Two Degrees of Blog a Success

See comments for last post to visit blogs that are three degrees from your own (mine being the first!). We’ll play again next week, so get your links ready.

Meantime, here is a great game for the puzzle minded, called “Grow the World“, kind of like Sim World, but wierder and it only takes about 5 minutes to play. But the fun is in playing over and over again and seeing how much of your world grows. Grow it in the right order, and lakes, trees and flowers bloom. Grow it in the wrong order, and volcanoes and tornadoes ravish the planet!

Thanks to Weblog Wannabee for the link.

"Two Degrees of Blog"

A new Friday blog meme by yours truly…

Find a new blog separated by yours by two degrees. What does that mean? Select a blog that is linked or blogrolled from one of your own blogrolled blogs, and post a referral to it in your main blog post for tomorrow along with a one-liner note on it’s significance to you. BE sure to include the first degree blog as well.

See today’s other post for a representative example of two blogs that I discovered in this way (although I forget their first degree blogs). Then blog roll them if you like! Repeat weekly, I’ll remind you. 😉

Post in the comments if you’re playing the meme…provide a link to your site so we can all see the new blogs!

In the beginning…

…when the blogosphere was fresh, there were dozens of new medical bloggers to get to know. Since I’ve settled into my blog browsing habits, and have regular referrers, the initial sense of excitement and discovery has worn off a bit.

However, over time, there are occasional new referrers, or medical bloggers separated by only two degrees of blog (which is the whole point of a blogroll, after all, isn’t it?)

Here are two new blogs in my small world:

If Hermes is my brother blog, Web Surfin’ Blog is my twin.

Also, premed student Matt tells us what it’s like to be There and Back again.

Baby Tally

I’m up to 5 and a half deliveries for the month. The 1/2 was just cutting the cord. I really like delivering babies…there is a point where you just know that the next push will bring the baby’s head out that’s just thrilling. All that laboring, placental delivery and blood I can do without, though.

I just had a relaxing 1 week vacation of sleeping, studying for the in service, going to coffee shops, letting mom cook for me and dad take me out to dinner. I bought a new pair of cross-country skiis and went to the climbing wall several times. I’m out of shape, but my finger strength improved quickly from the first to the second visit.

Today is a post call day, so I can run some errands, chill out at a coffee shop, maybe find a new one, get my new skiis mounted and hope for more snow.

I promised myself I wouldn’t work on my birding website until after my in-service and step 3 board exam, but I just had to do a little playing over the weekend. I’ve added locations now, and the next step will be to marry the locations tables to the species table to start creating lists. The online site has not been updated, though, but if you want to create your own user account, you’ll be all ready to start tracking North American Birds online shortly.

Does anyone know of a source of photos I could link to or include on my webpage?

Gamer’s Guide to OB, Part IV

Welcome back fellow gamers. Now that you’ve had a few days to lurk around the OB UNDERWORLD, I’m sure you’ve discovered a few things of your own. It is good for me to leave you to discover your own hidden GEMS in this otherwise DRAB world. Your first few days are disorganized and frustrating and you needed time to sort things out on your own. Hopefully you have capitalized on previous lessons. Have you saved yourself from any FLOODS by properly gowning and gloving with face mask, eye shield and moon boots? Be UNRELENTING on this point…already in your short time you have seen nurses and midwives become contaminated with BODY FLUIDS while you, by taking simple PRECAUTIONS, have remained safe. Are you getting enough NUTRITION? No, it is not hard once you learn the rhythms of the OB LABORING BOARD. (You have found the BOARD, havn’t you?)

Gamer, I cannot hold your hand much longer, but before I depart and leave you to continue in this WORLD unguided, I want to be certain that you discover the SECRET OBJECTIVE before your breif TOUR in this WORLD ends. Have you discovered IT yet? I have not disclosed it as of yet because I knew that prior to this you were not ready to learn it. But I think that you may be ready. When you find it, you will know. You will not have to worry about identifiying the ONE TRUE OBJECTIVE of this world when it arrives. You must, however, gain the confidence of the native OB RESIDENTS and STAFF physicians before you will find it.

Yes, I know, USELESSNESS was your initial ulitimate goal. Both you and I know that this is a key skill of surviving OFF-SERVICE WORLDS. But for the moment, you must hide this goal from the NATIVES. You must gain their TRUST. Only then will you be allowed to proceed. And if you have not discovered the ONE TRUE OBJECTIVE yet, let me guide you there…

The MOMENT will come, she (the MOTHER-TO-BE) will let you know when it has arrived. Take the time to PROTECT yourself as we have discussed before, naturally. But then you enter a NEW DIMENSION. As you take your place, you will slowly see it begin to EMERGE. At first, it does not seem possible for a new being to enter this WORLD through the very small ENTRANCE. But it has only one choice. Continue to encourage the MOTHER-TO-BE, and be PREPARED. Hold your hand in front of the small ENTRYWAY to our WORLD. If it emerges too quickly, gently slow it down, and introduce it to the NEW AIR surrounding it. Help it along by removing some of the FLUID from it’s old world that it is leaving behind. Be gentle, for it can never go back to it’s OLD WORLD. Finally, encourage MOTHER-TO-BE to push one more time. Gently grab the new being by the back of the neck, support it’s body and grab it’s legs as they emerge. Remove fluid gently one more time. And suddenly it becomes ALIVE. You will hear it’s CRY as NEW AIR fills it’s LUNGS and remarkable HYDROLIC changes take place inside it’s BODY that are INVISIBLE to you right now.

Gamer, if you have not discovered this objective yet, can you imagine it? Can you imagine what it feels like to hold a brand new baby infant in your arms from the moment that it enters our world? Yes, it’s alive! And crying…and sometimes peeing (another reason to keep your protection on throughout the procedure). At this point, you may be somewhat frightened, but do not be. You will not drop it…you have a death grip on it because you realize that for this brief moment, you are it’s entire world. It’s OK to smile as well, afterall, you have your mask on, and the NATIVES will not realize that you are actually enjoying their strange WORLD.

If you have not discovered it yet, I encourage you to do so. Continue to practice your previous lessons. But at this point, be prepared to venture even deeper in to this level and practice this new skill of BRINGING LIFE INTO THE WORLD. Refreshing, isn’t it?