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May 10, 2011

The Great Elephant of Ile de Nantes

"Inspired by Jules Verne's novel 'The Steam House,'

the 'Great Elephant' carries passengers on tours of France's Ile de Nantes."

For a truly strange and wonderful experience, play all three videos at the same time.

[via Tom Shippey and the Wall Street Journal]

May 10, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Retro Pens — What's old is new again


Set of five: $4.49.

May 10, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: won't fit inside a bread box.


May 10, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Solar Queen


"Place the Solar Queen in sunlight and watch Her Majesty wave with a subtle twist of the wrist. This gesture, cultivated over centuries, is the true mark of royalty."



May 10, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Play Code Blue and perform CPR: if you lose, nobody dies


For a change.

From the website:



Welcome to the CPR Game! The CPR Game is a unique and fun cardiac arrest simulator for persons with advanced CPR training. It has been developed to help healthcare/medical students, residents, paramedics and nurses become more proficient in advanced CPR. It is designed for someone who has taken BLS, ACLS or ATLS. The game is great because you can learn and make mistakes that don’t harm real people! You can even play it during that boring basic science lecture!


The game takes place in the “CPR Room”, a state-of-the-art hospital resuscitation room. The user is presented with a case vignette of a patient that is critically ill, has lost a pulse and needs immediate resuscitation. You are responsible for managing chest compressions, getting IV access, assessing the rhythm strip, managing the airway and performing life saving interventions! There are approximately 20 realistic cases in the game.


Don’t be fooled by the silly graphics, CPR game is a very technical medical simulator. The technical details are very important to learn if you wish to be an expert in resuscitation. The CPR Game was designed by an emergency physician and is designed to be challenging, even to persons skilled in cardiac arrest scenarios.



$3.99 — not free the way we like it.

But hey, it's not all gloom and doom, though the rate of full recovery from in-hospital witnessed cardiac arrest remains dismal, not much better than it was 40 years ago.

Here's a tip — free, the way I know you like it — about how you can increase the chance of a successful resuscitation should you find yourself at the scene of a respiratory and/or cardiac arrest without knowing anything about CPR.


Do I have your attention now?


All you need to do is walk to the feet of the affected person and raise their legs two feet off the ground, then hold them there.

There is absolutely no downside or contraindication to lifting the feet and legs in this situation — none.

Why is this helpful?

Because the legs contain about 40% of circulating blood volume and by raising them, you return that critical amount of oxygen-carrrying hemoglobin to the heart and central circulation where it's needed to supply the brain and coronary arteries.

Now, don't you feel better?

FunFact: I've never yet met a doctor who knows this simple trick.

[via Richard Kashdan]

May 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

5-Minute Shower


"Save water, save money. Using this device, the average household could save over $100 a year."

Good idea.

I mean, there's 3-minute eggs so this is the logical next step — right?

Not right?


Not even wrong?


"Suction cup on back for easy installation."

$7.88 (eggs not included).

May 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Andrei Kirilenko's new tattoo


The Utah Jazz forward's new back art has created a sensation


in the sports talk world.


It was done by Vic Back [sic] of Painted Temple in Sugarhouse, Utah.

May 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack



"The new super-low-tech pocket-sized camera accessory. Position the Photopaddle between your camera phone and subject to 'accesorize' your friends."


Set of three: $5.

May 10, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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