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Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

impulse control, Mason jar, Pepto Bismol, Rubik’s Cube, Saturday Night Live, telemarketer, Y2K

Honestly, we can’t stress this enough.” It was about this time that I decided I needed to take action, so I found some Pepto-Bismol and took a full dose. I considered taking more, but at this point I was concerned that I might have to call 911 for help and I didn’t want to have to explain why I’d taken three times the recommended amount of laxatives and three times the recommended amount of antidiarrhea medicine, because even to me that sounded like some sort of poorly planned suicide attempt. Taking just one dose of the antidiarrheal seemed somewhat rational, comparatively. “Surely,” I thought, “this will make me seem much more credible and less likely to be put on suicide watch.” Of course, the Pepto-Bismol was no match for the raw power of the ex-lax, and was much like wearing shin guards in the middle of a tornado, except even less effective, because at least with shin guards, when they found your body later you could still wear a skirt in your coffin (unless your legs got ripped off entirely, which could totally happen).

Of course, the Pepto-Bismol was no match for the raw power of the ex-lax, and was much like wearing shin guards in the middle of a tornado, except even less effective, because at least with shin guards, when they found your body later you could still wear a skirt in your coffin (unless your legs got ripped off entirely, which could totally happen). But the Pepto-Bismol didn’t do anything at all except turn my tongue black. It crossed my mind that maybe eating a bunch of cheese might help, because I once went to school with a girl who ate too much cheese and got so constipated that she had to go to the hospital to get the poop removed by a doctor. And after I heard that I could never really look at her the same way, and I often wondered whether she got to keep the poop they removed, like when you get to keep your tonsils. And then I remembered that I didn’t have any cheese in the house, and that even if I did, it wouldn’t matter, because I couldn’t leave the toilet long enough to get it.


Small Space Organizing: A Room by Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space by Kathryn Bechen

estate planning, index card, McMansion, new economy, Pepto Bismol

Round wire baskets hung in the corner above the refrigerator to store potatoes and onions, a basket on top of the refrigerator housed paper plates and napkins, and I put my new set of colorful canisters for flour and sugar (a wedding gift) on the counter behind my dish drainer. Three tiny shelves above my sink held pretty containers for tea, coffee, and sugar cubes, and baskets on top of the cabinets held extra groceries. We repainted the Pepto Bismol pink walls a bright semigloss white that significantly brightened the room and was easy to keep clean. I sewed rug squares together to make a colorful patchwork rug for our kitchen. The final touch was a new curtain on the window and—presto . . . in just a few days, our tiny kitchen was both functional and cheerful. We hosted many a dinner with new friends in that home. You can do the same! Inventory Time Below are some questions to ask as you take inventory of your small kitchen.

But I also know that with some clever organizing and storage tips—and some family bathroom etiquette—you can create your very own serenely organized and efficient bathroom, and sooner than you might think. So come on, I’m going to once again share with you some of the organizing strategies, ideas, and solutions I’ve personally used over the years. Jacuzzi Train Tub By now you’re familiar with the tiny 20′ × 20′ home we rented when we were just newlyweds. After we finished organizing the kitchen and painting over the Pepto Bismol pink walls, we began making our miniscule bathroom an organized and restful place we could both enjoy. I loved its antique claw-foot tub, and imagine my delight when the whole thing vibrated and the water rippled all on its own the first time I took a bath! We lived across the street from a train track, and guess what? When the train whistle blew, our little house shook and my bathtub was indeed turned into a “Jacuzzi spa”—every night at precisely nine o’clock!


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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman, Jeffrey Robbins

Albert Einstein, Brownian motion, impulse control, index card, John von Neumann, Murray Gell-Mann, pattern recognition, Pepto Bismol, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman: Challenger O-ring, scientific worldview, the scientific method

So I received that one with a note saying “We do not have time to play games. Please instruct your wife to confine herself to ordinary letters!” Well, we were ready with the one more dot. The letter would start, “I hope you remembered to open this letter carefully because I have included the Pepto-Bismol for your stomach as we arranged.” It would be a letter full of powder. In the office we expected they would open it quickly, the powder would go all over the floor, they would get all upset because you are not supposed to upset anything, you’d have to gather all this Pepto-Bismol. . . . But we didn’t have to use that one. OK? As a result of all these experiences with the censor, I knew exactly what could get through and what could not get through. Nobody else knew as well as I. And so I made a little money out of all of this by making bets.


pages: 339 words: 83,725

Fodor's Madrid and Side Trips by Fodor's

Atahualpa, call centre, Francisco Pizarro, glass ceiling, Isaac Newton, low cost airline, Pepto Bismol, traffic fines, young professional

Medical service (061). Health The most common types of illnesses are caused by contaminated food and water. Make sure food has been thoroughly cooked and is served to you fresh and hot; avoid vegetables and fruits that you haven’t washed (in bottled or purified water) or peeled yourself. If you have problems, mild cases of traveler’s diarrhea may respond to Imodium (known generically as loperamide) or Pepto-Bismol. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids; if you can’t keep fluids down, seek medical help immediately. Infectious diseases can be airborne or passed via mosquitoes and ticks and through direct or indirect physical contact with animals or people. Some, including Norwalk-like viruses that affect your digestive tract, can be passed along through contaminated food. Condoms can help prevent most sexually transmitted diseases, but they aren’t absolutely reliable and their quality varies from country to country.

Over-the-Counter Remedies Over-the-counter remedies are available at any farmacia (pharmacy), recognizable by the large green crosses outside. Some will look familiar, such as aspirina (aspirin), and other medications are sold under various brand names. If you get traveler’s diarrhea, ask for an antidiarréico (antidiarrheal medicine); Fortasec is a well-known brand. Mild cases may respond to Imodium (known generically as loperamide) or Pepto-Bismol. To keep from getting dehydrated, drink plenty of purified water or herbal tea. In severe cases, rehydrate yourself with a salt-sugar solution—½ teaspoon salt (sal) and 4 tablespoons sugar (azúcar) per quart of water, or pick up a package of oral rehydration salts at any local farmacia. If you regularly take a nonprescription medicine, take a sample box or bottle with you, and the Spanish pharmacist will provide you with its local equivalent.


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Stealth of Nations by Robert Neuwirth

accounting loophole / creative accounting, big-box store, British Empire, call centre, collective bargaining, corporate governance, full employment, Hernando de Soto, illegal immigration, income inequality, informal economy, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, jitney, Johannes Kepler, joint-stock company, Joseph Schumpeter, megacity, microcredit, New Urbanism, Pepto Bismol, pirate software, profit motive, Shenzhen was a fishing village, Simon Kuznets, special economic zone, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, thinkpad, upwardly mobile, Vilfredo Pareto, yellow journalism

People have been selling patent medicines since long before Donizetti wrote his opera. From a modern medical perspective, we tend to view all these street merchants as fraudsters making miraculous claims about spurious snake oil. In truth, however, many potions that are still common in today’s medicine cabinets started their commercial life as questionable and untested remedies. Vicks VapoRub and Pepto-Bismol (both now owned by Procter & Gamble) originated as patent medicines. So did Bromo-Seltzer, Angostura bitters, milk of magnesia, and Luden’s cough drops. The people who sold these unregulated elixirs, unguents, emollients, and exfoliants have long been considered charlatans. Yet, contrary to the pejorative meaning the word has in contemporary parlance, there once was a time when being a charlatan was an honorable profession.

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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler

airport security, Pepto Bismol

I want to hear that it is settled that my life and my love will not undo each other. I couldn’t sleep last night, and I spent the hours alone, awake, thinking through questions that are useless to me now. Why did the doctors keep sending me home in pain all summer? How could the ER doctor give me antacids and tell me that people come in with all manner of stubbed toes and little things these days? I spent the summer with bright pink Pepto-Bismol in my purse and waves of stomach pain that left me gasping. And, after all that, I got the second-least-sexy cancer, colon cancer. At least it’s not rectal cancer. But I wake up after surgery, surprised. Pleased. As I am rolled through the hallways from the operating room, I see another good friend, Chad, who drove all night from Alabama to stand beside Toban with an encouraging smile on his face.


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The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur by Randy Komisar

Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, barriers to entry, belly landing, discounted cash flows, estate planning, Jeff Bezos, Network effects, new economy, Pepto Bismol, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Jobs

He opened his briefcase on the table, snatched out his phone, and snapped it open. ''Lenny here," he said, as he strode out the door without a word to me. Rudeness is as good an excuse as any for an exit. I pulled my jacket off the back of my chair with one last look at Lenny's open briefcase. It revealed a stack of files, an assortment of pens, a family picture stuck on with a paper clip, an economy-size bottle of Pepto-Bismol, and some kind of homemade sandwichtuna salad?oozing around the edge of the plastic wrapper. Well, I thought, somebody loves him enough to make a sandwich. Or, maybe he's brown-bagging to save money. Page 24 I told Connie I would be back later. She promised to hold my regular table. We both watched Lenny as he sat at one of the tables just outside the open door. Still oblivious to the possibility that someone might overhear, he argued and pleaded into the phone.


Fodor's Costa Rica 2012 by Fodor's

Berlin Wall, buttonwood tree, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, David Attenborough, haute cuisine, Pepto Bismol, place-making, sustainable-tourism, urban renewal, urban sprawl

In rural areas you run a mild risk of encountering drinking water, fresh fruit, and vegetables contaminated by fecal matter, which in most cases causes a bit ofturista (traveler’s diarrhea) but can cause leptospirosis (which can be treated by antibiotics if detected early). You can stay on the safe side by avoiding uncooked food, unpasteurized milk (including milk products), and ice—ask for drinks sin hielo (without ice)—and by drinking bottled water. Mild cases of turista may respond to Imodium (known generically as loperamide) or Pepto-Bismol (not as strong), both of which can be purchased over the counter. Drink plenty of purified water or tea; chamomile (manzanilla in Spanish) is a good folk remedy. In severe cases, rehydrate yourself with a salt-sugar solution (½ teaspoon salt and 4 tablespoons sugar per quart of water). Ceviche, raw fish cured in lemon juice—a favorite appetizer, especially at seaside resorts—is generally safe to eat.

If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach until you’re free of it, and then swim back to shore. TIP Avoid swimming where a town’s main river opens up to the sea. Septic tanks aren’t common. Do not fly within 24 hours of scuba diving. Over-the-Counter Remedies Farmacia is Spanish for “pharmacy,” and the names for common drugs aspirina, Tylenol (acetaminofina), and ibúprofen are basically the same as they are in English. Pepto-Bismol is widely available. Many drugs for which you need a prescription back home are sold over the counter in Costa Rica. Pharmacies throughout the country are generally open from 8 to 8, though it’s best to consult with your hotel’s staff to be sure. Some pharmacies in San José affiliated with clinics stay open 24 hours. Hours of Operation Like the rest of the world, Costa Rica’s business hours have been expanding.

* * * Packing List for Costa Rica Quick-drying synthetic-fiber shirts and socks Hiking boots or shoes that can get muddy and wet Waterproof sport sandals (especially in the Osa Peninsula, where most transportation is by boat, and often there are no docks) Knee-high socks for the rubber boots that are supplied at many lodges A pair of lightweight pants (fire ants, mosquitoes, and other pests make covering yourself a necessity on deep-forest hikes) Pants for horseback riding (if that’s on your itinerary) Waterproof, lightweight jacket, windbreaker, or poncho Day pack for hikes Sweater for cool nights and early mornings Swimsuit Insect repellent (with DEET, for forested areas and especially on the northern Caribbean coast, where there are pockets of malaria) Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries (for occasional power outages or inadequately lighted walkways at lodges) Sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 (waterproof sunscreens are best; even if you’re not swimming, you might be swimming in perspiration) Large, portable water bottle Hat and/or bandannas (not only do they provide shade, but they prevent perspiration from dripping down your face) Binoculars (with carrying strap) Camera (waterproof, or with a waterproof case or dry bag, sold in outdoor-equipment stores) Film (film in Costa Rica can be expired and is expensive) Imodium and Pepto-Bismol (tablet form is best) Swiss Army knife (and remember to pack it in your checked luggage, never your carry-on—even on domestic flights in Costa Rica) Zip-style plastic bags (they always come in handy) Travel alarm clock or watch with an alarm (don’t count on wake-up calls) Nonelectric shaving utensils Toilet paper (rarely provided in public bathrooms) * * * * * * Local Dos and Taboos Ticos tend to use formal Spanish, preferring, for example, con mucho gusto (with much pleasure) instead of de nada for “you’re welcome.”


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Buyology by Martin Lindstrom

anti-work, Berlin Wall, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, Kickstarter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pepto Bismol, Saturday Night Live, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker

Their heart rates went up 20 percent, like that. The women never saw the logo, just the color—with its powerful associations with engagement, marriage, babies, and fertility. Perhaps for this same reason, the color pink, with its associations of luxury, sensuality, and femininity, is used to sell everything from sleepwear, underwear, perfume and soaps, to drugstore remedies (got an upset stomach? Pepto-Bismol will neutralize and soothe your indigestion) to toys to computers. That’s right, thanks to the unexpected success of a pink laptop manufactured by the Hong Kong company VTech, marketers from Toys “R” Us to the NFL, the NHL and NASCAR are starting to roll out pink versions of their best-selling toys and sports clothing. Color gets our buying juices going in other ways, too. When Heinz rolled out its EZ Squirt Blastin’ Green ketchup in 2001, customers bought more than 10 million bottles of the stuff in its first seven months on the market, the highest sales spike in the brand’s history—all because of a simple color change.


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How to Retire the Cheapskate Way by Jeff Yeager

asset allocation, car-free, employer provided health coverage, estate planning, financial independence, fixed income, Pepto Bismol, pez dispenser, rent control, ride hailing / ride sharing, risk tolerance, Ronald Reagan, Zipcar

Some of the more valuable finds as Marv dug deeper into his barn-size time capsule: a massive collection of Matchbox cars (many in mint condition); dozens of highly collectible metal lunch boxes; vinyl record albums that had never been opened; dolls and other toys still in their original packaging; boxes filled with classic comic books, metal signs, and other vintage advertising memorabilia for everything from Tabasco sauce to Pepto-Bismol; and an entire box filled with nothing but PEZ dispensers. The other thing Marv realized as he stood in the barn one evening staring at boxes still stacked all the way up as high as the hayloft, was that even at the rapid pace he was working, he might not live long enough to see the last box unpacked. So he enlisted the help of one of his daughters who lived nearby—“she knows all about selling stuff on eBay, is that what it’s called?”


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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

Burning Man, Cal Newport, Donald Trump, financial independence, game design, index fund, Jaron Lanier, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, lifelogging, longitudinal study, Mark Zuckerberg, Pepto Bismol, pre–internet, price discrimination, race to the bottom, ride hailing / ride sharing, Silicon Valley, Skype, Snapchat, Steve Jobs

“If you find out you have the same birthday as someone who does something horrible,” Alter explained to me, “you hate them even more than if you didn’t have that information.” His first book, Drunk Tank Pink, cataloged numerous similar cases where seemingly small environmental factors create large changes in behavior. The title, for example, refers to a study that showed aggressively drunk inmates at a Seattle naval prison were notably calmed after spending just fifteen minutes in a cell painted a particular shade of Pepto-Bismol pink, as were Canadian schoolchildren when taught in a classroom of the same color. The book also reveals that wearing a red shirt on a dating profile will lead to significantly more interest than any other color, and that the easier your name is to pronounce, the faster you’ll advance in the legal profession. What made 2013 a turning point for Alter’s career was a cross-country flight from New York to LA.


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh

East Village, illegal immigration, index card, out of africa, Pepto Bismol, rent control, white picket fence

My memory had blundered into my imagination, but I knew what was what. I understood that three days had passed without me, and there was a long way ahead. I saw no trace of Ping Xi until I went to the kitchen: Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans; tin foil smeared with the contents of what I could assume was a burrito; the New York Times from February 2. I wrote a list of things I desired on a Post-it and stuck it to the table: “Ginger ale, animal crackers, Pepto-Bismol.” And then, “Remove all garbage after each visit! Cross out the days!” I guessed Ping Xi had been over to take measurements or talk or sketch plans for some video project, but had made no real work yet. I just had that feeling. I pulled a slice of pizza from the fridge and ate it cold, with my eyes closed, swaying under the fluorescent light streaming down from overhead and reflecting back up off the kitchen floor.


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The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss

Airbnb, Atul Gawande, Buckminster Fuller, Burning Man, correlation does not imply causation, crowdsourcing, deliberate practice, en.wikipedia.org, Golden Gate Park, happiness index / gross national happiness, haute cuisine, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, loss aversion, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Mason jar, microbiome, Parkinson's law, Paul Buchheit, Paul Graham, Pepto Bismol, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Silicon Valley, Skype, spaced repetition, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, the High Line, Y Combinator

THE GAUCHO METHOD I don’t have a long history of wielding fire, but I am a seasoned consumer of parrillada, as grilled meat is known in Argentina. I’ve witnessed many all-day Sunday feasts—asados—in the provinces outside of Buenos Aires. These asados are a cultural mainstay and serious business. Roasting a whole lamb, as common in Patagonia as a stuffed turkey in the U.S., often starts at 6 a.m. and finishes near 2 p.m. Argies assume 4 lbs (2 kg) of meat will be eaten per person at such affairs. Bring your Pepto-Bismol. Francis Mallmann is the Argentine figurehead of grilling, the capo, the Mickey Mantle of meat. Raised in the Andes as the son of a preeminent nuclear physicist, Mallmann trained at the most famous French kitchens in the world, later becoming South America’s most venerated Patagonian cook. But, in his own words, he was “tired of making fancy French food for wealthy customers in Buenos Aires” and so returned to his mother tongue: fire.

My girlfriend thought it’d be funny to change my Wikipedia page.” Phew. For performance-enhancing gear, I settled on a few tactical items: Propane torch: for melting the ice cream, making it easier to consume. Metal spoon: to avoid breakage of standard-issue Ben & Jerry’s plastic. I was told to put the spoon in my mouth ice cream–side down, to minimize brain freeze. Anbesol: topical painkiller for numbing my gums and lips. Anti-diarrheal pills, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, and Lactaid: to minimize the likelihood of violence at either end of my body, at least until crossing the finish line. Vomiting during competition disqualifies you. DOING AS THE ROMAN DOES Roman stands 5'8" and has been 191 lbs at 4.6% body fat. He can deadlift 660 lbs for three repetitions. As a celebrity personal trainer, his meteoric rise has come from testing and refining promising fringe science on himself.


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Glock: The Rise of America's Gun by Paul M. Barrett

airport security, forensic accounting, hiring and firing, interchangeable parts, offshore financial centre, Pepto Bismol, Ralph Nader, Ronald Reagan, union organizing

The home cost millions to build, but guests wiped their shoes on tacky black-and-silver Glock-branded doormats. Inside the front door were withered houseplants turning shades of yellow and brown. The parlors were filled with expensive white couches and divans, but some were wrapped in transparent plastic, presumably to prevent stains. A garish fake leopard skin was draped across one living room sofa. Guest room beds were made up with slippery silk sheets the color of Pepto-Bismol. Glock did not obsess about thread count. The master of the mansion spent much of his time in a windowless basement room, according to visitors. From this underground bunker, he could control the villa’s security cameras and alarms, as well as the air-conditioning and elevator. He could even set the temperature of the heated tile floors in the many bathrooms upstairs. “He was down there alone for hours,” Jannuzzo said.


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

airport security, Albert Einstein, blood diamonds, carbon footprint, Donald Trump, East Village, Google Hangouts, Pepto Bismol, Saturday Night Live, Skype, the medium is the message

While I was touring with Second City, I continued to perform at ImprovOlympic and with the Upright Citizens Brigade. The group had morphed and now it was the fab four it remains today: Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and me. Ian was an intense and cerebral guy from New Jersey who was the best improviser I had ever seen. He was a great actor who looked like he wanted to wrestle you. I saw Matt Walsh for the first time when he played Captain Lunatic (Lou Natic), an over-the-top cop who chugged Pepto-Bismol and cursed God. I was in awe of his characters and his distinct voice. Adam McKay and Horatio Sanz were still performing with us on occasion, although both were being groomed to join SNL. Adam was good at everything. He was an unbelievable writer and bulletproof onstage. Horatio was sweet but fearless. He once walked through a sliding glass door on a dare. The UCB4 started to write and perform our own shows, most of which included audience plants and fake gunplay.


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Wall Street Meat by Andy Kessler

accounting loophole / creative accounting, Andy Kessler, automated trading system, banking crisis, Bob Noyce, George Gilder, index fund, Jeff Bezos, market bubble, Menlo Park, Pepto Bismol, pets.com, Robert Metcalfe, rolodex, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Small Order Execution System, Steve Jobs, technology bubble, undersea cable, Y2K

It just was. 234 Afterword As an analyst, you weren’t really part of the daily battles on Wall Street, the blocks of stock flying around, the price gyrations, the cold-calling of rich families, the fighting for banking deals. The yelling. The screaming. You were above the scrum of the business. Buying, selling, trading, that was the dirty work of Wall Street, the machinery. Who cares how it’s done, analysts thought, just get it done so you can pay me. Most traders kept chewable Pepto-Bismol at their trading turret; I had a Zagat’s guide and a baseball schedule in my office. Yes, I spent lots of time on the trading floor— a zoo without cages—but was glad it was only a place to visit. I never really understood how these guys made money, and I didn’t want to know. It was only later, when these traders and brokers and bankers stopped making enough money to pay for research, that analysts got their hands dirty and turned into bankers.


pages: 219 words: 75,735

All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland

invisible hand, Pepto Bismol, place-making

She replied to Ursula, an ex-prostitute in Dortmund, and entered an online discussion about a potential Mexican source of thalidomide to relieve the ulcers in her mouth. Janet and Ursula's old source had moved into the more lucrative field of banned diet medications, and there was gossip that a British firm, Buckminster, was going to have legal supplies available shortly. Janet's pocket buzzer vibrated; she downed her medication plus a Pepto-Bismol as unthinkingly as movie popcorn. The world outside — cars and signage and electrical wires — was almost too smothered in light to read properly, like objects in the movies being sucked into a glowing UFO. She stood up for a stretch. Around her, she saw a few Bryan-ish loser types furtively glued to their screens, doubtlessly ferreting out porn. Some of them bothered to hide their screens as she neared them; others couldn't care less.


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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, Antoine Gombaud: Chevalier de Méré, Atul Gawande, Brownian motion, butterfly effect, correlation coefficient, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, Donald Trump, feminist movement, forensic accounting, Gerolamo Cardano, Henri Poincaré, index fund, Isaac Newton, law of one price, pattern recognition, Paul Erdős, Pepto Bismol, probability theory / Blaise Pascal / Pierre de Fermat, RAND corporation, random walk, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Bayes, V2 rocket, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!

Kahneman knew that human beings, by necessity, employ certain strategies to reduce the complexity of tasks of judgment and that intuition about probabilities plays an important part in that process. Will you feel sick after eating that luscious-looking seviche tostada from the street vendor? You don’t consciously recall all the comparable food stands you’ve patronized, count the number of times you’ve spent the following night guzzling Pepto-Bismol, and come up with a numerical estimate. You let your intuition do the work. But research in the 1950s and early ’60s indicated that people’s intuition about randomness fails them in such situations. How widespread, Kahneman wondered, was this misunderstanding of uncertainty? And what are its implications for human decision making? A few years passed, and Kahneman invited a fellow junior professor, Amos Tversky, to give a guest lecture at one of his seminars.


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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, back-to-the-land, big-box store, Burning Man, cognitive dissonance, crowdsourcing, full employment, game design, gender pay gap, Gini coefficient, income inequality, Jeff Bezos, job automation, Mars Rover, new economy, off grid, payday loans, Pepto Bismol, precariat, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, sharing economy, six sigma, supply-chain management, union organizing, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Y2K

At salvaged grocery outlets—known as “scratch-and-dent” stores—shoppers find deeply discounted food past its sell-by date in crushed boxes and dinged cans. Behind the lurid pink façade of an outlet called Addicted to Deals, they buy DVDs—three for $10—and expired vitamins. “This place is freaking crazy,” one shopper wrote online. “It’s like a college dorm room and an abandoned Kmart had a forbidden lovechild, painted it Pepto-Bismol pink, and gave it a phrase for a name.” Quartzsite doesn’t offer much in the way of what city folks consider culture, but almost everyone visits Reader’s Oasis on the east end of Main Street. The bookstore is owned by septuagenarian nudist Paul Winer, who has skin like burnished leather and wanders the aisles in nothing but a knit codpiece. When it’s cold, he dons a sweater. Paul can afford to keep his bookstore going because, technically, it isn’t a permanent structure, and that keeps the taxes down.


pages: 283 words: 85,906

The Clock Mirage: Our Myth of Measured Time by Joseph Mazur

Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, Arthur Eddington, computer age, Credit Default Swap, Danny Hillis, Drosophila, Eratosthenes, Henri Poincaré, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), invention of movable type, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, job automation, Mark Zuckerberg, mass immigration, Pepto Bismol, self-driving car, Stephen Hawking, twin studies

Back in twenties Paris, Gil meets Adrianna, one of Pablo Picasso’s many presumed lovers (fictional in the movie), and, by horse-drawn carriage, travels back further to La Belle Époque of the late nineteenth century. GIL: Because if you stay here and this becomes your present, sooner or later you’ll imagine another time was really the golden time. . . The present has a hold on you because it’s your present and while there’s never any progress in the most important things, you get to appreciate—what little progress is made—the internet—Pepto-Bismol. The present is always going to seem unsatisfying because life itself is unsatisfying—that’s why Gauguin goes back and forth between Paris and Tahiti, searching.1 In literature and in movies we go back and forth in time with ease, whether the machine is a Peugeot Type 176 or the Starship Enterprise. In Stephen King’s novel II/22/63, it is a porthole door in a diner. In the film Back to the Future it is a DeLorean motorcar, in the long-running TV series Dr.


pages: 311 words: 89,785

Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure by Julian Smith

blood diamonds, British Empire, Cape to Cairo, James Watt: steam engine, Livingstone, I presume, Pepto Bismol, Scramble for Africa, trade route

The tipsy joviality is infectious, but I’m itching to get going, peeking at my map and watch when I think no one’s looking. I don’t want to look ungrateful. But I’m off-balance, alone and anxious. How will I make it to Sudan if I can’t even get to Sena? Life has just become radically simplified. Everything I need for the next two months—I hope—fills the dark green backpack at my feet. The three essentials: Swiss Army knife, Pepto-Bismol tablets, and earplugs. Flashlight, toothpaste, dental floss: check. Notebooks, digital camera, carefully marked and folded map. No wallet, no keys, no cell phone. There are four twenties under the insole of each of my shoes and another five hidden inside my bulging medical kit. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many pills on a trip: vitamins, malaria pills, little Chinese kill-anything tablets that look like yellow lentils and taste horrendous.


pages: 313 words: 94,490

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

affirmative action, availability heuristic, Barry Marshall: ulcers, correlation does not imply causation, desegregation, low cost airline, Menlo Park, Pepto Bismol, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Stephen Hawking, telemarketer

“It tasted like swamp water,” he said. Within a few days, Marshall was experiencing pain, nausea, and vomiting—the classic symptoms of gastritis, the early stage of an ulcer. Using an endoscope, his colleagues found that his stomach lining, previously pink and healthy, was now red and inflamed. Like a magician, Marshall then cured himself with a course of antibiotics and bismuth (the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol). Even after this dramatic demonstration, the battle wasn’t over. Other scientists quibbled with the demonstration. Marshall had cured himself before he developed a full-blown ulcer, they argued, so maybe he had just generated ulcer symptoms rather than a genuine ulcer. But Marshall’s demonstration gave a second wind to supporters of the bacteria theory, and subsequent research amassed more and more evidence in its favor.


pages: 279 words: 90,278

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

call centre, financial independence, housing crisis, income inequality, invisible hand, late fees, Mason jar, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, offshore financial centre, Pepto Bismol, profit motive, Ronald Reagan, trickle-down economics, women in the workforce, working poor

Sometimes I walked in to pet the tiny dog that slept next to her, guarding her, and I’d see that even in sleep Betty’s light eyebrows were furrowed and there was a frown on her mouth, which had finally begun to wrinkle as a smoker’s lips will do. She smelled of ash and mint—the cigarettes, her candy Red Hots that she kept in a Mason jar, the chalky pink candies from the dollar store that tasted like Pepto-Bismol, the strong odor of Icy Hot menthol ointment spread across her shoulders to distract her from the pain she felt there. Betty had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, which some doctors said was all in her head and others said was real. Chronic fatigue, or whatever it was, came with another problem, called fibromyalgia, also dubious if one believed medical texts. That caused the tissue in Betty’s shoulders to swell painfully.


pages: 287 words: 86,870

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Bernie Madoff, big-box store, discrete time, East Village, high net worth, McMansion, Panamax, Pepto Bismol, Ponzi scheme, sovereign wealth fund, white picket fence, Y2K

The thing with white-sand beaches, blue sea to the horizon under a cloudless sky: that’s a view with two colors, just blue and white, tranquil but you could die of boredom. But the palm-tree-island hotel looked over an inlet to the enormous houses on the other side, and there’s life in that. One of the mansions was pink, memorable because he and Vincent had laughed at it. It wasn’t a tasteful muted pink, it was pink like Pepto-Bismol. “What month is it?” “December,” Alkaitis says. “We were in the Emirates for Christmas.” The doctor’s face is carefully blank as he makes a note, and Alkaitis realizes his mistake. “I’m sorry, I was thinking of something else. It’s June. June 2015.” “Good. Do you know today’s date?” “Sure, it’s the seventeenth. July seventeenth.” “I’m going to give you a name and address,” the doctor says, “and I’ll ask you to repeat it back to me in a few minutes.


pages: 314 words: 101,034

Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders

data acquisition, discovery of penicillin, high batting average, index card, medical residency, meta analysis, meta-analysis, natural language processing, pattern recognition, Pepto Bismol, randomized controlled trial, Ronald Reagan

Once she was back in class her friends joked that she was just trying to get rid of the extra pounds from the holidays. But she felt fine and she wasn’t going to worry about it. Until it happened again. And again. And again. The attacks were always the same. She’d get that queasy feeling for a few hours, and then the vomiting would start and wouldn’t let up for days. There was never any fever or diarrhea; no cramps or even any real pain. She tried everything she could find in the drugstore: Tums, Pepcid, Pepto-Bismol, Prilosec, Maalox. Nothing helped. Knowing that another attack could start at any moment, without warning, gnawed insistently in the back of her mind. She went to the infirmary with each attack. The doctor there would get a pregnancy test and when it was negative, as it always was, he’d give her some intravenous fluids, a few doses of Compazine (a medicine to control nausea), and, after a day or two, send her back to the dorm.


pages: 346 words: 101,255

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George

American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Anton Chekhov, Bob Geldof, Celtic Tiger, clean water, glass ceiling, indoor plumbing, informal economy, job satisfaction, John Snow's cholera map, joint-stock company, land reform, low cost airline, Nelson Mandela, New Urbanism, Pepto Bismol, Potemkin village, Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, Steven Pinker, urban planning

The French call this tout à l’égout or “everything down the drain” (to be contrasted with their earlier habit of discharging tout à la rue). An enterprising sewage treatment manager in Utah arrestingly expressed this by issuing bottles of cleaned sewage effluent, whose labels listed the following ingredients: “Water, fecal matter, toilet paper, hair, lint, rancid grease, stomach acid and trace amounts of Pepto Bismol, chocolate, urine, body oils, dead skin, industrial chemicals, ammonia, soil, laundry soap, bath soap, shaving cream, sweat, saliva, salt, sugar. No artificial colors or preservatives. Some variations in taste and/or color may occur due to holidays, predominant cuisine preference, infiltration/inflow, or sewer cross-connections.” The manager told reporters that he was trying to raise people’s consciousness about what they put down the drain.


Fodor's Costa Rica 2013 by Fodor's Travel Publications Inc.

airport security, Berlin Wall, buttonwood tree, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, David Attenborough, glass ceiling, haute cuisine, Pepto Bismol, place-making, sustainable-tourism, urban sprawl

In rural areas you run a mild risk of encountering drinking water, fresh fruit, and vegetables contaminated by fecal matter, which in most cases causes a bit of turista (traveler’s diarrhea) but can cause leptospirosis (which can be treated by antibiotics if detected early). You can stay on the safe side by avoiding uncooked food, unpasteurized milk (including milk products), and ice—ask for drinks sin hielo (without ice)—and by drinking bottled water. Mild cases of turista may respond to Imodium (known generically as loperamide) or Pepto-Bismol (not as strong), both of which can be purchased over the counter. Drink plenty of purified water or tea; chamomile (manzanilla in Spanish) is a good folk remedy. In severe cases, rehydrate yourself with a salt-sugar solution (½ teaspoon salt and 4 tablespoons sugar per quart of water). Ceviche, raw fish cured in lemon juice—a favorite appetizer, especially at seaside resorts—is generally safe to eat.

If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach until you’re free of it, and then swim back to shore. TIP Avoid swimming where a town’s main river opens up to the sea. Septic tanks aren’t common. Do not fly within 24 hours of scuba diving. OVER-THE-COUNTER REMEDIES Farmacia is Spanish for “pharmacy,” and the names for common drugs aspirina, Tylenol (acetaminofina), and ibúprofen are basically the same as they are in English. Pepto-Bismol is widely available. Many drugs for which you need a prescription back home are sold over the counter in Costa Rica. Pharmacies throughout the country are generally open from 8 to 8, though it’s best to consult with your hotel’s staff to be sure. Some pharmacies in San José affiliated with clinics stay open 24 hours. HOURS OF OPERATION Like the rest of the world, Costa Rica’s business hours have been expanding.


pages: 433 words: 106,048

The End of Illness by David B. Agus

Danny Hillis, discovery of penicillin, double helix, epigenetics, germ theory of disease, Google Earth, impulse control, information retrieval, longitudinal study, meta analysis, meta-analysis, microbiome, Murray Gell-Mann, pattern recognition, Pepto Bismol, personalized medicine, randomized controlled trial, risk tolerance, Steve Jobs, the scientific method

What makes the aching joints better? • Appetite: Is it the same as it used to be? Stronger? Weaker? Do you have serious cravings? If so, for what? • Breasts: If you’re a woman, do you see or feel any lumps, bumps, or dimples when you perform a breast exam? • Digestion: Any feelings of discomfort to report? Do you have to use any over-the-counter medications for your digestion/stomach on a regular basis (e.g., Tums, Pepto-Bismol, Tagamet, Zantac, Prevacid, laxatives, and the like)? If you have symptoms, are they better or worse after eating a meal? Do you experience an intolerance, sensitivity, or allergy to certain foods? • Headaches: Do you experience headaches regularly? Migraines? Do you know the triggers for such headaches? Do you find yourself taking over-the-counter painkillers consistently (e.g., Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, Excedrin, aspirin, and the like)?


Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland

3D printing, Airbnb, airport security, bitcoin, Burning Man, delayed gratification, dematerialisation, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, en.wikipedia.org, Google Glasses, Guggenheim Bilbao, index card, jimmy wales, Lyft, Marshall McLuhan, Maui Hawaii, McJob, Menlo Park, nuclear paranoia, Pepto Bismol, pre–internet, Ray Kurzweil, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Skype, Stanford marshmallow experiment, Ted Kaczynski, The Future of Employment, uber lyft, young professional

I suspect the future of pot is probably in spritzed pot, like I had in the plane from Toronto to Vancouver, or in THC taste strips, like breath-freshening strips. Or vaping. What will legalized pot packaging look like? The first wave of pot products will probably resemble borderline medical products currently existing, like the tubs of creatine or protein that weight-lifters buy at protein shops. The next wave will resemble packaging and labelling in the style of craft beer breweries. The third and long-term packaging may look like Wrigley’s gum or Pepto-Bismol. Boring. Quotidian. Part of the landscape. “Hi, I’ll get two Gatorades, a pack of peppermint Chiclets and a pack of Parrot Head Spritz vials.” Eighteen years ago I was in a second-hand store in Chile and saw a really strange-looking metal vase—quite low-slung and unlike something you’d put roses into. I asked about it and was told it was a spittoon. A spittoon. I’d heard the word used before, but I’d never thought about it much, let alone visualized what a spittoon looks like.


pages: 515 words: 117,501

Miracle Cure by William Rosen

Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, availability heuristic, biofilm, cognitive bias, cognitive dissonance, conceptual framework, Copley Medal, creative destruction, demographic transition, discovery of penicillin, Ernest Rutherford, experimental subject, Fellow of the Royal Society, Frederick Winslow Taylor, friendly fire, functional fixedness, germ theory of disease, global supply chain, Haber-Bosch Process, Ignaz Semmelweis: hand washing, Isaac Newton, James Watt: steam engine, Johannes Kepler, John Snow's cholera map, Joseph Schumpeter, Louis Pasteur, medical malpractice, meta analysis, meta-analysis, microbiome, New Journalism, obamacare, out of africa, pattern recognition, Pepto Bismol, randomized controlled trial, selection bias, stem cell, transcontinental railway, working poor

In 1887, the company opened its first office in the United States, as a marketing and sales department for the German parent, still known primarily for morphine; and, in 1891, as a subsidiary: Merck & Co., run by Georg Merck. The following year, Georg anglicized his name by adding an e to it, and welcomed his first child: George W. Merck. For the next twenty-five years, the company prospered. In 1900, it acquired 120 acres of swampland in Rahway, New Jersey, where it built a factory to produce bismuth—the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol, invented as an antidiarrheal in 1901—cocaine, and morphine. Next door, another Merck subsidiary known as Rahway Coal Tar Products manufactured, among other things, carbolic acid, the antiseptic discovered by Joseph Lister four decades before. By 1917, Merck & Co. was recording sales of $8 million annually—roughly $96 million today—solid, but not earthshaking, considering that same year General Electric sales were nearly $200 million, and U.S.


pages: 457 words: 112,439

Zero History by William Gibson

augmented reality, business intelligence, dark matter, edge city, hive mind, invisible hand, new economy, pattern recognition, Pepto Bismol, placebo effect, Ponzi scheme, RFID, too big to fail

COMPLIANCE TOOL Bigend’s office, when Milgrim was finally ushered in, was windowless and surprisingly small. Perhaps it wasn’t that specifically his office, Milgrim thought. It didn’t look like an office anyone actually worked in. The Swedish boy who’d brought Milgrim in put a gray folder on the teak desk and left silently. There was nothing else on the desk except a shotgun, one that appeared to have been made from solidified Pepto-Bismol. “What’s that?” Milgrim asked. “The maquette for one of the early takes on a collaboration between Taser and Mossberg, the shotgun manufacturer.” Bigend was wearing disposable plastic gloves, the kind that came on a roll, like cheap sandwich bags. “A compliance tool.” “Compliance tool?” “That’s what they call it,” said Bigend, picking the thing up with one hand and turning it, so that Milgrim could see it from various angles.


pages: 493 words: 132,290

Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores by Greg Palast

anti-communist, back-to-the-land, bank run, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, British Empire, capital asset pricing model, capital controls, centre right, Chelsea Manning, clean water, collateralized debt obligation, creative destruction, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Donald Trump, energy security, Exxon Valdez, invisible hand, means of production, Myron Scholes, Nelson Mandela, offshore financial centre, Pepto Bismol, random walk, Ronald Reagan, sensible shoes, transfer pricing, uranium enrichment, Washington Consensus, Yogi Berra

We, on the other hand, would carry our press passes and hand-lettered signs that read, DON’T SHOOT! OUR MOTHERS STILL LOVE US! Helicopter canceled. James did show his cautious side by going nowhere without his emergency surgical kit, including “heavy bleed anti-clot applicators, abdominal burn towels, quick-set fracture splints, a syringe sterilizer,” and much more, hygienically sealed. Plus a satellite phone. Ricardo and I travel with Pepto-Bismol tablets, condoms, and mosquito spray, and me, out of habit, K-Y Jelly and a 3.4-ounce flask of Felipe II. And my hat. MANHATTAN, SECOND AVENUE, DOWNTOWN The alarm at five A.M. wakes me up to one of those drippy mornings invented for suicide. What kind of sick fuck would make it rain before dawn? I have to do Amy Goodman’s show, Democracy Now!, in a couple of hours. Democracy Now! is kind of a refugee camp for exiled journalists.


Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer

back-to-the-land, clean water, commoditize, double helix, invisible hand, music of the spheres, oil shale / tar sands, p-value, Pepto Bismol, Potemkin village, scientific worldview, the built environment, the scientific method

I see Brad before class and he’s still looking glum. I try to cheer him up and tell him, “We’re going shopping across the lake today!” There is a tiny shop in the town across the lake, the Emporium Marine, the kind of general store you find off the beaten track that always seems to have the very thing you need, next to the shoelaces, cat food, coffee filters, a can of Hungry-Man stew, and a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. But that’s not where we’re going. The cattail marsh has something in common with the Emporium, but I suppose a comparison to Walmart is more appropriate, as they both sprawl over acres of land. Today we will shop at the marsh. At one time marshes had a bad reputation for slimy beasts, disease, stink, and all manner of unpleasantness until people realized how valuable they are. Our students now sing the praises of wetland biodiversity and their ecosystem functions, but that still doesn’t mean they want to walk in them, and they eye me skeptically when I explain that gathering cattails is most efficiently accomplished in the water.


Yucatan: Cancun & Cozumel by Bruce Conord, June Conord

British Empire, colonial rule, feminist movement, if you build it, they will come, land reform, Mahatma Gandhi, Pepto Bismol, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Yogi Berra

Purists suggest waiting it out for three or four days, but that’s hardly realistic if you’ve got only a week’s vacation and a gazillion things to do. So here’s our tried and true treatment. If we’re in a budget hotel, the first thing we do when we start feeling bad (and it comes on very quickly) is upgrade to a hotel with air-conditioning – maybe even cable TV – and a comfortable bed. A couple of aspirin and plenty of sleep is called for. If we suffer frequent diarrhea and stomach cramps, we take the recommended dose of Imodium AD. Pepto Bismol relieves the symptoms as well, but takes longer. It’s necessary to drink plenty of bottled water or CocaCola with lime or, in severe cases, rehydration fluids such as Pedialyte, available at a local drugstore. We often also drink manzanilla (chamomile) tea, Introduction relaxed and joined a bit in their game, as I could not see what might go wrong. Suddenly the pump stopped. Before I could see the result, it was set back to zero, and run up a liter or two again.


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Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane

affirmative action, Berlin Wall, blue-collar work, dark matter, Donald Trump, Donner party, feminist movement, financial independence, invisible hand, Magellanic Cloud, orbital mechanics / astrodynamics, Pepto Bismol, placebo effect, Potemkin village, publish or perish, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, space pen, Stephen Hawking, urban sprawl, Winter of Discontent, your tax dollars at work

My next bowel movement was into a Cool Whip dish. While I was forking a sample of the mess into a smaller container I screamed at the bathroom door, “This wasn’t in the brochure!” I sealed the smeared collection container in a plastic bag and dropped it in the garbage can. That contained more medical waste than a New Jersey beach: snotty tissues, other fecal collection bowls, packaging for antibiotics and decongestants, and an empty Pepto-Bismol bottle. STS-36 was being crewed by the walking wounded. Pepe and I were the only healthy ones remaining. I prayed it would stay that way. If the bug slowly worked its way through all of us, there was the potential for a significant delay. If I was the last to be infected, I could get the giant screw. I could envision being pulled from the flight and a substitute MS taking my place. My old paranoia was back with me…that I would get to within hours of launch only to have the mission snatched away.


pages: 640 words: 177,786

Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy, Peter Telep

airport security, augmented reality, back-to-the-land, Captain Sullenberger Hudson, illegal immigration, Iridium satellite, low earth orbit, Pepto Bismol, US Airways Flight 1549

Like soldiers used to say in Vietnam, There it is … Ansara lowered his binoculars and tucked himself deeper into the shrubs. He thought he’d seen one of the loaders do a double take in his direction. His pulse began to race. He waited a moment more, then lifted the binoculars. The men were back at it and had set aside some boxes whose lids were removed. Ansara zoomed in to find packages of toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, disposable razor blades, and bottles of aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, and cough suppressant. Larger boxes contained small tanks of propane and packages of tortillas, as well as canned goods, including tomatoes and tripe. A bird flitted through the canopy above. Ansara jolted and held his breath. Once more he lowered the binoculars, rubbed his tired eyes, and listened to Lisa in his head: “Yes, I knew what I was getting into, but it’s just too much time away.


pages: 647 words: 201,252

The Mad Man: Or, the Mysteries of Manhattan by Samuel R. Delany

affirmative action, Berlin Wall, East Village, index card, Pepto Bismol, place-making, publish or perish, sexual politics

For walkin’ around naked at three o’clock in the mornin’ in Pioneer Square.” “You gotta watch out for that stuff, Tony,” I told him. “We like you around this neighborhood—when you do that stuff, you have to be careful.” “I am careful, man,” Tony said. “Most of the time—damn, professor. A whole lot in this neighborhood has changed so much. The Burger King’s all different—” which was true: they’d redone the whole inside a couple of years back, getting rid of the Pepto-Bismol-colored fiberglass booths and putting in a salad bar, then getting rid of that, and putting in all these little plant holders on these new white-and-green partitions. “They closed down the Red Apple,” which had happened only the week after I’d gone with Crazy Joey to the park; but that meant Tony hadn’t been here in the city that long at all. “The store across Broadway, from the Burger King, that Town House thing—” “Town House West,” I said.


pages: 795 words: 215,529

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick

Albert Einstein, American ideology, Arthur Eddington, Brownian motion, double helix, Douglas Hofstadter, Ernest Rutherford, gravity well, Gödel, Escher, Bach, Isaac Newton, John von Neumann, Menlo Park, Murray Gell-Mann, mutually assured destruction, Norbert Wiener, Norman Mailer, pattern recognition, Pepto Bismol, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman: Challenger O-ring, Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, Sand Hill Road, Schrödinger's Cat, sexual politics, Stephen Hawking, Steven Levy, the scientific method, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, uranium enrichment

In one of her mail-order catalogs Arline found a kit for do-it-yourself jigsaw puzzles; the next letter from the Albuquerque sanatorium to Box 1663 came disassembled in a little sack. From another the censors deleted a suspicious-sounding shopping list. Richard and Arline talked about a booby-trapped letter that would begin, “I hope you remembered to open this letter carefully because I have included the Pepto Bismol powder …” Their letters were a lifeline. No wonder, under watchful eyes, the lovers found ways to make them private. The censorship, like the high barbed-wire fence, reminded the mesa’s more sensitive residents of their special status: watched, enclosed, restricted, isolated, surrounded, guarded. They understood that no other civilian post office box had all its mail opened and read. The fence was a double-edged symbol.


pages: 798 words: 240,182

The Transhumanist Reader by Max More, Natasha Vita-More

23andMe, Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, artificial general intelligence, augmented reality, Bill Joy: nanobots, bioinformatics, brain emulation, Buckminster Fuller, cellular automata, clean water, cloud computing, cognitive bias, cognitive dissonance, combinatorial explosion, conceptual framework, Conway's Game of Life, cosmological principle, data acquisition, discovery of DNA, Douglas Engelbart, Drosophila, en.wikipedia.org, endogenous growth, experimental subject, Extropian, fault tolerance, Flynn Effect, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Frank Gehry, friendly AI, game design, germ theory of disease, hypertext link, impulse control, index fund, John von Neumann, joint-stock company, Kevin Kelly, Law of Accelerating Returns, life extension, lifelogging, Louis Pasteur, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, moral hazard, Network effects, Norbert Wiener, pattern recognition, Pepto Bismol, phenotype, positional goods, prediction markets, presumed consent, Ray Kurzweil, reversible computing, RFID, Ronald Reagan, scientific worldview, silicon-based life, Singularitarianism, social intelligence, stem cell, stochastic process, superintelligent machines, supply-chain management, supply-chain management software, technological singularity, Ted Nelson, telepresence, telepresence robot, telerobotics, the built environment, The Coming Technological Singularity, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, transaction costs, Turing machine, Turing test, Upton Sinclair, Vernor Vinge, Von Neumann architecture, Whole Earth Review, women in the workforce, zero-sum game

Such science fiction continued up until the 1950s, before the Apollo mission rendered such works otiose by actually accomplishing the feat. Notably, the technological details of the works of fiction were characteristically ridiculous compared to the actual ­technologies used. In particular, fictional technologies are always far easier, far less arduous, compared to the actual technologies which accomplish the feat around which the fictions revolve. Thus we have the simple genetic vector of The Postmortal, the Pepto-Bismol-looking pink liquid of the 1992 film Death Becomes Her, and the repair of the Seven Deadly Sins of SENS. All these fictitious technologies are fairly straightforward, especially if they are explained by the silver-tongued. Indeed, this was the scam that the Taoists and alchemists used to attract the support of their patrons over the last two millennia, that and the conversion of base metals to gold.


Costa Rica by Matthew Firestone, Carolina Miranda, César G. Soriano

airport security, Berlin Wall, centre right, desegregation, illegal immigration, Monroe Doctrine, new economy, Pepto Bismol, purchasing power parity, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Skype, sustainable-tourism, the payments system, trade route, urban sprawl, women in the workforce, young professional

And if you’re arriving from inexpensive Central American nations, such as Nicaragua, get ready to bust that wallet wide open. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT… checking the latest visa situation (click here) and government travel advisories (click here) insect repellent containing DEET; and, if you’re planning large-scale jungle adventures (or staying in budget lodging), a mosquito net learning at least a few basic phrases in Spanish Pepto-Bismol or an antidiarrheal, in case you get a bad dose of the runs sunblock and a hat, so you don’t get cooked by the tropical sun clothes that you don’t mind getting absolutely filthy or wet a swimsuit and a beach towel a poncho for rainy days and wet boat trips a pair of river sandals or reef-walkers and sturdy jungle boots an alarm clock for catching early morning buses a waterproof, windproof jacket and warm layers for highland hiking and camping a flashlight (torch) binoculars and a field guide miscellaneous necessities: umbrella, padlock, matches, pocketknife an appetite for fresh fruit a thirst for cold lager your sense of adventure Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially at upmarket hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices.


Frommer's Mexico 2008 by David Baird, Juan Cristiano, Lynne Bairstow, Emily Hughey Quinn

airport security, AltaVista, Bartolomé de las Casas, centre right, colonial rule, East Village, glass ceiling, haute cuisine, indoor plumbing, low cost airline, low cost carrier, Maui Hawaii, out of africa, Pepto Bismol, place-making, Skype, sustainable-tourism, the market place, urban planning

Widespread improvements in infrastructure, sanitation, and education have greatly diminished this ailment, especially in well-developed resort areas. Most travelers make a habit of drinking only bottled water, which also helps to protect against unfamiliar bacteria. In resort areas, and generally throughout Mexico, only purified ice is used. If you do come down with this ailment, nothing beats Pepto Bismol, readily available in Mexico. Imodium is also available in Mexico and is used by many travelers for a quick fix. A good high-potency (or “therapeutic”) vitamin supplement and even extra vitamin C can help; yogurt is good for healthy digestion. Since dehydration can quickly become life-threatening, the Public Health Service advises that you be careful to replace fluids and electrolytes (potassium, sodium, and the like) during a bout of diarrhea.


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Frommer's Mexico 2009 by David Baird, Lynne Bairstow, Joy Hepp, Juan Christiano

airport security, AltaVista, Bartolomé de las Casas, centre right, colonial rule, East Village, glass ceiling, haute cuisine, indoor plumbing, low cost airline, low cost carrier, out of africa, Pepto Bismol, place-making, Skype, sustainable-tourism, the market place, urban planning, young professional

Widespread improvements in infrastructure, sanitation, and education have greatly diminished this ailment, especially in well-developed resort areas. Most travelers make a habit of drinking only bottled water, which also helps to protect against unfamiliar bacteria. In resort areas, and generally throughout Mexico, only purified ice is used. If you do come down with this ailment, nothing beats Pepto Bismol, readily available in Mexico. Imodium is also available in Mexico and is used by many travelers for a quick fix. A good high-potency (or “therapeutic”) vitamin supplement and even extra vitamin C can help; yogurt is good for healthy digestion. Since dehydration can quickly become life-threatening, the Public Health Service advises that you be careful to replace fluids and electrolytes (potassium, sodium, and the like) during a bout of diarrhea.


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1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die, Updated Ed. by Patricia Schultz

Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Bretton Woods, Burning Man, California gold rush, car-free, Charles Lindbergh, Columbine, Donald Trump, East Village, El Camino Real, estate planning, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, indoor plumbing, interchangeable parts, Mars Rover, Mason jar, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Murano, Venice glass, Nelson Mandela, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, out of africa, Pepto Bismol, place-making, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, sexual politics, South of Market, San Francisco, The Chicago School, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, wage slave, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, Yogi Berra, éminence grise

Former guest Marilyn Monroe’s bungalow has been transformed into a state-of-the-art gym, and an 8,500-square-foot herb garden supplies fresh herbs for the sterling restaurant, which serves one of the best Sunday brunches in town; air-light lemon pancakes with fresh raspberries are a menu fixture. The Beverly Hills Hotel is a friendly rival, even more venerable and flashy. Anchored at the corner of a sweeping curve of Sunset Boulevard since 1912, the towers of the “Pink Palace” grace the cover of the Eagles’ seminal Hotel California album. Though it’s no longer the shade of Pepto-Bismol pink depicted on the record, it’s still a standout, thanks to a $100 million renovation. This grand dame has everything a rich, fashionable traveler could wish for, from a showy pool scene complete with coveted cabanas to rooms and bungalows with butler service and walk-in closets, some boasting more square footage than the average home. The forever-popular Polo Lounge has long been the place where Old Hollywood makes and breaks its deals, while the hotel gardens brim with various palms and exotic blooms that smell of jasmine and bergamot.