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That pressure-sensitive stuff from Nebraska reminds me of the way cyborgs were given skin in **Ghost in the Shell** (the original manga, not the movie, which didn't go into details). The electroluminescence trick sounds very familiar. . . Which probably goes to show that too much of my brain is devoted to comic books and animated cartoons!

A serious wounding is accompanied by scabbing and collagen contraction to minmize the area and volume to be healed. Scabbing is convenient but potentially disasterous. Conventionally treated wide area burns yield crippling contraction and severe scarring. The alternative is hydrotherapy.

Each morning the wound is bathed in a medicated jacuzzi, then a surgical steel debridement blade scrapes the softened wounded surface down to raw tissue. A silver sulfadiazine cream dressing (Silvadene, not the generic crap) provides antibiosis to the next day. The wound heals upward with minimal contraction and scarring because no scab is allowed to form.

Thumbs are the worst.

An alternative is to debride the uninfected wound and cover with successive thin layers of powdered polyHEMA and sprayed low MW poly(ethyleneglycol) (plasticizer). The transparent covering acts like skin, including moisture passage, and the tissue heals without scabbing. Interim removal by soaking in warm water. One wonders if powdered linear polyPVP (not CrosPovidone) would work better.

Good reason *not* to use pedal clips. I understand if you're a competitive racer, you want to be able to pull up on the pedal (rather than let your foot rest). But as an urban cyclist, it's best to have your feet free so you can slam them down on the ground (or jump clear of the bike altogether). A friend slipped on some rain-slick oily fresh asphalt, doing severe damage to his arm, because he could not free his feet in time.

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      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
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      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
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      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
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      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
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      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
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