It’s GruntDoc.com’s birthday!

The thirteenth, and as such is in that awkward non-communicative phase.

 Thanks to the seven of you for checking in from time to time!

 Yes, I intend to keep this. Should my current situation change, I suspect long form blog posts would return.

A wonderful Fisking

I’m neither terribly for nor against paramedics working as employees in the ED, but I love people ripping apart straw man arguments.

Texas ENA’s Unprofessional Attack on EMS

Author’s note: I generally avoid posting non-tech matters on my blog, but this unprofessional, unsubstantiated, fear-mongering attack of EMS in Texas has me boiling. I present to you something that doesn’t just affect Texas EMS, but EMS in the entirety of the United States of America. This has been fought in other states, and if it isn’t stopped now, will set a precedent and spill into many more states and regions. If you want to advance, you don’t do it by holding your siblings down in mediocrity and attacking their skills and intelligence. They seem to have taken a page out of the book, “How to Get Ahead in Life by Attacking Your Colleagues.” It is uncalled for.

Go, now, and enjoy.

 

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

unless it’s the tail rotor. They will straight up kill you.

Buy the t-shirt!

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12 STI’s of Christmas, 2014

I missed posting this last year!

My yearly Christmas favorite, reposted:

Courtesy of the British National Health Service (click the banner):

Hmmm.

NSFW. Funny, but Unsafe for work,unless your work involves STD’s in which case it’s required.

It’s my seasonal favorite post, and I hope it’s one of yours.

Not the STD’s, the funny song with equally amusing illustrations. The backstory, from a previous blog post:

I have seen several searches of this blog for the British National Health Services’ “12 STI’s of Christmas“, and wondered why. The answer: the NHS site no longer carries the wonderful show, for reasons unknown to me. As for the searches, I guess the Christmas season has people thinking about sexually transmitted infections (diseases on this side of the Pond) set to Christmas tunes.

Merry Christmas!

How I feel about ATLS, in someone else’ tweet

Perfect.

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Grumpy People Get the Details Right — Science of Us

Think back to the last time you had to navigate a customer-service situation. Perhaps you were trying to make a doctor’s appointment when few convenient times were available, or you may have been speaking with a credit-card rep in an effort to get a onetime waiver on a late payment charge. Maybe you were speaking with an airline representative in hopes of finagling priority seating. Did you adopt a warm tone and play nice? Or did you raise your voice and speak aggressively? You are a nice person, so you probably chose the kind route. The tough pill for most of us to swallow is that those overbearing screamers often get their way. Feisty personalities, although unpleasant, can be tremendously effective.

via Grumpy People Get the Details Right — Science of Us.

I am vindicated!

There’s always another surprise

We remodeled our kitchen 16 months ago.

Today, my wife decided to pull out the broiler pan.

surprise!

 

We don’t use the broiler, obviously.

It did answer the question ?Why didn’t it come with a temperature probe?! The red is plastic that was holding some nice black trim screws.

So, we now have a temp probe and I have some plastic-coated screws.

 

I kinda like surprises. Sometimes.

Amusing typo

Flew on American Airlines yesterday and today.

The plane both ways was an Airbus A319, a smallish but perfectly nice plane. It had a really fancy infotainment system built into the back of the seats, and I enjoyed following the flight with this view selected:

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but there was something bugging me about one of the menus, so on the return flight (where an hour ground delay once we loaded up gave me some time to actually look) I found what had been making something in my brain itch:

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I sent this to @AmericanAir while waiting for the plane to park (their people-less parking system apparently doesn’t work in rain), and they were nice with the response:

Good for AA for having SoMe savvy people around!

Squirrel season

It’s on. Three shots, three hits, 40 yards.
Air rifle is a TalonSS made by AirForce AirGuns right here in Fort Worth, Texas!

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They were filled with water only, I’m not a barbarian.

Report a Litterer | Don’t mess with Texas

Drive safely while collecting that information!

Even after more than 25 years of the Don’t mess with Texas® campaign, litterbugs still roam the roadways, tossing trash from their car windows and letting litter fly out of their truck beds. We’re talking about cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, and the like. They’re small, but they’re still trash.

via Report a Litterer | Don’t mess with Texas.

Department of Health And Human Services Threatens Blogger Over Satirical Posts | Popehat

Your tax dollars in action. Threats against satirical bloggers.

The blog Addiction Myth is devoted to a very out-of-the-mainstream proposition about medicine: that the entire concept of drug and alcohol addiction is a scam perpetrated by law enforcement, rehab groups, and the entertainment industry. By contrast, the United States Department of Health and Human Services is devoted to mainstream medical and scientific propositions1 It is perhaps inevitable that these two worldviews would conflict one day.But it was not inevitable that HHS’s Office of General Counsel would bumptiously threaten Addiction Myth over obviously satirical posts. That, given minimal good sense, could have been avoided.

via Department of Health And Human Services Threatens Blogger Over Satirical Posts | Popehat.

Police: Woman drives wounded abductor to Fort Worth hospital | Breaking News | News from…

She’s nicer than I would have been…

FORT WORTH — A man being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday morning was arrested and will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, an official said.

Fort Worth police did not release the man’s name, but spokeswoman Sharron Neal said that he was brought to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth by a woman he was trying to abduct when he accidentally shot himself in the arm.

via Police: Woman drives wounded abductor to Fort Worth hospital | Breaking News | News from….

Great moments in advertizing

RHD Escalade

Behold, the right hand drive Cadillac Escalade!

Thanks to Jerry’s Cadillac in Weatherford for the chuckle.

Terrific Southwest Airlines safety briefing video

Beats the others:

 

I think using humor to keep peoples’ attention beats all the pre-recorded announcements hands down.

Texas citizenship test: Dirk and Conan

Funny bit.