Wow, is it slow out there

I’m beginning to think there is nothing more painful than keeping a blog and bumping into writer’s block. I’m not sure if it’s really so dull out there or if I’m simply too preoccupied to recognize an angle. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING feels as though it’s been hashed and rehashed to a point of torture.

Nonetheless, here are a few things to keep you going until the next big story pops up.

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I picked up two books from the library yesterday, Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky and Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama. I’ve started the Shirky story on the new organization of society first.

I will admit the first thought I had after picking up the Obama book, though. Of course this election is going to be about race, and it is entirely Obama’s doing. The man publishes a book as he hits the campaign trail with the subtitle “A Story of Race and Inheritance.” Race defines Obama, why wouldn’t it define his campaign?

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Brookfield has a connection to treating Ted Kennedy’s cancer. I was watching one of those Hollywood shows after the news was on the other day. Somebody pulled out this body-formed grid to show how doctors would direct the radiation treatments for Kennedy’s brain tumor. Darn, I thought, that’s my neighbor’s invention! Brookfield doctor Chris Schultz developed the grid mask they will be using. From the MJS on April 17, 1995:

A mask made of material that looks like the plastic webbing used to bag oranges and grapefruit is being used to improve safety, comfort and success in the treatment of patients who get radiation for brain tumors. Medical College of Wisconsin physicians have developed the mask of plastic netting, which is softened in warm water and custom-molded to the contours of the patient’s head, after which it hardens and becomes rigid.

The mask is then fastened securely to imaging devices that keep the patient’s head immobilized, so that very precise doses of radiation can be delivered to the tumor while sparing surrounding healthy brain tissue.

The increased precision allows more radiation to be delivered in smaller, multiple doses, which “may help cure more patients,” said Christopher Schultz, assistant professor of radiation and oncology and one of two principal developers and users of the radiation mask.

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I’m off to lift weights. I will keep telling myself that weightlifting is fun. Maybe someday it will actually BE fun, but I kind of doubt it. If I can type after I’m done, I’ll check in again this afternoon.

Comments

  1. Does anyone know why the tornado sirens in Brookfield were blaring last night from 9:30pm to at least 2am? I had to call the police department at 1:30am to figure out why they were on. The dispatch said that there wasn’t any reason for them to be on and I was the first person to tell them. They were turned off ten minutes later. They were on for 4 hours straight, why didn’t any cops take the initiative to report it if there was no emergency? Surely they had to have heard it. It was very odd and eerie that time of night to have them on for no reason.

    Anyone else hear them?