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July 2, 2007

Meet Dr. T — World's most popular blogging anesthesioboist — who asks, 'What's long and black and not an oboe?'


True (see above).

She might well be the world's only blogging anesthesioboist but hey, let's not be haters, OK?

Dr. T. (top) began her blog, Notes of an Anesthesioboist, less than seven weeks ago, with a May 16, 2007 post.


Welcome camper!

July 2, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Welcome to my nightmare: When the going gets tough, the Gray Lady turns pro


Yeah, well, the New York Times has sat quietly watching all these years while gizmodo and engadget and their ilk rose to the top of the TechnoVisibility meter.

Guess what?

There's a new kid in school and his name is nytimes.com/bits — but you can call him "Bits" for short.

It stands for Business, Information, Technology and Society.

"Introducing a blog about the technology world, updated several times a day, with the insights and discoveries of 12 reporters."

You're talking about the best of the best — in no particular order:

• Louise Story

• Saul Hansell

• Miguel Helft

• Damon Darlin

• Katie Hafner

• David F. Gallagher

• Brad Stone

• Eric Taub

• David Pogue

• Michel Marriott

• Matt Richtel

• Barnaby J. Feder

A bit of drilling down by my crack research team — now semi-compos mentis, which equates to being capable of focusing both eyes on one thing — yields the fact that the Times blog started on January 4, 2007.

Don't ask.

That giant sucking sound you hear is advertising money — a lot of it — exiting the current big tech websites and diverting its flow into the Times piggy bank.

July 2, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Sleep Apnea? Dr. Yoni Freedhoff will sort you out


Dr. Freedhoff is the founder of the Bariatric Medical Institute in Ottawa, Canada.

His philosophy is that "It's much more fun to stop drugs than to start them."

Even though his formal training was as a family physician, such a sensible view of the practice of medicine qualifies him for honorary membership in the Blogging Anesthesiologist Hall of Fame.

But I digress.

On June 20, 2007 his blog, Weighty Matters, featured a post entitled "Do You Have Sleep Apnea?"

Useful and on point, it follows.

    Do you have Sleep Apnea?

    I guess the first question should be, "Do you know what sleep apnea is?".

    Amazingly, despite its clear causal association with hypertension, memory disorders, and obesity and the associated increased risk of sudden death, motor vehicle accidents and depression, many folks with sleep apnea don't know what it is.

    Put simply, sleep apnea involves a person repeatedly stopping breathing during sleep which in turn causes them to not enjoy restorative sleep and to have low levels of oxygen in their bloodstream.

    There are 3 types of sleep apnea: Obstructive, central and mixed with obstructive being far and away the most common and the one directly related to weight with the weight of a neck actually causing collapse or narrowing of upper airways during sleep.

    Testing usually involves suffering through a terrible night's sleep at a sleep lab (though I'm sure some are lovely and don't involve trying to sleep through the chaos of a hospital) and then treatment usually involves sleeping with something called a CPAP mask that uses air under pressure to continually keep airways open.

    Folks with successfully CPAP treated sleep apnea will almost always report that they can't imagine ever living without their CPAP machine because it has so dramatically improved their quality of life.

    A person with sleep apnea might complain of NEVER feeling well rested, morning headaches, memory disturbances and daytime sleepiness. Their partner might complain of loud snoring (though snoring is not a must) or actual witnessed apnea events where they watch their partner stop breathing for up to a minute at a time.

    The problem in Canada is that sleep labs are sometimes difficult to get to, especially in rural areas. Recently a company in Canada invented something they call a "Sleep Strip" which is actually a very sophisticated device that helps to screen for sleep apnea in your own home. It's the device pictured at the top of this post and it's available for sale at their website for $49.95 (CAD).


Here are links to three videos demonstrating the SleepStrip.


Full disclosure: I have never met Dr. Freedhoff. I have never spoken to Dr. Freedhoff. I have, however, exchanged emails with him. In fact, he sent me a link to the post featured above, for which I say, "Thank you."

July 2, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Kevlar-Lined Stab-Proof Hoodie — Because 'nothing ruins your day quicker than a shiv at the skatepark'

From the product website:

    Bladerunner Kevlar-Lined Hooded Top

    Bladerunner have now redesigned the Kevlar-Lined Hooded Top which has a high cut resistance.

    The top is fully lined with Dupont Kevlar and regardless of whether you are wearing this top for leisure, sport or any other activity you will find that the Hooded Top gives you that extra bit of security as it now has a high slash/cut resistance.


From the website of one of the designers:

    Knife-Resistant Kevlar Hoodies

    City streets are sometimes dangerous territory.

    South Africa in particular, with one of the highest crime rates in the world could benefit from any type of technological advancement in protection against threatening situations.

    With this in mind, Shelflife Store in Cape Town, South Africa and I recently teamed up with UK security/protection apparel company Bladerunner.

    We collaborated to conceptualize graphics for limited knife-resistant Kevlar hoodies.

    The first edition features a full print [below] representing the actual chemical structure of Kevlar combined with the Bladerunner logo.

    This is street science at its finest!




[via thegoat.backcountry.com]

July 2, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

smidigt goes both ways: geekalerts is up and running


Just in from Robert Birming of Stockholm, grand panjandrum of geekalerts.com, the news that the excellent Swedish site smidigt.se is now available to those of us not fortunate enough to understand the native tongue of King Carl XVI Gustaf.


geekalerts is three days old today, having gone live this past Saturday, June 30, 2007 — happy birthday, Robert.


Välkommen campare!

Birming of Stockholm... catchy.

July 2, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Jane — Instant Relief


Say what?

From the website:

    Jane — Instant Relief

    Whether in bed, in a car or on a boat, keep Jane or John nearby.

    Sanitary plastic bottle has easy-to-use funnel design and sure-grip handle.

    Rinses clean.



I must say that I find it rather sad that the designers chose not to equip "Jane" with a "Safety Cap" that "Prevents Spills!"

No doubt those individuals only have a single X chromosome.

Never mind — let's not be haters.

Around here we take what we can get.

Jane or John — each, $5.99.

July 2, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Thanks for the memory: What's it all about, Apple? 'Cause we know it's not the money — right?


What with all the excitement going down about the iPhone it only occurred to me just now that there's something rather fanboy-unfriendly about the pricing structure.

Consider that the 4GB version is $499 and the 8GB costs $599.

Okay, so Apple's charging $100 for an additional 4GB of flash memory.

But even I can find a 4GB flash memory chip by the world's most reputable maker (top) that costs $35 — retail.

8GB retail is $117.

So the difference — again, in retail prices – between 4 and 8 is $82.

Yet Apple's charging $100 for that increment.

But consider — Apple's not paying retail but, rather, getting their chips at a much lower price: certainly no more than half retail, probably closer to 25% of what you and I pay.

So the cost to Apple for those chips is around $9 for 4GB and $30 for 8GB.

Do the math.

Putting an 8GB chip in the iPhone instead of a 4GB costs Apple an extra $21.

If you did the equivalent, sliding in a 4GB SD card (assuming, of course that Apple had put in an SD card slot) it would cost an additional $35 to upgrade to an 8GB iPhone.

Apple's $100 price increment to get the 8GB iPhone results in $80 of free and clear pure profit for Apple — sweet, eh?


No wonder there's no SD card slot on the device.

July 2, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Cool Jazz Ice Cube Stirrers


Endorsed by Flautist so you know they must be good.

From the website:

Cool Jazz Ice Cube Stirrers — Ice Axes

"I'll have mine on the rocks!"

We've seen some cool guitars in our time — from Hendrix's Strat and Springsteen's bashed-up Telecaster to Brian May's homemade plank and that squiggle-shaped thing Prince plays — but we've never seen anything as cool as Cool Jazz Ice Cube Stirrers.

And that's because they're made of ice.

These icy, guitar-shaped swizzle sticks are perfect for thirsty music-lovers.

Simply pop the plastic neck sections in the mold,


fill with water and put in the freezer.

Before you can say "Stairway to Heaven begins with an arpeggiated chord progression" you'll have a rocktastic cooling system with which to stir your drink.

Well okay, you'll have a dinky little guitar made of shimmering ice. Kerrang!

This nifty kit comes with three plastic stir sticks and a flexible tray containing three guitar molds.

There's an acoustic, a bass and a Les Paul-alike, so you can match your axe to suit your drink: acoustic for soft drinks, bass for something with a bit more oomph and electric for anything liable to induce a headache.


Speaking of headaches, we're not sure why these frozen twangers are called Cool Jazz Ice Cube Stirrers.

Jazz makes us think of pretentious twits who spend all night fiddling with their berets and discussing avant-garde improvisation — boring!

We prefer to think of them as rock 'n' roll weapons cast in ice.

Why, you can even pluck them from your drink between sips and play a bit of air guitar — although guitars this small are liable to make you look more like Tiny Tim (ask your grandma) than Slash.


Brilliant for parties, Cool Jazz Ice Cube Stirrers are sure to add a super-sexy twang to your drinks, and they make regular ice cubes look about as exciting as a night out with Yngwie Malmsteen.

Fill the molds with fruit juice or something colorful and guests won't know whether to swish 'em around in their drinks or start headbanging.

For those about to stir, we salute you!

Note: No professional guitar training required before use, but rocking a few licks may cause the ice to stick to your tongue.

• This product has a temperature tolerance of between -58ºF and 446ºF

• Each frozen stirrer measures approximately 2.25"W x 7"H x 0.75"D)

• This product is made of silicone

• This product is safe

Sorry about the slur on jazz aficionados, Flautist — please don't shoot the messenger.

With a temperature tolerance like that you should be pretty much OK short of trip to Mercury or Vostok.

Rachel of East Linton (UK) commented, "These are funky little things, and hey, who says you need to just use water... freeze other drinks and make little ice lollies :D."



July 2, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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