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For some reason, this morning I thought about astronaut health, and how much it must suck to have a cold in zero gee. Let alone diarrhea. I wonder if they're quarantined before being sent up.

I've been reading more Holmes stories. One early thought was "he has his own wikipedia!" More accurately, his own encyclopedia, or almanac, or such. Books of clippings or other notes on people and things, which he can look up. Or have Watson look up.

I was at a Holmes panel at Arisia One panelist thought Holmes would have trouble adapting to new circumstances, or to computers; another thought he was superlatively adaptable and would love computers. "He has his own database already!" I agree with them. I mean, he might not take to computers a thing in themselves, because he's Crime Geek, but insofar as they could be useful to him? Yeah.

Cambridge has jumped onto the plastic bag ban-wagon, despite the lack of clear evidence of plastic bags being environmentally worse than paper bags, overall. I find paper bags shittily worse at being able to carry groceries home reliably if walking, never mind it raining. I wonder how many banners have cars and thus can smugly drive their bags home.

I've always wondered about the wolf-wheat association in Spice and Wolf. Wolf tail -> wheat head seemed the connection. At another panel at Arisia, I remembered Inari being the goddess of rice and foxes, and I suddenly wondered if Spice and Wolf is simply an off-by-one analogy: fox : rice :: wolf : wheat. But then I found a post saying there used to be traditional wolf:wheat associations in Japan. http://www.eugenewoodbury.com/foxwolf/kitsune.htm

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