Another buffer moment

This is my second post about fingernails, which is perhaps shamefully insipid, but they're on my mind.

So I found having fingernails is actually good for something. Specifically they offer SOME protection, if hit at the right angle, from slicing off the end of your entire finger. Even after reading this disgusting mandoline injury post over at, I rashly decided to slice some summer squashes on a mandoline without using the protective hand-grip thingy. (Because frankly a curvy tall yellow squash doesn't really FIT in the hand-grip thingy.) So I was slicing away and OW! I sliced right through my right ring-finger fingernail, into the quick underneath a little bit, and then...stopped. I did not complete the motion by lopping off a huge lateral slice of my finger. Um, thank you fingernail!!

Also, I'm discovering that a 4-sided nail buffer is an excellent writing aid. If you are the type of person who has ever needed to take smoking breaks while writing (which I used to do at one stage of my life: code word "college"), may I recommend a nail buffer for all your future writing projects. Filing, smoothing, buffing and polishing seems to take the same sort of nervous fiddly energy that used to make smoking so enjoyable. Because writing words is like doing reps with weights--you need a BREAK while you prepare for the next set. Other ways of taking those mental breaks--obsessively checking internet news sites to see if anything interesting happened while you were writing those last 2 sentences.

Here, a little bit later than usual, is the playlist for Beef Jerky Time, version 10/3/07.
  • Amelia: Kleenex Girl Wonder
  • Around the World: Daft Punk
  • My Rights vs. Yours: The New Pornographers
  • (Nothing But) Flowers: Talking Heads
  • Now That You Got It: Gwen Stefani
  • The Night Starts Here: Stars
  • Dollar Take: Amy Correia
  • Smiley Faces: Gnarls Barkley
  • Love You To: The Beatles
  • Hots on for Nowhere: Led Zeppelin
  • Cellphone's Dead: Beck
  • Green Eyes: Coldplay
  • Drive Until He Sleeps: Ui

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