How I dealt with my back pain

Last year, I experienced a bout of debilitating back pain, whose cause is still unclear to me. I talked about it in this video and some of you asked me to make a follow-up video where I detail the treatments I underwent to get over it. This is that video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E3s0IC8v90 I'll let you watch … Continue reading How I dealt with my back pain

Romanian doctors play hooky at Buenos Aires conference

My parents just got back from a big, worldwide conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina -- the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry. My dad, who is a devoted psychiatrist, went there to learn new things, like most doctors who go to conferences. Unfortunately, all but five of the entire group of Romanian doctors (150 in total) … Continue reading Romanian doctors play hooky at Buenos Aires conference

Still working at 100

At 100 years old, Dr. W. G. Watson is the world's oldest practicing physician. He's been working as an OB/GYN doctor since 1947, and everyone in his town knows him. He says he doesn't go anywhere without seeing one of his patients, some of which he's followed for over 50 years. And he still makes … Continue reading Still working at 100

Don’t play with Tussionex

Late last night, I kept coughing due to a passing cold. After taking several doses of other cough syrups during the evening, which had obviously not done their job, I decided to take some Tussionex -- my ultimate weapon against coughing. I try to use it only when I absolutely need it, because it's fairly … Continue reading Don’t play with Tussionex

Signs of overpopulation

Signs of overpopulation are virtually everywhere -- and can even be seen when it comes to the basics of life, like food and shelter. Besides the obvious signs, like crowded cities and roads, and rampant consumption of our natural resources, there are other signs that may or may not be readily apparent, depending on your … Continue reading Signs of overpopulation

Condensed knowledge for 2007-08-21

Knight News Challenge: Round 2 Launches. The Knight News Challenge, in which winners get grants ranging from tiny to huge, is in its second year. It awards big money for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community news. The contest is run by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year’s winners … Continue reading Condensed knowledge for 2007-08-21

The music of Franz von Suppé

By coincidence, I heard two pieces written by Franz von Suppé within the last 24 hours, and realized he's always been one of my favorite composers, although I never knew his name. If you've watched cartoons, then you've definitely heard his Light Cavalry Overture, and chances are you've also heard his Jolly Robbers Overture. They're … Continue reading The music of Franz von Suppé