Cabut Gigi Bongsu di Hospital Putrajaya - Part 1        
Salam semuaaa...

Selama ni wanie duk baca je cerita orang cabut gigi bongsu ni macam mana. Haaa~~ kali ni merasa sendiri.. tak lawak wehh... serius tak best perasaan tu.. aahahahaha. Sebab apa ada Part 1? Haa.. jom baca..

Gigi bongsu kanan wanie impacted (horizontal) macam gambar kat bawah.

Credit picture to : http://www.exodontia.info/Wisdom_Tooth_Impaction_Classification.html

Nampak dia tengah tido? Tapi gigi geraham depan gigi bongsu tu dah kena cabut last year. So, tak lah sakit sangat gigi bongsu ni. Cuma sekali sekala bila dia bergerak rasanya (tudiaaa speculation), terasa weh sakit berdenyut tu walau sekejap. Jadinya, 7 April lepas, kebetulan off day, wanie ke Puspanitapuri di Putrajaya untuk scaling gigi dan nak ambik referral letter untuk buang gigi bongsu. Kat Puspanitapuri tak boleh buat sebab situ untuk kes kecil-kecil je macam tampalan or scaling macam tu... 

 Dah dapat referral letter, terus call Hospital Putrajaya untuk booking tarikh appointment. Yup.. call je. TAPI, kena ada referral letter dari klinik kerajaan atau swasta dulu tau. Sebab time call, dorang akan tanya referral letter dari klinik mana. OK, so dah dapat tarikh appointment pada 14 April. Time ni, tak buat apa-apa lagi tau. Doktor cuma x-ray dan check saja. Disebabkan sebatang gigi sahaja, maka doktor cuma akan melakukan local bius, maksudnya surgery akan dilakukan waktu kita sedar. Sounds scary, tapi, beranikan diri je....

Alright, dapat appointment untuk surgery which is semalam, 11 Mei. 3 hari sebelum surgery, wanie scaling gigi siap-siap di Klinik Dr. K kat Precint Diplomatik. Yang ni effort sendiri la, and doktor gigi pun sarankan untuk kita scaling gigi dulu before surgery. Pagi surgery tu, wanie dah makan kenyang-kenyang bihun goreng, walaupun nak telan pun nak mampu sebab takut.. haaa~ ceritanya, 5 ke 6 hari lepas, gigi bongsu yang sebelah kiri  wanie dah start sakit yang Tuhan je tahu! Ok takpe... sabar... tahan dengan painkiller. Sampailah ke hari yang dinantikan, terus bagitau doktor nak tukar cabut gigi kiri instead of kanan. Doktor ok je... memandangkan gigi terlalu dekat dengan nerve, doktor dahh bagitau kesan-kesan yang akan dialami JIKA nerve tercedera atau terputus sewaktu surgery. OK kan ajelah.. kita percaya pada doktor. Lagipun, doktor yang nak surgery kan wanie ni doktor pakar. Bagus sangat-sangat, diorang melayan je wanie punya songeh. Sebab takut, badan dah seram sejuk and menggigil. Wanie siap mintak blanket untuk selimutkan badan ke kaki. Hahahaha~ and nasib baik, few days sebelum surgery, wanie dok makan painkiller, so, bila tiba hari surgery, gigi dah tak sakit dan mudah untuk doktor buat kerja.

OK, dorang mulakan dengan cucuk ubat bius. Lepas dah kebas ape semua, dorang start pasang macam screw kot.. hahahaha~ wanie tak nampak sebab mata semua ditutup. Reason tutup mata, lampu surgery tu sangat bright. Tak kisah, wanie lagi suka sebab even mata dah tutup, wanie still pejam mata di sambil badan sedikit menggigil. Wanie pasang earphone, dengar spotify untuk kurangkan mindset yang fikir macam-macam. OK, pastu dengar bunyi mesin ngenggg ngenggg ngenggg... wanie rasa, time ni dorang tengah potong tulang rahang sikit. Trust me, tak rasa apa pun. Even doktor cut bahagian gusi pun wanie tak rasa apa... cuma, bila part doktor start nak pulas gigi tu kot, untuk nak longgarkan, wanie rasa sakit sangat. Doktor tambah ubat bius dalam 2 ke 3 kali macam tu, tapi still sakit.... uhuuu~~

Sudahnya, doktor tak boleh nak teruskan. Doktor syak sebab nerve tu, itu yang buat wanie sakit. So, doktor jahit balik gusi. Kemudian, set appointment baru untuk full bius. Maksudnya, surgery akan dilakukan waktu wanie tido dan akan masuk ke bilik bedah. Oleh sebab full bius, doktor sarankan untuk buang keempat-empat gigi bongsu sekaligus. Wanie setuju je, biar sakit sekali dah la.. lepas ambil ubat, naik ke tingkat 1 Wad Harian atau Daycare untuk jumpa pakar bius - ni untuk saringan je.

So, sekarang, dapat lah MC 2 hari (Khamis Jumaat) and cuti Sabtu Ahad. Wanie dah minta kat boss untuk extra cuti Isnin Selasa just in case anything happened. 

Lepas habis ubat bius tu, dah start berdenyut. Takpe, wanie makan painkiller. Dapat 2 jenis painkiller, satu yang kuat and satu lagi yang biasa. Wanie terus makan yang kuat sebab nanti takut sakit. Lagipun, husband kena kerja.. dia dah halfday teman wanie kat hospital. Taknaklah nak kacau dia kan.. bengkak, yes ada sikit. Malam semalam kitorang laki bini siap layan movie lagi sebelum tido.. kat rumahh eh.. tak koseerrr nak gi panggung wayang. hahaha.. 

Pagi ni bangun tidur, terasa pipi berat semacam. Bila tengok cermin, mak aihh.. dah serupa hamster simpan biji durian dalam mulut. Terus mandi-mandi, berus gigi pun slow-slow, pastu kumur dengan Listerine. Siap mandi semua, terus ngadap breakfast (whipped potato KFC as carbs dengan nugget). And terus makan ubat antibiotik dan painkiller sebab dah start sakit berdenyut, sakit lagi dari semalam. Itu yang orang kata, second day yang ko nak meraung sakan.. takpe, boleh tahan lagi. Mujur husband ada beli Bactidol, lepas makan, kumur dengan Bactidol pulak. Tapi, tak perlu rinse dengan air. Yang ni untuk mengelakkan dari bacteria atau fungus dalam mulut. Sesape ada ulser pun boleh guna. 

 Mahal sikit dari Listerine, dalam RM 18 macam tu. Boleh beli di Guardian. 

Tu je untuk Part 1 kali ni... next appointment lepas raya Julai nanti. Nanti wanie cerita macam mana alkisah dah siap operation nanti. Berdenyut sakit ni... nak tido jap. Bye korang..



          Nuevas Fotos de Kristen Stewart en el Set de Camp X-Ray (21/07/2013)        

Han salido nuevas fotos de Kristen en el Set de su pelicula, del pasado 21 de Julio:


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          ECU ALUMNUS CHRIS BUCHANAN NOW DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES FOR U.S. PUBLIC HEATH SERVICE        
Chris Buchanan

Chris Buchanan, East Central University alumnus and a member of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), was recently promoted to the flag-officer rank of Rear Admiral and appointed Deputy Director of Indian Health Services.

Buchanan also recently served six months as acting director.

As a senior ranking officer, flag officers exemplify the core values for which commissioned officers of the U.S. Public Health Service are held in high esteem, according to Dr. Patrick Bohan, ECU Environmental Health Sciences professor and Retired Captain of the USPHS.

“Flag officers provide executive-level leadership within the department and the agencies which they serve,” Bohan said. “Our flag officers also carry the title of Assistant Surgeon General and, as such, we rely on them to support special initiatives and exhibit the highest caliber of public health leadership.”

Buchanan, a native of Konawa, joins fellow ECU alumnus Rear Admiral Kevin D. Meeks as a high-ranking official within the USPHS. Meeks is acting deputy director of field operations for the Indian Health Service, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services and the principal federal health care advocate and provider of health services for American Indians and Alaska natives.

ECU has provided more environmental health officers to the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service than any other institution in the country, according to Bohan. The Environmental Health Science program at ECU is one of 31 accredited undergraduate programs throughout the United States.

“The Environmental Health Science program provided an interdisciplinary foundation that prepared me for my career in Indian Health Service,” Buchanan said. “Environmental health graduates of the program are problem solvers. We use this type of approach to develop skill sets

that help to constructively review environmental and public health issues and come up with solutions. I have and continue to use these skills in my role as the deputy director of IHS.”

Buchanan credits the late Dr. Mickey Rowe, former chair and professor of the ECU Environmental Health Science Department, with setting the stage for his career.

“Dr. Rowe was a force of nature. He left a lasting impact on me personally and professionally,” said Buchanan. “His expectations were high for all his students and former students. He made it clear upon graduation that you would be representing the ECU Environmental Health Program and your environmental health decisions will have an impact on public health. His expectation was nothing short of being the best both academically and in your profession.”

 As deputy director Buchanan, an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, leads and oversees IHS operations to ensure delivery of quality comprehensive health services. He ensures that IHS provides for the full participation of tribes in programs and services and helps to establish and track the goals and metrics through which the IHS U.S.-federal-government-operated, or direct service, health care program improves outcomes.

Buchanan ensures IHS services are integrated across all levels of the agency and engaged with other Operating Divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services and external partners, including states and national organizations.

He previously served in 2016 as the acting area director for the IHS Great Plains Area, with administrative responsibility for 19 service units serving 130,000 people and 17 tribes through seven hospitals, 10 health centers and two urban Indian health programs, overseeing a complex health care program during a period of change. Previously, Buchanan has served as director of the IHS Office of Direct Services and Contracting Tribes.

As an environmental health officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with more than 20 years of active duty, Buchanan began his IHS career in 1993, serving in various environmental health positions in the Phoenix, Albuquerque and Oklahoma City areas, including serving as the administrative officer for Lawton Indian Hospital and the chief executive officer for Haskell Health Center. In 2010, he was administrative officer of clinical services for the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of Health in Ada.

Along with serving on several national IHS workgroups and being deployed to several natural disaster events, Buchanan has received numerous professional awards, including one for National Council of Chief Executive Officer’s Rookie of the Year. He earned a bachelor of environmental health science degree from ECU and a public health degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Buchanan has seen Indian Health Service improve over the years, evolving in a similar manner as the traditional healthcare delivery model to a more value-based healthcare delivery system.

“The IHS sees these changes through the administration of a nationwide health care delivery program that is responsible for providing preventative, curative and community health care for approximately 2.2 American Indians and Alaska natives in hospitals, clinics and other settings throughout the United States,” Buchanan said. “An example of this evolution includes emerging technologies such as telemedicine. By utilizing these healthcare technologies, IHS will continue to improve the populations we serve.”

Telemedicine is the diagnosis and treatment of patients in remote areas using medical information such as x-rays or television pictures, transmitted over long distances, particularly satellite.

-ECU-

For Immediate Release: 

Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford

                                East Central University Communications and Marketing

                              580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)


          Permohonan Pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM 2018        
Permohonan Pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM 2018|Permohonan Perajurit Muda TLDM Sesi 217/18 telah dibuka? Anda berminat berkhidmat dalam Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia? Bagi anda yang berumur 18 hingga 25 tahun, bujang dan mempunyai kelayakan untuk memohon jawatan kosong TLDM, kini pihak TLDM telah mempelawa belia/beliawanis bagi pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM Sesi 2017/2018 menerusi portal rasmi Facebook Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia.

Permohonan Pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM 2018

Anda boleh membuat permohonan secara online mulai sekarang untuk pengambilan perajurit muda TLDM 217/18 yang sedia berkhidmat sebagai anggota Lain-Lain Pangkat TLDM. Permohonan ini sangat sesuai bagi calon lepasan SPM yang sihat tubuh badan boleh mengemukakan permohonan kemasukan TLDM sebelum tarikh tutup 18 September 2017.

Permohonan Pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM 2018


Berikut adalah syarat kelayakan dan cara permohonan pengambilan perajurit muda TLDM tahun 2018 ;

Syarat Permohonan Pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM 2017/2018


1. Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) atau kelayakan yang diiktiraf setaraf dengannya oleh kerajaan dengan Kepujian dalam matapelajaran Bahasa Melayu. Keutamaan diberikan kepada pemohon yang mempunyai Kepujian di dalam matapelajaran Matematik, Sains dan Bahasa Inggeris pada peringkat peperiksaan tersebut atau kelulusan yang diiktiraf dengannya oleh Kerajaan.

2. Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) atau kelayakan yang diiktiraf setaraf dengannya oleh kerajaan dengan Kepujian dalam matapelajaran Bahasa Melayu dan Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Tahap 2 dalam bidang ketukangan yang berkenaan atau kelayakan yang diiktiraf setaraf dengannya oleh kerajaan.

3. Warganegara Malaysia berumur di antara 18 hingga 25 tahun. Keutamaan kepada pemohon yang berumur 18 hingga 23 tahun pada tarikh 5 Mac 2018.

4. Taraf perkahwinan bujang.

5. Proses pemilihan adalah berdasarkan kepada kelayakan akademik, pemeriksaan dokumentasi dan pemeriksaan fizikal. Pemohon yang memiliki Sijil Kokurikulum PKBM, Sijil PLKN atau kecemerlangan dalam bidang sukan akan diberi keutamaan.

6. Penglihatan hendaklah terang dan jelas tanpa cermin mata atau kanta lekap serta tidak rabun warna.

7. Taraf kesihatan sihat tubuh badan, tidak cacat anggota, tidak pernah mengalami kecederaan teruk seperti patah tulang, tidak menghidap penyakit asma, penyakit kronik yang lain dan tidak mempunyai penyakit keturunan. Diakui sihat dan tidak cacat anggota oleh Pegawai Peruhatan Kerajaan termasuk pemeriksaan x-ray serta disahkan oleh Pegawai Perubatan Angkatan Tentera Malaysia.

8. Calon wajib mempunyai alamat email persendirian (gmail/hotmail/yahoo dan lain-lain).

9. Syarat minimum ukuran fizikal. Berat badan minima 47.5kg (lelaki) dan 40.5 (wanita), tinggi sekurang-kurangnya 1.62cm (lelaki) 1.60cm (wanita), Body Mass Index di antara 18-25 (lelaki) 18-23 (wanita). Ukuran badan minima bagi lelaki adalah 76sm.

Cara Memohon Pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM 2017/2018


Bagi anda yang memenuhi syarat-syarat kelayakan permohonan pengambilan perajurit muda TLDM Siri 2017/18, anda terus layari ke laman web www.mafhq.mil.my/JOMMASUKTENTERA  untuk permohonan secara online. Bagi anda yang kali pertama membuat permohonan, perlu mendaftar terlebih dahulu manakala mereka yang pernah daftar hanya perlu login akaun dan membuat permohonan.

Permohonan Pengambilan Perajurit Muda TLDM 2018

Mudah kan cara nak daftar permohonan kemasukan perajurit muda TLDM sesi 2017/18? Jangan lepaskan peluang untuk menjadi seorang tentera laut dalam perkhidmatan di Malaysia. Sebarang pertanyaan boleh terus hubungi 03- 20713303/ 3177.

Semoga perkongsian ini membantu mereka yang ingin memasuki dalam pengambilan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) ambilan tahun 2018. Selamat maju jaya .
          Making caves from simplex noise        

In Ephenation, we want underground caves. The requirements on these caves, and their construction, are:

  1. Any sub underground region shall be possible to create without knowledge of neighbour regions.
  2. The caves shall be long and winding.
  3. They shall split and join randomly, sometimes ending in a dead end.
  4. Most of them shall be of a size to allow a player to pass through.
  5. The algorithm shall be based on 3D simplex noise.
The description below is not really depending on OpenGL. Anyway, path finding algorithms are out of the question. The first problem is the simplex noise. I use simplex algorithms defined by Stefan Gustavsson, normalized to the interval 0 to 1. Using a 3D simplex noise produces a density function. The the underground is created as empty space where this density is below a certain threshold, and you will get some kind of caves. But the simplex noise is spherical in nature, and not at all long and winding.

To demonstrate the result, I show pictures of inverted caves. That is, ground where the space should be, and vice versa. This makes it easier to visualize.
density > 0.85
These caves are not very nice. They are too round, and most of them are not connected to each other. One reason for this is the limit set on the density. With a lower density limit, the caves (that is the floating blobs in the picture) will grow, and start to connect.
density > 0.7
This is better. But the caves are starting to dominate the world. That is, there are caves almost everywhere. And they are very wide and spacey, with no feeling of a cramped cave. The question then is if another algorithm than simplex noise should be used.

There is a way to continue, based on this. The principle is that an intersection between two planes is a line. If the planes have a certain thickness, then the line will get a height and width. Thus, the next step is to change the above into curved planes instead of massive objects. An easy way to do this is to have the condition "make stone if density > 0.7 and less than 0.8". That will make most of them hollow. The inside will have no opening to the outside, making it difficult to visualize. But using the Ephenation X-ray view, it will look as follows:
density > 0.7 && density < 0.8
This is now curved planes, sometimes looping around into spheres. If used inverted as caves, you would run around inside these walls, which can be adjusted to an appropriate size. But they are still rather unnatural caves. The trick is to make two such worlds, based on different random seed. That will make two worlds, each looking a little like a bottle full of soap bubbles with thick membranes. Now create a third world as stone, but with the condition for every coordinate to be air if both the first and second world is air. That will be an intersection, looking as follows.
dens1 > 0.7 && dens1 < 0.8 && dens2 > 0.7 && dens2 < 0.8
It is easy to adjust how long the caves shall be. In my example, I am using the interval 0.7 to 0.8. Changing this to 0.45 to 0.55 increases the chance to make tunnels, while still remaining of the approximately same size, and gives the following, based on the same view.
dens1 > 0.45 && dens1 < 0.55 && dens2 > 0.45 && dens2 < 0.55
I should mention that I scale the y argument (the height) to the simplex function a factor of 2 compared to the x and z. That way, the caves get more elongated in horizontal level.

          India launches its first space observatory        
The competition heats up: India today successfully launched Astrosat, its first space telescope. ASTROSAT, with a mission life of five years, is armed with telescopes that will simultaneously study the space in visible light, ultraviolet (UV) rays and low- and high-energy X-rays, plus an X-ray scanning sky monitor to detect transient X-ray emissions and γ-ray bursts. The observatory aims to
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          Chicken Breast Threat Level Orange        
I never intended to pose a threat to airport security but on the way out of town, I realized that the fluid filled sacks in my carry on luggage might very likely cause alarm, attract attention, and, frankly, mortify me.

Two days ago, I learned that many of my female colleagues were planning to wear floor length gowns to our office's 'black tie optional' event though I had assumed we’d go with cocktail length dresses since we'd be working the event.

I scrambled, asking friends if they had anything formal I could borrow.

One friend (who shall remain nameless for reasons that will become clear as the story unfolds) loaned me a strappy, red number.

When I tried it on, she eyed me critically and said, “You’re going to need the chicken breasts.”

[That's the face I made too.]

She went to a drawer and pulled out two silicon filled sacks and told me to drop them in my bra.

“Trust me,” she said.

I was skeptical, but lo, said chicken breasts propped up the tired, old girls and gave them renewed vitality.

Who knew?

I borrowed the dress and the…items, loaded them into my carry-on luggage and headed for the airport.

Only when I was underway did it occur to me that the two squishy objects might be an issue at airport security.

Would they unpack my bag and expose my udder subterfuge?

[swidt?]

Thankfully, the Atlanta airport security employees let the… support group… sail through the line, but agents at Reagan National Airport were not so easily duped upon my return this morning.

My bag was in the x-ray machine when I heard the TSA agent call out to a colleague.

“What do you think that could be?” I heard him say.

There was a pause.

I piped up, “I can tell you what they are,” I said, “though I’m embarrassed about it."

I wondered how suspicious I looked.

The second agent leaned over to his colleague and whispered with authority and confidence, “PUSH UPS!!”

He turned and faced me with a wink and my luggage rolled towards my blush colored face.

I left DC grateful that TSA agents understand that some “secret weapons” are completely harmless aboard an aircraft.

[And for the record, I didn’t end up wearing the silicon support group. I went with the basic black cocktail dress... because I am a chicken.]


Proof:


Shown here with @Genuine.
I'm especially fond of the way the shadowy light makes me look like I'm missing my two front teeth. Changing blog name to Oh, the Trailer Park now...
UPDATED: Proof that I actually have all my teeth.


          Fukushima hot particle update        
SUBHEAD: New study of hot particles shows full radiation risks from Fukushima meltdowns are not recorded.

By Arne Gundersen on 27 July 2017 for Fairwinds Associates -
(http://www.fairewinds.org/newsletter-archive//press-release-radioactively-hot-particles-in-japan)


Image above: Scientist gathers particle sample along curb in Japan for radioactive analysis. Photo by Mikeo Kawasaki. From (http://audioslides.elsevier.com/viewersmall.aspx?doi=10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091&source=0).

Today, the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) published a peer-reviewed article entitled: Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment.

Co-authored by Dr. Marco Kaltofen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education, the article details the analysis of radioactively hot particles collected in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns.                          

Highlights

  • Radioactive particles from Fukushima are tracked via dusts, soils, and sediments.
  • Radioactive dust impacts are tracked in both Japan and the United States/Canada.
  • Atypically-radioactive particles from reactor cores are identified in house dusts.
  • Scanning electron microscopy with X-ray analysis is used for forensic examinations.

Based on 415 samples of radioactive dust from Japan, the USA, and Canada, the study identified a statistically meaningful number of samples that were considerably more radioactive than current radiation models anticipated. If ingested, these more radioactive particles increase the risk of suffering a future health problem.

“Measuring radioactive dust exposures can be like sitting by a fireplace,” Dr. Kaltofen said. “Near the fire you get a little warm, but once in a while the fire throws off a spark that can actually burn you.”
The same level of risk exists in Japan. While most people have an average level of risk, a few people get an extra spark from a hot particle.

According to Dr. Kaltofen, “The average radiation exposures we found in Japan matched-up nicely with other researchers.  We weren’t trying to see just somebody’s theoretical average result.  We looked at how people actually encounter radioactive dust in their real lives.

Combining microanalytical methods with traditional health physics models,” he added, “we found that some people were breathing or ingesting enough radioactive dust to have a real increase in their risk of suffering a future health problem.

This was especially true of children and younger people, who inhale or ingest proportionately more dust than adults.”

Fairewinds’ book Fukushima Dai-ichi: The Truth and the Way Forward was published in Japan by Shueisha Publishing, just prior to the one-year commemoration of the tsunami and meltdowns. “Our book,”

Mr. Gundersen said, “which is a step-by-step factual account of the reactor meltdowns, was a best seller in Japan and enabled us to build amazing relations with people actually living in Japan, who are the source of the samples we analyzed.

We measured things like house dusts, air filters, and even car floor mats.  Collecting such accurate data shows the importance of citizen science, crowd sourcing, and the necessity of open, public domain data for accurate scientific analysis.”

Fairewinds Energy Education founder Maggie Gundersen said, “We are very thankful to the scientists and citizen scientists in Japan, who sought our assistance in collecting and analyzing this data. We will continue to support ongoing scientific projects examining how people in Japan and throughout the world experience radioactive dust in their daily lives."

The complete peer reviewed report and project audio description by Dr. Kaltofen are available here at the Science of the Total Environment website.  

Interactive data and the supporting materials are available here at the Fairewinds Energy Education website.

Also see slide presentation by Dr. Marco Kaltofen (http://audioslides.elsevier.com/viewersmall.aspx?doi=10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091&source=0


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          Market Insight: Optoelectronics Market Globally Grow at a CAGR of 16.84% by Revenue During the Forecast Period 2017-2021        

Global Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Healthcare Sector 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- Optoelectronics Market research report provides granular analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market. Optoelectronics Market report 2017-2021 focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players. The Optoelectronics Market research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of Optoelectronics Warming Devices Industry.

Optoelectronics is the study of combined technology of electronic device and light. It is a sub-field of photonics. The study includes visible light as well as X-rays, gamma rays, ultra-violet (UV) rays, and infrared (IR) rays. Optoelectronic devices act as optical-to-electrical or electrical-to-optical transducers. LED, image sensors, optical switches, laser diodes, and optical isolators are some of the optoelectronics. Analysts forecast the global Optoelectronics Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 16.84% during the period 2017-2021.

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The research report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global Optoelectronics industry for 2017-2021.

Key Vendors of Optoelectronics Market:

- Cree
- GE Lighting
- LG Innotek
- Lumileds Lighting
- NICHIA
- OSRAM
- Samsung
- Seoul Semiconductor
- Sony
- Samsung Semiconductor
- OmniVision
- Canon
- ON Semiconductor

Other prominent vendors

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The Optoelectronics Market report also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendors operating in the market. Optoelectronics Market report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.

Optoelectronics Market Driver:

- Growing adoption of LED for lighting due to government subsidies and projects undertaken
- For a full, detailed list, view our report

Optoelectronics Market Challenge:

- Challenges associated with deployment of fiber optics
- For a full, detailed list, view our report

Optoelectronics Market Trend:

- Upcoming technological trends in LED
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Geographical Segmentation Of Optoelectronics Market:

- Optoelectronics Market in Americas
- Optoelectronics Market in APAC
- Optoelectronics Market in EMEA

The report provides a basic overview of the Optoelectronics industry including definitions, segmentation, applications, key vendors, market drivers and market challenges. The Optoelectronics Market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status

Through the statistical analysis, the report depicts the global Optoelectronics Market including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and import/export. The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.

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Key questions answered in Optoelectronics Market report:

- What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
- What are the key market trends?
- What is driving this market?
- What are the challenges to market growth?
- Who are the key vendors in this market space?
- What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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- Exhibit 01: Product offerings
- Exhibit 02: Impact of drivers
- Exhibit 03: Impact of drivers and challenges
- Exhibit 04: Key countries in each region
- Exhibit 05: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2017
- Exhibit 06: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2021
- Exhibit 07: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2017

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          Global Nanolithography Equipment Market Expected to Grow by 2020- Key Driver, Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook        

Global Nanolithography Equipment Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Nanolithography Equipment Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Nanolithography Equipment Industry for 2017-2021. Global Nanolithography Equipment Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

Nanolithography equipment is used to print complex nanometer-scale circuit patterns onto silicon wafers. This printing process is one of the most critical and expensive steps in wafer fabrication. The focus of the semiconductor industry is, therefore, toward the development of cost-efficient enhancements to production technology.

Report analysts forecast the Global Nanolithography Equipment Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 0.16% during the period 2017-2021.

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The Global Nanolithography Equipment Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Global Nanolithography Equipment market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

Nanolithography is the art and science of using lithographic techniques — like photolithography, nanoimprint lithography, X-ray lithography, and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography — to produce nanostructures and devices. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Nanolithography Equipment globally.

Key Vendors of Global Nanolithography Equipment Market:

-ASML
-Canon U.S.A.
-Leica
-Raith
-SUSS MicroTec

Other prominent vendors

-Rolith
-Nanoink Optical Associates
-Nanonics Imaging
-JC Nabity Lithography Systems
-NIL Technology

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Global Nanolithography Equipment market report provides key statistics on the market status of the Global Nanolithography Equipment manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the Global Nanolithography Equipment industry.

Global Nanolithography Equipment Driver:

-Emergence of advanced consumer products
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Global Nanolithography Equipment Challenge:

-Rise in cost of lithography functions
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Global Nanolithography Equipment Trend:

-Rising trend of miniaturization of devices
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Geographical Segmentation of Global Nanolithography Equipment Market:
-Global Nanolithography Equipment in Americas
-Global Nanolithography Equipment in APAC
-Global Nanolithography Equipment in EMEA

The Global Nanolithography Equipment report also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendors operating in the market. Global Nanolithography Equipment report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.

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          Hip news!        
The appointment with the ortho was better news than I had feared. It's bursitis, which was actually what my Googling had told me before the x-rays were done. The dr wanted me to have PT, but my insurance doesn't cover enough for that to be feasible.

So the plan now is to wait a couple of weeks and see what happens. If it doesn't improve, we try a cortisone shot. If it gets worse, I need an MRI to look for muscle/tendon tears. He said it's possible that it will get better on ...
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          More food for others!        
Hi bentoers!

I'm posting another bento that was meant for me but went to Boyfriend. I'm still pretty ill and not able to eat normal food yet. I had blood work and an abdominal x-ray today - waiting for the results maybe tomorrow. Please wish me luck, I'd like to get over these stomach issues.

Anywho, onto the food!

It's a pretty straightforward bento. Top tier cucumber slices, hard boiled egg, stuffed pepper, charred pepper slices, tamagoyaki and rice.
Bottom tier has strawberries, kiwi, fried tofu, almonds, grapes and a sauce fish for the tofu.

Boyfriend had never eaten kiwi with the skin before, but the skin is the healthiest part of it! 

It took me forever to find cute cat fabric at the store to make that pillow. Cat haters.
And now it's 1am, and I'm following my cat's example.

          NEOMED-CSU Partnership Offers Free Middle School Med School        

The Saturday workshop series is designed to engage students in the health professions

Med Workshops

The NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, a joint effort of Cleveland State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University, will offer free introductory medical workshops to middle school students. The program, titled Middle School Med School, is for students in grades six through eight who have an interest in careers in the health professions.

Workshops will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 - 29, 2017. They will be held in the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions, which is home to the Partnership and is located on the CSU campus at 2112 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44115.

The workshops will give middle school students an opportunity to experience medical school through a number of hands-on projects and interactions with medical students and professionals. The middle schoolers will get exposure to medical procedures such as making plaster casts for broken bones, applying stitches to wounds, taking X-Rays and much more.

“By introducing science and medicine to children at an early age we can enhance understanding of and enthusiasm for health professions and increase the number of individuals going into these careers,” says Dr. Edgar B. Jackson, Jr., Special Assistant to the President for Health Affairs at CSU and Co-Director of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership

“This program was developed to allow students to not only receive hands-on experience, but to spend time with medical professionals and get an inside look at a potential career path,” adds Sonja Harris-Haywood, M.D., co-director of the Partnership and senior associate dean at NEOMED. “This is an outstanding opportunity for Cleveland-area youth to closely examine the health professions at a time when they are beginning to explore all the possibilities of their futures.”

Registration is open through March 10. To apply or receive more information, please contact 216.802.3175 or jtyes@neomed.edu.

The free program also includes lunch.

The NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health works to recruit future physicians who are interested in serving Northeast Ohio. The program strives to meet the health care needs of urban communities.

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          You're So Vein        
I have several blog sites all over the interwebal universe. A post here, one there, and then they all would sit in cyberspace, gathering cosmic dust, waiting for me to come back and attack the keys of my computer in my erratic yet zippy hunt-and-peck method. This is the one...the blog with which I'll continue recounting my life experiences. And, geeminy, have there have been plenty of experiences since last I posted. In February. Where does the time go?

Let's start with a post about the crappy stuff and get it out of the way. You know...like getting the bad news first so the good news is even better. And then I'll be able to post later on the more positive, happy things going on around me after I get this out of my system.

The award for Major Suckiness goes to the pulmonary embolism that landed me in the hospital very recently. Just when you think things are stable and that you own your health, WHAM! And I ignored the silly thing. For three days, I had the most awful stitch-like pain on inhaling even a tiny breath. We've all had them...temporary "catches" of something inside us around our air bags (lungs) that break free quickly. Except this wasn't going away. I would lie in my bed at night and try to get comfortable, try to find a position in which I could lie where I could just breathe. You simply can't appreciate a single, deep, cleansing breath...like the ones you use in meditation (you can imagine how that went) until you can't take one. And I'd panic. And cry. I was all alone (by choice), except for my cat who did everything in her power to comfort me, bless her. I'd think about calling someone to chat with, to try and distract my mind from the vice around my lung, but who wants their phone to ring at three o'clock in the morning? Eventually, I'd find I could curl up tightly and kind of rock myself to sleep for an hour or so. And I'd get up and try to live my life normally, accepting that I had this pain and trying to let it go. Trouble is, it wouldn't let go of me.

Ya see, I had this feeling that I was having an allergic reaction to a new medication my doctor prescribed for migraines and when it wasn't helping, he doubled the dose. When I began having the pain, I googled this "wonder drug", and sure enough...it contains a small amount of sulfa. I attributed the pain to what isn't a real allergic reaction to sulfa, but a severe and serious side effect that literally burns my muscles and makes them contract involuntarily. It knocked me out of commission once for six months. I figured that, because I stopped taking it, the pain would eventually decrease.

Try riding a bike to the post office or grocery store. I did. I lived my life and did my thing and still went to watch the eagles down the road. I ignored the pain that refused to go away until...well...I just couldn't ignore it anymore. I asked my wonderful blessing of a neighbor if she would be willing to take me to the emergency room. Luckily, I didn't have to wait long to be treated. Once I informed the intake person that I'd had a PE in the past, it wasn't long before I was on a gurney hooked up to an IV. Ahhh...sweet relief of morphine and valium rushing through my veins, finally giving me a break from the panic and pain of not being able to get that deep breath. Then came all those tests: EKG, Doppler ultrasound, X-Rays, MRIs. Then came the diagnosis...yep, it was an embolism. I started to cry. I have tried so hard for so long to stay out of this medical loop. One doctor sending me to another, and then to another, and before I know it, I'm following all these directions and taking all these pills, and just getting lost in all of it. I broke that cycle when I left South Carolina and began my metamorphosis.

No, I don't believe I'm immortal or invincible. I realize that my health is still sorely compromised by lupus and the ravages it's inflicted on my organs and circulatory system. But I learned not to let it turn me into...a patient, a sick woman, a fragile, frail being. That's not who I am! For a very long time, though, it was. And that's why this hit me so hard. It took me completely by surprise at a time in my life when I was enjoying another metamorphosis separate from my own, the arrival of spring after a very long and difficult winter, physically and financially, that just went on and on and on. Now the rhodies are blooming, the cherry blossoms are showering their petals everywhere, and bees are already finding those apple blossoms and doing their map dance to show their fellow bees where a plethora of pollen can be found. The smell of lilacs is in the air, everywhere. The snow is retreating from the not-so-distant hills; the trees, having shrugged off the winter, are twirling in the shadow and light that you can't see when the snow blankets those hills. I was ramping up to ride my bike for miles and miles so I could accomplish my goal of being able to ride 20 miles in a day by the end of the summer. And now, I'm "allowed" to ride short distances as long as I don't exert myself.

Believe it or not, Little Miss Pollyanna Me even sees the blessing here. For years, I've been on and off (mostly off) coumadin, a blood thinner used in rat poison (they die of internal bleeding...how sad is that?). I've been on doses so high that it required me to wear a MedicAlert bracelet to announce to one and all that I'm a clotty little bugger. This was a true wake-up call, with bells and whistles and gongs telling me that, damn it, I KNOW I have things to do. I finally know who I am and I'm learning what life is truly all about, and I'm gonna blow it if I don't continue to take rat poison for the rest of my life. Okay, I get it. I surrender. Ooh...since I'm in the Stream-of-Consciousness zone, I can say that, when I typed those words, "I surrender", I got a giddy little goosebumply feeling. I give in. I accept. And then I go on. I gather myself up and try to play catch up to where I felt I was supposed to be by now. However, I know it's going to take a little while to get there. The Something has spoken, telling me to slow down, that perhaps I was going just a little faster than I should.
And once again, I'll have a collection of medicine bottles of various doses of pretty little colored pills lined up on a shelf. I concede to having blood drawn two or three times a week because the vitamin K in the bean sprouts and broccoli I consume in mass quantities alters the efficacy and daily dosage of the coumadin. Being a vegetarian creates all kinds of additional problems for those with clotting disorders. My doctor asked me while I was in the hospital, "How devoted to your being a vegetarian are you?" My neighbor bought me a spider catcher so I can catch those creepy little monsters that scare the begeebers out of me and let them go outside of my flat, my space. I have no right to take a life deliberately, with intention, whether by smacking a fly on the wall or eating a hamburger. All life is sacred. And in that vein (pun intended), not taking my medication is akin to taking my own life slowly. Or suddenly. The clots are still there, though a bit smaller. If I'd waited one more day to be seen, to start treatment to reduce the size of the clots damaging my lung and leg, and possibly veins in other places, I wouldn't be here to type this stream-of-consciousness tome. I suppose I could have just written, "I haven't posted in a while. I had a blood clot in my lung that scared me into taking medicine so I can continue riding my bike and enjoying the beauty of this world and typing long blog posts."

Nah. That's not my style.


          Milky Way could make stars for another six billion years        
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          My children have been coming to this office for ab...        
My children have been coming to this office for about 5 years now. I always make my visits well in advance and as early as possible because they do tend to get busy between 10 am and 11:30am. Both of my children are seen and ready to leave usually within an hour or no more than an hour and a half. Dr. Williams always does an amazing job with a smile on her face and her husband Mr. Williams keeps the children entertained with movies on the television (we've been the first patients of the day a lot and he lets the kids pick a movie), he remembers patients by name no matter if it's been 6 weeks or 6 months since he last saw them and I have seen him light up so many children's faces with the tik tak toe games he plays with them. Definitely an asset to have around a pediatric's office. Prices are fair and reasonable as they try to accommodate all budgets. My children have had x-rays, cleanings and fillings done here and Dr. Williams makes sure to remind kids of proper brushing techniques. I like that they value their patient's privacy by allowing the guardian that they know to only have access to the patient's information. You can't just send anyone to sign papers about your children's wellness. My kids don't fear coming to the dentist because they know they're in good hands. I recommend Dental Carousel to a lot of my friends looking for a new pediatric dentist.
          SEVEN??? What the HELL--SEVEN!!!!        
So the boys had a dental appointment the other day. . .the first for Ash and, quite possibly the last for Ade.  It actually worked out great to have them at the same time.  Seeing Aiden sitting in the chair (not afraid) really helped put Ash at ease.The two ding dongs hanging out and waiting for the teeth cleaning fest. . .




Here is Asher---smiling--for now. . .




But alas. . .it doesn't last long.  He did NOT enjoy the scrapey thing on his teeth.  I don't blame him--I hate that sound/feeling.  So the teary eyes started but he was trying really hard to be so brave.  Love this little dude.

I'm pretty sure this next pic should be in an ad for a pediatric dentist. . .

Poor little man-I saw that look in his eyes and I wanted to do the ole' scoop and run.  But I've tried to squash the 'helicopter mom' mode in my psyche.  

He is holding on to his way-to-big-headphones trying so hard to focus on the cartoon playing above him.



Here is Ash after the cleaning and the exam by our friend and dentist, Damon.  They are posing to show how much the "upper and lower teeth gap" that was caused by his binkie is closing up.  I'll have to find a comparison picture because it really is amazing how much that gap has closed up in the last 4 months.  And I WILL be doing a post on that momentous 'giving up the binkie' day.  



Now, on to the what the hell part. . .aarrrrgggg!
 
All I have to say is it's a good thing that Aiden in smart--cause the above is a picture of this college education!  The little hoser has SEVEN, yes, S-E-V-E-N cavities.  What the crap is that about.  I just about stroked out when Damon was counting the "spots" on the X-ray!!

I guess this a prime example of giving your oldest too much credit/responsibility.  I need to be a better nazi of the teeth brushing ritual.  Duh. . .  The night is just so crazy and there is so much to get done. . .I just let him be in charge of his own brushing.   Well, that is a thing of the past.  I nearly made his gums bleed when I got out the Brillo pad to "brush" his teeth the night following the appointment.


Enjoy that laughing gas, Ade, cause when your dad finds out--the laughing part will be OVER.  Oh, speaking of. . . Q is such a softie/big talker.  When I gave Q the news his mouth gaped open then some explicits flew out.  Followed by, "I'm going to take that game back," and "no new toys" and all sorts of what for. . . 

Big Talker Betty Crocker.  Here is how it really went, Q-- "Ade how many cavities did you have?"  A-- "well, 6 now."  (he got one filled today)  and Q--"what's up with that dude?"  ohhhhh, scarreeee dad.  So lame, why do I always have to be the heavy. . .whatever.


I can almost detect a little smirk on that little punk's face--maybe he is just laughing at the cartoon playing above.  He'll think funny when he goes back TWO more times for the rest of the fillings.  I need to tell Damon not to be so good when giving the numbing shot--Ade barely felt it.  I think a good dose on pinch/sting will carry a lot of mileage when it comes time to brush teeth!  Ya, go ahead, call C.P.S.  maybe the good people of the State of Idaho can pick up his dental bill!

Peace out!

          Computing Systems Help Diagnose Tuberculosis in Remote Areas        
Artificial intelligence models or help identify tuberculosis (TB) on chest X-rays, and may help screening and evaluation efforts in TB-prevalent areas

          Worried About What Happens To Your X-Ray Pics After Going Through Those TSA Scanners At The Aiport??        
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          THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM:THE WORLD'S FIRST COMPUTER        




In 1900, Greek sponge divers discovered a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The artifacts they came back up with included money, statues, pottery, and various other works of art and craft, as well as a curious lump of bronze and wood that turned out to be by far the most important item onboard. When an archaeologist named Valerios Stais took a look at it two years later, he noticed that the lump had a gear in it. Almost a half-century later, the science historian Derek J. de Solla Price thought this apparently mechanical object might merit further examination, and almost a quarter-century after that, he and the nuclear physicist Charalambos Karakalos published their discovery–made by using X-ray and gamma-ray images of the interior–that those divers had found a kind of ancient computer....

The video depicts a virtual model of the Antikythera Mechanism by Mogi Vicentini based on the theoretical and mechanical model by Michael T. Wright produced for the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy.

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The Antikythera Mechanism: http://bit.ly/fm4oFK is the oldest known scientific computer, built in Greece at around 100 BCE. Lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901. But not until a century later was its purpose understood: an astronomical clock that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision. 

In 2010, we built a fully-functional replica out of Lego. 

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          Unsupervised Learning: No. 76        

This week’s topics: Verizon’s DBIR report, Chipotle (again), USAF bounty, NSA surveillance hampered, Android hacks, Taser and computer vision, Google fights fake news, Exercise types & mental skills, Perfect pitch recording, Lifecasting, RF X-Ray, discovered links, and more… This is Episode No. 75 of Unsupervised Learning—a weekly show where I curate 3-5 hours of reading in infosec, technology,...

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          An Anniversary we wish didn't have!        
Well, here we are, 365 days after bringing Jadon to the hospital early morning for his first OHS (open heart surgery) to repair his Tetrology of Fallot.  He is still at Sick Kids.  He has gone through a tremendous amount.  If you had told us what the last year was going to be like, we would not have believed you, yet here we are!

In addition to everything Jadon had gone through as of Aug 11: 6 months in the hospital, this is what has happened since:

1 surgery (fundoplication and g-tube insertion)
2 cardiac arrests
4 more CCCU admissions
1 endoscopy
3+ intubations
multiple bronchoscopies
1 fundoplication dilatation
4 g-tube size changes
1 g-tube advanced to gj-tube in IGT
intussusception (bowel telescopes on itself)
gj-tube back to g-tube
1 mickey (replace g-tube with button)
2 bouts of pancreatitis
7 weeks on a replogle tube (continuous suctioning)
1 PICC line change
1 CT scan of his chest
1 MRCP (special liver/pancrease MRI)
10+ new different medications (bringing his total to over 64)
1 medication is restricted and only available through the Special Access Programme
learning to walk 3 more times
multiple more ultrasounds, x-rays, echocardiograms, EKGs

Through all this, Jadon has been absolutely amazing.  He is such a happy little guy and worms his way into the heart of all his health care practitioners.  For the last 2 months or so we have been on a general medical pediatric floor, so Jadon had a whole new set of nurses, doctors and others to charm.  It did not take long!
He is taking a little bit of food orally now
Colouring in the library at Sick Kids
I'll say it again as we have countless times... we are hoping for a homecoming very soon!

          Emotional yo-yo!        


Sunday night Jadon was admitted to the cardiac critical care unit because of severe lethargy and low blood pressure.  On Monday morning after a blood transfusion and some time on a blood presser, he was doing much better.  He was followed up with several ultrasounds and x-rays and since he was doing so well, was moved up to the cardiac floor early Tuesday afternoon.  It was nice to have such a short stay in the CCCU.  

Our relief however was very short lived.  In the evening, Jadon's blood pressure was extremely low once again.  Less than 8 hours after leaving, Jadon was once again admitted into the CCCU.  This time he was put onto 2 different blood pressers and ended up on a morphine infusion due to his obvious pain and discomfort.  He has had several other diagnostic tests to help figure out what the issue is.  The telescoping of his intestine has corrected iteslf, but tonight he sits in the CCCU, lethargic and uncomfortable.  The medical team is not exactly sure as to the source of the issues, but are currently querying pancreatitis, given his pancreas enzymes are elevated.

Through this all, Jadon has been able to remain on room air, which is encouraging.  One of the tests was an echo-cardiogram (heart ultrasound).  It shows that there may be some small improvement in heart function through this all.  We will take whatever positives we can during this difficult past 2 weeks.

On a positive note, Jadon is featured on some huge monitors around the hospital as part of an advertisement. The woman in the picture is was awarded a "Smile" award and asked for Jadon to be in the photo with her. To bad he had just woken up and did not smile. ( The pic was taken in the summer when he was more fluid overloaded)



          Back to the ICU...        
This past week has been tough!  After the dilatation did not work, the plan has become to try an reverse the fundoplication, with hopes that once the wrap is undone, Jadon will be able to cope with his secretions.  There is still question of whether they should redo a loose wrap, a partial wrap or no wrap at all.  Of course, if the fundoplication is undone, the likelihood is Jadon will once again experience severe reflux.  In view of this, the medical team decided to change his G-tube (tube sticking directly into his stomach) into a GJ-tube (a tube through the same hole, but passing through the stomach, through the duodenum and into the jejunum).  The thought is that the feeds entering directly into the intestine will decrease the acidity of the stomach and thus decrease the reflux once the fundoplication is taken down.

This change in feeding tube was done on Tuesday and once again, it was tricky to get the procedure completed on Jadon.  I asked the radiologist who completed the insertion about the danger of intussusception (when the small intestine telescopes on itself), a potentially dangerous issue sometimes triggered by a GJ insertion.  I was told that it mostly happens with younger children/infants and it was very rare in someone Jadon's age.  I should have taken that as a warning!

On Wednesday, Jadon was showing some abdominal discomfort and was taken for an x-ray and ultrasound.  They discovered some fluid collections around his stomach and they were querying a perforated bowel.  I rushed to get down to the hospital in the evening as it was indicated that an emergency surgery was quite likely.  An upper GI study under fluoroscopy ruled out a perforation and so that was averted though the adrenaline rush to the whole family was not!

Over the weekend Jadon was more lethargic, to the point where he spent all day Sunday sleeping and/or just hanging out in my arms, which is NOT like him at all!  He could not even be talked into a walk to the playroom or splash with water in his bed.  Since all his vital signs were good, the staff kept an eye on him but there was nothing to intervene on.

At shift change, Jadon's blood pressure was quite low.  General surgery, GI and CCRT were called.  Given his lethargic state and continued dropping of blood pressure, they wanted to take no chances on Jadon and we were once again admitted to the ICU.  Jadon received another blood transfusion and blood pressers for a while to get his pressure up.  He looked quite good in the morning and back to his mischievious self, but his stamina was gone.  By the early afternoon he was quite lethargic again.  With several more x-rays and ultrasounds, they determined that yes, of course, the rare instance occured.  Jadon had intesusseption.  So they have removed his GJ-tube and replaced it with a G-tube. (one step forward, one step back).  He is feeling a bit better now but still in abdominal pain.  They will continue to monitor him and hope that he will be over this in the next few days.

As we were admitted into the ICU, we were told what room number we were going to.  Sara looked at me at said, "Figures, that is the ONE room of the 8 possible rooms in the cardiac side that we have not been in yet!"
          This Sunday Evening... another Cardiac Arrest!        
Jadon has been in the hospital since last Sunday.  He has been on hi-flo oxygen to maintain proper oxygen saturation.  Each evening he has secretions build up and rough breathing sessions.  Over the last few days he has had a lot of stomach pain, discomfort and bloating after his feeds.  It was decided last night to send him to x-ray to make sure that the g-tube was well placed and that there were no specific issues.  While there, he suddenly got significant respiratory issues and ended up having another cardiac arrest!

He is currently stable on the ventilator in CCCU and seems neurologically intact, for which we are thankful.  He was asking for a saline ampule to play with and for a massage.  The team hopes to scope his fundoplicatoin site either today or tomorrow to slightly dilate it and allow for him to swallow his secretions.  They will also perform a bronchoscopy to look at his trachea.  Praying the team is given wisdom as they continue to treat his very complex condition.
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          Dental Treatment on NHS Glasgow        
Our expert dentists have gained an outstanding reputation as one of the leading dental practices in Glasgow for the NHS dental treatment that we provide for patients. The dental treatment which is available on the NHS includes: 2 free examinations per year x-rays amalgam fillings scale and polish root canal treatment bridges/crowns extractions white fillings […]
          "Scans for Back Pain Ineffective"        
Tara Parker-Pope published this article yesterday in the NYT: Scans for Back Pain Ineffective

She can say that again. Not only does the scanning or imaging process do nothing whatever for the "pain", it may result in misleading interpretations of the imaging; well-meaning people may consider or resort to treatments that reinforce the problem rather than help the pain experience to disappear.

Excerpts:

"Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland reviewed six clinical trials comprised of nearly 2,000 patients with lower back pain. They found that back pain patients who underwent scans didn’t get better any faster or have less pain, depression or anxiety than patients who weren’t scanned. More important, the data suggested that patients who get scanned for back pain may end up with more pain than those who are left alone, according to the report published this week in the medical journal Lancet."
"The problem, say researchers, is that back scans can turn up physical changes in the back that aren’t really causing any problem."
“You can find lots of stuff on X-rays and M.R.I.’s like degenerative disks and arthritis, but these things are very weakly correlated with low back pain,” said study author Dr. Roger Chou, associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health. “We think we’re helping patients by doing a test, but we’re adding cost, exposing people to radiation and people may be getting unnecessary surgery. They start to think of themselves as having a horrible back problem and they stop doing exercise and things that are good for them, when in reality, a lot of people have degenerative disks and arthritis and have no pain at all.”

I completely agree. In addition to unnecessary surgery, they may be getting unnecessary manipulation and other "treatment" which is focused on supposedly misbehaving mesodermal derivatives instead of helping the ectodermal derivatives (i.e., skin, nerves, brain, embedded "I"- illusion) all learn to get along better.
          Michael Yonkers: “Microminiature Love” / “Sold America” [MP3's]        

Michael Yonkers: Microminiature Love (full album stream)

MP3: Michael Yonkers - “Microminiature Love”

MP3: Michael Yonkers - “Sold America”

Microminiature Love (tracklist):

1. JASONTOWN
2. MICROMINIATURE LOVE
3. BOY IN THE SANDBOX
4. SMILE AWHILE
5. RETURNING
6. PUPPETING
7. KILL THE ENEMY
8. THE CLOCK IS RUNNING
9. MY HOUSE
10. HUSH HUSH
11. SOLD AMERICA
12. THE THUNDER SPEAKS
13. SCAT JAM


Originally recorded in 1968 and slated for release on Sire Records, Microminiature Love languished unreleased until last year, when it was finally unearthed by De Stijl Records (who put out a limited, vinyl-only pressing of the original album). Its creator, Michael Yonkers, is a legendary figure in Minneapolis music-lore, who, through his own modifications, created his own guitars and effects. However, Microminiature Love is no mere curiosity or feat of gadgetry.

Raised on a steady diet of Link Wray and the Trashmen, Yonkers pushed the boundaries of distortion and truly transformed it into a powerful voice. The songs on Microminiature Love defy immediate categorization, but in them are shades of Pere Ubu, the howl of Iggy, the blunt primitivism of the Godz, and the seeds of countless other underground heroes.

Michael Yonkers started his musical career as the leader of Michael & The Mumbles, who played proms and dances all over the Twin Cities area. Constantly refining and re-imagining their sound, the band gradually morphed into the Michael Yonkers Band with Michael’s brother Jim Yunker on drums and Tom Wallfred on bass. In 1967, Michael cut his Telecaster down to a plank; one of the many modifications he made to his equipment. He still plays this same guitar on stage today.

Soon enough, the band hooked up with Peter Steinberg, a local music impresario, who set them up with a contract with Sire Records. As Cecile Cloutier points out in her thorough piece from Minneapolis’ City Pages, this was one of many times throughout the course of rock history that the fertile music underground was being mined by the majors. At the time, bands like The Fugs, Captain Beefheart and The Mothers of Invention had major label deals. For various reasons that remain unclear, dealings with the label fell apart and they and the band parted ways.

Yonkers continued to record and released several solo records on his own label, including Grimwood, Michael Lee Yonkers and Goodby Sunball in the early seventies. In 1971, Michael’s back was broken in an on-the-job accident in an electronics warehouse. Years of ongoing exploratory surgeries have done nothing to help the situation, instead ultimately disabling him further. His allergic reaction to the dye used in an X-ray procedure led to a degenerative condition of his spinal cord lining from which he suffers to this day. Dance has proven to be Yonkers’ greatest therapy and he has, as a result, been active in the Minneapolis dance community for years.

In 1997, Get Hip Records released a collection of songs recorded at Richfield, MN’s Dove Studios called Free Flight: Unreleased Dove Recording Studio Cuts 1964-69. The collection contained two of the songs heard on Microminiature Love; “Puppeting” and the anti-Vietnam War song “Kill the Enemy.” These tracks caught the attention of De Stijl’s Clint Simonson and launched a search for Yonkers that lasted over a year. Simonson eventually located Yonkers not through the music community, but through the local dance community.

Michael Yonkers still resides in St. Paul, MN and has recently played shows with such diverse bands as Wolf Eyes, Six Organs of Admittance and Low.

Upon its release last year, Microminiature Love immediately became a record-head favorite and Yonkers’ later albums began trading for not-insignificant sums. The original seven-song album is accompanied on this CD edition by six bonus tracks recorded circa 1968.

Dusted feature on Michael Yonkers!
Cecile Cloutier’s Michael Yonkers feature from Minneapolis’ City Pages

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          What to Expect During a Hysterosalpingogram        

As part of the initial infertility work-up, your physician will wish to schedule a hysterosalpingogram, or HSG. The HSG is a type of x-ray test, designed to give your doctor a view inside your uterus, fallopian tubes and the surrounding area, in order to check for obstructions and abnormalities…

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          Recovering from Spinal Surgery for Back Pain | Mind and Body Perspective        

Mike grew up farming and ranching. He’s a physical guy who works outdoors and relies on his back to support his livelihood. Back in college, Mike had his first run-in with back pain. X-rays and an MRI showed spondylolisthesis. “It was a classic S1 nerve pain wrapping around my leg,” Mike explained. “Sometimes it would […]

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          (USA-CA-Merced) Radiology Technologist        
*Position Summary* Operates diagnostic imaging equipment to produce clinical diagnostic x-ray images. Performs diagnostic radiologic procedures on neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Ensures images are delivered to PACS in proper sequence, position, along with all required documents. Performs daily room checks at end of shift and signs check list, prepares room, equipment, supplies and contrast media as needed. Directly assists the physician in the performance of procedures. Positions and communicates instructions to patients before and during procedures. Ensures the clinical history is appropriate for the exam that is ordered. Ensures patient safety through appropriate monitoring during the procedures. *Minimum Qualifications* 1. Must possess and maintain a current California radiography certificate (CRT) and national registry certificate (ARRT). 2. Must possess and maintain a current Fluoroscopy certification within six months of hire. 3. Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support certificate (BLS). 4. Will be required to take call. Will be required to work weekends on a rotational basis. Mercy Medical Centerhas been building a rich history of care in our community for more than 100 years. We have grown from a small one-story wooden structure into a major healthcare provider with a brand new 186-bed main campus, offering the latest in facility design and technology. Mercy also operates Outpatient Centers, a Cancer Center and several rural clinics. Wherever you work throughout our system, you will find faces of experience with dedication to high quality, personalized care. Joining our 1,300 employees, 230 physicians and many volunteers, you can help carry out our commitment to providing our community with the excellence they have come to associate with Mercy Medical Center. **Job:** **Imaging / Radiology (PCS)* **Organization:** **Mercy Medical Center Merced* **Title:** *Radiology Technologist* **Location:** *California-Central California Service Area-Merced-Mercy Merced Community* **Requisition ID:** *1700014581* **Equal Opportunity** Dignity Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          Amon Carter Museum of American Art Presents "Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden"         
Release date: 
July 10, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden on view August 12, 2017, through January 14, 2018. The exhibition of photographs by North Texas artist Dornith Doherty intertwines science and art, showcasing the planet’s botanical diversity through 15 images from seed banks across the world. Admission is free.

For nearly 10 years, Doherty traveled the world from Australia to Russia photographing seed banks, which are designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants against species loss brought by blight, development, global warming, pests, unexpected change and war. Long interested in how humans shape the land, Doherty took it upon herself to explore seed vaults and the activities of their research scientists. Starting with a stop at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, she visited key facilities across five continents, including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, just south of the North Pole on the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen. Svalbard is one of more than 1,700 seed banks across the globe, but it is special because it houses duplicate seeds from other vaults to serve as a backup in case of a natural or manmade disaster. Because of its location, Svalbard is better positioned to withstand the potential aftermath of global warming or other manmade global disasters.

Besides documenting the appearance of these vaults, the artist created X-rays of a wide array of plant seeds with the assistance of scientists. Doherty then transformed the X-ray images into poetic odes to protecting the world’s botanical diversity.

“The artist used a variety of photographic approaches to create these remarkable images that symbolize biodiversity loss,” says John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs. “A 7-foot-high lenticular construction showing X-rays of 1,400 ash tree seeds collected by the National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation in Fort Collins, Colo., reflects the ongoing decimation of ash trees across North America by the ash tree borer. Her array of five banana-seedling clones illustrates scientists’ race to develop a new banana strain to replace our standard grocery store version, which may soon be lost to blight.”

Rohrbach says some ecologists suggest that earth is losing more than 10 animal and plant species each day, and he hopes visitors will ponder the plight of plants across the globe and in their own backyards.

“The exhibition asks us to consider the ongoing work of scientists and volunteers who work, far behind the noise of our daily newsfeeds, to protect earth’s botanical diversity,” Rohrbach says. “It is a call to reflect on the beauty, variety, and most of all, the fragility of our world’s plant life.”

Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden was organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. A book of the same name accompanies the exhibition and will be sold in the Museum Store.

The artist will present a free lecture and book signing at the museum on November 4 at 10:30 a.m. This program on American art, culture and society is made possible by a generous gift from the late Anne Burnett Tandy.

A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas, and is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas, where she has been on the faculty since 1996. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, Houston Center for Photography, Indiana Arts Commission, Japan Foundation, United States Department of the Interior and University of North Texas. In 2016, the Texas Legislature named her a Texas State Artist. Doherty’s work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark.; Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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          Bent and Broken        
My parents house is now considered the House of Job.  My dad had even made a comment about answering the phone as, "Thanks for calling the house of Job...."

It seems to be one thing after another for these two families.  Shortly after our apartment flooded, my mom had these great plans to dig a hole for her trampoline.  She was worried that the grandkids would fall off the trampoline and crack their head open on the cement below (I know...a brilliant idea to place such a contraption on a cement slab).  I'm not one to sit around and wait for things to happen, so I grabbed a shovel and started digging.  3 hours later we had half of a circle of grass pulled up.  It was going to be a long project....to make the situation even worse, we went from three bodies digging, to two.  A few days after starting this project, my mom was visiting a neighbor friend and didn't come home until after dark.  As she was walking down her neighbors stairs, she had the misfortune of thinking there were no more stairs to venture down.  You can imagine what happened...we have all done it.  You think you are done with the stairs so you begin walking normally; only to find you had at least one or two steps more to go.  Most people tumble and fall, scrape and bump...then there is my mom.  She not only skinned her knuckles, tore her shirt, and scraped her knees.  My mom broke her Tibia and tore some ligaments.

Surprisingly, my mom actually had her cell phone on her that night.  Many people often wonder why she has a cell phone at all because she rarely has it on her, and when she does remember to carry it with her, the battery is dead or on silent.  As she was lying on the ground, crying and bloodied (the story wouldn't be fun without the dramatization) I am certain she was counting her blessings knowing she was only a few hundred feet from her back door, and had her cellphone to call my dad on.

I can only imagine how rough it was trying to get back to the house and into the car.  My dad helped as much as he could, but you can only do so much.  The emergency room visit went as well as expected.  My mom was there for a few hours before they were able to release her.  The next day, she went to see her Doctor, who took x-rays and wrapped her foot in a molded cast.  Surgery needed to be done, but waiting was necessary due to the swelling of my moms leg.

The surgery was performed successfully, and the doctor stated that their wasn't as much damage as he initially thought.  She has a plate and a few screws holding things together, but thankfully no hard cast.  For the first few days, my mom had to keep her foot elevated and stay on heavy pain medications.  She is doing much better now!  I was able to get her out of the house yesterday to enjoy lunch at one of our favorites, Madbrook.  And today...she made it out of the house again to see the much awaited Man of Steel.  We are planning on celebrating Father's Day tomorrow so that will make 3 days in a row of getting out of the house.  That has got to be the best feeling ever!
          Intimate X-Ray Portraits of Couples by Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi        
Japanese student-artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi have created a prize-winning series of images that explore our relationships with each other in an interesting way – by using x-ray images to strip away the skin, hair and flesh that we usually associate with intimate contact. Kanda and Hayashi used full-body x-ray imaging and CT scan systems to picture four different couples as they rested intimately together. The result is a series of ghostly white skeletons tangles in loving embraces.
          Our New CT is up and running!        
We are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for our new Toshiba Aquilion PRIME CT. The scanner forms a key part of our advanced Imaging Department based on site, where we also provide an MRI, USS and X-Ray service. The New Scanner offers faster and more complicated scans, lower dose radiation and an increase in […]
          Padres' Rodriguez sprains ankle        
Luis Rodriguez left the San Diego Padres' 6-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night after spraining his left ankle while running the bases in the seventh inning and is likely headed to the disabled list.X-rays were negative, but Rodriguez will likel
          San Diego Padres Roster Report 2009-05-12        
--2B David Eckstein is listed as day-to-day after being hit in the ribs by a Roy Oswalt pitch Sunday. Eckstein had to come out of the game, but no X-rays were necessary. --OF Drew Macias was recalled from Class AAA Portland Monday. He will replace LHP Art
          Me and My Friend John        
I am not an athlete.

I fall down a lot.

My hands and eyes do not speak to each other, much less coordinate.

My life has been shaped by a free-floating fear of balls of all shapes and sizes. Today I might be a wealthy partner at an important law firm were it not for the fact that early in my career there I burst into tears when a senior partner insisted I play on the firm softball team. Trust me -- that's what's known in the legal world as a career-limiting gesture.

Yet strangely, it turns out that John Smoltz and I have something in common -- at least enough that if we ever find ourselves next to each other at a cocktail party, we will have something to talk about besides the weather.

Who is John Smoltz, you ask? What does he do? Here is a picture to help you out.



As you can see, Mr. Smoltz throws balls. (Just typing those words scares me.) Apparently, he has done this very, very well for a long, long time.

His shoulder is not happy about this. It's so unhappy, in fact, that Mr. Smoltz announced last week that tomorrow he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder to figure out just why it is so pissed that it is making noises about ending his career.

Which brings me to our connection.

Some of you may recall that a couple of posts back I said I'd be having surgery on my own shoulder on June 5. That didn't happen, because on June 2, I finally saw the highly touted Rock Star surgeon, and decided he was The One. This was in no small part because Rock Star and the more senior physicians in his practice have become the orthopods of choice to people who tear up their knees, elbows, and shoulders the old-fashioned way -- by using them to earn millions of dollars as professional athletes.

Like John Smoltz.

Mr. Smoltz and I do not actually have the same surgeon, but we will sit in the same waiting room (although when i think about it, he probably doesn't have to wait long) and stand in front of the same X-ray machine and perhaps even lie upon the same examining table.

This is as close as I will ever come to athletic greatness.

Meanwhile, I am thinking of proposing to Rock Star that his practice get some new photographs for their examining rooms. Like the other orthopedic surgeons I've visited, Rock Star's rooms are decorated with photos of famous athletes. While I waited for Rock Star (who looks so young that I swear his Mom has to drive him to work each morning), I counted at least seven pitchers in mid-hurl (I was so afraid I was cowering on the floor). I have no doubt that once Mr. Smoltz's shoulder is healed, he will autograph an 11 x 14 of himself, which Rock Star's mom will have framed and which he and his colleagues will hang with pride in their lobby.

Frankly, this concerns me. "Do you ever operate on Regular People, or only professional athletes?" I asked Rock Star.

"Actually, the athletes are a minority," he said. "Most of the people I operate on are like you."

Well, if that's the case, Rock Star and Company need some new photos. I have some suggestions.

Since I tore up my shoulder by being clumsy, what about this:


(Work with me, people. Google assures me this is a photo of a person who's fallen forward. Since I tend to do this a lot, perhaps next time I could have myself photographed in mid-fall, autograph it, and present it to Rock Star as a token of my appreciation.)

Since I can't get my jacket on without help, how about this:



Ironing is not as enjoyable as it used to be, so he might also try this:



And it's nearly impossible to blow-dry your hair with a bum shoulder, so how about this?


(The fact that this woman is smiling proves that she does not have shoulder issues.)

And since my shoulder makes it completely impossible to show affection to anyone on my left, I'd also suggest this one:



I'll be thinking of Mr. Smoltz tomorrow. From what I hear, the week he's got in front of him will not be pleasant. Hell ... the summer he's got in front of him won't be much fun, either.

Which is why I've postponed my surgery until after we go to the beach in July. After all, here's another thing you can't do with a bum shoulder:



And every summer needs a little fun.

          Betsy Bird, Volunteer Management Consultant        
There's nothing I love more than being shoved inside an insanely noisy metal tube and told to relax.

Actually, no. I don't particularly love MRIs, although we've had quite a few chances to get a groove thing going on, me having an incredibly weird and accident-prone body and MRIs having X-ray vision and all.

But Wednesday, I was actually thrilled to be scheduled for my fifth MRI. (Blue Cross-Blue Shield has my face on a wanted poster under the heading "The Next Person Who Grants This Woman Pre-Certification WILL BE FIRED.")

Way back in February, you see, I fell while I was having an otherwise lovely visit to Palm Springs and, as it turns out, tore my left shoulder all to hell.

The problem is that it's not exactly clear which part. I'm not a lot of help in figuring it out; all I can do is tell my orthopedist and the physical therapists, repeatedly, that when I try to do much of anything that involves my left shoulder, I feel the way Barbie would feel (if she could feel) when little boys try to tear her arms off. (Not to be sexist, but if you've ever given your son a Barbie, you know what I'm talking about.) It's all I can do not to shout "Ken! Ken! Help me, Ken!"

Anyway, when my orthopedist said it was time to look around in there and figure out why my shoulder was getting worse instead of better, I was more than happy to be shoved inside that tube. I would have been willing not to breathe for 30 minutes if it would have given us a nice clean picture of my tendons and cartilage.

Alas, it was not to be. I did my part -- I hauled ass from the other side of town and got to the MRI place exactly on time, and I drank way less coffee than usual so that I wouldn't have an anxiety attack while I was trying not to move a muscle.

I only made one, teensy, tiny mistake, which was that I forgot I'd turned the ringer off on my cell phone. Which meant that when the MRI people tried to call me to tell me their machine was "down," I didn't hear them. Which meant that I'd hauled ass for nothing, and that I can't have my MRI for another week. Which meant that I couldn't see my orthopedist yesterday. Which means that I have to go through yet another weekend with a useless shoulder.

I was not happy. Yes, they'd tried to call, but I didn't and don't believe for one second that their machine was malfunctioning. They'd called me twice the day before the appointment trying to shift the time of my around because of scheduling problems. I think they were just over-booked and I was the one who drew the short straw.

What's more, the receptionist was doing a wonderful imitation of a woman who really would be happier in a job that didn't involve typing, words or people. She claimed not to know who I was or why I was there when I showed up, she asked me how to spell my name three times, and then, once she got my name, she mispronounced it.

Finally, and most important, I wasn't happy because now I have to wait even longer for my shoulder to stop hurting.

I didn't yell or make a scene or say anything ugly. But I also didn't say, "Bless your heart! It sounds like you've been having just a terrible day, hon, with your machine down and all. I'm so sorry." Down here, that registers as pissed.

Which is probably why, just as I was about out the door, the receptionist calls out "Miz Bird?"

I turned around. And she hands me a gift card. A Chik-Fil-A gift card.

I've had two days to think about this, and I still can see only two possibilities.

One is that she personally felt bad, and so she fished around in her purse and found a Chik-Fil-A gift card someone had given her, and she gave it to me. Which is very sweet. Weird, but very sweet. It will be even sweeter if it turns out there's still some money left on the card, which doesn't have a value written on it.

But the other explanation, which I think is the more likely one, is that this MRI office has such management problems that they keep a stack of gift cards waiting for angry clients.

I do not have an MBA, but honestly, I think there are more effective techniques.

          sebatang gigi ku dicabut        
sekian lame x update blog, hari ini hati sy terbuka tuk menulis..

pada hari Rabu yg lalu(5/1/2011), sy pegi klinik gigi an-nur utk pasang braces kat gigi sy ni.. act, dah lame sy nk pakai tapi... sy terpaksa tangguh kan dulu hajat sy atas sbb2 tertentu.. jadi Alhamdulillah, hari Rabu tu sy pon buat keputusan untuk jumpe dentist..

Dentist tersebut sgt baik & lemah lembut..

Pembantu dr tuh amek tanah liat utk acu gigi sy.. eeeuuww... mule2 rase sgt ganjal.. tanah liat tuh sejuk gile.. pastuh kne tunggu beberapa minit tuk tanah liat tuh jadi keras sikit..
pastuh aku dpt tgk bentuk gigi aku.. hehe.. act, gigi aku agak ke depan sedikit.. menurut kwn sy (Yazid, dentistry student, 4th year), gigi yg normal mempunyai 110 deg shj dr lelangit.. hihi.. mcm kes sy mungkin 120-135 deg.. hihi..

Lepas buat acuan tuh, sy dikendaki buat x-ray kat klinik pergigian K.S Liew.
Sy pon pegila.. tp ramai jugak org.. huhu.. so sy kene balik uia dulu pegi kelas.. pastuh dtg balik kul 1..
Alhamdulillah sempat, jadi, pada hari yg sama sy hanta x-ray tersebut ke klinik an-nur..
Jumlah kos: x-ray, rm85, check gigi, rm 30 = rm115

Jadi, hari ni, Isnin, 10/1/2011, tarikh yg akan sy ingat sbb sebatang gigi sy akan berpisah dr gigi2 sy yg lain..huhu..sedih jugak.. tapi x pe.. demi kesihatan dan keselesaan gigi sy.. sy bertabah jugak..

Dgn hati yg berdebar2, sy pon pegi ke klinik an-nur untuk cabut gigi.. jumlah gigi yg kene cabut 4.. tapi hari ni dr cabut 1 je dulu.. hihi.. dr bius, jadi sy rase kebas.. x sakit sgt.. hihi..
:)

ini la gigi sy yg telah berbaik dgn saya beberapa tahun.. huhu.. kesian kamu, sy ttp syg kamu.. jadi sy amek gambar kamu.. huhu

nanti sy sambung lagi ye..~!!!



          New results on FS Aurigae        

The paper "Optical and X-ray Variability of the Peculiar Cataclysmic Variable FS Aurigae with a Magnetic and Freely Precessing White Dwarf" by Vitaly Neustroev and collaborators is now available on arXiv.org.  The paper was co-authored by several AAVSO observers, and involves data taken during the 2010-2011 observing campaign.

FS Aurigae is a complicated system showing variations on different timescales at different wavelengths.  Neustroev and collaborators found evidence of precession of the magnetic white dwarf using optical multicolor time series obtained in part by AAVSO observers.  This behavior had not been seen in optical photometry until now.

Congratulations to Vitaly Neustroev and all participating observers whose work led to this discovery!


          Derrick Rose is MVP        
Congratulations to Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls for being named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA for the regular season 2010 - 2011.

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls Main Man
MVP of NBA 2010 - 2011 Regular Season
Image from Wikipedia

Rose became the youngest NBA player ever named MVP. A nice reward for leading his team, the Chicago Bulls to be the no. 1 team in the 2010-2011 regular season. He has followed Michael Jordan as the other Chicago Bulls player named MVP.

What a career trajectory!

2008 - 2009 Rookie of the Year
2009 - 2010 All-Star Selection
2010 - 2011 Most Valuable Player

The Chicago Bulls passed the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs but was upset by the surging Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal round playoff series. Worse, he sprained his left ankle in that last game.

Winning the MVP is good but winning the championship is the ultimate prize for Rose. But to do so, he needs to be 100% in uniform.

It is the same ankle he sprained against the Pacers. X-rays were negative thankfully.

If I am Derrick, I would be extremely annoyed going to check ups at this juncture of the playoffs even if I'm attended by lovely female attendants in sexy scrubs such those at http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/categories/Scrubs/Scrubs-for-Women/ .

          Not Feeling Too Good        

Yesterday, mommy came home from work early, yipee! But then, she took Cojak and put him in the car.....and left without me!!!
Turns out he had to go see the vet, boo!!! He's not feeling too good. Was walking around panting and wouldn't lay down. Didn't want to eat and drinking lots of water.
The vet took x-rays but didn't find anything that shouldn't be there. He just had blood work done about two weeks ago so we didn't do that again. She gave us some meds to settle his stomach and an antibiotic incase there is something going on.
He didn't even get up to go upstairs with me and mommy to bed last night. Mommy it's worried about him.
Today, daddy says he's been more active but mommy was at work all day and he's been laying down since she got home. He's still not eating much but hoping the big guy feels better tomorrow.
We'll keep you guys informed. Send some positive thoughts our way please.


          Mathematics for Chemistry        
Mathematics for ChemistryThis interactive electronic textbook in the form of Maple worksheets comprises two parts.

Part I, mathematics for chemistry, is supposed to cover all mathematics that an instructor of chemistry might hope and expect that his students would learn, understand and be able to apply as a result of sufficient courses typically, but not exclusively, presented in departments of mathematics. Its nine chapters include (0) a summary and illustration of useful Maple commands, (1) arithmetic, algebra and elementary functions, (2) plotting, descriptive geometry, trigonometry, series, complex functions, (3) differential calculus of one variable, (4) integral calculus of one variable, (5) multivariate calculus, (6) linear algebra including matrix, vector, eigenvector, vector calculus, tensor, spreadsheet, (7) differential and integral equations, and (8) probability, distribution, treatment of laboratory data, linear and non-linear regression and optimization.

Part II presents mathematical topics typically taught within chemistry courses, including (9) chemical equilibrium, (10) group theory, (11) graph theory, (12a) introduction to quantum mechanics and quantum chemistry, (14) applications of Fourier transforms in chemistry including electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, microwave spectra, infrared and Raman spectra and nuclear-magnetic-resonance spectra, and (18) dielectric and magnetic properties of chemical matter.

Other chapters are in preparation and will be released in due course.
          Sciatica Pain Treatment – Sciatica Pain Relief Within 24 Hours        
Sciatica home treatment is extremely easy and straightforward.

It is definitely no “pain in the butt” (pun intended)!

It doesn't have to involve surgeries, complex medical procedures, MRIs, or X-rays.

In fact, it doesn't require that you visit a doctor at all.

You don't need to be taking any medications, whether they are prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs.

In fact, all you really need is some committed personal time to perform some stretching exercises, some low-impact aerobic exercises, massages (self-administered or with the help of a partner – whatever works for you), and diet solutions.

This guide will spell out exactly what you need to do, to conduct your own sciatica home treatment.
          Padres' Estes goes on DL with broken thumb        
San Diego Padres left-hander Shawn Estes broke the thumb on his throwing hand when he fell on the tunnel stairs between the team's clubhouse and dugout Friday night.The Padres placed the pitcher on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after X-rays late Frida
          UWF Researcher To Study Ancient Skeletons Near Pompeii        
Dr. Kristina Killgrove, a researcher from the University of West Florida, is preparing for the trip of a lifetime. She’s heading to Italy soon to study skeletal remains of victims of the 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius volcano eruption. Killgrove is a biological anthropologist and assistant professor in UWF’s Anthropology Department. Her classes include Intro to Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, and Human Osteology. “Some of the things we’re looking at are our teaching tools,” said Dr. Killgrove during a brief tour of the Sciences Lab in Building 13. “We have a full plastic skeleton, he gets a different name every semester. One semester it was “Skeletor” and I liked that very much.” Killgrove’s fascination with bones and the human body began when she was very young, after she broke her arm at age seven. “I went to the doctor and the doctor did an X-ray, showed me the X-ray and said ‘do you want me to tell you how tall you’re going to be when you grow up,” she explained. “And I said ‘you can tell
           Geometric structure determination of N694C lipoxygenase: a comparative near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy and extended X-ray absorption fine structure study         
Sarangi, Ritimukta, Hocking, Rosalie K., Neidig, Michael L., Benfatto, Maurizio, Holman, Theodore R., Solomon, Edward I., Hodgson, Keith O., and Hedman, Britt (2008) Geometric structure determination of N694C lipoxygenase: a comparative near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy and extended X-ray absorption fine structure study. Inorganic Chemistry, 47 (24). pp. 11543-11550.
           Fe L-Edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy determination of differential orbital covalency of siderophore model compounds: electronic structure contributions to high stability constants         
Hocking, Rosalie K., George, Serena DeBeer, Raymond, Kenneth N., Hodgson, Keith O., Hedman, Britt, and Solomon, Edward I. (2010) Fe L-Edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy determination of differential orbital covalency of siderophore model compounds: electronic structure contributions to high stability constants. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132 (11). pp. 4006-4015.
           Preparation and characterization of catalysts for clean energy: a challenge for X-rays and electrons         
Hocking, Rosalie K., Chang, Shery L.Y., MacFarlane, Douglas R., and Spiccia, Leone (2012) Preparation and characterization of catalysts for clean energy: a challenge for X-rays and electrons. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 65 (6). pp. 608-614.
           Iron L-Edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of oxy-picket fence porphyrin: experimental insight into Fe-O2 bonding         
Wilson, Samuel A., Kroll, Thomas, Decreau, Richard A., Hocking, Rosalie K., Lundberg, Marcus, Hedman, Britt, Hodgson, Keith O., and Solomon, Edward I. (2013) Iron L-Edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of oxy-picket fence porphyrin: experimental insight into Fe-O2 bonding. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135 (3). pp. 1124-1136.
           A study on the discrimination of human skeletons using X-ray fluorescence and chemometric tools in chemical anthropology         
Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Jose and Fowler, Gillian (2013) A study on the discrimination of human skeletons using X-ray fluorescence and chemometric tools in chemical anthropology. Forensic Science International, 231 (1-3). 407.e1-407.e6. ISSN 0379-0738
          New Technology Shows Promise in Predicting Fracture Risk in Older Adults        
New Technology Shows Promise in Predicting Fracture Risk in Older Adults

Scientists working in musculoskeletal research now have a tool that allows us to examine bones in a whole new way with cutting edge technology in the form of high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT). Currently clinicians measure bone density using dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), which is useful in gauging bone strength, but does not tell the whole story.

HR-pQCT allows researchers like me to see beyond the bone density test provided by DXA. HR-pQCT can evaluate cortical bone that makes up the hard outer shell of the bone separately from the trabecular bone, or spongy core. For the first time, we are able to observe not only the density of the bone, but also the structure of the bone, which we refer to as the bone’s microarchitecture. In time, with future studies, we will be able to better understand how microarchitecture contributes to bone strength and therefore fracture risk.

Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center in the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife is the principal investigator on a study that is performing HR-pQCT scans on 2500 participants in the Framingham Heart Study. Based on these data, I have developed a project to examine the role bone microarchitecture might play in determining the elevated risk of fracture associated with diabetes.

Diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in the oldest old. Interestingly, bone density tests using DXA show that bone density in diabetic patients is often normal to high compared with the general population. Therefore, you would expect their fracture risk to be lower, but in fact it’s higher – much higher. And it’s significantly higher at the hip, which can be devastating in older adults. Half of these patients will no longer live independently, and more than one-third will die within the 12 months following the hip fracture. Among individuals with diabetes, the consequences of hip fracture are even worse. If the DXA machine doesn’t work to identify diabetic patients as being at risk for fracture, you have a big problem. This is a big mystery. Why do diabetics who appear to have strong bones suffer a higher rate of fracture? The work my team has conducted is preliminary, but we have developed a hypothesis.

To predict fracture risk, DXA measures the density of the whole bone. In contrast, HR-pQCT can measure the density and microarchitecture of the cortex and the trabecular bone separately, which provides a better understanding of specific deficits that may threaten overall bone strength and increase fracture risk. Furthermore, these deficits in microarchitecture that may, for example, be specific to cortical bone, would not be reflected in the DXA bone density tests.  

To understand why this is so, picture a bridge with big holes in its construction and then another bridge with the same amount of steel, but without the construction flaws. They would not be equal in strength. The same principle holds for the structure of bone. There have been some small studies that have shown this phenomenon in the cortical bone of older adults with diabetes, and it’s been very exciting because it is the first time ever that we have been able to identify a deficit in diabetic bone. The critical next step of our research is to see if microarchitectural deficits in cortical bone are responsible for the increased risk of fracture observed in diabetic patients.

The idea is that this new technology will help identify people who are at risk for fracture, but being missed by traditional bone density tests, so they can benefit from existing treatments for osteoporosis. Current tests work well to identify people with low bone density at high risk of fracture, but may miss individuals who have may have poor bone architecture or deficits that may be specific to the cortical or trabecular compartment.

Right now HRPQCT is only available to the research community. Dr. Kiel has collected HR-pQCT data from 15 studies world-wide and has created an international consortium of HR-pQCT cohorts to determine if bone microarchitecture predicts fracture. The hope is that studies will show the clinical value of HR-pQCT in predicting an individual’s risk for fracture, which will help clinicians manage patients at risk and reduce fracture rates in older adults.

About the IFAR Musculoskeletal Research Center
The overarching objective of the Musculoskeletal Research Center at IFAR is to conduct research and disseminate findings on common musculoskeletal conditions of aging such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hyperkyphosis (excessive forward curvature), sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and foot disorders, as well as biomechanics of the skeletal system. We promote interdisciplinary research to understand the mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal diseases. We test interventions to prevent the occurrence of disease, their progression and disabling outcomes in older adults. 


          What Can I Do If My Child Is Missing a Permanent Tooth?        
Children typically lose their last baby tooth around age 12. In most, the loss of a baby tooth is followed almost immediately by the eruption of the corresponding permanent one. If a baby tooth has been lost and a replacement does not appear in a reasonable amount of time, it could be because it is crowded, impacted (headed in wrong direction), or missing. The best way to determine what is going on is a dental x-ray. What can be done if your child is missing a tooth? There are three options when a permanent tooth is missing: 1) preserve the…
           I’m Not Her: Ebook Deal plus Excerpt        
I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler is the iBookstore Book of the Week! 


I'm Not Her Amusing and heart-wrenching, I’m Not Her is sure to appeal to sisters and teens of all ages. Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that’s okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn’t hold it together, who will?








And because of that the ebook is free until May 27! I got this book when the ebook was on sell a couple months ago, and I just started reading it and so far it's really breathe taking and I highly recommend you pick up the book now while it's free. 

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Also, the great people at Sourcebooks Fire gave me an excerpt of the whole first chapter for me to put in this post for you guys.

Excerpt:

A
 crowd gathers for the funeral. The church walls seem to strain to accommodate the bodies, but there isn’t enough space for everyone. People cram together, squished thigh to thigh in the pews, shoulder to shoulder in aisles. The back is standing room only.

Not surprisingly, I don’t hear anyone complain. I hardly hear any sound at all except the occasional whisper, cough, or sniffle. Everyone wears dark colors, even kids who don’t usually follow rules or social customs. I guess it’s like that when someone young is snatched from the earth. It’s wrong on so many levels that thinking about it makes my already sad heart ache even harder.

Dad says parents shouldn’t have to bury their children. He says a lost child leaves a hole in the heart of the parents, a hole hacked out with a dull knife. The heart can function with the wound, but it never entirely heals.

chapter one
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o matter how much I don’t want to care, it’s not easy being stranded all alone in the middle of a crowded room, like the ugliest dog at the animal shelter. Kristina shoved me into her shiny red Toyota like she’s my fairy godmother, insisting I do the party “for my own good.” But other than a few heys and disinterested stares, no one notices that I’m there. Before long, even Kristina forgets about me. Swept up by her friends and admirers, Kristina leaves me bathing in my own flop sweat.
I begin plotting my escape just as a drunk guy plunks down on the couch beside me and leans against me for support. Smoke and alcohol fumes waft off him and he blocks me, pinning me in place. Wrinkling my nose, I elbow him in the side, trying to move him. He hacks up the equivalent of a human fur ball, focuses his eyes on me, and then grins the carefree smile of the intoxicated. He leans closer, giving me an up-close view of the angry red pimples on his shiny skin.
“Hey, Freshie. You’re Kristina’s little sister aren’t you?” He whistles through his teeth. “She’s seriously hot.”
He’s implying that I’m not and, honestly, I’d be okay with his observation if he’d get out of my way. I take a deep breath, but no words form in my mouth. I glare at him but he doesn’t notice. His long blondish hair curls up at the edges and in the middle of his face is a big crooked nose that looks like it’s been broken or something, but the imperfection kind of works on him. His eyes look like they might have been a great shade of blue before the alcohol consumption hit, but they’re pretty much pinkish now.
Folding my arms across my chest, I push hard with my shoulder, but he doesn’t budge. Other than the brief pant over my sister, there’s no indication he even notices I’m not part of the furniture. I wiggle and push and finally make progress, when he snaps his arm out and grabs mine, pulling me back down. The strength in his arm is deceptive for such a skinny guy.
“What’s she like?” Drunk Pimple Guy stares at her, his voice dripping with the kind of reverence people save for the very famous or very beautiful. Far as I know, Kristina isn’t famous outside of Great Heights, but even I can’t deny she has the beauty part down.
Breathing deep, I try to shake him off but he doesn’t let go. Propelled by growing humiliation, I decide to give him some truths. “She burps. Red meat gives her gas and she won’t eat anything that contains a carbohydrate. Oh, and she takes medicine to control her acne.” I consider recommending the brand to him but no. Not cool. “She also hogs the bathroom and is a slob who treats my mom like her personal maid.”
I think it’s the most I’ve ever said to a boy at one time. I don’t add that Kristina cries at sad commercials, never mind the blubbering she does during movies, or that when I was nine, she punched a boy who called me ugly and gave him a bloody nose.
He stares at me as if I’ve grown three horns from my ever-so-ordinary, two-minutes-to-get-ready face. Well, if he didn’t want the truth, he shouldn’t have asked. After all, as the younger sister of Kristina Smith, I have an in on the lifestyle and personality of the Goddess.
I try to break free again, but he holds on like I’m his security blanket and he’s five years old. He grins and his expression changes and he almost looks cute. If he weren’t holding me hostage and all.
“You mean she doesn’t have a real maid? I heard your old man is loaded.”
Please. My mom would never share control of her home with hired help, but I don’t tell him that.
He studies my face. “You don’t look much like her.”
My crooked nose matches Dad’s and I also inherited his stupid red hair. Unlike my curvaceous sister, I’d never be mistaken for a pole dancer. People would be more likely to compare me to the pole. DNA is indeed a baffling concept. Thanks for pointing it out, dude.
“Whoa, she can dance,” he says, without letting me go.
I’m forced to watch with him as Kristina performs as if she’s on a stage, acting like she doesn’t know almost every eye in the room is on her.
Kristina continues to grind and shake to the music in her skinny jeans and a tank top seriously helped along by a push-up bra. She gets off on crowd approval, like I get off on watching the guys on MythBusters blow up things.
Silence hangs between me and my captor. Well, not exactly silence since a new pop song is vibrating the speakers in the living room, and all around us kids yak and laugh. But there’s a definite lull on our couch.
“All righty then.”
Just like that Drunk Pimple Guy lets me go and vaults himself off the couch.
“I have a name too,” I say under my breath, because of course, he didn’t ask. “It’s Tess. Rhymes with mess.” No one ever asks my name. No one knows that there are jokes trapped inside my head.
I push myself up, even more determined to sneak down the hallway, slip out the back entrance, and escape. I don’t care that it’s dark outside or even that going home alone will require walking over two miles. And that I hate walking. And the dark.
I start pushing past bodies crowded in the living room. People brush me away like I’m an annoying insect, or their eyes meet mine for a brief second before they look away. Just as the entrance to the kitchen is visible, a hand reaches out and grabs my shirt from behind and pulls. Hard. Kristina latches her free hand on my arm. Damn. She pushes me back into the living room where flocks of freshmen lurk awkwardly in twos and threes. She bops her head and keeps mouthing the words to the song playing, just as well since her voice is not as pretty as her face. I don’t brag about it but I’m the one who can sing in our family. She’s the one who looks good lip-synching.
Eyes follow us because, after all, she is Kristina. She doesn’t loosen her grip on my arm, and shoves me past a group of seniors and the freshies stalking them. Great. Might as well stick a kick-me sign on my butt the way she’s dragging me around. Kristina leans in close, making a wincing sound as she pushes us toward an open spot by the dining room table. From the corner of my eye, I catch the art of Robert Bateman and a teeny part of me notes that based on the textured look of the paper and the pigments collected in tiny hollows, it’s an original, not a print.
Kristina lets go of me and leans down, rubbing at her knee. “Ouch. My stupid knee,” she mumbles. “What are you doing?” she demands in her “I’m the big sister, now listen to me” voice.
“Going home.” I stick out my bottom lip for courage. “This is humiliating.”
She stops massaging her knee and straightens, glancing off in the direction Drunk Pimple Guy disappeared. “Did Nick make a pass at you or something? I’ll kill him. He’s such a man-whore.”
I shake my head back and forth, mortified by the concept. As if he’d make a pass at me.
“There’s lots of cute boys here your own age. You promised to at least try to make friends.”
“I already have friends,” I mumble, wishing she would try to understand how hard it is for me to talk to people.
“No. You have friend. One. And Melissa is a socially inept, religious freak. You can do better.”
“Melissa is a better friend than you’ll ever have.” Melissa does have her religion thing but it doesn’t come between us. Well, except for the time when she told me I wouldn’t be going to heaven because I don’t go to church.
Anyhow, I’m not about to argue quality versus quantity here, but all Kristina’s friends do is giggle a lot and screech OHMYGOD and talk about boys. And take pictures of each other, usually in skimpy clothes. And then post the pictures online.
Kristina sighs. “This is an opportunity to meet new people. Not just art freaks or brainiacs from the Honor Society.”
“Art is not freaky,” I remind her for the millionth time, but it still hasn’t registered in her head. She’s exactly like our mom. She doesn’t understand how important art is to me. Or even that I’m pretty good at it. “And neither are people from the Honor Society,” I add, and ignore her huge eye roll.
“You can’t leave,” she whines. “Come on, Tess. Live it up a little. It’s your first high school party. Have fun. I really want you to get something out of this.”
I can’t understand why she even cares. She checks me out from head to toe but then something catches her eye and she directs a full-watt Reese Witherspoon smile across the room.
Her eyes don’t twinkle though, and she self-consciously fixes her tank top as she wiggles her fingers in the air. I see her ex, Devon Pierce. The male equivalent of Kristina. Prince Charming to her Cinderella. Except in this story they split up instead of living happily ever after.
“He broke my heart,” she whispers in a sad voice, without wiping the mega-grin off her face. I can’t tell if she’s lying about the state of her heart. Sometimes I wonder if she has one.
“So why’re you smiling at him like he’s a bowl of sugar-free Jell-O?”
She leans forward and the force of her breath on the tiny hairs on my ear hurts. “I kind of have to. He’s super A-list.”
I almost feel sorry for her having to be nice to a boy who broke her heart. I want to go over and punch him in the stomach on her behalf.
She keeps smiling though, watching him from the corner of her eye. “He’s not a bad guy. We mostly broke up because I wouldn’t hook up with him.”
I pretend to stick my finger down my throat, but I’m a little relieved to hear that she didn’t give in to him just because he’s a hot guy. From what I’ve heard, most of her friends don’t have the same reservations.
Her expression tightens and her eye twitches slightly in the corner. “You have to be careful with guys.”
No, she does. I don’t. Boys don’t notice me. For example, right then a boy approaches us, checking out my sister. He has a cute baby face but is wearing a dorky rap star T-shirt. He’s carrying a digital camera and has a look of utter adoration on his face. I don’t think he even sees me standing beside her.
“You were awesome in the game last night,” he says. “You’re captain this year, right?”
Kristina nods. “Yup. And as of last week, I’m the outside hitter too. If my knee holds out.” She frowns for a second and then shakes her head once.
“Can I take your picture?” His lips tighten as if he’s nervous.
“Sure,” she gushes, and flashes her perfect teeth at him. She treats her admirers with equal deference, I’ll give her that. No one can accuse my sister of being one of the mean girls; she’s not like that.
She throws an arm around me. “Take one of me and my little sister, Tess. She’s a freshman, you know, just like you.” She smiles and squeezes my shoulder harder. “And she’s also available.”
My face warms and she pinches me to warn me not to run in horror as she tries to pimp me out to some kid. I say nothing but can’t stop blushing and refuse to smile at his camera.
“Say ‘Facebook,’” the boy says.
Kristina squirms happily, hearing one of her favorite words. “Facebook,” she says, smiling at his camera with her eyes, her arm tight around my shoulder so I can’t escape. She manages to turn her body to expose her most flattering angle. I glare at the camera. “Make sure you friend me so I can see the pics after you post them. My last name is Smith,” she chirps, as if he didn’t already know.
“Cool. Thanks,” the boy says. “I’m Jeremy. Jeremy Jones. I play volleyball too.”
“Jones?” Kristina says. She taps her fingers on her chin, thinking.
I almost smile. His last name is as lame as ours. Jones. Smith. As common as celebrities in rehab.
“I made the junior team,” he tells Kristina.
She smiles but she clearly hasn’t heard of him.
He peeks at me but I duck my head.
“You’re in my friend’s homeroom and a few of his classes,” he says to me.
Kristina nudges me out of my stupor.
“Oh,” I say, only because of her prompting. I have to admit he’s kind of cute in a lost-puppy-dog way, but he’s obviously a member of the Kristina fan club and that deducts major points.
“What’s your friend’s name?” Kristina asks him sweetly, nudging me harder with her pointy, anorexic elbow.
“Clark.”
Clark Trent. I know who he’s talking about. The poor guy’s parents obviously have a warped sense of humor. I mean, come on. Clark Trent? Superman much? He even wears glasses.
I know who he is because he’s one of the top freshmen this year. Academically. Rumor has it he’s after a spot in the Honor Society. Well, the rumor is between Melissa and me. She made a list of all the prospects. In our school, freshman members of the Honor Society aren’t chosen until the end of the first semester, so it’s imperative we get great marks until November.
Jeremy squirms, holding his camera tight as if he has something else to say, but Kristina’s already been distracted. She only feels she owes her fans so much time, I guess.
She signals her hand at a boy leaning against the wall opposite ours. He appears at her side in a flash. Jeremy makes a quiet excuse and leaves. I lift my hand and wave good-bye, mostly sorry for him because Kristina doesn’t even seem to notice his exodus from stage right.
“Sweetie, would you get a cup of punch for my sister? You know. The special punch,” she says to the boy she’s called over.
He grins, thrilled to be put to use for Kristina Smith, and hurries off to do her bidding. Seconds later he returns and hands a cup to me.
“Drink up, little sister,” he says with a laugh.
I take a sip from the cup and sputter and cough. I stare at Kristina, shocked, while the boy laughs some more. I put it down on the table and cross my arms, glaring at Kristina.
“What?” Kristina says. “It has a little rum in it. Drink it fast. Maybe it’ll loosen you up a little.” She studies me for a second. “Tell Mom and I’ll kill you. She’s already freaking—”
I shake my head. “I’m not drinking alcohol to loosen myself up.”
Kristina sighs. “You know, most little sisters would think I was pretty cool giving you a drink. I’m not trying to get you drunk. You need to chillax a bit. Take the edge off. ”
The boy wisely steps away from us and takes off toward the kitchen.
“I don’t want to get drunk and throw up just to show people how cool I am,” I say.
“I didn’t say you had to get drunk. Or throw up. I just want you to be, you know, a little more relaxed.” She lifts her chin. “Get you a little more connected. I only want what’s best for you.”
“So does Mom and she tries to make me eat porridge for breakfast every day.”
As far as I can tell, Kristina’s idea of connected is how many people text her each day.
“I won’t always be around to try to help you out socially, Tess. You need to make an effort on your own too.”
“Did you ever think I don’t want your help?” I glance around to see if ears are tuned in to our conversation, but no one appears to be listening in. “Maybe I’m happy.”
She crosses her arms. “Define happy.”
“Happiness is going home,” I tell her.
Kristina frowns and is about to continue to lecture me when a gaggle of volleyball girls burst into the room and squeal her name. The volleyball girls stick together like waterlogged book pages. She has no choice but to go to them. She turns to me before she takes off.
“I just want to help,” she says and then she walks off, limping toward her friends.
“I’m not the one who needs help, Kristina,” I tell her. Pure bravado. Kristina doesn’t know what I would give to be like her. So outgoing and likable. Not to mention beautiful.

“Is your sister still in bed?” Mom asks as she enters the kitchen from the sliding patio door. “We have to go to the doctor in a couple of hours.”
I don’t bother to ask why Kristina’s going to the doctor this time, or which one. She’s always getting tested and poked at and prodded and X-rayed by chiropractors, naturopaths, and sports therapists. My mom invests a lot of time and energy in Kristina’s volleyball “career.”
I glance up from the newspaper and then at the oversized clock. “Yup. A new record.”
Mom pulls out her ear buds and chugs the bottle of water she’d taken on her run. Her blond hair is pulled into a high ponytail; her aqua running band matches the stripe on her running pants, and does double-duty keeping stray hair from her face. She puts her water down on the table and checks the Garmin GPS strapped to her wrist. “Five miles in forty-nine minutes, even without Kristina keeping up my pace.”
I raise my eyebrows, pretending to be impressed, but really, I don’t think there’s a good reason to run unless someone’s chasing me. Seriously. And that hasn’t happened since Brad Myers came after me in fourth grade when my art was featured in the local paper instead of his.
“Kristina’s knee’s been bothering her,” Mom says as if I’ve asked a question. “That’s why I didn’t wake her to run with me. We’ve been having a few things looked at. Trying to figure out the problem.”
Her voice sounds off, higher than usual, enough that I look up and see that she’s frowning, but then she glances at the clock.
“Good party last night?” she asks, and turns back to me, hope I’ve actually frolicked at a party lighting up her entire face.
My unease flees and I shrug and return to the comics. I don’t have to look at her to see her disappointment.
“Honestly, Tess. You’re just like your father. I swear, if he didn’t have me and his golf partners, he’d be a hermit.”
I flash my best good-daughter smile. “Well, you do give good parties.”
If she hears contempt in my voice, she chooses to ignore it. She complains all the time but he gives her a purpose. She helps my dad, Mr. Introverted University Professor, with his networking by throwing parties for his colleagues. No one intimidates her, not even stuffy college professors.
Despite their opposite personalities, Mom clings to Dad in public and crawls on his lap to make out with him, which is completely gross and embarrassing. It might be kind of sweet if they were someone else’s parents, but they’re mine.
“You need to get ready,” Mom says. “And a shower would be nice.”
“Awww, Mom. Do I have to go?” After finishing with the newspaper I was looking forward to finishing an English assignment. I know I’ll ace it and pump up my GPA. Honor Society beckons. After that I planned to work on some sketches of Melissa’s cat. A surprise for her birthday.
Mom turns her back on me and opens the refrigerator. She bends at her waist and peers inside as if something’s calling her name. Like plain yogurt or fat-free cottage cheese.
“I promise I won’t go on the Internet.”
She’s got this weird thing about the Internet and rarely lets me use the computer unsupervised, as if I’m going to search around the Web for hot muscle men or be lured into private chat rooms by creepy pedophiles. It’s not like I’m the daughter with the social networking addiction.
Mom closes the refrigerator door without taking anything out. She walks over to my side, glancing down at the newspaper. “I’m a little nervous about this meeting,” she tells me.
“Please?” I say, ignoring her. Kristina is her purebred pony. She’s always worried about her.
She lets out a deep breath, seeming distracted. “Fine,” she says, taking me completely by surprise. “You can do your homework on the computer and use your art program, but nothing else online.”
I’m so shocked I don’t know what to say, but I’m no idiot either and keep my mouth shut.
“I wonder if I should wake Kristina,” Mom asks, glancing toward the stairs.
I flip a page in the newspaper but follow her gaze to the stairs, wondering if Kristina is suffering from drinking too much of the “special” punch at the party.
“She’ll be up soon,” I say. “I’m sure she’s just tired from socializing last night. You know. Like mother, like daughter.”
Even though Kristina pretty much added to my total humiliation, it’s still us vs. them when it comes to the units.
“Yeah, and like father, like daughter,” Mom says.
I stick my tongue out, knowing she doesn’t mean it as a compliment, but she’s already leaving the kitchen and misses it. I re­absorb myself in the newspaper and a write-up in the Arts section catches my eye. My heart skips out an excited beat. An art contest for contemporary drawing. I read on. The Oswald Drawing Prize for emerging artists.
Me. I’m an emerging artist! I continue to read and see there’s a Junior Division for grades nine to twelve. A winner from each state will be announced along with a Grand Champion. Winning pieces will be shown in universities and art galleries across the country.
My eyes scan the fine print. The winner from each state will be interviewed for a television documentary, plus an illustrated catalog will be published to accompany the exhibition. The catalog will include images of the winning drawings, biographical details of each artist, and a statement about the drawing.
The Grand Champion will receive a full scholarship and accept­ance into the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in their graduating year. The art school I’ve been salivating over since I studied the art school rankings over the summer. Gah! On top of all that, there’s a free trip to San Francisco for the winner.
A rumble like the lava of a volcano surges through my body. There’s a three-hundred-dollar entry fee, but I’ve got more than enough to cover that in my bank account. The entry deadline is November 1, so there’s time. Not a lot, but enough if I get to work right away. I glance down. Winners will be announced the week of November 18 by email or phone.
There’s kind of a destiny vibe, coming across the article like this. Feelings I didn’t know I had stirred in my soul. True, serving killer volleyballs is not in my future, but I’m truly proud of my art skills. Something no one else in my family can claim. A recessive gene, probably.
Maybe, just maybe, winning would quiet the voice in my head. The voice that tells me drawing pictures is silly, unimportant. The voice that sounds a lot like my mom. As I try to visualize myself accepting the award and finding my voice in a room full of admirers, something brushes against my arm. I grab my throat and yelp. Kristina stands over me, looking unusually pale and drawn. Not nearly as radiant as last night.
“Did you have to sneak up on me?” My heartbeat sprints like a greyhound charging after a mechanical rabbit.
She takes a step back. “Sorry,” she whispers. I look closer at her. Bags under her eyes. Washed-out skin.
“Whoa,” I tell her. “You look terrible. Did you freebase a bottle of tequila or what?”
“Funny,” she croaks. She heads to the fridge, pulls out bottled water, undoes the cap, and chugs it, much like Mom a few minutes before her. “I must have the flu or something.”
“Flu?” I stare at her. “More like hangover-itis.”
“I never have more than one drink. One hundred calories max.”
Mom says the same thing. One glass of red wine is acceptable as an antioxidant. Dad teases her that she doesn’t drink because it makes her mean, but I’ve never seen it and have no idea if it’s true or not.
Kristina glares at me and then walks forward and leans right over me. “Here. Feel my forehead.”
I stare at her and scrunch up my face to show my reluctance, but she doesn’t leave, so I relent and reach up and put the back of my hand on her forehead.
“Hey.” Her body definitely doesn’t feel like it’s running at 98 degrees. “You feel like you slept in polar fleece or something.”
“I know, right? I’m hot. I feel like hell.” She collapses into a chair opposite mine at the kitchen table. “It has to be the flu. I don’t want to be sick. We have a big game coming up. Against Westwood High.” She drinks more water and then plunks it on the table and stares at me. “You got home okay last night?”
I don’t meet her eyes. “Yeah. Fine.” I close the paper and slide it away from her. I don’t want her to find out about the contest. Not yet. I have to do some thinking about the perfect entry. I want it to be my own thing.
She gulps more water and then gets up and walks to the stove. Standing on her tiptoes, she reaches to the cupboards above and pulls out a bottle of Tylenol. The only non-herbal medicine Mom allows in the house. She opens the cap, pops two pills in her mouth, and swallows them without water before returning the bottle to the shelf.
“Gross.” I don’t know how she swallows them like that.
“I hope it’s nothing serious,” she says as she stares off into space. “I can’t afford to be sick in the next few weeks.”
“Don’t worry about it,” I tell her. “You won’t get sick. You’re perfect. Just ask that drunk pimply guy from the party last night.”
Kristina focuses and tries to hide a smile but she’s pleased. She takes a sip from her water bottle. “Which one?” she asks.
I focus back on the paper, refusing to feed her unquenchable ego. I can’t wait until she’s gone so I can have the house to myself and start brainstorming ideas for the drawing contest.

A few hours later Mom and Kristina walk into the kitchen right while I’m in the middle of dunking Oreos into chocolate milk. I stop chewing, with cookie crumbs bunched up in my cheeks like a chipmunk. Busted. Dad came home early and brought the cookies with him as a peace offering for making me go to the party. He often provides me with stashes of sweets instead of heart-to-heart talks. I was supposed to hide the cookies before Kristina and Mom got home. I can hear him clattering away in his home office off the kitchen.
I’m scrambling, about to make up an excuse about why I’m gorging myself on cookies instead of something healthy like Mom’s delicious yogurt with fruit or nuts, but neither of them even says a word about my snack. I chew as quickly and quietly as I can and wipe my mouth with the back of my hand, trying not to look guilty.
Mom takes one look at me, though, and bursts into tears. I blush, ashamed my gluttonous actions have caused her such anguish. On one hand I wonder why she’s freaking, but I also can’t help worrying if I’ve messed up my future shots at staying home alone?
“Mom. It’s my first snack of the day. I swear. I finished my homework and I’m starving…” I don’t want to tell on Dad for bringing the treats home.
Kristina plops hard onto the chair beside me. “Don’t sweat it.” She keeps her back straight, her posture perfect. “That’s not why she’s crying.” Her face is pale and strangely devoid of emotion, a creepy contrast to my mom’s tears.
Mom sniffles and struggles to get a hold of herself. “I’m sorry, Kristina. No tears. It’s going to be fine. I’m just shocked, you know. That’s all. You’re going to be fine.”
My heart skips a beat. Mom turns away from us, opens her mouth and hollers. “Dan!” she yells in a most unladylike way. “Dan, come in here. We need to have a family meeting. Now!”
I hear my dad mumble something from his office at the end of the hall. When he’s working I think he forgets our names.
“Seriously, Daniel, I mean it. Come here this instant.”
Uh-oh. She used his full name. I look back and forth from my mom to my sister. Mom rarely interrupts Dad when he’s working. “What’s going on?” I ask, too afraid to even try to imagine.
The cookies bungee-jump to the pit of my stomach. Mom pulls out a chair and sits gingerly, as if she’s afraid someone might have put a tack or a whoopee cushion on it.
“What?” I repeat.
“I want to wait until your father joins us,” she says to me. She avoids Kristina’s eyes. “We’ll discuss this as a family.” She stands up and leaves the room to go and get him.
“What’s going on?” I ask my sister. I haven’t seen my mom this flustered, well, ever. It isn’t easy to ruffle old Lisa Smith.
I wonder if my perfect sister lied about not doing it and got herself pregnant. I hope not. I know I’ll be stuck changing diapers. And rubbing lotion on her fat belly to avoid stretch marks on her flawless skin.
“It’s no big deal.”
Kristina’s top lip quivers a second but then she swallows and looks right into my eyes. A cold feeling runs up my spine and a chill settles on my arms. I realize I’m holding my breath.
“I have cancer,” she says.
  

          Orthopaedic Surgeon David Butler, MD, Opens Orland Park, Illinois Office         

David Butler, MD, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in arthritis and hip and knee replacement, has opened an office in Orland Park, Illinois, minutes from Chicago. Butler Orthopaedics has convenient hours six days a week, and offers expert bone and joint care, with x-rays, CT scans and physical therapy available under one roof.

(PRWeb August 31, 2010)

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          Siapakah Manusia Paling Jenius di Dunia? ini Dia.        
Menurut ayahnya, Peek sudah memiliki ingatan yang kuat sejak usia 16-20 bulan. Ia membaca buku, mengingat isinya lalu mengembalikan buku-buku tersebut dengan posisi terbalik ke rak untuk menunjukkan kalau ia sudah selesai membacanya. Ia membaca satu buku dalam waktu rata-rata satu jam, dan mengingat nyaris semua yang ia baca, mengingat informasi yang sangat luas dalam hal sejarah, literatur, geografi, angka, olahraga, musik dan tanggal. Teknik membacanya yaitu dengan membaca halaman kiri dengan mata kirinya dan halaman kanan dengan mata kanannya, dengan cara ini ia bisa membaca dua halaman sekaligus dengan rate 8-10 detik per halaman. ia bisa mengingat isi 12000 buku. Mungkin para pencinta fisika sudah tidak asing lagi dengan beberapa nama orang-orang jenius di bidang fisika seperti: Albert Einstein, Erwin Schroedinger, Max Planck, dan sebangsanya. Mereka memang merupakan orang jenius yang terlahir pada zamannya masing-masing. Tapi sekarang kita tak akan membicarakan mereka, karena yang akan dibahas kali ini adalah sesosok manusia SUPERJENIUS, dialah The Rain Man alias Kim Peek. Masa-masa Awal Kehidupan Kim Peek Kim dilahirkan pada tahun 1951 dengan ukuran kepala 3 kali lebih besar dibandingkan ukuran kepala bayi normal. Selain itu, Kim juga divonis menderita encephalocele, yaitu semacam luka di belakang kepala yang memperlihatkan sebagian otaknya yang menonjol keluar. Di usia tiga tahun, luka itu semakin meluas dan merusak sebagian otak Kim. Tahun 1983, Kim menjalani pemeriksaan X-ray yang berhasil menyibak keanehan yang terjadi di otak Kim, yaitu otak Kim hanya memiliki satu bagian! Dengan kata lain, otak Kim tidak terbagi menjadi otak kanan dan otak kiri layaknya orang normal. Kemudian, setelah dilakukan pemeriksaan lanjutan, kemballi diperlihatkan bahwa setengah dari bagian otak Kim telah terpecah menjadi tiga bagian. Berbagai pemeriksaan itu tak juga memberikan keterangan mengenai penyebab kejeniusan Kim, melainkan hanya penyebab ketidakmampuannya. Kim memiliki kelemahan dalam hal motorik, bahkan untuk mandi dan menggosok gigi pun tak dapat dilakukan seorang diri. Ketika Kim lahir, dokter memvonisnya sebagai ‘anak terbelakang’ atau ‘cacat mental’ dan ia menyarankan kedua orang tua Kim untuk membawanya ke rumah perawatan. Namun pada saat itu Fran dan istrinya membawa pulang Kim dan memperkenalkan Kim pada buku. Pada usia tiga tahun, Kim bertanya pada Fran arti kata “rahasia”. Sambil bercanda, Fran menyuruh putranya itu untuk mencarinya di kamus. “Saat itu ia belum bisa berjalan”, kenangnya, “jadi ia merangkak ke arah meja, mengangkat tubuhnya ke atas meja dan sekitar 30 detik kemudian ia berseru ‘ketemu!’” Saat berumur 4,5 tahun Kim sudah hafal 8 volume awal dari satu set ensiklopedia yang ada di rumahnya. Bahkan, baru-baru ini telah terungkap bahwa Kim dapat membaca 2 halaman buku secara bersamaan dan menyerap isinya hanya dalam waktu 10 detik! Hebatnya lagi informasi yang ia peroleh tadi tak akan dia lupakan. Menakjubkan! http://www.didunia.net/ Selain kemampuan menghafal dan aritmatika yang jauh diatas rata-rata, Kim juga mencintai musik dan belajar memainkan piano pada Dr. April Greenan dari Universitas Utah. “Dia mempunyai kemampuan bermusik yang fenomenal dan lebih dari sekedar menghafal”, Ujar Dr.Greenan. “Bila Kim mendengar sebuah simfoni saat dia kecil, dan kemudian mendengarnya lagi pada usia 53 tahun, ia langsung dapat mengetahui bila terdapat kesalahan kecil pada permainan musik itu.” Kejeniusan Seorang Kim Peek Sesungguhnya apa yang dikatakan dokter yang membantu kelahiran Kim ialah benar, bahwa Kim bukanlah merupakan seorang autis jenius, tapi lebih tepat disebut pria dengan keterbelakangan mental yang superjenius. Karena seorang yang jenius biasanya memiliki kemampuan luar biasa dalam 3 bidang. Tetapi Kim, sang superjenius, memiliki kemampuan yang sangat hebat setidaknya di 15 bidang yang berbeda! Hal ini disebabkan karena kemampuan menghafal 12.000 buku, memprediksi cuaca dan memiliki kemampuan bermusik layaknya Mozart! Tak ada orang lain di dunia ini yang memiliki kapasitas otak seperti Kim Peek. Badan Antariksa Amerika (NASA) pun tertarik menggunakan berbagai peralatan canggih, seperti brain imaging dan data fusion techniques, untuk menemukan rahasia di balik kemampuan otak Kim yang mengagumkan. Ketika Kim ditanya mengenai pendapatnya mengenai langkah yang akan diambil NASA, ia pun menjawab, “Itu yang terbaik.” Mengapa dia bisa tahu segalanya? “Karena saya punya rasa cinta yang besar pada semua yang saya lihat,”ujar Kim. Sulit untuk berbincang-bincang dengan Kim. Pikirannya mampu berpindah-pindah dengan kecepatan tinggi. Namun dengan bantuan Fran, Kim selalu dibimbing untuk kembali pada topik pembicaraan semula. Dalam sebuah pembicaraan umum, seorang bercerita bahwa ia dibesarkan di kota Cirencester. “Itu adalah nama kamp orang Romawi, Corin,” sahut Kim. “Corinium,” ujar orang tersebut seraya membetulkan pernyataan Kim. Tetapi belakangan, setelah dicek ulang, Kim lah yang benar. Karena orang-orang Romawi mengambil nama Corinium dari bahasa Keltik, Corin. sumber
          News Flash: Dad Broke His Femur!        
One minute he's doing this:


And then he's heading to the ER with a hip looking like this:



And yes, Leadville is (well, was) next week.


Here's the whole story, in his own words, on pain meds:

"I was going on the last long ride before Leadville. Wait, I don't know if I can do this, I'm kinda out of it. What have you got written so far? (cough attack) Well, I had split off from the group and was being... a smarter older-man by turning around a little early ..... (slight pause for passing of gas).

"I choose to descend a trail that's been one of my favorites, but it it was way overgrown so I couldn't pick the trial very well. And it's been really dry so it was a little sketchy and loose. The trail veers left about 200 feet before the road.

"I was turning around the corner and my tires were too pumped up. I was going along the outside edge of the turn and it was so rocky that it just vibrated me off the trail. I started tumbling down the hill. It's wasn't a big fall. But I landed on a on a rock on the burm below. All the impact was right on my left hip.

"I started gettin tunnel vision pretty quickly. And I think I started to pass out. I tried to grab my bike but was in so much pain. I got to my knees and tried to gain composure. I grabbed my phone and called Cheri saying I was hurt and that I'd call her when I knew where I was. (Nice Dad) It took me 45 minutes to go 130 feet. It hurt so bad. (And he kept blacking out.)

"When I got to the road and called Cheri saying at meet me at the road entrance. Then I used my bike like a crutch to get back. I was going so slow and just shaking. I made it to the park and stopped right next to a car, well I ran into it. Then I tried to get off the bike and Cheri came and took me straight to the hospital.

"I called this guy at the hospital and they got me right in. And they gave me some morphine.... it felt so good. Incredible. That is seriously the celestial kingdom. I was like, am I floating?
(They asked him to rate his pain on the 1-10 scale, Cheri just kept telling him to say 8, say 8! If you haven't seen the Brian Regan about ERs, you should. Check it out here.)

"So they took the x-rays and stuff and then I got a CAT scan. I broke the top part of my femur bone. The doctors didn't want to do anything cuz it's kinda rare. So now we're waiting to see what they say (on Monday)."

Wow!

So he broke the "posterior greater trochanter." It's the top ball part of your femur and there's a 2 or 3 inch fracture there.


Dad's spot for the next few weeks, according to the doctors . . . or a few days, according to Dad.



Nothing like a little Diet Coke and Dove Darks to ease the pain.



Check out this contraption that Garrett rigged up to help pull his knee and keep his leg from crampage.

Ouch Dad! Glad you're okay though!
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          #Balikbayan Box        

Trending sa lahat ng social media platform (hindi ang aldub) ang isyu tungkol sa Balikbayan Boxes na pinadadala ng ating mga kababayang OFW na kung tawagin ng gobyerno ay Bagong Bayani pero hindi naman bayani kung kanilang ituring.


Tinatayang aabot sa 12 milyon ang OFW na nakakalat sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo at kung susumahin ang kanilang remittances taon-taon, tinatayang mahigit ito sa US$21 bilyon. Ibig sabihin, ang OFW’s ay may napakalaking role na ginagampanan para sabihing ang ekonomiya ng bansang Pilipinas ay sumisipa pa at may ipinagyayabang pa.


Ang malaking bilang na ito (12 milyon) na ating mga kababayan ay nagsisikap, nagtitiis, nagpapaalipin, nagpapaalila, nagtitiyaga, nagtitipid para sa kinabukasan ng kani-kanilang pamilya para sa isang pangarap.
Isa sa munting paraan nila ng pagpapakita ng pagmamahal sa pamilya ay ang pagpapadala nila ng iba’t ibang mga gamit (ilan sa mga ito’y pinaglumaan na ng kanilang amo) karaniwan nilang pinapadala ay mga damit, toiletries, noodles, tsokolate, cellphone, gadgets, bags, sapatos, etc. at ang mga ito ay ilalagay nila sa isang hindi kalakihang karton na kung tawagin ay: Balikbayan Box.


Uminit at pumutok ang isyu dahil ang mismong commissioner ng Customs ang nagsabing iinspeksiyunin, hihigpitan at (kung maaari’y) bubuwisan nila ang laman ng mga kahong ito. Dahil (daw) sa mga kadahilanang ito:



Una, nawawala raw sa gobyerno ay mahigit Php60 milyong halaga ng buwis.

• Hindi ang mga padala ng OFW ang dapat nilang maging source ng pagkakakitaan dahil ang BOC ay kumikita ng average na Php31Bilyon kada buwan o humigit-kumulang sa isa’t kalahating bilyong piso kada buwan. Anong lohika meron ang BOC bakit ang mga pipitsuging laman ng balikbayan boxes ang kanilang pinagdidiskitahan?

 
Pangalawa, nagiging source daw ng technical smuggling ang laman ng balikbayan box.


• Mayroon ngang mga kaso na ang isang balikbayan box ay may lamang iligal o kontrabando pero ang mga ganito ay ‘isolated cases’ lang at kung ikukumpara mo ito sa marami at talamak na kaso ng pag-aangkat ng luxury cars, fireworks, ukay-ukay, at agricultural products na walang permits tulad ng bigas, bawang, sibuyas, gulay etc. ay parang patak lang ito ng tubig sa gabundok na yelo. 


• Totoong may karapatan ang BOC na buksan ang balikbayan box (nakasaad ito sa CMO 79-90/ 3.3.1) pero makatuwiran bang halughugin at bulatlatin ang isang kahon kung wala naman itong derogatory information? Ano ang silbi ng multi-milyong piso na halaga ng X-ray Machines kung kinakailangan din pala nang mano-manong inspeksiyon? 


Sa mga pagkakataong nababawasan, nabubulok o tuluyang nawawala ang laman ng isang balikbayan box, may nagawa bang paraan ang BOC para mahuli, masugpo o masakote ang mga sangkot dito?
Maganda sana ang layunin ng Adwana pero maganda ba ang kanilang sistema?
May nakasuhan at nakulong bang freight forwarder/NVOCC o customs employee dahil sa pagsalaula ng mga balikbayan boxes?



Sa kasalukuyang halaga ng piso, mas dapat pa ngang taasan ang limit ng halaga na US500 kada kahon, mas dapat pang dagdagan ang limit na isang beses kada anim na buwan. Pakonsuwelo na lang sana ito sa mga bagong bayaning nagtataas ng credit ranking ng bansang ito sa World Bank, pampalubag-loob sa mga bagong bayaning nagtitiis sa ibang bansa dahil ang kanya mismong bansa’y walang maiaalok na trabahong magtutustos sa pangangailangan ng kanyang kaawa-awang pamilya.


Ang balikbayan box ay parang isang love letter ng isang manliligaw sa kanyang nililiyag, puno ito ng pag-ibig at pagmamahal. 

Hindi lang basta gamit o pagkain ang nakapaloob sa kahong ito dahil kalakip nito ay isang hindi matatawarang pagmamahal na higit pa sa kayang sabihin ng mga salita. Ilang mga buwan ang bibilangin bago makapuno ng isang payak na balikbayan box,
ilang pakiusap sa amo na ibigay na lang sa kanya ang gamit na lotion o pabango,
ilang gabing pagpupuyat ang kinailangan para makabili ng cellphone na hiniling ng bunso,
ilang pag-skip sa lunch o dinner ang kinailangan para may maibiling damit ang nagdadalagang panganay.
 


Kaya napakahirap para sa ating isipin kung papaano nila naaatim
na bawasan ng ilang piraso ang tsokolate,
na kupitin ang ilang magagandang mga damit,
na agawin ang isang cute na manika,
na ipalaro sa kanilang anak ang nakaw na laruan,
na kotongan ang akala nilang mamahaling gadget,
na arborin ang pinaglumaang shoulder bag.
Wala ba silang mga pambili?!



Ang balikbayan box ay hindi lang basta kahon.
Ang laman nito’y sampung porsiyentong kagamitan at siyamnapung porsiyentong pagmamahal.

At sa bawat pirasong kagamitang nakapaloob dito na nawawala, nababawasan, nasisira o nabubulok dahil sa kagahamanan ng maraming kawani ng Adwana na walang awa, walanghiya at walang paggalang sa ating mga bagong bayani (kuno) ay para na rin nilang inaagawan ng kaligayahan ang pamilyang dapat sana’y nakakatanggap ng simpleng mga bagay na ito, na katumbas sa kanila’y labis na kasiyahan.
          Pregnant Limited-English Chinese Woman with Two Small Children given $500 meat fine - No Translator Offered - Zero Leeway        

This page and my blog at https://cbpabuse.blogspot.com documents abuses by the United States Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) against my wife and family, and to make note of & link to abuses received by others.

My wife speaks limited English. She's pregnant. She's prone to morning AKA all-day sickness related to her pregnancy. We have two young children, aged one and three.

She was the one fined $500.

She is the one threatened with expulsion from the Global Entry program, a program we signed up for specifically because we have young children and were hoping to spend less time in line when returning from China.

But, if you sign up for Global Entry, the CBP is much more interested in the contents of your bags - and any little specks of meat which may be inside.

Even if you declare that you do have meat at the Global Entry kiosks, and even if you do declare that you do have meat on the paper customs form, that's not enough for the angry, abusive, and anxious to pounce CBP officers. After 15+ hours of travel you must be required to verbally state every small instance of "meat" you may have, within 5 seconds of being asked. Otherwise it's a $500 fine for you, and a probable boot from Global Entry.

And if you're a limited English person who really should have a translator fully explaining what exactly is meant by the term "meat," doesn't matter! Still a $500 fine and a probable boot from Global Entry.

Fruit sniffing dogs.

Angry conniving & thuggish officers who are ready to pounce at the slightest misstep.

The CBP treats everyone like a criminal and everyone like a terrorist.

The face presented by the USA to visitors and returning citizens & residents is actively hostile.

Included below are quotes from letters we've shared with the White House, and with one of our senators. We've asked them for help, but we're not hopeful.

We suspect that the wheels of the CBP grind very finely. The CBP appears to be a de facto raquet and scam. A scam to get money & frankly to terrorize regular citizens & residents & visitors. Treating all people with the same blunt tool:
You will be treated with the same concise & exacting anger as one might expect for a drug dealer, prisoner, criminal, or a terrorist - if you have the smallest speck of prohibited food in your bags - and even if you select "yes" to the relevant questions on the customs forms and at the Global Entry kiosks as your "official" declaration as to what's inside your bags - and which does knowing route to you to mandatory all-bag inspection.

You try to be honest? After 15+ hours of travel you forget one speck of stuff? And even though you've selected "yes" as your official declaration which you know mandatorily routes you to full bag inspection? That's not enough for the thugs at CBP.
Thug is a strong word. But when it comes to brutalizing pregnancy tired sick women who speak limited English, and who try and "come home" to America with their two young children in tow - the term is fully accurate.

More details can be found in the quoted letters below sent to our elected representatives. We shall continue to document what happens with us in this blog.

Key items for your further review of this matter:

Items 1 & 2: Our letter to President Obama; our letter to one of our senators.

Combined PDF (opens in a new window).

HTML version below.

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Jonathan XXXXX with Yanning XXXXX and children XXXXX & XXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXX, Utah XXXXX
March 31, 2016

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20500

Dear President Obama,

As per your website’s invitation for feedback, and the general principles of freedom of speech & petitioning our government for a redress of grievances, I am writing to you today.

My wife is an immigrant from China and she speaks limited English. Recently she and our family were the recipients of abuse at the hands of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Service (CBP) at the San Francisco Airport.

My wife packed our bags. We did select “yes” in answer to the meat & vegetables questions at the Global Entry kiosks and on the paper customs form. My wife is pregnant and is highly prone to morning sickness (AKA all-day sickness). We have two young children. We had just traveled for 15+ hours and were very tired. Our children were tired and were complaining. We were first greeted at the San Francisco Airport by an angry, yelling, and unhinged CBP officer who was yelling at a Chinese tour group in a large hallway to move on more quickly – while a tour guide was explaining how to fill out the paper customs form to this group. All these factors wore us down and resulted in this:

A failure on the part of my wife to verbally state, within 5 seconds or less to a CBP officer, that there was a very small amount of meat in our luggage. My wife didn’t fully understand exactly what was meant by “meat.” A large piece of meat? Meat in a loose bag & not in a sealed package? And she was neverprovided a translator. My wife reported that the words of the officer involved sounded muddled to her and were hard for her to understand. And my wife’s condition & ability to accurately & quickly respond was degraded due to tiredness & pregnancy & having to deal with and help our two young children.

But, she was the one fined $500. And she is now the one being threatened with expulsion from the Global Entry program. An expulsion of her from Global Entry would be a de facto expulsion of my whole family. My wife is the mother of our children, and we shall not travel separately nor stand in separate lines.

Enclosed is a petition I am sending to one of my senators, regarding help with the CBP. Inside my petition you shall find further reference to exactly what happened to us. Also included is relevant commentary regarding how others are generally treated by the CBP – how the initial “face of America” as presented to all visitors is a hostile one.

I know that Senator Hatch shall be forwarding my concerns to the agency involved for a response. If in your capacity as President you are able to provide some positive assistance that would be welcomed also.
Sincerely,

Jonathan XXXXX with Yanning XXXXX, & XXXXX & XXXXX  

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Jonathan XXXXX, with Yanning XXXXXand children XXXXX& XXXXX XXXXXXXXXX
XXXXX
,Utah XXXXX
March 28, 2016

Senator Orrin Hatch
c/o Help with Federal Agencies, with additional relevance to the Senate Committee on Finance & other committees
104 Hart Office Building
Washington, District of Columbia 20510

Greetings Senator Hatch,

Regarding the First Amendment, Right to Petition.

We are writing to request your help with the following federal agency: U.S. Customs & Border Protection Service (CBP).

Our petition for your office & the CBP begins.

The nature of our complaint has main three elements:

Issue 1: Demeanor of CBP officers at the San Francisco Airport port of entry.

Issue 2: Appeal regarding property seizure and of a fine.

Issue 3: Appeal regarding threats made to our Global Entry membership status, threats made during our visit to the San Francisco airport (SFO) on March 27, 2016.

My wife and I were legally married in the State of Utah. My wife currently has a Green Card and hopes to become a U.S. citizen.

We have two young children, age one (a girl) and three (a boy), and my wife is pregnant with our third child (a girl).

We obtained Global Entry memberships to help us be able to more easily return from China, and more recently & particularly because my wife is currently pregnant. We usually visit China once per year so that my wife can see her family, and so that our children can see their grandparents and uncles.

Regarding issue 1, the demeanor of officers at the San Francisco Airport port of entry.

Upon arrival at the San Francisco airport immediately after exiting the relevant airplane we were on, we noticed a Chinese tour group leader telling a group of travelers information about how to fill out a customs form. This was all happening in a secure large international passenger hallway & plane exit gate area, right next to a large sculpted artwork present in the large hallway.

An apparent tour leader was instructing his group regarding how to fill out the form, a CBP officer started yelling loudly from down the hall and barking orders for the group to move more quickly. The CBP officer was very angry and upset. The tour guide responded “ok ok,” whereupon the CBP officer said “NO IT’S NOT OK!!! MOVE IT! COME ON! MOVE IT!”

This was these peoples’ first introduction to America: An angry and unhinged CBP officer barking orders at them, all while their Chinese tour guide was trying to explain how to fill out a relevant CBP form in the large hallway outside of the relevant airline gate we all were at.

Regarding issue 2, an appeal regarding property seizure and of a fine:

Our family proceeded through the Global Entry kiosks ok. We believed we had filled out the relevant customs form for our family sufficiently. At the Global Entry kiosks we did select “yes” to the question regarding whether we had brought in any food, vegetables, or meat. And on the paper form a “yes” was selected.

Primarily & probably solely because of our “yes” selections as noted above, our baggage was then X-rayed and opened up by CBP officers.

Inside of our bags the officers found items which matched up with the Global Entry kiosk selections of (meat & veg) “yes,” and with the front-of-the-form selections of yes for meat & vegetables.

Specifically one piece of bread with very small pieces of cooked pork on the outside of the bread was found.

Also one small sealed package of sausage purchased as a gift for us from Walmart in Nanning, China (yes they have a Walmart there) was found.

Also one package of noodles with “chicken extract” inside was found.

My wife speaks limited English and she has a more limited understanding regarding CBP regulations. On the back of the customs form we did indicate the phrase “packaged bread.” And on the front of the form we did indicate a “yes” to the question regarding whether we had brought in meat. We also stated the word “etc” after a phrase similar to or exactly matching “packaged snacks.”

The process of being grilled and interrogated by a CBP officer can be befuddling. After 15+ hours of travel my wife & I were very tired. Our two very young children were tired & upset. And after our encounter with the CBP officer barking & yelling orders, we were further worn down.

We made our “best faith effort” in filling out the relevant customs form. We also made our best & good faith responses at the Global Entry kiosk when we said “yes” to the meat & vegetables question.

The small package of sausage purchased from Walmart in Nanning came as a gift and was mixed in with bag of other non-meat gifts. And again we did answer “yes” to whether we had meat both at the Global Entry kiosk and on the front of the paper form – the most relevant part of that form.

The piece of bread found came from a bakery. The word “bread” was mentioned in our declarations.

We gave the CBP full opportunity to check our bags.

When people answer “No” to the question regarding meat & vegetables, they are usually just waived on & not fully checked. We saw this first hand. Thus the CBP appears to have a gotcha-type system & scheme where common citizens & lawful U.S. residents are easily trapped & penalized – directly & severely penalized for attempting to be honest.

There should & must be a difference between treatment & handling of people who answer “no” & are found to have prohibited items, and people who answer “yes” to the related question. YES was our official deceleration, at the Global Entry kiosk, and on the front of the paper form, regarding whether we had meat & vegetables present.

According to the USDA website at

meat is allowed:

Products for Personal Consumption

Federal inspection regulations permit the entry of small amounts of meat, poultry or egg products for personal consumption 9 CFR, Part 327.16, 381.207, and 590.960. The amount of a personal consumption shipment cannot exceed 50 pounds for meat, poultry, or dried egg products and 30 pounds for liquid or frozen egg products. The products must be for personal use only and cannot be sold or distributed in U.S. commerce.

Such products are exempt from FSIS import regulation, but they are subject to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) animal health requirements. These requirements change frequently, and travelers should contact APHIS for up-to-date information by visiting the website or calling (301) 851-3300.

All travelers entering the United States are required to declare any products of animal origin (including soup or soup products) they may be carrying. The declaration must cover all items carried in checked baggage, carry-on luggage, or in a vehicle. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at the ports of entry will examine the items and determine if they meet the entry requirements of the United States. Additional information on bringing agricultural products into the United States is available from CBP.


Long traveling families, with children age one and three, and a wife still prone to morning sickness AKA all-day sickness, and families where a key family member who packed our bags speaks limited English should be given some leeway. And even more leeway should be given when in the first instance we a.) tried to be honest, and b.) we set ourselves up for mandatory inspection as per our YES answer to the meat & veg question at the Global Entry kiosk.

From our perspective, our answering of “yes” to the meat & vegetable questions at the Global Entry kiosks, and “yes” on the front of the paper form, should have covered what was found.

Long traveling tired families like us are not well prepared to respond to being verbally grilled, and to verbally remember every little thing within 5 seconds of being asked. But, we did remember to select “yes” in answer to the meat & vegetable questions at the Global Entry kiosks. And we did remember to select “yes” in answer to a similar question on the front of the customs form.

And again a YES answer at the Global Entry kiosks routes one, knowingly, to mandatory inspection. Had we answered NO at the kiosk and on the paper form, we most likely would have been waved on after a quick verbal question regarding whether we had any fresh fruits or meats.

We COULD have lied & then been waved on. But we did not. We sought to be truthful, and we set ourselves up for mandatory inspection. Plus we answered YES during BOTH opportunities to declare meat & vegetables, at the Global Entry kiosk, and on the front of the relevant paper form.

The CBP officer who dealt with us was not helpful. He acted rather like an exacting judge in a court room. One wrong word. One wrong comment. A lack of a proper response within 5 seconds. One temporarily forgotten piece of bread or packaged sausage (not recollected verbally within 5 seconds) after traveling for 16+ hours including connections & layovers, and with a wife who is still prone to all-day sickness related to her pregnancy, and with two very young upset & tired children – one very small misstep with this abusive CBP officer resulted in the following:

                A $500 fine.

                A threat to my wife’s current & future Global Entry membership (issue 3).

We maintain & claim that our representations at the Global Entry kiosks and on the paper forms weresufficient declarations to cover the very few things found as noted. Fully sufficient.

In our tired & degraded state after our long journey, we provided the best quick answers we could.

We gave the CBP full opportunity to check our bags, via our “yes” answers as previously noted. When one answers “yes” to the meat & veg question at the Global Entry kiosks, that automatically & mandatorily & knowinglyroutes such travelers to the more intensive baggage inspection.

We basically allowed the CBP officer involved to abusively pounce while he searched for the smallest tiny mistake with our verbal responses. But we, my wife & I, set the wheels in motion for this trap via answering “yes” at the Global Entry kiosks to the meat & veg question. But, we answered “yes” in good faith. We were trying to be honest & to do the best we could under the circumstances.
A pregnant woman with two very young children who speaks limited English, was the one fined.

As the inspecting & fining CBP officer involved was asking us initial very quick spoken & cutting verbal questions, my wife would not have had time to process his questions & answer them appropriately.

We were never offered an interpreter.

My wife never was asked one question, directly, and with an interpreter asking the questions – particularly during the whether-to-fine-or-not-fine decision-making part of the conversation with the relevant fining CBP officer.

And overall we received zero consideration for the fact that we were a family traveling with two very young & upset & tired children. No leeway. Nothing other than a very quick verbal game which one can either pass or very easily fail. My wife should not have been expected to pass such a game in her state & after such long travel & after being very tired & sick as a result. Yet, she was the one fined.

A lack of equal treatment under the law:

The CBP officer we dealt with regarding the inspection & fine stated that Global Entry members are investigated more closely. However a general principle of the rule of law is that people be treated equally before the law. Thus the more intense fruit & veg scrutiny to Global Entry members given by CBP officers violates a principles of equal treatment.

People who answer “no” to the meat & veg question are checked much less often than people who say “yes.”

People who aren’t Global Entry members are checked less than people who are.

This is all unequal treatment.

The CBP penalizes people who try to be honest.

We did not set out to “sneak” anything in.

We gave our good faith best-effort answers at the Global Entry kiosks, and on the relevant paper form – regarding having meat & vegetables inside our bags. We answered and declared YES.

Traveling with two young children, and having a wife who’s highly prone to all-day pregnancy related sickness, and 15+ hours of continuous travel, resulted in our being able to be easily befuddled and tripped up by a ready-to-pounce CBP officer. But as noted we opened the door to their being able to find the items they were then concerned about. And we did say “yes” to whether we had meat & vegetables – because we were trying to be honest in the first instance. This was our declaration first & foremost: an answer of Yes at the Global Entry kiosks and on the relevant paper form, to the meat & vegetables question.

Why did we choose to pay the spot fine instead of going to court? Because we live in Utah. We cannot reasonably be expected to travel from Utah to a court in San Francisco to fight this matter. And so we paid the $500 fine quickly so that we could be on our way with our two young kids, and so that we could get a bit of rest in San Francisco before continuing on to Utah.

However the CBP officer involved never mentioned, during the whether-to-pay-quickly-or-not-or-go-to-court part of the conversation, how my wife’s Global Entry membership would be threatened via our decision not to fight in court. He only mentioned this way after the fact – and after we paid the $500 spot fine. Thus the officer did not provide full information during our decision making process regarding which route to proceed with initially.

Plus again, the CBP provided no Chinese-speaking translator during the entire verbal interaction process with the CBP. Thus the CBP officer’s questions verbally expressed to us would not have been fully understood by my wife. This is a very important point.

During the fine issuing process, my wife was never consulted, directly, regarding whether she would have preferred to pay the fine up front, or via check, or whether to go to court – and certainly never with an interpreter speaking with her directly.

Regarding issue 3: Appeal regarding threats made to our Global Entry membership status, threats made during our visit to the San Francisco airport on March 27.

My wife’s Global Entry membership could now be revoked, and her future Global Entry application attempts rejected.

The CBP officer who verbally dealt with us stated that my wife’s Global Entry membership would most likely be revoked, and that our future attempts to have her be a Global Entry member would most likely be denied.

A termination of my wife’s Global Entry membership would mean a termination of all of our memberships. We do not travel separately to China nor to other international destinations. If she cannot use the program then none of us can.

Tired families with small children, who exit their airplane and first encounter a yelling order-barking CBP officer (issue 1) can then be easily befuddled by an exacting and similarly angry CBP officer when it comes time for the meat & veg inspection & for the related exacting interrogation.
We made our best faith efforts to comply with the regulations. But we don’t believe the CBP makes good faith efforts to accommodate families with young upset small & tired children, and a pregnant wife with pregnancy nausea & sickness, with their exacting demanding questions & grilling, and with wives who’re threatened with fines & expulsion from Global Entry who speak limited English - families where one key member doesn’t understand their questions as they are being asked.

The CBP apparently takes every opportunity to trip people up, and to then ruthlessly penalize people.

Regular people. Regular citizens who’re just trying to come home after a long journey.

Further notes regarding issues 1 and 2:

Even taking into account the strict letter of the law, the USDA states that small amounts of meat are allowed to be brought in. And we tried to be honest via our responses of YES to the meat & veg questions at the Global Entry kiosk and on the paper form, which we KNEW would route us to mandatory inspection.

1. One piece of bread with little flakes of cooked pork on the outside.

2. One vacuum sealed package of sausage purchased from a Walmart in Nanning & received as a gift.

3. A package of noodles with no meat except for “chicken extract.”

4. Answers of “yes” at the Global Entry kiosks regarding whether our family had meat & vegetables.

5. An answer of “yes” on the front of the paper customs form regarding meat & veg.

6. A mention of the words “etc” after “commercially packaged snacks,” and also “bread” on the back of the form.

7. Tired families with two young children.

8. A wife with pregnancy related sickness.

9. A wife who speaks limited English and who cannot understand quickly-spoken questions from angry exacting CBP officers.

All of these factors combine and result in the following requests:

Request 1: That the $500 fine imposed on my wife be dropped. If it cannot be fully dropped then at least reduced to the lowest amount possible (eg: $1 or $0).

Request 2: That the US CBP confirm that my wife’s Global Entry membership is not threatened by the harassment & abuse & fine we received at SFO on March 27, 2016.

We are not terrorists. We are not criminals. And frankly we don’t deserve to be treated the way we have been so far.

We request to be able to appeal the fine imposed, and appeal in such a way which doesn’t require that we travel to San Francisco nor to a physical courtroom.

We request to be able to appeal the threats made to my wife’s Global Entry membership. A termination or blocking of her membership will be a de facto termination of all our our memberships.

Does the CBP ever forget & ever forgive? Or are citizens & permanent residents given permanent “black marks” if we do not respond with full & very quick courtroom-style accuracy to their grilling interrogative questions? Quick probing interrogative questions given to a woman who doesn’t fully understand what exactly is being asked of her?

My wife hopes to become a U.S. citizen within the next year or two, primarily because we have two U.S. born children and third on the way. Will my wife’s ability to become a citizen be threatened by what’s happened to us so far?

We request that all the factors mentioned in this letter be read & fully considered, and that our appeal requests as stated and noted be granted & honored as requested.

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The way the United States treats visitors & returning citizens & residents is hostile.

Yes of course terrorists should & must be blocked & stopped. But most people are just regular travelers. The CBP should be more accommodating & kind (yes kind). By comparison when people visit China, very little if any “customs” checking is done. Essentially zero for regular visitors. Same goes for many other countries. Such countries are very welcoming to visitors.

The US regulations regarding meat & vegetables are overly punitive, and are enforced in a highly hostile & apparently unfair manner. The face presented by the US to visitors is not welcoming. It’s iron-fisted & just plain mean. Even citizens & returning residents are treated badly & harassed & abused.

Sincerely,

Jonathan XXXXX
with Yanning XXXXX 

and children XXXXX & XXXXX 

Enclosures: Photos showing our family during our March 2016 visit to China, and additional reference photos.

Cc: Senate Committee on Finance; Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee; House Homeland Security Committee; House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; House Judiciary Committee.






Previous photos show our March 2016 trip in China, our family, and evidence of my wife’s current pregnant status.
Additional reference photos of our children:







-----end of quote of letters to our elected representatives.



          Gender Inequality and its Challenge to Women Development in Nigeria: The Religious Approach        

Obviously, discrimination with respect to gender inequality in Nigeria is at the apex in the contemporary era. Gender inequality is a socio-cultural phenomenon that divides people into various categories such as male and female with a very high bias placing one specifically less than the other. Here attention is given to the sorry and pitiable state of women in Nigeria under marginalization and suppression from the men in a bid to continually exercise undue superiority over them. However, this paper addresses the social status of women in Nigeria: how men have contributed to a slow state of development of Nigerian women via paid employment (socio-economic), socio-cultural, socio-religious and sociopolitical. This research looked at the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and its relevance to women development. Religious approach to gender inequality as a panacea to enhance the development of women in Nigerian nation was x-rayed. This research made used of historical method, books and journal articles were also consulted.


          16GB Ultra Micro SDXC, Class 10, UHS-I, 30MB/s        
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          32GB Ultra Micro SDHC, Class 10, UHS-I, 30MB/s        
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Maximize the performance of your camera or camcorder with the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card. Ideal for compact to mid-range point-and-shoot cameras, this versatile microSD card comes with an SD™ card adapter for compatibility with SD-enabled devices, such as cameras, camcorders, and laptops. With its exceptional data transfer speeds, the card captures photos twice as fast as ordinary memory cards** and supports Full HD** (1080p) video capture. Twice as fast to catch your best shot Featuring Class 10 for Full HD video (1080p) Waterproof, X-ray proof, temperature proof, and shockproof Includes an SD card adapter


          64GB Ultra Micro SDXC, Class 10, UHS-I, 30MB/s        
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Maximize the performance of your camera or camcorder with the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card. Ideal for compact to mid-range point-and-shoot cameras, this versatile microSD card comes with an SD™ card adapter for compatibility with SD-enabled devices, such as cameras, camcorders, and laptops. With its exceptional data transfer speeds, the card captures photos twice as fast as ordinary memory cards** and supports Full HD** (1080p) video capture. Twice as fast to catch your best shot Featuring Class 10 for Full HD video (1080p) Waterproof, X-ray proof, temperature proof, and shockproof Includes an SD card adapter


          Doomsayers Club X-Ray Vision Pullover Hoodie - Black        
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          Artifak² dan Mesin Tua Berusia 300 Juta Tahun, dari Peradaban Yang Hilang?        

Mesin tua dan peralatan tua yang ditemukan berusia lebih dari 300 juta tahun, setidaknya mengungkapkan adanya teknologi modern peradaban yang hilang.
Sumber berita Rusia pernah memberitakan, bahwa sebuah peralatan mesin alumunium berusia 300 juta tahun telah ditemukan di wilayah Vladivostok. Beberapa ahli mengatakan temuan itu adalah rel bergigi yang tampaknya memang diproduksi dan bukan hasil proses alam.
Tak hanya itu, beberapa temuan serupa diyakini pernah ditemukan di wilayah berbeda dan menggambarkan beberapa peralatan, mungkin pada waktu itu menjadi kebutuhan atau mungkin semua itu terbawa meteorit jatuh ke Bumi.
Sampai saat ini masih belum bisa dipastikan asal-usul peralatan dan mesin tua itu, tapi semuanya ditemukan didalam sedimen batubara (yang pastinya terawetkan selama jutaan tahun).
Peralatan Dan Mesin Tua Dari Luar Bumi?
Yulia Zamanskaya seorang penduduk Vladivostok, ketika sedang menyalakan api di malam yang dingin, dia menemukan sebuah rel berbentuk logam tertimpa pada salah satu potongan batubara yang digunakan untuk memanaskan rumahnya.
Karena merasa aneh dengan penemuan itu, dia memutuskan untuk mencari bantuan kepada ilmuwan di wilayah Primorye.
rel-gigi-300-juta-tahun di batu bara russia
Setelah benda logam dipelajari, ahli terkemuka terkejut ketika mengasumsikan temuan potongan mesin tersebut, potongan logam itu berusia 300 juta tahun dan mesin itu tidak diciptakan oleh alam tetapi lebih mirip dengan benda-benda yang diproduksi (khususnya pabrik).
Temuan ini seperti logam rel bergigi yang diciptakan secara artifisial, potongan logam seperti ini sering digunakan pada peralatan mikroskop, perangkat teknis dan elektronik.
roda gigi 300 juta tahun di RussiaPenemuan artefak aneh pada batubara mungkin relatif sering terjadi. Penemuan seperti ini pernah juga terjadi pada tahun 1851, ketika para pekerja di salah satu tambang Massachusetts mengekstraksi Vas perak-seng dari blok-blok atau potongan batu bara yang ditambang.
Diperkirakan artefak Vas berasal dari priode Cambrian sekitar 500 juta tahun yang lalu. Vas ini terbuat dari perak-seng dengan hiasan ukiran disekitarnya, lebih tepatnya perak halus berukir anggur. Diperkirakan usia vas ini berkisar 534 juta tahun.
Enam puluh satu tahun kemudian, ilmuwan Amerika dari Oklahoma juga menemukan sebuah panci besi yang berada didalam potongan batubara berusia 312 juta tahun.
Panci besi ditemukan oleh Frank Kennard seorang pekerja di pembangkit listrik Municiple, Oklahoma. Dia menemukan sepotong batu bara besar dan memecahkannya dengan palu, yang kemudian sebuah panci jatuh dari pecahan batubara itu. Dia memeriksa batubara yang berasal dari tambang Wilburton Oklahoma. Pada tanggal 27 November 1948, Frank menegaskan fakta-fakta penemuannya.
peralatan tua, panci besi, vas perak
Dan yang paling aneh adalah temuan di Rumania pada tahun 1934, artefak yang ditemukan pada tambang batu pasir usianya tidak kurang dari 1 juta tahun.
Bagian-bagian perangkat ini terbuat dari aluminium, bentuknya mirip seperti palu atau kaki pendukung pendaratan pesawat ruang angkasa ‘Viking’ dan ‘Apollo’.
Temuan ini berasal dari zona geografis yang luas didataran Tinggi Edwards, terutama terdiri dari batuan Kapur. Pada bulan Juni 1934, Max Hahn menemukan batu di samping air terjun diluar London.
Kepadatan besi menunjukkan interior logam sangat murni tanpa gelembung. Sementara industri modern saat ini tidak dapat secara konsisten menghasilkan produk besi dengan kualitas ini, sebagaimana hasil tes yang menunjukkan tanpa gelembung dan variasi kepadatan sekitar 10 persen berukuran kira-kira 1×1/2 inchi.
artifak palu-tua
Daerah putih dianggap logam yang paling padat, dan dan tetap bebas karat sejak artifact ditemukan. Bahkan kualitas besi sama atau melebihi kualitas dari setiap besi yang pernah ditemukan diproduksi dunia modern. Klorin yang dibuat dengan logam besi masih menjadi teka-teki membingungkan.
Apakah Anda yakin bahwa semua itu diproduksi manusia purba, atau priode Jurassic yang ganas sebenarnya tidak seburuk yang kita kira? Banyak pertanyaan yang hingga saat ini tidak bisa dijawab kalangan ilmuwan, salah satunya ‘Apakah peralatan aluminium itu berasal dari luar Bumi?’.
Pertanyaan ini muncul ketika penelitian pada meteorit memiliki materi aluminium-26 yang kemudian lebur menjadi magnesium-26. Nilai 2 persen pada magnesium alloy di tambang mungkin menunjukkan asal usul aluminium. Penelitian ini juga bisa menjadi bukti tentang adanya beberapa peradaban masa lalu yang tidak diketahui hingga saat ini.
Bagaimana peralatan mesin ini dalam sudut pandang Biologi? Valery Brier berprofesi sebagai peneliti Anomali dan Biologi, dia mengambil sampel mikroskopis pada aluminium dan melakukan serangkaian analisis difraksi X-ray pada logam. Analisis ini menunjukkan bahwa aluminium sangat murni dan mengandung Microimpurities Magnesium berkisar 2-4 persen.
Tak begitu lama setelah temuan alat mekanis di Rusia, ditemukan pula peralatan sejenis pada batuan vulkanik yang diperkirakan berusia 400 juta tahun. Potongan peralatan mesin tua itu ditemukan diwilayah terpencil Semenanjung Kamchatka sekitar 150 mil dari desa Tigil, yang ditemukan oleh arkeolog University of St Petersburg diantara beberapa fosil aneh lainnya. Menurut arkeolog Yuri Golubev, temuan ini sangat mengagumkan dan membuka pemikiran kita bahwa mesin-mesin telah diciptakan jutaan tahun lalu!

           X-Ray Company Owner Receives 10 Years in Prison For $8M Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Which Lead to the Death of Two Patients         

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On June 15, 2016, A medical diagnostics company owner found guilty of Medicare and Medicaid fraud for billing $8 million for X-rays whose botched analysis by amateurs led to the death of two patients was sentenced in Maryland federal court to 10 years in prison, the US Department of Justice said. The diagnostics company, Alpha Diagnostics, LLC (Alpha), operated in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C....


           Owner of X-Ray Company Facing Life in Prison for Health Care Fraud: Two Patient Deaths Involved         

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The owner of a diagnostic imaging company in Maryland is facing life in prison after a federal jury found him guilty on February 17, 2016, of health care fraud. Rafael Chikvashvili, was found guilty of billing Medicare and Medicaid for more than $7.5 million for X-rays that were not analyzed by licensed physicians, which led to the death of two patients. Chikavashvili, who is a mathematician and not a license physician, was the founder, president and CEO of Alpha Diagnostics LLC, a portable diagnostic service provider. The List of Charges....


          Soul Insole: Orthotic Shoe Insoles for Heel Spur and Plantar Fascia        

One of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced is a heel spur. I hobbled in to the podiatrist after months of a stabbing pain in my heel, thinking it was just plantar fascia from baby weight gain. After a foot x-ray it was revealed that I actually have a heel spur, a calcification of […]

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          Just no words.....        
Pencil in penis backfires

A Serbian man needed emergency surgery after sticking a pencil inside his penis to keep it stiff during sex.

Zeljko Tupic, from Belgrade, told doctors he had experienced erectile difficulties in the past.

So as he prepared for a night with his new lover, he decided to insert a thin pencil into his penis.

Tupic had to cut his sex session short when the pencil shifted and became lodged in his bladder, forcing him to call an ambulance, the daily Kurir reported.

Doctor Aleksandar Milosevic from Belgrade's Zvezdara hospital, who succesfully removed the pencil, said: "At first the patient did not tell us what really happened, but x-rays proved the truth.

"Tupic said he had no idea there were things like Viagra available but agreed that in future he will try pills before he takes any more chances with pencils."
           More Than 1 Million Tuberculosis Patients Lack Adequate Nutrition        
One look at Puni Garasia, 14, was all it took Ashok Dave, a doctor operating a charitable mobile clinic service for 56 dusty, desolate hamlets in Sirohi,

           First measurements at the X-ray beamline of the Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory for Environmental Studies at ANKA         
Conference -Talk Göttlicher, J. , Steininger, R. , Kramar, U. , Majzlan, J. , Nehrke, G. and Zöger, N. (2007) First measurements at the X-ray beamline of the Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory for Environmental Studies at ANKA , Frontiers in Mineral Sciences 2007 Conference, Cambridge. . hdl:10013/epic.28772
           Identification of Ikaite (CaCO3 x 6 H2O) in Antarctic Sea Ice by Low Temperature Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction         
Conference -Poster Göttlicher, J. , Nehrke, G. , Steininger, R. and Dieckmann, G. (2008) Identification of Ikaite (CaCO3 x 6 H2O) in Antarctic Sea Ice by Low Temperature Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction , 86th Annual Meeting of the German Mineralogical Society - DMG 14th - 17th September 2008 in Berlin. . hdl:10013/epic.31134
          ZAP! Lasers on trial...        
A new liquid crystal laser that can dial-up any wavelength of light you need, a laser-powered projector technology that turns any surface into a touch-screen, and a laser that fires salvoes of X-rays to make light work of unlocking the molecular fabric of matter are the focus of this week's laser-led show. We also meet HECToR, one of the world's fastest computers that just got a tenfold power boost, and David Braben unveils the credit-card sized Raspberry Pi, the world's smallest home micro he's helped to invent...
          The Naked Scientists in LA        
The Naked Scientists hit Hollywood for a special show all the way from California. We meet the cream of Californian scientists from the University of California at LA and at San Diego to find out why designing ocean-going robots is like giving birth; what some dust-covered 50-year old experiments can reveal about the origins of life, and why your friends and even their friends, can affect your weight. We discover the work of the Population Institute, who use radio soap-operas to inspire better family planning. Plus, we find out why plants get jetlag, how nanotechnology can help foil terrorist attacks and we visit the Naked Cafe to discuss the Big Bang over coffee. In Kitchen Science, Ben and Carlos Camara generate x-rays from sticky tape!
          Burning Science Questions        
This week we hear how lasers might replace X-rays as a way to see inside the body, we delve into the genetic code of the extinct woolly mammoth and hear about a government competition to exploit the power of the web to help people to find public toilets and post boxes. We also tackle your science questions including finding out why mosquiotoes don't transmit diseases like dirty needles, how animals cut their umbilical cords, whether it's better to drink red wine or grape juice and why cold tea tastes strange! Plus, Dave creates a ghostly one-way window effect in Kitchen science.
          The Psychology of Drinking and Dancing        
Disco Psychology - the science of drinking and dancing feature in this week's Naked Scientists. We find out what your dance moves say about your genes and why drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes makes faces seem more attractive. Also, we discover what happens in the minds of people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. Plus, researchers make brain washing a reality, roll out a stream of x-rays from a reel of sticky tape, and reveal why the smell of rotten eggs may be good for your blood pressure! In Kitchen Science, we re-train Ben's brain see the world from a different angle!
          No Scotch for me!        
I was due to speak at all three venues for Scotch on the Rocks but unfortunately, I have to stay home. As many of you on Twitter and Facebook already know, my wife slipped and fell on Friday and hurt her ankle very badly. We were in the ER until 4am and x-rays confirmed her ankle was broken. Badly broken! She has a tri-malleolar fracture which essentially means she's snapped off the bottom of both her tibia and her fibula. She'll be going in for surgery as soon as the swelling has gone down enough to operate, hopefully on Thursday. She's going to be off her feet for about a month and I need to stay home and look after her. I'm very bummed about missing Scotch - it was the one conference I wanted to speak at this year (and originally was going to be the only conference I spoke at)! Here's looking forward to Scotch 2010! Andy and Kev should be publishing an updated schedule in the next few days - I know they have backup speakers on the waiting list. In the meantime, here's Jay's x-ray: Click for a bigger image!
          Particle Physics Show        
This week, we delve inside atoms to find out what matter is made of, and how smashing them together can tell us about the birth of the universe. We learn about quarks, antimatter and the 'god particle' and discover that scientists are actually trying to build a black hole in the lab! Also, nano-wires give us the world's smallest solar cells, we hear about glue from mussels that sticks to teflon and the genes that tell you when to wee. Plus Meera peers inside the Dead Sea scrolls without even having to unroll them, using x-rays called 'synchrotron light', and Ben and Dave show you how to conduct your own particle physics experiment, using an old TV set and a magnet!
          Naked Science Question and Answer and the World of Chemistry        
With a new year comes a whole new stack of science questions to challenge Dr Chris, Dr Dave and Dr Kat. This week they explain where the sand in the Sahara comes from, whether mirrors can reflect x-rays, if it is dangerous to live near a phone mast, and whether splitting water could solve our energy problems. We are also joined by the editor of Chemistry World, Dr Mark Peplow, who talks about labs the size of a postage stamp, nanoparticles in exhaust fumes, and why putting milk in your tea might not be such a good idea, and sticking with chemistry, Dave Ansell discovers which household liquids will make dirty pennies look like new. In the fourth part of our series on science and colour, Anna Lacey finds out how wearing red could turn you into a world-class sportsperson.
          Misteri Kerangka Makhluk Bersayap Mirip Manusia        


Pedesaan Derbyshire Countryside-Inggris.
Menurut penuturan beberapa penduduk setempat, pada malam hari sering muncul sinar-sinar terang misterius yang berterbangan dibeberapa titik didaerah itu. Biasanya paling sering muncul disekitar pinggiran sungai yang disekelilingnya penuh ditumbuhi dengan pepohonan atau disekitar areal perkebunan.

Namun,mereka tidak tahu dengan pasti makhluk apakah yang mengeluarkan sinar terang tersebut, dan jika didekati seolah-olah sinar itu meredup dan ahirnya menghilang begitu saja
 Jasad makhluk ini detemukan oleh seorang warga diatas gundukan tanah disekitar pekarangan rumahnya. Saat pertamakali melihatnya,orang tersebut mengira makhluk ini merupakan jasad anak kecil,maka ia pun bergegas meraih telpon genggamnya untuk menghubungi Polisi. Karena dorongan rasa ingin tahu yang besar,Sebelum polisi tiba di TKP,ia sempat mendekat dan melihat-lihat jasad makhluk tsb.

Didalam hatinya dia juga sempat berfikir dan merasa janggal,mengapa jasad makhluk kecil yang satu ini mempunyai sayap mirip dedaunan?dan badannya terlalu mungil untuk ukuran seorang balita? Bahkan ketika polisi tiba,mereka juga bingung dan tidak mengerti,sebenarnya ini makhluk apa?

Menurut laporan dari hasil X-ray,makhluk tersebut memiliki struktur tulang mirip dengan susunan tulang pada balita,namun pada badannya sedikit berongga seperti jenis2 hewan insecta. Uniknya,ia juga memiliki bentuk fisik mirip dengan manusia,mempunyai 2 tangan lengkap dengan 5 jari,dua kaki,dan pada bagian kepalanya terdapat lapisan jaringan kulit sangat tipis yang ditumbuhi rambut berwarna pirang keemasan.

Tapi yang tidak habis dipikir,mengapa makhluk ini mempunyai sayap dan tinggi badannya tergolong sangat kecil,antara 10-20 cm tingginya. Jasadnya juga tidak membusuk,namun malah mengering dan sama sekali tidak mengeluarkan bau busuk. Pada struktur sayapnya sendiri,walaupun sekilas jika dilihat mirip dengan dedaunan, tetapi ini bukanlah merupakan sejenis daun,jika diraba maka akan terlihat perbedanya. Sayapnya mirip dengan struktur sayap hewan-hewan insecta pada umumnya.

Sampai saat ini,tim forensik yang meneliti jasad makhluk ini belum mengerti sepenuhnya mengenai jenis dan identitasnya. Tetapi dari berbagai kesimpulan yang didapat, makhluk tersebut memilik struktur DNA mirip dengan DNA manusia, namun juga terdapat banyak kesamaan dengan hewan-hewan insecta.

Sumber : infolabel.blogspot.com
          US Soldiers Imprisioned In South Korea After They Were Caught With $12M Worth Of Crystal Meth        

The South Korean authorities have detained two US soldiers stationed in the country and were caught with methamphetamine, worth $12M. South Korean prosecutors allege that the soldiers smuggled into the country a nine-pounds worth of the drugs using the APO (Army's postal services) from California.

               

                                           Cereal boxes used to hide the drugs

Just like Denzel Washington American Gangster movie, the soldiers were said to have collaborated with some South Koreans to bring in the drugs into the country, and two other South Koreans have been detained.

According to US Star and stripes;

One of the troops involved with the case has been indicted but not detained, while the other soldier has been imprisoned, South Korean attorneys said. Both are 19 years old and were part of the 2nd Infantry Division. They have denied the accusations that they violated the Narcotics Control Act. 

One of the soldiers have been jailed for violating the narcotic control act, while the other was indicted on the same charge without detention. He had only distributed the package that was innocently hidden in the  boxes of Reese’s Puffs and Honey Snacks. 

South Korean customs officials at Incheon International Airport found the drugs in December during an X-ray scan, after they were found hidden in the cereal boxes sent to the soldiers as care packages.

In a telephone interview,  senior prosecutor Kang Susanna said;

It’s the largest amount of drugs found coming through the APO.

The soldiers that were not detained was said to have received the "care package" at his APO address, and given them to other soldiers who then would hand it over to a civilian off post.

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          I'm Worried About Lung Cancer        

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The development of cancer Or invasion of lung skin Yet area Are able to hinder breathing, bringing about symptoms say like , cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, breasts pain, But also Hacking and coughing Further up hold (hemoptysis).

Sometimes, In the event the lung cancer that has got seperate For that halloween bones It might possibly cause excruciating Irritation Inside the pages of cuboid bone involvement. Cancer which has had passed At the neural might result in Plenty of symptoms designed to Figure in blurry vision, headaches, seizures, As well as listlessness Or alternatively scarcity of sensation in areas Unquestionably the body.

Non-specific symptoms visible Any lot of cancers making use of lung cancers Add in Pounds loss, weakness, Coupled with fatigue.

When Could Unique experience a doctor?

One Will need to visit a Chiropractor You are able to Experience Could be symptoms amongst lung cancer, in particular, Considerable have:

A New-found chronic cough Potentially worsening connected with an gift Awful cough
Blood Within a sputum
Persistent bronchitis Or else Recurring asthmatic infection
Chest Often times scream
Unexplained shed pounds and/or weariness
Breathing complications akin to Difficulty breathing Entered your mind wheezing
How Can be lung cancer listed ?

A Medical practitioner can Come with to, And as well as Analyse someone . Some write about arsenic intoxication symptoms You could even Zodiac signs may very well be suspect Suitable for lung cancer. Consequently Hinting around On the subject of symptoms And also Take a chance on components Due to cancer development, Healthcare doctors May, very well recognize Results of Right breathing difficulties, airway obstruction, Or maybe dirt In our lungs.

The breat x-ray Is a very Preferred To start with Analysis Stage Consider Each and every Completely new symptoms of lung cancer Happen to be present.

A CT Study can become undertaken During the chest, abdomen, and/or human to look at To find both Paramount tumour, Training to all Test out In the event that It's got spread.

Other experiments Incorporate navicular bone scans, In addition to the brochoscopy ( a opportunity Of one's lungs).

How Should be lung cancer treated?

Treatment In support of lung cancer can Focus on High tech check out of tumor, radiation treatment Potentially the radiation , And also products individuals methods. buying one At That is represented alternatives may be Convenient have eto take under consideration Those The positioning Of that tumour As wll as If it Enjoys spread, and also the your overall health wellbeing From the patient.

How can lung cancer Feel and look prevented?

Smoking cessation is a vital Determine that are able Hindering lung cancer. The countless styles Goods available, just likefor example nicotine gum, nicotine sprays, Your own personal nicotine inhalers. lessening Experience of Unaggressive smoking will be A healthy preventive measure.



          Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms        

The signs of mesothelioma, a variety of cancer, Mainly Grab varying from 25 to half a century to develop. Unfortunately, This in turn hold off Usually , keeps the prognosis Associated with the predicament And moreover makes for misdiagnoses. Young symptoms act like Count on Basic illnesses, including the Frosty Or perhaps even flu, for this reason Very easily dismissed. More than a step Evidence All mesothelioma Take account of respiratory : problems, particularly Serious pain With the chest, And as well Pass properly trouble. significant Various mesothelioma Each of the Get hold of to some extent Diverse kinds of symptoms.

Pleural mesothelioma, Sites and abundant runs into The key pleural effusion, a gather Named smooth At the pleura In the chest, Generally induces symptoms much like the following: Hardships With regard to breathing, A tough time On the inside swallowing, shortness Associated with breath, patient coughing, Carat weight loss, fever, Hacking and coughing Right up blood, rasping, And consequently Anguish Inside the chest.

Symptoms Involving peritoneal mesothelioma, a Condition Of beginning a upholster From a machines for developing cavity, Consist of Excessive loss, hard bumps And afterward Distress Owing to ascites (a Accumulation Linked liquid Within belly cavity), and would Add in by a bowel obstruction, keep clotting abnormalities, anemia, And make sure to fever.

Finally, the most rare way of mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma, consists of modest to dangerous upper body pain, shortness Including breath, to begin with palpitations, a patient cough, Combined with awful fatigue.

To make out Owner, subcontractor a person's symptoms Are almost always plugged into mesothelioma, nothing like An element a reduced number of severe, an x-ray And even ultrasound Are typically used. Part Influences men and women tactics Remain inconclusive, a biopsy May easily ensure for sure no matter whether cancer Must be present. In your Right now Complications Solution Of mesothelioma, However Groundwork Plus presenting trial offers Become ongoing.



          Computer Vision        

COMPUTER VISION (VISI KOMPUTER)
Visi Komputer adalah ilmu dan teknologi mesin yang melihat, di mana lihat dalam hal ini berarti bahwa mesin mampu mengekstrak informasi dari gambar yang diperlukan untuk menyelesaikan tugas tertentu. Sebagai suatu disiplin ilmu, visi komputer berkaitan dengan teori di balik sistem buatan bahwa ekstrak informasi dari gambar. Data gambar dapat mengambil banyak bentuk, seperti urutan video, pandangan dari beberapa kamera, atau data multi-dimensi dari scanner medis.

Sebagai disiplin teknologi, visi komputer berusaha untuk menerapkan teori dan model untuk pembangunan sistem visi komputer. Contoh aplikasi dari visi komputer mencakup sistem untuk:

* Pengendalian proses (misalnya, sebuah robot industri atau kendaraan otonom).
* Mendeteksi peristiwa (misalnya, untuk pengawasan visual atau orang menghitung).
* Mengorganisir informasi (misalnya, untuk pengindeksan database foto dan gambar urutan).
* Modeling benda atau lingkungan (misalnya, inspeksi industri, analisis citra medis
).
* Interaksi (misalnya, sebagai input ke perangkat untuk interaksi komputer-manusia).

Komputer visi berkaitan erat dengan kajian visi biologis. Bidang studi visi biologis dan model proses fisiologis di balik persepsi visual pada manusia dan hewan lainnya. Komputer visi, di sisi lain, studi dan menggambarkan proses diimplementasikan dalam perangkat lunak dan perangkat keras di belakang sistem visi buatan. pertukaran Interdisipliner antara visi biologi dan komputer telah terbukti bermanfaat bagi kedua bidang.

Komputer visi, dalam beberapa hal, invers grafis komputer. Sementara komputer grafis menghasilkan data gambar dari model 3D, visi komputer sering menghasilkan model 3D dari data citra. Ada juga kecenderungan kombinasi dari dua disiplin, misalnya, sebagaimana dibahas dalam realitas ditambah.

Sub-domain dari visi komputer termasuk adegan rekonstruksi, deteksi event, pelacakan video, pengenalan obyek, belajar, indexing, estimasi gerak, dan pemulihan citra.
Karakterisasi berikut akan muncul yang relevan tetapi tidak harus diambil sebagai universal diterima:
* Pengolahan citra dan analisis citra cenderung untuk fokus pada gambar 2D, bagaimana mengubah satu gambar yang lain, misalnya, dari operasi pixel-bijaksana seperti peningkatan kontras, daerah operasi seperti ekstraksi tepi atau penghapusan noise, atau transformasi geometri seperti memutar gambar. karakterisasi ini menunjukkan bahwa pengolahan gambar / analisis tidak memerlukan asumsi atau menghasilkan interpretasi tentang isi gambar.
* Visi Komputer cenderung untuk berfokus pada adegan 3D diproyeksikan ke satu atau beberapa gambar, misalnya, bagaimana merekonstruksi struktur atau informasi lain tentang adegan 3D dari satu atau beberapa gambar. Komputer visi sering mengandalkan pada asumsi yang lebih kompleks atau kurang tentang adegan digambarkan dalam gambar.
* Visi Mesin cenderung untuk fokus pada aplikasi, terutama di bidang manufaktur, misalnya, visi robot otonom berbasis dan sistem untuk inspeksi berbasis visi atau pengukuran. Ini berarti bahwa teknologi sensor gambar dan teori kontrol sering terintegrasi dengan pengolahan data citra untuk mengontrol robot dan bahwa pemrosesan real-time ditekankan dengan cara implementasi efisien dalam hardware dan software. Hal ini juga menyiratkan bahwa kondisi eksternal seperti pencahayaan dapat dan sering lebih terkontrol dalam visi mesin daripada di visi komputer umum, yang dapat memungkinkan penggunaan algoritma yang berbeda.

* Ada juga bidang pencitraan yang disebut yang terutama berfokus pada proses menghasilkan gambar, tapi kadang-kadang juga berkaitan dengan pengolahan dan analisis gambar. Sebagai contoh, pencitraan medis berisi banyak bekerja pada analisis data gambar dalam aplikasi medis.

* Akhirnya, pengenalan pola adalah bidang yang menggunakan berbagai metode untuk mengekstrak informasi dari sinyal pada umumnya, terutama didasarkan pada pendekatan statistik. Sebuah bagian penting dari bidang ini dikhususkan untuk menerapkan metode ini untuk data citra.

Aplikasi untuk visi komputer

Salah satu bidang aplikasi yang paling menonjol adalah computer vision medis atau pengolahan citra medis. Daerah ini dicirikan oleh ekstraksi informasi dari data citra untuk tujuan membuat diagnosis medis pasien. Secara umum, data citra dalam bentuk gambar mikroskop, gambar X-ray, gambar angiografi, gambar ultrasonik, dan gambar tomografi. Contoh informasi yang dapat diekstraksi dari data gambar tersebut deteksi tumor, arteriosclerosis atau perubahan memfitnah lainnya. Hal ini juga dapat pengukuran dimensi organ, aliran darah, dll area aplikasi ini juga mendukung penelitian medis dengan memberikan informasi baru, misalnya, tentang struktur otak, atau tentang kualitas perawatan medis.

Sebuah wilayah aplikasi kedua dalam visi komputer di industri, kadang-kadang disebut visi mesin, dimana informasi ini diekstraksi untuk tujuan mendukung proses manufaktur. Salah satu contohnya adalah kendali mutu dimana rincian atau produk akhir yang secara otomatis diperiksa untuk menemukan cacat. Contoh lain adalah pengukuran posisi dan orientasi rincian yang akan dijemput oleh lengan robot. Mesin visi juga banyak digunakan dalam proses pertanian untuk menghilangkan bahan makanan yang tidak diinginkan dari bahan massal, proses yang disebut sortir optik.

Tugas khas dari visi komputer

Masing-masing dari area aplikasi yang dijelaskan di atas menggunakan berbagai tugas visi komputer, lebih atau kurang baik pasti pengukuran masalah atau masalah pemrosesan, yang dapat diselesaikan dengan menggunakan berbagai metode. Beberapa contoh tugas visi komputer biasa disajikan di bawah ini.



          Book Review – Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public        

Author: Doug Suisman (ORO Editions, 2014) As an urban design instructor, practitioner and bibliophile, it is a rare pleasure to discover lesser known, critical and insightful books on urban structure. More so on Los Angeles, a city well endowed with iconic texts—from Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies to Mike Davis’ City […]

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          At the Chiropractor, Well-Adjusted Pets        
Wow I never thought that animals could go to chiropractor to get adjusted. But it does make sense because they do have bones like humans and sometimes those bones get miss-aligned. I have never been to a chiropractor myself, but would love to try it because I do feel like it will provide benefits in the long run. 


By ABBY ELLIN

One morning last August, Mary Arabe’s 9-year-old gray and black tiger cat, Leo, came home from a night out exploring with a severe limp and an elbow swollen three times its normal size. He was clearly in pain; Ms. Arabe thought he had dislocated his shoulder during a fall.
“He kind of lay around the barn that day; you could tell he was hurting,” said Ms. Arabe, who lives on a 25-acre farm in Rogers, Ohio, with 10 chickens, three horses, three cats and two dogs. “He was in so much agony I thought, ‘If someone can’t remove this animal’s pain I have to put him down.’”
She took Leo to the veterinarian, who said he could do nothing for him. Despondent, she took him to Rick Tsai, a chiropractor in Darlington, Pa., who a few years earlier had adjusted Ms. Arabe’s puggle, Bustar, after a head and neck injury.
An X-ray found no broken bones, but there was a large amount of swelling and fluid retention. Dr. Tsai couldn’t make any promises, but he placed his hands on the cat’s spine, hips and neck and manipulated the joints until they popped.
“We brought the cat home, and the next day he was walking fine,” said Ms. Arabe. “Two thirds of the swelling in the arm was gone. Whatever Dr. Tsai adjusted, it worked. He healed him.”
Millions of people swear by their chiropractors, and chiropractic has long been a mainstay in the equine world, especially among show or racehorses. Now it is gaining popularity among pet owners, as a way to treat household pets suffering from arthritis, sprains, joint pain and other ailments.
Animal, or veterinary, chiropractic originated around 1895, when human chiropractic first began. But it did not gain wider appeal until 1987, when the late Sharon Willoughby-Blake, a veterinarian and chiropractor, started Options for Animals in Hillsdale, Ill., which taught vets and chiropractors how to adjust animals. Two years later, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, a professional membership group and the main certifying agency in North America, was formed.
According to Robbie Hroza, vice president of operations for Options for Animals, about 2,000 students have gone through their program. Over the last two years, student enrollment has increased by 50 percent; a good portion are recent graduates of veterinary or chiropractic schools, she said.
Still, the practice remains controversial, in both people and pets. While some studies have found that chiropractic care can be more effective than medications for people with problems like neck pain, others have linkedforceful neck manipulation to strokes. Other researchers have found that unfavorable chiropractic outcomes are under-reported in medical trials.
There are only a few scientific studies about chiropractic’s efficacy on animals, and tensions exist both within and between the chiropractic and veterinary communities. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, a trade organization, reports that in 2012 about 900 of the estimated 97,000 veterinarians in the United States practiced some type of animal adjustment.
In some states a chiropractor is not allowed to touch an animal without either a veterinarian’s referral or direct veterinary supervision. And in itspain management guidelines for dogs and cats, the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners caution, “chiropractic methods potentially can cause injury through the use of inappropriate technique or excessive force.”
“There is currently insufficient published evidence of efficacy in dogs and cats to make specific recommendations about the use of chiropractic intervention,” they add....Continue Reading 
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          THE DISNEY TRAM AND ROD SERLING'S THE TWILIGHT ZONE...???        


So have you ever experienced one of those hee bee/gee bee feelings?  You know the one where the twilight zone plays in the background because something really coincidentally weird happened?  Something that you just can't explain?

Well I decided to take a diversion from sports in this blog and tell you about a crazy thing that happened to me on a recent trip to FLA for a business meeting.  It happened in the Orlando airport on my way back to Providence.  It is a small but randomly pointed coincidence between myself and a stranger that inspired me to write....


As I drove from Daytona to Orlando, I was about a half hour away for the airport when my trusty text alert from Southwest Airlines went off...I get these unnamed texts from time to time usually Unicef or Walmart --how they get my cell I'll never know--but I almost didn't read it. I glanced down at the buzz to see that my 9:30 pm flight to Providence was now changed to 10:40 pm-- so I kicked my own butt because I was already thinking "hey JA--serves you right for booking such a late flight to begin with...what were you thinking?". So obviously I was in no hurry to get to my gate as I dropped my rental, meandered to the ticketing counter struck up a conversation with the woman who ticketed me who ended up hailing from Burrillville, RI (of course she did!), and finally made my way into the long snakelike line that ends at the X-RAY body scanner.  After being tagged as a liquid contraband smuggler by the X-Ray machine attendant...It turned out that my yogurt was the liquid in question...I grabbed my laptop stuffed it into my bag and proceeded to just miss the next tram to the terminal.  It must've taken me too long to dress after the strip search!!

For whatever reason the terminal wasn't crowded so very few people were getting
On the tram.  The next tram that came dumped off a hoard of people and the few lone LATE night travelers entered.   I headed to the first car of the tram.  I was the only one to enter. The rest of the embarkers got on the last car, which was the closest to the security area--I had chosen to burn the calories and walk the extra 10 yards to the front!!   As I enter the tram all by my lonesome, at the front of tram in the big window a Swiss Army black laptop case sat solo with no owner in sight.  For a split second I can hear in my head the voice of the airport police saying "never leave your luggage unattended...". After all aren't we conditioned since 911 to think everyone is a terrorist?  I half think that the second I picked up the bag it would self detonate like one in an NCIS Los Angeles episode and I would go out of this life in a ball of fire!  Then the realist in me sees in my minds' eye a mom and dad anxious to get to Disney with the kids.  As the doors fly open one of the kids darts out and they are so flustered they leave the laptop bag on the front seat of the tram chasing the kids out the door--I actually think that happened to me once!!

So the Good Samaritan with lots of time on her hands ME-grabs the bag, walks it back to security and turns it in.  I have to tell you, a part of me expected to get a lecture from TSA to call 911 so the bomb squad was called in as they proceed to interrogate me under the hot lights in the Airport Jail like Gaylord Focker in Meet the Parents.  In reality, a pleasant airport security gentleman thanks me "ma'am" and I am on my way back to the tram.  This time the opposite side tram comes first...I am a creature of habit and I walk to the front car again.  It is again empty--just me...I board the tram and imagine I am back 10 years with my kids again heading into Disney.  How cool is the tram the first time you see it!? 

Anyway the 30 sec tram rides ends and a woman appears in the doorway.  I am passing her and just as I am about to pass her she looks at me and says did you see a bag on the tram?  I say, "Yes, a black Swiss Army bag!  As a matter of fact I found it and returned it to TSA--it is at the desk."  Relieved, she thanks me and hurries onto the tram as the doors close.  At that point a wave of emotion wells up in me at the magnitude of what just happened.  It was a twighlight zone moment!  Rod Serling was about to come out of the broom closet and launch into a sermon on the odds of this happening and why two strangers happened to bump into each other on the Disney Tram...at that exact time it also happened in an alternate alien universe! And the music plays---doo doo doo do...

Here is why I think this happenstance is so crazy:  number one if I hadn't been ID'd as a yogurt smuggler I would've taken a different tram.  Number two-the tram I came off was not the one the bag was left on. It was on the opposite side.  The woman didn't even remember the right tram she took.  Number three I got into the front car again.  What were the odds of that happening?  I guess pretty good being the creature of habit that I am--but COME ON!  And number four something made the lady ask me even though I had already walked past her.

These experiences happen a lot to me.  And I NOTICE that they happen.  I am sure that these types of things happen to lots of people.  Sometimes they may happen in numerous occurrences but go unnoticed...I believe that energy, sensitivity, and the power of people is special and that we haven't even tapped the potential that we have as a society to understand each other on levels that we have not yet begun to imagine.

It makes me hopeful that our connections as human beings will continue to grow in a positive way to make the world a better place.

       

          TIP #1196 – THE FIRE – LOSS OF THOUSANDS OF MILITARY RECORDS        

This tip courtesy of the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration which is shown below. After reading the article, please then link to the following address:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/archivists-still-piecing....

The Fire:
Shortly after midnight, on July 12, 1973, a fire was reported at the NPRC's military personnel records building at 9700 Page Boulevard in St. Louis, MO. Firefighters arrived on the scene only 4 minutes and 20 seconds after the first alarm sounded and entered the building. While they were able to reach the burning sixth floor, the heat and the smoke forced the firefighters to withdraw at 3:15am. In order to combat and contain the flames, firefighters were forced to pour great quantities of water onto the exterior of the building and inside through broken windows. The fire burned out of control for 22 hours; it took two days before firefighters were able to re-enter the building. The blaze was so intense that local Overland residents had to remain indoors, due to the heavy acrid smoke. It was not until July 16, nearly four and a half days after the first reports, that the local fire department called the fire officially out.
During the long ordeal, firefighters faced severe problems due to insufficient water pressure. Exacerbating the situation, one of the department's pumper trucks broke down after 40 hours of continuous operation. Numerous times, the fire threatened to spread down to the other floors; but firefighters were successful in halting its advance. In all, it took the participation of 42 fire districts to combat the disastrous blaze. Due to the extensive damages, investigators were never able to determine the source of the fire.

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The Aftermath:
The National Archives focused its immediate attention on salvaging as much as possible and quickly resuming operations at the Page facility. Even before the final flames were out, staff at the NPRC had begun work towards these efforts. All requests and records shipments from other government agencies were temporarily halted, and certain vital records were removed from the burning building for safekeeping. These included the NPRC's operating records, a computer index for a major portion of the NPRC's holdings, and more than 100,000 reels of morning reports for the Army (1912-1959) and Air Force (1947-1959). The latter proved especially important in the days following, as NPRC's officials determined that the fire damage had been worst among the Army and Air Force records for this same time period. As such, on July 23, 1973, the Government issued a Federal Property Management Regulations Bulletin (FPMR B-39) halting Federal agencies from disposing of records that might be useful in documenting military service. Such records have proved vital in efforts to reconstruct basic service information for requestors.
On July 23, the NPRC awarded a construction contract to clear and remove the remains from the ruined sixth floor. That same day, employees, previously on administrative leave, returned to work to assist in recovery efforts and resume reference services. The removal and salvage of water and fire damaged records from the building was the most important priority, and such efforts were overseen by a specially appointed project manager. Their work led to the recovery of approximately 6.5 million burned and water damaged records.
Following the fire, the most immediate concern in the center revolved around water. In order to combat the blaze, firefighters had been forced to pour millions of gallons of water into the building. To stop sporadic rekindling of fire, firefighters continued spraying water on the building until late July. In addition, broken water lines continued to flood the building until they could be capped. Water damage was heaviest on the 5th floor but was spread throughout the building. Standing water, combined with the high temperatures and humidity of a typical St. Louis summer, created a situation ripe for mold growth. As paper is highly susceptible to mold, officials sprayed thymol throughout the building to control any outbreak.
Controlling the spread of mold was one concern; but, so too, was the issue of how to dry the millions of water-soaked records. Initially, NPRC staffers shipped these water-damaged records in plastic milk crates to a temporary facility at the civilian records center on Winnebago, where hastily constructed drying racks had been assembled from spare shelving. When it was discovered that McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation in St. Louis had vacuum-drying facilities, the NPRC diverted its water damaged records there for treatment. The vacuum-dry process took place in a chamber that had previously been utilized to simulate temperature and pressure conditions for the Mercury and Gemini space missions. The chamber was large enough to accommodate approximately 2,000 plastic milk cartons of water and fire damaged records. Once inside, McDonnell Douglas technicians lowered the air in the chamber to the freezing point and then filled the room with hot dry air, which squeezed out the water molecules. For each chamber load, they were able to extract approximately 8 pounds of water per container - the equivalent of nearly 8 total tons of water for each session. In addition to utilizing two more supplemental drying chambers at McDonnell Douglas, the NPRC also sent records to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facility in Ohio for drying.

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Towards Reconstruction:
As part of the reconstruction effort, the NPRC established a "B" registry file (or Burned File) to index the 6.5 million recovered records. So too, the NPRC established a separate temperature controlled "B" file area to protect and safeguard the damaged records. Later, in April 1974, the NPRC established the "R" registry file (or Reconstructed File) to further assist with reconstruction efforts. Since then, staffers have placed all newly reconstructed records into the "R" registry file and stored them in an area separate from the "B," or burned, files.
In the months following the fire, the NPRC initiated several new records recovery and reconstruction efforts, including the establishment of a new branch to deal with damaged records issues. As many military personnel records had been partially or completely destroyed by the fire, the new branch's central mission was to reconstruct records for those requesting service information from the NPRC. While some staffers sought to recover such information from documents and alternate sources outside of the NPRC, others searched through the center's organizational files for records to supplement the destroyed OMPFs.
These alternate sources have played a vital role in the NPRC's efforts to reconstruct service files. Some of the more important records used by the NPRC to supplement damage files include: Veterans Administration (VA) claims files, individual state records, Multiple Name Pay Vouchers (MPV) from the Adjutant General's Office, Selective Service System (SSS) registration records, pay records from the Government Accounting Office (GAO), as well as medical records from military hospitals, entrance and separation x-rays and organizational records. Many work hours were spent making these sources usable. Efforts included: the transfer of records to the NPRC, screening projects and securing access to VA computer records.
In terms of loss to the cultural heritage of our nation, the 1973 NPRC Fire was an unparalleled disaster. In the aftermath of the blaze, recovery and reconstruction effort took place at an unprecedented level. Thanks to such recovery efforts and the use of alternate sources to reconstruct files, today's NPRC is able to continue its primary mission of serving our country's military and civil servants.”

          Superhero Storytime        
Toddler Read Alouds
Have You Seen Duck?  by Janet Holmes - duck has cape; is hero
He Saves the Day by Marsha Hayles
Superhero Me! by Karen Katz**
Super Sam!  by Lori Ries

Preschool Read Alouds
Another Perfect Day by Ross MacDonald
Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl (2016)
Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton
Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe by Bruce Whatley
Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Good Morning, Superman by Michael Dahl (2017)
Just Another Morning by Linda Ashman
Kiki's Blankie by Janie Bynum - it transforms into a cape
Kapow! by George O'Connor
Max by Bob Graham
Super Hairo and the Barber of Doom by John Rocco  - works for for either PST or KST

School Age Read Alouds
Atomic Ace: (He's Just My Dad) by Jeff Weigel
Chick n Pug by Jennifer Sattler
Batman by Ralph Cosentino
Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident by George McClements
Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey
How I Became Champion of the Universe by Kenneth Harrison
Loretta: Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves
SuperHero ABC by Bob McLeod**
Super Guinea Pig to the Rescue by Udo Weigelt
Superhero Max by Lawrence David
Super Manny Stands Up by Kelly Dipucchio (2017)
Supersister by Beth Cadena

Superhero Activities
*Created by Nancy Gillespie

1. Dress the Part: Trying on a Superman or Batman cape.

2. Create a Character: Drawing a picture of themselves as a superhero, including whether or not they can fly, the color and style of their costume, their special powers, and any symbol associated with their character.

3. Robin Tight Rope Walk: Children walk across a rope on the floor; can be straight across or curved.

4. More Powerful Than A Locomotive! Children see how many stuffed animals they can "rescue" (i.e. carry).

5. X-Ray Vision: Items in a cloth bag; children take turns guessing what they are.

Nancy also came up with some great Superhero mad libs, a matching game (superhero/secret identity; superhero/sidekick) and Superhero Twister!!
          The Logic of Crystals – William T. Astbury & Kathleen Yardley’s Space-group Diagrams        
Plate from Tabulated Data for the Examination of the 230 Space-Groups by Homogeneous X-Rays – William T. Astbury & Kathleen Yardley [1924] William T. Astbury and Kathleen Yardley’s 230 Space-group diagrams, published in 1924, form a complete notation of all possible atomic lattice configurations in crystals (not including quasi-crystals). The figures formed the basis for […]
          Breaking the new ground: World's best cardiac catheterization rooms        

Herzliya Medical Center, Israel’s leading private hospital, proudly presents its new most advanced heart catheterization rooms in Israel and globally. The best medical personnel and specialists are readily available whenever you need them.

Catheterization - Exact meaning of a familiar word

Catheterization is a common diagnostic procedure used to identify and eliminate the atherosclerosis of coronary arteries or heart vessels, and clear any occlusions, if necessary. In process of catheterization, in addition to continuous X-ray analysis and infusing the contrast agent, a tiny tube (catheter) is administered. The doctor, assisting personnel, and X-ray laboratory technician analyze the images received as blood vessels are checked, and, if an occlusion is found, diagnose the problem and decide between the available treatment options.

catheterization rooms

Treatment modality

As mentioned before, the catheterization itself is a diagnostic procedure ending with application of different types of treatment, depending on the exact diagnostics, conducted by doctors and their assistants in real time. As a rule, the doctors and the hospital staff personally observe the patient supported with information about his/her health and, just as important, can assess the patient's health in the future and his/her ability to enjoy a normal life to the extent possible.

Therefore, the individual treatment is selected in each case for each specific patient depending on the several factors including the patient's age, background diseases, as well as the technology that allows an accurate diagnostics of the problem and recommended type of the treatment.

In real time the personnel conducts the physiological examination of blood flow in the artery (FFR - Fractional Flow Reserve Measurement), which allows, in addition to angiography, to get the physiological index that is used as an auxiliary tool for making qualified decision as to further intervention (stent implantation) or completion of the diagnostic process. As compared to other hospitals, this kind of examination is conducted here frequently, and, as mentioned above, it is aimed at selecting the correct therapy and, if possible, to avoid needless active intervention on vessels.

Conservative treatment

If the narrowing of the blood vessel lumen does not affect the normal blood flow, the conservative treatment may be decided to be the best method of treatment. Conservative treatment can include the treatment which is directed on the reduction of risk factors, such as decrease of blood pressure, decrease of CHOLESTEROL LDL, change of nutrition scheme, physical exercises, etc.

An active treatment for expansion of the lumen of a blood vessel

In case of significant narrowing of the lumen, it is decided to conduct the active treatment during the catheterization. The procedure will involve the disclosure of a blood vessel by using the balloon and stent placement that provides a drug of last generation that allows keeping the blood vessel open.

Diagnostics requiring surgical intervention (heart bypass)

In some cases, the real-time examination reveals the necessity of heart bypass due to serious blockage of one or several blood vessels (advanced case). In these cases, depending on the urgency of the operation, the patient is transferred to the heart and chest surgery department to be carefully attended by one of the leading surgeons in Israel.

If the issue is so common, why is it so important to insist on choosing the right operating room for the catheterization?

In fact, the procedure of catheterization is common and safe, and over the decades a large number of men and women have undergone the procedure being discharged home within a few hours after its completion.

However, various catheterization procedures are considered quite challenging not because of the procedure itself, but due to constant need of roentgenologic observation using X-ray machine that regularly transilluminates the patient's body, allowing to see the full picture of the blood vessels; administration of contrast material is also needed to allow the doctor and the personnel identifying the blood vessels.

The optimal and continuous observation of the blood vessels is necessary for the successful treatment and prevention of unnecessary complications, such as damage of the blood vessels.

Whereas the heart catheterization is eventually a necessary procedure to preserve the health and includes a well-known problem associated with continuous irradiation, Herzliya Medical Center has introduced the next-generation catheterization rooms built, designed and equipped specially to address on this problem.

These rooms, unprecedented in Israel, use low-radiation X-ray machines (70% less compared to other devices) that enable getting images of the highest quality, allowing the doctor to see the blood vessels clearly.

The new X-ray machine allows taking photos of large body sections simultaneously, therefore the doctors do not need using a large number of radioactive contrast materials, which has been inevitable with the equipment of previous generations.

Special features of hospital equipment

During the catheterization procedure, the doctors use three key accessories, some of which are left in our body. Therefore, it is essential that they should fit the body as much as possible.

  1. Catheter is a flexible hollow tube which is injected into the blood vessels to diagnose and remove their blockage and narrowing
  2. Balloon is injected into a blood vessel and inflated inside the blood vessel for its expansion
  3. Stent is a screen-like cylinder of various sizes, which is injected into the blood vessels and supports blood vessel walls, ensuring that the vessel remains open for blood flow

Herzliya Medical Center catheterization rooms offer the stents of all sizes and types 24/7, so the doctors can choose the most appropriate size of the stent (the size of the stent varies depending on body size). Our patients have the preference right to use a bio-resorptive stent.

While the ordinary stent is made of metal that is left in the body and sometimes in future can lead to the complications that require the additional treatment (formation of a blood clot and rupture of a blood vessel), the bio-resorptive stent is absorbed into blood vessel and prevents presence of foreign material in the treated location.

Stents used by our personnel, including bio-resorptive stents, are the most progressive in the world and always approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is the toughest global authority issuing permits for the use of medical equipment and drugs.

Since this is a common procedure, is it so important what doctor conducts it?

Indeed, the procedure is common. However, like in any profession, the experience is decisive, especially in the case of the invasive procedures. All Herzliya Medical Center doctors are the professionals  to attend you on individual basis. The hospital experts are the best in Israel and worldwide, and you have the right to choose a doctor - the right you can enjoy only in a private hospital, but not in a public institution. We guarantee that you will be treated by the preferred doctor from the very beginning of the treatment until your complete recovery. We assure that you will be attended by a senior doctor. So you can be confident that you are treated by a doctor with great experience and you are in good hands during the entire treatment.

Safety, control and quality

The catheterization room is a fully equipped new-generation operating room that ensures maximum safety during the treatment (sealing allows to prevent the dissemination of infection to the maximum extent), privacy and quality for the patient that has no equivalent in Israel.

The operating room has been carefully elaborated and designed as to allow the doctor to use the most modern equipment and enable grasping a complete picture of the blood vessels in real time with the images obtained during the previous procedures of the catheterization and/or examinations, conducted in the past, for comparison, in order to support the most adequate decision concerning the treatment.

The treatment is successfully completed: what next?

Herzliya Medical Center professional practice suggests that the doctors try to avoid a cut in the inguinal region wich requires 24-hour hospitalization.

Alternatively, with a cut on the arm, which is performed in about 98% catheterization hospital cases,  you can be discharged in a few hours after the treatment completion and quickly return to normal daily activities.

When the catheterization procedure is completed, the patient is transferred to hospitalization department, where he/she receives services at the highest level, customary for our clinical practice. Each patient is given a hotel-like room, food from a chef and caring personnel ready to solve any issues.


          Catheterization        

Herzliya Medical Center, the leading private hospital in Israel is honored to introduce the newly renovated, state of the art and advanced Catheterization center. The best team of medical experts await to care, assist and provide for you, in your time of need.

Catheterization â€“ the procedure

Catheterization is a diagnostic procedure that aids in detecting and negating sclerotic processes in blood and cardiac vessels, while eliminating existing blockage. A tiny catheter is inserted and contrast material is injected.

The physician, medical staff and x-ray technicians are able to observe and monitor continuous x-ray, actual imaging, allowing for the detection of blood vessel blockage. once obstruction is determined the relevant treatment plan is implemented.

The Catheterization process allows for actual diagnostic and relevant immediate treatment.

Above all, the priorities of the doctors and the entire medical staff are the health and well-being of the patient and promoting and improving life-quality.

A personalized treatment plan is applied, based on medical history and personal information (age, gender) for each individual patient, together with diagnostic, technical applications.

During the procedure the medical team applies physiological measurements, "FFR" – Fractional Flow Reserve management, which monitoring arterial blood flow.

In comparison to other hospitals at Herzliya Medical Center, Catheterization are performed on a regular basis and are aimed on personalizing our unique treatment plan.

Conservative treatment

The most common conservative treatments for lowering risk factors are medications, to regular healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels, as well as, a healthier diet and exercise strategy.

Therapeutic heart catheterization

If there is significant narrowing of the arteries observed, it may be found necessary to insert a balloon and a stent that secrete the most up to date medications, helping to preserve normal blood flow.

Diagnosis – surgical intervention

There are cases that reveal the need for by-pass surgery, due to significant blockage of the blood vessels. In this situation, depending on urgency, the patient is transferred to the heart institute and will be treated by one of the leading cardiac surgeons in the country, of his own choice.

The importance of choosing the correct Catheterization theatre

Catheterization is a safe conventional procedure that has been performed for decades on countless patients.

Herzliya medical center has recently acquired a state of the art "continuous monitoring x-ray imagine device” that allows for actual on-line display of the patients’ blood vessels. These on-line x-rays views, that are displayed on large screens in the cauterization theatre at all times, accompanied by a small amount of contrast material that is injected, allowing for the doctor and medical staff to view on a constant basis, blood flow in large areas of the body simultaneously and to perform the necessary treatment with optimum technique and precision.

This newly designed theatre, together with cutting-edge technology is the sole Catheterization center in Israel that has sufficiently reduced the radiation intensively by 70%.

The three main instruments used during the Catheterization procedure:

  1. Catheter – a flexible hollow tube employed to distend body passages for diagnostic examination, inserted and contrast material is injected.
  2. Balloon – a medical balloon is inserted to the blood vessels when necessary to distend the width of the artery.
  3. Stent – a coil, available in numerous sizes inserted into the vessel walls for support and allowing and conserving free flowing. There a many kinds of stents, always in stock and the patient has the option to choose stents that are absorbed by the body. All of the stents available at HMC are the most advanced and FDA approved.

Catheterization - a common procedure and the importance of the specific doctor who performs the process

It is true that this is a common procedure and years of experience is crucial to make the difference, especially in regard to invasive procedures. Here at HMC, our doctors the most experienced expertise medical professional are here for you. The medical team and x-ray technicians are able to observe and monitor continuous x-ray imaging at all times, allowing for the detection of blood vessel blockage. once obstruction is determined, the relevant treatment plan is implemented.

As a patient in our private hospital you are entitled to determine the doctor of your choice. We are obligated and honor your decisions and the doctor named will accompany you through all stages of your treatment plan.

We commit that all of our doctors will have senior status, with years of experience, guaranteeing you "peace of mind".

Safety and quality

The HMC Catheterization theatre is unique in Israel, recently designed as a most modern center with maximum safety measures employed. The center is hermetically sealed to guarantee the utmost sterility while the patient receives high quality treatment and privacy.

Following Catheterization procedure

Following the Catheterization procedure the patient is transferred to the admittance ward, where he receives VIP service, as it is our priority and policy to extend excellent care.


          Radiography in Israel        

The department of imaging diagnosis of a private clinic "Herzliya Medical Center" use most modern methods of radiography. Radiography is instrumental methods based on ionising radiation which can penetrate the soft tissues of the body and cause characteristic changes in the light-sensitive film or a digital matrix. X-ray penetration depends on the density of the tissue, and thus the structural focal changes are clearly visible in the resulting picture. Despite the fact that this method is used in medicine for decades, it has not lost its diagnostic value, and modern technology has allowed for new levels of quality the resulting image. The most common application of this diagnostic method is X-ray of the chest and lungs, spine and stomach.

Chest and lungs X-ray

X-ray of the lungs and thoracic organs are used in the following cases:

  • Diagnosis of traumatic injuries of the chest
  • Radiography diagnoses lung and pleura, including pneumonia, emphysema, atelectasis, swelling, pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and others.
  • Identifying tumours of the lungs and mediastinum
  • Diagnosis of heart diseases, accompanied by its increase, and pericardial effusion.
  • Determination of the presence of a foreign body

A simplicity of implementation, safety and lack of need for special training allow using chest X-ray as outpatient screening diagnostics (early detection) of many diseases.

Spine X-ray

Spine X-ray can detect pathology of anatomical structure (curvature, malformations), as well as traumatic and degenerative changes in the vertebrae, including compression fractures. Spine X-ray also allows professionals to monitor the effectiveness of the prescribed treatment. Due to the results of X-ray, specialists of "Herzliya Medical Center" set indications for further, more complex studies, such as CT and MRI. The use of X-rays in orthopaedics requires no special training and has no absolute contraindications.

Gastric Radiography

X-ray of the stomach, as well as other hollow organs, usually performed after the administration of contrast medium, significantly enhancing imaging quality and extends the diagnostic capabilities of this technique. The indications for gastric radiography are:

  • Diagnosis of gastric defect caused by a tumor of the stomach
  • Diagnosis of a hiatal hernia
  • Diagnosis of emergency conditions of the stomach and intestines. The method allows determining the presence of free air in the abdominal cavity, which is one of the signs of perforation (rupture) of the hollow bodies
  • Diagnosis of traumatic injuries and penetrating wounds of the abdomen
  • Definition of foreign bodies

X-ray of the stomach by emergency indications made without prior preparation. The planned study is recommended on an empty stomach in order to avoid artefacts caused by peristalsis (contraction) of the intestine.

Digital radiography

Digital radiography is a new era in the use of traditional techniques. In recent years, the leading private hospital "Herzliya Medical Center" applies modern digital radiography. Image sensor that can capture the X-rays has replaced traditional film, just like a digital photo gradually embossed classic devices. The use of highly sensitive items could substantially reduce the radiation dose, increasing the safety of X-ray diffraction. The possibility of computer processing images, contrast enhancement, expansion of the area of ​​capture and increased resolution helps professionals to improve the accuracy of diagnosis and decryption. Results of digital radiography, stored on disk, facilitate a comparative analysis of several studies, and allow virtual Concilia with the best experts in different parts of the world.


          Scintigraphy in Israel        

Scintigraphy of the internal organs in Israel is carried out at diagnostic radiology department of private clinics "Herzliya Medical Center." The specialists of the medical centre use the most advanced equipment to receive high-quality imaging. The use of modern radiopharmaceuticals allows to minimize risks of side effects, and thorough preliminary examination and individual preparation of patients allow to carry out the necessary diagnostic procedures, even in the presence of relative contraindications.

The principle of the scintigraphy method

The scintigraphy (isotope scanning) is a method of non-invasive radionuclide imaging. The scintigraphy based on the ability of the radioactive isotopes emit gamma rays, detected and converted by a scanning device into two-dimensional or three-dimensional (SPECT) picture of the examined organ. Scintigraphy requires special contrast agents which are composed of two main components:

  • Substance-conductor (molecule-vector). The drug which is selectively absorbed by specific organs and tissues, it can create a high concentration in the investigated organ. Type of molecule vector depends on the scanned organ and tissue's features of the metabolic processes.
  • Marker (radioisotope), which is chemically connected with molecule vector. Together with the conductive substance, it is absorbed by a studied organ that allows scanning.

The intensity of the radiation depends on the isotope concentration, which is caused by the characteristics of metabolism, as well as the state of perfusion (blood flow) in the organs and tissues. Thus pathological processes accompanied by an increased metabolism (malignant tumors, inflammations, bone proliferation foci) have a higher absorption of contrast agent that can be clearly defined at scintigrams. At the same time, areas affected by a lack of blood circulation (ischemic processes, cyst) differ low emitted radiation.

Within a short time after the procedures, a contrast agent is completely neutralised by the body and derived from it. Short exposure to low doses of gamma-irradiation has no significant side effects. The study is painless except one intravenous injection of radiopharmaceuticals (similar to intravenous injection or any blood samples analysis). Depending on the targeted organ and the method type, all examination takes from several hours to two days (contrast agent is injected into the first stage, scanning is performed in the second phase).

Bone Scintigraphy

Bone scintigraphy (bone scan) is a highly sensitive method and can detect structural changes of bone invisible to the conventional X-ray image. The study is used to diagnose primary and metastatic cancer of bone, osteomyelitis, fractures (including pathological fractures). Bone scintigraphy allows diagnosing a size and an intensity of the pathological process. It is a necessary method for the differential diagnosis of malignant, degenerative, metabolic and traumatic bone changes. Bone scintigraphy is usually performed in three phases and takes up to 5 hours.

Renal Scintigraphy

Renal Scintigraphy requires agents with vector molecule which is excreted in the urine. Contrasted kidney blood vessels allow quickly to determine the thickness and the amount of parenchyma (functional renal tissue), the renal blood flow rate, the excretory function, the presence of focal pathological processes (including kidney tumours). Renal scintigraphy is usually used for differential diagnosis of high blood pressure. The study avoids renal causes of hypertension. The total duration of renal scintigraphy after administration of the isotope is less than 3 hours.

Thyroid Scintigraphy

Thyroid tissue is characterised by selective absorption of iodine molecules. For thyroid scintigraphy, doctors use isotope iodine-containing agents. The study is performed in order to detect benign (goitre, cysts) and malignant (thyroid cancer) volume processes. Scintigraphy of the thyroid gland is necessary for the diagnosis of thyroid functional status in patients with low (hypothyroidism) or excess (hyperthyroidism) organ function, as well as for suspected inflammatory or autoimmune process (thyroiditis). Often, this study is carried out with the aim of radiotherapy planning in case of thyroid cancer. Thyroid scintigraphy is performed at 4 and 24 hours after injection of the isotope.

Myocardial scintigraphy

Scintigraphy of the myocardium (heart) is important in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease. After intravenous injection, the radioactive isotope spreads in coronary vessels allowing to determine the degree of stenosis and blood saturation of myocardium (cardiac muscle). Myocardial scintigraphy may be an alternative to invasive examinations of heart arteries (as a decision of the cardiologist). The technique allows inspecting of heart at rest, as well as during exercise (or after the use of drugs that mimic the heart load). Depending on the indication and applied cardiac scintigraphy techniques can be carried out within one or two days.

Lung scintigraphy

Lung scintigraphy is used to diagnose pulmonary embolism. The introduction of a radioactive isotope allows evaluating pulmonary perfusion, a comparison between the intensity of the ventilation capacity and circulation. The presence of pulmonary artery branches occlusion gives a characteristic pattern that allows professionals as early as possible to start effective treatment of this disease. In some cases, lung scintigraphy is used for planning of operation and/or radiation therapy for various forms of lung cancer. Lung scintigraphy scan takes a few hours.

Scintigraphy of the liver

Liver scintigraphy is used for the differential diagnosis of structural and functional disorders that accompany diseases such as liver cancer, cirrhosis, abscesses and cystic processes. The study is also indicated for the assessment of post-traumatic lesions of the abdominal cavity. Moreover, liver scintigraphy can evaluate the effectiveness of anticancer treatments used for primary or metastatic forms of cancer. Scanning can be started at 30 minutes after injection of the isotope.

Brain scintigraphy

The brain scintigraphy allows to diagnose disorders of brain perfusion and is used for visualisation of strokes and transient ischemic attacks. Brain scintigraphy is widely used for the differential diagnosis of patients suffering from seizures and psychiatric disorders. Scanning is performed when doctors suspect volume processes (brain tumours), as well as to assess the condition after traumatic brain injury. In most cases, brain scintigraphy is performed within a few hours after the receiving of a radioactive drug.

Radiologists of the private clinic "Herzliya Medical Center" can interpret results of scintigraphy within a short period, and give a comprehensive overview of the structure and the functional state of the examined organ for physicians.


          CSjob: Three postdoc positions, Paris, France        
Lenka let me know of three postdoc positions:

If you know talented young researchers looking for a postdoc position, would you please forward them the following openings. One is in my group starting in 2018, and two on more applied subjects in collaboration with my group. 
Thanks in advance for your help. 








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          Infinity Heart Pendant Scroll Saw Pattern. $3 PDF catalog update is ready for download.        
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The infinity heart represents never ending love. My wife and I have been together since we were 15 years old. That may not be infinity but I think it's pretty damn good. We may not like each other some days but we love each other everyday. 

Speaking of my wife, she had a tough day. She tripped and sprained both ankles. Luckily the X-rays did not show any broken bones. One of the sprains is more serious than the other but walking is tough even with the crutches. Looks like she will be laid up for a week or two. She is no stranger to pain because of some past back surgeries but not being able to walk without shooting pain is not fun even if you know it's only temporary. I hope it heals fast for her.
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          Now Where?        
It's almost four years since we first left the UK for Bangkok, at the time we never regarded the move as permanent.
For the survival of the company we had to move the manufacture out of England and the only way to ensure high quality and ethical working conditions was for us to be on site.
In the end Thailand proved to be a difficult country to work in, the people were wonderful but the government was not entirely helpful to foreigners and the infrastructure also made working impossible at times.
After only a year there we moved everything over to Singapore.

Singapore has been a breeze, our business visas were issued very quickly and we have had no problems getting them renewed. Should we wish to apply for permanent residence here, it would almost certainly be granted.
Singapore is a modern, gleaming city where everything is spotless and runs like clockwork. It is a very safe and extremely easy place to live. On the surface it is hard to see why anyone would want to leave!
I guess it depends on the type of person you are though, for us it has some major downsides. It is very over crowded and quite impossible to find anywhere to escape from people. Property and cars are simply unaffordable and the censorship of everything from Internet to TV is extremely irritating, the entire 'arts scene' is government controlled and there is very little room for genuine artistic freedom in the country.
Our major problem though, comes with the education system. In Singapore education is everything, all of the schools here are just huge conveyor belts churning out endless streams of obedient cloned genius's.
There is no disputing that the standard of education here is second to none, but the regime is worlds away from schools in the West, and consequently it is rare to find expat kids successfully integrated into local schools.
International schools are in abundance, with every country and curriculum well represented, but the fees are extortionate and very often the standard of education is well below par (It is also interesting to note that the government does not allow Singaporeans to attend international schools!)

Throughout their six years of primary education Poppy & Lucinda have attended four different schools! Two in the UK, one in Thailand and one in Singapore. We did worry initially about what effect this would have on their education, but they don't seem to have been unduly affected and I believe that what they have gained in experience, far outweighs the little they may have missed in the classroom.
However, primary school is now coming to an end, next year they will be in year seven and starting their secondary education. It is essential that we settle now for a few years so that they can get through high school with little interruption.

BUT WHERE??!!

For the past year or so the main topic of conversation in this house has been 'Where do we go from here?' Do we stay in Singapore, go back to the UK, or Europe, America, Australia????
We have now established working relationships with companies in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Nepal, so we are really free to move on and run things long distance.

When we first left England our mantra at the time was 'If things don't work out, we can always go back' We have since come to realise that going back is the hardest thing to do!
Returning to the UK for us would be the logical move, we have an extremely successful company there and we would be earning a lot more money if we were there running it ourselves rather than paying other people! It would also be wonderful to be close to friends and family again.
But there are things about England that I just find unacceptable, amongst them: violence, crime, the racial and religious intolerance etc.
When you live with these things everyday you come to accept them as normal, you think that it is just life and something that you have to put up with. It is only when you move away that you realize that it is not normal and other places are very different.
Returning to England would mean going back to a life of fear, always having to look over your shoulder and then there is the weather!!!

Europe was an option, we have a very strong customer data base in Europe and we all love Italy. The problem with Italy though is a lack of international schools in the areas that we would like to settle, that means that the kids would have to go to a local school and study in Italian. As their knowledge of Italian goes no further than 'Margareta pizza' that is also out!

Then there is America - again we have a massive customer data base there and it would be an extremely good business move for us. Problem with America is - well it's America!

Australia - We're too old!

Canada - Too cold.

India - This would be my personal choice, I would dearly like to spend some time in India, but with the children about to embark on high school it would really not be fair to them.

Which leaves us with New Zealand - Where we have very few customers no chance of manufacturing locally and we are an international flight away from anywhere else in the world. The most unlikely place of all but the one we have our hearts set on!
We have been to New Zealand a few times now and we all love the country dearly. The landscape is just exquisite and the people are so friendly and down to earth. It would be a wonderful place for the girls to grow up and for us to eventually retire!
Although we don't currently sell a lot to New Zealand, there is a lot of interest in what we do and it is possible that if we were based there then we could create a niche for ourselves. We can certainly move the design studio and the American export over there.

Before we can go to NZ and start working though we need a business visa. Problem is the school year in NZ starts in February and it is impossible for us to put together a business plan and have the visa approved before then. We really don't want the kids to have to start a new school halfway through term so if we are going to go we have to go now.
We are able to get permits that will allow us into the country in order to research the business opportunities there, but as we would not be residents the only way that we can get the girls into school is to enroll them as international students and pay the fees.

So what we need to do now is find a school that will initially accept them as international pupils and keep them on as locals should we be granted residency.
We can't apply for student visa for the children until we have a guaranteed school place. Once we have that, we then all need to have official medicals and x-rays to ensure that we do not have any contagious diseases or illnesses that would be a burden to the health service. Only then can we actually apply for the visa. I also need a new passport as mine runs out in June and your passport has to be valid six months past your permit expiry date, so I need to apply for a passport before I can apply for a visa.

At the moment we really don't know if we are coming or going. If everything goes to plan then we need to have all of our personal belongings on a container ship that is leaving on the 18th of November, that is the last one that would get our stuff there in time for Christmas, giving us time to find somewhere to live before school starts.
The shipping company are putting pressure on us to book the container space on the ship as it is filling up fast, but we can't do that until we have the permit and we can't apply for the permit until we have the medical and we can't have the medical until we get the school place!!!! You start to get the picture? It's chaos!

And if it doesn't come off? well it's plan B - only right now we don't have a plan B!!!!

Will keep you updated - Carri x

As I put a picture of Poppy on the last post here is one of Lu that I have just reworked. Taken a few years ago at a Tiger sanctuary in Thailand.
          Dentist - Smile Programs - Columbus, OH        
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          Amazon’s App For iOS Now Has Shoppable Stickers        
Amazon’s App For iOS Now Has Shoppable Stickers

Stickers on mobile apps are nothing new. As a matter of fact, popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat routinely make full use of stickers in their respective apps. But recently, stickers are starting to be integrated in apps that do not necessarily belong to the social media category.
 
After its latest update to its mobile app, Amazon has decided to start supporting shoppable stickers within the camera feed of its app for iOS powered mobile devices. For those not familiar with the camera feed, it is basically a feature that lets users look for items on Amazon’s official website by having their smartphone’s camera capture images of real life objects.
 
The decision to integrate shopping stickers in its app for iOS may be a bit of a surprise for Amazon, but considering the e-commerce giant has been busy rolling out upgrades to its flagship mobile app, it might not be that surprising. Recent updates in the last few months also suggest that the company is really making an effort to expand its capabilities beyond that of the usual online shopping app. Back in March early this year for instance, Amazon started to integrate its Alexa digital assistant into its app, which meant that customers could now listen to their favorite tracks while looking for an item to purchase, throw inquiries to Alexa, get the latest news and weather updates, or even manage their smart home settings. And before the launch of its Echo Look smart device, Amazon also debuted the Outfit Compare feature in its shopping app. Interestingly, Echo Look’s companion app also supports the same wardrobe suggestion feature.
 
Now back to the shoppable stickers. To get started on using the feature, users will have to launch the camera just like before (they can do this by tapping the camera shaped icon located beside the search box on the app’s home screen). They will then notice an Amazon Stickers button displayed on the bottom left section of the screen, just beside the camera app’s other features, e.g. Package X-Ray, uploading an image, or browsing one’s search history. 
 
To help users, the shoppable stickers are sorted into different categories, such as Top Picks, Fun, Home, Pets, Women’s, and Gadgets, just to name a few. Users can also check out curated collections such as Gold, Legos, Wood, and Workspace, among many others. Remember last year’s Interesting Finds? The categories are actually based from there.

 

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           Cheddar Apple Bacon Macaroni and Cheese        


Over the last couple of years I've been having some join pain and inflammation. I've told my Doctor about it and as with most of my concerns she brushed it off. "Oh you are young, it's probably nothing." Then one day over the summer, one of my knuckles swelled up before my eyes and turned purple. My husband an I both agreed, I had probably injured it without knowing.

But then, a month later, it happened it again. This time I knew something wasn't right. So I took a photo of my finger, and got in with a new doctor. He immediately started talking about autoimmune diseases like Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, ran slew of tests....and when they came back inconclusive I received no answers, and he is as stumped as I am. He referred me to an Orthopedic Surgeon, to do x-rays and take a look, we are hoping he can see what is causing the inflammation in my joints.

But for the time being, my Dr. has told me to cut down on my drinking, meat, and dairy... just in case it is Gout, my best case diagnosis. This possibility has me questioning my whole30 kicks and paleo-ish diets. Perhaps I need to go back to my meatless ways?

Whatever the cause of my joint issues, I am not going to lie.... I am struggling with my recent diet restrictions. Like when I made this Cheddar Apple Bacon Mac and Cheese for the blog.... I brought the whole batch to my Rising Tide Meeting, where they happily ate it so I didn't have to stare at it in my refrigerator.



It had been quite some time since I had posted a macaroni and cheese recipe here on the blog. If you browse my archives you will see.... it's basically my favorite thing to make in the world.  Especially loaded with bites of tart apples, sharp cheddar cheese, smokey bacon and bits of thyme.

This is the definition of comfort food.




Cheddar Apple Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

1 pound of pasta, cooked according to the package directions

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup of whole milk
1 cup of cream
4 cups of shredded extra sharp cheese
8 oz of cream cheese
1 tbs fresh thyme
1 cup diced apples ( peel on of off, it's your choice) 
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 lb of bacon, fried until crispy 


Directions:


Melt butter in a sauce pan, over medium heat. Whisk in flour and from a paste.

Continue whisking, and add in milk and cream. Whisk until smooth and it comes to a low boil.

Reduce heat to low.

Add in shredded cheese and cream cheese. Mix until smooth.

Fold cheese sauce into drained, cooked pasta.

Fold in fresh thyme, and apples.

Transfer to a casserole dish, and sprinkle with crispy bacon.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, and serve! 
          Anti-virals for flu, Bod Pod test for body fat, Patients' weight, X-rays and cancer        
Tamiflu - the controversial drug - has been stockpiled by the government for use in a flu pandemic and endorsed by regulatory bodies including the WHO. With a new review of the evidence due this week, Inside Health's Margaret McCartney and James Cave, Editor of the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin have been following the story. Mark Porter gets his body fat checked and finds out how much is hiding inside. And how should doctors raise concerns about a person's weight? Plus, why you might want to think twice before paying for a total body scan.
          Dental Assistant        
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants are involved in performing a wide range of tasks, from patient care, taking x-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties varies depending on the Dental Office they are employed at to the number of other dental assistants working with certain dentist. Duties involves:   Providing comfortability for the patients during their stay at the dentists especially during their sitting in the dental chair; Preparing the patients for dental treatments and procedures; Sterilization of dental instruments; Helpingthe dentist by handing them instruments during procedures; Keeping patients’ mouths dry by using suction hoses and other equipment; Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene; Process x rays and complete lab tasks, under
          Cruel Cat Killing by Ohio Veterinarian Bea Turk Leaves Owner Speechless, in Tears         
"I will never stop reliving this nightmare in my head," said Amy Havranek (as quoted by Cleveland.com), recalling the horrific sight of her 17-year old cat Bobbie having a needle shoved into his heart by veterinarian Bea Turk while he was fully conscious and unsedated. In a related news segment, Havrenak recalled: "Bobbie didn't die. Bobbie laid there, screaming and screaming and screaming . . . and I saw her, she just stabbed him right in the heart [again]. Bobbie screamed, like I have never heard any animal scream before. I almost passed out. I didn't know what to do. I was in a state of shock."

The article further describes Havranek as "horrified by his pained reaction." Not only are "heartsticks" without sedation considered inhumane, they are also against the law in Ohio. And Bobbie was not the only victim.

Honey Pot, a Pomeranian, was also given this particularly cruel method of death by Turk according to board documents.

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Board website now lists Turk as retired. In reality, Dr. Turk entered into a consent agreement to surrender her license. But how long was Turk permitted to perpetrate horrors upon patients?

Prior to these charges Turk had racked up a long record of violations -- particularly concerning since the Ohio Veterinary Board isn't exactly famous for its disciplinary zeal. These included violations dating back to 2010 according to the article, as follows:

  • ". . .dirty medical equipment, packages and shelves throughout the clinic and not having a sink in the surgery area" resulting in a $1,500 fine (December 2011);
  • " . . . 13 bottles of expired drugs, damaged X-ray protection gloves, dirt on the X-ray machine and dirty equipment in the pharmacy and laboratory areas" (May 2012)
  • improper suturing of a Yorkshire Terrier's bladder, and releasing the animal to its owner before it had recovered from the anesthesia, resulting in $1,000 in fines and over $1,000 in investigation costs (February 2010)
  • ". . . Turk was fined $500 and reprimanded for over-anesthetizing Cleopatra the cat to spay her. Cleopatra was sent home still not awake and died the next day." (May 2007)
  • Unsanitary conditions and failure to keep proper anesthesia and medical records resulting in fines in 2001 and 2002.
Over 10 years of shoddy veterinary practice -- why didn't Turk clean up her act? Why didn't she take the Ohio Veterinary Board seriously?

The answer seems clear: None of the actions taken by the veterinary board were effective. But what would have been effective, and what would have saved lives, would have been yanking her license years ago when a clear pattern had emerged. While it is good that the Ohio Veterinary Board finally acted strongly, the fact remains that all those years she was permitted to continue her perpetration of suffering and substandard care. Citizens of Ohio are waking up and fighting back, and the veterinary board must listen. In the words of a commenter on one of the articles, "It is amazing that this woman was allowed to continue to practice for so long, given all the issues brought up during her career."

Links:

Brunswick Veterinarian Bea Turk is Losing her License to Practice

Veterinarian DisciplinedVet Stabs Cat in Heart

Turk's Signed Consent Agreement Surrendering License

Change.org Petition: Who's Watching Ohio's Pet Vets? started by fierce and fabulous Ohio Consumer Advocate Marybeth Sheehan


          Dr. William Powell: License Revoked in Oregon after Botched Spays, Substandard Care, Negligence, says Board        
In veterinary medicine, license revocations are rare. In Oregon, they are super rare. That's why their actions in the case of William Powell show that they must think he is a particularly BAD VET. But does this action REALLY have any meaning, since the vet was 77 years old when his license was revoked? Isn't that pretty much the same as simply waiting until a vet is ready to retire anyway, before doing something?

This is a case that also raises the important issue of SUBSTANDARD CARE provided to pets presented to a low-cost spay neuter clinic or treated at a shelter. As you read this, please consider the following questions:

If you are considering having your pet spayed or neutered at a low-cost (or free) clinic, how do you know that your pet will be provided with the kind of competent, quality care that is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to ensuring that your pet does not die of complications or botched surgery? At the end of this post, we will provide some things you MUST ask for whenever your pet is going to have a surgical procedure. PLEASE REALIZE that sometimes the "cheap" option is really the costliest of all.

In my mind, this is a case that calls into question the relationship between non-profits, or shelters, and the vets who provide "free" or "low cost" services there. As far as I can tell, some or all of the "services" referenced in this board document were performed by Powell for a local shelter. Online research leads me to believe that one of these shelters was likely Coos County Animal Shelter in Coos Bay Oregon. Although one website refers to him as a "volunteer" at the shelter, and an article available online says that Powell provided "free" spay/neuter services at the shelter, the IRS documentation for the local organization "Friends of Coos County Animals" explains that it's $54,827 expenditures for the year 2007 went to provide medical care for the County shelter's animals -- specifying spaying and neutering -- and finding them homes. The "home finding" part was, I imagine, the far smaller expense, I wonder how much of that money was spent paying Dr. Powell for spays and neuters he "volunteered" to perform? And how many of those did he botch before his license was yanked in November, 2007?

Another online reference I found today included a statement about Friends of Coos County Animals raising money to pay for spays and neuters. The facts in the vet board document give us a bit of an idea about the "quality" of some of the spays provided by Dr. William Powell.

Here are the Board's Findings of Fact:

"The evidence of record establishes that [Powell] violated the Medical Practices Act, in that:

1. On May 19, 2004, [Powell] performed a spay on 'Dory' a kitten at a local shelter. He reported that it was a standard procedure but difficult because the patient was small and had a 'friable uterus.' On June 2, 2004, the owner who adopted 'Dory' took her to a different veterinarian for a 'wellness examination.' On examination the veterinarian found some abnormal findings that concerned him, specifically a 'significant incision infection' and what appeared to be an abnormal bladder because it was 'very full and not movable.' Following a course of antibiotics, 'Dory' still had a distended bladder that was painful on palpation. The veterinarian performed exploratory surgery which revealed 'troubling' findings, including many adhesions, a large retoperitoneal cavity filled with bloody urine and the right ureter (the tube from the kidney to the bladder) was included in the ligature when the right ovary was ligated, the result of which was that the right kidney had to be removed." [Note: a "ligation" is when the vet "ties off" where he has cut. In this case, he "tied off" the tube that led from her kidney to her bladder. Had he done this on both sides rather than just on one, she would have died. Had she not had surgery to correct this as she died, it is probably likely that she would have also died.]

The document continues:

"He reported that the fact that he saw: 'a significant incision infection, many abdominal adhesions and a ligated ureter'" caused him to conclude that "'this surgery was of a substandard nature.'"

"2. On March 12, 2005, [Powell] performed a spay on 'Baby Girl,' aka 'Roxy.' A subsequent treating veterinarian discovered hydronephrotic right kidney and evidence that the right ureter had been ligated, which resulted in removal of the dog's kidney."

"3. On November 19, 2005, [Powell] treated 'Taz' whose owner presented the dog for symptoms that included vomiting. Without performing any diagnostic testing, [Powell] diagnosed salmon poisoning and administered Oxylet, atropine and Lax'aire. Within minutes, the client returned with the dog, claiming it had stopped breathing and had a swollen tongue. [Powell] confirmed his diagnosis of salmon poisoning and advised client to return the following day. On November 21 . .. the client took 'Taz' to a different veterinarian who property diagnosed and successfully treated 'Taz' for a genital tract infection. This veterinarian opined that [Powell's] care did not meet the standard of care provided in the local community. Her opinion was based on [Powell's] lack of diagnostic testing, lack of fluid support and [Powell's] choice of medications. [Powell] refused to provide the owner with 'Taz's' medical records when they were requested."

"4. On January 11, 2006, [Powell] examined three dogs, 'Riley,' 'Ben,' and 'Molly,' that belonged to a local shelter. He diagnosed Canine Hip Dysplasia without performing any diagnostic testing. He stated that his diagnosis was by 'palpation.' Based on his diagnosis, he performed pectinal [sic] myotemies on all three dogs."

I am sure that if you are a layperson like me, you need to look that term up. What is a pectinal myotemy? Can't find it, but I can find "pectineal myotemy" and that, I think, is what they intended to type.

This following online document, written by a PhD on Canine Hip Dysplasia, describes the procedure as follows:

"Originally developed by J. Barden, Larry J. Wallace, D.V.M., M.S., modified the procedure in 1967 to include the tenectomy (cutting out a portion of the tendon) or tenotomy (cutting of the tendon) of the pectineus tendon of insertion (that part of the muscle that goes into and attaches to the bone). . . Wallace’s procedure is by no means a cure for CHD, but has been described as somewhat effective in temporarily relieving pain and restoring function. . . . The rationale for this procedure is to relieve the tension on the joint capsule, caused by the upward force on the coxofemoral joint from a contracted pectineus muscle. It is also thought that improved weight loading of the femoral head within the acetabulum may result from the increased range of abduction. . . . This type of surgery should be considered strictly therapeutic in nature and does little or nothing to stabilize the dysplastic hip. Therefore, the owner of an affected animal can expect the degenerative changes due to osteoarthritis to continue."

It cites complications of the procedure as including "fibrotic reattachment of the muscle or tendon and seroma formation. Seroma are tumor-like collections of blood and serum in the muscle tissue."

The document continues:

"'Riley' was subsequently treated by another veterinarian who stated that he could not support the diagnosis and treatment without previous radiographs [x-rays] on record. 'Riley's' wound dihiscence [presumably from the surgery performed by Powell] required two surgeries to repair. This veterinarian opined that the surgery [done by Powell] was unnecessary and the radiographs he took afterwards showed 'no evidence of osteoarthritis, let alone hip dysplasia."

One wonders what became of Riley, Ben and Molly -- and how much the shelter paid Powell for these surgeries. Did these surgeries cause one of them, or all of them, to be less adoptable, thus leading to the sad outcome that awaits unadopted shelter pets? Or were one or more of them fortunate enough to be adopted, but by owners who might find themselves soon incurring additional veterinary costs due to the surgeries performed by Powell?

"5. On December 14, 2006, a dog, 'Biscuit,' was presented to [Powell] with what [Powell] described as an 'obvious orthopaedic injury,' which appeared to be the result of the dog being hit by a car. Although [Powell's] clinic did not have radiographic equipment" [x-ray machine] "[Powell] applied a splint to the dog's leg. On December 15, 2006, a subsequent treating veterinarian stated that her examination revealed a palpable fracture involving the left stifle, a grossly swollen left tarsus and deep ulcerated wounds to the lateral and medial left tarsus. The owner reported that [Powell] had applied a cast to the leg, but the cast had fallen off. 'Biscuit' was euthanized because of his poor condition and prognosis. The veterinarian stated that the dog 'should not have been made to suffer for so long with such extensive injuries and inadequate medical care."

"6. Based on the multiple complaints and concerns expressed regarding [Powell's] practice, in April 2006, the Board ordered [Powell] to review the minimum standards for facilities and veterinarians as provided by ORS chapter 688 and OAR chapter 875 (Veterinary Practice Act) and report back within 30 days regarding improvements made. [Powell] failed to respond. In August, 2006, the Board renewed its request for a report about improvements in the licensees clinic. On September 8, 2006, [Powell] responded as follows:

'In reply to your letter dated August 1, 2006, I have complied with your instructions. All equipment listed under rule #875-015-0030 is in place and operational at the clinic. Paperwork has been modified to include all requirements listed. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.'

The Board determined that the response was inadequate. In November, 2006, the Board provided specific instructions to Dr. Powell on expected improvements at the cinic and determined it would be necessary to conduct a site visit.

The Board conducted a site visit on June 25, 2007." [Wow, nearly 11 months after their letter to him. Wonder what happened in the meantime? To animals, I mean.]

"The following conditions were found at [Powell's] clinic:

a. The facility was not properly ventilated to exhaust odors.

b. Surgical area was not aseptic. A dog in the surgery area had been tied to a chair for two days for treatment for 'salmon poisoning' with primary clinical symptoms of diarrhea and bloody diarrhea. [Powell], at times, does not use a cap and gown during surgeries. Animal containment facilities consisted of airline crates.'

[Ok, does that sound very sanitary? A dog with bloody diarrhea in the surgery area tied to a chair? And what's with the "salmon poisoning" thing . . . bloody diarrhea happens to be a parvovirus symptom . . . among other things.]

"c. Review of the medical record of the dog found in the surgery area revealed a lack of a physical examination, diagnostics and treatment plan.

d. Licensee allowed his veterinary technician, who is not certified, to induce anesthesia.

e. Controlled drugs were stored in an unlocked cabinet; Ketamine and Diazepam where visible on a shelf. Medications for various patients were found throughout the preparation-surgery-recovery area, and also on most surfaces in the exam room. [Powell] does not have a locking cabinet for controlled drug storage. [Powell] also keeps controlled drugs in his car, which exposes the chemicals to elevated temperatures that lesson the efficacy of the drugs while the animal is under anesthesia."

The Board found that Powell breached the standard of care; performed substandard surgery resulting in complications; failed to maintain his clinic in compliance with standards; allowed unlicensed support staff to administer anesthesia; had unsanitary conditions; failed to isolate contagious animals; and more. Of note, the board commented that Powell's treatment of animals:

". . . demonstrate that he had an ongoing practice of providing substandard care, which constitutes a pattern of practising with negligence, ignorance and inefficiency in the practice of veterinary medicine . . . a pattern, practice or continuous course of negligence, ignorance, or inefficiency in the practice of veterinary medicine (OAR 875-011-0010(2)."


The "Pi Land Ranch" website accuses the veterinary board of a "harrassment and smear" campaign.

A Veterinary News article says that Dr. Powell alleges that the vet board made him a "target" because of his reduced price services, saying that the board is concerned with maintaining "revenue standards."

A 2005 article, written when Powell was 74 years old, quoted Powell as saying: "My hands are good, my eyes are good. As long as I can keep my (pistol) rounds on a playing card at 12 yards I figure my eyes and my hands are good enough to do surgery.'"

Perhaps a couple of ligated ureters wouldn't agree with that assessment.

Are these the discounted services that you want???????

In any case, The Board has revoked the now 77-year old Powell's license. Websites cited above said that he would appeal the ruling. I could find no updates.

Of interest, Powell is also listed on the website "Declaw Hall of Shame" for marketing his $65.00 reduced price cat declaws. The site lists Powell on their "The Bad Guys" page, whose header says "Dolts, Thugs, and Greedy Bastards." Of Powell they say: "The only worse thing than a pimp is a cheap pimp."

Also of interest:

The famous Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon (famous for its animal law program) actually recognized Powell by making him a finalist in the "Nancy Perry Cougar Award" competition which recognizes an outstanding "animal advocate." So, do they even CARE about quality? Low cost spay and neuter is, I'd agree, a noble thing if done competently and at standard. But is that what this is????? Was????? Doesn't look like it to me.

If you are considering a low-cost spay neuter for your pet, you might want to read the guidelines published by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians for spay-neuter, and make sure the care that will be provided to your pet at least meets these guidelines.

From my own reading, I recommend you do the following:

1. Have pre-operative bloodwork done. Abnormal bloodwork can show underlying health conditions which make surgery less safe.

2. Have a full physical exam performed. Findings on physical exam can reveal heart murmurs and other conditions that make anesthesia less safe.

3. Ensure that either a veterinarian or a licensed technician will be administering and monitoring your pet under anesthesia.

4. Find out what anesthesia and pre-anesthetic, if any, will be used. Do online research and ask around to determine if these choices are the best available. Some drugs used as pre-anesthetic such as xylazine are associated with increased deaths. Some anesthetics like halothane have fallen out of favor because of potential effects on the organs. As far as I am aware, isoflourane and sevoflourane are more commonly used now, but even these anesthetics -- all anesthetics -- require careful monitoring. Which brings me to my next point.

5. Make sure your pets blood oxygen level, blood presure, respiration and temperature will be monitored throughout the procedure. A pulse oximeter monitor should be used for the oxygen monitoring.

6. Make sure your pet will be on constant rate infusion IVs during the procedure. This helps support blood pressure and hydration, and allows rapid access if medications need to be administered.

7. Make sure that someone will monitor your pet continuously post-operatively to make sure there are no problems regaining consciousness or coming out of anesthesia. Your pet should be monitored till it is able to sit up on its own.

8. Do NOT leave your pet overnight at a clinic that does NOT have overnight monitoring. If overnight hospitalization is needed, you should transfer your pet to a 24-hour practice.

9. Yes, your pet should receive something for pain after the operation. This is something that Dr. Powell may not be sure of, but think: Would you want to have a hysterectomny and get nothing for pain after?

** DISCLAIMER: I am not a vet. **

Not quite sure what that means, but I feel I must say it. Do the research yourself. See if you dont' come to the same conclusions. ined

Can all of the precautions above be obtained at a bottom of the barrel, cut rate price? Probably not.

Which is part of the reason, IMHO, low cost spay neuter in the wrong hands can be such a racket. If you are cutting so many corners (and cutting tubes leading to kidneys, too) you can still make far more than you should for such shoddy care while charging the lowest local price. BEWARE.

          A History of Prior Violations and New Allegations of Animal Cruelty, but The CA Vet Board Still Wants Them to Get Their Filthy Paws on your Pets!!!!        
The Order Signed by the California Veterinary Board in August, 2008 wasn't the first violation committed by Oasis Veterinary Clinic and Hospital and Ronald Walker, DVM, its managing vet. In 2006 the CA Vet Board ordered Walker and his clinic to "take such measures as [were] necessary to practice at an acceptable level of care." Yet, the dizzying and frightening list of violations alleged by the CA Vet Board -- seven in all, including an animal cruelty -- beg the question: WHY DOES THE CALIFORNIA VET BOARD ALLOW OASIS AND WALKER TO CONTINUE PRACTISING
    AT ALL?


The facts are these:

Approximately 3 years after fining and disciplining Walker, the Veterinary Board issued an accusation against Walker and his clinic based on an inspection conducted by a board investigator. The Vet Board charged Walker and his clinic with:

  • Unsanitary Conditions

  • Failure to Maintain Aseptic Surgical Suite

  • Animal Cruelty

  • Failure to Comply with Emergency Services Requirements and Inoperable Phone

  • Maintenance of Misbranded or Expired Drugs

  • Violation of Health & Safety Code Section 2514.13 (this deals with failure to properly dispose of x-ray developer fluid, which the inspector said was being improperly disposed of into the public sewer. Public health endangerment, perhaps?

  • Failure to Provide Medical Records on Demand



The outcome of this case is that the Board entered into (yet another) "stipulated settlement" with Walker and Oasis. In this settlement, Walker and his clinic admitted to all of the charges except for animal cruelty - and guess what? As part of the "settlement" with the vet, the Vet Board simply dropped (dismissed) it's animal cruelty charges. Please read what the investigator report says, you be the judge! (It is right for the vet board to dismiss charges of animal cruelty in spite of what the investigator saw with his own eyes!???)

For the remaning 6 violations, the vet board placed them on 3 years probation. They ordered Walker and the hospital to reimburse them for their "enforcement" costs, in the amount of $3,575. Please note that this was reimbursement to the board for it's costs, NOT a punitive fine for their dizzying and horrifying violations. Outrageous! No punitive fines! The Board ordered them to take 8 hours a year of continuing education -- that's just one working day!

Oh, the Board "revoked" their license but STAYED THE REVOCATION (which means, pretty much, decided not to enforce it), opting instead for mere probation which means of course, they keep funneling pets in the door.

Now, you tell me: Given the history of prior violations, and the truly frightening findings of the Board investigator (details below), do YOU think the Board's discipline is sufficient, either as a punitive measure or to incentivize Walker and Oasis to clean up their act? More importantly, is it sufficient to "protect consumers and animals" -- which they SAY is their mission?????

Here are the accusations based on the investigation, in detail. You will recall, as I stated above, that Walker and Oasis admitted them all except for the animal cruelty charge -- so the vet board simply retracted that charge in the final settlement. I guess BOTH Walker AND the Board know what kind of incendiary effect an admission of animal cruelty might have on public perception of a vet -- but unless the investigator is outright lying (do you think he is, with everything else Walker admitted to?) then he SAW what he SAW, so YOU be the judge as to whether it is "cruelty" or not -- I certainly think it is!

As you will read, among the allegations ADMITTED to, include caged animals sitting in their own waste with no food or water, keeping used syringes to be cleaned for RE-USE (!), un-sterile conditions including dirty surgical instruments, and more!

UNSANITARY CONDITIONS
(The truth of this charge was admitted by respondents Ronald Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic in the settlement)


"On or about January 25, 2008, during the course of an unannounced inspection, the Board's inspector identified many violations of the Board's standards of cleanliness and sanitary conditions, including, but not limited to, the following:


  • a. The reception area was dimly lit, and smelled of urine

  • b. Bulk liquids were stored in a cupboard with a mixture of spilled medication completely covering the cupboard's bottom, cementing an old cardboard box and stuffed animal toy along with the bottles to the bottom of the cupboard.

  • c. The treatment area was dirty and had a pit bull patient with wounds on its rear legs running around freely. This dog had no access to food or water.

  • d. The treatment room's counter was dirty and had 15-20 used syringes with needles stabbed into a pad, many used needles in the sink, a plastic jar full of used needles, and several used needles lying around the sink. There were also used syringes with condensation inside apparently to be used on patients again. The floor was dirty with blood and scrub, or surgical soap. Many old endotracheal tubes, some without viable cuffs, were piled in a bowl on a dirty cart.

  • e.The surgery room's sink was dirty and appeared to be partially disconnected from the water supply, but still connected to the drain. The surgery table was littered with used surgery instruments, including several hemostats still clamped to a uterus. The mayo stand (a small stand used in surgery) was covered in blood and dirty instruments. A surgery pack was opened and used for a procedure, but there was no indication of a sterile indicator in the pack remnants. The flooring was cracked and pulling away from the wall in places. The wall was damaged and has chunks missing in one corner.

  • f. The ambu-bag, a squeezable bag used to assist a patient to breathe, was left out on the O2 tank rack and was crushed and covered in an unidentifiable sticky black material. The stored packs, packs of surgical instruments used for a procedure, were wrapped in porous towels and had no sterile indicator tape on them. The orthopedic kit was not sterilized. The door from treatment into surgery has a hole in it were the window used to be.

  • g. The back kennel area was extremely dirty and smelled so strongly of animal waste it was difficult to breathe. Every animal there was sitting in a mixture of feces and urine. None of the dogs had food or water. Only a cage with two kittens had food and their water was dirty.

  • h. The bathing area had water flooding on the floor. There was also a bucket of used needles and syringes which were apparently waiting to be cleaned for re-use."




FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ASEPTIC SURGICAL SUITE
(The truth of this charge was admitted by respondents Ronald Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic in the settlement)


During the inspection referenced above, the inspector found that:

"The surgery room was not clean and sterile. The floor and walls have damage that makes it impossible to adequately sanitize certain areas as required . . . The instruments that were present were dirty, including the presence of animal tissue in violation of [citation]. The surgical packs present were wrapped in a porous material that would allow contamination to strike through the material and contaminate the instruments inside. There were no devices to measure and confirm sterility of the packs pursuant to the requirement of [citation]. A sick patient was being housed in the aseptic surgery room. This patient might have contaminated the room, exposing the next patient to risk of illness. The sink in the surgery room with the connected drain is a source of infection for patients. The condition of the surgery room was so inadequate that no surgeries could be properly performed there, and, in any case, [Walker] did not have the necessary equipment to perform sterile surgery."

ANIMAL CRUELTY
(Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic denied these charges, and the vet board withdrew them. However, in the "accusation", the inspector for the board reported seeing the following . . . )



  • a. There were two dogs (patients) running free, one in the treatment room and one in surgery. Neither dog had access to food or water. The dog in the surgery room appeared to be very ill, barely responding when the inspector entered the room. The dog also appeared to have an injury on its left rear leg. All of the client-owned animals in the treatment room cages had feces and uring in their cages. Two cats had no litter boxes, food or water in their cages. One of the cats appeared very ill and the Board's inspector was told that [Ronald Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic] were not treating him because the owners were probably going to euthanize him. Otherwise, the Respondents' employee did not know who the patients were, and was unable to indentify them by name or owner.

  • b. The kennel area was extremely dirty and smelled so strongly of animal waste it was difficult for the inspector to breathe. The runs did not have passive drainage, and all the animals were sitting in feces and urine pooled on the floor of the compartments. None of the dogs had food or water. All bowls were empty. Two kittens had food in their cage, and only dirty water."

EDITORIAL COMMENT: I find it outrageous, and a perversion of justice, that the veterinary board withdrew the animal cruelty charge -- which was based on its own inspectors report -- particularly when many of the same allegations in the animal cruelty charge were repeated in charges that the vet, Ronald Walker, ADMITTED TO. He admitted to the truth of the other six counts. Those six counts include a reiteration of the observation that animals were kept in their own feces, most without access to food and water. Is this, or is it not, cruelty? Don't ask the vet board -- apparently, just a little resistance from the vet, and they change their mind and decide that it's not. DO YOU THINK IT'S CRUEL?

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES REQUIREMENTS AND INOPERABLE PHONE
(The truth of this charge was admitted by respondents Ronald Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic in the settlement)


During the inspection described above, the inspector found that Oasis Veterinary Clinic "did not have notices posted outside their building of where emergency services could be obtained when their clinic was closed as required . . . The phone number listed for emergencies was the clinic's own telephone number . . . [which they admitted] had been inoperative for some time, and the number was not answered when the Board's inspector tried to call it. Moreover, there was no functioning answering machine to provide an outgoing message as to where emergency services could be obtained. Additionally, there was an absence of notice that there was no 24-hour supervision of patients as mandated . . . Finally, the facility was found closed during nomral posted business hours, yet no referral was available for emergency services."

MAINTENANCE OF MISBRANDED OR EXPIRED DRUGS
(The truth of this charge was admitted by respondents Ronald Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic in the settlement)


The inspector found that "The pharmacy area was stocked with many expired drugs, which Respondents' employee indicated were routinely dispensed to the animals treated at [Oasis Veterinary Clinic & Hospital]. The controlled drug drawer was unlocked . . . The vaccine refrigerator/freezer had human food stored in it. The bulk liquids were stored in a cupboard with a mixture of spilled medication completely covering the bottom, cementing an old cardboard box and stuffed animal toy along with the bottles to the bottom of the cupboard. There were several bottles of liquid medication pre-packaged with only a drug name on them. These bulk and expired drugs which were either expired or so oldthat the expiration dates of the drugs could not be read, and the stuffed animal which was adhered to the medication spilled in the cupboard . . . The sale of expired prescription drugs is prohibited by law."

VIOLATION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
(The truth of this charge was admitted by respondents Ronald Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic in the settlement)


The inspector found that Oasis Veterinary Clinic's "x-ray developer is a hand-dipping tank, and was set up to have the chemicals drain into a pipe connected to the public sewer system. The x-ray waste generated . . . contains a silver-conten levfel that exceeds that which may properly be disposed of into the public sewer, and [Oasis Veterinary Clinic did not] have a contract with a licensed company for the disposal of their x-ray waste, or otherwise provide for the proper disposal of Respondent's x-ray waste in accordance with applicable law."

[ Oh, great! Threats to human health, as well!]

FAILURE TO PROVIDE MEDICAL RECORDS ON DEMAND (The truth of this charge was admitted by respondents Ronald Walker and Oasis Veterinary Clinic in the settlement)

" . . . The Board initiated an investigation based on a consumer complaint submitted by a consumer, Ms. J. J. on July 10, 2007. The complaint stated that on June 20, 2007, Ms. J.J. took her 5-year old Miniature Pinscher, Rex, to [Oasis Veterinary Clinic] for a neutering procedure and [he] ended up dead. As part of its investigation, the Board requested that [Oasis] produce the medical records for Rex. [Oasis Veterinary Clinic] failed to do so and later reported that the records for Rex were 'shredded' and destroyed . . ." [An Oasis employee later] "informed the Board's inspector that notwithstanding Respondent's requirements to maintain animal records fore a minimum of three years, [Oasis Veterinary Clinic] had a practice of destroying old records, including records of animals that died, such as Rex."










          Violent Nutcase Vet Jeffrey Baranack Still Practising: Another Vet with Anger Management Issues!        
If this doesn't make your stomach turn, I don't know what would.

In February of 2007 the Ohio Veterinary Board issued a "Notice of Opportunity for Hearing" to Jeffrey Baranack, DVM, of Oakpoint Veterinary Care in Dover Ohio. In this notice, the Ohio Veterinary Board listed 15 ALLEGED violations. Of these 15 allegations, 12 involved violent behavior toward patients.

For some reason (perhaps the nature of the violations? or is it the SNAILS PACE of state government?) it was not until March of 2008 -- over a year later -- that a Consent Agreement, detailing the disciplinary action against Baranack, was issued and signed. As a part of that consent agreement, Jeffrey Baranack "knowing and voluntarily" admitted violations related to 6 of the original allegations -- all of which involved violent behavior toward patients.

For my legal protection, I must say the following: the allegations that were not admitted to remain simply allegations. I am listing all of the violations alleged by the Veterinary Board in it's original notice below. The ones that Baranack admitted to are so noted.

ALLEGED VIOLATIONS (from the original hearing notice).

"1. On October 5, 2006, you treated 'Catalina' Hursey, a corgi mix. Although 'Catalina' was not behaving poorly, you allegedly repeatedly shoved her and yelled at her.

. . . .

2. On July 18, 2006, yu treated 'Chloe' Galmish. Although 'Chloe' was not behaving poorly, you allegedly repeatedly shoved her. . . .

3. On June 19, 2006, you treated 'Luke' Brown for an eye problem. While examining 'Luke' you allegedly yelled at him and roughly shoved his head. . . .

4. On April 25, 2006, you were taking a hip x-ray of 'Lakota' Smith. You allegedly began yelling and throwing things in the room and slammed 'Lakota' on the x-ray table. . . .

5. On May 19, 2006, you treated 'Bear' Murray for a mass on his nose. You allegedly punched and hit 'Bear' repeatedly, while yelling at him, causing blood from the mass to splatter on the wall." [VIOLATIONS RELATED TO THIS ALLEGATION WERE ADMITTED BY BARANACK]

"6. On August 11, 2006, you were to neuter a dog named 'Chopper.' You allegedly yelled at 'Chopper' and shoved him repeatedly. . . .

7. On August 20, 2006 you were treating 'Justice' Jeandervin when he barked at you. You muzzled the dog and allegedly told the owner that if he were your dog you would kill him and that he would have to be put down if he continued with this behavior. . . .

8. On November 2, 2005, you treated 'Pooh' Gardner for diarrhea. You allegedly hung 'Pooh' from the ground with a leash around his neck repeatedly until the cat went limp. 'Pooh' died a few days later and a necropsy revealed the cause of death as endocarditis and secondary pneumonia. You allegedly yelled at both the cat and the owners while doing this. Mrs. Gardner wrote a letter to the clinic complaining of your treatment of 'Pooh.'" [VIOLATIONS RELATED TO THIS ALLEGATION WERE ADMITTED BY BARANACK]

"9. On April 28, 2006, 'Theo' Shamel was brought in for euthanasia due to aggressiveness. You allegedly leashed the animal and had an assistant pull the leash tight around 'Theo's' neck while he was being pressed between the wall and door. When the staff complained you stated that you were going to kill the dog anyway." [VIOLATIONS RELATED TO THIS ALLEGATION WERE ADMITTED BY BARANACK]

"10. On November 28, 2005, you used a slip leash to get 'Oreo' Bennett out of his carrier. You allegedly then dragged 'Oreo' down the hall, bumping him into the exam room door, and used the leash to hoist the cat onto the surgery table." [VIOLATIONS RELATED TO THIS ALLEGATION WERE ADMITTED BY BARANACK]

"11. On February 23, 1999, 'Brownie," a terrier-mis, was in the clinic for diabetic blood work and a possible slipped disk. While examining 'Brownie' you allegedly muzzled and leashed the dog. You pulled the leash tight and 'Brownie' was panting and bleeding from his mouth with his front legs off the ground. You were yelling at 'Brownie.'" [VIOLATIONS RELATED TO THIS ALLEGATION WERE ADMITTED BY BARANACK]

"12. On March 22, 2005, 'Chloe,' a Jack Russell terrier, was in the clinic for blood work. 'Chloe' growled at you and you allegedly opened the cage. Using a broom you pinned 'Chloe's' head to the side of the cage and then repeatedly poked at 'Chloe' with the broom. Staff heard you yelling and saw the broom broken on the ground. You then muzzled 'Chloe' and removed her from the cage which was by then smeared with fecal matter. You kicked the dog repeatedly. Using a slip leash, you dragged 'Chloe' down the hall to an exam room. 'Chloe' stopped breathing and had to be intubated and resuscitated. The owners were called and told that 'Chloe' was unruly and needed to be picked up." [VIOLATIONS RELATED TO THIS ALLEGATION WERE ADMITTED BY BARANACK]

"13. On December 27, 2005, you performed a spay and front declaw on 'Sadie' Mullett. During this surgery you also filed down 'Sadie's' canine teeth. 'Sadie's' feet became swollen and she had a severe aversion to having her head touched or handled. 'Sadie's' paws required further treatment due to exuberant granulation tissue and dehiscence. A material thought to be surgical adhesive was found in each incision and had to be removed. 'Sadie's' teeth were filed down revealing the pulp and exposing the root. 'Sadie' underwent four root canals to correct the damage."

"14. You permitted Lori Murphy, an animal aide, to perform dental prophylaxis on patients in your clinic. Only a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician is permitted to perform dental prophylaxis."

"15. You called in a prescription to Drug Mart for insulin for 'Sherman' Bennett. 'Sherman' is the patient at another veterinary clinic. 'Sherman's' owner did not want to take 'Sherman' for blood work. You do not have a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship with 'Sherman'. You do not have any records for 'Sherman' or any record of the prescription you called in."

The Consent Agreement does not cite violations related to allegations 1-4, 6, 7, 13-15 above, but the ones he admitted to (5, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12) are bad enough.

So what did the vet board do?

They suspended his license for only 30 days.

They ordered him to take an anger management class, and to be assessed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.

They ordered that he must be accompanied by a veterinarian or licensed technician for one year when he practices.

They put him on 3 years probation.

So, this is a guy whose history of violent treatment of patients goes back to 1999. Nine years.

Does the board really need a shrinks opinion?

If a pediatrician admitted to dangling children by their necks, would he still be practising?

If a person carrying out an execution order on a human pulled something tight around their necks and pressed them between a wall and a door before stopping all that violent nonsense to administer the lethal injection, what do you think would be done to them? Do you think they would still be working in that role?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE OHIO VET BOARD THAT THIS MAN IS STILL PRACTISING?????????

Links:

www.ovmlb.ohio.gov/minutes/Nov%2014%2007%20min.pdf

http://www.ovmlb.ohio.gov/compliance.stm


          Flat of feet and -itis of tendon        


Photo by akeg / by Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

For those of you concerned about my foot pain saga (there must be at least one of you, right, Mom?), I saw the podiatrist today. She felt up my feet, took some x-rays and told me I most likely have tendonitis and I most definitely have flat feet.

I knew I had a flat chest, but the flat feet thing is new to me. Can we complete the trifecta and get me a flat stomach, too? I’m not sure if I’ve always had flat feet or if my morbid obesity helped flatten them or if it’s a new thing unrelated to that. Regardless, I am no longer supposed to walk barefoot. Anywhere. Even if I’m just shuffling around the house I need to have sandals with a good arch support. She recommended some brands for that.

She also sprayed my foot with glue and taped it. I’m supposed to keep the tape on for the next five days and see if it helps with the pain, and if [...]
          Nightstand for CPAP Machine #4: Cut wood and fingers - Trip to ER        

Good news is I still have all my fingers.

Had a bad kickback from cutting the material. Crunched my left hand with the flying board edge – no blade contact. X-Rays show nothing broken. Fingers pretty lacerated and swollen. Got a long overdue Tetanus shot.

Accident was 100% avoidable. Should have been more careful and should have set up an outfeed table. Probably should not have worked alone. Then again, my 16-year old would have done it right and not had a problem to begin with. I get on him constantly about safety and using pushblocks but got lazy myself.

Taking a few days off. Will get some help this weekend from my 16-year old. Disappointed because I wanted to accomplish something on my own. Not gonna happen this time.


          This Is Why I'm Getting a Mammogram this Fall.        
October 17, 2016

Dear Savvy Aunties,

Since my early 40s, I've have a mammogram every fall. There are a couple of reasons why I might make excuses to put it off.

First, I have no family history of breast cancer. Still, while the risk is higher for those women who do, 85 percent of women who get breast cancer don’t have a family history.

Secondly, newer reports state that not all women need mammograms until they are 50, not at the age of 40 as we’ve come to know. But, one-in-eight invasive breast cancer patients are younger than age 45.

To make it clear, the American Cancer Society guidelines for mammograms are:

- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.

- Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.

- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.

And the most compelling reason from the American Cancer Society for all Savvy Aunties who do not (yet) have children:

"Women who have had no children or who had their first child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast cancer risk. Having many pregnancies and becoming pregnant at a young age reduce breast cancer risk. Pregnancy reduces a woman's total number of lifetime menstrual cycles, which may be the reason for this effect."

When I first read this, I looked at photos of my nieces and nephew on my iPhone. Then I watched video I took of them playing and telling me how much they love me... and I then used that phone to call and make an appointment for my first mammogram.

There’s no better way to show your nieces and nephews you love them than to love yourself.

If your doctor has recommended you get a mammogram, don’t put it off any longer. Your nieces and nephews are counting on you. And now I am, too. Join me.

By the way, I have too many friends who have had breast cancer. each one has survived, thank God. Mammograms. At least two of them detected a lump through a self-exam. Find more information, here.

XOXO,
Melanie Notkin
Founder and Author, Savvy Auntie


          Wow! Look what you did!         
We reached out, through the mail and online to tell you about a few of the animals that needed your special care. You responded. Now I want to tell you about what has happened to those cuties because of your kindness! 

Can you ever forget Chili? He was the seven-year-old cat found wandering the streets last January.  He was special needs, with stomach problems leading to him needing a prescription diet. Placed in our foster to adopt program, Chili found his forever family just days before Christmas on December 22.  
Chili celebrating Christmas in his forever home.
Ramsey was a five-year-old cat who arrived on Sept. 22. He was rushed to the OHS after being hit by a car and arrived limping from his pain. He suffered a horrific eye injury, was gasping for breath and his jaw was left hanging open. He was brought directly into Critical Care. Ramsey had his left eye removed. But because of you, Ramsey recovered and was adopted to his new home as a special needs adoption this past December.  
Ramsey in the critical care unit.
Ramsey ready for adoption.
Penny, a five-month-old retriever with mournful eyes, was rushed to the OHS by ambulance in November. She was diagnosed with a humorous fracture. X-rays confirmed her leg had been broken weeks before and was left to heal improperly. Sadly, her leg was too damaged and needed to be amputated. She spend some time in foster to recover and then was spayed. Penny lucked out and found a forever home on Dec. 10 with someone who also paid the cost of her leg amputation!
Penny after her surgery.
Penny looking for her forever home in the Adoption Centre.
The lovely Lilly was a very sweet nine-month-old cat. She was brought to the OHS as a stray on Sept. 24. She had been hit by a car and was in medical shock. She was in very rough shape. Her tail and leg were badly broken and both needed amputation. Your kindness allowed Lilly to pull through and she was adopted on Oct. 28.
Lilly recovering in the critical care unit.
Mia was a beautiful but very sick three-month-old puppy. When she arrived, the OHS veterinarian diagnosed her with acute juvenile cellulitis, also known as puppy strangles. It’s a rare condition caused by an immune system dysfunction. And it can be fatal without costly and intensive treatment. But you came through for Mia. She is now on steroids, nutritional supplements, anti-nausea medications, and a probiotic. She is presently in foster recovering, and we hope she will be in her forever home soon. 
Mia in the critical care unit.
Mariah was a four-year-old Siberian husky who arrived on Dec. 6 at the OHS pregnant with nowhere to turn. Because of you, though, Mariah did have a warm place to go, here at the OHS. Shortly after her admission, Mariah gave birth to nine puppies, named by the staff for Santa's reindeer. Mariah's puppies should be ready for adoption second week of February, mom may take a little longer, as she needs to recover from nursing.
Mariah and her puppies before Christmas.
Mariah and her puppies on Jan. 10.
Mariah's puppies on Jan. 10.
All these animals owe you a special thanks for their lives and their second chance. Since they cannot speak for themselves, I want to do it for them. To all of you that were touched by these stories and stepped up to help Chili, Ramsey, Penny, Lilly, Mia, and Mariah, and the close to 10,000 others that need you every year, thank you. 

Bruce Roney
Executive Director

          The Professional Chain of Command: An Unofficial Chart        

The Chain of Command in hospital and clinical settings can be very confusing. Traditionally, the official descriptions of healthcare hierarchy is separate for nurses, physicians and other professionals. However, it benefits the patients to understand where these professions might fall together. This graphic is not based on scientific data but rather observations and opinions of professionals working in healthcare and from those receiving care. This chart is primarily modeled for teaching institutions.

Do you know the roles of all of the people (and others) included in this chart? If not, here are some definitions that may be some help.

Healthcare Administration: leaders who oversee the administration of hospitals, hospital networks, and health care systems.

Some of the titles you may recognize for the administration include: Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, President, Senior Vice President, Chief Executive Officer, Dean, Executive Director, Chair

Attending: an authorized practitioner of medicine, as one graduated from a college of medicine or osteopathy and licensed by the appropriate board. This includes:

Surgeons: a physician who specializes in surgery

Hospitalists: A physician, usually an internist, who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients.

Sub-Specialists: a physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery, especially one who, by virtue of advanced training, is certified by a specialty board as being qualified to so limit it

General Practitioner: a physician whose practice consists of providing ongoing care covering a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages, often including referral to appropriate specialists

Fellow: General Surgeons & Internal Medicine physicians training for subspecialties

Chief Resident for Surgery or Medicine: a senior resident physician who acts temporarily as the clinical and administrative director of the house staff in a department of the hospital.

Resident: a graduate and licensed physician receiving training in a specialty with 3-4 years experience, depending on area of study

Physician Assistant: certified by an appropriate board to perform certain of a physician's duties, including history taking, physical examination, diagnostic tests, treatment, and certain minor surgical procedures, all under the responsible supervision of a licensed physician

Nurse Practioner: authorized to practice across the US and have prescriptive privileges in 49 states. NPs also take health histories and provide complete physical examinations; diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems; interpret laboratory results and X-rays; and provide health teaching

Intern: An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients and who resides within that institution in the first year of residency

Charge Nurse: the nurse assigned to manage the operations of the patient care area for the shift. Responsibilities may include staffing, admissions and discharge, and coordination of patient care.

Nurses (RN): a graduate nurse who has been legally authorized (registered) to practice after examination by a state board of nurse examiners and who is legally entitled to use the designation RN.

Nurses (LPN): graduate of a school of practical nursing who has been legally authorized to practice as a licensed practical or vocational nurse (L.P.N. or L.V.N.), under supervision of a physician or registered nurse

Most of the above definitions were provided by:

medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com

For these and more clarification about professional titles visit this website


          Thailand Trip: Not just a Coffee Trip        
First, I'd like to say that I enjoyed my Thailand trip because of the people, the places, the food and of the coffee. The people there were , yeah (that's what they always say), very friendly and always smiling. Just tell them something, and since a lot still can't understand english, they'd just smile.

As for their food, I can't say enough since they just have a wide variety of choices and everything was tasty. They had all sorts of curry, pandan chicken, tom yum soup, lots of seafood with curry also and more! I didn't have any problem with their food except that, because of how spicy it was, I had to eat more.

Bangkok is a really nice place and the three days I spent there isn't enough to cover the whole city. This is a place where I recommend you visiting. According to our tour guide, Bangkok is a great place to spend your New Year because you could take the river cruise and see all the 5 star hotels let out their fireworks all at the same time.

When it came to their coffee...

I was amazed at how they coffee all over! Going there, I didn't know that Thailand people were that addicted to coffee since they had lots of different coffee shops along the streets, in the weekend market, in the malls, and even inside the Elephant Park. Or maybe I'm just exaggerating it because I was overwhelmed at the whole city? Exaggerated or not hope you like the pictures I took..

Coffee along the streets where I tasted one of the creamiest lattes ever. I'm a milk type of guy whether it be ice cream or what..I just like it. So I asked the tour guide what he told the barista and all he said was "Cappuccino Latte" Okay..




Here at the weekend market (Chatuchak Market) drinking coffee on a very hot day. Honestly, I didn't enjoy my coffee since my tongue was a little burnt because of the food that I ate before drinking coffee..



So this is the highlight of my trip..drinking coffee with an elephant beside me. LOL



My last coffee before boarding the plane. Unfortunately, I bought this last minute and I forgot you couldn't bring liquid past the x-ray machines/check point so I had to finish this in a hurry. I liked the taste of this, Black Canyon Coffee Frappe since it wasn't too sweet and you could still taste the coffee. The only thing is that their ice wasn't crushed well enough that I had to use my teeth to help crush it. But I love their logo and font, what do you think?




So that sums up my trip to Thailand. I just realized that it's just sad that I wasn't able to concentrate more on coffee there because of the tight schedule. Anyway, it was still a fun trip and I should tell you that this was the reason why Coffee Tickle was inactive for a few days. Well, we're back and it's time for more coffee fun..Tickle Away to a great day everyone!

          "Asparagus For Cancer"        

"Asparagus For Cancer"

Dalibor Moyzes
Subject: Asparagus DO NOT FAIL TO READ THIS AND SEND TO YOUR FAMILY &FRIENDS When I was in the USN, I was stationed in Key West, FL. I worked at the clinic at Naval Air Station on Big Coppitt Key just a few miles north of Key West. The hospital at Key West was for out- patients only, for retired armed forces personnel that lived in the area. If you needed to be hospitalized you were sent to Homestead AFB Florida. I had the day off and just went inside the hospital (Corpman barracks were next to hospital). There was a retired Navy man that worked in the lab and he was very interesting gentleman to talk with. He was a retired biochemist from the USN. He asked me what was going on that day,and I said I had the day off. I wish I was working, as the crew on, today was taking a sailor to Homestead as he had a very bad kidney infection. Now this elderly gent told me the man should have eaten more asparagus, and he wouldn't have that problem. I asked why? I'll never forget him saying, do you eat asparagus? and I said yes, I love them. He replied you notice how your urine stinks after eating asparagus? I said well I never thought it was what I ate but yes it does have a pungent odor. He said, It is because it is detoxifying your body of harmful chemicals!!! This was back in 1986 when I was stationed there and to read this email again I had to share this story...Eat more asparagus, my friends.

Asparagus -- Who knew?
My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week. Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3 months.

THE ARTICLE:
Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a copy of an article, entitled "Asparagus For Cancer" printed in the Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise

Case No. 2, A successful businessman, 68 years old, suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3, On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung cancer was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is now back at his regular business routine.
Case No. 4, A woman had been troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which had started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus treatment.

I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of materia medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates! ---We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.

For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using. Fresh or canned asparagus can be used. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree. Store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.

As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent.' Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.

Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Just a side note... In case you are wondering why this has not been made public, there is no profit in curing cancer.


Please send this article to everyone in your Address Book. The most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received.


posted by 
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC
http://glengarry.puretrim.com
4/26/15


          Flashlight Morphs into Floodlight        
My LORD knows I keep moving the beam of my flashlight to find His footprints. 

I want to follow His lead and keep up with His plan of progress for my life.

He knows I'm living in a world darkened by sin and it's hard to see.

This week I caught a glimpse of the intense journey ahead.

It started the day I shoveled some snow. Nothing out of the ordinary for winter in Maine.

I didn't do much, but I came inside and I was hurting.

At first it was a vague discomfort. That night my lower back started to ache.

By the next morning it earned the title pain and I applied heat to relax the muscles. 

Three days later I had to admit I was in trouble. My lower left side felt the same way it had before my hip was replaced. The whole area was deteriorating and I was having trouble walking. My mind began to spin with the possibility that I'd injured my bionic implant. 

Then what?  =8-O

The next day I gave in and called my surgeon's office. He returned my call and, from what I was telling him, he said I likely strained my back. I did as he directed, applying ice and heat, and taking an anti-inflammatory. 

My mind started to stew over possible scenarios. I'd lifted too much weight and pulled something apart. I'd reached out too far and loosened the screw holding in the socket. Or maybe I slightly dislocated the whole joint. Each one was more dreadful than the previous.

Three days later I had to take action. I reported that the symptoms were continuing and set an appointment to be seen. Three days later still I drove to the doctor's office. From one dark thought to the next the pain became a monster ready to devour my life. 

I was sure that any problems with the bionic device, even a small one, would mean more surgery. More surgery would mean repeating the recovery process. More downtime would mean I'd have to cancel my plans, especially my Spring Tour. More forced isolation would mean feeling helpless again. More inactivity, especially after such a remarkably speedy recovery, would lead to nothing but disappointment and fester into hopelessness. 

I was convinced of every single detail.

Right there on Route 89, before I'd even gotten to the office I was caught in a death spiral. My world had closed in. Nothing but negative, even dire, possibilities remained open to me. 

If you've been following this adventure with me in any other places, you'll know how the appointment went. After extensive x-rays and a thorough examination I got a resounding message that the implant is fine. The conclusion is that I wrenched my back, causing the muscle memory to repeat the way it responded to my deteriorated hip. The tightness and spasms, awkwardness and instability were all a product of confused physical connections.

Are you with me?

The x-rays and the confidence of the doctor in what we were seeing brought my crazy-making mind to a halt. On my way out of the office I started willing my posture to be straight and my stride secure. There was a bit of stretching, but it felt good. My wild thoughts were dismissed by the facts. By the end of that day, without a single physical therapy appointment as prescribed, most of the pain and discomfort were gone. 

I considered that reality as I climbed into bed 10 long days after I moved that bit of snows. The transformation was striking. I wondered what this experience might have to do with the rest of my life. It's a question I ask myself often. Maybe that's what pastor's wives do through a life of sermon illustrations.

Whatever the reason, that's when the floodlight came on.

What if the crazy-making process is a habit?

What if every time I/we participate in it, we're actually crippling ourselves with our own thoughts? 

What if it would only take a serious look at the facts to dissolve the emotional, psychological, spiritual pain we put ourselves through?

Now THOSE are some answers to ponder.

More importantly, what if God delivered these circumstances to alert me/us to behavior that is stealing our joy? And He wants us content, fully enfolded in His arms.

In case you are caught in this dynamic, or have a friend who is (ahem), feel free to borrow my strategy. 

Habit Busting Tactics

1. Ask Holy Spirit to wave a red flag at me when my mind is pulled in a wayward direction.

2. Respond immediately by shaking myself, turning away from the destructive behavior and toward the LORD.

3. Build a replacement habit by putting a Godward activity in its place, such as remembering who He is and how He loves me, reciting or meditating on Scripture, singing meaningful spiritual songs.

If this is all news to you, praise God for His gracious gift and share this with others.
If you too are being challenged in this area, what will you do to win the victory?


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So, if you haven't heard yet...

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Thing 1 presents Thing 2

Are we super excited? 

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"YES+" is even more than just "YES"

Of course, you want to see a baby picture. You're not made of stone.

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Look like someone else you know?

How have I been? Pregnant.

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My bump, my bump, my lovely baby bump.

How has Genevieve been handling it? Very well so far, if you ask me. We're handling this the way we handle (mostly) everything- with books. So far, we've really liked Baby on the Way (by Dr. Sears), When You Were Inside Mommy, The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, and The Birds, the Bees, and the Berenstain Bears (though, this one is a bit dated- they still x-rayed pregnant women).

Mom and I have a difference of opinion on Pecan Pie Baby; Mom didn't like it, I think it's important to acknowledge feelings that perhaps aren't all sunshine and rainbows. Though, I omitted the "Ding Dang" from my reading, because I don't need Genevieve picking up any extra pejoratives.

I'm knitting a bit for Beanzilla (name, courtesy of the brilliant CaffeineJunkie, who dubbed Genevieve "SharkBean" lo those many years ago. Unlike with my last pregnancy, I have knitting mojo- but it's all sweater mojo.

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The Baby Vertebrae is knit out of yarn I fell in love with at Stitches West; it's "Nothing Says 'Screw You' like a Rainbow" from White Birch Fiber Arts (I know, terrible name) in sport weight. It knit up in about six seconds flat, and once it's blocked, I'll post a better photo.


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Envelope, by Ysolda Teague, is brilliant, but alas, I am not. My brains are not what they were, sadly. I can't blame Ysolda; even if she was holding my hand while I knit, she couldn't save me from not being able to count. Sad, but true. (But wouldn't it be lovely? A knitting date with Ysolda? I think so.)

Once you get it, the sweater is awesome. The yarn is Berry Colorful Yarnings "Breakfast at Tiffany's", sent to us to review on the podcast. Since I have less than zero sock mojo, I thought this would make a lovely, gender-neutral sweater. So far, I love the colors, and it's holding up extremely well to being ripped out, reknit, ripped out, and reknit.

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KHAAAAAAAAAN!

Yes, we're going to find out the sex. No, we haven't found out yet. Yes, I'll tell you.

Until then, Beanzilla demands tribute.
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          CCD Views #316        

                             C C D   V I E W S   #316
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                                November 6, 2003

              
 Table of Contents
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 1. Introduction
 2. QS Tel Campaign
 3. Standards Observing Project
 4. Future of CCD Technology
 5. CCD Observing of NMO Targets
 6. Blazar Report & New Charts
 7. UV Per Outburst
 8. CCD Points

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1. Introduction

  Not much time has passed since CCD Views #315 and we already have
enough material for a new issue. Now is a good time to be a CCD
variable star observer.
  The CCD Committee is beginning a project to observe standard
fields. The goal is this project is to help identify systematic
errors in the observers' systems. Anyone is welcome to participate
in this program. All you need is a desire to learn how to do the
best photometry you can. See section 3 for more information.
  A new discussion group dedicated to the discussion of variable
star CCD and PEP photometry and observing projects has been setup.
To read the archives and/or join visit this URL:

 http://www.aavso.org/pipermail/aavso-photometry/

  We encourage the use of this discussion group to discuss topics
mentioned in issues of CCD Views.
  Also, an old friend has returned in CCD Points. :)

 Aaron Price (PAH)
 On behalf of Janet Mattei and Gary Walker, Chairperson of the CCD Committee

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2. QS TEL CAMPAIGN

  Dr. Christopher Mauche, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
has requested our assistance in ongoing monitoring, particularly by
CCD observers, of the magnetic cataclysmic variable 1931-46 QS Tel,
continuing until at least the end of 2004. He recently visited
AAVSO HQ and reiterated the need for more data, especially CCD.

  Since the announcement in Alert Notice #302 on September 26 only
two observers have been regularly following QS Tel (Peter Nelson & Berto
Monard - thanks guys!). It is a difficult object for most being both faint
and in the southern hemisphere. However, this is an opportunity to
make the object your own and really contribute data in an area that
it is needed.

  ** If you can get down to -46 degrees and have a CCD, please
add QS Tel to your observing program!! **

  Observe QS Tel in V and R at least one time per night of
observing. Try to make your estimates as accurate as possible. This
will help monitor the basic activity of the star. Then once per
month or so, or if you notice a sudden change of brightness during
your regular observations, spend an evening getting time series data
on QS Tel. This will help monitor its 2 hr 20 min orbital period.

  Dr. Mauche informs us: "Regular observations are required to (1)  
establish the optical behavior of QS Tel, and (2) trigger an approved
target-of-opportunity Chandra Low Energy Transmission Grating
observation, which can take place only when the source is in a high
state. The Chandra data will be used to measure the EUV/soft X-ray
spectral energy distribution of the accretion-heated white dwarf
photosphere and refine the parameters of the absorption lines and edges
first detected with the EUVE satellite by Rosen et al. (1996, Monthly
Notices Royal Astronomical Society, 280, 1121).

  QS Tel is a very bright extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray source
likely to be of ongoing interest to researchers, so long-term optical
coverage is very important. In fact it is the 2nd brightest AM Her
star in the sky in extreme x-rays. Because little is known about its
optical behavior, this request for optical monitoring represents an opportunity
for observers to add to the fundamental information on QS Tel.

  More background information on QS Tel and observing charts are
available in Alert Notice #302 and at this URL:
  [link removed - all charts can be plotted at http://www.aavso.org/vsp]

  QS Tel is currently fading. Recent light curve of QS Tel:
  [link removed]

  Recent Observations of QS Tel:
           QS TEL   OCT 16.7050  15.4  MLF   CR    
    QS TEL   OCT 16.7050  15.4  MLF   CR    
    QS TEL   OCT 26.7440  15.8  MLF   CR   
    QS TEL   NOV 04.4372  16.7  NLX   CCDV  SN=10, 500 SEC EXPOSURE Err: 0.1
    QS TEL   NOV 04.4590  17.0  NLX   CCDV  SN=10, 500 SEC EXPOSURE Err: 0.1
    QS TEL   NOV 04.4649  16.7  NLX   CCDV  SN=10, 500 SEC EXPOSURE Err: 0.1
    QS TEL   NOV 04.4708  16.5  NLX   CCDV  SN=10, 500 SEC EXPOSURE Err: 0.1

  Thanks to the following observers for submitting observations of
QS Tel since the publication of Alert Notice #302:

    HBD Bernard Heathcote, Australia
    HDJ David Higgins, Australia
    MLF Berto Monard, South Africa
    NLX Peter Nelson, Australia

  Extra special thanks to Peter and Berto for their continued  monitoring!!
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3. STANDARDS OBSERVING PROJECT

   By Gary Walker (WGR), CCD Committee Chairperson

 What is it?
 We are starting another observing project with this issue of CCD
Views.  This project is intended to encourage observers to check
their accuracy and repeatability of observations, using some
known Landolt Fields, that have been well observed by Arne Henden
(He has actually observed these more than Landolt did).  This
project will allow observers to check methodologies--ie SN,
Flatfielding, Dark Subtraction, Software Reductions, etc.

 Proceedure--ie What do I do?
 What you do is perform a time series (of 15-20 multiple
exposures) of a Standard Field, which is well known.  Thanks to
Bruce Gary and Arne Henden, we have selected 13 of these fields,
which means that one should be up at the meridian nearly every
night.  A table with the names and the magnitudes can be found at
[link removed] .

 Observe a field in V filtered, untransformed.  Reduce each
exposure separately.  Do not average your exposures.  Measure
Star A relative to Star B only. Each exposure should be according
to your normal proceedure - a good rule of thumb is to expose
long enough for the brightest star in the process to register
half of full well. Report your results to HQ using WebObs or your
standard proceedure, that way we can share the light "curves"
with all observers.  Use the star name and letter A (ie SA114A)  
listed in the web page above for your v instrumental magnitudes
(V filtered by untransformed).

 Thats about all there is too it.  A few administrative things.
These observations will count towards your totals.  Please share
your results.  I have already shared some of my results on SA114,
which I used to check out the proceedure before launching the
project.

 When you make a finding or have a question, post it to the new
photometry discussion group (see introduction for subscription
information).  Please share your findings, especially those that
have improved your photometry.

 Advanced Projects-BVRI
 If you customarily do BVRI photometry, and would like to check
your system, you can observe with your BVRI filters and transform
your data.  Again, report it to HQ using Webobs or your favorite
method. Designate the measurement at CCDB, CCDV, CCDR, or CCDI as
appropriate.

 Advanced Project-Fainter magnitudes
 If you would like to test some fainter magnitudes, then try
measuring the fainintest star in the table on the web.  Measure
relative to Star B.  This will give a couple of magnitudes
fainter information and may tax your proceedure. Report this
information as SA114D, or SA114E the same as in the table for
example. These measurements should be instrumental, v filtered,
and not transformed.

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4. THE FUTURE OF CCD TECHNOLOGY

  By Arne Henden, U.S. Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station.

  CCD detectors are pretty darn near perfect.  They have very high QE
(quantum efficiency, basically how many photons they detect compared to
how many actually fall on the device), low readnoise, wide wavelength
response and low cost for millions of pixels.  So how can they be
improved?

  First, the QE has been slowly creaping upward.  The original
frontside illuminated Kodak chips, for example, had to image through
the electronic gate structure.  These gates are made of polysilicon,
reasonably transparent in the red but almost opaque in the blue.  The
net effect was that you only detected perhaps 40percent of the incident
photons.  The recent blue-transparent (TIN) gate material from Kodak
has increased the QE to 80percent or more, almost as good as thinning
the CCD and imaging from the backside, a very expensive technique.  In
addition, using microlenses over each pixel to focus the light on the
most sensitive part of the pixel improves the QE.  Kodak is just about
ready to release CCDs with the TIN gate technology on both of the
gates, so that no microlenses will be necessary. I think QE is rapidly
becoming a non-issue, with a broad peak QE of 80-90percent possible on
frontside illuminated devices.

  Next, the blue response is getting good on most CCDs.  However, the
red response is harder to control.  What happens is that the silicon
itself starts becoming transparent and the mean free path of photons
increases to such a point that most travel through the active region of
the pixel and are not detected.  By 1.1 micron, you have zero QE with
silicon-based CCDs.  Before that point, you can increase the QE by
making the active pixel region thicker, or by doping the silicon so
that the photon pathlength becomes shorter.  Both of these tricks
increase the QE, but usually at the expense of poorer resolution or
higher dark current.  I think you will see CCDs in the near future that
have 30percent QE near the 300nm cutoff of the atmosphere, and
20-30percent QE all the way out to 900nm.  Not perfect, but pretty darn
good.  The way technology has been improving, it might even be possible
to get close to 90percent QE over that entire range.  Remember, though,
that 100percent QE is the absolute limit.  Going from 80percent to
90percent is not a huge gain, so we are rapidly approaching the limit.

  The area where CCDs will get worse is in pixel size.  The larger the
pixel, the larger the full well capacity and the greater the dynamic
range for an image taken with the CCD.  Manufacturers, though, are
going for small pixels since their primary market is consumer cameras
where camera size is important.  They want more pixels, not larger
detector size.

  There are some interesting projects underway.  The Orthogonal
Transfer CCD enables charge to be transferred in all directions. This
might be an interesting technique for fast guiding on-chip. The
electron multiplier CCD uses a string of amplification between the
serial register and the readout node of the CCD, providing noiseless
amplification of the signal.  This means you can get subelectron
readnoise on a CCD, thereby permitting single-photon detection and
removing readnoise entirely for low light level situations (such as
spectroscopy).

  Other detectors are being developed.  The GaAs technology is used by
the communications industry for fiber networks, and more companies are
developing arrays of GaAs detectors for 2-D detection to improve the
signal/noise on long hauls.  These detectors offer 1-2micron capability
and extend the amateur's usable wavelengths into the near-infrared.  
The CMOS industry continues to improve their detectors, and I expect
megapixel devices with low dark current and low readnoise to be
competitive with CCDs in a few years, possibly at extremely low cost.

  The future looks bright.  Ten years ago, few amateurs were using CCD
cameras and now they are a standard option for most telescope
purchases.  Computers and software are improving dramatically.  I
expect the vast majority of telescope users to have an imaging camera
before long; maybe we can convince a large fraction to start
contributing photometry!
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5. NOVEMBER NMO TARGETS FOR CCDs

  By Mike Simonsen (SXN)

  In March of 2003 an informal initiative to coordinate efforts of
observers to provide better coverage of stars in need of more
observations (NMOs) was created.

  The main idea was to share the observing between visual and CCD
observers. Visual observers would concentrate on targets brighter than
13.5V and CCD observers would concentrate on obtaining positive
observations fainter than 13.5V.

  In hopes of getting some of you to contribute to this initiative I
have identified some appropriate targets for CCD observers in
November.

Z Ari- (10.2-<15.0) Currently around the threshold of 13.5V and
fading, this one is ready to be handed off to CCD observers.

SV Aql- (10.2-<15.5) Probably on the rise from minimum, but the data
has significant scatter. The sequence probably doesn't help much. This
light curve needs help.

EU Aql- (11.4-15.1) At or near the 13.5 threshold and fading, this
star lies in a particularly busy Milky Way field. Not recommended for
beginners or the faint of heart. There is new photometry for this
field from Arne Henden in V and Ic, and the chart team is working on
new charts, but it will be a while before they are available. You can
get the data from Arne's ftp site.
[link removed]

VY Aur- (10.3-14.7) Fading towards minimum, this one is favorably
placed for months to come.

RX Del- (10.2-<15.5) This one has just reached the mid 13's and is
fading to minimum. The AAVSO charts have a good CCD(V) sequence from
R. Zissell.  Still well placed in the evening.

SU Cnc- (10.5-<15.4) Currently in the 14th mag range, most likely
headed for minimum. You should be able to follow this one for several
months and get observations from minimum to maximum by the time it is
lost to the sun again.

AU Cyg- (8.7-15.5) New charts with a Henden sequence are now available
for this star. Visual observers lost it around mid-October in the 15th
mag range. Faint observations are needed to fill out the bottom of the
curve. The trend in the last four cycles seems to indicate it is
experiencing progressively fainter minima.

SS Del- (11.3-<16.0) This Mira has a relatively short period (194d),
so more frequent observations are appropriate. The sequence and charts
for this star are very good. Currently in the 16th mag range, heading
for minimum.  Go deep!

UZ Gem- (8.8-<15.0) This one is truly in need of more observations.  
There is scant data for it when fainter than 11th magnitude. It is in
the 15th magnitude range now, so probably on the rise, but who knows?
Ugly charts with a totally inadequate sequence do not help the
situation. Be careful in identifying the variable.

SU Lyr- (11.2-<18.0) Few positive visual observations of this faint
LPV exist fainter than 15V. It is reported to be in the 17th magnitude
range currently. This is an obvious CCD target. There are good charts
with a CCD(V) sequence available.

R PsA- (9.2-14.7) Scant observations indicate it is 13+ and fading.  
This is another star that may be exhibiting progressively fainter
minima recently. CCD observations would help define the bottom of this
curve. A poor sequence and declination of -29 degrees contribute to
the scant data. Southern observers are encouraged to help out on this
one.

S Tau- (10.2-15.3) Visual observers lost this one in the low 14's in
October. Positive faint observations are needed around minimum. With a
period just over one year, the maxima keep getting missed while in
conjunction with the sun, so there is not a lot of recent data on this
star. Follow it as long as possible.

Z Tau- (9.8-13.9::)  Z Tau has a close 14th mag companion that
probably has disguised the actual minima of this star for ages. It is
in a good field with lots of comparisons, and RU Tau is close by; a
two for one bargain! New charts and sequences for both of these will
be released in the coming month. Henden photometry is available on his
ftp site: [link removed]

If you are looking for other challenging faint targets you can
download the NMO Planning Tool from the website.

http://www.aavso.org/aavso-bulletin

Stars are sorted by their current status, so you can skim the list for stars fainter than 13.5v
relatively easily.

Good luck and clear skies.

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6. BLAZAR REPORT & NEW CHARTS - GET IN EARLY!

  In the last issue we called for observations of 9 blazars. We
received 203 total observations. Out of those, 55 were CCD. All of
the CCD observations were done with a filter. Way to go! Below is a
list of CCD observers ranked by how many observations they made of
the GTN blazars:

 Obs Rank   Who      What
     1      RSE     BL Lac, 3C 66A, Mark 41, Mark 501 & 2344+514
     2      MDA     BL Lac
     3      JM         3C 66A, Mark 501
     3      WDZ     BL Lac and 3C 66A
     5      OAR     3C 66A, Mark 501
     5      DIL     3C 66A
     5      SDY     BL Lac
     8      GBL     Mark 501, OI+158, 2344+514
     8      GMZ     BL Lac
    10      HDU        BL Lac
    10      RR         BL Lac
    10      MDW     BL Lac
    10      MMG     3C 66A

  This is a CCD publication, but visual monitoring is needed as
well. Thanks to visual observers MUY, KRB, PUJ, OJR, VJA, HUZ, GMZ,
SXN, STR, MGH, PYG, TDB, & SUI for their data.

  It's a good start but we need more so we can set an accurate
baseline for these stars (except BL Lac which seems to be well
covered for now). Please add these blazars to your program and
observe them once per week in CCDV and in R, Ic if you have the
appropriate filters.

  Also, CCD charts for 5 new blazars have been published. Please
observe these as well. Most of these are not well observed at all so
any new data will add to our knowledge of these objects' behavior!

    0106+22  S2 0109+22
    1746+09  OT 081
    1749+70  S4 1749+70
    1806+78  S5 1803+78
    2002-49  PKS2005-48

  We have *no* recent observations of those objects in our database.
This is a great opportunity to get in early!
 
  Nice & new charts for all these objects are available at:
            http://www.aavso.org/vsp
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7. UV PER OUTBURST

  UV Per (UGSU) appears to be in outburst for the first time
since late December of 2000. So far there are no reports of this
being a superoutburst. However, in 1989 and 1996 UV Per
experienced an outburst followed by a superoutburst and then a
post superoutburst brightening resulting in 3 different light
curve peaks. So careful monitoring over the next 10 days is
warranted.

 Please observe UV Per closely and report your observations to
the AAVSO as soon as possible. Get high quality and high resolution
data to look for superhumps that may signify a superoutburst.

 Charts of UV Per, revised in November of 2002 are available here:
http://www.aavso.org/vsp

 The f-chart has CCDV photometry from Arne Henden good for visual
and .1 mag CCDV use. For more accurate V & B photometry consult
Arne's DAT file:
  [link removed]

Light curves:

 Recent light curve:
http://www.aavso.org/lcg

 All 34,000+ observations (except fainter thans) dating back to 1933:
http://www.aavso.org/ql

 Close up of light curve of last outburst:
http://www.aavso.org/lcg

Last CCD observation:
        UV PER     OCT 08.1243 <17.2   GKA   CCDV
Latest UV Per visual observations:
            UV PER       NOV 05.7361  11.7   MUY
        UV PER     NOV 05.8201  11.8   NDQ   
        UV PER     NOV 05.8632  11.6   GGU

    GKA - GRAHAM, KEITH A (ILLINOIS)
    MUY - MUYLLAERT, EDDY (BELGIUM)
    NDQ - NAILLON, DOMINIQUE (FRANCE)
    GGU - GILEIN, GUUS (NETHERLANDS)
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8. RETURN OF CCD POINTS

  The last few CCD Views felt empty to me. While full of good and
useful information there was a hole in there. I think it was the lack
of CCD Points. So they're back, this time for good. I'll also give
you some insight into the super-secret-mega-formula that goes into
computing them.  Each observation is worth one point. But it can gain
points and fraction of points for a variety of things.

  + Observing stars mentioned in previous CCD Views, Special
    News Flashes or Alert Notices
  + Observing bulletin stars in need of more observing
    (points vary based on the need of data)
  + Observations reported with uncertainty ("Err:" field)
  + Transformed observations ("Transformed:" field)
  + Faint observations (points dependant on magnitude)
  + Observations done with a BVRcIc filter
  + Observations done within a few days of the full moon
  + Total number of objects observed
  + If your observer code is PAH you get a bonus of 10,000 points

  Eventually I'll start a column for running FY total and ranking.
Send any recommendations for point modification to aavso@aavso.org.

  REMINDER: CCD Points are *not* an official AAVSO report and carry
no weight at HQ. They are provided purely for fun and to start
barroom brawls at AAVSO meetings.

  Now without further adieu...

 Pts    Obs    Observer
 5386   896    JM  JAMES, ROBERT A. (LAS CRUCES,NM,USA)
 1042   1098   COO COOK, LEWIS M. (CONCORD,CA,USA)
 971    135    MMU MUNKACSY, MARK J. (PORTSMOUTH,RI,USA)
 733    116    GKA GRAHAM, KEITH A. (MANHATTEN,IL,USA)
 438    38     MDW MACDONALD II, WALTER J. (WINCHESTER,ONTARIO,CANADA)
 304    210    OAR OKSANEN, ARTO (FIN-40950 MUURAME,FINLAND)
 257    31     RSE ROBINSON, STEPHEN E. (ROCKVILLE,MD,USA)
 249    19     GFB GOFF, WILLIAM (SUTTER CREEK,CA,USA)
 180    45     MTK MICHALIK, TOM (LYNCHBURG,VA,USA)
 144   <10     WJC WOJCIK, JAN (POTSDAM,NY,USA)
 135    16     VST VALENTINI, STEFANO (CRESPADORO,ITALY)
 126    10     GMZ GRAZIANI, MAURO (FUSIGNANO 48010 (RA),ITALY)
 121   <10     ARJ ARNOLD, JAMES E. (HUNTSVILLE,AL,USA)
 111    11     ZRE ZISSELL, RONALD E. (SOUTH HADLEY,MA,USA)
 99    <10     NMI NICHOLAS, MICHAEL (GLENDALE,AZ,USA)
 87    <10     WDZ WELLS, DON (MISSOURI CITY,TX,USA)
 85    <10     GRL GRANSLO, BJORN H. (,NORWAY)
 85     12     NLX NELSON, PETER ROBERT (VICTORIA 3820,AUSTRALIA)
 50    <10     RR  ROYER, RONALD E. (SPRINGVILLE,CA,USA)
 50    <10     CJS CASE, JAMES A. (KANSAS CITY,MO,USA)
 49    <10     WGR WALKER, GARY (SHERBORN,MA,USA)
 39    <10     LIW LILLER, WILLIAM (RENACA - VINA DEL MAR,CHILE)
 28    <10     SQC SUSLAVAGE, CHARLES A. (CORONA,CA,USA)
 27    <10     DIL DILLON, WILLIAM G. (MISSOURI CITY,TX,USA)
 12    <10     WJD WEST, JERRY DOUG (MULVANE,KS,USA)

 These points reflect observations from October 1, 2003 (beginning
of the AAVSO fiscal year) until November 6, 2003. As before, we don't
include the observation totals of those with less then 10 observations
so as to avoid betraying the CCD Points formula!
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 Good observing!

 Aaron Price, AAVSO Technical Assistant (PAH)
 Gary Walker, Chairman of the AAVSO CCD Committee (WGR)

Copyright 2003, American Association of Variable Star Observers
 

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1. Introduction
 
  Dr. Janet Mattei (1943 - 2004) was a true friend of CCD variable star astronomy. From the beginning of the CCD revolution she recognized the impact it would have on amateur observing. With Gary Walker, she helped organize one of the first amateur CCD observing workshops back in 1991, before most of us had even a dream of owning a CCD. She was constantly looking for funding so that the AAVSO could sponsor CCD equipment for our observers. She secured
funding to loan complete CCD systems to observers in Finland, Hungary, New Zealand and Australia to expand GRB network coverage.  She also funded the distribution of photometric filters to observers all over the world (CCD Views Vol. 2 No. 4) and worked with Arne Henden to coordinate the Precision CCD Photometry Workshop in 2001.
  This electronic version of CCD Views is a direct result of Janet's initiative. One day she wanted to discuss how we could help energize our CCD observers and take better advantage of their capabilities. At the time, Gary Walker was editing the original print version of CCD Views. The three of us brainstormed and decided to make it an electronic publication, meaning it could come out more often and be more responsive to our needs.
  Janet offered so much to everyone she ever worked with. CCD Observing is but one of those areas yet it illustrates well her gift of vision. She will be missed.
 
 Aaron Price (PAH), AAVSO HQ, on behalf of
Gary Walker (WGR), CCD Committee Chairperson.
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2. INTENSIVE BZ UMA 24-HOUR CAMPAIGN
 
In late February, BZ UMa (08:53:44.14 +57:48:41.1 - J2000) was visually observed in outburst by Mike Simonsen (SXN). Observers were notified via MyNewsFlash within minutes if they subscribed to the SNOBS (Significant or Noteworthy OutBurstS) list and the rest were notified via an AAVSO Special MyNewsFlash notice hours later when confirmation came in from Tonny Vanmunster (VMT). 4,270 CCD observations were made by AAVSO observers over four nights. We have analyzed that data and submitted an IBVS manuscript on the results. Responses from the IBVS editors are pending. In the meantime, a draft copy can be read here: [link removed]
 
This project highlighted two important things. First, the problems caused by gaps in the coverage. Visit the URL below to see the light curve and the gaps in it: [link removed]
 
Second, it highlighted our lack of understanding of the BZ UMa system. BZ UMa shows some signs of belonging to the UGSU subclass of dwarf novae(1). Its orbital period, mass ratio, outburst amplitude and frequency all suggest it is an UGSU. However, its outbursts do not show superhumps as they should, and it is a bright X-Ray source with abnormally strong Balmer emission lines and other peculiarities in its spectra. BZ UMa could be an intermediate polar (IP) or could be in a class of its own. Our analysis of the data from the February outburst shows signs of activity that are usually associated with IPs. It also has some tantalizing hints of other periodicities that could be very interesting, however the statistical significance of the signal is too weak believe on its own.
 
In an effort to shed more light on this system we are coordinating an intensive observing campaign of BZ UMa at quiescence. We would like to get as many observations as possible during this period to try and create a precise 24-hour light curve with as few gaps as possible.
 
We are targeting the evenings of April 19th - April 20 (UTD) as our primary day and April 17th - 18th (UTD) as a preliminary day. If you can only do one evening, choose April 19th-20th because we have time that evening on a professional Mauna Kea telescope to help fill in the Pacific gap. We realize that it is a Monday and some of our observers can not observe all night. However, please try to observe both days. This allows us to look for variations of a longer timescale and gives us some extra coverage. Note that all times are UT. We may setup a chat room for observers to hang out in during these long runs.
 
Basically what we need is for you to observe from your local dusk until dawn on the nights of April 17th and 19th.
 
We have two professional observatories who will help if weather permits. Arne Henden at the US Naval Observatory in Flagstaff and Karen Meech (University of Hawaii) who will be able to observe from Mauna Kea.
 
BTW, we need more coverage in Asia and the Pacific. If you have any friends in the area with a CCD please forward this to them!
 
BZ UMa at quiescence is quite faint, varying between V=16-17. We need integrations to be as short as possible because some of the flaring and periodicity we are looking for is on very short time scales (minutes). So we're calling for UNFILTERED observations. If you have a small aperture, consider binning your pixels if your seeing allows you to do that without taking a significant hit in precision.
 
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If you think you can participate please e-mail aaronp@aavso.org with which of the two days (17th and/or 19th) are available to you and your timezone. A list of participants and their location will be kept on the web site (see below for URL).
 
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A CCD Views Special Edition will be issued no later than 00 UT Friday, April 16th with the exact campaign times.
 
In the next two weeks please begin making observations of BZ UMa with your system. Use this time to find the best combination of exposure time and accuracy. In general, aim for 0.02 mag precision. But if you cannot reach that without taking a very long exposure then we can do with less precision. Test your system to determine the best you can do. If you have questions please e-mail your results to the aavso-photometry discussion group for advice. German-Equatorial users make note of BZ UMa's transit time at your location so you can keep the "flip-gap" as small as possible.
 
Arne Henden has calibrated this field. His data is plotted on the AAVSO f-scale charts at this URL: [link removed - all charts can be found at http://www.aavso.org/vsp]
 
Use any comparison star and check star that you see on the chart. The 131 is a good color match. Some of them have close companions so be careful to keep stars out of your annuli.
 
Please upload your data to the AAVSO for these snapshot sessions. They will be useful in establishing a baseline of activity for BZ UMa before the campaign begins.
 
In a two-hour unfiltered observing run on March 20, Bruce Gary (GBL) detected variations of up to 0.3 mag on a time scale of around an hour. Do not expect to find these variations in your data but be prepared for *any* kind of variation or oscillation.
 
A To-Do Checklist:
1. Send an e-mail to aaronp@aavso.org with your timezone if you think you can participate.
2. Practice taking at least 1 BZ UMa observation each time you are observing up until April 17 (UTD).
3. On at least one night, spend some time on BZ UMa taking unfiltered exposures and finding the best way to get precision photometry with as short of exposures as possible.
4. Stock up on coffee, tea, pizza, etc and be prepared to observe April 17 and April 19 (UTD).
 
As we analyze the data we will keep anyone who participated in the campaign updated. Observers who get more than an hour of data with SNR>40 during the campaign or who otherwise provide significant help will be coauthors on any paper we publish.
 
A web page for this campaign will be maintained at: [link removed]
 
Public discussion will take place on aavso-photometry discussion group:
 
1 - Visit our February, 2000 Variable Star of the Month for more information about UGSU dwarf novae:
 
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3. INTEGRAL BLAZAR OBSERVING REQUEST - APRIL 2-6
 
Luisa Ostorero at the University of Heidelberg (Landessternwarte Heidelberg) is requesting optical observations of the blazar S5 0716+71 for correlation with an INTEGRAL Target of Opportunity Observing (TOO) run scheduled for April 2-6.
 
S5 0716+71 is a blazar that reached historical brightness levels this week (Rc=12-13 with rapid variability). As a result, RXTE observations were recently approved and now observations with ESA's INTEGRAL satellite are planned.
 
Observers with a filter wheel are requested to perform B-V-R-I observations at the beginning and end of their observing run. In the middle B-R-I sequences should be taken for as long as possible.
 
Observers without a filter wheen should observe with an Rc filter.
 
Runs should be held from now until April 7 (UTD). Additionally, please add S5 0716+71 to your regular monitoring program.
 
Please report your observations to the AAVSO as soon as possible and include an Err: estimate. Charts are available at this URL:
 
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4. UV PER CAMPAIGN PUBLICATION
 
Thanks to the 13 CCD observers (and 6 visual) who helped out with the 2003 superoutburst of UV Per.
 
We received 11,545 CCD observations providing excellent coverage over about 10 days. A superhump period (95.92 +/- 0.006 minutes) slightly different than the previously published period (95.63 +/- 0.05 minutes from Udalski, 1992) was detected along with a change in the period that had been previously undetected. We were especially pleased with the number of observations submitted with an uncertainty (Err:). The quality of this data allowed us to publish the observations as IBVS #5488 with each observer as a coauthor. The paper is available at this URL: [link removed]
 
The next superoutburst of UV Per is predicted to be between July 20, 2005 and April 14, 2006. The 14 CCD observers who make up the UV Per Hall of Fame are:
 
Lew Cook
Tonny Vanmunster
Bruce Gary
Dave Messier
David Boyd
Arto Oksanen
Gary Billings
Keith Graham
Bill Goff
Doug West
Patrick Schmeer
Arne Henden
Ron Zissell
Ron Royer
 
The 6 visual observers who helped by detecting the outburst or the period of post-superoutburst brightening are:
 
Eddy Muyllaert
Bill Anderson
Glenn Chaple
Tracy Scott
Gary Poyner
Hazel McGee
 
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5. GRB AFTERGLOW ACTIVITY REPORT
 
This report will be the beginning of regular reports on High Energy Network observations of possible GRB localizations to be included in each issue of CCD Views. The following observations were made by network members since the last issue of CCD Views.
 
GRB040228: Donn Starkey (SDB - USA) observed the field between 3 and 3.5 hours after the detection and did not detect an afterglow. No afterglow was reported by GCN.
 
GRB031220: Arto Oksanen (OAR - Finland) and Nyrola Observatory observed the field beginning around 14 hours after the detection and did not detect an afterglow. Chandra observed this field and reported a number of previously unknown X-ray sources. Optical counterparts for a few of them were observed by large professional telescopes but whether any of them were the actual afterglow has not been established.
 
GRB040319: Diego Rodriguez (RZD - Spain) observed this field quickly but the spacecraft localization turned out to be incorrect.
 
Thanks to Donn, Arto and Diego for keeping up the watch!
 
Remember GRB observations must be reported through this web page: [link removed]
 
Quality GRB localizations have been few and far between the past few months. If you are feeling rusty, go over your observing strategies and do some practice runs. When the next big one comes through those who are well practiced will be most likely to be successful.
 
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6. GXC - LINUX/UNIX SOFTWARE FOR OBSERVATION AUTOMATION AND DATA REDUCTION
 
By Radu Corlan (CXR)
 
Over the last year or so I've been developing gxc, a program that automates observations and VS data reductions. It started with cx, a program i made to control my home-made ccd camera. (http://astro.corlan.net/cpx3m/index.html).
 
As the telescope I use doesn't point accurately enough to be able to make observations unattended, I've added a field-matching algorithm that can make pointing corrections by comparing the positions of stars extracted from a test frame to the GSC. It is now possible to obtain frames from hundreds of different fields in a fully automatic mode.
 
Identifying stars is also the most tedious step in data reduction. With the field-matching algorithm, GCX can astrometrically calibrate a frame against the GSC or some other catalog starting from an approximate position and scale, such as the coordinates of the target and the focal length of the telescope.
 
Once the frame is astrometrically calibrated, the program can do aperture photometry on selected stars. To automate the process, position standards and photometric standards are grouped in a "recipe" file, which can be thought as the electronic equivalent of an aavso chart.
 
The recipe file is 'run' on the data frame, and the program will automatically identify and measure the stars in the recipe file, and output a report. A relatively complex error model generates error figures for all measurements. I've checked the error model against time-series measurement results, and it has proven to be quite accurate.
 
The program was developed on Linux, but can probably easily be ported to other UNIX systems that support the gtk-1.2 library. GCX can be run as a GUI program, performing all the operations step-by-step, or in batch mode - so that it can be included in a higher-level reduction script.
 
The project home page is:
 
It is also listed on freshmeat at:
 
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7. NEW CCD BATCH UPLOAD FORMATS
 
The CCD Batch Upload Tool has been upgraded to support the Center For Backyard Astrophysics (CBA) and MaximDL data formats. In addition, the Default 2 column format now supports an optional third column consisting of the error/uncertainty term you derived for the observation.
 
The tool can be accessed by logging into your WebObs account. More information is here:
 
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8. CCD Observing Manual Update
 
The AAVSO CCD Observing Manual is an online manual for CCD observing aimed at the beginning to intermediate observer.
 
 
The entire manual has been inspected and updated where appropriate. Many links were updated or added and some grammar improved. The section on CCD Error underwent some further clarification and a new section on SNR was added along with a discussion of annuli. In addition, the new High Energy Network projects were added along with discussion about MyNewsFlash and the new Photometry Discussion Group. In particular you may want to pay attention to the discussion on SNR in the Photometry/Error section.
 
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9. CCD POINTS
 
The following totals are for November, 2003 (last issue of CCD Views) - March 1, 2004.
 
REMINDER: CCD Points are *not* an official AAVSO report and carry no weight at HQ. They are provided purely for fun and to start barroom brawls at AAVSO meetings.
 
Points Obs. Observer
22564 11348 COO COOK, LEWIS M. (CONCORD,CA,USA)
18155 7177 VMT VANMUNSTER, TONNY (B-3401 LANDEN,BELGIUM)
13005 3897 JM JAMES, ROBERT A. (LAS CRUCES,NM,USA)
11768 2939 MXD MESSIER, DAVID (LISBON,CT,USA)
6533 1397 BDG BOYD, DAVID (OXON OX12 9TX,ENGLAND)
6227 4719 NLX NELSON, PETER ROBERT (VICTORIA 3820,AUSTRALIA)
5054 1323 OAR OKSANEN, ARTO (FIN-40950 MUURAME,FINLAND)
3917 490 CXR CORLAN, RADU (71206 BUCHAREST 1,ROMANIA)
3871 477 CUA CORLAN, ALEXANDRU (71206 BUCHAREST 1,ROMANIA)
3806 992 MDW MACDONALD II, WALTER J. (WINCHESTER, ONTARIO K0C 2K0,CANADA)
3215 631 GKA GRAHAM, KEITH A. (MANHATTEN,IL,USA)
3201 3479 RIX RICHARDS, THOMAS JOSEPH (ELTHAM, VICTORIA 3095,AUSTRALIA)
2772 505 GBL GARY, BRUCE L. (HEREFORD,AZ,USA)
2715 493 BGW BILLINGS, GARY W. (CALGARY ALBERTA T2L0X7,CANADA)
2424 613 SDB STARKEY, DONN RAY (AUBURN,IN,USA)
1854 414 GFB GOFF, WILLIAM (SUTTER CREEK,CA,USA)
1485 356 MMU MUNKACSY, MARK J. (PORTSMOUTH,RI,USA)
1478 300 RSE ROBINSON, STEPHEN E. (ROCKVILLE,MD,USA)
1156 293 WJD WEST, JERRY DOUG (MULVANE,KS,USA)
1143 212 BKL BLACKWELL, JOHN A. (NORTHWOOD,NH,USA)
1118 196 AWJ AQUINO, WILLIAM J. (NIAGARA FALLS,NY,USA)
844 168 WGR WALKER, GARY (SHERBORN,MA,USA)
816 115 BIW BUTTERWORTH, NEIL DOUGLAS (MT. LOUISA, QUEENSLAND 4814,AUSTRALIA)
683 231 WDZ WELLS, DON (MISSOURI CITY,TX,USA)
646 339 PPK PAAKKONEN, PERTTI (FIN-80160 JOENSUU,FINLAND)
472 47 DRG DIETHELM, ROGER (CH-4118 RODERSDORF,SWITZERLAND)
447 181 MTK MICHALIK, TOM (LYNCHBURG,VA,USA)
434 69 MXM MIFSUD, MARTIN (PIETA,MALTA EUROPE MSD10)
432 48 CJS CASE, JAMES A. (KANSAS CITY,MO,USA)
373 43 RZD RODRIGUEZ, DIEGO (28400 VILLALBA, MADRID,SPAIN)
321 108 VST VALENTINI, STEFANO (CRESPADORO,ITALY)
303 72 DIL DILLON, WILLIAM G. (MISSOURI CITY,TX,USA)
273 29 BOA BRUNO, ALAIN (F-35530 NOYAL SUR VILAINE,FRANCE)
269 77 RR ROYER, RONALD E. (SPRINGVILLE,CA,USA)
267 27 ARJ ARNOLD, JAMES E. (HUNTSVILLE,AL,USA)
244 97 NMI NICHOLAS, MICHAEL (GLENDALE,AZ,USA)
240 32 CDV CORNELL, DAVID (ELSAH,IL,USA)
239 24 MTK MICHALIK, TOM (LYNCHBURG,VA,USA)
223 42 HBD HEATHCOTE, BERNARD DAVID (VICTORIA,AUSTRALIA)
209 18 DHN DIEDERICH, HANS G. (D-64287 DARMSTADT,GERMANY)
195 67 RMU RODRIGUEZ MARCO, MIGUEL (28003-MADRID,SPAIN)
112 <10 WRX WILLIAMS, ROGER G. (KALAMAZOO,MI,USA)
109 20 MMG MARTINENGO, MAURIZIO (10060 CANTALUPA (TURIN),ITALY)
96 12 KZX KERESZTY, ZSOLT (MISKOLC,HUNGARY)
87 <10 CTX CRAWFORD, TIMOTHY R. (ARCH CAPE,OR,USA)
85 <10 WJC WOJCIK, JAN (POTSDAM,NY,USA)
82 <10 GMZ GRAZIANI, MAURO (FUSIGNANO 48010 (RA),ITALY)
71 <10 HDF HOHMAN, DENNIS G. (ORCHARD PARK,NY,USA)
68 <10 CHG CHANTEGROS, HERVE (,FRANCE)
54 <10 SDY SCHARNHORST, DANNY (99084 ERFURT,GERMANY)
54 22 ASAS3 ALL SKY AUTOMATED SURVEY 3, THE (LAS CAMPANAS, LA SERENA,CHILE)
49 13 KKG KING, KERRIE (JOHNSON CITY,TN,USA)
42 <10 CDV CORNELL, DAVID (ELSAH,IL,USA)
39 <10 CLF COHEN, LOUIS (CAMBRIDGE,MA,USA)
29 13 LVY LEVY, DAVID H. (VAIL,AZ,USA)
25 <10 HBB HARRIS, BARBARA (NEW SMYRNA BEACH,FL,USA)
24 <10 BJS BEDIENT, JAMES R. (HONOLULU,HI,USA)
23 <10 FMG FUGMAN, GARY C. (LYONS,NE,USA)
22 <10 SPK SCHMEER, PATRICK (D-66132 SAARBRUECKEN-BISCHMISHEIM,GERMANY)
17 <10 HTY HAGER, TIMOTHY (NEW MILFORD,CT,USA)
13 <10 HPR HARPER, CHRISTOPHER TOWNSEND (EXETER,NH,USA)
12 <10 PAH PRICE, AARON (WATERTOWN,MA,USA)
11 <10 GRL GRANSLO, BJORN H. (,NORWAY)
11 <10 SAH SAMOLYK, GERARD (GREENFIELD,WI,USA)
11 <10 TPE TIKKANEN, PETRI (FI-40320 JYVASKYLA,FINLAND)
 
A description of the CCD Points algorithm is available in CCD Views #316.
 
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An archive of "CCD Views" is available at http://www.aavso.org/ccd-views.
 
An archive of "Eyepiece Views," a similar newsletter intended for visual observers, is available at http://www.aavso.org/eyepiece-views.
 
Good observing!
 
Aaron Price, AAVSO Technical Assistant (PAH)
Gary Walker, Chairman of the AAVSO CCD Committee (WGR)
 
Copyright 2004, American Association of Variable Star Observers
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1. INTRODUCTION
 
 The AAVSO-Photometry Discussion Group has really come into its own the
last two months. In July it was a great tool for coordination of the Var
Her 04 campaign and posting of preliminary results and daily updates. In
August it has been a great place for discussion of photometric issues
ranging from error reporting to transformation coefficients.
 
Please consider joining the AAVSO-photometry Discussion Group. If
you are worried about being deluged with e-mails then choose the Daily
Digest version, which sends you one e-mail per day with all the posts
included in it. Or you can avoid subscribing and just read the discussion
group via our online archives. Just remember to come back every few days
to stay up on the latest and greatest in variable star photometry.
 
Archive viewing is available at this URL:
        http://www.aavso.org/pipermail/aavso-photometry/
 
 Aaron Price (PAH), AAVSO HQ
Gary Walker (WGR), CCD Committee Chairperson
 
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2. VAR HER 04 UPDATE
 
Var Her 04 seems to be happily hovering around V=16-16.5.
AUG 15.2033 16.6 JM CCDV
AUG 14.8990 16.20 RZD CCD Err: 0.05
AUG 12.3298 16.11 JM CCDV
AUG 12.2948 17.79 HQA CCDI Err: 0.071
AUG 12.2803 16.59 HQA CCDV Err: 0.106
AUG 12.2589 16.77 HQA CCDB Err: 0.047
AUG 10.2038 16.5 JM CCDV
AUG 10.0672 15.96 RSE CCDV Err: 0.162 Transformed
AUG 10.0517 16.21 BKL CCDV Err: 0.0462
AUG 08.3015 16.25 CTX CCDV Err: .009
AUG 06.1215 15.97 CDV CCD
AUG 05.1965 16.22 HDF CCDV Err 0.07
 
JM Robert James HDF Dennis Hohman
CTX Tim Crawford BKL John Blackwell
HQA Arne A. Henden RSE Steve Robinson
RZD Diego Rodriguez
 
Our intensive campaign in June and July has been most interesting and rewarding. Those who did not follow the action on the photometry discussion group can go here for a link to the archives and the raw data: [link removed]
 
At the AAVSO Spring Meeting in Berkely I gave a short talk on both BZ UMa and Var Her 04 detailing our observing strategies and a quick look at analysis of the results. It is available online at: [link removed]
 
 We received a little over 7,500 CCD measurements of Var Her 04 from 23 observers over 16 days. The light curve is characterized by a steady decline of 0.017 magnitudes per day until June 24.5 . An inflection in the light curve gives rise to a gentle hump that spans 0.1 magnitudes over 2 days. Then the light curve resumes a slow decline until June 30.053 when a rapid decline began. The decline was terminated after 0.5062 days and a drop in ~1.1 magnitudes. The star remained steady at ~V=16 through the end of observations on July 16.237.
 *Very* preliminary analysis at this point is supporting the UGSU type. However, there are some questions that need to be answered before we are sure. There are also lots of complicating factors such as a companion ~1 arc second away which may be variable in itself. It is still possible that this is a unique class of CV and could end up being one of the oldest CV systems detected. We are investigating all these possibilities.
 A brief report of your observations was issued as IAUC #8734. We have assembled a team to work on a paper for this object. We hope to have something prepared and submitted by October, which of course means it will likely be after that! Those who contributed significant observations will be listed as co-authors and were e-mailed more details last week.
 We will continue making public updates via CCD Views and the Discussion Group.
 
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3. BZ UMA UPDATE
 
We haven't forgotten our friend in the belly of the great bear. BZ UMa has proven to be very difficult beast to tame. Our data is noisy because it was faint and, lets face it, for many of us this was our first attempt at high speed, faint photometry. Careful analysis of the data reveals the orbital period and a 0.033d period that comes and goes in the light curve, but is not consistent (a wavelet plot of this can be seen in the PowerPoint presentation listed in the previous article). Other than that, the light curve is dominated by heavy flickering and the power spectrum dominated by its associated red noise. What we really need is X-Ray observations to determine the spin period. There are a number of opportunities for just that in the coming months and we are pursuing them. We'll keep you updated via CCD Views and the coauthors via e-mail updates.
 
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4. BRIGHT STAR PHOTOMETRY
 
[Thanks to Arne Henden for much of the advice below.]
 
A good discussion of short exposure photometry occured on the AAVSO_Photometry Discussion Group in July. It can be read via the archives here: http://www.aavso.org/pipermail/aavso-photometry/2004-July/subject.html
 
As previously announced, the AAVSO is in the process of creating a program to detect exoplanet transits. The project will involve the monitoring of many bright stars with known planets but of unknown inclination (thus we're not sure if they transit or not). With all this emphasis on faint objects recently we wanted to summarize the results of this discussion of bright objects.
 
There are two main problems with high-precision short-exposure photometry (SEP from here on out). First, bright sources tend to get overexposed, especially if any nearby comparison star is fainter than the target. Antiblooming gate (ABG) CCDs typically saturate at about 50% of their full well depth, and many non-ABG chips saturate before the limit of their Analog/Digital Converters (ADCs). Second, the atmosphere itself conspires to degrade the photometry through a phenomenon called scintillation, where the turbulent bubbles of gas act like lenses, increasing or decreasing the amount of flux entering the front of your telescope. The twinkling of naked eye stars is caused by scintillation.
 
To counteract saturation, first test your CCD camera to find out the limits of its linearity and where full well occurs in the dynamic range of your ADC. Then keep the signal level within the linear range and below the full well. For very bright sources, you may reach a limit where you cannot take a short enough exposure to prevent saturation. Techniques to go even brighter include:
1. Stopping down the aperture of your telescope by using a mask with a cutout hole. You can often place the cutout so that the incoming light avoids the central obstruction and spiders.
2. Using a photometric filter, especially a blue one. The filter decreases the bandwidth and therefore decreases the amount of light reaching the CCD, enabling longer exposures. Using a blue filter further moves the incoming light to a wavelength regime where the CCD is less sensitive, enabling longer exposures.
3. Defocussing. While you don't want images with "donuts", you can often increase the image profile by a factor of two or more, thereby decreasing the central peak intensity.
4. Using a Barlow lens. Increasing the image scale spreads the starlight over more pixels, decreasing the peak intensity.
5. Wait for a night of poor seeing!
6. Often a night with uniform cirrus can be used, since such clouds decrease the incoming flux.
 
Scintillation can be tricky. It is stronger nearer the horizon where you are looking through more atmosphere. It is also stronger for smaller telescope apertures, where each blob of atmospheric gas is closer to the telescope aperture size (bigger telescopes average many blobs). It is also a function of wavelength (redder is better) and exposure time (longer is better). Tips to avoid scintillation:
1. Use relatively long exposures (10 seconds or longer). Use the techniques listed above to increase exposure time if necessary.
2. Don't work close to the horizon. We usually recommend staying above airmass 2.5 if possible.
3. Take multiple exposures and average to beat down the effects of scintillation.
 
Here is a formula posted By Radu Corlan (CXR) for estimating scintillation without taking altitude into consideration:
scint = (0.09 * A ^ 1.75) / (D ^ 0.66 * sqrt(2 * t))
Where A is the airmass, D is the aperture in cm and t is the integration time in seconds.
It is taken from a series of papers by Dravins et al. that begin with "Atmospheric Intensity Scintillation of Stars, I. Statistical Distributions and Temporal Properties" 1997, PASP. 109, 173.
 
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5. SWIFT STATUS & GRB AFTERGLOW ACTIVITY REPORT
 
There has not been much activity in the past four months. However, SWIFT is scheduled to be launched in early October. Good localizations are expected in mid November with their quality gradually increasing afterward. SWIFT is planning to follow an afterglow for at least 5.5 hours after detection.
 
SWIFT is expected to detect one GRB about every other day. Of these, we expect one GRB afterglow should be viewable from each observer's location every other week after accounting for daylight, weather and lunar interference. That is a lot of work! Remember, the race will no longer be about identifying and localizing a GRB from SWIFT. It will be about building high quality lightcurves. If each member of the High Energy Network observes one afterglow per month we would quickly build a substantial database of afterglow light curves which could be very popular among the researchers.
 
It is important to note that amateur observations of GRBs are still needed! In fact, NASA recognizes that and has given the AAVSO a nearly $50,000 grant to continue and expand operations of the High Energy Network in direct support of the SWIFT mission. Amateurs will be needed to build light curves after SWIFT stops monitoring the burst. In addition, the SWIFT monitoring telescope (UVOT) is a near UV-optical hybrid. It has a detector with a response range of 170-650nm. It peaks in the Johnson B band, has a little V sensitivity and no R or Ic coverage. Ground based observations in VRI will still be needed to complement the near-UV observations of SWIFT. In fact, SWIFT is planning to distribute the first UVOT image of the field for use as a finder chart for observers on the ground. The SWIFT team recognizes that they are part of a collaborative effort with ground based astronomers.
 
More information, including the SWIFT observing policy in Word and PDF format, can be found at this URL:
 
Below is a listing of the AAVSO International High Energy Network GRB observation reports since the last issue of CCD Views:
GRB040717: Zsolt Kereszty (KZX) imaged the field and did not detect anything down to R=17.95. To date, no optical transient has been reported by anyone else via GCN.
GRB040730: Berto Monard (MLF) imaged the field and did not detect anything down to CR=19.5 . To date, no optical transient has been reported by anyone else via GCN.
GRB040810: Berto Monard (MLF) imaged the center 22x20 arc minutes of the field and did not detect anything down to CR=17.5 under deteriorating weather conditions. To date, no optical transient has been reported by anyone else via GCN.
 
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6. ZEN OF IRAF
 
Chuck Pullen (PCH) has written "Zen Of Iraf: A Spiritual User's Guide to the 'Image Reduction and Analysis Facility' for the Linux Novice." It is a 53-page PDF treatise on achieving enlightment and the quenching of thirst through the use of the photometry package everyone loves to hate. Note, this is a work in progress. It can be downloaded at the following URL:
 
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7. THANKS TO SPECIAL EDITION OBSERVERS
 
Thanks to all those who have responded to the recent CCD Views Special Edition's we've been publishing in the last few months. Lots of professional observatories and satellites requested your help.
 
QS Tel (Chandra - CCD Views #323) MLF - Berto Monard
 
V4641 Sgr (Chandra and VLA - CCD Views #322) JM - Robert James (excellent time series coincident with the VLA run)
 
VW Hyi (FUSE - CCD Views #322, #309) MLF - Berto Monard
 
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8. ONLINE LIST OF AAVSO CCD CHARTS
 
Tim Crawford (CTX) recently assembled a list of AAVSO charts that have extended photometric information for CCD observers. Most of these charts have the data listed in a chart table in the lower righthand corner of the charts. The listing here includes the star designation, name, type, period, range and the filters for which photometric data is available (UBRI). AAVSO HQ is now maintaining this list on a web page and will update it when a new chart is issued with extended photometric information.
 
This is a good place to go when looking for new objects to add to your program. Currently we only add CCD tables to charts when there is a specific need for CCD observations of the object.
 
All charts can be found at http://www.aavso.org/vsp.
 
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9. CCD POINTS
 
The following totals are for April 1, 2004 (last issue of CCD Views) - August 1, 2004.
 
REMINDER: CCD Points are *not* an official AAVSO report and carry no weight at HQ. They are provided purely for fun and to start barroom brawls at AAVSO meetings.
 
Points Obs. Observer
18421 16779 COO COOK, LEWIS M. (CONCORD,CA,USA)
15049 9649 VMT VANMUNSTER, TONNY (B-3401 LANDEN,BELGIUM)
9856 2327 JM JAMES, ROBERT A. (LAS CRUCES,NM,USA)
5833 1226 MXD MESSIER, DAVID (LISBON,CT,USA)
5712 958 HQA HENDEN, ARNE ANTHON (FLAGSTAFF,AZ,USA)
5330 1120 BDG BOYD, DAVID (OXON OX12 9TX,ENGLAND)
4298 976 SDB STARKEY, DONN RAY (AUBURN,IN,USA)
3762 664 KMP KOPPELMAN, MICHAEL (GOLDEN VALLEY,MN,USA)
3409 614 GKA GRAHAM, KEITH A. (MANHATTEN,IL,USA)
3150 652 PCH PULLEN, A. CHARLES (WILTON,CA,USA)
3023 598 GBL GARY, BRUCE L. (HEREFORD,AZ,USA)
2988 593 NMI NICHOLAS, MICHAEL (GLENDALE,AZ,USA)
2722 480 NFD NIEUWENHOUT, FRANS D.J. (,NETHERLANDS)
2660 675 OAR OKSANEN, ARTO (FIN-40950 MUURAME,FINLAND)
2635 556 AWJ AQUINO, WILLIAM J. (NIAGARA FALLS,NY,USA)
2307 428 CTX CRAWFORD, TIMOTHY R. (ARCH CAPE,OR,USA)
2193 461 WGR WALKER, GARY (SHERBORN,MA,USA)
1991 402 QNK QUINN, NICK (WEST SUSSEX BN44 3LR,ENGLAND)
1730 336 FJQ FOSTER, JAMES (LOS ANGELES,CA,USA)
1530 397 MMU MUNKACSY, MARK J. (PORTSMOUTH,RI,USA)
1331 277 RSE ROBINSON, STEPHEN E. (ROCKVILLE,MD,USA)
1260 218 BKL BLACKWELL, JOHN A. (NORTHWOOD,NH,USA)
1254 249 TPE TIKKANEN, PETRI (FI-40320 JYVASKYLA,FINLAND)
1150 367 HBD HEATHCOTE, BERNARD DAVID (3141 SOUTH YARRA, VICTORIA,AUSTRALIA)
1141 214 DKS DVORAK, SHAWN W. (CLERMONT,FL,USA)
1080 1708 NLX NELSON, PETER ROBERT (VICTORIA 3820,AUSTRALIA)
1024 199 ITM ITKONEN, TOMMI (FIN-80160 JOENSUU,FINLAND)
957 1183 RIX RICHARDS, THOMAS JOSEPH (ELTHAM, VICTORIA 3095,AUSTRALIA)
932 82 CXR CORLAN, RADU (71206 BUCHAREST 1,ROMANIA)
889 146 KZX KERESZTY, ZSOLT (9081 GYORUJBARAT,HUNGARY)
837 99 CJS CASE, JAMES A. (KANSAS CITY,MO,USA)
820 143 SGE SARTY, GORDON ERIC (SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN S7H 4H2,CANADA)
813 66 CUA CORLAN, ALEXANDRU (71206 BUCHAREST 1,ROMANIA)
812 243 PPK PAAKKONEN, PERTTI (FIN-80160 JOENSUU,FINLAND)
793 136 HUZ HUZIAK, RICHARD (SASKATOON SASKATCHEWAN S7J 0A2,CANADA)
784 178 MDW MACDONALD II, WALTER J. (WINCHESTER, ONTARIO K0C 2K0,CANADA)
569 66 WDZ WELLS, DON (MISSOURI CITY,TX,USA)
539 103 HBB HARRIS, BARBARA (NEW SMYRNA BEACH,FL,USA)
529 104 KTC KRAJCI, TOM (DULLES,VA,USA)
492 93 KCH KNAPP, CHARLES (RENICK,WV,USA)
454 32 ARJ ARNOLD, JAMES E. (HUNTSVILLE,AL,USA)
398 58 RZD RODRIGUEZ, DIEGO (28400 VILLALBA, MADRID,SPAIN)
380 78 MVD MAIS, DALE (VALLEY CENTER,CA,USA)
368 52 GMZ GRAZIANI, MAURO (FUSIGNANO 48010 (RA),ITALY)
338 53 DPP DE PONTHIERE, PIERRE (5170 LESVE,BELGIUM)
335 29 CGY CLIMENT GARCIA, TONI (ALGINET-VALENCIA 46230,SPAIN)
326 43 CHG CHANTEGROS, HERVE (87200 SAINT-JUNIEN,FRANCE)
288 50 HDF HOHMAN, DENNIS G. (ORCHARD PARK,NY,USA)
252 100 MTK MICHALIK, TOM (LYNCHBURG,VA,USA)
250 34 RR ROYER, RONALD E. (SPRINGVILLE,CA,USA)
215 43 RWA RAUSCHER, WALTER (JENKINTOWN,PA,USA)
210 40 MXY MCCLUSKY, JOHN V. (SEGUIN,TX,USA)
190 36 SDY SCHARNHORST, DANNY (99084 ERFURT,GERMANY)
173 44 VST VALENTINI, STEFANO (CRESPADORO,ITALY)
172 19 DIL DILLON, WILLIAM G. (MISSOURI CITY,TX,USA)
162 15 CDV CORNELL, DAVID (ELSAH,IL,USA)
139 13 MXM MIFSUD, MARTIN (PIETA,MALTA)
133 21 WJD WEST, JERRY DOUG (MULVANE,KS,USA)
128 22 PAH PRICE, AARON (WATERTOWN,MA,USA)
123 111 MAV MATSNEV, DMITRY V. (MOSCOW,RUSSIA)
122 22 FMG FUGMAN, GARY C. (LYONS,NE,USA)
116 15 LJJ LAURENT, JEAN-LUC (91530 LE VAL SAINT GERMAIN,FRANCE)
115 21 WBY WALTER, BRADLEY (LOCKHART,TX,USA)
89 15 HJZ HORNE, JERRY D. (SAN JOSE,CA,USA)
86 11 ZFL ZATTERA, FLAVIO (36073 CORNEDO VICENTINO (VI),ITALY)
49 13 MMG MARTINENGO, MAURIZIO (10060 CANTALUPA (TURIN),ITALY)
43 13 SUQ SUCKER, ACHIM (D-31139 HILDESHEIM,GERMANY)
41 44 LVY LEVY, DAVID H. (VAIL,AZ,USA)
 
A description of the CCD Points algorithm is available in CCD Views #316.
 
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Good observing!
 
Aaron Price, AAVSO Technical Assistant (PAH)
Gary Walker, Chairman of the AAVSO CCD Committee (WGR)
 
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1. Introduction
2. Var Her 04 Quiescent Photometry Campaign
3. Infrared CCD Filter Grants - Last Call for Applications
4. GRB Observations (And April Fools Day Allegory)
5. AAVSO/GTN Blazar and Polar List and Observing Strategy

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1. INTRODUCTION

The 3rd High Energy Astrophysics Workshop for Amateur Astronomers was a great success. Word on the grapevine is that this was one of the best AAVSO meetings in recent memory. We at HQ were particularly glad to be able to meet many new AAVSO observers and put faces to the observer codes. That is always my favorite part of the meeting. Well, that and the fact that new observers often say to me "You look much younger than I envisioned!" A little flattery will get you everywhere.

The PowerPoint presentations from the workshop will be available on our web site within a week or so. In addition, full video in glorious Quick Time .AVI format will be online in 1-2 months. There were many great talks about High Energy Network objects such as GRBs, blazars and polars. Also, Arne's Advanced CCD Photometry Workshop will be available in video. While they all will be available online, attendees will also receive DVDs of the talks and workshops.

Why is this worthy enough to take up the valuable real estate of the CCD Views "Introduction"? Because it means more work for you! The meeting was such a success that we are getting lots of questions about how to start observing all of these objects. In this issue of CCD Views we give some starting points on observing blazars and polars along with a recent history of GRB afterglow reports from network members. We also have campaigns lined up for miras, eclipsing binaries and more exoplanet work.

So lots to do in the coming months, get ready!

Aaron Price
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2. VAR HER 04 QUIESCENT PHOTOMETRY CAMPAIGN

The seasons have changed and now Hercules is among us again. This means it is time to revisit our old friend Var Her 04. Dr. Jana Pittichova is helping us observe Var Her 04 with the University of Hawaii 2.2m on Mauna Kea this Sunday, April 17. She will observe in B to filter out light from the faint red companion 1 arc second way.

From you we need time series observations of Var Her 04 mainly in V throughout the entire day of April 17. We also need baseline observations of Var Her 04 in V beginning now and lasting until May 1.

We also need one or two observers to observe in Ic on April 17th. If anyone has an Ic filter and can observe please e-mail aaronp@aavso.org and/or post to the AAVSO Photometry Discussion Group.

Precision is very important for this faint system. Set your exposures for an SNR of 100.

As always, we will coordinate this campaign and post updates through the AAVSO Photometry Discussion Group.

Latest Var Her 04 observations:

  APR 13.3521 <15.0    SXN  Visual        Mike Simonsen Imlay City, MI
  MAR 04.4811  16.38   JM   CCDV          Robert James  Las Cruces, NM

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3. INFRARED CCD FILTER GRANTS - LAST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

We still have a few 1.25" Ic and Iz CCD filters available from the grant program announced in CCD Views #330.

The Iz filters are intended for use in GRB afterglow hunting. The Ic filters are intended for use in monitoring blazars for the High Energy Network but can also be used for other variable star projects. If you would like to receive one of these filters please fill out the application at the URL below. Priority will go to those who attended Arne's CCD Photometry Workshop at the HEA3 meeting. [Link Removed] These filters were funded by a grant from the Curry Foundation.

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4. GRB OBSERVATIONS (AND APRIL FOOLS DAY ALLEGORY)

>> Positive GRB Afterglow Observation(s):

* Congrats to Stefano Sposetti of Switzerland who successfully imaged the afterglow to GRB050319. He took 83 60-second frames to get down to a LM of 21.5 unfiltered! That is no typo, folks. 83! The afterglow magnitude was 20.5 +/-0.5 mag unfiltered. WAY TO GO, STEFANO! But remember, next time we need filtered photometry. :)

>> Fainter Than/Negative Observation(s):

* GRB050412: Peter Nelson observed the region and did not find an afterglow. Two professional observatories reported possible faint (V>21) afterglows.

* GRB050410: Arto Oksanen observed the region and did not find an afterglow. SWIFT detected an X-ray counterpart but no optical afterglows were detected by anyone.

* GRB050408: Andrea Tasselli, Dr. D. T. Durig (Cordell-Lorenz Observatory) and Bill Dillon observed the region and did not find an afterglow. Professional observatories did discover an afterglow and even got a red shift of z=1.236 for it (8.6 billion light years away).

* GRB050331 (April Fools GRB): This was announced by SWIFT on March 31. Shortly after the announcement SWIFT also reported a bright (V>13!) afterglow that saturated the UVOT. Berto Monard was on the GRB and imaged the field and reported *no* afterglow. We were nervous contradicting the SWIFT UVOT but issued a GCN anyway. A few minutes later SWIFT retracted the GRB detection and Berto's negative observation was confirmed. This was a nice example of everyone working together and why sometimes a human at the telescope is still more valuable than an automated system!

* GRB050326: Berto Monard observed the field under poor observing conditions (wind and lunar interference). An afterglow was not detected down to 18.0 unfiltered magnitude 16.5 magnitude. However, a new source of some type (new variable star?) may have been discovered in the field. XMM Newton discovered an X-Ray afterglow.

* GRB050313: Durig and Kereszty Zsolt both imaged the field. Neither detected an afterglow and neither did any other professional observatory. In hindsight this may not have been a real GRB detection.

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5. AAVSO/GTN BLAZAR & POLAR LIST & OBSERVING STRATEGY

Dr. Gordon Spear (Sonoma State University) and Dr. Steve Howell (NOAO) gave exciting talks on observing blazars and polars, respectively. The AAVSO has good charts for many of these objects. Below is a list:

Blazars w/AAVSO Charts:

  3C 66A                OI 158
  OJ 287                MARK 421
  4C 29.45 (old chart)  BL LAC
  MARK 501              PKS2155-30
  W COM                 3C 279 
  S5 1803+78            S5 2007+77
  S2 2356               PKS2005-48
  3C 232                3C 371  (old chart)
  AP LIB                S2 0109+22
Polars w/AAVSO Charts:
  AN UMA                 AR UMA
  AM HER                MR SER
  QQ VUL                BL HYI
  EF ERI                VV PUP
  GQ MUS                V2214 OPH
  V347 PAV              V834 CEN
  QS Tel

Observing strategy:
- One full evening set of time series observations in V and/or Ic of a GTN object per month.
- One or two hours of time series observations in V and/or Ic of a GTN object per week.
- Snapshot observations of the other GTN objects in V and/or Ic. One observation is requested per month per object.

Also don't forget that a GTN MyNewsFlash list is setup to monitor these objects. If you want to receive data on them in a MyNewsFlash format just go here to sign up:

http://www.aavso.org/observation-notification#mynewsflash

All charts are available at:

http://www.aavso.org/vsp

More info on the GTN objects can be found at:

http://gtn.sonoma.edu/object_catalog/

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X. LITERATURE ON HIGH PRECISION PHOTOMETRY

Dr. Steve Howell has also provided us with a couple papers he co-authored about differential and ensemble photometry. Material from them will also be included in a 2nd edition of his book "Handbook of CCD Astronomy" due out this summer.

Statistical error analysis in CCD time-resolved photometry with applications to variable stars and quasars Howell, Steve B.; Warnock, Archibald, III; Mitchell, Kenneth J. Astronomical Journal (ISSN 0004-6256), vol. 95, Jan. 1988, p. 247-256. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-data_query?bibcode=1988AJ.....
95..247H&db_key=AST&link_type=ABSTRACT&high=3e8dcd18b415611

A Technique for Ultrahigh-Precision CCD Photometry Everett, Mark E.; Howell, Steve B. The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Volume 113, Issue 789, pp. 1428-1435. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/PASP/journal/issues/v113n789/201154/201154.html

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Good observing!

Aaron Price, AAVSO Technical Assistant (PAH)
Gary Walker, Chairman of the AAVSO CCD Committee (WGR)

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 Table of Contents
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 1. Introduction to the New CCD Views
 2. Rare Superoutburst of AL COM
 3. SU UMa Campaign
 4. Rare GU Sgr Fading
 5. Comments on Faint LPVs by J.A.M
 6. Recently Published CCD Charts
 7. Appulse Data
 8. Extrasolar Planetary Transit Monitoring of IL AQR


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  1. INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW CCD VIEWS
     This is the first issue of a new electronic edition of CCD Views.
This newsletter is published by AAVSO Technical Staff (Aaron Price) and
the AAVSO CCD Committtee Chair (Gary Walker) for variable star
observers with an interest in CCD observing. Both Aaron and Gary are
avid CCD variable star observers. Our goal is to support your observing
program with lists of new targets, new observing program ideas, summary
of recent activity of faint variables, and the publication of other
issues important to CCD observing. I will add comments on stars (mostly
LPVs) and other news from time to time. We want to provide the initial
ideas for observing programs.
     CCD Views will be published bimonthly and as needed. It will be
distributed primarily via e-mail and will be archived on our WWW site.
To receive CCD Views send a message to majordomo.at.aavso.org with
"subscribe ccdviews" in the body of the e-mail.
     This is a new format for CCD Views so we anticipate some tweaking
and minor changes over the first few issues. Newsletters like this
normally do not hit their stride for a few months, so please bear with
us. We are eager to receive any feedback about what you may like, don't
like, and what you would like to see in future editions. Please send
your comments to ccdviews.at.aavso.org.
     Thank you and we hope you find this new publication useful and
informative!
     Good observing!
     Janet Mattei (JAM)
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   2. RARE SUPEROUTBURST OF AL COM

     The SU Ursae Majoris-type dwarf nova AL Comae Berenices is
undergoing a rare superoutburst. CCD observers are urged to search for
superhumps (small-amplitude periodic oscillations), making observations
every 5 minutes for as long as possible during the night and recording
the time to four decimal places while this star is in superoutburst.  
Please use an I filter if you have one, otherwise use V filter. For
more information consult AAVSO Alert Notice #283 at the URL below:
           http://www.aavso.org/alerts/alert283/alert283text.stm

     This star has a very interesting behavior and superhumps during   
superoutburst.  We had excellent CCD coverage during its 1995
superoutburst and we published the results in a collaborative paper
(Howell et al 1996, Astr. Journal,.. ). We would like to do it again
with this superoutburst if we have enough coverage.

     Please submit your observations to the AAVSO as soon as possible
so that we can began working with the data and coordinate further     
observations.

     Here is an example of good photometry in I by Doug West:
	MAY 25.1167  2452054.6168   13.50  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1203  2452054.6204   13.82  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1214  2452054.6214   13.63  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1277  2452054.6278   13.62  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1313  2452054.6313   13.51  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1345  2452054.6346   13.51  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1381  2452054.6382   13.50  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1419  2452054.6419   13.55  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1455  2452054.6455   13.42  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1491  2452054.6492   13.61  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1510  2452054.6511   13.55  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1548  2452054.6548   13.53  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1584  2452054.6584   13.36  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1620  2452054.6621   13.52  WJD  CCDI
	MAY 25.1656  2452054.6657   13.34  WJD  CCDI

     Here are some recent observations of AL COM:
	MAY 30.1882  2452059.6882   13.8   SXN Y
	MAY 30.7354  2452060.2354   13.7:  BTH M
	MAY 30.9325  2452060.4326   13.9   JCN K
	MAY 30.9402  2452060.4402   14.04  SMI  CCD
	MAY 30.9459  2452060.446    13.7   MGH KY
	MAY 31.9375  2452061.4375   13.9   JCN K


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   3. SU UMA CAMPAIGN

     Please remember to monitor SU UMa closely through the end of the
month. A colleague from The University of Leicester has been awarded
time on RXTE to observe the dwarf nova SU UMa regularly through
June. Please keep a close eye on this star and report your observations
regularly to the AAVSO as our colleague is checking the Quick Look File
often.  We are also periodically sending him data files so that he can
correlate his x-ray data with the optical data. Please use the SU UMA
visual charts to make your estimates. 
     SU UMa belongs to a subclass of dwarf novae which has frequent,
faint, and narrow outbursts along with infrequent, long, and bright
superoutbursts. Superhumps appear during such outbursts at periods of
2%-3% of the orbital period. In fact, these superhumps are important
because scientists often use them to determine the orbital period of
the system.
     For more information read "Outburst Characteristics in the Dwarf
Nova SU Ursae Majoris" by P. Rosenzweig, et. al. in P.A.S.P Volume 112,
Issue 771, pp. 632-641. The abstract is available via ADS at:

http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=2000PASP..112..632R&db_key=AST&high=39ad50824503046
(URL should be on one line)
     SU UMA was featured as the February 2000 Variable Star of the
Month available at http://www.aavso.org/vstar/vsotm/0200.stm .
     In addition, SU UMa recently underwent another outburst as 
reported in News Flash #791 with the following observations:

    UT        Mag.     Initials              UT        Mag.     Initials
MAY 29.9380   14.2       PYG             MAY 30.9270   11.8       GUN
MAY 30.1430  <13.9       SXN             MAY 30.9485   12.2       RMQ
MAY 30.8950  <13.4       GUN             MAY 30.9687   12.08  CCD SMI
MAY 30.9270   11.8       GUN             MAY 31.2784   11.9:      LMK

     This campaign was originally reported in  News Flash #772.

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   4. RARE GU SGR FADING

     As originally reported in IAU Circular #7619, GU SGR (1818-24), a
R CrB star which doesn't fade often, is beginning to fade quickly after
being at maximum light for about 8 years. As of the end of May the star
has faded from 10.4 to 16.6. During the last minimum in 1988 it reached
mag 16.4.
     Thanks to the following observers for notifying us of this fading
via their observations:
	S. Otero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
	S. O'Connor, Montreal North, QC
	R. Stubbings, Druin, Victoria, Australia
	A. Pearce, Nedlands, W. Australia

     Recent observation of GU SGR:
	MAY 20.2938    16.6   OCN  CCDV
	MAY 20.3014   <15.7   OCN  CCDR
	MAY 22.6480   <14.6   PEX
	MAY 26.8580   <14.6   PEX

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   5. COMMENTS ON FAINT LPV'S BY J.A.M.

     Below is a list of mostly faint LPVs that may be of interest to
CCD observers next month. This list combines elements of the AAVSO
Bulletin, Quick Look files, and long term data. Stars listed are
generally faint and either in need of more observations or show some
strange behavior that needs to be studied. We realize that many of
these objects have charts that need improvement. Please continue to use
these charts until we are able to release new ones. It is important for
these long term variables that new charts and comparison stars are not
issued haphazardly.


0045+33 RR AND <9.1-15.1>
     Minima need to be better monitored to determine behavior and to
     predict future minima. Use AAVSO f scale chart and comp stars.

0159+12 S ARI <10.9-15.2>
     Cycles in 2000 and 2001 are not well monitored. Go for
     early morning coverage to reduce the seasonal gap.    

0212+81 Z CEP <10.8-15.4>
     Although circumpolar, large gaps exist around minima. Next
     predicted minima is June 18.                              

0242+37 AI PER 11.0-15.5
     Large gaps exist in the light curve, particularly around minima.
     CCD charts with B-V and V-R values are available on the AAVSO FTP
     site.                                                            

0452+56 TX CAM 8.1-(15.3
     Another northern polar very poorly monitored in 2000.

0513-16 X LEP 8.8-15.6
     Needs predawn observations as it is fading to minimum.

0728-20B Z PUP <8.1-14.5>
     Very poorly monitored in 2000. Presently fading to a minimumin
     July.                                                         

1353-04 SY VIR 
     Maxima in 2000 was about 1 magnitude fainter at 10.5. Minima
     poorly observed. Use AAVSO e-scale chart that has well measured
     and faint comp stars.
     
1405-12A Z VIR
     Needs more data around the minimum and on the ascendancy branch
     of the light curve. Use e-scale standard chart.

1853+16 EU AQL
     In need of more observations throughout the entire light curve.
     Use e-scale chart even though it may need a better comp star sequence.

1855-12A ST SGR
     Very poorly monitored around minimum. Go for it now. Predicted minima 
     is July 5. Use f-scale preliminary chart to make the estimate. An 
     e-scale standard chart is available for finding the field.

1906+43 ST LYR
     For several years it has been poorly observed near minima making 
     predictions very difficult.

1909+31 EL LYR
     Needs more observations around minima on June 13. The e-scale preliminary
     chart unfortunately is inadequate for it needs fainter magnitudes, do the
     best you can.

1922+01 TU AQL
     Needs more observations near minima in order to determine the true
     minima brightness. Beware of close by magnitude 11 star. Use e-scale
     preliminary chart.

2003+57 S CYG
     Needs positive observations around minima. Use e-scale standard chart.

2008-22 W CAP
     Badly in need of more observations, particularly around minima
     predicted for June 26. 

2011-39 RT SGR
     Very badly in need of observations at all phases of its light curve.
     CCD observers may be able to get positive observations better than 
     visual using the poor sequence on our d-scale chart. Go for it.

2012+09 RU DEL
     Needs more positive observations around minima.

2022-40 U MIC
     The star is in desperate need of more observations at all phases. Only a 
     few observatiosn exist since 1999. Presently it is fading to minimum 
     predicted for August 7.

2042-15 U CAP
     Another LPV in desperate need of observations at all phases. Has a 
     good e-scale standard chart.

2056-27 RR CAP
     Needs more observations around minima, predicted for early July.

 This is only meant as a guide and should not be considered a
comprehensive list of LPV CCD targets. Please let us know whether you
find this list useful by sending comments to ccdviews@aavso.org.
                 
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   6. RECENTLY PUBLISHED CCD CHARTS

     Please remember that over 40 new CCD charts were released in
January on the AAVSO FTP site. Of these 40, 19 are Miras, 10 are CVs
and the rest belong to a wide variety of types. This brings the total
number of CCD charts to above 70. We expect to be releasing many more
in the next month or so. All of these charts are available at the URL
below:
          [URL REMOVED -- see http://www.aavso.org/vsp for modern charts]

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   7. APPULSE OBSERVATION EXPERIMENT

     An "appulse" is the near approach of one heavenly body to another.
We would like to conduct an informal experiment to observe CVs close to
the full Moon. These are CVs that cannot be observed by visual
observers because of lunar interference.
    Below is a list of five CVs that will be around 20 degrees from the
full Moon on June 6.  Please observe these stars, at least once per
night, on every possible night between June 2 and June 10 UT inclusive.  
There may be a large background gradient or glints in the CCD field; do
your best to get good photometry.  We are only asking for observations
at the 0.1mag level of accuracy; anything more precise will be
difficult because of such sky gradients and the probable faintness of
the CVs.  If at all possible, use an R or an I filter to decrease the
scattered moonlight.  For any filter, go ahead and report your data
based on the chart magnitudes, but indicate what filter was used.

  Designation    Name        Distance(deg)          Range(1)
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   1542-42       AB NOR        26.2               13.9p-<19.0j
   1633+08       V544 HER      29.6               14.5p-20p
   1751-14       MU SER	       16.1               7.7v-<21p
   1805-14       UZ SER        19.2               11.9v-16.0v  

     Please report your results and comments to ccdviews@aavso.org,
even if you catch a CV in outburst. This e-mail address will be checked
many times per day so such an outburst will make it into the News
Flash. These can be informal reports and do not need to be in the
official AAVSO format. If we find that it is possible to perform .1 mag
level photometry this close to the full Moon then every month we will
publish a list of CVs to observe for the 4 days prior to and after the
full moon.
     Charts for these stars are available on the AAVSO Variable
Star Chart CDROM or at http://charts.aavso.org.

(1) From "A Catalog and Atlas of Cataclysmic Variables" by Ronald
Downes, et. al. available at http://icarus.stsci.edu/~downes/cvcat/
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   8. EXTRASOLAR PLANETARY TRANSIT MONITORING OF IL AQR

     In June, 2 windows of opportunity exist for the possible detection
of planetary transits around IL AQR. 5 minute integrations should be
made during the observing windows. Transits could last 2-4 hours and
could dim the star by as little as a few hundredths to a few tenths of
a magnitude.
   
Planet        Predicted Transit Time(UT)    Full Window
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Gliese 876b  2452079.97  (11:17 June 19)    Jun. 14-26
Gliese 876c  2452080.9   (09:36 June 20)    Jun. 14-26

The position of IL AQR/Gliese 876 is:
 R.A. = 22h 53m 16.7s     Decl. = -14 degrees 15' 49"  (2000)

    For much more detail about this possible event consult AAVSO Alert
Notices #281 & #282 at the URLs below:
     http://www.aavso.org/alerts/alert281/alert281text.stm
     http://www.aavso.org/alerts/alert282/alert282text.stm

  
 CNN & Wired.com also covered this subject at these URLs:
 http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/05/22/planet.search/index.html
 http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,43865,00.html


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          Alert Notice 293: 1731-16 Nova Ophiuchi 2002 AND 1424+00 Supernova 2002ao in UGC 9299 (Virgo) AND 0324+43 GK Persei - reminder to monitor for observing campaign        

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF VARIABLE STAR OBSERVERS
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AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 293 (January 28, 2002)

1731-16 NOVA OPHIUCHI 2002

We have been informed by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU
Circular 7808
) that Katsumi Haseda, Aichi, Japan, and Yuji Nakamura, Suzuka,
Mie, Japan, independently discovered a nova in Ophiuchus.  Haseda's discovery
was made at photographic magnitude 9.0 on an exposure taken January 24.838 UT
using a 0.10-m f/4 twin patrol camera + T-Max 400 film.  Nakamura's discovery,
reported by M. Soma, National Astronomical Observatory, Tokyo, was made at
photographic magnitude 9.3 on an exposure taken January 24.867 UT using a
200-mm f/4 lens + Tri-X film.

Doug West, Mulvane, KS, measured the nova at V magnitude 9.19 on a CCD image
taken by him on January 26.5271 UT using his 0.2-SCT telescope (+ SBIG ST-8
CCD + transmission grating), and at the coordinates:

    R.A. = 17h 37m 34.60s     Decl. = -16 degrees 23' 23.2"     (2000.0)

West's image may be seen on the AAVSO web site page dedicated to this object
(http://www.aavso.org/noph02.stm).  [obsolete link; view page at http://www.aavso.org/noph02 ]

Haseda reported that nothing was visible at the location of the object down to
magnitude 12.5-13.1 on patrol photographs taken 1997 August 23 - 2001 October
11 (IAU Circular 7808). West reported that the new object was not visible on
the DSS.

Spectroscopy by A. Retter and S. O'Toole, University of Sydney, R. Stathakis
and J. Pogson, Anglo-Australian Observatory, and T. Naylor, Exeter University,
on January 26.77 UT using the Anglo-Australian Telescope (+ RGO) indicate that
the object is "very likely a classical nova that belongs to the Fe II class,
caught in the early decline phase" (IAU Circular 7809).  Spectra obtained by
West on January 26.527 UT show H-alpha emission.

Pre-discovery observations reported via IAU Circular 7809 include: January
19.854 UT, 8.9 photographic, T. Seki, Kochi, Japan, communicated by H. Sato,
Sukagawa, Japan, and T. Kato, Kyoto University; 21.854, 8.5 T-Max 400 film,
H. Nishimura, Kakegawa, Shizuoka, Japan, communicated by Y. Muraoka, Hamamatsu,
Japan, and Kato; 24.843, 9.0, Nishimura.

Additional observations reported to the AAVSO include:  January 26.5306 UT,
8.67 CCD R_c, D. West, Mulvane, KS; 26.857, 9.1, A. Pearce, Nedlands, W.
Australia; 27.333, 9.2, J. Garcia, Rama Caida, Argentina; 27.3715, 9.03 CCD
with R- and IR-blocking filters, W. Liller, Vina del Mar, Chile; 27.6583, 8.9,
M. Linnolt, Honolulu, HI; 27.833, 9.0, Pearce.

Accompanying is an AAVSO 'c' scale chart of N Oph 02 prepared by Aaron Price,
AAVSO Headquarters, with sequence prepared by Mike Simonsen using Tycho-2
magnitudes.  Please use this chart to observe the nova, and report your
observations of 1731-16 N OPH 02 to AAVSO Headquarters, making sure to
indicate which comparison stars you used. Please note that a 'c' scale
reversed chart is also available from the AAVSO website or on request.

Congratulations to Katsumi Haseda and Yuji Nakamura on their discoveries!

1424+00  SUPERNOVA 2002ao IN UGC 9299 (VIRGO)

We have been informed by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU
Circular 7809
) that P. Martin and W. D. Li, University of California at
Berkeley, reported the discovery of an apparent supernova by LOTOSS (the joint
Lick Observatory and Tenagra Observatory Supernova Searches) at CCD magnitude
about 14.3 on an unfiltered CCD image taken on January 25.5 UT with the 0.8-m
Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT).

The supernova was confirmed by Y. L. Qiu, Beijing Astronomical Observatory
(BAO), at magnitude 14.7 on an image taken on January 26.9 UT with the BAO
0.6-m telescope.

Nothing appears at the location of the object on KAIT images taken 2001 June
28.3 UT down to CCD magnitude about 19.0, or on BAO images taken 2002 January
4.9 UT down to about magnitude 17.8.

SN 2002ao is located about 16" east and 10" north of the diffuse nucleus of
UGC 9299, at the following coordinates:

        R.A. = 14h 29m 35.74s     Decl. = -00 degrees 00' 55.8"   (2000.0)

Doug West, Mulvane, KS, obtained CCD images with his 0.2-m reflector (+ SBIG
ST-8 CCD) that showed the supernova at R_c magnitude 14.83 on Jan. 27.492 UT
and V magnitude 14.96 on Jan. 27.507 UT.  West's image may be seen on the
AAVSO web site page dedicated to this object
(http://www.aavso.org/sn2002ao.stm). [obsolete link; view page at http://www.aavso.org/sn2002ao ]

Accompanying is an AAVSO 'f' scale provisional chart of UGC 9299, showing the
location of SN 2002ao and prepared by Mike Simonsen, Macomb, MI, and Aaron
Price, AAVSO Headquarters, with sequence prepared by Simonsen using Tycho-2
and USNO-A2.0 (V) magnitudes.  Please use this chart to observe the supernova,
and report your observations of 1424+00 SN 2002AO to AAVSO Headquarters, being
sure to indicate which comparison stars you used. Please note that an 'f' scale
reversed chart is also available from the AAVSO website or on request.

Congratulations to the LOTOSS team on the discovery of this bright supernova!

0324+43  GK PERSEI - REMINDER TO MONITOR FOR OBSERVING CAMPAIGN

As mentioned in AAVSO News Flash 890, observers are reminded to keep a close
eye on GK Per, the 1901 nova classified as a magnetic cataclysmic variable of
intermediate polar subclass.  Astronomers at Livermore National Laboratory in
California and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center are preparing for Target of
Opportunity Observations (TOO), with the Chandra and XMM X-ray satellites, of
GK Per during its next outburst.

GK Per has a quasi-periodic outburst interval ranging from 900 to 1300 days.
The most recent outburst of GK Per began in late February 1999. The star
reached a maximum mean magnitude of 10.5 about 1 month later.  Based on the
interval between the most recent 2 outbursts (approximately 1,100 days) we
expect the next outburst to occur in the next several months. GK Per was
featured on the AAVSO web site as the Variable Star of the Month in November
2000 (http://www.aavso.org/vstar/vsotm/1100.stm). [obsolete link; use http://www.aavso.org/vsots_archive ]

Please keep a very close eye on GK Per and inform us when it starts to
brighten - magnitude 12.5 or brighter.  Immediate notification of the star's
brightening and good coverage throughout the next outburst are extremely
important for the triggering of the satellite observations and for correlation
with the satellite data.

CHARTS AVAILABLE ON AAVSO WEB AND FTP SITES

Chart links obsolete 11/2013; create charts using VSP at http://www.aavso.org/vsp ]

Electronic copies of the chart for N Oph 02, SN 2002ao, and GK Per mentioned
in this Alert Notice are available through our web site at the following
address:
                        http://www.aavso.org

The chart may also be obtained directly from our FTP site:

                 ftp.aavso.org/alerts/alert293

We encourage observers to submit observations via our website (online data
submission tool WebObs), or by email in AAVSO format to
observations@aavso.org.  If you do not have AAVSO Observer Initials, please
contact Headquarters so we may assign them to you.  The answering machine at
AAVSO Headquarters is on nights and weekends; use our charge-free number
(888-802-STAR = 888-802-7827) to report your observations, or report them via
fax (617-354-0665).

Many thanks for your valuable astronomical contributions and your efforts.

Good observing!

Janet A. Mattei
Director

Elizabeth O. Waagen
Senior Technical Assistant

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          Danger X-rays Do Not Enter When Red Light Safety Sign        
Danger X-rays Do Not Enter When Red Light Safety Sign

Danger X-rays Do Not Enter When Red Light Safety Sign

Danger X-rays Do Not Enter When Red Light Safety Sign


          Tips on Marine Physical Fitness Test        
marine physical fitness
Physical testing is a requirement to become a marine. Why are people willing to take pains to follow marine physical fitness test? Indeed, it is because being a marine is a proud. Despite the high salary gain, a marine also have a high risk also. In addition, it is not easy to pass in the marine physical fitness test.

In order to pass the physical fitness test, we must prepare well. Preparation should be done since high school. Here are some tips that can meet the requirements in the marine physical fitness test.

In order to meet general health quality requirements, you can do these 3 tips:
1. Make a general check-up immediately at the nearest military polyclinic opened to the public, to know, including: blood pressure (120/80 ideal); heart beat (ideally 60-90 per minutes); HB blood (ideal 14-16/gr) ; normal blood sugar; Cholesterol normal; results of lung X-Ray, healthy teeth / does not have pierced; not suffer hemorrhoid / hemorrhoids; not suffer varicocele; not suffering swelling in the vein in the calf back foot; healthy heart, normal eyes; not color-blind etc..
2. Make improvements to it or if there is not ideal by military doctors.
3. For people with varises, can be injected so that the missing varises max 2 weeks before the marine physical fitness test.

Beside health quality, you must also meet physical ability requirement. You can follow these tips:
1. Running 12 minutes should be able to cover a minimum distance of 2470 m or 8 times around the football field (400 m).
2. Push-up must be capable of 30 times repetition / more
3. Must be able to sit up 30 times repetition / more
4. Pull-up should be able to at least 13 times / more
5. Shuttle run 6 × 10 m in 15 seconds


Last but not least, the possibility of opportunities pass the marine physical fitness test is only 1%, it means you have to remove the 100 other applicants, this means you must have high physical ability, not only ordinary physical fitness.

          Elvin Levinler X-Ray’dan geçmeyince hemen dedikodular başladı        

Elvin Lavinler hamile mi? Geçtiğimiz aylarda dünya evine giren oyuncu Elvin Lavinler, eşi Bülent Kocamanoğlu ile birlikte Zorlu Alışveriş Merkezi’nde görüntülendi. Milliyeyt gazetesinin haberine göre Baş başa mağazaları dolaşan Elvin Lavinler-Bülent Kocamanoğlu çifti, tatil öncesi alışveriş yaptılar. Lavinler’in AVM’ye girişi esnasında bir detay dikkatlerden kaçmadı. Güvenlik amaçlı giriş kapısında bulunan X-Ray cihazından geçmeyen ve yandan […]

Elvin Levinler X-Ray’dan geçmeyince hemen dedikodular başladı yazısı ilk önce TelevizyonGazetesi üzerinde ortaya çıktı.


           In situ three-dimensional x-ray microtomography of an auxetic foam under tension         
MCDONALD, S.A., RAVIRALA, N., WITHERS, P.J. and ALDERSON, Andrew (2009). In situ three-dimensional x-ray microtomography of an auxetic foam under tension. Scripta Materialia, 60 (4), 232-235.
          Tapetenkollektion «X-Ray»        
Tapetenkollektion «X-Ray» (354700) von «A.S. Création»; Tapeten-Artikel: 44; Raumbilder: 4
           Astrophysical parameters of the peculiar X-ray transient IGR J11215−5952         
Lorenzo, J.; Negueruela, I.; Castro, N.; Norton, A. J. ; Vilardell, F. and Herrero, A. (2014). Astrophysical parameters of the peculiar X-ray transient IGR J11215−5952. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 562, article no. A18.
          * Mysterious Galaxy *        


Mysterious Galaxy
This image of the elliptical galaxy NGC 1132 and its surrounding region combines data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. The blue/purple in the image is the x-ray glow from hot, diffuse gas detected by Chandra. Hubble's data reveal a giant foreground elliptical galaxy, plus numerous dwarf galaxies in its neighborhood, and many much more distant galaxies in the background.
           The masses of the neutron and donor star in the high-mass X-ray binary IGR J18027-2016         
Mason, A. B. ; Norton, A. J. ; Clark, S. J. ; Negueruela, I. and Roche, P. (2011). The masses of the neutron and donor star in the high-mass X-ray binary IGR J18027-2016. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 532, article no. A124.
           An X-ray spectral survey of the disc of M 31 with XMM-Newton         
Shaw Greening, L. ; Barnard, R. ; Kolb, U. ; Tonkin, C. and Osborne, J. P. (2009). An X-ray spectral survey of the disc of M 31 with XMM-Newton. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 495(3) pp. 733–741.
           The double peaked 2008 outburst of the acccreting milli-second X-ray pulsar IGR J00291+5934         
Lewis, F. ; Russell, D. M.; Jonker, P. G.; Linares, M.; Tudose, V.; Roche, P; Clark, J. S. ; Torres, M. A. P.; Maitra, D.; Bassa, C. G.; Steeghs, D.; Patruno, A.; Migliari, S.; Wijnands, R.; Nelemans, G.; Kewley, L. J.; Stroud, V. E. ; Modjaz, M.; Bloom, J. S.; Blake, C. H. and Starr, D. (2010). The double peaked 2008 outburst of the acccreting milli-second X-ray pulsar IGR J00291+5934. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 517, article no. A72.
           Preliminary determinations of the masses of the neutron star and mass donor in the high mass X-ray binary system EXO 1722-363         
Mason, A. B. ; Norton, A. J. ; Clark, J. S. ; Negueruela, I. and Roche, P. (2010). Preliminary determinations of the masses of the neutron star and mass donor in the high mass X-ray binary system EXO 1722-363. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 509, article no. A79.
           The binary nature of the Galactic centre X-ray source CXOGC J 174536.1-285638         
Clark, J. S. ; Crowther, P. A. and Mikles, M. J. (2009). The binary nature of the Galactic centre X-ray source CXOGC J 174536.1-285638. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 507(3) pp. 1567–1574.
           Spectral classification of the mass donors in the high-mass X-ray binaries EXO 1722-363 and OAO 1657-415         
Mason, A. B. ; Clark, J. S.; Norton, A. J. ; Negueruela, I. and Roche, P. (2009). Spectral classification of the mass donors in the high-mass X-ray binaries EXO 1722-363 and OAO 1657-415. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 505(1) pp. 281–286.
           Near IR spectroscopy of candidate B[e]/X-ray binaries         
Clark, J. S. ; Steele, I. A.; Fender, R. P. and Coe, M. J. (1999). Near IR spectroscopy of candidate B[e]/X-ray binaries. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 348(3) pp. 888–896.
           Near IR spectroscopy of the X-ray binary Circinus X-1         
Clark, J. S. ; Charles, P. A.; Clarkson, W. I. and Coe, M. J. (2003). Near IR spectroscopy of the X-ray binary Circinus X-1. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 400(2) pp. 655–658.
           Phase changes of the Be/X-ray binary X Persei         
Clark, J. S. ; Tarasov, A. E.; Okazaki, A. T.; Roche, P. and Lyuty, V. M. (2001). Phase changes of the Be/X-ray binary X Persei. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 380(2) pp. 615–629.
           The identification of the optical/IR counterpart of the 15.8-s transient X-ray pulsar XTE J1946+274         
Verrecchia, F.; Israel, G. L.; Negueruela, I.; Covino, S.; Polcaro, V. F.; Clark, J. S. ; Steele, I. A.; Gualandi, R.; Speziali, R. and Stella, L. (2002). The identification of the optical/IR counterpart of the 15.8-s transient X-ray pulsar XTE J1946+274. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 393(3) pp. 983–989.
           On the radio emitting high mass X-ray binary LS 5039         
Clark, J. S. ; Reig, P.; Goodwin, S. P.; Larionov, V. M.; Blay, P.; Coe, M. J.; Fabregat, J.; Negueruela, I.; Papadakis, I. and Steele, I. A. (2001). On the radio emitting high mass X-ray binary LS 5039. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 376(2) pp. 476–483.
          Newly discovered gravitational waves hint that 'cities' of black holes may lurk in space        

binary colliding black holes ligo

  • Scientists have announced their third detection of gravitational waves.
  • These ripples in space-time are likely caused by colliding black holes.
  • Albert Einstein predicted the phenomenon more than 100 years ago, but he didn't expect we'd ever record it.
  • An increasing number of detections are opening up a new type of astronomy that can "listen" to black holes, neutron stars, and more.

For the third time in less than two years, physicists have detected billion-year-old ripples in the fabric of space-time.

The new recording, like the two others before it, was made using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

More than 1,000 scientists were involved in the LIGO collaboration, and they wrote a new study about their discovery for the journal Physical Review Letters. Their analysis suggests the gravitational waves were almost certainly created by the collision of two black holes that orbited each other, smashed together, and merged to form a larger black hole.

Binary black hole mergers like this are so catastrophic that they can unleash the energy locked in several suns' worth of matter in an instant; in this case, a black hole of about 19 solar masses and one of 32 solar masses combined to form a roughly 49-solar-mass black hole.

LIGO's third detection is striking, but researchers say its importance lies in the story it's helping to tell about black holes — one of the most powerful yet enigmatic forces of nature.

merging black hole detection chart ligo"[T]hese are objects we didn't know existed before LIGO detected them," David Shoemaker, a physicist at MIT and LIGO collaborator, said in a Caltech press release. "It is remarkable that humans can put together a story, and test it, for such strange and extreme events that took place billions of years ago and billions of light-years distant from us."

Timothy Brandt, an astrophysicist at the Institute for Advanced Study who wasn't involved the new study, says the detection is a "lovely, wonderful discovery" and that it "fills in a gap perfectly" between LIGO's first and second detections, which formed black holes of about 21 and 62 solar masses, respectively.

"You'd be shocked if you didn't detect something of this size," Brandt told Business Insider.

LIGO data analyst Vicky Kalogera, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University, says this increasingly common population of black holes, which range in size from about 10 to 30 times the mass of the sun, may suggest that binary black hole systems form on crowded "dance floors" or in dense "cities" that lurk within galaxies.

"Nobody has proven anything," Kalogera told Business Insider, "but there's hints here, and hints there."

Black-holes 'cities'


Astrophysicists aren't sure where these systems of black holes are made, or when, but they've narrowed it down to roughly three options.

One is that they all formed moments after the universe came into existence, some 13.77 billion years ago, as primordial black holes. Some scientists believe these dense yet practically invisible objects might explain dark matter: the mysterious, missing 80% of the universe's mass.

Yet Brandt says this option has grown increasingly unlikely over the years, even though the black holes that LIGO has detected fit the bill for size.

"Primordial black holes should be doing a variety of other things that we should observe, but don't," Brandt said.

Another option is that black holes form normally in galaxies. In this scenario, massive stars run low on fuel, destabilize, and collapse under their own weight to form black holes. Then — as the galaxy rotates and moves through space — two such black holes will randomly pair up and eventually collide.

Globular Cluster 47 TucanaeBut this may take too long to produce black hole mergers at a rate LIGO seems to be detecting.

So a third option — and the one Kalogera says she's betting on — is that most black holes that collide are born in dense groups of stars called globular clusters.

Most large galaxies contain globular clusters, which are hotbeds for the formation of stars. Many of the new stars are hefty enough to form black holes.

Kalogera says the new detection of gravitational waves contained revealing new data: how each of the two black holes were spinning before they merged together. Those spins were not aligned, she says, which suggests they were zooming around each other in a busy region of space — not aligned with the plane of a flat galaxy, as the second scenario would lead to.

Black holes that form inside globular clusters should naturally sink toward their centers, she says.

"Since it's such a dense environment, with lots of flybys, black holes can more easily get partners, get into orbit around one another. They get captured in sort of these binary dances," Kalogera says.

"We could think of them as very active dance floors" for black holes, she says — or 3D cities that are crowded with them. "Galaxies don't have consistent densities. Like human populations, stars cluster in 'rural' and 'urban' areas."

Kalogera says there's not yet enough evidence to back up this idea, since the detection of three black hole mergers (and the six smaller black holes that created them) is a very small sample size.

However, LIGO is just warming up.

A new form of astronomy grows more powerful

neutron stars collision

The third detection of gravitational waves may not seem as monumental as the first, but astronomers would beg to differ: It proves that an entirely new field of astronomy — one in which scientists can "listen" to the music of the universe, and perhaps even peer into its origins — is not only possible, but productive.

Scans of the sky using visible light, X-rays, and wavelengths provide scant evidence of how black holes warp the light and space near them. Gravitational waves, on the other hand, are what black holes themselves emit: It's the "natural language" of their existence, says Kalogera.

Astrophysicist and LIGO collaborator Imre Bartos previously told Business Insider that scientists can now "peek into the heart" of how black holes form, coalesce, and evolve.

"For the first time, we've been able to understand their language and understand what they're telling us," Kalogera said.

Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves more than 100 years ago. However, he doubted they'd ever be detected.

"We are starting to get a glimpse of the kind of new astrophysical information that can only come from gravitational wave detectors," Shoemaker said in a 2016 press release.

ligo mirrorScientists are now hoping to boost their newly minted field of gravitational wave astronomy with more gear.

An upgraded version of the Virgo interferometer in Europe — a similarly giant and L-shaped gravitational wave detector — went online in 2016. Working in concert with LIGO's two detectors, Virgo should help give astronomers a third source of data to observe black hole behavior and, by extension, the inner workings of the universe.

As both instruments advance in the coming years, Kalogera suspects the Virgo-LIGO partnership could detect roughly 100 events per year by 2020, or one every three days, instead of only a few per year.

ligo black hole eventsSome of those could be collisions of incredibly compact neutron stars, which may be detected within 5 years "if they're lucky," says Brandt. (Unlike black holes, such collisions may also be visible to traditional telescopes.)

LIGO may also eventually aid in listening to the parts of the universe that were created shortly after the Big Bang, though Kalogera says the ability to pick out those signals is still a long way off. She likens the early universe to a "distant symphony that all comes together as one sound," while colliding black holes "dominate anything the early universe will have produced."

But there's no doubt that an entirely new era of astronomy has begun — one in which we can encounter events Einstein could only dream of observing.

"LIGO is bringing us a new way to observe some of the darkest yet most energetic events in our universe," deputy director Albert Lazzarini said in a press release.

Sarah Kramer contributed reporting to this post.

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           Unveiling the X-ray point source population of the Young Massive Cluster Westerlund 1         
Clark, J. S. ; Muno, M. P; Negueruela, I.; Dougherty, S. M.; Crowther, P. A.; Goodwin, S. P. and De Grijs, R. (2008). Unveiling the X-ray point source population of the Young Massive Cluster Westerlund 1. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 477(1) pp. 147–163.
           Photometric observations of the radio bright B[e]/X-ray binary CI Cam         
Clark, J. S.; Miroshnichenko, A. S.; Larionov, V. M.; Lyuty, V. M.; Hynes, R. I.; Pooley, G. G.; Coe, M. J.; McCollough, M.; Dieters, S.; Efimov, Yu; Fabregat, J.; Goranskii, V. P.; Haswell, C. A. ; Metlova, N. V.; Robinson, E. L.; Roche, P.; Shenavrin, V. I. and Welsh, W. F. (2000). Photometric observations of the radio bright B[e]/X-ray binary CI Cam. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 356(1) pp. 50–62.
           On the artificial nature of aperiodic variability in XMM-Newton observations of M 31 X-ray sources and the ultraluminous X-ray source NGC 4559 ULX-7         
Barnard, R. ; Trudolyubov, S.; Kolb, U. C. ; Haswell, C. A. ; Osborne, J. P. and Priedhorsky, W. C. (2007). On the artificial nature of aperiodic variability in XMM-Newton observations of M 31 X-ray sources and the ultraluminous X-ray source NGC 4559 ULX-7. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 469(3) pp. 875–879.
           Physical parameters of the high-mass X-ray binary 4U1700-37         
Clark, J. S. ; Goodwin, S. P.; Crowther, P. A.; Kaper, L.; Fairbairn, M.; Langer, N. and Brocksopp, C. (2002). Physical parameters of the high-mass X-ray binary 4U1700-37. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 392(3) pp. 909–920.
           Identifying a black hole X-ray transient in M 31 with XMM-Newton and Chandra         
Barnard, R. ; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J. P. (2004). Identifying a black hole X-ray transient in M 31 with XMM-Newton and Chandra. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 423 pp. 147–153.
           Tracing a Z-track in the M 31 X-ray binary RX J0042.6+4115         
Barnard, R. ; Kolb, U. and Osborne, J. P. (2003). Tracing a Z-track in the M 31 X-ray binary RX J0042.6+4115. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 411(3) pp. 553–557.
           X-ray orbital modulations in intermediate polars         
Parker, T. L. ; Norton, A. J. and Mukai, K. (2005). X-ray orbital modulations in intermediate polars. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 439(1) pp. 213–225.
           Catalogue of cataclysmic binaries, low-mass X-ray binaries and related objects (Seventh edition)         
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           The Be/X-ray transient KS 1947+300         
Negueruela, I.; Israel, G. L.; Marco, A.; Norton, A. J. and Speziali, R. (2003). The Be/X-ray transient KS 1947+300. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 397(2) pp. 739–746.
           Spectroscopic observations of the candidate sgB[e]/X-ray binary CI Camelopardalis         
Hynes, R. I.; Clark, J. S.; Barsukova, E. A.; Callanan, P. J.; Charles, P. A.; Collier Cameron, A.; Fabrika, S. N.; Garcia, M. R.; Haswell, C. A. ; Horne, Keith; Miroshnichenko, A.; Negueruela, I.; Reig, P.; Welsh, W. F. and Witherick, D. K. (2002). Spectroscopic observations of the candidate sgB[e]/X-ray binary CI Camelopardalis. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 392 pp. 991–1013.
           The identification of the optical/IR counterpart of the 29.5-s transient X-ray pulsar GS 1843+009         
Israel, G. L.; Negueruela, I.; Campana, S.; Covino, S.; Di Paola, A.; Maxwell, D. H.; Norton, A. J. ; Speziali, R.; Verrecchia, F. and Stella, L. (2001). The identification of the optical/IR counterpart of the 29.5-s transient X-ray pulsar GS 1843+009. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 371(3) pp. 1018–1023.
          Blog Post: Sniper Elite V2        

A sniper worth seeing...

Sniper Elite V2 is first and foremost a tactical game about enjoyment of the carnage you cause or have the abilities to cause as one of WWII's best snipers. The best part is that you can watch the visual mayhem that ensues in an x-ray kill-cam mode that looks like something out of Mortal Kombat, and is about as gory- if not more so. As Tim said in his official magazine review, this is truly a game created for gore hounds and sadists alike- as the kills cater to the hardiest slasher flick fans out there with their exploding heads and other spontaneous deaths littered about. Although it is inevitable that such a system would be abused for unabashed enjoyment by all sorts of players, thankfully the game is also a fun and enjoyable sniper romp through the soviet-controlled territories of WWII, which prove to be ripe for the picking in terms of both action and cinematic deaths as a result.

As it is the most rewarding aftereffect in a game that I've played in a long while, I'll go ahead and preach about the slow motion kill-cam really quick for a second here. Whenever you line up a killing blow or precisely placed shot, you are instantly shown the path the bullet travels in ultra slow motion as it speeds off towards your unwary victim. As the bullet realistically continues it's unstoppable spiral of destruction and doom, you also get to watch in glorious animation as it pierces whatever targeted body part or location in x-ray vision. Your Nazi enemies react quite realistically to the pieces of metal and lead that tear them to pieces throughout the game, and the details- gory and glorious as they are, only make it even more enjoyable to get back at Hitler and his gang over fifty years in the future, one bullet at a time. The kills never get old, as you will always discover a new body part you are able to destroy with gusto- and, sensitive as some may be towards video game violence, please note that this is as much of a warning of what's to come as it is a prideful speech on a neat feature.

Not only is this a sniper game that proves to go above and beyond to be realistic and action-packed, but it takes that realism to a whole new level with efficient scoping techniques, heart rate filters, and even allowing for attention to bullet drop as your distance increases. This not only makes it  a more difficult and realistic approach to a fun and innovative shooter, but also one that allows for the greatest satisfaction when you finally nail that crafty kill or earn an especially pleasing nutshot on a lone gunman far away. If realism isn't quite your thing however, there are traditional options to take away some of the realistic touches and replace them with normal FPS mechanics on bullet effects and heart rate control. Of course, this takes away most of the difficulty and fun as well, so you might as well play with the other mechanics included for the full experience.

While the occasional annoyance or minor bug and technical issue may interfere with your gameplay by stopping bullets magically in mid-air, or performing other feats worthy of a spot in the most recent Wolfenstein game's Nazi spellcasters' powers, they do not entirely ruin the game at any one point. The best and often most lackluster part about Sniper Elite V2 is the fact that you can play as any mix of character as you want- whether you go all out stealth techniques or the more action-packed shooter path, it matters not. One major complaint in relation to the stealth side of things however is that- despite all of your unique tools available to take out and sneak past guards, often enough your streak is cut short by AI able to see through doors and other objects in their paths, or otherwise spot you with their eyes placed in the back of their head. As annoying as this is, the sad fact that every enemy spawns more units when you are discovered makes it even worse- because they don't spawn in diverse locations such as towers or on the ground, but often in the same place- making it not so much a hardcore sniper challenge, but a minor annoyance instead.

The greatest thing however, is the amount of action that even a beginning level player can experience and cause. Whether its shooting explosive barrels in classic shooter form, taking out soldiers covertly throughout a rainstorm that sounds like all hades is breaking loose around you, or infiltrating meetings and putting a bullet sized dent in a Nazi operation- you can accomplish any and everything you want, however you want. One of the greatest things about the game and its extreme tour de force all throughout Europe is the fact that the levels are many and varied, as well as diverse and interesting story-related areas too. Even better is the fact that you can experience the same thunder with a partner for double the action. Whether it be silently taking down enemies or blowing up some nearby facility, two makes for even more action- as if that were even possible to begin with.

Although there is no true online competitive multiplayer, you can enjoy the grand fun of working with a teammate in order to completely disfigure and dismantle a host of Nazi-related military operations through quite a few modes. In one, you must scavenge vehicle parts all the while defending yourself from enemy attack as you repair your getaway vehicle and race off across the battlefield. In another mode, you meet a knockoff of every Onslaught and Horde mode ever created, as you take on wave after wave of enemies and hope that you manage to see the light of day at the end of things. With objectives and missions in multiplayer cooperative modes such as these, you encounter a range of varying difficulties and options, and you also get to enjoy it with another partner in crime the whole way through. Sure, there's no classic one on one sniper battles, and some of the gamemodes are incredibly lackluster and boring- but they are fun nonetheless for the most part, and offer an intuitive and interesting cooperative experience in addition to the strikingly violent and dark single player one.

All in all, this shooter is far from perfect, but an incredibly fun and enjoyable Nazi-hunting experience that leaves you with an air of accomplishment after its completion. Even better is the fact that you can join in on the fun with a friend, even if that is not in a truly online mode or any sort of competitive multiplayer game. Aside from a few minor flaws in this stellar action title, you're set and all ready to launch the sniper missiles from the outset...

Concept: Shoot lots of Nazis, enjoy the mayhem with a partner in crime, and secure your place as one of the most famous Soviet snipers in the history of the war.

Graphics: While nothing to truly scoff or act in awe at, the gory visuals air with a realistic and unimaginable side of action and slice of the sniper pie, all rolled together into this one little package.

Sound: Although it is probably the weakest of the game's aspects in terms of depth and allowance, every meaty crunch of bone and grit when a bullet connects with leg or face is extremely satisfying to hear, even if the repeatedly shouted orders in German cover it up at times throughout the gameplay.

Playability: Despite minor annoyances in the form of glitches and bugs all throughout the entire game, nothing satisfies more than blowing a hole through your opponents skull- one bullet at a time.

Entertainment: The action never really halts throughout the campaign- especially in the incredibly enjoyable cooperative modes, and all the while- you know it's building up to that moment where you take Hitler's smug grin off of his face with a very happy bullet.

Replay Value: Moderate

Overall Score: 8.5


          Blog Post: Must have under-selled game        

Let me start off by saying that it is definately worth trying out. The demo is fantastic, and is amazing to play ( I personally have beaten the demo 4 times). It is a true to the heart sniper game taking in physics such bullet sway,gravity,wind change and damage stats. While it may only be a demo it has a slpendid begining tutorial that when you follow it you can still get the same wicked results as you would when you try to solo it. Another object taken in the game is tactics. You can't just run in to a battle guns a blazin' hoping to ace that level, it takes a combination of stealth and patience (extremely important in sniper elite difficulty).

 There are four types of difficulties used in the demo, Cadet, Marksman, Sniper Elite and Custom. In Cadet you use no gravity or any bullet ballistics into your shots you just aim and shoot. The enimies are also extremely easy. In the Marksman you have to take gravity and stealth into effect. I find this mode to be the funniest by giving you a little bit of a challenge but not to much that you end up yelling at your T.V. and wake your neighbors. with the added zoom in and focus mode it allows you to more accurately take down enemies with devastating X-ray shots. Now the hardest mode is the Sniper Elite taking all the factors into effect with gravity drop, bullet sway, bullet ballistics, and wind change when you are shooting. The enemies are at there hardest also with there all knowing ears and the enemy sniper setting decoys to lure you out of your spot and to give away your cover. Now last but not least Custom mode. I am not sure if this mode will be an option for the story line or not but it is for this demo. In Custom mode you make it so enemies aren't as tough or so there isn't wind effecting your game.

There will be a multiplayer mode and that is why I didn't give this game a full 10. The story for this is brilliant but I have no idea how the multiplayer is so better safe than sorry.

All in all this game will be fantastic. From trip wire bombs to throwing unlimited rocks (as decoys of course) this game is a true masterpiece and deserves your 2 cents so try it out, it won't kill you I promise. Also check out the video review  on Gameinformer has an amazing nut shot (both testisticals one bullet).


          Blog Post: X-Ray and Slow Motion Kills        

You have to handed to Rebellion for bringing us such a great game, even before the X-ray kill the slow motion bullet tracking was great in the first sniper elite i fell in love with it come on what other game can you shoot and enemy from 1007m and see the bullet travel down untill it end up in the enemies head just take a look at halfblood47 YouTube video. Now i would love to see that shoot with the x-ray combo and oooh boy do you have a great game, the slow motion tracking was great but when you add the X-Ray kill, it like the cherry on top with wipe cream and a side of f**k yeah. This is a game you wont want to miss out on.


          Blog Post: Rebellion Delivers A Visceral WWII Shooter         



Gore hounds are easy to spot. We’re the ones that clap when a horror movie slasher tears into its teenage victim or laugh when some poor sap’s head explodes into pink mist in a first-person shooter. Sniper Elite V2 is a game for such sadists, with some of the most grisly kills I’ve ever enjoyed in a game. Luckily, it’s a pretty capable World War II sniping game to boot.[Excerpt]

Sniper Elite V2’s standout feature is the slow motion, Mortal Kombat-style x-ray kill shots. Watching a bullet blast through a Nazi’s rifle scope and the eye peering through it is a brutal and satisfying reward for lining up the perfect shot. Watching testicles explode and skulls shatter may be a bit much if you’re a little squeamish. I consider myself wholly desensitized to video game violence, but some of these kills made my stomach twitch a bit. That being said, they never got old.

When you’re not trotting around in third-person, you’re staring down your scope. Your trusty rifle feels like it should; leading shots, compensating for bullet drop, and holding your breath are all part of the game’s entertaining attention to detail. If that level of realism isn’t appealing, you can adjust the settings if you prefer the bullet to land in the middle of your crosshairs each time. My main complaint with sniping is the rare occasion when your bullet is deflected by an invisible barrier. Tech issues like this aren’t pervasive, but when you’re playing a game in which every bullet matters, it’s a big deal.

Sniper Elite V2 allows you to be the gunman you want to be, whether that means crawling on your belly and silently taking down guards or engaging in intense shootouts from a guard tower. I savored moments when I could successfully mislead guards with a thrown rock and sneak past, but this war hero is no Solid Snake. Enemy line of sight is wildly inconsistent. Too many attempts to be stealthy were shattered by eagle-eyed enemy soldiers you’d think have binoculars glued to their faces. My heart broke when I realized all the time I spent scanning empty windows for enemy snipers was a waste – the game seems to mainly spawn in enemy marksmen after you’re discovered. These missteps don’t ruin the game, but they’re enough to offset the hardcore sniping simulation.

The action shines brightest when you’re timing covert shots with roaring thunder, dialing in a Hail Mary shot at a tank’s fuel supply, or taking out high-profile members of the Third Reich. These moments allow you to be the sniper savant you’ve always dreamed of being, and there are plenty of them. Your tour of Europe also features a good deal of variety, ranging from a V2 rocket facility to an eerie graveyard being rocked by a deafening storm. The campaign packs a lot of variety, and is fully playable with a buddy in co-op. I never get tired of counting down with a friend to pull off simultaneous headshots on a pair of unaware guards.

A handful of other 2-player online co-op modes are available. You can work together to rack up kills in the wave-based tally mode, but this barebones effort (inspired by Gears of War’s Horde mode) is boring compared to the other options. Overwatch tasks one player with ground-based missions like destroying AA guns or collecting enemy intel while an ally plays guardian angel with a sniper rifle from the high ground. In the challenging bombing run mode players must scavenge tank parts around the map in order to repair their ride home, which requires attentive teamwork and constant alertness. This mode would be flawless if not for the handful of enemies automatically spawned when you begin collecting parts. Like the magically appearing snipers mentioned earlier, forced encounters like this contradict the game’s core concept – be wholly aware of the battlefield. While I may be bummed that there is no competitive multiplayer (except on PC), I enjoyed cooperating with a friend to gradually dismantle the enemy forces.

I went into Sniper Elite V2 with one desire: Disfigure Nazis from hundreds of meters away. The game delivers on this core mechanic beautifully. While I would have preferred enemies with less superhuman vision and better stealth options, at the end of the game I couldn’t recall a scenario I didn’t enjoy. Sniper Elite V2 is a must for anyone interested in a smart shooter with an emphasis on gore.


          Blog Post: Rebellion Delivers A Visceral WWII Shooter         



Gore hounds are easy to spot. We’re the ones that clap when a horror movie slasher tears into its teenage victim or laugh when some poor sap’s head explodes into pink mist in a first-person shooter. Sniper Elite V2 is a game for such sadists, with some of the most grisly kills I’ve ever enjoyed in a game. Luckily, it’s a pretty capable World War II sniping game to boot.[Excerpt]

Sniper Elite V2’s standout feature is the slow motion, Mortal Kombat-style x-ray kill shots. Watching a bullet blast through a Nazi’s rifle scope and the eye peering through it is a brutal and satisfying reward for lining up the perfect shot. Watching testicles explode and skulls shatter may be a bit much if you’re a little squeamish. I consider myself wholly desensitized to video game violence, but some of these kills made my stomach twitch a bit. That being said, they never got old.

When you’re not trotting around in third-person, you’re staring down your scope. Your trusty rifle feels like it should; leading shots, compensating for bullet drop, and holding your breath are all part of the game’s entertaining attention to detail. If that level of realism isn’t appealing, you can adjust the settings if you prefer the bullet to land in the middle of your crosshairs each time. My main complaint with sniping is the rare occasion when your bullet is deflected by an invisible barrier. Tech issues like this aren’t pervasive, but when you’re playing a game in which every bullet matters, it’s a big deal.

Sniper Elite V2 allows you to be the gunman you want to be, whether that means crawling on your belly and silently taking down guards or engaging in intense shootouts from a guard tower. I savored moments when I could successfully mislead guards with a thrown rock and sneak past, but this war hero is no Solid Snake. Enemy line of sight is wildly inconsistent. Too many attempts to be stealthy were shattered by eagle-eyed enemy soldiers you’d think have binoculars glued to their faces. My heart broke when I realized all the time I spent scanning empty windows for enemy snipers was a waste – the game seems to mainly spawn in enemy marksmen after you’re discovered. These missteps don’t ruin the game, but they’re enough to offset the hardcore sniping simulation.

The action shines brightest when you’re timing covert shots with roaring thunder, dialing in a Hail Mary shot at a tank’s fuel supply, or taking out high-profile members of the Third Reich. These moments allow you to be the sniper savant you’ve always dreamed of being, and there are plenty of them. Your tour of Europe also features a good deal of variety, ranging from a V2 rocket facility to an eerie graveyard being rocked by a deafening storm. The campaign packs a lot of variety, and is fully playable with a buddy in co-op. I never get tired of counting down with a friend to pull off simultaneous headshots on a pair of unaware guards.

A handful of other 2-player online co-op modes are available. You can work together to rack up kills in the wave-based tally mode, but this barebones effort (inspired by Gears of War’s Horde mode) is boring compared to the other options. Overwatch tasks one player with ground-based missions like destroying AA guns or collecting enemy intel while an ally plays guardian angel with a sniper rifle from the high ground. In the challenging bombing run mode players must scavenge tank parts around the map in order to repair their ride home, which requires attentive teamwork and constant alertness. This mode would be flawless if not for the handful of enemies automatically spawned when you begin collecting parts. Like the magically appearing snipers mentioned earlier, forced encounters like this contradict the game’s core concept – be wholly aware of the battlefield. While I may be bummed that there is no competitive multiplayer (except on PC), I enjoyed cooperating with a friend to gradually dismantle the enemy forces.

I went into Sniper Elite V2 with one desire: Disfigure Nazis from hundreds of meters away. The game delivers on this core mechanic beautifully. While I would have preferred enemies with less superhuman vision and better stealth options, at the end of the game I couldn’t recall a scenario I didn’t enjoy. Sniper Elite V2 is a must for anyone interested in a smart shooter with an emphasis on gore.


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          GonnaGeek.com Podcast – #155 – Stephen Defends Apple        
During this episode we discuss a new teaser for the upcoming Star Trek TV Series, the probability that the iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone port and we discuss how the French are studying Spaceport feasibility. Finally in SP’s Space Symposium he enlightens you on Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Want to chime in for a future […]
          Happy Mothers' Day        

Sambil nunggu masa tek, I tegur this one young girl sitting on a wheelchair, after doing her x-ray. She looked young but weak.

Me : Hi. Sakit apa?
Girl : Sakit jantung.

Sikit lagi I wanna pull out my freaked out face like when you are listening to people telling all those serious stories, but I didn't and kept calm and continued with our little conversation.

The girl was only 15, went to another school in Lawas and I did ask her a bit of her teachers there that I knew. She smiled and talked, overall a very pleasant girl who I think mature faster than her age.

Then aku nanyak sapa neman nya malam tok, she said her mom or maybe parents. A few minutes later, her mom came and talked a bit with the daughter. Her mother was pregnant, I think it could be 7 or 8 months.

Then the mother sat down beside me. I smiled like a random stranger would smile. Then she said to me, " tepon luar sana tu penuh duit syiling sudah." I terus offered her my phone. Who knows she's waiting for someone kan.

She was beside me so it's hard not to listen to her talking on the phone.

"Bawa baju mama dua, telekung mama juga, bawa berus gigi mama..." she said on the phone and I realized I was holding back my tears. Her voice was firm, no sayu mode pun and I don't know why tonight I melancholic a bit.

I mok lari like give her privacy to talk to her child, tapi aa it was a bit too late and it would be more awkward to suddenly get up and distanced myself from her.

Lagipun if I lari from her, klak nangis menar-menar lak. So I sat there silently, distracting myself not to cry because the mother is pregnant and her daughter had just admitted to the hospital and she had to take care of the daughter overnight.

What if aku yang sakit. What if the mother is my own mother. Sapa sik emo pok. Tedah nangga. But I know if I emo2, it will make her feel worst. (sak jak berkelip-kelip mata to revert back my tears)

After giving back my phone, we talked a bit about her daughter and school and all those things. Then I minta izin to head back to my student which apparently sakit and that's why I was at the hospital tonight, lupak include dlm intro tek.

"Jalan dulu aa", I said to her. She said ok.

I wish I have the guts to add more to our goodbye and wish her Happy Mothers' Day.

But I'm afraid I will get all emo and cry in front of my students which is lebih teruk dr in front of a pregnant mother.

And I am wishing the mother and all the strong and awesome mothers in the world, Happy Mothers' Day.

And I hope the girl get well soon.

Thank You God for a good, strong and hardworking mother. I pray for her a good health and great life ahead. Amen.

Sometimes I believe our life is blessed because our parents continuously praying for us. Dah dah dah. Emo ku tdo tok lak.

Anyway. Things to ponder. One student said to me "cgu tak tau cgu cuba sajaa. Kalau kami tak pandai, cgu marah. Okay tada la cegu main-main saja hehe". Aduh tersentak sungguh saya. We had a little praise and worship session and they suddenly invited me to do opening prayer when all this while they can do it themselves and I was too shocked to do it. I said I can't, I don't know. Lain mazhab, klak lain cara, lain jadinya klak.

Skali budak sound aku camya aduh terkena sungguh. I promised them a closing prayer, I even typed it out in my phone but then one student was suddenly sick and I am sorry kids, again no prayers lead by me tonight.

It's not tak tahu. It's fear. And that is not good at all. Ok next time ya kids. God bless you all.

Biar takut berdosa, jangan takut berdoa. *Insaf mode*


          Record-Breaking Galaxy Cluster Discovered        
A new record for the most distant galaxy cluster has been set using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes. This galaxy cluster may have been caught right after birth, a brief, but important stage of evolution never seen before. The galaxy cluster is called CL J1001+0220 (CL J1001 for short) and is located about 11.1 billion light years from Earth. The discovery of this object pushes back the formation time of galaxy clusters – the largest structures in the Universe held together by gravity – by about 700 million years. “This galaxy cluster isn’t just remarkable for its distance,...
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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart).

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways, such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos. Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking.[1] Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma (see asbestos and the law).

The symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluid between the lung and the chest wall) or chest wall pain, and general symptoms such as weight loss. The diagnosis can be made with chest X-rays and a CT scan, and confirmed with a biopsy (tissue sample) and microscopic examination. A thoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to take biopsies. It allows the introduction of substances such as talc to obliterate the pleural space (called pleurodesis), which prevents more fluid from accumulating and pressing on the lung. Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or sometimes surgery, the disease carries a poor prognosis. Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.

Signs and symptoms
Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.


Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity). Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.

These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.

Mesothelioma that affects the pleura can cause these signs and symptoms:

  • chest wall pain 
  • pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung 
  • shortness of breath 
  • fatigue or anemia 
  • wheezing, hoarseness, or cough 
  • blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis) 

In severe cases, the person may have many tumor masses. The individual may develop a pneumothorax, or collapse of the lung. The disease may metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body.

Tumors that affect the abdominal cavity often do not cause symptoms until they are at a late stage. Symptoms include:

  • abdominal pain 
  • ascites, or an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen 
  • a mass in the abdomen 
  • problems with bowel function 
  • weight loss 
In severe cases of the disease, the following signs and symptoms may be present:

  • blood clots in the veins, which may cause thrombophlebitis 
  • disseminated intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs 
  • jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin 
  • low blood sugar level 
  • pleural effusion 
  • pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs 
  • severe ascites 

A mesothelioma does not usually spread to the bone, brain, or adrenal glands. Pleural tumors are usually found only on one side of the lungs.

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          Leviathan Level 3 → Level 4        
Parece que este WarGame va de bits suid. Vamos a ver que nos tiene preparado este nive.

Como ya viene siendo habitual, los datos de conexión SSH son:

- Host: leviathan.labs.overthewire.org 
- User: leviathan3
- Pass: Ahdiemoo1j

Y la misma información que la del nivel anterior nada de nada.

Esta vez el fichero es este:



Ahora le hacemos un ltrace a ver que se cuece:



No nos dice demasiado. Nos pide un password y como no ha sido correcto nos muestra un mensaje de error.

Analicemos más en profundidad su diagrama de bloques:


Nos pide el password, y después invoca a la función do_stuff, la cual es:


De ella podemos asegurar que si el password es correcto, nos dará un shell con permisos elevados a leviathan3, en caso contrario mostrará un error como se ha visto anteriormente.

La comprobación del password se hace a través de la instrucción repe cmpsb, es decir byte a byte sobre los registros ESI, EDI y vemos rápidamente que la cadena que contiene el registro EDI es 'snlprintf\n'. Pero si nos fiamos en la captura del ltrace, el carácter de control '\n' lo añade la función _fgets.

Vamos a comprobarlo:


et voilà!

Ahora vamos a repetir el proceso, debido a que en la conexión remota no disponemos de IDA Pro para verlo tan eficientemente, pero si podremos llegar al mismo sitio usando gdb.

Cargamos el binario en el depurador:



Nos informamos de sobre que funciones tiene:


Y por último, desensamblamos la función do_stuff y mostramos el contenido que tendrá el registro EDI:



Y ahora es cuando viene lo mejor. Con un simple comando ¡podríamos habernos evitado todo esto! Pero los que me conocen saben que me gusta ir a las hojas para ver el bosque:



Esto es todo por ahora. ¡Hasta pronto!




          Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, whose work inspired ‘Justified,’ ‘Jackie Brown,’ dies at 87        

Aug. 21, 2013 Washington Post

The widely acclaimed and hugely successful crime novelist Elmore Leonard died at home Tuesday of complications from a stroke. He was 87. Leonard’s prose changed how the crime genre was perceived by readers and writers alike:

His early Western novels “Hombre” and “Valdez is Coming” carried all the hallmarks of his later crime fiction and reimagined the traditional idea of heroes and bad guys and how they interacted. A run of movies based on his Westerns and early crime novels kept his name out there, but it wasn’t until he turned his focus from Detroit to South Florida that his fortunes began to match his talent.

The run of novels from 1983’s Edgar Award-winning “La Brava” to 1996’s “Out of Sight” not only transformed the crime novel, it transformed how they were perceived. Instead of attracting fringe actors, his books “Get Shorty,” ‘’Rum Punch” and “Out of Sight,” among others, drew A-list stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, George Clooney and John Travolta. Top directors like Quentin Tarantino and Barry Sonnenfeld wanted in. And TV eventually came calling about a number of ideas, including “Justified,” which brought a favorite character, Marshall Raylan Givens, to a wide and adoring audience.

It was an incredible run that not only put Leonard permanently on the best-seller lists but transformed other writers and their writing. Read More


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LEWISHAM HOSPITAL CONSULTATION


This aim of this page is to encourage all south east London residents to respond to the consultation on the proposed changes to Lewisham Hospital.

This is an unofficial blog site set up by a Lewisham resident strongly opposed to the proposals. The official Save Lewisham Hospital campaign website (www.savelewishamhospital.com) has lots more detailed information on the report, the consultation and how you can get involved.

Below is a very brief overview of the consultation and the changes that are being proposed - if you want to help save Lewisham Hospital but aren't 100% on what the issues are, please take 5 minutes to read  the below...

THE CONSULTATION

In order to help Save Lewisham Hospital, it's vital that everyone RESPONDS TO THE CONSULTATION! Even if you've come to all the meetings, marched at the protest and signed the petition, your voice won't truly be heard unless you respond to the consultation.

The official petition has been signed by over 22,000 people but this only counts as ONE response!

The online response form consists of several questions on the recommendations in the report with multiple choice answers (strongly agree, agree etc). There is the option to add comments but this is not compulsory. If you want to respond, but don't have time to wade through the jargon of the report, please read Save Lewisham Hospital's excellent guide to responding to the consultation. If you use this, it should take no more than 5 minutes.
  • Click here to read the draft report, which includes the proposals about Lewisham Hospital.
  • Click here to respond to the consultation via the online response form.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The below is intended to be a very brief summary of the issues surrounding the closure of Lewisham Hospital A&E and other services. It's not intended to be patronising, just simple and clear for anyone who's not clear on what the issues are and want to know the essentials. I'm not an expert in any way, shape or form, just someone keen to save Lewisham Hospital!!

What's happening at Lewisham Hospital?

THE DEBT:

It all boils down to the South London Healthcare Trust. This is a group of three hospitals: Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough and Queen Mary's in Sidcup. The Trust is in millions of pounds of debt. Lewisham Hospital is not part of the Trust and is not in debt.

THE TSA:

A man called Matthew Kershaw has been given the responsibility of solving the problem of the Trust's debt. His job title is Trust Special Administrator (TSA). He has written a report detailing how he proposes to clear this debt which is currently in draft form (the draft report). The public has until 13 December to give their views on the proposals in this report.

THE REPORT:

The report is long, vaguely worded and deliberately difficult to read. In terms of the proposals relating to Lewisham Hospital, the key points that the report is proposing are:

- To close Lewisham A&E and replace it with an 'urgent care centre'. This would only treat minor ailments such as: 
  • X-rays and other tests
  • Minor fractures 
  • Minor ear, nose, throat and eye infections
This centre would only treat injuries and illness that do not require a stay in hospital. Patients with more serious ailments would no longer be able to be treated at Lewisham Hospital.

- To close Lewisham's children's wards, intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency and complex surgery unit. The report also suggests the possible closure of Lewisham's maternity services, which sees over 4000 births a year.

- To sell off 60% of the hospital's buildings to developers. 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once the consultation closes on the 13 December, Matthew Kershaw will put together a final report, which he will give to the secretary of state Jeremy Hunt. Jeremy Hunt will then make a final decision on the proposals by 1 February. His decision on this cannot be appealed.

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

The proposals in the report are based on incorrect figures and unsubstantiated assumptions. It is clear that Matthew Kershaw has not fully considered the healthcare implications of his proposals. There are so many things wrong with the proposals, it's hard to know where to begin, but below are some of the main objections that have been raised:

    - A&E closures
  • The closure of the A&E would mean that the 750,000 residents of the borough of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley will all have to share one A&E (Queen Elizabeth) which is already struggling with patient numbers. The populations of these boroughs is also growing. 
  • The report claims that the A&E is not closing; just becoming a urgent care centre. This is not true. What they are proposing is a closure.
  • The report does not address the extra people that would choose to go to King's College Hospital for A&E services. There has been no research done into how King's would cope with this. The TSA says this will be addressed at a later date (when the public no longer have a say).
  • The report states that 77% of people could still be treated at Lewisham's proposed urgent care centre. This is a highly disputed figure and one that even the people behind the report aren't fully sure about. This figure does not take into account that even if people could have been treated at the urgent care centre, they may still choose to travel to the nearest A&E (e.g. Kings), therefore still placing pressure on those services. And what about the other 23%??
  • The Lewisham Healthcare Trust provided this 77% figure. The Lewisham Healthcare Trust has stated that they do not support the report's proposal.

    - Travel times
  • The closure of key services at Lewisham Hospital will mean that residents - the sick, the elderly, the mentally ill - will have to travel much further to an unfamiliar area to access services they would have previously accessed at Lewisham.
  • A report by Deloitte, conducted on behalf of the TSA, bases its travel estimates on there being no traffic (seriously!). Travel access to Queen Elizabeth is particularly poor.

    - Medical experts say NO
  • The medical professionals of south east London are strongly opposed to these proposals. You can read their views on the Save Lewisham Hospital website.
***

There's SO much more that could be said, but this is meant to be a brief summary so I'll stop there. As stated, the Save Lewisham Hospital website has loads more information if you want to find out more.

We should be very clear: if these proposals go ahead, it will not be long until Lewisham Hospital closes altogether.

This is not a Lewisham problem. This is a problem for the whole of south east London. If you don't live in Lewisham, think about the last time you waited all night in A&E to be seen by a doctor. Now imagine how much worse that wait will be when your local hospital is having to deal extra patients that would have gone to Lewisham.

The consultation ends on 13 December. Please please please take 5 minutes out of your day and respond. The Save Lewisham Hospital guide means that it doesn't have to be an arduous process. This is the only opportunity we will have to have our say - make sure you use it!!!

Thank you!

Shannon (born and raised in Lewisham!)

          Thankfully.....Misaotra Andriamanitra!        
The 6th of April,2010, this is the most blank looking page I’ve seen in a while because it’s hard to know where I want to begin, when all’s I can think about is the vivid horror repeatedly running through my mind. The end of March, my 10 fellow reinstatement PCV stage-mates and I were sent up to northern Madagasikara, in a brand spanking new, quite comfy Peace Corps 4WD. The 2 day drive was long, but soooo beauuutiful, as I got to see the landscape change from the lush rice patties of the plateau, to the green rolling mountains (quite like my sis’s homeland of Scotland, actually!) of Ankazobe, to the hot, dry clay bushlands of Maevatanana, up through the Lion King-like savannah with tsingy (jutting stalagtites of limestone) on the horizon near Anketrakabe, then up through the Mt. Amber rainforest (where I saw my first wild lemurs..mating!), which is the corrider to Antsiranana, the most northern city port of Mada (more commonly known as Diego Suarez, after the 2 Portuguese who attacked the port city and ravaged and raped its peoples…so I’d rather not forgivingly call it after such). I spent a lot of the 24 hrs of car riding on the way there, writing about my past few weeks at site and the 24 hrs on the way home, about the hectic yet amazing week of AIDS conference we had up there. I thought it’d be depressing to start our drive back to Tana right on Easter Sunday, rather than flying kites, which is my traditional family fun holiday; but it actually was interesting to be constantly on the move, observing each community, each tribe, each regions’ celebrations/ fety’s and praying going on for the holiday. But then the nightmare happened yesterday, Easter Monday late afternoon, just 70 K- 2hrs. before ending our journey back in the capital city. Easter Week is a huge holiday here in Madagasikara and there were tons of people mitsangantsangana (walking/hanging out and about). Our driver, who surely had to be exhausted, not to mention had been sick that morning, and the sun was shining brightly, hit 4 pedestrians! And I was the passenger in the front seat, who saw it all, everything before it ever happened, not being able to scream fast enough to make him stop. As we approached the small town (which ironically is a site of another PCV), he slowed down and came around a 90 degree turn to the right, crossed the center line in the left lane and then never corrected back to the right lane. He probably continued to drive straight, in the left lane for about 30 meters before hitting a mother and her 10 year old daughter, a 17 year old girl, and a 20 something man on a bike. He was blinded by the sun, but maybe because of my short height and different perspective, I was not affected and as I said, completely witnessed the tragedy that felt like went in slow motion, but then again took an eternity for it to end! After I screamed 3 times, the car came to a stop, and the driver and I both quickly jumped out to check the victims. I focused on the mother, who was gushing blood from her head and holding a disfigured arm, and her daughter, who laid flat, crying in the road. My first thought was “Misaotra Andriamanitra” (Thank God!) they were both conscious and able to speak, despite obviously being in pain and shock(as I believe also being in a similar state during this time). I was sooo aftraid to look under the car, for fear of what I might find, but again, Thankfully there was nothing to be afraid of. The other 2 victims were also very much in pain, but conscious. Despite me knowing accident victims SHOULD NOT be moved, especially those with head trauma, I could not stop their families and friends who quickly scooped everyone up and brought them to the local hospital, which again, Thankfully was only 200 meters away. Plus, there are no ambulances out in villages and most likely any backboard to even transport them properly. 2 local doctors were called in to help the patients. The mother was the most pressing, as heads can really bleed, and after the doctor cut back her hair, we realized it was an inch square gash of skin that was peeled back, revealing her skull. I got yet another observation training on stitching wounds before I was called out by a PCV to go talk to the police about the incident, since I was the main witness. It turned out that I had to return this morning, with the driver and our safety/ security officer, to do an official interview with the head “gendarme” (military/ police of small villages). I talked with the 3 other PCV’s in the car who were awake to witness this with me as well as our PC doctor since I was feeling stressed about incriminating our driver during the witness interview, since he really is a great guy and usually a good driver. As probably anywhere in the world, he’d be going to jail for manslaughter if someone died, but Thankfully that’s not (knock on wood, yet) the case. The interview went fine, as I just said what I saw and nothing more. No one but him and God could no what really happened in his world during those split seconds but it surely was horrible having to see it come before it came. I’m really happy I did go back to Ankazobe today- most importantly to check back up on the patients and talk with their families. I think it really helped for me to go back there and be a representative of Peace Corps offering the empathetic, caring attitude, especially since local hospitals are a familiar environment for me and naturally, I’m deeply concerned about the health and welfare of the victims and their families. I did get the phone number of the oldest daughter of the mother, so I can keep in touch with the updates. Of course, despite the immediate expenses of medicines, the families seemed to voice their main concern of their immediate living situation for the entire family. For instance, the mother is a single mother of 7, and teacher at a private school, which surely won’t pay sick wages and who knows how long Peace Corps’ insurance money will get to them? Our driver gave the families provisions for maybe the next couple days, but even he doesn’t make a ton of money to be able to dish out. The mother most likely will need to be evacuated to Tana, although transportation in this country, which guarantees a bumpy, jarring 2 hour ride, is definitely risky for her, with a brain injury. Thankfully, her 10 year old girl was up, walking around, and ok besides a big bruise on her back. The teen girl needs an x-ray of her hip, which could likely be broken and the guy’s knee and shoulder/collarbone is immobile. This accident was such a bad combination of long, exhausting& difficult driving conditions, lotsa pedestrians, with no sidewalks. We all know accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, outside your house, or in the other hemisphere, it just often doesn’t get thought about until it happens to or near you. Hopefully I can eventually not constantly re-think the image over in my head all the time. I’m very much looking forward to a wee getaway with some education PCV’s to mid-south Mada and taking a train from Fianarantsoa-Manakara. Anything sounds better than being in a car at this point. They’re such dangerous clusters of clinking metal, killing machines. I have so many good stories that I want to write about and share with y’all that has happened this past month, but I’m sure you see how drained I must be after all this, so those more positive stories will have to wait til I’m able to relax a wee bit. But again, Thankfully the victims are alive. Thankfully I’m alive. Thankfully we’re all alive! Misaotra Andriamanitra!!!
          UTCT Hosts First North American ToScA Symposium        
For the past 20 years, The University of Texas at Austin’s High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility, or UTCT, has been hard at work in the...
          Batman: Arkham Knight Free Download Online        
Batman: Arkham Knight Game Free Download Online For PC Free Full Version.Download 2015's Now Trending Game of the year in Batman Series."Arkham Knight".Batman: Arkham Knight concludes developer Rocksteady’s gritty Arkham trilogy. Once again you must don on the mantle of the bat, and take on Gotham’s underworld bosses as they try to conquer the city’s streets. Looking better than ever, and filled with familiar friends and foes from the Batman mythos, this is a worthy end to a fantastic tale.

Most importantly it feels insanely awesome to drive. Other vehicles, lamposts, structural columns - these are little more than detritus to be brushed aside by its immense power. Every time I stepped inside I became an armoured terror, unmatched in raw strength. You will genuinely feel like the scourge of Gotham’s underbelly.


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The Batmobile can be operated in two modes: speedy automobile and slower, but more manoeuvrable tank. The former is used for pursuing fleeing enemies and the latter for the numerous tank battles that happen throughout the game. These involve the same mixture of timing and response as Batman’s fisticuff skirmishes but you’re in a massive tank that makes things go boom. Enough said.



Since the original Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady has managed to capture the essence of the caped crusader. By making him the right mix of untouchable yet vulnerable, you were forced to use the environment, cunning, and any gadgets available to you to make it through.

The team have continued to expand on these founding principles through the series. Making locations larger, more dynamic, and denser with content to be enjoyed and explored. This progression has reached it has reached its peak in the massive Batman: Arkham Knight.

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With the people of Gotham evacuated in response to a threat from the Scarecrow, you must reclaim the streets from marauding criminals. These events are told through a dramatic opening sequence, setting the tone for the rest of this dark tale.

Though the people of Gotham are absent, this doesn’t stop the world feeling full, with criminals roaming the streets in significantly greater numbers than in previous installments. But while these thugs pose an inconvenience, it is the organized forces of the Arkham Knight that are the threat, with weapons, tanks, and drones to back them up. The Knight clearly means business, and may actually be able to deliver on his plans to kill the Bat.

The core of Batman: Arkham Knight remains mostly unchanged. You traverse Gotham City with Batman’s trusty grappling-hook and glider-like cape combo. Using the hook you rapidly winch yourself skyward, allowing you to glide over the buildings below.

As you soar over the city you discover the side-quests and challenges that fill the world. Many of these feature Batman’s iconic villains, and by completing their multi-staged missions you will uncover more of their background thanks to the detailed storytelling and rich fiction of the world. Some missions focus on pure combat, but others offer more variety – including a few that let the great detective show off his investigative skills, as he pieces events together using his x-ray like detective vision.






A city filled with fun, and danger
Traversing the world you will occasionally find yourself entering into combat. The same fluid system remains from earlier titles, with the brutal free-flowing strikes and counter attacks still looking impressive. Once you master the system, you can tear through gangs of thugs with ease, smashing all in your path.

To mix things up there are some new foes, such as the sword wielding soldiers. These nimble opponents quickly slash, thrust, and dive at you, forcing you keep mobile. Don’t worry though, as Batman has not been lax in his training and is now able to utilize environmental elements such as light fittings and fuse boxes to put enemies out of action. During specific sequences he can even team up with other heroes for tag team attacks.

When direct assaults won't suffice you will have to make use of Batman’s other talent, stealth. These sections usually take place in clearly set out arenas, with lots of perches, air vents, and other tools to aid your assault.

Here you must manipulate your opponents, picking them of one at a time using your fists and Batman's wonderful toys. You can fire off makeshift cable lines to attack from, disable guns from a distance, and even plant explosives to take out unsuspecting thugs.

But where these elements are all refined versions of what went before, there is one completely new feature - the Batmobile. This super-car/tank hybrid has two modes, car and battle mode. In car mode, it’s possible to speed through the city streets, chasing down enemy vehicles. In battle mode, the car transforms, raising up on its multi-directional wheels and deploying its massive cannon. This mode offers dramatically increased mobility, letting you strafe and circle enemy tanks with ease to take them out in a tense game of cat and mouse. While at times the car feels unnecessary due to Batman’s mobility, the thrill of controlling any Batmobile makes my inner child grin.
The thrilling conclusion
In many ways the small tweaks it makes to the franchises' gameplay do not raise Batman: Arkham Knight above the previous games. But it had been long enough since the last game that I was eager for more, and this certainly delivers. The twist and turns of its story dive into the fictions fascinating characters, bringing this trilogy to a satisfying end.

With the Batmobile in tow, the play experience is more varied, more exciting, and the city of Gotham is a more dynamic experience. It’s the seamless transitions between Bats and his motor that make that all the difference: the Batmobile can be called at any moment for you to hop in and run down your foes, and similarly you can eject yourself from its cockpit into the air mid-drive. It’s just all so effortlessly cool.

While I didn't expect to like the Batmobile quite so much, I was even more surprised by the extent to which the blessed machine stays with you like a loyal hound.

Whether you're hammering enemy fortifications or delving into one of The Riddler's puzzle dungeons, it's amazing how Rocksteady has managed to so fully integrate the experience of taking a car-tank-robodeath-thing with you like it was a pocket watch.

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           Enhanced possibilities of section topography at a third-generation synchrotron radiation facility         
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           High-resolution x-ray diffraction and topographic study of ferroelectric domains and absolute structural polarity of KTiOPO4 via anomalous scattering         
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           Inelastic x-ray scattering measurements at BM29         
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           Substituent effects on the cyclo-manganation reaction - X-ray crystal structure of Mn{2-(Bu-n-N=CH)5-(NO2)C6H3}(CO)(4)         
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           Unsubstituted cyclidenes - A novel family of lacunar dioxygen carriers with enhanced stability toward autoxidation: Synthesis, characterization, and a representative X-ray structure         
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           An X-ray diffraction and Mossbauer study of nanocrystalline Fe2O3-Cr2O3 solid solutions         
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           X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of copper sodium silicate glass surfaces         
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           XEOL studies of porous silicon         
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           The local adsorption structure of SO2 on Ni(111): a normal incidence X-ray standing wavefield determination         
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          X-RAY CONNECTION “Get Ready” (1983, Break)        



Guilty pleasure alert! Let me indulge in this Dutch production from Adams & Fleisner (Digital Emotion, Gazuzu, L-Vira…). As we say in France, Holland is the other country for cheese…
          CHAPTER SIXTY-EIGHT        
ART EXAM IS OVER!! OH HELL YES.

Tagged by my sis.

A - Age: 15

B - Bed size: Queen size.

C - Chore you hate: Sweeping and mopping the floor.

D - Dumbest subject ever: DnT >_>

E - Essential start your day item: My usual wake-up groan.

F - Favorite color: Turquoise. ^^

G - Gold or Silver: Silver.

H - Height: Shorty 1.52cm. ;_;

I - Instruments you play(ed): Recorder, piano and keyboard.

J - Job title: Student (and MikuMiku's waifu 8D)

K - Kinesthetic, auditory or visual learner?: I'm a sopathetic learner. 8D Okay okay auditory learner.

L - Living arrangements: wat.

M - Most awesome food ever: Uh, everything on my favourite food list? xD (I can't decide.)

N - Nicknames: Purin, Nad, Puchin, Puu-tan, Purin-chan, Puu.

O - Overnight hospital stay: A week. I think.

P - Pet Peeve: I talk a lot, and sometimes I'm just damn sensitive out of the blue.

Q - Quote from a movie: "I am your father." (Star Wars)

R - right or left-handed: Right-handed.

S - Siblings: 2 sisters.

T - Time you wake up: Weekdays, 6.15 am. Weekends, 9+ am.

U - Usual quote: "Oh lol." (Yes, I say 'lol' irl.)

V - Vegetable you dislike: Chilli. > >

W - Why you run late: Missed the alarm, woke up later than the alarm.

X - X-rays you've had: Uh.. WAIT IT'S AT THE TIP OF MY TONGUE.. oh no I lost it.

Y - Yummy food you make: Eh.. um.. do scrambled eggs count? xD

Z - Zoo favorite: Uh.. anywhere but the rhinos and zebras. Their poo stink. Dx

I shall tag two people: Yat and Muhsin! :DD
           X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and magnetic studies of transition metal silicate glasses         
Mekki, Abdelkrim (1997) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and magnetic studies of transition metal silicate glasses. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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          â€˜If You Hemorrhage, Don’t Clean Up’: Advice From Mothers Who Almost Died        

This story was co-published with NPR.

Four days after Marie McCausland delivered her first child in May, she knew something was very wrong. She had intense pain in her upper chest, her blood pressure was rising, and she was so swollen that she barely recognized herself in the mirror. As she curled up in bed that evening, a scary thought flickered through her exhausted brain: “If I go to sleep right now, I don’t know if I'm gonna be waking up.”

What she didn’t have was good information about what might be wrong. The discharge materials the hospital sent her home with were vague and confusing — “really quite useless,” she said. Then she remembered a ProPublica/NPR story she’d recently read about a New Jersey nurse who died soon after childbirth. Lauren Bloomstein had developed severe preeclampsia, a dangerous type of hypertension that often happens during the second half of her pregnancy. But it can also emerge after the baby is delivered, when it is often overlooked — accounting for dozens of maternal deaths a year. McCausland realized that she might have preeclampsia, too.

The 27-year-old molecular virologist and her husband bundled up their newborn son and raced to the nearest emergency room in Cleveland. But the ER doctor told her that she was feeling normal postpartum symptoms, she said. Even as her blood pressure hovered at perilous heights, he wanted to send her home. Several hours passed before he consulted with an OB-GYN at another hospital and McCausland’s severe preeclampsia was treated with magnesium sulfate to prevent seizures. Without Bloomstein’s story as a warning, McCausland doubts she would have recognized her symptoms or persisted in the face of the ER doctor’s dismissiveness. “I had just come home with the baby and really didn’t want to go back to the hospital. I think I probably would have just wrote it off.” In that case, she added, “I don't know if I'd be here. I really don't.”

McCausland’s experience is far from unique. In the months since ProPublica and NPR launched our project about maternal deaths and near-deaths in the U.S., we’ve heard from 3,100 women who endured life-threatening pregnancy and childbirth complications, often suffering long-lasting physical and emotional effects. (Tell us your story.)

The same themes that run though McCausland’s story echo through many of these survivors’ recollections. They frequently told us they knew little to nothing beforehand about the complications that nearly killed them. Even when the women were convinced something was terribly amiss, doctors and nurses were sometimes slow to believe them. Mothers especially lacked information about risks in the postpartum period, when medical care is often disjointed or difficult to access and the baby is the focus of attention. “Every single nurse, pediatrician, and lactation consultant dismissed my concerns as hormones and anxiety,” wrote Emily McLaughlin, who suffered a stroke and other complications after giving birth in Connecticut in 2015.

These survivors make up an important, and largely untapped, source of knowledge about the dangers that expectant and new mothers may face — and how to avoid disaster. Every day in the U.S., two to three women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes, including preeclampsia, hemorrhage, infection, blood clots and cardiac problems — the highest rate of maternal mortality among wealthy nations. As many as 60 percent of these deaths are preventable, a new report suggests; more than half occur after delivery. (See our story on the lost mothers of 2016.) Each day, another 175 women suffer complications severe enough to require major medical intervention such as massive transfusions, emergency surgery or admission to an intensive care unit — equivalent to about 65,000 close calls annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospitals, medical organizations and maternal safety groups are introducing a host of initiatives aimed at educating expectant and new mothers and improving how providers respond to emergencies. But as McCausland’s experience illustrates, self-advocacy is also critically important.

We asked survivors: What can people do to ensure that what happened to Lauren Bloomstein doesn‘t happen to them or their loved ones? How can they help prevent situations like Marie McCausland’s from spiraling out of control? What do they wish they had known ahead of their severe complications? What made a difference in their recovery? How did they get medical professionals to listen? Here is a selection of their insights, in their own words.


Choosing a Provider

“A lot of data on specific doctors and hospitals can be found publicly. Knowing how your physician and hospital rates as compared to others (cesarean rates, infection rates, readmission rates) can give you valuable insight into how they perform. ‘Liking’ your doctor as a person is nice, but not nearly as important as their and their facility’s culture and track record.”

— Kristen Terlizzi, 35, survivor of placenta accreta (a disorder in which the placenta grows into or through the uterine wall) in 2014 and cofounder of the National Accreta Foundation

“Key pieces of information every woman should know before choosing a hospital are: What are their safety protocols for adverse maternal events? No one likes to think about this while pregnant, and providers will probably tell you that it’s unlikely to happen. But it does happen and it’s good to know that the hospital and providers have practiced for such scenarios and have proper protocols in place.”

— Marianne Drexler, 39, survived a hemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy in 2014

“Ask your doctors if they have ever experienced a case of an amniotic fluid embolism [an abnormal response to amniotic fluid entering the mother’s bloodstream] or other severe event themselves. If a birthing center is your choice, discuss what happens in an emergency — how far away is the closest hospital with an ICU? Because a lot of hospitals don’t have them. Another thing many women don’t realize is that not every hospital has an obstetrician there 24/7. Ask your doctors: If they’re not able to be there the whole time you’re in labor, will there be another ob/gyn on site 24 hours a day if something goes wrong?”

— Miranda Klassen, 41, survivor of amniotic fluid embolism in 2008 and founder/executive director of the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation

“While my doctor was amazing, we live in a smaller town and they don’t carry enough blood/platelets on hand for very emergent situations. They have patients shipped to larger hospitals when they need more care. Had I been aware of that we would have decided to deliver at a larger hospital so in case something happened to me or our daughter we wouldn’t be separated, which we were when I was life-flighted out.”

— Kristina Landrus, 26, survived a hemorrhage in 2013

“My best advice for getting a medical professional to listen is to keep searching for one that is willing to listen. Because of my insurance and personal circumstances at the time I felt I had no option but to take whoever my providers [assigned] me, despite several red flags even before my delivery. I was not aware of my right to change providers until it was too late.”

— Joy Huff, 39, survived a blood infection in 2013


Preparing for an Emergency

“A conversation about possible things that could go wrong is prudent to have with your doctor or in one of these childbirth classes. I don’t think that it needs to be done in a way to terrify the new parents, but as a way to provide knowledge. The pregnant woman should be taught warning signs, and know when to speak up so that she can be treated as quickly and accurately as possible.”

— Susan Lewis, 33, survived multiple blood clots and severe hemorrhage in 2016

“Always have somebody with you in a medical setting to ask the questions you might not think of and to advocate on your behalf if your ability to communicate is compromised by being in poor health. … And get emotional support to steel you against the naysayers. It may feel really unnatural or difficult to push back [against doctors and nurses]. Online forums and Facebook groups can be helpful to ensure you’re not losing your mind.”

— Eleni Tsigas, survivor of preeclampsia in 1998 and 1999 and executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation

“Know your rights. Know what kind of decisions you might have to make and what you want to do before you go. Doctors and nurses are there to make quick decisions, they’re not worried about how you will feel about it afterward. They are worried about a lawsuit, whether they can get you stable quickly so they can move on. I’m not saying they are heartless, far from it. My mother is a nurse, I know what sort of heart goes into that profession. But they have a lot to do and a lot to worry about, your feelings are not at the top of that list. At least not as far as they are concerned in the moment.”

— Carrie Anthony, 36, survived two pregnancies with placenta accreta and hemorrhage in 2008 and 2015

“It isn’t just important to know how you feel about blood transfusions and life-saving measures — you have to communicate these things to your spouse or family member. I was given six blood transfusions, but I was barely conscious when asked if I wanted them. Of course, I wanted any life-saving measures, but my husband should have been consulted, given that I was not of a clear mind.”

— Rachel Stuhler, 36, survived a hemorrhage in 2017

“In case you ever are unable to respond, someone needs to step in and be your voice! Know as much thorough medical history as possible, and let your spouse or support person know [in depth] your history as well.”

— Kristina Landrus

“Also be sure your spouse and your other family members, like your parents or siblings, are on the same page about your care. And if you aren’t married, who will be making the decisions on your behalf? You should put things in order, designate the person who will be the decision maker, and give that person power of attorney. Other important things to have are a medical directive or a living will — be sure to bring a copy with you to the hospital. I also recommend packing a journal to record everything that happens.”

— Miranda Klassen

“Make a list of your questions and make sure you get the full answer. I went to every appointment the second time around with a notebook. I would apologize for being ‘that patient,’ but I had been through this before and I wasn’t going to be confused again. I wanted to know everything. Honestly, it was as harmful as it was helpful. I knew what I was getting into, which made it much scarier. The first time, my ignorance was bliss. I didn’t realize I almost died until two weeks after I had left the hospital. I didn’t even start researching what had happen to me until months later. The second time I was an advocate for myself. Medical journals and support groups were a part of every single visit. And thankfully, I was in good hands.”

— Carrie Anthony

“Write down what each specialty says to you. When I was hospitalized for six weeks prior to giving birth, I was visited 2-3 times a week by someone from each department that would be involved in my life-saving surgery. This means that I saw someone from the neonatal intensive care unit as well as reps from gynecologic oncology, maternal fetal medicine, interventional radiology and anesthesiology. They paraded in on a schedule, checked up on me, asked if I had any questions. I always did, but I regret not writing down what each said each time (along with names!). I got so many different answers regarding how I would be anesthetized, and on the day it all had to happen in an emergency, there were disagreements above me in the OR. between the specialists. It was like children arguing on a playground and my life was in danger. Had I kept a more vigilant record of what each specialty reported to me, perhaps prior to the day I could have confronted each with the details that weren't matching up.”

— Megan Moody, 36, survived placenta percreta (when the placenta penetrates through the uterine wall) in 2016

“People should know that they have a right to ask for more time with the doctor or more follow up if they feel something is not right. The ob-gyns (at least in Pennsylvania) are so busy and sometimes appointments are quite quick and rushed. Make the doctors slow down and take the time with you.”

— Dani Leiman, 37, survived HELLP syndrome (a particularly dangerous variant of preeclampsia) in 2011

“You have a legal right to your medical records throughout pregnancy and anytime afterwards. Get a copy of your lab results each time blood is drawn, and a copy of your prenatal and hospital reports. Ask about concerning or unclear results.”

— Eleni Tsigas


Getting Your Provider to Listen

“Understand the system. Ask a nurse or a trusted loved one in the ‘industry’ how it all works. I've found that medical professionals are more likely to listen to you if you demonstrate an understanding of their roles and the kind of questions they can/cannot answer. Know your ‘silos.’ Don't ask an anesthesiologist how they plan on stitching up your cervix. Specialists are often incredibly impatient. You need to get the details out of them regarding their very specific roles.”

— Megan Moody

“Let doctors know you care about your health and safety as much as they do. Tell them you want to be a partner in your health care. Do not act as an adversary to your doctor.”

— Tricia Fitzgerald, 40, survived a hemorrhage caused by severe preeclampsia in 2014

“First you have to be armed with concrete knowledge with examples about your illness and have a firm attitude. This is why it is important to know your body. Do your research before your appointment, but make it personal. Do not present your case as if you just went on WebMD for the information. Create a log of your health activities. This log should contain all illnesses you are concerned about, when they occurred and how did you feel. Have your questions and concerns written down. You should always carry a list of your medications, dosage, and milligrams. Include any side effects. Ask concrete questions and have the doctors present their findings to you in a language you can understand. If you do not agree [with what one doctor tells you], ask another doctor. Remember, knowledge is power and you must have that power.”

— Anner Porter, 55, survivor of peripartum cardiomyopathy in 1992 and founder of the advocacy organization Fight PPCM

“If your provider tells you, ‘You are pregnant. What you’re experiencing is normal,’ remember — that may be true. [But it’s also true] that preeclampsia can mimic many normal symptoms of pregnancy. Ask, ‘What else could this be?’ Expect a thoughtful answer that includes consideration of ‘differential diagnoses’ — in other words, other conditions that could be causing the same symptoms.”

— Eleni Tsigas

“They only listen if the pain is a 10 or higher. Most of us don't understand what a 10 is. I'd always imagined a 10 would feel like having a limb blown off in combat. When asked to evaluate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, when you are in your most vulnerable moment, it is very hard to assess this logically, for you and for your partner witnessing your pain. I later saw a pain chart with pictures. A 10 was demonstrated with an illustration of a crying face. You may not actually be shedding tears, but you are most likely crying on the inside in pain, so I suggest to always say a 10. My pain from the brain hemorrhage was probably a 100, but I'm not sure if I even said 10 at the time.” 

— Emily McLaughlin, 34, survived a postpartum stroke in 2015

Crying! I'm only slightly kidding. I truly think the only way to get them to listen is to be adamant and don’t back down. I had a situation where I felt no one was paying attention to me, and I cried out of frustration over the phone. Then they listened to me and snapped into action.”

— Dani Leiman

“So many women do speak up about the strange pain they have, and a nurse may brush it off as normal without consulting a doctor and running any tests. Be annoying if you must, this is your life. … Thankfully, I never had to be so assertive. I owe my life to the team of doctors and nurses who acted swiftly and accurately, and I am eternally grateful.”

— Susan Lewis

“If you have a hemorrhage, don’t clean up after yourself! Make sure the doctor is fully aware of how much blood you are losing. I had a very nice nurse who was helping to keep me clean and helping to change my (rapidly filling) pads. If the doctor had seen the pools of blood himself, rather than just being told about them, he might not have been so quick to dismiss me.”

— Valerie Bradford, 30, survived hemorrhage in 2016


Paying Attention to Your Symptoms

“I had heard of preeclampsia but I was naïve. [I believed] that it was something women developed who didn't watch what they ate and didn't focus on good health prior and/or during pregnancy. I was in great health and shape prior to getting pregnant, during my pregnancy I continued to make good food choices and worked out up until 36 hours before the baby had to be taken. I gained healthy weight and kept my BMI at an optimum number. I thought due to my good health, I was not susceptible to anything and my labor would be easy. So although I had felt bad for 1 1/2 weeks, I chalked it up to the fact that I was almost 8 months into this pregnancy, so you're not supposed to feel great. … I walked into my doctor’s office that Friday and not one hour later I was in an emergency C-section delivering a baby. I had to fully be put under due to the severity of the HELLP, so I didn't wake up until the next day.”

— Kelli Davis, 31, survived HELLP syndrome in 2016

“Understand that severe, sustained pain is not normal. So many people told me that the final trimester of pregnancy is sooo uncomfortable. It was my first pregnancy, I have a generally high threshold for pain, and my son was breech so I thought his head was causing bad pain under my ribs [when it was really epigastric pain from the HELLP syndrome]. I kept thinking it was normal to be in pain and I let it go until it was almost too late.”

— Dani Leiman

“I wish I would have known what high blood pressure numbers were. I had a pharmacist take my blood pressure at a pharmacy and let me walk out the door with a blood pressure of 210/102. She acted like it was no big deal (‘it’s a little high’), and so I believed her. Even after telling my husband, we really thought nothing of it.”

— Melissa McFadden, 36, survived preeclampsia in 2013

“Know the way your blood pressure should be taken. And ask for the results. Politely challenge the technician or nurse if it’s not being done correctly or if they suggest ‘changing positions to get a lower reading.’ Very high blood pressure (anything over 160/110) is a ‘hypertensive crisis’ and requires immediate intervention.”

— Eleni Tsigas

“Please ask for a heart monitor for yourself while in labor, not just for the baby. I think if I had one on, seconds or minutes could have been erased from reaction time by the nurses. They were alerted to an issue because the baby’s heart stopped during labor, and while the nurse was checking that machine, my husband noticed I was also non-responsive. That’s when everything happened (cardiac arrest due to AFE).”

— Kristy Kummer-Pred, 44, survived amniotic fluid embolism and cardiac arrest in 2012


After the Delivery

“My swelling in my hands and feet never went away. My uterus hadn’t shrunk. I wasn't bleeding that bad, but there was a strange odor to it. My breasts were swollen and my milk wasn’t coming in. I was misdiagnosed with mastitis [a painful inflammation of the breast tissue that sometimes occurs when milk ducts become plugged and engorged]. The real problem was that I still had pieces of placenta inside my uterus. Know that your placenta should not come out in multiple pieces. It should come out in one piece. If it is broken apart, demand an ultrasound to ensure the doctors got it all. If you have flu-like symptoms, demand to be seen by a doctor. If you don't like your doctor, demand another one.” 

— Brandi Miller, 32, survived placenta accreta and hemorrhage in 2015

“There is a period in the days and weeks after delivery where your blood pressure can escalate and you can have a seizure, stroke, or heart attack, even well after a healthy birth. You should take your own blood pressure at home if your doctor doesn't tell you to. … Unfortunately, I went home from [all my postpartum] appointments with my blood pressure so high that I started having a brain hemorrhage. Not one single person ever thought of taking my blood pressure when I was complaining about my discomfort and showing telltale warning signs of [preeclampsia].”

— Emily McLaughlin

“The ER doctor that I had was not treating me as a postpartum case. He was just thinking of me as a 27-year-old with high blood pressure. I think, if you have the opportunity, the ideal thing would be to go back to the same hospital where you had your baby, because they have a labor and delivery unit and they have your records. But if the closest emergency room isn’t at the hospital where you delivered, then you have to be more vigilant. Make sure they know you just gave birth. If you know something is wrong with you, don’t take no for an answer. Just keep saying, ‘I think this is something serious’ and don’t let them discharge you, especially if it’s someone who isn’t familiar with pregnant women.”

— Marie McCausland

The postpartum period is when a lot of pregnancy-related heart problems like cardiomyopathy emerge. If there is still difficulty breathing, fluid buildup in ankles, shortness of breath and you are unable to lie flat on your back, go see a cardiologist ASAP. If you have to go to an emergency room, request to have the following tests performed: echocardiogram (echo) test, ejection fraction test, B-type natriuretic peptides (BNP), EKG test and chest x-ray test. These tests will determine if your heart is failing and will save your life.”

— Anner Porter

Rest as much as possible — for as long as possible. Being in too big a rush to get ‘back to normal’ can exacerbate postpartum health risks. Things that are not normal: heavy bleeding longer than 6 weeks, or bleeding that stops and starts again, not producing milk, fevers, severe pain (especially around incision sites), excessive fatigue, and anxiety/depression. If you don’t feel like yourself, get help.”

— Amy Barron Smolinski, 37, a survivor of preeclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage and other complications in three pregnancies in 2006, 2011 and 2012 and executive director of Mom2Mom Global, a breastfeeding support group

“Know that your preexisting health conditions may be impacted by having a baby (hormone changes, sleep deprivation, stress). Record your health and your baby's in a journal or app to track any changes. Reach out to the nurse or doctor when there are noticeable changes that you have tracked.”

— Noelle Garcia, 33, survived placental abruption (placenta separating from the uterine wall during pregnancy) in 2007

If your hospital discharges you on tons of Motrin or pain killers, be aware that this can mask the warning signs of headache, which is sometimes the only warning sign of preeclampsia coming on postpartum.”

— Emily McLaughlin


Grappling With the Emotional Fallout

I wish I had known that postpartum PTSD was possible. Most people associate PTSD with the effects of war, but I was diagnosed with PTSD after my traumatic birth and near-death experience. Almost 6 years later, I still experience symptoms sporadically.”

— Meagan Raymer, 31, survived severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome in 2011

I recommend therapy with a female therapist specializing in trauma. Honestly, I avoided it for 8 months. I was then in therapy for 12 months. I still have ongoing anxiety … but I would be in a very bad place (potentially depression and self-harm due to self-blame) were it not for therapy. It was so hard to admit [what was happening]. I started to get a suspicion when I heard an NPR story about a veteran with PTSD. I thought… that sounds like me. And I started Googling.”

— Jessica Rae Hoffman, 28, survived severe sepsis and other complications in 2015

“The emotional constructs our society puts around pregnancy and childbirth make the ideas of severe injury and death taboo. Childbirth is a messy, traumatic experience. … Many women don't seek care even when they instinctively believe something is wrong because they're supposed to ‘be happy.’ Awareness and transparency are so important.”

— Leah Soule, 33, survived a hemorrhage in 2015

“Having an incredible support network made the greatest impact with my near-death experience, but my family and friends needed their own support as they coped. My mom didn’t leave my side, but she also had a team of friends supporting her so that she could let her guard down and cry when she needed to do so. My husband was at my bedside or with the baby constantly that first week, but he was also suffering from the trauma of everything and was having a really hard time coping and needed to leave the hospital environment. My best friend is an ICU nurse and quickly became the person everyone asked clarifying questions, but she didn’t want to be a nurse in that moment but rather someone who was scared for her friend.”

— Susan Lewis

“I wish I had understood how significant the impact was on my husband. Emotionally, the experience was much more difficult and long-lasting for him than for me, and it continued to affect his relationship with both me and our baby for quite a while, at a time when I didn’t think it was a thing at all.”

— Elizabeth Venstra, 44, survived HELLP syndrome in 2014

“I would suggest establishing yourself ahead of time with a doula or midwife that can make postpartum visits to your home, which can promote health even if everything goes smoothly. Many communities have those services available if you can’t afford them. [A doula] wasn't covered through our insurance, but the social worker at the hospital arranged for someone paid for by [San Diego County] to come and do several checks on me and my son, which was very reassuring to both my husband and me.”

— Miranda Klassen

If you’re given a diagnosis of a life-threatening pregnancy complication, line up a therapist immediately so can start getting the support you need as soon as you give birth. Don’t wait until your six-week [postpartum] appointment when they do a depression screen and you realize you’re not coping well. You'll have to wait at least another week for the appointment to be made. Why not have that in place? I wish I did.”

— Megan Moody

Don’t assume everyone gets it. Don’t assume everyone wants to hear it. My story is scary. Some soon-to-be moms have looked horrified by my story. Some already moms have been scared away by it. Most people are happy to listen, like to be informed. But some do not. Some people are happier thinking it’s all going to be ok, not me, I’ll be fine. They should at least know, but that’s their choice. You can’t force people to open their eyes. Be there. Offer help. But don’t force it.”

— Carrie Anthony


Other Resources

  • The Leapfrog Group provides performance data on more than 1,800 hospitals and publishes an annual Maternity Care Report. Consumer Reports offers C-section data from more than 1,300 hospitals by ZIP code.

  • The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative’s “toolkits” of protocols to treat life-threatening obstetric complications include infographics, checklists and lengthy backup materials but require (free) registration for access. The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health’s “bundles” offer similar information in a condensed, easily downloadable form.

  • The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)’s Health4Mom site has a “Save Your Life” campaign, including a one-page checklist, to help new mothers recognize post-birth warning signs.

  • Childbirth Connections provides evidence-based information on maternity care. The Preeclampsia Foundation’s “Wonder Woman” posts (here and here) put the U.S. maternal mortality numbers in context and offer more strategies for self-advocacy.

  • Postpartum Support International offers many resources for women suffering from pregnancy-related depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

  • Facebook is a gathering place for thousands of women who’ve experienced life-threatening complications, but many groups are condition-specific and/or closed to non-survivors. One open group worth checking out: The Unexpected Project.

  • Social justice groups are also becoming active around the issue of maternal deaths and near-deaths, with a focus on why African-American women are disproportionately affected. They include the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Moms Rising.

Correction, August 4, 2017: In an earlier version of this story, a quote was incorrectly attributed to Kristy Kummer-Pred. It has been deleted.


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- جسم الإنسان يعتبر أعجوبة طبيعية , ولطالما حثنا الفضول على معرفة أجسامنا وأعضائنا , ومجال الطب قد ساعدنا في هذا المجال بشكل لا يقاس , ولا عجب أنه مهما عرفنا عن جسدنا , نكتشف الكثير من الأشياء التي تذهلنا .. وهنا في موضوعنا ستجد بعض الحقائق المدهشة حول جسم الإنسان , ونحن على يقين بإنك سوف تستمتع بالقرآءة عنها ..

1- الدماغ نفسه لا يشعر بالألم , فهو لا يمتلك مستقبلات الألم 


- استقبال ومعالجة المدخلات الحسية مثل الرؤية , الرائحة , اللمس , التذوق , هو جزء من جميع الوظائف المعقدة التي لا تعد ولا تحصى والتي ينفذها الدماغ , ومن بين هذه المدخلات الحسية هو الشعور بالألم , والذي يمكن أن يأتي من اي جزء من الجسم , وتفسر هذه المدخلات والإشارات من قبل الدماغ بإنها ( ألم ) مما يدل على أن هناك شيء سيء حدث , ثم يبدأ الدماغ بعمل الإجراءات المطلوبة للتعامل معها , مع ذلك فإن الدماغ نفسه لا يمكن أن يشعر بالإلم إذا حدث شيء له , لإنه لا يوجد لديه مستقبلات للإلم , لذا فإن كنت تعاني من الصداع , فإن مصدر الألم ربما يأتي من الأغشية المحيطة بالدماغ , أو النسيج الضام للجمجمة , او من فروة الرأس . 

2- إذا تبرعت بجزء من كبدك أو حدث ضرر لجزء منه , فإن الكبد ينمو لحجه الطبيعي مرة أخرى


- الكبد هو الجهاز الداخلي الوحيد الذي يمتلك قدرات التجدد , فإذا كان الكبد تمت إزالة جزء منه جراحياً , أو إنه يعاني تلفاً كيميائياً , فإنه يمكنه أن يتجدد , فيقال أنه ما لا يقل عن 25% من الكبد يكفي ليقوم بتجديد نفسه مرة أخرى إلى حجمه الكامل .
وعلى الرغم من أن عملية التبرع لديها العديد من المعايير , فإن الجهات المانحة ( المتبرعون ) يجب أن يكون لديهم دم متوافق مع المريض , وأن يكونوا ما بين 18 - 60 سنة وبصحة جيدة .
جدير بالذكر أن عملية تجديد الكبد لدى الثدييات ليست تجديد بالمعنى الكامل , حيث يمكن للكبد أن يستعيد وظيفته وكتلته فقط , وليس شكله الأصلي , حيث أن فصوص الكبد لا يمكنها النمو مرة أخرى , ولكن التجدد الحقيقي في الشكل والكتلة والوظيفة يحدث فقط في أنواع قليلة من الأسماك .

3- الحمض في معدتنا كافي ليقوم بتذويب شفرات موس حلاقة 


- المعدة هي الجهاز الذي يهضم الطعام الذي نأكله جنباً إلى جنب مع قدرتها على التخلص من البكتيريا وغيرها من الأشياء الضارة التي تدخل مع الطعام .
ويتكون حمض المعدة من حمض الهيدروكلوريك ,وكلوريد البوتاسيوم , وكلوريد الصوديوم , كما أنه يقتل البكتيريا وينشط الإنزيمات , ولديه درجة حموضة (PH ) بي 1.5 و 3.5  , مما يجعله حمض قوي جداً .
وقد أجرى العلماء تجارب على شفرات الحلاقة وبطاريات الأقراص ,والبنسات عن طريق وضعها في عصير محاكي لحمض المعدة لمعرفة أفضل طريقة للتعامل مع تلك الأشياء إذا تم إبتلاعها عن طريق الخطأ , فوجد الباحثون أنه بعد أربع وعشرين ساعة , أن شفرات الحلاقة فقدت وزنها الأصلي وأصبحت تزن 63 % من وزنها , وأصبحت هشة , غير ان البطاريات لم تظهر أي تسرب , ولم تتأثر البنسات بالحمض .

4- نحن نذرف دموع مختلفة في تكوينها تبعاً للسبب الذي نبكي لأجله


- نحن ننتج ثلاثة أنواع مختلفة من الدموع :

الدموع القاعدية : وهي تلك التي تنتج بشكل طبيعي من قبل الثدييات وهي صحية تعمل على الحفاظ على العيون مبللة ورطبة .
الدموع المنعكسة : هي تلك التي تنتج نتيجة تهيج العين بسبب الجسيمات الغريبة والمواد الكيميائية او التعرض لرائحة البصل , او عند تناول الأطعمة الساخنة أو الحارة , أو التعرض المباشر لضوء الشمس .
دموع البكاء : هي التي نذرفها بسبب الإجهاد العاطفي من ألم أو متعة أو حتى من خلال الضحك الذي لا يمكن السيطرة عليه .
- كل تلك الأنواع من الدموع لها تركيبة مختلفة عن بعضها لإنها مخصصة لأغراض مختلفة .
فالدموع القاعدية تحتوي على الزيوت والأملاح والسوائل والعناصر المضادة للبكتيريا , في حين أن دموع البكاء العاطفي تحتوي على البروتين المتصل بالهرمونات الخاصة بنوع العاطفة 
وقد إلتقط لمصور ( روز - لين فيشر ) صوراً مجهرية لأنواع الدموع الثلاث كجزء من مشروع ( طبوغرافيا الدموع ) , كما هو موضح في الصوره أعلاه .


5- لا أحد يعلم بالضبط عدد العضلات الموجودة في جسم الإنسان 


- هناك أساساً ثلاثة أنواع من العضلات في الجسم , عضلات الهيكل العظمي , وعضلة القلب , والعضلات الملساء , ولكن السبب في أننا لا نعرف العدد الدقيق للعضلات هو أن هناك آراء متنوعة حول ما يمكن أن يسمى عضلات , فعضلات الهيكل العظمي هي تلك العضلات التي نستطيع السيطرة عليها طوعاً ونستخدمها للحركة , ودائما ما تكون في شكل ازواج , فهناك 320 زوجاً منها , ومع ذلك فهناك أفكار مختلفة توضح حول كيفية تجميعها .
والنوع الثاني من العضلات هو عضلة القلب , وهو مجرد قطعة واحدة من العضلات , أما العضلات الملساء فهي تلك التي توجد في الأمعاء , والمسالك البولية , والقصبة الهوائية , وفي بطانات الشرايين والأوعية الدموية , وقزحية العين , والجلد , وتلك العضلات تعمل بطريقة لا إرادية , وتوجد بإعداد ضخمة , وفي المجموع يمكن القول أن هناك أكثر من 50،100،000،701 (أكثر من 50 مليار) عضلة في جسمنا . 

6- هناك بالفعل نقطة عمياء في رؤيتنا , ولكن دماغنا يملأ هذا الفراغ


- النقطة العمياء هي ظاهرة شائعة جداً بين الفقاريات , وذلك لإن الخلايا المبصرة للضوء غائبة في المنطقة حيث يمر العصب البصري من خلال شبكية العين , وبسبب ذلك , يصبح حقل الرؤية المقابل غير مرئي لإن العين لا تستطيع استقبال اي ضوء في تلك المنطقة .
وقد تم إكتشاف تلك الظاهرة لأول مرة في 1600م , من قبل (إيدم ماريوت) في فرنسا , وحتى ذلك الحين , كان يعتقد أن النقطة التي يدخل فيها العصب البصري إلى العين هي الجزء الأكثر حساسية للعيون .

7- يرشح دماغنا الكثير من المعلومات الحسية التي يتلقاها , فأنفك على سبيل المثال , هو شيء تراه عينيك ولكن عقلك يتجاهله تماماً .


- التباعد أو التصفية هي عملية عصبية تعمل على تصفية جميع المعلومات الغير ضرورية أو الزائدة عن الحاجة من المحفزات البيئية التي نتلقاها في دماغنا , مثل تصفية المعلومات الخاصة بلون الملابس التي ترتديها , وتنفسك , وعملية البلع أو تحرك اللسان دون وعي منك , او رؤية أنفك .

8- في الوضع الخطير او المجهد يتكاثف دمك تلقائياً , حيث يعمل جسمك على تشجيع عملية تخثر الدم , ولذلك غالباً ما تحدث النوبات القلبية نتيجة التوتر .


- في بداية حالات القلق والإجهاد يقوم الجسم بمجموعة متنوعة من ردود الأفعال التي تبدأ في جسمنا لمساعدتنا على التعامل مع الوضع , ومن بينها تفعيل عملية تخثر الدم, وقد أجريت دراسة قبل بضع سنوات شملت مجموعة من الناس الذين يعانون من إضطراب القلق ومجموعة أخرى من الأشخاص الأصحاء , وبعد أخذ عينات دم من كلا الفريقين, طُلب منهم إجراء إختبارات على الكمبيوتر , ثم أخذت الجولة الثانية من عينات الدم بعد إنتهاء الإختبارات , وما وجده العلماء هو أن مع اضطراب القلق , أصبح نظام تخثر الدم أكثر نشاطاً بكثير , ويعتقد العلماء أن هذا يمكن أن يفسر لما مرضى القلق النفسي لديهم خطراً أكبر من الاصابة بتخثر الدم بمعدل أربعة أضعاف من الأشخاص العاديين , وربما يتعرضون للموت بسبب أمراض القلب .

9- الجلد البشري في الواقع مغطى بخطوط تسمى خطوط بلاسشكو , تغطي جسمنا من الرأس إلى أخمص القدمين ولكن نحن لا يمكننا رؤيتها .


- في أوائل عام 1900م , وجد طبيب الأمراض الجليدية الألماني ( ألفريد بلاشسكو ) أن الطفح الجلدي والشامات على جلد العديد من مرضاه يتبع أنماط محددة , إلا أن هذه الأنماط لم تتبع الأعصاب والأوعية الدموية أو أي نظام آخر معروف للجسم , ومع ذلك تبين فيما بعد أنها أوسع بكثير مما كان يعتقده بلاشسكو , فوجد انماط على شكل خطوط على كل الجسم , وهي تتبع شكل ( V  ) على الظهر , وشكل ( S ) على الصدر والجانبين , وأشكال متموجة على الرأس .

10- انت تعيش دائماً في الماضي


يستغرق دماغك حوالي 13 ميلي من الثانية لإدراك الصور بعد أن تحدث فعلا , لذا فأنت دائما تعيش في الماضي
  فكل ما تعتقد أنه يحدث الآن , حدث في الواقع من 13 إلى 80 ميلي من الثانية , وذلك بسبب بطء الممرات العصبية في الدماغ  .


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This was written as an article for the Seven Seas Cruising Association Commodore's Bulletin but it will be posted here and can be shared with any publication interested in our experience.

Indian Ocean, February, 2011, Decisions and Emotions
S/V CYAN, Island Packet 380, 4.7' draft

I begin writing these comments at sunset, just as CYAN enters the patrolled corridor, in the Gulf of Aden, February 25, 2011.

In January, while finishing repairs in Phuket. Thailand, the original decision to cross the Indian Ocean and Red Sea wasn't difficult. Over 200 yachts had safely crossed the year before and the pirates weren't attacking yachts anymore, apparently. We felt OK about leaving and planned a cruising stop in the Andamans. That turned out to be a waste of time, money and patience with bureaucracy. They closed the rights to anchor in the most interesting locations and the average anchorages costs $10 a night, $60 a day for the marine park [and you have to be gone by night time] and we had to call and check in twice a day. Forget that. We'd been to much better places in the Pacific from where we have wonderful memories.

Then, in February when we arrived in the Maldives, Uligan or Uligamu, actually, we found 22 cruising boats that were in somewhat of an uproar with differing opinions on future cruising. Apparently, the pirates had become more aggressive in January while we were en route, and there were more events happening in the middle of the Indian Ocean than along the coast. It seems the small pirate boats were working from a mothership that supplied guns and drugs and encouragement to bring in bounty and captives. Some cruisers had changed plans and were returning east, some arranged shipping for their vessels and many in the TTT convoy headed to Pakistan to follow the coast. While we were there, it came down to 4 vessels who wanted to go ahead with the rhumb line, heading straight for the Gulf of Aden. Then 3 more followed a few days later. Just 2 days before we arrived in the Maldives 6 boats had departed the straight route so there were a number of cruising boats out there. We understand that this first group from Uligan stayed in visual contact with each other and we did not hear them on the Flying Fish net in the AM.

There is a story in my family passed down over the years about a great, great...however many times... grandmother who was widowed in the early 1800's and received a land grant in Tennessee. She packed a wagon with her belongings, a mother-in-law and 5 children and traveled from east Georgia through the mountains to settle in her new land. This story and others were the topics Chuck and I shared while making the decision to voyage through the Indian Ocean. We talked of how Chuck felt the first time he landed his A7 jet on an aircraft carrier at night when he flew as a Navy pilot in the 70's. I mentioned the stress, during labor, of being told my first/only child might be severely malformed from the x-rays taken. We talked about the most stressful things we have encountered...and the list wasn't long. In 38 years of marriage we have been blessed and had only routine challenges in life. There runs a strong naval tradition in both of our families that affects us with determination and a love of the sea. Both our dads [USN retired] and 3 uncles fought in the Navy in the Pacific. My dad was at the flag hoisting at Iwo Jima. Other close relatives fought in Korea and Vietnam and, of course, Chuck spent 7 years and 2 cruises flying off an aircraft carrier in the Med. We have always felt at home on the sea and planned and saved for our cruising life for 38 years. We felt a right to be able to travel the seas freely. We prayed about our decision and for God to help us consider, responsibly, all the alternatives. It came down to both of us agreeing to follow our plan right for the Red Sea and hope for the best.

I want to say that there was no right or wrong way to go for those of us making these important decisions. Each crew had to decide within their level of comfort and pocketbook according to their values. Many opinions were shared and it came down to each captaining their own vessel. As of today, we just heard that 14 boats are now being shipped to the Med from several places. I told Chuck that every time I had an anxiety attack on this voyage [as I am prone to do] about the present threat, to just say "$30,000" and it would change my attitude. We all have our own motivations.

The sailing has been much more enjoyable that we anticipated with steady winds 10-15 knots and flat seas. We only motored 40 hours in 14 days so far. We were handling the voyage carefully. The 4 boats that left together are checking in faithfully on the SSB morning and night with a few others calling in their locations, too. We give our location as a range and bearing to a predetermined waypoint. Then there was that dreadful morning net when we heard that our wonderful friends, Scott and Jean Adam and 2 of their friends on board s/v Quest, were taken captive in an area we all thought was relatively safe. Our anxiety level hit new highs but we kept on our route NW. At this time any other decision just didn't make sense to us.

We were in an area about 500 miles off the horn of Africa [about halfway from the Maldives] before we began to see any shipping vessels since we had set out 8 days earlier. On the SSB, we could only get connected to Winlink for email and weather about every other day and hadn't heard anything from the media or even received many emails since folks were writing on Sailmail and we couldn't connect there. Then one midnight we got the CNN report from our son about the tragic outcome on Quest when all four crew were brutally murdered during negotiations. All kinds of feelings and thoughts went through our minds and we held each other a lot and cursed the savages and their criminal organizers with "typical sailors expletives". I never thought I would hear Chuck say,"Now, I'm scared!". Whew, now was the time for praying for strength, guidance and stamina.

Word was out that USA vessels were being targeted in retaliation for one pirate justly convicted in the USA. How irrational is this thinking? Some recommended we remove our flag. For us, there was no question about it. We were not going to remove our flag. It just wasn't in our values. We sailed with no lights or the emitting of an AIS signal, but we could still receive. We kept a US registered EPIRB ready to launch and told our son [our primary contact] that if an alarm was activated, it was due to an attack and send help immediately. We emailed our son, Geoff, that if we were captured we wanted the forces to take all aggressive measures even if it put us at risk. We still have an Australian EPIRB on board. We checked the radar often and also removed our reflector. Today we restored it. We did every reasonable thing we could think of to prepare. Actually, we do not consider ourselves in a safe zone yet. Finally, today, we are in a more patrolled zone with P3 airplanes overhead taking our ID info and hearing them talk to warships on the radio. They asked if we'd seen any suspicious activity and reminded us that channel 16 was being monitored.

On February 26th, as I finish this, we caught up with s/v Joseba of France and Chulupa of the USA and we plan to travel the corridor with them. They are 2 of the 3 other boats in our group. S/V Senang of The Netherlands has taken the coastal route to cruise with German speaking vessels. Eduardo, on Joseba, told us about an encounter they had just a few days ago when a 100 foot boat tried to get him to stop while he was sailing in an area about 100 miles off Suqutra Island and they were waving a USA flag by hand off the bow but did not contact him on radio. [we think they did not speak English.] He motored his boat erratically, winding all around, as well as he could and they finally gave up. We consider any vessel that does not use radio contact for permission, a threat in this situation, and would do the same. If we see guns, we set and pitch the EPIRB!

We are still coping with our grief and anger over the loss of our friends. This will take time. There were tears and cries of anger and frustration. We have only read part of a few relayed articles to know about what is being reported concerning this situation and how it is expressed in the media. We both know that this was one of the most stressful and emotional events we have ever dealt with. At this time, we hope that there are more enlightened minds making decisions that will put a stop to this needless cruelty and acts of crime on the high seas against the rest of the world.

Today, our goal is to refuel in Aden, 400 miles away and continue on as quickly as possible. We understand that the TTT rally has not reached Pakistan yet. We hope the coastal route will be safe for them. We sometimes wish we had weapons on board but they can be even more dangerous when outnumbered by pirates. We do wish we had bought a satellite phone.

We hope with all our hearts, that all the vessels arrive safely, both cruising boats and merchant ships. We hope some of the nice anchorages in the Red Sea allow us to recuperate and enjoy cruising our beloved sea again.

Presently, en route, just north of the safety corridor in Gulf of Aden....

Lynn Evans, Commodore, SSCA
along with Chuck Evans, Commodore, SSCA

Beaufort SC is CYAN's hailing port but our home base is Jacksonville, Florida.

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          Good news from my oncologist :)        

In reply to Mine isn't PPC

Hi
I have just had a check up with my oncologist. He looked at my reports from my chest x-ray and ultra sound.

He is unconcerned about my abnormal ovary and suggested that it had always been that way so there was no change.

He was puzzled about the chest x-ray that showed I had an en-larged heart. I was looking and feeling so well and displayed NONE of the symptoms of heart failure. He says that x-rays can sometimes distort tissue and my results were not accurate.

So I will be having a CT which will give a much better picture of what is going off.

I am so relieved and on the plus side my plueral effusion (fluid around my lungs) has not increased at all since Dec 2010. This was the best news because having fluid around my lungs is the indicator that my cancer is back.

Thank you for all of your good wishes. I am feeling quite up beat :)

Tina xx


          Ellie's Quiet Book        

So I'm sure all of you (my 4 loyal blog readers, aka family members) have been dying to see my completed headache, err, quiet book. Well, it's close enough to being done that I thought I'd finally post some pics for you. :) I still have to make a cover and sew one of the pages together, but other than that (oh, and putting the eyelets in all the pages...geesh, I have more to do than I thought!) it's finished!!!!!

I decided I wanted to make this months ago and searched everywhere online for ideas. I wanted it to be an ABC quiet book- one page for each letter- 26 total!  I found quite a few blogs and sites that had different versions/ideas for quiet books. So I compiled all the ideas I liked from those sites and some of my own and made a little notebook with ideas for each letter. There were certain things I really wanted to include, but already had that letter covered, so we had to get creative. ;) So instead of it being a "dog" for "D" it ended up being a "puppy" for "P" and stuff like that. I knew I wanted to have a few things included like snaps, zippers, buttons etc so I found ways to incorporate those in there too. The most creative letter (and my favorite) was the "X" page. All the pages I saw had "x-ray" with bones and stuff, but I really didn't like that idea much. So my genius of a mother came up with "Xtraterrestrial." tee hee hee. Close enough, right?

This has been SO much work. I can't even begin to tell you how many hours mom and I have spent on this thing! But I can say that all the time has been worth it. I love how it turned out and just need to finish the cover and sew one more page together and it's finished! A miracle! A project I started months ago and actually finished (almost- so close I can taste it)! Usually when I start something that long ago and don't finish it in a timely manner, I can kiss completing it, goodbye! But I am mostly proud of the fact that it's not just another one of my projects that never got done, that forever sits in a heap in my "crap/craft" closet to collect dust. Go me (and mom)!

So here it is- Ellie's ABC quiet book, for your viewing pleasure. I included little descriptions of each page, if you're interested. Oh, I also included my mom's crazy (crazy as in "what have you been smoking" crazy...) ideas for various letters- just for fun.

The little apples are attached with snaps, so you can remove them all and put them in the little basket. The butterfly just looks pretty. Mom wanted to have a bottom that you could practice wiping. I hope she doesn't manage to pull one of the bottons off- because they re all connected! :) The cupcakes can be removed and you can even count their sprinkles or put them in order or whatever. Or you can just gaze at their shiny backs (not shown). Ooooh. The doll comes with various outfits and you can dress up her-flip flops and all. She doesn't have a face and it bugs Joe. Should I put a face on her, or should she be the faceless doll? Hmmmm. Decisions. I say no face because that means the page is done! ;) Joey drew me the little elephant and you can flap his ear and tail. The flowers can be buttoned on and off. The little garden was my idea, but mom put it all together and sewed all the cute veggies! They are leeks, cauliflower and carrots- complete with a little garden bunny. LOVE how this page came together!! So fun and different than anything I saw anywhere. Mom wanted to do a graveyard- where you could pull all the zombies out of the ground. lol
This littlel girl also lacks a face...not sure if I want to add one though either. Thoughts? You can braid or pull or suck on her hair (the latter is probably Ellie's preference at this point...) I wanted to do a shoe so you could lace and tie it, but I really wanted to do the snowman too, and could only do one "S". I found a cute little ice skate in my searching for ideas and thought that would work great. So you can tie the ice skate. Then for J, I thought it would be fun to do a little Jack-O-Lantern. He's like the doll in that you can decorate him with different eyes and mouths. I had an extra set of these baby key chains so thought it would be fun to do a page with it. It's still missing a string to attach all of them together. You can pull them out of the little pockets and match the shapes. The Lady bug lets you do a little surgery. You can open him up and pull his spots out!! See, we aren't making this book just to be fun, but educational as well. ;)  You can pull the letters out of the mailbox and put the flag up on it too. Not sure if I should write anything on the little envelopes though. I'm assuming that Ellie won't be my only kid, so I can't address them ALL to her...  My mom mastered the N page with the most adorable little nest ever!! Her initial idea was a nose where you could pick the boogers out. Or a cat that you could neuter...I'll just leave it at that and not give you a description. :) You can pull the eggs down to reveal cute little hungry chicks. Maybe I should include some gummy worms on this page so you can feed them. ;)

On the "O" page you can pull the little treasure chest open to see more jewels. Oooh. ;) The puppy is attached by a real chain and leather collar. Pretty fancy eh? He's cute and I got the puppy piece at JoAnn for 30 cents! Woot! Mom wanted to do a prison here where you could put all the bad guys in prison. (what did I tell you!- she is so funny! lol) The Quilt page can be turned down to reveal a little doll (or in this case, a treat!) I wanted to make sure it didn't just get skipped over cause it's a boring 'ol quilt- gotta keep it interesting with food! I'm still missing some little gold coins for the black pot under the rainbow- if anyone finds some, let me know- I want them! :)  Mom wanted you to be able to scrape the roadkill off the road. :) The snowman is like the doll and you can decorate him with sticks, boots and a scarf. My mom had this cute little pocket and we thought of ways we could work it in, when I realized I had one of Joe's old telephones (Hope he doesn't need a spare ever again- it's permanently attached...) Mom wanted to do taxidermy for T where you could stuff all the dead animals. lol. The little umbrella is covered by a layer of plastic to make it look more "wet." The violin page was mostly just to create some tricky sewing for my mom. I made the pattern all by myself (go me!) and it was tedious. But not as tedious as it was to sew on (thanks mom!)

The "W" page has a washing machine you can take the clothes in and out of and then hang them on the clothes line to dry (aren't those clothes pins SO cute!! Those were thanks to my many years of paper scrapbooking and all the leftover stuff I have from it) or put them in the clothes basket (which was a ROYAL pain to cut all those holes out of!). The X pages is my favorite! It was my mom's ingenious idea to do the Xtraterrestrials. They come in a spaceship and you can open the lid to reveal all the little aliens! I love the material and the little aliens- so cute!!  The "Y" page has a mirror so you can look at your distorted self (gotta love those little plastic mirrors). And the last page is the zoo page. We got all these little finger puppets at IKEA and figured they'd be perfect. I'm still missing a few...I have to go find them in Ellie's pile of toys somewhere.


So there you have it- longest blog post EVER! But cute pictures, right? I am just excited with how well it all came together and am excited for Ellie to play with it...someday (because right now, she's not allowed to touch- all she wants to do is eat it and throw it on the floor...you'd think she didn't appreciate how long it took to make or something!). And no worries, I have little patterns for each page, and a giant stack of felt left so if pieces to get lost, I can make new ones.

If anyone wants help making their own- don't ask me. I've done my time. ;) This better last through ALL of my kids (however many I may have).
          Medical Mondays: Fluoride Toxicity and Saying No To That 100th Cup of Tea        
I've been wanting to do a #MedMondays on this one for a while.

In the United States, pretty much everyone is familiar with fluoride. The element fluorine is the lightest halogen and exists as a highly toxic, yellow gas at room temperature. But we know it better in its anionic form, fluoride.

It's in our drinking water and toothpaste, and helps to prevent tooth decay and keep our teeth strong. (But did you know that several countries have chosen to no longer fluoridate their water? The CDC says it's one of the top ten greatest public health achievements. Others have argued that it's a compulsory, mass medication in our drinking water. Thoughts?)

A little too much fluoride in your drinking water (or swallowing too much toothpaste) can cause dental fluorosis, which is harmless but causes cosmetic changes to the enamel in the form of stained and pitted teeth.

Source: HealthyChildren.org
What about more severe toxicity? Well, it turns out that not only your teeth are affected by fluoride, but your bones. In some areas of the world, particularly where the fluoride levels in the water are high due to contaminated water supplies or geological sources, fluorosis can occur.

Chronic fluorosis, which is from consuming too much fluoride over time, can result in denser but brittle bones, calcified ligaments, stiffness and joint pain.
The arrows are pointing to excessive calcium deposits on the forearms and spine. Source: NEJM
Acute fluoride toxicity can occur in areas after industrial explosions or accidents (like from a hydrofluoric acid spill), or more commonly by ingestion of too way much fluoride-containing dental products. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (the trifecta of GI distress! In doctor's notes, we write that as N/V/D, in case you were wondering), kidney damage, heart damage, and possibly even death.

And guess what? You can get it from tea, too. Tea plants tend to accumulate fluoride from the soil. See those x-rays up there? They were from a woman who drank >100 tea bags worth of tea every day for 17 years (read here for the New England Journal of Medicine article.)

People who drink a lot of brick tea are at risk, too. What is brick tea? I actually snapped this photo at one of my favorite tea shops, thinking it looked just like an ink stone for Asian calligraphy.


Apparently, this type of tea can be made from older tea plants, and so they accumulate more fluoride than your usual cup of tea.

For more information, check out the CDC page on dental fluorosis and the WHO page on fluorosis due to drinking water. For parents, here's the info page on dental fluorosis by HealthyKids.org.

Have fun brushing your teeth and overthinking the entire process! :D
          Project Subway NYC        
Schicke 3D-Visualisierungen und „X-Ray Are Maps“ der New Yorker U-Bahn-Stationen von Candy Chan. Prints gibt's im Shop, leider alle mit dämlichen Textur-Hintergründen, die das Motiv meiner Erachtens weitgehend zerstören. Aber die Visualisierungen sind trotzdem schick, so prinzipiell. (via Jason Kottke)
          Introducing Winstin!        
Many of you have heard me mention my grumpy old Sheltie brother, Winstin. Well, Mommy said it was time to introduce him to everyone, and show that he is actually a very sweet boy who simply doesn't appreciate being boxed in the head by the frisbee sized paws of dane puppies. Humph! Notice the cracker-dog face he makes at me when I get too close:
Don't come near My Avery!!

Whatever, I guess since Winstin is now having to share his home and family with me, I will share my blog with him...but just this once!

Ok, so about Winstin. He is an almost 10year old Sheltie baby that Mommy has had since he was 3months old. Mommy said he was her baby before she had human babies, and that he has been the best doggie ever, especially with the human sisters.

His favorite sister is Avery, the oldest. She is the one that always snuggles with him on the sofa (um, why don't I have sofa priviledges?!?!), and scratches his back in just the right spot.

Story Time


Best Friends


Snow...in Texas...at Christmas?

He is also very patient with the baby sister. He just sits still and lets Sissy hug and kiss all over him. Mommy does take pity on him pretty quickly, though, and makes the baby leave him be.

Smooches from the rag-a-muffin.

When he was younger, he enjoyed taking long walks, playing fetch, and cuddling with Mommy. Unfortunately, his health has not been so great for the past couple years. See, every year, Mommy has Winstin shaved in May, because it gets SUPER HOT in the summers. So, his hair grows out over the next few seasons, with just baths, brushes, and trims from Mommy. Well, two Mays ago, Mommy took Winstin in for his annual vaccines, and then to the groomer. When she picked him up from the groomer, she noticed a large lump on his throat. The lump had gone un-noticed due to his shaggy winter coat. Of course, she took him back to the vet, and after x-rays, discovered it to be a large tumor. There was more risk to remove it than to leave it, due to its location, so Mommy decided to let him live as easily as possible for as long as possible. Since then, two more large, fatty tumors have developed on the sides of his rib area, but the one on his neck doesn't seem to be growing, and none of them seem to bother him.

Shaggy, tumor-hiding winter coat. And it's only Dec. here.
By May, it's pretty out of control.

Well, in July Mommy noticed that Winstin was limping a lot, and pulling tufts of hair out of his tail and chewing on it. She made an appointment for the following week (just a few days away), but over the weekend, the hair pulling and tail chewing got worse, to the point that his tail was bleeding. So the vet man had Mommy go ahead and bring Winstin in earlier than planned. It turns out that he had chewed through to the bone in just a couple days time, and ended up having to have 1/2 his tail amputated!! The vet man said he had probably hurt his tail somehow. He was chewing, trying to get rid of what was hurting him, and the limping was probably the pain spreading up from his tail to his back. Since his tail amputation, he has been completely fine. And even with the tumors, he is still a happy little guy, that nudges hands to say, "pet me please."


He's such a sweet, happy boy!

Mommy debated the stress it would cause Winstin, adding a new puppy to the household. Ultimately she decided that: a.) the sisters really needed to get attached to a new doggie before Winstin's time with the family was over, and b.) Winstin was likely and hopefully going to be around a few more years, and the girls wanted an active doggie to run and play with them.

So, now Winstin is the family snuggle buddy, and I, Jasmine, am the new family playmate! Everyone is happy, healthy(ish), and just feeling blessed by the happiness we sweet, and funny doggies bring to the family.


Puppy Love!!


          Mr. Gipsarm        
Seifenblasen fangen in der Notaufnahme

Christkind spielt iPad

Christkind mit Gipsarm

schlafendes Christkind mit Gipsarm

x-Ray von Tieren im Krankenhaus

Christkind mit Brudi im Arm
Am zweiten Tag hier in London wollte Max mir etwas Gutes und ist mit beiden Kinder zum Spielplatz gegangen, damit ich in Ruhe aus- und aufräumen konnte und etwas Zeit nur für mich hatte. Dann ging plötzlich die Tür auf und das kaltweiße Christkind stand vor mir. Mir war sofort klar, dass was passiert ist und dann fing er auch schon an zu weinen und Max kam auch dazu.
Das Christkind war auf dem Spielplatz von som Drehdings auf den Ellenbogen gefallen und wie sich später rausstellte hat er sich dabei den Arm gebrochen.

Der Arm war weder blau noch dick oder ähnliches. Aber das Christkind machte einen sehr schlechten Eindruck und wimmerte, dass sein Arm weh tun würde und er sehr müde sei und sofort ins Bett möchte. Also ließen wir ihn erstmal schlafen.
Als er aufwachte, war er nicht mehr ganz so blass, aber wollte nicht mehr aufstehen und wir sollten in bitte in Ruhe lassen. Dank Strohhalm trank er zumindest etwas, ich fütterte ihn mit etwas Obst und danach ging es ihm scheinbar etwas besser. Er wollte den Arm aber nicht bewegen und so beschlossen wir doch lieber mal einen Arzt drauf schauen zu lassen.
Wir bastelten dem Christkind eine Armschlinge aus einem Spucktuch und fuhren zu viert mit dem Bus zum Krankenhaus. Auf dem Weg war er fröhlich, hatte wie immer viel Spaß am Bus fahren und kommentierte was alles so zu sehen war. Wir suchten eine ganze Weile zu Fuß wo wir überhaupt hin mussten und das Christkind war bester Laune. Am frühen Freitag Abend war die Notaufnahme natürlich überfüllt mit vielen kranken Menschen und wir kamen uns mit dem fitten Christkind sehr fehl am Platz vor. Außerdem hatte ich Angst, dass sich der kleine Brudi mit irgendwas ansteckt und so beschloßen wir wieder nach Hause zu fahren.

Das Christkind schlief zwar fast bewegungslos, aber wohl ganz gut. Aber auch am nächsten Morgen wollte er den Arm nicht bewegen, weil er Schmerzen hatte. Er wollte wieder die Armschlinge und damit war wohl alles okay. Trotzdem entschieden wir bereits in der Nacht, dass Max nochmal mit ihm ins Krankenhaus fährt und ich mit dem Baby zu Hause bleibe.
Das fiel mir ganz schön schwer. Meinen armen, verletzten, kleinen Jungen quasi allein zu lassen. Aber eine andere Möglichkeit gab es nicht, weil ich mich natürlich auch um mein Stillbaby sorgte.

Die Notaufnahme war morgens zum Glück so gut wie leer und die beiden kamen schnell dran und schickten mir Fotos und ein gut gelauntes Selfie. Das Christkind war begeistert von dem Entertainment mit Seitenblasen und iPad-Apps durch einen Krankenhausclown. Aber Max erzählte mir später, dass er beim Röntgen trotzdem ziemlich weinte :(
Nach etwa drei Stunden waren die beiden wieder zurück und das Christkind präsentierte mir stolz seinen mit Stickern beklebten Gipsarm und berichtete was sie alles erlebt hatten. Er durfte auch zuhause noch etwas im Bett sitzen und iPad spielen und wir waren froh, dass ein Gips ausreichte und er das Ganze gut mitmachte.

Am Dienstag sollten wir nochmal ins Krankenhaus kommen. Der Gips wurde entfernt, um nochmal zu schauen, ob der Arm geschwollen sei. Beim Arzt war noch alles okay, aber ab dem Moment wo der Gips entfernt werden sollte weinte und schrie das Christkind bitterlich. Er tat mir so leid. Wir versuchen ihm zu erklären, dass das Gips entfernen nicht weh zu würde, aber er ließ sich nicht mehr beruhigen. Später schlurzte er, dass ja noch niemand auf seinen Gips gemalt hätte :)
Es wurde beschloßen, dass er einen neuen Gips bekommt, weil der Ellenbogen etwas dick war und er beim Beugen Schmerzen hatte. Aber beim Anlegen des neuen, leichteren Plastikgipses fing er gleich wieder laut an zu schreien und ließ sich auch nicht mehr beruhigen bis alles überstanden war. Habe jetzt schon Schrecken davor, wenn der wieder ab muss...

Aber seitdem ist das Christkind gut gelaunt und munter, als wäre nichts. Es ist schon beeindruckend, wie wenig er sich davon einschränken lässt, dass sein rechter Arm eingegipst und somit fast nicht benutzbar ist. Er hüpft und springt damit herum und ist trotzdem gerne mit uns unterwegs. Nur ganz selten, wenn er zu etwas keine Lust hat nutzt er die "ich bin verletzt"-Karte und sagt, dies und das kann er nicht machen, weil er verletzt ist oder lässt sich ausnahmsweise mal füttern. Aber etwas Bemutterung hat der tapfere Kerl ja auch verdient :)
          When Breath Becomes Air        

When Breath Becomes AirPaul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air is a publishing phenomenon. Released mid-January, it debuted at number one on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list, where it remains. This poetic memoir of life and impending death has the feel of an important book, one that will be read and talked about for years to come. It shines a light on what it means to be human.

 

Kalanithi was about to complete his residency in neurosurgery at Stanford, when he began experiencing crippling back pain and weight loss. Initial X-rays looked fine, but the possibility of cancer was always in his mind. He chalked up his symptoms to long, grueling days in the operating room and his aging 36-year-old body. He admitted that while he was an authoritative surgeon, he was a meek patient.

 

Weeks later, when fierce chest pains began, he was forced to confront what he knew all along. A CT scan and subsequent tests revealed stage IV lung cancer. When Breath Becomes Air is a beautiful examination of a life cut short, a memoir rich in introspection and unsparing in emotion. When his health problems began, Kalanithi was under a tremendous amount of stress. The completion of his residency was all-consuming. His wife Lucy, an internist herself, had some doubts about their marriage and was planning some “alone time.” His diagnosis proved a game-changer.

 

Not only did his wife stay, but the couple decided to accelerate their plans to have a baby, continuing the circle of life. Kalanithi shared his most intimate hopes and fears with readers, as he witnessed his daughter’s birth from his own fragile, uncertain state of health.

 

He underwent various treatments, soldiering forward not knowing how much time he had remaining. He continued to work on the manuscript that became this book, all the while buoyed by faith and his large family. When he died in March 2015, Lucy completed the book, adding an epilogue of her own to fill in her husband’s last weeks. This section is both wrenching and cathartic for anyone who has sat with a loved one during their final hours. Kalanathi’s dying wish was to leave behind a legacy in print. A true polymath, Kalanithi held both a BA and MA in English literature; he was also a student of philosophy. All of this informs his writing. When Breath Becomes Air ensures he will live on, remembered not only for his story, but for his eloquent words.


          New observations of Crab Nebula and Pulsar reveal polarized emissions        
New observations of polarised X-rays from the Crab Nebula and Pulsar may help explain sudden flares in the Crab’s X-ray intensity, as well as provide new data for modeling – and understanding – the nebula.
          Inflamation and Low Glutathione Understanding Lower Back Pain        
Low back pain is a usual symptom amoung the modern civilised people.It affects mainly the middle aged and young adults of both sexes.People who work on the chair with out exercise and those who carry heavy loads regularly are prone to get this complaint.We can hardly find a person who has not suffered from back pain atleast once in life.The causes of low backpain ranges from simple reasons like muscular strain to cancer of spine and hence backache should not be ignored.The pain is felt in lumbar and sacral region and may radiate to nearby sites.



The following are some causes for backache.



1) Backache due to diseases in the back.



2) Backache due to gynaecological problems.



3) Backache due to problems in other parts of the body.





1) Backache due to diseases in the back:--



a) Injuries :-



1) Compression fracture of the vertebral column.

2) Rupture of intervertebral discs.

3) Injuries to ligaments and muscles of back.

4) Lumbosacral strain.

5) Intervertebral joint injuries.

6) Fracture of processes of vertebra.



b) Functional backache due to imbalance:-



1) During pregnancy.

2) Pot belly.

3) Diseases of the hip joint.

4) Curvature in the spine due to congenital defect.

5) Short leg in one side.



c) Backache due to inflammatory conditions:-



1) Infection of the bone due to bacteria.

2) Tuberculosis of the spine.

3) Arthritis.

4) Brucellosis.

5) Lumbago or fibrositis.

6) Inflamation of the muscles.

7) Anchylosing spondylitis.



d) Backache due to degenerative diseases in the back.



1) Osteoarthritis.

2) Osteoporosis in old people.

3) Degenaration of the intervertebral disc.



e) Tumour in the spine:--



1) Primory tumour of the bones in the spine.

2) Metastatic tumours from other sites like prostate,lungs,kidneys,intestine ect.



2) Backache due to gynaecological problems:-



a) After childbirth.

b) After gynaecological operations.

c) Prolapse of the uterus.

d) Pelvic inflammatory diseases.

e) Cancerous lesions of the pelvic organs.

f) Endometriosis.



3) Backache due to problems in other parts of the body.



a) Renal stones.

b) Ureteric stone.

c) Cancer of prostate.

d) Pancreatitis.

e) Biliary stones.

f) Peptic ulcer.

g) Inflammations of pelvic organs.

h) Occlusion of aorta and illiac arteries.





Investigation of a case of backache:-



1) Complete blood count.



2) Routine urine examination.



3) Ultrasonography of the abdomen and pelvis.



4) X-ray of the lumbar and sacral region.



5) MRI of the spine.



5) CT scan of abdomen and pelvic region.



6) Examination of rectum,prostate,genito urinary organs.





Treatment of back ache:-



1) Removing the cause for backache.



2) Symptomatic treatement.



2) Back exercises.



3) Traction.



3) Yoga.



5) Surgery.



7) Homoeopathy.


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          YOU SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TOO, YEAH!        
I turn 29 today. It’s my last birthday in my 20s. One year closer to responsible adulthood (hah!). This is the first birthday I have spent in another country. Interestingly, I have two new friends with the same DOB. First is my new flatmate, Sam. Like 90% of the English folks I have met on this trip, Sam hails from the Manchester area. I have met so many cool people from Manchester. They all talk like Daphne from Frasier. I really need to go there someday. Sam moved into the cabin a couple of weeks ago and keeps himself busy doing construction on one of several hotels going up in Queenstown. He turns 22 today. I remember my 22nd birthday, a huge letdown after the mayhem of my 21st. No one even bought me a drink. Buttheads.

My other birthday mate is Leon, one of my coworkers at Brazz. Leon is from Holland and is very, very tall. The Dutch are statistically the tallest nationality on Earth, and all the proof you need is to see Leon and his Beneluxian friends hanging out together. They are giants. My theory is that the