Facebook > Blogs (or: how Automattic murdered Blogs)

I have a theory why Facebook (and Twitter to some extent) beat out blogs, and it’s Automattic’s fault. I am working on my “year in review” blog post, which uses a lot of life-logging and quantified self stuff. In the process of doing so, I found myself wondering where all those blog posts had gone… Blogs used to be reverse … Read More

Ready for another Year(d)

I wish I could claim that this was planned, but an unfortunate trimming accident (pro tip: always check if the #3 distance comb is on the trimmer) leaves me beardless. Now, lots has been said about my beard, a feature I require because not only does it give me Samson-like powers, it also makes me look less like a douche. … Read More

Kary Mullis (December 28, 1944 – August 7, 2019)

A surfer dude if there’s ever been one, he was known to leave meetings or come late to work to “catch that ten foot face.” He identified so much with surfing, he insisted on being shown topless, carrying a surf board, on his autobiography. The publisher talked him into, at least, wearing something over his chest. He claimed we’d been … Read More

Going Postal, Cyprus Style

This is the greatest nightmare (aside from having to go to a public hospital) Cyprus can offer: “package not delivered.” You arrive at 7:45am because the line already forms for the opening. At 8, of course, nothing opens. SARS-CoV-2 will probably get a medal from Cyprus Post for having made their world and life so much better: the doors are … Read More

Korbinian Brodman (17 November 1868 – 22 August 1918)

For a man who would later neatly classify the areas of the brain, Korbinian Brodman wasn’t one to neatly order his life. He studied Medicine in Munich, Würzburg, Berlin, and Freiburg, left for a while, the returned to pick up his diploma in 1895. Not content, he went back to school and restudied parts of the curriculum in Lausanne before … Read More

Åke Senning (14 September 1915 – 21 July 2000)

Senning was born September 14 1915. He didn’t want to become a physician, wanting to be an engineer instead, but it somehow happened. After watching some open heart surgeries, however, he found his passion and trained as a cardiovascular surgeon. The surgeon he watched, Clarence Crafoord (a hero by himself), would become his mentor in 1948 and, recognising Åke’s talents, … Read More

A forgotten Emergency

Someone walked into my ER this morning (I am a day’s worth of travel south of it) and handed the triage nurse flowers and chocolate for me, to thank me for “caring so much. “Now, it’s nice to get recognised. But at the same time: I do not do much more than what needs doing, so how bad must this … Read More

Franz Schmidt (1555 – June 14 1634)

A healer’s job is to heal. And this list is ordered by their birthdays. So, why would I add an executioner with no known birthday to it? Few sentences had as much an impact on my decision to become a medic than the one attributed to Asklepios: “Sedare dolorem, opus divinum est.” — the soothing of pains is the highest … Read More

John Snow (15 March 1813 – 16 June 1858)

If you only ever heard of John Snow, commonly known as the father of epidemiology in regards to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, you’d be forgiven for thinking this to be his only, and greatest, claim to fame. But we don’t celebrate the well known in this series as much as we discover new and exciting things that make trailblazers into heroes … Read More