Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Man Child

My friend from residency's wife gave birth to a baby boy. He and his wife are both very smart, both very good looking, and both very emotionally stable. He's happy as a clam, of course, and called me with the good news.

This week: new pope, new baby, and new lease on life - as I'm no longer on service with the retarded resident.

Other thoughts. If you haven't already read it, there is an excellent editorial in the New York Times on the activist judge you love to hate: Scalia. They point out that his much touted 'originalist' system (a strict reading of the Constitution), incredibly, leads him exactly where he wants to go, except when it doesn't. Then he reads the constitution the way he wants to, with a conservative bent: like throwing out the 2000 recount. With regard to the 11th amendment, they quote him, "to stand not so much for what it says, but for the presupposition of our constitutional structure which it confirms." But read the editorial. Link is provided.

In other matters: I started another branch of my research today. Well, I actually started it months ago when I wrote the proposal. In the last two months, the university, working at a feverish pace, approved the study for use in human subjects. During that time I worked on this blog. Now there are revisions, but the thing is going forward. Taking the hit for science, I became my first subject (a control) today. As I sat there, with various electrodes surrounding me, waves everywhere, and the beeping of computers around me I thought, "this is science."

I hope so. It's more of a let's look and see if we find anything cool. I'm going to give it a year. After that the money runs out and I'll probably look for a private practice job because I no longer want to write grants and get the approval of snails to use humans as subjects. How much easier life would be if we were all lab rats! We'd have cured cancer many times over.

In yet other matters, I'm writing another story, taking a hiatus from the Spate story. It's aimed at kids. I'll post it on Spate when I'm done - hopefully within the month with a first draft.


Blogger marybishop said...

You are one busy guy - great that you're writing for children...we need smart people writing smart books for little minds.

I'm not sure I'd be as brave as you to hook myself up to electrodes and beeping things...don't have anyone take your picture in this "garb".

3:56 AM  
Blogger echrai said...

One word. Over-acheiver. Okay, so it's two words hyphenated. Whatever. You amaze me - all this energy! Thank goodness you use your brilliance and energy in pursuit of good, for you'd make a frightening evil mastermind otherwise. Just don't get started monologuing... or is that blogging? Oh no! Too late! Just please, please, don't wear the typical evil-doer costume. Come up with something practical, comfortable, and decent. Since we all know the cause of comic book criminals' downfalls (when not monologuing) is the costume.

9:05 PM  

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