Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Who cares
This reminds me of something I read recently about Newsweeks decision to frontpage the death of Princess Grace instead of the massacres at Sabra and Chatilla on the week of that tragedy. I should also link* to to the article by David Aaronovitch about the domestic failures of the Iranian government highlighted by the death toll. Fair point, but delivered in his trademark, self-righteous, point scoring prose. *Well I would link to it if the Guardian bothered to keep their site up to date. Too bad.

Well it was my mistake to order coffee at this place but I'm not being unreasonable. Am I?

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Not always
he lies there clinging to life
walking the corridor to the other side

there's seven doctors spoiling the soup
more are coming to add to its flavour

enticing him with its beautiful aroma
a fragrance of latex and alcohol,
of iodine and lubricant, of sweat and fear
so that life can be fed into him

a broth dragging him back from the antrum

I watch with bemusement
refusing to add my spice to the mix
just waiting
to see who will win

More here
McEspresso (might be here soon..)
When I got the drink, sad to say, the espresso was way below par, even by chain coffeehouse standards. Very long, thin-looking, and with almost no crema, I brought it back to my table to taste.
The brewed coffee, on the other hand, was pretty good. Light roasted and pretty complex, the coffee had a trace of the juicy acidity that I commonly identify with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
Read on

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Hua Hsu
Here's some more reading for me. What a neat blog. Film, lit and music: Can't really go wrong with that.
Anyway this little reminder of one of my own travel experiences is via Hua Hsu. I will write about it when I feel up to it. "I... I am just a medical student.... " Probably next year.
I thought this would be followed up. Well actually I mentioned G2 but hey, it's early days.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Love this guy
Steve Bell on a well-known prisoner
Aesthetic Objections
Kill Bill—Volume 1, the fourth movie to be written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is about a number of things, but violence isn't really one of them. This isn't to say that it is not a violent film.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Still breathing
So far so good. I passed the dreaded OSCE today. What a complete nightmare. A record number of D grades handed out for ridiculousities* such as 'innaccurate demarcation of enlarged liver edge.' Lots of crying girls. Oh and get this... AORTIC REGURG. and TRICUSPID INCOMPETENCE in successive stations! This isn't MRCP you know.

*I know

Saturday, December 06, 2003

No secret
Take a look at this little clip exposing the ipod 'battery scam.' Will it make history? I have a feeling we'll hear from the Neistat brothers some more. And while I'm in prediciting mode, I reckon the Guardian (most probably) will do a piece on the video in the not too distant future. Hurry up G2.
Tachycardia developing
This is the biggest exam so far. Medicine: the final. So I have to work my way through the Oxford clin in the space of a week and a half. Oh well, it'll all be over by Christmas. Now excuse me while I drown..

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

The usual type of Chomsky interview
But still worth reading if, unlike me, you haven't read almost everything by and about the man (whilst bored stiff by lab experiments on rat hippocampus). There's the usual point midway where 'Chomsky rejects any suggestion of a link between his political theorising, in which events are subject to a unifying theory of power, and his academic work, which also overturned orthodoxy with a single heretical concept'
And I particularly like the way the interviewer, despite his obvious knowledge of, and regard for Chomsky's work, puts him right at the apex of the so-called 'commercialisation of higher education' with this:
Its pristine campus, all smoked glass and soaring marble, across the Charles river from Boston, has the sheen of a hi-tech business park. MIT advertises itself as 'America's ideas factory', and nowhere does the production line work as efficiently as in the offices of Professor Chomsky.

He should have read MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science by Henry Etzkowitz, or at least this review.

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