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November 4, 2009

BehindTheMedspeak: Laser eye surgery is NOT a good thing


How strongly do I believe this?

So much so that if Lasik surgery were free I wouldn't get it.

Wait, I'll go even further: I wouldn't get it if you paid me $100,000.



Very simple: the chance of a disaster, while small, is not zero — and a disaster can permanently destroy your vision.

complication from Lasik isn't like a bad scar after a cosmetic procedure: it's potentially catastrophic.

I remarked on this subject before, but not in recent years.


I wouldn't even have mentioned it again except that yesterday's Washington Post republished a Consumer Reports survey which sounded like it'd been ghostwritten by an eye surgeon, to wit: "3% said they regretted having the surgery, a very small number considering the side effects."


1 in 33 is a "very small number considering side effects," which in "less than 1% ... included problems such as disabling or permanent vision loss?"


Ask Kathy Griffin or Abby Ellin or Virginia Postrel about their Lasik procedures, they'll give you an earful or two.

"Less than 1%," is that 1 in 200?

Would you really pay for something that offered a 199/200 chance of letting you get rid of your glasses with a 1/200 chance of losing your vision?

Not me.


As we say in the locker room, no matter how low the risk of complications, if you have one, your risk is 100%.

November 4, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Mobile Desk


"This mobile desk allows you to travel around your workplace without leaving your laptop or documents behind."


"Simply propel yourself from one area to the next. The seat is height-adjustable without tools. "


"Note that a two-seat version is also available (below, upper right)."


How do you spell "start-up?"


[via my7475]

November 4, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Venture Firm Greylock Creates $575 Million Fund'

Above, the headline over Claire Cain Miller's article in this past Monday's New York Times Business section.

Heck, with $250,000 — a rounding error to Greylock — I could bag the OR and get serious about bookofjoe.






November 4, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Magic Mouse — Sensational


Apple's new mouse (above) is simply superb.

I've been using mine for the past six days and am still amazed at how powerful and elegant it is.

Instead of wearing out your arm moving the mouse around, you simply move one or two fingers on top of the device to move up or down a page or go forward or backward between pages in Safari (or Camino).

Watch the movie here, but you won't appreciate what an advance this is until you actually try one.

A snip at $69.

November 4, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

English-to-12-year-old AOLer translator


"This translator will take what you write in it and turn into the manner a 12-year-old AOLer would write it."

[via Joe Peach]

November 4, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Bird Identiflyer


From the website:


Bird Identiflyer™

Bird Identiflyer quickly identifies bird songs with the press of a button — search by region, color, habitat, or alphabetically.

Advanced digital technology helps birders and nature lovers identify 120 birds (and 10 frogs) by their songs and colors.

Select a bird, then simply press a button to hear its song — calls are so clear even birds recognize them.

Features volume control, brightness and contrast control, belt clip and wrist strap.

Requires two AA batteries (included).

6-1/2" x 2" x 1-3/4".




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Sony 360° 3D — Bonus: No Glasses


[via Weird Universe]

November 4, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues Edition


Created by 39-year-old Scott Simkus , by night a limousine dispatcher in Chicago and by day a baseball historian who since 1990 has been collecting box scores of Negro League games, resulting what may be the country's largest trove of raw Negro leagues data, according to an item in the November 2, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Now he's combined that information with another of his passions, Strat-O-Matic Baseball, which I loved playing back in the day.

Last week marked the release of Strat-O-Matic Baseball Negro Leagues Edition, featuring Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Satchell Paige and all the other great stars who never got a chance to shine on the big stage before Jackie Robinson finally broke the color bar in 1947.

Great Slate article about the new game here.


November 4, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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