Friday, March 27, 2009

At Random

iPodery: The Fort Knox Five, Neko Case, Dr. Octagon.

Slice and Dice

Kudos to Trent for this link to an article in wired at, http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/17-04/ff_brainatlas . I do stuff like this at work. Plenty of people only think of Pathology in terms of Forensic Pathology: homicides, suicides, suspicious deaths, accidental deaths, etc. But much of it is for patient care and research - stuff that strives to imrpove your quality of life. I have had to remove still warm brains and cut them in half for studies into Alzheimers and Parkinsons. (note: sectioning like what you see in the article is done by the Neuropathologist here) It has to be done within 24 hours of death for the samples to be useful. One half is frozen at -70°C and the other is fixed in formalin.
As Geo often points out, this is the sort of work that makes a person feel good about what they do - and it does. I like knowing that I am contributing to something useful, something beneficial. I have had too many jobs where my work's worth is seriously in dooubt.

Photos

I do plan to post some photos soon. I have shot pictures of the art being produced here at the University of Saskatoon that I think should be shared.

Unreal City

CFCR's Theo has started his own comics and collectables shop, Unreal City, in the downtown are of Saskatoon. Really well laid out and a good starting selection of merchandise to choose from. No other shop in town is dealing collectables as far as I know, and Theo is a great guy. If you are from Saskatoon or Saskatchewan, it might be worth your while checking it out.
I schilled for Trent, how can I not schill for others now?

5 Comments:

Blogger Thoth Harris said...

You should go to medical school, Magnus!


World Verification: lucks

28 March, 2009 11:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Doc says ETHICAL Coroner is
right up your alley and you could
be trusted.
Oyvay, Oyvay, what to do now?

Madre Mia

28 March, 2009 12:38  
Blogger Magnus said...

Thoth: Only if you pay my way.

Anon: My Doc? Huh? Most places only take ex-cops, firefighters and retired doctors on as coroners. The Chief Coroner for Sask has stated that he will only be hiring RNs.

29 March, 2009 15:36  
Blogger Magnus said...

Appears someone hacked my blog and replaced the Wired link with some wildlife photo show that hides an attempt to infect your computers.I tried delteing it and started having problems at this end.

02 April, 2009 08:03  
Blogger Geosomin said...

Heh-I just want to add that the staining they talk about in the article? I do that.

Science is cool...

02 April, 2009 08:10  

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