Dirty Jobs Recap: Casino Food Recycler

Duck Habitat Cleaner. Behind the scenes of the Lance Burton Magic Show, Mike helps Turtle (that is really this guy's name) clean up after the birds. It involves a lot of work. First the ducks and geese, who essentially run loose in stalls. Then the doves in their crates. This is apparently done every other day. Those birds create a lot of poo.

Dirty Jobs Recap: Ostrich Farmer

Coffee Taster. Once again Mike returns to Hawaii (he was also there in Micro-Algae Man and a bizarre dream sequence in Cheese Maker). Or perhaps he filmed all of these segments at once and just spread them out. I don't know. In any case, this time he's spreading donkey poo around coffee trees. It fertilizes them. Just don't put it up against the stalks. Honest.

The first challenge takes you to the Inside Passage, a shipping lane from Washington to Alaska. During the revolution, the British explorers described mystic totem poles in the Land of the Golden Spruce. Your task is to find the Golden Spruce and find the puzzle piece that exists there. Though you don't get a whole lot of detail here, you don't really need much either. Just know that this is the starting point for your adventure in the Treasure Hunters Challenge.

It looks like NBC is getting into the game with their new Treasure Hunters show. They have created a Treasure Hunters Challenge site that you can play to enhance the experience. While not as immense in scope as The Hanso Foundation, it's still not bad (and you may win money). What's more is that it seems to have some end in site, while The Lost Experience seems almost never-ending.

Last night, the Carolina Hurricanes whipped up on the Edmonton Oilers in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to bring North Carolina its first major league trophy of any kind. Of course, there are those who would argue that hockey isn't really a major league sport, and you are entitled to your opinion.

We recently came across this show from comedian Louis CK on HBO, so we watched it. It's a bit uneven, but there are moments where it flat-out shines. I admit, those moments are pretty few and far between, but still. There are some. You just have to make it through the rest of the show. At least it's only half an hour.

For the first time in quite a while I seem to have no headaches whatsoever. It's actually quite a nice feeling. I also finished off the antibiotics this morning and had the best night's sleep in recent memory (nearly six hours). Perhaps I've had a lingering infection for a while and it only recently flared up. I've also noticed a bit of blood when I blow my nose, so I'll have to keep an eye on that.

Escape From Alcatraz. I have to admit to being a fan of Escape from Alcatraz. That's just one cool movie. So it was with no small amount of interest that I watched this myth. In it, Adam and Jamie attempted to re-create the events surrounding the actual escape from Alcatraz, on which the movie was based.

Well, the good news is the nasal congestion has cleared up and I can breathe again. The bad news is that my left nasal cavity is really starting to hurt and I don't think I've slept much for the past two nights because of it. Going to the doctor today.

Update: Doctor prescribed some azithromycin (z-pak) antibiotics. Take 2 today, then 1 each the next four days. Hopefully that will clear things up.

Dirty Jobs Recap: Hot Tar Roofer

Hot Tar Roofer. Who knew that putting a roof on could be such hard work? First you have to scrape off the old roof. But not too far. You have to leave on the bottom layer as a base. Then you have to lay down the bottom layer and spread the hot - literally near-boiling tar. Normally tar is this gunky, taffy-like substance, but not hear. It's almost liquid, like water. Wow, that's hot.

Once you get this done a couple of times, you add one more layer of hot and then spread a whole bunch of rocks on top of the mess, and those get embedded into the hardening layer. And that's how you lay a roof. What a bunch of work. I'd just hire someone. But probably not Mike.

This is an odd show. It was picked up as a Tivo Recommendation the other day and I decided to watch it. It's about this guy who gets dropped off by his camera crew in an inhospitable area (in this case, the middle of the desert) and left for seven days. He has a load of camera equipment and that's about it. He's supposed to survive on his own. The crew comes back to pick him up a week later.

Of course there is no way to know for sure if the crew isn't shawdowing him or something. But what a wacko. I've looked to see if he is on anymore and I haven't yet been able to find him. The show Survivorman is apparently on The Science Channel (normally, I mean), which I don't usually get. It just happened to be on Discovery last week so it was picked up.

Anyway, in this episode he wandered about for seven days and talked about plants he could use, and myths about plants you were supposed to be able to use (one cactus, for instance, that people said you could use as a water source but that would actually dehydrate you even faster) and how to eat scorpions safely, that sort of thing. He also taught you how to make fire and the like. It was somewhat interesting. I'll keep an eye out for it. Anyone know if it's on anything other than The Science Channel?

My nose started running. Thus far, I haven't been able to catch it. It seems like the more I blow, the more it keeps running. So far it's all clear, which hopefully means that it's just allergies, but I'll keep an eye on it.