Monday, February 22, 2010

Shameless Self-Promotion:

I just wanted to take a moment to self-promote my new business, located at

My goal is to make glow plugs, one of the most common things that go wrong on old Mercedes diesels, an affordable fix by providing the best price on glow plugs for these wonderful old diesels.

Currently I only carry one type of glow plug (Bosch part number 0250201039) but I hope to expand my selection of available glow plugs within the next few months to include the old loop-style glow plugs, as well as glow plugs for some of the newer Mercedes and VW diesels.

I have the best price on these anywhere.

So, if you ever find yourself in need of glow plugs for your 1978-1987 Mercedes-Benz diesel, I hope you'll drop by

These glow plugs also work on a number of other diesels from the same era, including BMW, Alfa Romero, Peugeot, and others.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

One-on-One with Pastor Dave and Gary Moore

A special presentation from the Meetinghouse Church, featuring Pastor Dave Richards and Dr. Gary Moore.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I've Got a Labor-Saving Device

This is what happens when I get bored. I have no shame.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Joys of Physiological Psychology

In physiological psychology, you get to learn EXACTLY how all the mechanisms of the brain work. This does this, this inhibits that, etc., etc.

Here's one lovely example:
Let's say Billy was an opioid addict. Billy is really craving that "high" feeling, but he's in prison now because he's a loser. If Billy had taken physiological psychology, Billy would know that all he has to do is say that he has diarrhea and acid-reflux disease, and ask for the corresponding medications for those conditions. Billy would know that the primary ingredient of most anti-diarrheal ("imodium") medicines is loperamide. Loperamide is an opioid receptor agonist, however it normally only works within your bowels (yes, your intestines have opioid receptors), and typically does not cross the blood-brain barrier and get into the central nervous system (which it would have to do to get Billy "high"). That's why Billy is also claiming he has acid-reflux. For, you see, omeprazole (or "Prilosec OTC") is a proton pump inhibitor. This means, among other things, that it will allow the loperamide to cross his blood-brain barrier, and tickle his happy little CNS opioid receptors.

And there you have a strange case of how anti-diarrheal and acid-reflux medications taken concurrently can result in opioid CNS agonism.

So next time you take your medicines, make sure you look at the label and read the contraindications! You never know if what you're taking might interact with something else in a (potentially) lethal way.

8 AM... it's too early!

It seems that no matter what time I go to bed the night before, the time when I am the MOST tired is precisely the time that my alarm goes off.

Oh well. Off to the shower.