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The Steel City

December 18, 2011


I apologize for the lack of content recently – I was pressed for time, between finishing up my psych rotation and relocating to Pittsburgh for a family medicine clerkship. The drive wasn’t bad – in fact, I made it here from Philly in only 4 hours.  But when I decided to check out my accommodations, […]

The Dog Days Are Over

May 6, 2011


That’s it!  Yesterday, I tamed the beast known as the USMLE Step 1 – and not a moment too soon (I’m not sure how much longer I could have kept up with the schedule I set for myself). Because my brain is fried, and so that those of you who aren’t medical students or physicians […]

Brief Hiatus

April 17, 2011


My apologies to those who subscribe for the unannounced hiatus.  I’m studying “full-time” for the USMLE, and won’t be composing anything new until after May 5th (I do have a few drafts & recipes that may go up).  In the meantime, please visit the blogroll to your right and enjoy some AF-approved content. “There are […]

Government Shutdown Perspective: “Leaders Eat Last”

April 8, 2011


I try to keep my political opinions to myself – this blog has no political agenda, and never will – but I think people need to read this, regardless of their views on abortion, war, and public spending. Earlier today I received an e-mail from those who run my scholarship program, informing us that we […]

Snapshots | Bubble Trouble

March 8, 2011


Last year, I lived near a pretty cool store geared towards “science enthusiasts.”  I signed up for their newsletter, mostly because I’m a nerd.  I never really expected anything amazing to show up in my inbox – how wrong I was:   Surprisingly, that’s not the worst offender in the “Unintentionally Perverted Toys for Children” […]

Ignorance is Bliss

February 28, 2011


La belle indifférence is a phrase sometimes encountered in psychiatry,  often associated with conversion disorder, used to describe a lack of appropriate concern for a physical symptom.  Now, I don’t speak French, but if you asked me to translate that literally, I’d give you “the beautiful indifference,” or “blissful ignorance.” Well, whatever the hell it […]

“Make it Happen” at RIM Café

February 23, 2011


This blog was never intended to have reviews of restaurants or other establishments, but I’m making an exception: South Philly is a unique place – and you can find absolutely anything in the Italian Market – but I never thought I’d find something as unique as RIM Café. Owner & sole operator René will treat […]

Can You Give it a Second?

February 21, 2011


Well, it’s the beginning of another week – which means a good number of us are cranky, and our tempers are short (even after the beautiful weather my area was blessed with this weekend). Matt Ridley, in The Rational Optimist, claims life today is “healthier, richer & kinder” than at any point in our history […]

The End of the TSA?

January 28, 2011


“Probably not, but a guy can dream.” That’s what I thought when I saw this paper in PLoS ONE this week outlining a “Programmable Ligand Detection System.”  The research, financed in large part by the DoD & DHS, aims to “adapt plants to sense and respond to specific substances for use as environmental monitors.”  Antunes […]

Karma Fail | Plow Me Baby One More Time

January 27, 2011


I was enjoying another self-declared snow day, streaming my lectures, when I saw a particularly shady plow pass by my window.  I thought, “Man, I hope that guy doesn’t hit my car,” but quickly dismissed what was surely a paranoid thought.  About 8 seconds later I heard a crunch, and recognized my car alarm.  The […]


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