I'm a pretty big fan of giving blood. I've probably given somewhere on the order of eight gallons since I started giving. Last week, I became eligible to give again, but I didn't get around to going until today. Unfortunately, I have low hemoglobin, so I couldn't give. I've been deferred a few times for low iron (generally around 12.1 g/dL; the threshold for men to give is apparently 12.5 g/dL), but it seems like I'm so near the threshold that it's pretty minor. Out of curiosity, I checked Wikipedia's article on anemia, which cites a WHO article stating that the "haemoglobin [threshold] used to define anaemia" for men is 130 g/L, or 13.0 g/dL. So according to the WHO, apparently, I have anemia. Maybe I should just eat a big steak and some quinoa.
Speaking of food. A few weeks ago, I finally bought my shiitake kit from Fungi Perfecti. I've been going through the instructions, and some pretty impressive mushrooms have fruited. Here's a picture from a few days ago:
Another side note: I started summer classes this Monday. I'm not entirely sure how this is going to go given that I'm crazy busy at work, and our summer is already jam-packed with activities.