May 3rd, 2001

full life


So even though the Yankees, Knicks, and Penguins lost last night, it wasn't a total bust. I reorganized my CDs and wrote a song in a completely different way than I've ever written before, and it came out great, and now I'm totally stoked about working on new material.

Oh, and here's what I'm listening to:

in the Discman:
Sausage, Riddles are abound tonight

in the red wallet:
Elvis Costello, the very best of
Camper Van Beethoven, key lime pie
Belle & Sebastian, tigermilk
Beach Boys, pet sounds
Beatles, white album disc 1
Nick Drake, pink moon
Rushmore Soundtrack
Stereolab, mars audiac quintet
Yo La Tengo, electropura
Xtc, skylarking
The Roots, things fall apart
Mos Def, black on both sides

in the black wallet:
DCfC, we have the facts...
DCfC, something about airplanes
Talking Heads, sand in the vaseline (one)
Sam Prekop, s/t
Radiohead, kid a
Modest Mouse, the moon & antarctica
Luna, penthouse
David Holmes, lets get killed
5ivestyle, miniature portraits
Flaming Lips, soft bulletin
Dismemberment Plan, is terrified
full life

the worst sort of timing

I'm broke.

I won't be able to pay my rent until the 13th.

I'm waiting for my refund from the IRS, which is over $900.

Yesterday I get my NYS return back, telling me I owe them over $300.

I currently only have about $300 in my account, which I'm using as sparingly as possible.

Plus the 19th is my anniversary with the woman. Peter Luger's, the steakhouse we're going to, has $50 steaks, and they only take cash.

I'm fucked.
full life

sushi + cigarettes = long happy life

LONDON (Reuters) - Eating large amounts of sushi, the Japanese fish delicacy now popular in many western countries, may help smokers reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, scientists said Thursday.

Scientists at the Aichi Cancer Center in Nagoya, Japan, believe sushi and fresh fish are the reason lung cancer rates in Japan are markedly lower than those in the United States and Britain, even though the Japanese smoke as much as Westerners.

"Japanese people love their fresh fish, particularly sushi," Professor Toshiro Takezaki said in a statement. "We think that is why, even though the Japanese smoke as much as people in the UK, their rate of lung cancer is only two-thirds as high."

In a study published in the British Journal of Cancer, Takezaki and his colleagues studied the eating habits of 4,000 healthy people and 1,000 lung cancer sufferers to determine how much of an impact diet had on the disease.

They found that people who ate large amounts of fresh fish or sushi were less likely to develop lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the world.

Fresh fish seemed particularly to prevent the adenocarcinoma type of lung cancer. People who ate the most sushi and fresh fish had half the risk of developing the rare tumor than people who ate the least fresh fish.

Salted or dried fish did not seem to protect against the disease. Other scientific studies have indicated they could increase the risk of lung cancer.

Scientists are not sure how fresh fish helps to lower lung cancer risk in smokers but suspect it is due to polyunsaturated fatty acids present in fish oil.

Results of other studies looking into the relation between eating fresh fish and reduced lung cancer risk have been inconclusive.

"It has been suspected but this study shows a strong correlation with this particular type of lung cancer," Brad Tims of the Cancer Research Campaign (CRC), a leading British charity, told Reuters.

Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is about 10 percent and an estimated 80 percent of lung cancer patients die within a year of being diagnosed.

Smoking is a leading cause of the disease. Researchers estimate that one billion people will die of lung cancer in the 21st century if current smoking trends continue.

"The most important thing anyone can do to cut their risk of lung cancer is to give up smoking, but for those people who are unable to quit, eating lots of fresh fish could be a useful way to moderate their risk," said Professor Gordon McVie, the director general of the CRC.