Osmosis makes some of the best medical tutorials I've seen

Osmosis is producing medical tutorials of consistently excellent quality. They start out explaining concepts in understandable layman's terms, but go on to delve into topics at a level more appropriate for college or graduate study. This makes them particularly useful if you're somewhat knowledgeable about a topic, but want to review and build on what you already know. 

This video on opioid addiction is a concise introduction to the subject that doesn't get terribly technical. Videos on more specialized topics, such as cardiac dysrhythmias, are far more detailed and complex.

A list of things I unreasonably hate

I offer no justifications and I recognize that in many cases my choices are irrational, but there are a few things I dislike beyond the scope of my ability to explain.

1) Spilt foyer houses (in which the front door opens on to a landing with half-staircases going up and down). I admit this predisposition is shaped by my work, because this is a house in which no matter where find a patient, you're going to have to carry them either up- or downstairs.

2) Municipal buses that are designed to look like trolleys

3) Candles that smell like food

4) Fruit in salads



A reading club consisting of five girls

This is a nice collection of short videos from creative filmmakers, but Danny Jelinek's piece (starting at 3:00) is particularly good. The more I watch it, the more I love it.

I reached the end of my coding abilities trying to program Vimeo to load this up at 3:00 without auto-playing it. So you'll have to do it like your grandparents did and manually jump to the start time.

The audition

We all have something we find gut-wrenchingly hilarious, so inarguably funny that we're compelled to share it with with others. Often, we found ourselves terribly disappointed when reminded of the subjectivity of humor. So you'll forgive me if I tell you that this video, ostensibly an audition tape for the band M83, still reduces me to tears over five years and many replays since I first saw it. 

Warning: If you're a fan of M83 (as I am) and like the song "Midnight City," (as I did) this video will utterly and irrevocably damage your ability to take this song seriously. 

Clarion West 2017

Tomorrow is my first day as a student in Clarion West, a program for writers of speculative fiction. This is something I've dreamed about doing since I attended World Fantasy 2015 and began to think seriously about how to lay the groundwork for a writing career. It's exciting, intimidating, and humbling, to name only a short list of the cacophony of feelings that I am experiencing on fast rotation. Spending six weeks far from home isn't easy. My fire department showed tremendous support, and my wife... well, I'm not at all certain how to begin to express my gratitude for her role in this. I'm sure she has some ideas in mind. 

I'm told there are many sleepless nights ahead, that this workshop is a profoundly deep dive into the rigors of writing, a transformative experience for many who attend. Do I feel ready? Doesn't matter now. 

I've been in fires and I've treated many a grievously injured patient, so you wouldn't think this could make me nervous. But you would be wrong. 


My wife suggested that I could put together a handout for a nature walk she's organizing in the neighborhood. That sounded like a great idea to me, so I sent this draft (with logistical details to be added) later that morning.

I expected to be told that I was clearly suffering from an excess of free time and should strongly consider an activity that materially benefitted humankind, or at least unload the dishwasher. But instead she asked if we could print them up that night. And that, my friends, is why I love my wife.