October 2, 2018
A picture is worth a thousand words — Or, why I'm trading in my iPhone X for an XS Max
Videre est credere.
Far and away the most significant camera update in the iPhone XS is its new Smart HDR capabilities.
Powered by the A12 Bionic chip, in the picture above the iPhone XS is able to capture the dark shadows of the rock while maintaining strong detail in the sunlit clouds.
I've never worked with a camera that can balance light like this — not even close.
The power of the new ISP (image signal processor) in the iPhone XS doesn't just impact still photos, it impacts everything captured by the camera, including panoramas, time-lapses, and video.
Most of the time my expectations for camera upgrades on "S" years aren't so high, but after shooting with the iPhone XS for a week, I can confidently say it's a huge camera upgrade.
There are a lot of small improvements, but Smart HDR definitely takes the cake.
This is a feature and technology that improves virtually everything you capture with your iPhone camera.
I think you'll be really thrilled when you experience the results yourself.
Wonderful a cappella cover of "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire"
BehindTheMedspeak: An easy way to save a life in hot weather [blast from the past*]
[*This post originally appeared July 5, 2012]
I like medical interventions that anyone can do without worrying about whether they're doing things right.
The very best ones can't hurt and might help.
Yesterday's sweatfest 5K, in which I started out optimistic about doing sub-8-minute miles only to blow up around mile 1, then clock 8:43 and 9:58 for miles 2 and 3, pretty much jogging to the finish line and then just lying down in the shade for about 15 minutes with my legs up against a tree while dousing myself with water and drinking a couple of bottles, got me thinking about my 2010 Pittsburgh Half-Marathon experience, when I dropped out around mile 11 to help a runner who'd collapsed onto the street.
She was thrashing around and non-responsive and people were standing around not doing much of anything, no one having even called for a rescue team.
Obviously — to me — she had heat stroke; I couldn't feel a pulse, a sign that her blood pressure and cardiac output were way down.
I took her ankles and lifted them a couple feet into the air, which returned all the blood pooled in her legs — probably about a third of her total circulating blood volume — back to her central circulation where she needed it most, to perfuse her brain and heart.
That left me free to tell the people in the vicinity to start pouring whatever liquids they had on the woman's neck and chest, to cool her down and drop her likely elevated core temperature.
As I recall, they doused her with water, Gatorade, juice, all manner of fluids, it didn't matter, and that was just fine.
It took about 15 minutes for a rescue vehicle to get there and by that time her eyes were no longer rolling back up into her head and her twitching had stopped, though she was by no means back to normal.
I thought she was stable enough to let her go to the hospital with the rescue squad without riding along, since by then her pulse was strong and her breathing regular.
Turned out she went into temporary kidney failure as a result of decreased renal blood flow during that episode and spent a couple days in the ICU before being sent to the floor and, after 5-6 days total in the hospital, home.
A near miss.
I talked to her (she was in her early thirties, a young wife and mother) and her dad a week or so after she returned home and she'd apparently pretty much recovered, though she said she was still a little weak.
Anyhow, long story short: If someone appears to be overcome by heat, lift their legs into the air and keep them there while you wait for assistance.
It can't hurt and might help.
This simple maneuver is also potentially lifesaving if someone is having a heart attack or in cardiac arrest, for the same physiological reason: it returns blood to the central circulation so the heart can better perfuse critical organs like the brain, lungs, and kidneys, as well as its own muscle.
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: smaller than a bread box (much).
Another: made in the Netherlands.
A third: limited edition.