Archives for September 2, 2008

MedBlogs Grand Rounds Vol. 4 No. 50

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Grand Rounds Vol. 4 No. 50: Getting Some Education

A day in my Life, or, why my wife is a Saint for putting up with me

We’ve been thinking about a kitchen remodel in a year or five, and that got me to thinking about the one big addition we’d like to make to the kitchen appliances, a double oven.  So, always planning ahead I thought I’d go ahead and run another 220 service to the area of the ovens.

This makes more sense because the basement ceiling is all torn up (wrong description: I tore it up to fix a persistent draft due to bad construction) and that made tearing out more of the basement ceiling to get to the oven an easy decision.

I planned a route, and ably assisted by an un-named co-conspirator, down came more drywall.  Then we went to Home Depot to buy 220 wiring; we were dissuaded on discovering the wire we thought we needed had to be special ordered for the run distance we were going to need (circuitous routing of a circuit).

We came home to decide whether to order a huge amount of cable the size of my wrist, and had an idea we should have before we did in the drywall: we looked up the Amps needed for the double oven.

Guess what?  I currently have a 50 amp service.  The most I need for the biggest double oven that we could possibly need?  40 amp, exceeded by what’s installed currently.

See why she’s a saint?

What a junk comment looks like: A Warning to Comment Trolls

This blog was just graced with an awesome comment, and I didn’t want anyone to miss it.

The piercing insight into the post, the added information for us all to share, the affirmation of the central thesis, the rebuttal of other less well-thought-out details, it is, in fact, the best blog comment eveah:

New comment on your post #2783 “Tundra Medicine Dreams: Moving. Ugh.”
Author : David Zahaluk, MD (IP: ,
E-mail : Zahaluk@

URI    :
Whois  :
Great job!  We physicians need to keep connected and you have moved the conversation forward.  But why are there so few blogs concerning the business of running a practice?  That’s why I started my blog at  I hope I live up to the high standards you have set.
David Zahaluk, MD
Founder MIP Practice PerformanceYou can see all comments on this post here:

Oh, wait, that’s not what it was, at all.  It was shameless self promotion from someone too lazy to write and ask for a link (which I usually do), and so clueless he thinks dumping this stinking fish in my comments was both warranted and acceptable.  Doofus.
Every blogger gets this kinda junk, and I will typically delete it and and the idiot, but I’m tired of it.
So, Kudos to you, David Zahaluk, MD!  Yours is a message constrained by neither decency nor taste, and now you get the full, front-page treatment you knew you deserved all along, but were too shy/arrogant/presumptuous to ask for!  Congratulations!
(In his defense, he probably thought this was an abandoned blog given my recent posting frequency, making this more of a cynical, take-advantage-of-a-dead-blog for a Google rank / Technorati page rank thing.)
Holy Crap!  It’s a gift that keeps on giving!  While composing this, I got the following update comment:
Whois  :
Sorry, I misquoted my blog address.  It’s actually for those who share my interest in practice building.



So, not just all of the above, but an incompetent linker, to boot.  Wow.  When I though it couldn’t get better…

(Yes, I’m aware of the irony that this will give the comment dumper more attention than he’d get otherwise, but it’s worth it for the satisfaction of getting this off my chest.  And, yes, I went ahead and banned him anyway).

Holy Crap2! The link takes you to some admin page, so I’ve had to modify it somewhat to assuage my conscience. Check his ‘blog’ link, though, so you won’t miss the credit card spam there since August 17th (I have a screen cap).