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December 2, 2018

"I don't like wearing a helmet, it ruins my hair"


Above and below,


ads from a campaign that the


Asia Injury Prevention Foundation ran in Viet Nam.

[via Street Anatomy]

December 2, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

This superb film came out in 2007 and almost instantly disappeared from view.

Tight, compelling, and powerful, the story twists and turns into territory best left unexplored for most of us, most of the time.

I mean, that's why they invented movies, isn't it?

To let us go places that, for one reason or another, are off-limits?

Anyhoo — as clifyt is fond of saying — here you get Philip Seymour Hoffman and his seductively alluring voice, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, and Albert Finney all doing what they do best.

Sidney Lumet directed, his last feature film before his death in 2011. 

Highly recommended.

December 2, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

BehindTheMedspeak: The Heimlich Maneuver — Revisited

The other day I read the following in the autobiography of the late British businessman Charles Forte: "I had been invited to lunch there, and found myself sitting next to Lord Mountbatten. We got involved in a vigorous argument about the merits of a certain politician, whom I was denouncing loudly and he was defending. I got so carried away that I began to choke on a piece of meat. I rushed from the room, but my wife saw what had happened, followed me, and banged my back hard. The meat was fortunately dislodged. When I returned, I found that Mountbatten had taken the whole event extremely seriously. He had had a friend in India in the army who had died in such a way and he advised me always to keep a large glass of water by my plate to avoid any recurrences. When I next went to Broadlands, his home, the vital glass of water was by my plate."


In no particular order, some comments on the passage above.

1) More often than not, when an adult chokes on food in the manner described above, they've been drinking. This results in the ingestion of a piece of meat too large to be conveniently masticated which, along with the loss of coordination of upper airway and pharyngeal musculature due to alcohol's effect on the brain, can end in a potentially catastrophic anatomical obstruction as the meat comes to rest on the opening of the trachea behind the epiglottis.

2) If you suspect such a thing has happened to someone in the vicinity, DO NOT offer them a glass of water or bang on their back or ask "Are you OK?" Rather, the one question to ask (assuming they are still conscious, which will be the case if nothing is done for up to a minute) is, "Can you talk?" If the person shakes their head "No," immediately perform the Heimlich manuever (top).

3) In the event you are alone and find yourself with an obstructed airway, do not panic: you can perform the Heimlich manuever on yourself. Stand up in front of a table or chairback, then ram your upper abdomen as hard as you can against the edge. I mean really hard, so that it hurts. If it doesn't work the first time, do it over and over until the chunk of food pops out. You'll thank me for this. Trust me....

December 2, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Silence Rug

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Designed in Norway and manufactured in Sweden of wool from New Zealand.

Inspired by the Scandinavian winter.

Alas, no longer available.

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Wish I'd bought one ten years ago when they were.


Note added at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2018:

My Crack Research Team©® found it!

From the website:


The Silence rug was first presented as a rather crude homemade prototype at the famous Salone Satellite in Milan in 2004.

A refined model was presented in Milan the next year, for the first time featuring the reflective thread that adds the snow-like sparkle to the rug.

The Silence rug was subsequently featured at numerous international design shows, including 100% Norway, 2007 in London, and 100% Design in Tokyo in 2008.

Features and Details:

• Pile: 99.5% New Zealand virgin wool, 0.5% reflective foil

• Backing: cotton

• 63"Ø x 1.2"H


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December 2, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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