Rocky IV-style Research Montage

Today I’m at QE Hospital again, this time to take part in a number of tests for a University of Birmingham research project.

So far, this had meant blood tests, assorted scans, and jumping on something like a Wii balance board. Oh, and completing a food diary for the last 3 days, as well as a mammoth questionnaire on tiredness.

Results so far are that my BMI is slightly below average (shock and/or horror), but my muscle and fat ratio is at average for my age (*thrusts powerfist in the air*).

Anyway, despite forgetting to fast before the test, it all seems fairly straightforward. The other thing I’m here for today however, is an appointment with the preop clerk at 1:30. Not sure what this will involve, but imagine I’ll be ticking and initialling lots more boxes before the day is out.


In the words of Europe…

It’s the final countdown. Next Tuesday, all things being well, I’ll be the proud owner of a new kidney. Well, I say new, it’ll actually be one of my mom’s old kidneys (unfortunately, when it comes to transplants, second hand is the only option….).

In fact I’ll have 3 kidneys by the end or the op, they just add one each time – rather than removing any, until you’re bursting at the seams, or something.

Today though, I have the first of numerous appointments. Today, I’m at QE Hospital for a line insertion. This means I’m having a tube inserted into my neck vain, in order for me to receive a pretransplant anti immunity treatment next Monday.

Anyway, I’m going in soon, so will leave it there.

Google engineer calls Google+ a “knee jerk reaction” | News

Google engineer slags off the pointless cack that is Google+:

“Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product. But that’s not why they are successful,” Yegge continued.

“Facebook is successful because they built an entire constellation of products by allowing other people to do the work. So Facebook is different for everyone. Some people spend all their time on Mafia Wars. Some spend all their time on Farmville.”

“Our Google+ team took a look at the aftermarket and said: ‘Gosh, it looks like we need some games. Let’s go contract someone to, um, write some games for us.’ Do you begin to see how incredibly wrong that thinking is now? The problem is that we are trying to predict what people want and deliver it for them.”

via Google engineer calls Google+ a “knee jerk reaction” | News.

Waiting for drugs


Okay, so this is a first for me; trying to write a blog post on my phone using a WordPress app. Apologies then for any crip spelling.

So where am I then, that demands I use such fiddly tech? Well, ad you may be able to glimpse from my surprisingly sock doiminated picture, I’m currently residing in ward D15 of new cross hospital in wolverhampton where I’ve been waiting hours for antibiotics to treat my peritonitus. As soon as the drugs arrive I can leave, and hopefully, make my cousin kev’s wedding reception down the Villa.

Last night was spent as such:

A midnight dash to the hospital
A 4 hour wait for a bed and/or doctor, mostly involving a snooze across 4 waiting room chairs
Antibiotics via dialysis followed by bed at 5:30am.

Fun fun.

George Orwell’s six rules of writing


1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

via George Orwell’s six rules of writing |.

Podcasts to set up a dialysis machine by

Here’s a list of the podcasts I listen to while setting up my dialysis machine at night:

  • The Bugle
  • Adam & Joe
  • Collins & Herring
  • Fighting Talk
  • In Our Time
  • Cosmic Origins
  • Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Writing Challenges
  • Mark Kemode & Mayo’s Film Reviews
I may add iTunes links to these in a future edit if I can be arsed. Still, would recommend them all.