June 5, 2008
'Don't judge a book by its cover' — the exception that proves the rule
Above, this month's exception.
Mixed reviews but that cover and title trump mere opinions.
As Wilde remarked, "Only the shallow judge by more than appearances."
Hey, don't go by what I think — read the first chapter.
Put me down for a copy.
World's most technical ice cream scoop
From the website:
- Scoop and Stack
The Scoop and Stack is the easiest, cleanest way to scoop even the hardest ice cream.
Simply push the 8-inch-high device into your favorite flavor to capture the perfect cylindrical scoop, then push the plunger to release it.
• Tapered stainless steel tip
• Sleek, ergonomic design in polypropylene
• Top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
White or Pink.
BehindTheMedspeak: Mashup Extraordinaire — Taser as Defibrillator
Eric Nagourney, in this past Tuesday's New York Times Science section, described a remarkable event just reported online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine; his brief Times account follows.
- After Taser Jolt, a Regular Heartbeat Again
The Taser is known mainly as the shock-giving device that helps police officers incapacitate suspects and, thanks to YouTube, made “Don’t Tase me, bro” a national catchphrase. But could there be a medical application in its future?
Probably not, but researchers say they have found one case in which a suspect’s irregular heartbeat returned to a normal pattern when he was hit with a Taser.
Writing online in Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers described the case of a 28-year-old man who hid in a cold lake in Connecticut for 40 minutes to try to escape from the authorities.
When the police found the suspect, he was suffering from hypothermia and his heartbeat was rapid and irregular.
As a cardiologist finished his examination, the study said, the patient grew agitated and “became threatening to the hospital staff and to the police officer who accompanied him.”
The officer then gave him a single jolt from the Taser, and when doctors checked his pulse right afterward, they found it fast but in a normal rhythm.
There have been cases in which Tasers were believed to have shocked hearts out of their normal rhythm. And medical workers often use defibrillators to help patients whose hearts are not beating properly.
But the authors of the study, led by Dr. Kyle A. Richards of Hartford Hospital, said this was the first report of a Taser’s possibly correcting a problem.
Here's the abstract of the Annals report.
- Fortuitous Therapeutic Effect of Taser Shock for a Patient in Atrial Fibrillation
Neuromuscular incapacitating devices are used by law enforcement and military forces worldwide. The most frequently used of these devices are from Taser International. Although they are regarded as a less than lethal alternative, there have been several case reports aimed at linking the potential causal relationship of a shock from a neuromuscular incapacitating device and sudden cardiac death caused by induced ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. In this report, we describe the first known account in which a neuromuscular incapacitating device had a temporal relationship to a more positive therapeutic outcome for a patient.
A Taser costs $312.
Why pay more?
What are they?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Inflection Point at bookofjoe?
Above and below, the past year's traffic.
Elvis Rubik's Cube
Best mashup of the year.
From the website:
- Elvis® Puzzle Cube
In the 80s, anyone who solved their puzzle cube was totally rad, dude!
This custom cube works the same way as the toys you remember — with a rockin' new twist!
Features 6 different images of The King.
3.5" square each side.
Also suitable for dudettes.
'For Free' — Joni Mitchell
Live on the BBC, recorded October 9, 1970.
If you squint you can pretend you're on a cruise ship even if you're down in the basement.
From the website:
- Portable Shuffleboard
Arrives with everything needed for play.
Stake out a clean, level surface about 40 feet in length, unroll the 27-foot reinforced-vinyl mini shuffleboard court, spray on a little friction-reducing court dressing, then grab your cues and let the disks fly.
When the game's over, just roll up the court and put it away.
• Vinyl roll-out court
• Four regulation cues
• Four black and four yellow chip-resistant tournament disks
• An ample supply of court dressing
• Includes rules of play
• 4' 6" wide.
• 20 lbs.