my first crown in my early 30s.


Posted by: Merganser | Link to this comment | 01-11-10 9:21 AM
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