I think we did good tonight

There was a feral (wild) cat at the university, where my wife works, and the wild cat was brought on Campus by students who graduated, and stopped feeding it.  Well, my wife and some of her co-workers had taken after the cat and were also feeding it.  The cat I suppose ate pretty good.  Well, for the last few months, the cat’s health has been declining.  Some vets were consulted, and it was hypothesized that the cat may have had a tumor behind it’s left eye.  The left side eye was shut, and seeping.  The feral cat was clearly in declining health.  I did not have much interaction with said cat, but I was able to pick it up, as it tried to get up and walk away, but only managed to roll over.  Well, we had a borrowed cat trap from another concerned feral cat trapper neighbor, so we put Blackie into the cat trap, and took it to a evening veterinary services place to have the animal not suffer.  It was a sad situation, but our other cats are getting care, and I suppose the feral cat won’t be suffering.  Wild cats generally don’t have as long of a life as the domesticated house cats.  Particularly, the indoor house cats.  Having the ability to have food is important.  Wild animals have a tendancy to be eaten by other wild animals, or at least becoming food for vultures.  Having this veterinary services place that was open in the evenings was interesting.  There were some girls with puppies when we were talking about the cat, deciding what to do.  It was providing a service to people who had other responsibilities during the day.  

Death is something which we all must deal with in others and indeed experience ourselves.  Some religions have different ideas of what happens next.  Some religions teach that the next experience is better, or worse.

The Snowden Operation Falls Apart


OK, as I understand things, the telco carriers will be required to provide the meta-data when called upon by court orders. I probably don’t have too much of a problem with that. I enjoyed reading @20committe’s post about Ed’s lying lies. The ACLU guy in the clip on MSNBC’s misuse of Intelligence Committees, while he probably should have referred to the Intelligence Community, was interesting, but sadly likely was intentional. The committees are charged with oversight, not micromanagement.

Originally posted on The XX Committee:

Edward Snowden had his Big Interview on NBC this week, and it was something of a pace-setter for poor TV journalism, since Brian Williams (who was previously denounced by Glenn Greenwald for being a servile boot-licker of the surveillance state), decided to soft-ball the questions and not follow up many weird, disingenuous statements by Ed. His almost-year in Russia under FSB care has not promoted clear thinking, while Ed’s body language indicated serious deception to the trained eye. NSA’s IT contractor on permanent vacation in Russia gave his usual platitudes about how he’s really a patriot and “had” to steal all those classified IC and DoD documents. He’s almost thirty-one years old but apparently he had no agency in any of this. We’ve heard it all before.

But The Narrative has begun to fall apart in a manner not even the MSM can avoid noticing (though the failure…

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French Onion Soup at the Turf Club – Disney’s Saratoga Springs resort

The French Onion Soup at Disney’s Saratoga Springs is very good. We like it anyway. Yesterday, after work, we went to stay one night. We stayed at the Midtown Hilton Garden Inn, kind of removed from the other hotels nearby. It was a good place to stay for a night. We went to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Castle resort with Tomorrow land, Main Street USA, Adventure land, Frontier land, and whatever else. Disney was open until 6 AM today, I didn’t think we’d make it very long. We rode the train around, and walked around the park for awhile, but we decided to not stay until the 11 pm parade. There were many people who were at the park when we left. Some people were dragging very young kids around, and it was kind of confusing. Oh well. I suppose that children in strollers can sleep.

Last night, we supported live theatre

We went to go see the performance of The Amorous Ambassador, a play by Michael Parker as performed by Carrollwood Players.  It was a funny play.  Even if it might be somewhat unrealistic.  It most likely is a work of fiction, not based in fact.  Live theatre is usually a good time.  In this fictional account, an American Ambassador to Britain hires a new butler to assist at the house.  The household consists of a daughter, the wife, and the Ambassador.  The intro is that the Ambassador will go spend the weekend in Scottland golfing, the daughter will go spend the weekend with her girlfriend, and the wife will go away at a spa.  Meanwhile, the daughter has a boyfriend over, and the Ambassador has something going on with a next door neighbor.  The embassy has a bomb threat, so a marine head of security relocates to the house along with the Ambassador’s secretary.  The secretary gets super-duper wonderglue on the hands of the butler, who gets his hand glued to the dress of the secretary, and some funniness happened, Similarly, the daughter’s boyfriend dresses up as a girl to play along, and attracts the attention of the Ambassador, and more funniness happens.  The wife comes back and ends up with the marine, while the Bulter pairs with the secretary.  The actors and actresses all did a very nice job, I think.  Carrollwood Players seems to be an interesting part of the economy.  I’m not entirely sure how little groups of players survive.  I would imagine that for many this is a second job.  People probably have different types of employment.  Acting as a career choice probably has different needs for sleep and wakefulness.  

Trauma Centers and ICP (Intracranial Pressure monitor) use.

Lately, I’ve thought about ICP monitors, and how much they are used.  There is a Pubmed article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23025964 comparing the rates of use of ICP monitors and differences in injury severity and mortality among level I trauma centers and level II trauma centers.  I guess I spent most of my time at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, 15 days or so in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, along with 34 days in a regular hospital room.  Part of the time, I had an ICP monitor placed, so that they could track the pressures.  There is probably a sharing agreement where some neurosurgeons from Norfolk General are available to come over when needed.  I am not sure how all of that process worked.  I am fortunate that I had a very supportive family, and that my treatments were handled in timely manners, and that I was transported by the Nightingale’s helicopter transport service.  Something about that golden hour, the first segments of time following an accident which can impact prognosis.  Optimism is important.

I did ask a couple of folks at work if they knew how many times ICP monitors are used, and one Nurse Practitioner said that they’d have to ask a neurosurgeon, and I later found out that Tampa General averages about 10 ICP placements per month.  Tampa General is a level I trauma center, as is Shands in Gainesville and Jackson Memorial in Miami.  There are probably more level I trauma centers in Florida.  But being generous and assuming 30 per month, and 360 per year just from Florida shows how relatively rare it is.  Of course, this doesn’t take into account the level II trauma centers which might not see the volume of incidents that the level I trauma centers see.  There probably are not the same level of 24 hour staff availability as the level I trauma centers have with various specialties.

Other cities probably see different mixes of complex cases as well.