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Exponential Book: 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Those Emergency Blues: Insert Snark Here

What this patient did not have

Mr. CD, 88, took a little tumble at the nursing home when he slipped on a loose rug (or something, the details are a little vague here), obtained for his trouble a scalp laceration the length of Q-tip on his temple, bled like a stuck pig, transported by EMS, triaged, assessed by both MD and RN, x-rayed, CT’d, declared medically cleared and fit to go home, deblooded, stapled, tetanus’d, acquired a head dressing worthy of a maharajah, and finally sent back to the nursing via a private ambulance and their ill-paid yet (hopefully)competent attendants.

Whereupon the

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Exponential Book: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many [...]

Exponential Book: Predictions for 2012

The end of the year is finally upon us, and an appropriate post must accompany it. Memes are lame, which is why I never rarely do them. Thus, I am going instead to wrap up this very eventful year by offering ten bold predictions for the one that is about to begin. My hallmark boldness [...]

Exponential Book: Copying time

I got the idea for this (silly) blog post from my primary, inexhaustible source of inspiration, but I swear, I have been thinking about doing a blog post on handwriting for a while. I hardly use my fountain pens these days — heck I hardly hand wr… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Copying time

Exponential Book: Why should I publish in PRX ?

Dear Colleague: “Why should I publish in PRX?” We have heard this question often, and with the inaugural issue of PRX about to close, we have our first concrete answers.” As I read this first line of the e-mail message, the thought go… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Why should I publish in PRX ?

Those Emergency Blues: O Why O Why Did I Pick Up The Phone?

Phone rings. I look around. There is no ward clerk in sight. Damn. I answer. “Emergency, Charge Nurse.” “Can I ask you a question?” The voice on the other end sounds flat and tired. “Sure,” I say warily. “I came to see you guys a three days ago and I had a sore chest and [...] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: O Why O Why Did I Pick Up The Phone?

Those Emergency Blues: You Want a Side of Plavix with That?

Now arriving at the Canadian National Exhibition — wait for it — the doughnut cheeseburger*: The Doughnut Burger made its debut at the Calgary Stampede, where brave revellers downed the sweet and salty snack, despite its high calorie count. Now the hefty bacon cheeseburger with two maple-glazed doughnuts for buns will be featured at the [...] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: You Want a Side of Plavix with That?

Exponential Book: On being anal

It took me a while to come to the realization that I need to vent over this subject right here, on my blog, no matter how petty, ridiculous and irrelevant it is (the subject, smartass, not the blog). I am becoming quite tired of having to argue with th… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: On being anal

Those Emergency Blues: How to Clear Out a Waiting Room

A couple of weeks ago we had a spectacularly bad day, traumas, codes, STEMIs, septic shock, status asthmaticus, what have you, plus (of course) a department filled with the haunted faces of the damned admitted patients and volumes of epic proportions. Faced with an angry and hostile waiting room overflowing with the walking wounded, the [...] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: How to Clear Out a Waiting Room

Exponential Book: Does not get much sillier than this…

… aka, the xkcd wikipedia meme All right, it has been a while since last time I did this kind of stuff. I saw it at VWXYNOT? (where else, eh ?), who got it through Drugmonkey via WhizBang! I figured I would give it a shot too — it is Summer… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Does not get much sillier than this…

Those Emergency Blues: Saving the World from Terrorist Breastfeeding Toddlers [UPDATED]

An Atlanta, Georgia suburb is fighting one of the most pressing causes of our era — children who breastfeed past twenty-four months. Because breastfeeding after the age of two will damage human society beyond repair: On Monday night, Forest Park passed a public indecency ordinance to prevent public nudity. Previously, the city only had a [...] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Saving the World from Terrorist Breastfeeding Toddlers [UPDATED]

Exponential Book: Dear flight attendant

… or airline employee standing behind your airline’s counter at the gate, or customer service desk, or checking in my luggage and issuing my boarding card(s), or talking to me on the phone: (the situation described below is hypothetical. Re… . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Dear flight attendant