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  • dtoub 9:49 pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 9:49 pm Permalink | Reply
    Tags: meme, , paul bailey   

    a meme to pass on 

    My friend Paul Bailey just posted a meme on his blog that was given to him by Alex Shapiro (Alex, after all our online communications, we simply have to find a way to meet). A meme is an idea or concept that passes (virally?) from one person to another. The meme is this:

    1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
    2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog – some random, some weird
    3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog (or twitter page)
    4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. (or twitter account)
    5. If you don’t have 7 blog friends, or if someone else already took dibs, then tag some unsuspecting strangers

    As I responded to Paul via twitter, ”you’re on.“ So here it is, FWIW:

    1. I’m probably the only gynecologist who ever contributed to a textbook on game theory. Seriously—I took a game theory course online in business school and contributed two problems to the professor’s then-forthcoming textbook. The problems both related to medicine; I was playing around one day to find some way to decompose gynecology into a game, just like global thermonuclear war, the prisoner’s dilemma (which is a zero-sum game) and other classic game theory scenarios. I think this qualifies as a ”weird fact.“
    2. In the same vein (specifically, the cavernous vein), I’m also probably the only gynecologist who has inserted rigid penile prostheses. I managed to scrub into two urology cases during my internship, as the urology fellow was away, and got to insert a rigid prosthesis into each of two patients. Way cool (surgically speaking; it’s not cool in any other fashion, really). And way weird. 
    3. I was born in Newark, NJ and lived there through the Newark riots. My wife hates when I admit I’m from NJ.
    4. My house is 90 years old and faces the street where Ezra Pound once lived. Someday I’ll have to read his poetry.
    5. I used to operate best to Pearl Jam. I swear there was less blood loss whenever we played grunge in the OR. Perhaps there’s a possible prospective randomized controlled trial in there.
    6. Some people have reported visual auras, hallucinations and psychotic behavior within a few minutes of listening to my music. In all honesty, a good friend of mine who’s a pianist at Curtis got a headache once after listening to vector music for edward hopper one too many times
    7. My wife and I lead a very mundane life.

    OK, I’m passing it on to you:

    • Dave Seidel 8:50 pm on Friday, December 5, 2008, 8:50 pm Permalink

      Thanks for the tag. OK, I haven’t actually blogged in a really long time, so I decided to make a new <a href=”blog, with this meme as an excuse:


    • dtoub 9:12 pm on Friday, December 5, 2008, 9:12 pm Permalink

      Great post, Dave.

      Glad you’re not responsible foe those names… 😎

    • travelingmad 12:03 am on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 12:03 am Permalink

      Nice post.

      I’m a Newark native too!
      Tell your wife NJ is cool and she will just have to get used to it 🙂

  • dtoub 10:43 am on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 10:43 am Permalink | Reply
    Tags: kel smith, kudos, paul bailey   

    shout outs 

    First, kudos to Web designer extraordinaire and friend Kel Smith who gave an insightful interview on Web accessibility for an installment of the WOW Technology Minute series. Kel was interviewed in response to a previous Technology Minute that involved a discussion with the Google scientist T.V. Raman, so the WOW Technology Minute is clearly moving on an upward slope. Oh, and Kel has a birthday coming up tomorrow, so perhaps he’ll eventually catch up with my advanced age.  

    And another shout out to composer/performer Paul Bailey, first for his Retrace Our Steps CD being named a Pick of the Week by WNYC-FM, and also for posting a cool video trailer of his new work Requiem for a High Crime Enclave. 



    • ks 4:11 am on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 4:11 am Permalink

      Thanks! I am glad to be older, certainly beats the alternative …

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