I needed a laugh today, and this provided it. Enjoy!
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Thank goodness Birmingham’s mayoral election will be over soon. I certainly hope tomorrow brings better coverage of tonight’s debate. This summary is somewhat less than informative.
I missed the debate broadcast but did see Avatar. Visually stunning, although not, perhaps, the best choice for someone with acrophobia. Yes, Zach, you did warn me, and you were right. It was worth the heart palpitations, though.
Brain freeze continues. Maybe it’s a weekend thing. We just finished watching cinematic masterpiece Zombie Nightmare, starring that renowned thespian Adam West. Not to worry; it was the MST3K version. Someday soon we’ll have to check out Future War (evil cyborgs and their dinosaur sidekicks leave the future to chase a runaway human slave to late-1990s Los Angeles, where the fugitive finds help in the form of prostitute-turned-nun Sister Ann) or Ring of Terror (the story of fearless medical student Lewis B. Moffit, who finds unimaginable horror when he’s tormented by a sadistic fraternity). Who’d have thought the “Watch Instantly” feature on Netflix would bring us films of such brilliance and intellectual heft?
I’m really trying to keep my New Year’s resolution to post every day, but my brain is as frozen as the tundra that has suddenly appeared outside our door. There must be something interesting happening in the world, but I haven’t yet recovered from the mind-blowing revelations on tonight’s episode of “Dollhouse” (which was amazing, and darn you, FOX, for interfering from day one and doing such a crappy job of promoting one of the most challenging, fascinating shows I’ve ever seen on TV).
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This is just amazing! Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Freeman was attacked with an axe on Friday while attempting to serve a warrant, and his right hand was severed. A team of surgeons at UAB reattached his hand — and another unrelated patient’s hand — over the weekend.
It’s too soon to know how well the reattached hands will function, but there’s reason for optimism. Dr. Jorge de la Torre, part of the surgical team, says this:
“With any of these traumatic type injuries there’s always going to be some loss of function because at the very least, there’s some bone injury and arthritic changes in the wrist — if we’re talking about a case where it’s right at the level of the wrist,” de la Torre said.
“The wrist joint is fairly complicated joint and if you disrupt several of those bones, the chance that you are going to get full range of function at the wrist is unlikely. But the chance that somebody has a functional hand, that they can have sensation, feeling in the fingers and grasp and hold things, that’s something that you’re looking at (in) months.”
Best wishes to Deputy Freeman and the other unnamed patient, and kudos to the surgical team and the medical personnel who are providing after care. Good work!
Who’d have thought I would be so excited about a production of Hamlet? David Tennant and Patrick Stewart on my TV screen at the same time — make it so!
Forty years ago, the first human walked on the moon. I was nine years old at the time, too young to recognize what a remarkable achievement that was — hey, anything’s possible when you’re nine — but old enough to think it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.
I was in junior high when I met my first moon landing deniers, 7th grade boys who were convinced that the whole thing had been faked somewhere in the desert. (Wow, did it ever disturb me to find the linked story when I googled the term. Who’da thunk they’d still be around?) Having cut my teeth – or at least some of my molars – on Star Trek, I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to deny that milestone on the road to exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, and going boldly where no human has gone before.
Enjoy the celebration, everyone, and if you happen to run across a denier…well, don’t punch him in the face or kick him in the rear, à la Buzz Aldrin or Ed Mitchell, just shake your head in sadness that anyone would want to miss out on the wonder and joy of such a feat. And then go back to the chillbump-inducing footage of one small step…
I’m grateful to live in a country where I am free to express my political opinions — or put up pictures of my pets or discuss the gory details of my health — here on these intertubes. Everyone have a fun and safe celebration!
Pain, and the relief thereof, have been occupying my time for a while, so it’s good to see something that makes me smile. I do love Neil Patrick Harris — he’s talented, funny, and by all accounts a really nice person. Enjoy!