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              TOURBUS Volume 5, Number 76 -- 17 March 2000
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Howdy, y'all, and greetings once again from sunny Tuscaloosa,
Alabama!  I finally received my 2000 US Census form, and through some
luck of the draw I received the 10,000 question, "full body cavity
search" form.  For example, here is question nine hundred and fifty-
      953) Train A leaves New York at 10:00 AM traveling at (4X - 3)
           miles per hour with a headwind of (pi / 17X) knots ...
Okay, I'm exaggerating a little.  The train was only going (3X - 3)
miles per hour.  :P
My parents, by the way, got the "ridiculously short" Census form that
asked questions such as
      Is person number one still alive?  Go poke him or her with a
      stick to make sure.  We'll wait.
The ease of the questions did not prevent my parents from making any
mistakes on their form, though.  For example, according to their
Census form, both of my parents are Latino charismatic evangelical
migrant farmers.  [I'M KIDDING!  My folks haven't even filled out
their form yet.]
All silliness aside, let me remind our American riders that the Census
is a serious matter, and federal law -- actually, the US Constitution
-- requires that every US citizen participate.  To find out more about
the US Census, take a look at .
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The Merck Manual
Last week, as a way to introduce you to, I mentioned that
you recycle a quart of mucus a day by swallowing it.  If you found
that bit of information to be incredibly gross, please accept my
deepest apologies.  If, however, you found that information to be
incredibly cool (I know I did), this next stop is for you!  The Merck
Manual Home Edition is now online at 
About a squillion years ago -- a "squillion" is equal to pi / 17X
knots -- the folks at Merck published something called "The Merck
Manual."  The Merck Manual has become the world's most widely used
general medical textbook, it has been continuously published longer
than any other English language general medical textbook (100 years!),
and it is now published in 14 different languages.
Unfortunately, The Merck Manual is written in "physician-speak," so it
is not meant for laymen like you and me.  So, back in late 1997, the
folks at Merck released a medical textbook for the rest of us: "The
Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home Edition."  Unlike the
original Merck Manual, the Home Edition uses everyday language to give
patients, their families, and all non-health care professionals
information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
Merck makes most of its money from the discovery, development,
manufacturing, and marketing of health products and services.  Both
the Merck Manual and the Home Edition, however, are published on a
not-for-profit basis.  For example, the 1620 page, paperback version
of the Home Edition has a list price of US$7.99.  [That's not a typo,
folks -- 1600 pages for eight bucks!]
Of course, if you want to save yourself 8 bucks, I *strongly*
recommend that you read "The Merck Manual of Medical Information --
Home Edition" online at 
The online Home Edition is divided into 24 sections and 287 chapters.
Most of the sections talk about a particular organ group or a medical
specialty, and most of the chapters describe a single disease or
symptom caused by a disease.  For example, a chapter in the Skin
Disorders section discusses itching and its many causes.  The book
also uses cross-references to identify other important or related
discussions of a subject.  These cross-references are hyperlinked to
the chapters that contain the related material.  In other words, the
Home Edition is both easy to read *AND* easy to use!
You can also search through the book for a particular topic or keyword
at .
Merck's search engine uses common search engine math -- plusses,
minuses, quotes, and so on.  This is pretty standard for most search
engines.  If you want to learn more about search engine math (and you
are a FOOL if you don't), take a look at 
Anyway, back to Merck.  There are a bunch of medical sites on the net,
and many of them are exceptional.  In fact, we've visited a few of
these sites (like in the past.  The Merck Manual's
Home Edition site is in a class by itself.  If you or any of your
loved ones are looking for in-depth, easy-to-understand information
about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment, the Merck Manual
Home Edition is a godsend.
Hot Key Help
Does anyone know of a good site that lists most of the universal hot
key combinations (like Ctrl + C to copy, or Alt + Tab to switch
applications)?  I was planning to talk about this in today's post, but
I am having problems finding a COMPLETE listing.  I found a pretty
good list at 
but I am wondering if there is a better site I should visit.
That's it for this week.  Have a safe and happy weekend, and we'll
talk again next week!  :)
    The Merck Manual / Hot Key Help
SOH-WUR (adjective).  Painfully sensitive.
Usage: "Mercy, my muscles are soh-wur"
[Special thanks go to Becky Florence for today's word]
You can find all of the old Southern Words of the day at 
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