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January 22, 2013

4:01 a.m. Keychain Bottle Opener* Series — Episode 4: Gerber Shard


From the website:




• 2.75" long

• Airline-safe

• Lightweight

• Stainless steel

• Titanium nitride coating for corrosion resistance

• Small flat, medium flat, and Phillips head drivers

• Wire stripper; pry bar; lanyard hole; bottle opener



*"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

A neurosurgery resident tossed that off around 2 a.m. one morning while I was holding a retractor and trying not to fall asleep on my feet during my third-year med school (1972-3) rotation.

It was perfect then and it has remained so over the 40+ years since.

I expect this to be the case for some years to come — at least until Kurzweil's Singularity finally happens and we can forget about frontal lobes and wetware entirely.

Real soon now.

January 22, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink


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Had to look that up...never done any trad (err...an ex took me once, but I took the preexisting routes not trusting this stuff!)

That would scare the crap out of me relying on something like that!

Posted by: clifyt | Jan 23, 2013 7:31:30 PM

Clifyt: is it me or does the "shard" look like a RURP on acid?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 23, 2013 6:30:18 PM

Joe, T-Bone beat your resident to the punch line.


Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 23, 2013 6:29:15 PM

Kurzweil's singularity is never going to happen. Even my friends that work for him talk about the fact that he is more PT Barnum than he is Tesla. Don't get me wrong, he is a brilliant man and I have enjoyed the time I've had talking with him (I keep running into him in a few vastly different areas of my life in both academia and entertainment).

That said, I'd love to see the singularity happen...just isn't going to happen in our lifetime (at least with Ray's approach).

Posted by: clifyt | Jan 23, 2013 9:49:51 AM

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