Tuesday, March 24, 2009
For those of you who haven't ever experienced the wonder and magic that is a $7 bar of chocolate you should definitely try the experience. My all-time favorite is the Barcelona.
Lisa and I found a gift set full of exciting flavors that we had never seen before at Whole Foods in Baltimore and decided to pick it up. We enjoyed tasting all of them, although none matched the Barcelona.
I brought one into work today and was enjoying a small piece after lunch when I was reading the back (note for $7.50 you get instructions on how to eat it, and a picture of the hot chick that makes them).
All was hunky-dory until I read the end of the last paragraph:
Aphrodisiac powers? Shouldn't that come with a big warning on the label? Product may cause awkward situations at work or in public, consider consuming at home?
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
1 - Brand
2 - Frame material
Weight (roughly lightest to heaviest)
Stiffness (rigid -> squishy)
*The Trek Madone bikes seem to be an anomaly here - super light, comfortable, and stiff. My racer friend loved hers more than any other bike she's had (before she drove into the garage with it on the roof rack).
With the exception of carbon fiber frames, used bikes are almost always a good deal. Carbon fiber frames are difficult to buy used because crashing can cause invisible damage, and when a carbon frame fails, it epic FAILS!
5 - Clothing/Misc
Bike clothing may be unattractive, but it's functional. Dress to be just a bit hot standing still in cold weather. Get a good helmet deal at REI Outlet.
If you're serious, roof racks are the only way to go. It makes transporting bikes sooooo much nicer.
This is just one of the really cool old medical photos depicting X-rays and equipment recently posted on flickr from the National Museum of Health & Medicine. Turns out the guy in the above photo was into self mutilation with needles from old-school record players.
Check the following for more great pics - Note the lack of lead shielding on many of the older photos, there is just one shot where people are wearing lead aprons and gloves.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Talking with some of the other folks at work today it turns out that it's such a problem here that normal, regular people take the suction cups off of their windshields and carry windex to scrub off the suction cup marks. These thugs will bust out your car window with just a suction cup mark on the windshield.
Anyway, things in Baltimore aren't all bad. We had nice time at the National Aquarium with Scott and Summer. The dolphin show was pretty standard, but they had the cutest, tiniest tree frogs that we'd ever seen and some pretty impressive saltwater fish displays that wrapped around nearly the whole place.
We also had some wicked awesome Thai food in the Federal Hill neighborhood (http://www.yelp.com/biz/thai-arroy-baltimore) with some new friends Ross and Meg. The connections between Lisa and I and Ross and Meg are actually pretty uncanny. Ross is finishing up radiology residency (check), and doing an informatics/MRI fellowship (check). Meg is a lawyer (check) who has recently finished school, and she's also a vegeterian (check). Pretty crazy huh.
Well that's it for now. If you don't here from me a few days, don't worry, someone probably stole my laptop.
Friday, March 6, 2009
I live a 5 minute walk from the hospital, which is georgeous. It's recently renovated and they did a nice job preserving the original hospital structure and wrapped it up in new glass and steel.
On the other hand, I noticed today on the walk to the hospital that many of the places that may or may not have businesses on the 1st floor are clearly vacant on the 2nd and 3rd floors as evidenced by windows that are either broken or boarded up. The following are two pics from my street.
With all of that said, I'm having a good experience here. The folks that I'm working with are a really great team and they have been able to really make some cool things fly. I think it's a great experience.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Once we finally got together she showed me to my home for the next four weeks. Turns out she and I have a different idea of "furnished". I guess that it was wrong for me to expect that each room would have at least one light. In fact my "living room" has no light at all. My bedroom has a single dollar store torchiere and I get to enjoy fluorescents in the kitchen reminescent of my own medical school crapartment. All of the walls are that creamy "never really been painted color". Four weeks, great.
To make matters better, it turns out that my car is now two elevator rides (from 3 up to 7 and then back down to 2). So moving all of my stuff into the place becomes an ordeal. At least six trips later, I get everything moved in and realize that the "wall internet" service is lacking a cable, and I didn't bring one. So about the only thing good for the night was that I was able to find a Best Buy (thanks again Garmin), and made off with an open-item cable for $4! I hate overpaying for cables, so this was a welcome relief. All of that only to find that the internet service in the building only very nearly rivals Kenya, and I'm not even joking.
I start getting things unpacked and go to put the provided linens on my twin bed, only to find that they're for a queen. As they are hideous and floral, so I get out the queen sheets that I brought for the air mattress that I brought for when Lisa comes to visit. But wait, things just keep getting better. Around 9P I realize that it's getting awfully chilly in the apartment, and check the thermostat. It's set on 75 and it's actually 65! The heat didn't work all night and I woke up to a <60 degree apartment. Needless to say, I took a little extra time in a hot shower just to thaw out my feet. Now I know what Lisa feels like on a daily basis.
Today was better, I met with the folks that I'm going to be spending time with and I think that it's going to be really good. There are tons of opportunities for publication, and nearly all of them address a need in my own experience. I think that the one that I'm centered on is describing the tools and tricks that form the foundation of an agile imaging informatics shop. Definitely 100% up my alley.