March 24th, 2004


Popular pet-peeve argument solved once and for all!

(This is a somewhat silly entry, but what the heck!)

OK, so we all know the debate as to which way a roll of toilet paper should be placed, right? Well, I have seen first hand that the logical way (paper facing you -- not facing the wall) is in fact the correct way!

You see, at the store where I work, the cleaning staff aren't particularly attentive to what they're doing. Frequently, for example, they put the paper towels into the dispenser upside-down, so there's no flap to grab and you end up pinching out six when you only needed one.

Well, for the past two Sundays, they installed the two rolls of toilet paper in one of the stalls in the two different ways. One week, the wall-facing roll was closest to the toilet. The other week, the wall-facing roll was farthest from the toilet.

By closing time each week, guess which roll was almost completely used up, while the other was barely touched? Yep! The you-facing roll!

Discriminating defecators agree: Paper facing you is the correct way. So mote it be!


I've been working on the computer all day, so I hope I'm just getting eye fatigue or something...

A large portion of my vision from my left eye is flashing rapidly. I have no peripheral vision to the left. It's a big section from the lower left, up to just above center of vision. Rapid flashes.

Years ago, when I saw an optometrist about a strange black dot I was seeing off reflections from my glasses, or in droplets of water on my lenses, I was told that my severe myopia meant my eye was stretched wide quite a bit, and as I got older I would be in danger of the eye pulling down (gravity, you know) and tearing the retina. "If you begin to see flashes, you'll need immediate surgery," she said.

So I'm a bit worried. I had a similar, less intense experience last month, and I was able to "sleep it off" (or my brain adjusted to the new condition). I'll try that now, even though I have more work to do and still have to install the track for tomorrow's GPL race!

It seems to be getting better now. I'm able to read what I'm writing without much effort now... Still, this is frightening.

...and the flashing has stopped now. Still not much peripheral vision on the left, but I can make out a few objects... errrgh...