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May 21, 2009

Top 100 Apple/Mac Sites/Blogs


I was gobsmacked when I happened on this excellent list at Becoming a Computer Technician.

Not just a bare bones skeleton but, rather, a pithy one or two sentence review of each.

There goes the day.

May 21, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Extreme Kayaking: Tyler Bradt's World Record 186-Foot Drop Over Palouse Falls


A two-page photo spread in this week's Sports Illustrated brought the news of his epic feat last month (April 21, 2009) in Palouse Falls State Park (above) in Washington.

Bradt obliterated the previous kayak waterfall world record of 127 feet set on March 4, 2009 by Pedro Olivia of Brazil, who hit speeds of 70mph in his freefall down the Salto Belo Falls into the water of the Rio Sacre, a tributary of the Amazon.

Details of Olivia's feat are here.

Or just watch it (below).

Now, don't you feel better?

May 21, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Alice Wheeler makes me an offer I might not refuse


Who's Alice Wheeler?

Read her email (above) and all will become clear.

I checked out the two links she furnished for guidance and examples but I still can't figure out how it all works or how bookofjoe would appear if I added her widget.

As a rule I trash instantly everything that comes in — and it's a ton of stuff daily — offering to do this and that for bookofjoe.

But she got my attention at "fired up" and she had me at "largest news aggregator in Eastern Europe."

I want to be big in Eastern Europe, not least because my dad and his ancestors are natives of Lithuania.


Where communism bit the dust, bookofjoe wants to rule.

The only problem is the usual one for TechnoDolt™ moi: "All you need to do is place our news feed informer somewhere on your site."


And for an encore I will teleport myself to Kaunas for a meet-and-greet.

Maybe someday....

May 21, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

May 21, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: 'Drill, baby, drill!' — Australian GP performs emergency craniotomy with a DeWalt drill from the hospital maintenance closet — and saves boy's life


Long story shortened: Last Friday in Maryborough, a small town in Australia, 12-year-old Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike and banged his head. Taken to the local hospital to get checked out, he soon began having seizures and bouts of unconciousness.

The local GP, realizing that the delay getting him to Melbourne for specialized surgery to relieve what was clearly intracranial bleeding could result in permanent brain damage or death, found a DeWalt power drill in the hospital's maintenance closet and, under direction over the phone from a Melbourne neurosurgeon, proceeded to drill a hole in the boy's skull to relieve the pressure and evacuate the blood. Nicholas was flown to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and released four days later (this past Tuesday) on his 13th birthday, without any apparent permanent sequelae.

Here's Arjun Ramachandran's story from yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald with the details.


Doctor uses home drill to save boy's life


A country doctor has saved the life of a 13-year-old boy by using a household drill to drill a hole in the boy's skull after a bicycle accident.

Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike late on Friday while riding outside a friend's house in Maryborough, 170 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. He was not wearing a helmet.

He hit his head on the pavement and was unconscious for about 30 seconds, but recovered and appeared to be fine, his father, Michael Rossi, said.

But his mother, Karen, a nurse, noticed a lump on Nicholas's head and decided to take him to the district hospital, where he experienced spasms and periods of unconsciousness.

GP Rob Carson recognised the symptoms of bleeding on the brain and realised he had just minutes to drill a hole to relieve the pressure or the boy would die, The Australian reported today.

The condition was the same that killed actress Natasha Richardson, wife of Hollywood actor Liam Neeson, earlier this year following a ski fall.

"Basically what happened was Dr Carson came and saw us and his words were: 'I've got one shot at this and one shot only — I'm going to have to drill into Nicholas's skull,' " Mr Rossi told 2UE.

Dr Carson had said: "If it works he's going to reach Melbourne in a lot better condition than what he would if we don't do it."

As Dr Carson powered up a household DeWalt drill taken from a maintenance room, Mr Rossi said his wife probably had a better handle on what was about to happen than he did.

"We felt numb because ... it's a surreal type of experience," Mr Rossi said.

"We could hear the shaver shaving his hair, could hear the drill drill, hear the suction doing its job."

Over the telephone, Melbourne neurosurgeon David Wallace walked Dr Carson through the procedure.

Dr Carson drilled a hole just below the bruise mark, above Nicholas's ear, until a blood clot came out. He used forceps to increase the hole to about a centimetre in diameter, then inserted a drainage tube to keep the blood flowing out of the boy's skull.

Nicholas was flown to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital an hour later and was released on Tuesday — his 13th birthday.

Nicholas was recovering well and had a very good party to celebrate his birthday, Mr Rossi said.

He paid tribute to all the Maryborough medical staff who had helped his son, and urged other parents to be more vigilant.

"You can't watch them 24 hours a day but make sure they wear their helmets," he said.


I wonder if DeWalt — at least in Australia — is going to use this in an ad campaign.

I know I would.

[via Jerry Young and Red Ferret]

May 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Anti-Headache Wrap


From the website:


Headache Relieving Wrap

Developed by a neurologist, this head wrap helps relieve headaches naturally, eliminating the need for medications.

A study published by the Archives of Family Medicine proved that the head wrap alleviated migraine and tension headaches in 87% of patients.

The unit straps comfortably to your head and provides a soothing, consistent pressure that gently compresses blood vessels to help relieve migraines.

It comes with three reusable gel packs that can be heated or frozen, and inserted into the headband to provide relief from throbbing pain.

Heat therapy relaxes tense muscles and the cold treatment cools and constricts blood vessels, helping to alleviate tension headaches.

The headband is insulated to retain heat and cold and its adjustable strap and Velcro strap keep it in place.

One size fits all.

25 1/2" L x 3 3/4" H x 1" D.

12-3/4 oz.



May 21, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Meet Rhymer Rigby


Long story short: With one of the best names extant in contemporary journalism (he's a freelance journalist whose work appears regularly in the  Financial Times, which is where I happened on him), his work lives up to his byline.

Browse a few of his greatest hits here.

Email him (rhymer@rhymer.net) and tell him joe sent you — anything for a laugh.

Perusing his CV, I happened on this:


at the very bottom.

Very funny.

Go ahead, make his day.

May 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dog Genealogy Kit


From the website:


Canine Genealogy Kit

This kit analyzes your dog's DNA and identifies the breeds in its ancestry.

It provides scientific confirmation of the physical characteristics, behavioral tendencies, personality traits, and potential health risks your mixed-breed dog has inherited.

A professional laboratory tests a cotton swab that you simply rub against the inside of your dog's cheek and send to the lab in the provided envelope.

The laboratory compares the unique sequences in your canine's genome with DNA markers from a database of thousands of purebred dogs.

The DNA test recognizes 63 different breeds (93% of the most common breeds in the U.S.) that can make up your pet's genetic profile.

You will receive a certificate listing your dog's ancestry and a detailed explanation of each breed's dominant characteristics that likely have been passed on to your dog.

Takes up to three weeks to receive results.


$59.95 (dog not included).

May 21, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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