Advances in String Theory

I recently started flossing again. I didn’t stop because of a lack of care about dental hygiene. Although I don’t always brush twice a day, I’m a devout daily brusher. I didn’t always take great care of my teeth, but after my first root canal in seventh grade, I straightened up my act.

I didn’t have dental insurance for about seven years, and I never went to the dentist in that time. As a poor college/grad student, if my teeth didn’t hurt, there wasn’t a problem. When I finally went and told the dentist it had been seven or eight years since my last check up, he literally called in back-up. To his disappointment, I didn’t even have one cavity. The only thing he found was a soft-spot on a molar that he said would become a cavity, so “might as well fill it now.”

As I noted before, I didn’t quit flossing because of apathy. My hands just got too damn big to fit in my mouth. Admittedly, I haven’t paid enough attention to the advances in flossing technology, because now they have these wonderful contraptions.

Flossing now takes me a matter of 20-30 seconds and doesn’t end in me accidentally lacerating my gums and/or punching myself in the face. Plus, I don’t feel like I’m ramming my hand down my gullet like a cast member in a German fetish movie.

The bleeding, on the other hand, is not a 20-30 second affair. I was fairly certain I was going to pass out on the drive to work if I didn’t get one of those blood donation cookies. Can you buys those somewhere?

Perspective

This site has been quietly wowing me since I stumbled upon it. A few personal reactions:

  1. I expected the moon to be bigger. Don’t get me wrong; I know that going to the moon is the current zenith of human exploration, but I think that all of the hype and reverence that surrounds the achievement, it has inflated the size of the thing itself in my mind. It just seems less grandiose when you think that we sent a bunch of astronauts to a place that has a smaller diameter than Australia. Granted, it’s an Australia that is 250k miles away. Also, this definitely says something about how large Australia is.
  2. The Chernobyl radiation cloud is frightening. Obviously, not all of this area would be lethal exposure, but you sure as hell wouldn’t want to keep living there. Also, how freaking large is Russia if this happened and it was just basically a dent in their real estate holdings?
  3. The Marianas Trench is…like…deep. Like 20% deeper than Mt. Everest is tall (or rather, above sea-level).  We know more about the aforementioned Moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean (only one expedition to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, six expeditions to the surface of the Moon).
  4. The Pakistan Flood is huge. Why is no one in America talking about this?
  5. The Great Wall of China is aptly titled. That is all.