Archive for February, 2018

“Exit wounds can be the size of an orange.”

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The Atlantic: What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns. “They weren’t the first victims of a mass shooting the Florida radiologist had seen—but their wounds were radically different.” By Heather Sher, radiologist.

“In a typical handgun injury that I diagnose almost daily, a bullet leaves a laceration through an organ like the liver. To a radiologist, it appears as a linear, thin, grey bullet track through the organ. There may be bleeding and some bullet fragments.

I was looking at a CT scan of one of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who had been brought to the trauma center during my call shift. The organ looked like an overripe melon smashed by a sledgehammer, with extensive bleeding. How could a gunshot wound have caused this much damage?”

“Food for thought for the future. Or maybe the past?”

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

NPR cosmos & culture: Can We Change The Past?

“An important detail is that the switching over of detecting apparatus must be faster than the time the photon has to travel to the detectors. This way, there is no way the photon could “know” what to do. (If a photon knows anything, anyway.) Experiments presented in October extended the range of the photon’s trip to about 2,200 miles, and still the photon seems to always choose the path consistent with the delayed choice. It is as if — Mike McRae wrote in this Science Alert piece — “that even after the horse has bolted 2,200 miles out of the gate, it can still wait until the finish line to decide which race it ran.” That is, which path to the finish line it took.”

Bok BOK!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The Bloggess: And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles. By Jenny Lawson, June 21, 2011.

This is an old blog entry, but apparently it’s famous, at least in some circles.

Parkland, Florida Teens: “Never Again”

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Buzzfeed News: Here’s What It’s Like At The Headquarters Of The Teens Working To Stop Mass Shootings. “Just days after surviving a mass shooting, a team of teens are trying to start a revolution from their parents’ living rooms.”

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Music find of the day

Monday, February 19th, 2018

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert: Gaelynn Lea. (YouTube, 22:59min)

Try to listen to this without watching first. Her music is really unique, reminiscent of traditional fiddle music and with haunting melodies.

Meet Gaelynn Lea, The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner. Her website is, and she has a YouTube channel, of course.