Sunday, February 26, 2006

Don't Try This at Home....

One fun part of working in the ER is that you get a little bit of everything. This one is pretty self explanatory. I am starting to keep a library of pictures for future reference, possible teaching and pure interest of patients that I take care of. This gentleman, (who agreed to full use of his picture), had a little accident with the nail gun. He actually tried to pull it out himself before coming to the ER, which I thought took some major Cajones. I got it out for him, and irrigated out the holes that you could actually see through in his fingers.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Making Babies

Don't avert your eyes. There is nothing wrong with this picture, and the baby is likely well and completely normal.

I have been making babies this month. Well, making them in the sense that I go into a room with one person, and come out with two= magic/making babies. Even as a physician I was a little shocked at how gross the little suckers can be at first. This is just a one month rotation in OB-GYN to learn me some baby delivering and problems pregnant mothers have, so when they come to the ER I will know what the hell to do with them. It has been pretty fun, and with every delivery, just before I cut the umbilical cord I yell, "And I deem you worthy of the name... TRAVIS!", then hand the baby to mother. So far, I have delivered 8 babies, and none of them are named Travis. I might be doing it wrong, but you would think it would work once in a while. Anyway, I won't be changing specialties.

Of importance to many of my readers, I came across an interesting tidbit. The usual progression is mother goes into labor, at some point her "membranes" rupture, (this is the amniotic sac the baby is in that you can see in the picture), and eventually baby delivers. Well, there is an alternate version where the amniotic sac doesn't rupture and the baby is born still inside the sac, referred to as being 'born in the caul'. Apparently, children born this way are revered in some cultures, thought to have special/magical powers and also are thought to be unable to drown. Being a caul baby was an excellent resume for becoming a sailor, and some mothers would keep the caul and sell them to sailors as powerful enchantments. SO, I would try hard to have any babies you plan to make being born 'en caul', as this is the only current way I know to enchant humans with the power of resistance to drowning.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The line between free expression and inciting hate

Turmoil in Europe continues over the publication of the caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed. This had led to great debate over many issues. So, should these have been published? Is it hate speech? Should hate speech be allowed?

I think it is unfortunate that these cartoons were published. Free speech is always a hot topic, and easily seen for slippery slope arguments. Much can be done short of stifling free speech to keep respect for others cultures and beliefs. Here are my problems with these caricatures being published-

1. While we hold true to the right of free speech, in America we also recognize the strides we have made in breaking cultural and racial barriers in the last 100 years. Part of this is having respect to reject things that fall in the category of hate speech or the like. Just think how much Americans collectively shudder when it hears racial, anti-Semitic, homophobic, or other derogatory comments aimed at racial or religious minorities or other groups? I am not advocating that we make these topics/statements illegal, but rather that we have a responsibility to respect other cultures and beliefs. Europe has even gone further in some areas, as to actually outlaw speech that defamed state religion such as the Anglican Church in England, and has outlawed speech denying the Holocaust, (which makes me really mad since everyone knows that is just a made up story), and the Armenian genocide. I want to clarify, however, that I am not advocating government sensorship, just stating that we respect each other. No newspaper I know of in America would publish racist pictures of african-americans, sexist pictures of women or the like. Government sensorship is a scary number 2

2. If these caricatures are argued in any way as a way to teach Muslims about the freedom of press by offending them, it may be having the opposite effect. Arab rulers are using this as an opportunity to turn the citizens anger away from them, and get them to believe that freedom of expression is equal to the freedom to defile religous symbols. Many countries, like Saudia Arabia and Libya who were the first to hold sanctioned protests and boycotts, are the countries known for repression and tyranny. While they have the subjects emotions high, they are then feeding them the idea that if they wish to hold to their religious values, then you must reject the idea of freedom of expression.

3. It has led to more violence, furthering stereotypes that unfairly get passed to good faith muslims. What, Good Faith Muslims? A recent statement from Al-Iman Center in Iowa City: "We do not believe in or endorse violent demonstrations, nor do we find any precendent for such actions in the biography of our beloved Prophet, and his companions." If only all muslims practiced with ideas like that. I am repeatedly astonished at the disregard Islam radicals have for life. It makes me sick. It seems easy to jump to the idea that the whole religion is a cult of murdering evildoers. But their actions also make many muslims saddened as well. I recently spoke with a muslim acquaintance who believes all muslims who practice in good faith reject the violent ways of those we see nightly on the world news. He also pointed out that while some muslims are offended by any depiction of any Prophet, many like himself, are not offended by the simple depiction of The Prophet, but rather the idea that ALL muslims are inherently violent. There are 1.25 billion muslims, and the faith is unfortunately represented by a small few who use the religion as a impetus for ulterior motives.

...Let me know what you think. Do you think the cartoons should be allowed? Should it be legal, but responsibly witheld? And why were they not republished in the US media? Was it because we cowered under the pressure of widespread protest, or that we simply respect others beleifes and simply upheld a standard of integrity and professionalism?

Brando's NES Prize

Brando, owner of the Brandojo won the NES quiz and was awarded the Ravnica: City of Guilds Deck: Charge of the Boros. All the more reason for him and I to get together so I can show him who's his daddy in MTG.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Quiz Winner is....

There were four people who answered correctly, Mike Creen, Brandon Blankenship, Cory Scanlan and Travis Mattson. For the tiebreaker, as you can see above, I had some help from my beagle. I labeled four milkbones with each of your initials, taunted her with them to get her riled up, then cast them down the hall. Whose ever she ate first wins....

She went straight for them, and a quick sniff at MC made me think Creen would win, but she dissed it and chomped directly into BB. She devoured BB fully, declaring Brandon the winner.

Of note, she finished the rest as well. Brando- post or email me your address and I will get your prize ready to send...I will also post a picture of it so you can let all wish they had beaten you. Just like you can say Indy is better than Pittsburgh, the fact is, Pittsburgh won. And you won. Brandon is the best at NES trivia, let all challenge him!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

NES quiz: For a prize

Ok- Here is the quiz: You have until midnight tomorrow to answer, (2-9-6, 11:59pm). If you get them all right you get your name in the drawing, and the winner of the drawing wins an unknown prize to be shipped directly to their house. Email me the answers, and also please drop a post so I know you emailed me. (Sometimes me email screens out a couple of your emails as SPAM and I won't catch it unless you tell me.)

In case you don't have it my email is:

1.) Link is trying to save Zelda. Who kidnapped her?

The Triforce

2.) Who can jump the highest in Super Mario Brothers 2?


3.) What are Megaman's first suit colors?

Light and Dark Red
Green and White
Light and Dark Blue
Green and Blue
White and Black

4.) Which person is an opposing boxer in Punchout?

King Hippo
Bald Fred
Little Mac
King Koopa
Bald Bruiser

5.) What is the hero's name in Castlevania?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Doctor Pmav
Simon Belmont
Bram Stoker
Blake Stone

6.) In Final Fantasy, what is usually the first enemy you encounter?

Red Mage

7.) In Rad Racer, what type of car is seen on the first track?

Corvette Stingray
Porsche 911
Volkswagen Beetle

Friday, February 03, 2006

Least Favorite Ways to Die...

I just found this nice tidbit about the Boston Molasses Disaster.

This tops my list of worst ways to die, not because I fear it most, but because it would combine drowning and burning to death as the Molasses was boiling. 21 people died and another 150 injured. Yikes.

So, my worst ways to die:
1. Drowning and Burning, aka Molasses Disaster
2. Tortured, Raped, then Disemboweled
3. Buried in the sand up to your neck while you wait for the tide to come in, ala Creepshow style.