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May 5, 2010


"A bull takes a break inside a fabric shop in the old town of Varanasi, 'India distilled and darkly intense.'"

[via The Financial Times]

May 5, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Shoelace Rug


2 meters x 4 meters.









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Atlas of North American English


From Amazon:


Print Volume + CD-ROM

The Atlas of North American English provides the first overall view of the pronunciation and vowel systems of the dialects of the U.S. and Canada. The Atlas re-defines the regional dialects of American English on the basis of sound changes active in the 1990s and draws new boundaries reflecting those changes. It is based on a telephone survey of 762 local speakers, representing all the urbanized areas of North America. It has been developed by Bill Labov, one of the leading sociolinguists of the world, together with his colleagues Sharon Ash and Charles Boberg.


• 23 chapters that re-define the geographic boundaries of North American dialects and trace the influence of gender, age, education, and city size on the progress of sound change

• Findings that show a dramatic and increasing divergence of English in North America

• 139 four-color maps that illustrate the regional distribution of phonological and phonetic variables across the North American continent

• 120 four-color vowel charts of individual speakers.

Multimedia CD-ROM features:

• Data base with measurements of more than 100,000 vowels and mean values for 439 speakers

• The Plotnik program for mapping each of the individual vowel systems

• Extended sound samples of all North American dialects

• Multimedia applications to enhance classroom presentations.


Browse the book here.


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What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

May 5, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Why fix a hole when you can sponsor one?


"Free sponsorship to top 12 websites that link to www.adverputt.com by May 14, 2010."

As I always say, "Why fix a hole when you can sponsor one?"

[via Joe Peach]

May 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Marinoff Low-Vision Playing Cards


Excellent for games played by candle or moonlight.

From the website:


Designed by ophthalmologist Dr. Gerald Marinoff to enable individuals with vision problems to more easily see the numbers on playing cards.

They come with 1.25-inch-high numbers.

An additional design feature is the black outline that surrounds the large numbers to make them stand out.




May 5, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Why my half-marathon in Pittsburgh this past Sunday ended at mile 11


On Monday, May 3, 2010, at 9:21 PM, CC wrote:

Hi Joe,

Thank you so much for helping me. They determined I had heat stroke and I am currently still in the hospital. My friend T said you were very kind and helpful. I hope to get home tomorrow! Hope you did well in the race and I didn't ruin your time!



Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


From: Joe Stirt <bookofjoe@gmail.com> 

On: Monday, May 3, 2010 11:33:53 PM EDT

To: CC

Subject: Re: Thank you


I cannot tell you how pleased I am to hear from you as I did just now, for several reasons which I'll get into.

But first, before I forget — you're most welcome.

None of the other people present for the first 15 or so minutes I was with you had any idea how unstable you were.

When I stopped and examined you, you were unconscious and unresponsive even to pain; had no palpable pulse; were jerking and twitching (legs, arms, and eyelids) most likely due to low potassium and impaired neuromuscular transmission; breathing shallowly and irregularly; and gradually lost your skin's normal color and became pale and somewhat ashen, both lips and fingernail beds. Also, your airway was becoming obstructed.

Though I'm an anesthesiologist and not a diagnostician/ER physician, and never formed a diagnosis of heat stroke in the formal sense (thought that's undoubtedly what you had), I pointed out to those around you that you were very likely volume depleted, potassium depleted, and had low blood sugar, as well as being overheated with unstable cardiorespiratory function.

In short, you were in a state of circulatory shock, which can be fatal.

We treated the symptoms, doing the following: elevated your legs to return about 1/3 of your blood volume to the central circulation/heart; commandeered water and any fluids we could from everyone around to douse you in an effort to lower your core temperature; elevated your mandible to clear your airway.

Over that period of time your pulse came back, rapid and strong; your breathing became regular; your color improved; you gradually stopped twitching and jerking. You were still unconscious and unresponsive.

After 15 minutes or so it became clear you had to go to the hospital for IV hydration/observation, but it took another 15 minutes till the emergency vehicle arrived.

By that time we'd decided to take you directly to the hospital in someone's SUV rather than continue waiting fruitlessly. As we lifted you into the SUV, just as we were about to slide you into the back, you started having a lot of emesis of yellow liquid, I'd estimate probably 1-2 quarts, large streams of stuff.

We held you in the air on your side so you wouldn't aspirate, which would've been an unfortunate coda. I don't think you would have done so but you still weren't responsive and conscious so it was much better to be overly protective of your airway since it was unclear just how functional its protective reflexes were.

In summary, I think that had things not happened the way they did, you could have had a cardiac arrest and possibly died right there on the street.

I've attended enough Code Blues in my career to know what they look like before the Code, and you were very unstable and borderline.

The fact you're lucid enough to email me as you did means there's no brain damage, always a feared thing with heat stroke; the fact they're keeping you at least a second night makes be believe you indeed had major physiological derangement, enough that it wasn't correctable with a IV/good-bye sort of approach.

In closing, I must add I'm envious that you and your friend were pretty far ahead of me.

After they took you to the hospital I finished the race.

I know I was at 1:58 at 11 miles and that's good enough for me.

Hope your recovery is uneventful from here.



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Drill Dust Collector


From the website:


The process of drilling holes creates a lot of dust which has to be cleaned up after the job is done.

The Drill Dust Catcher helps you prevent this by collecting the dust before it can spread around the room.

Using a unique vacuum function, the DDC attaches itself to the desired drilling area on the wall, leaving your hands free to drill while it captures the dust.

The dust holder can be quickly detached and emptied when you are finished drilling.

The DDC is an indispensable item that helps to keep dust out of your face and off the floor.

Requires 2 AA batteries (included).



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