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The other day polyhymnia mentioned Cool Tools and I've been skimming there on and off since.[1] I'm fascinated by the Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator since I have no problem sucking thick snot out of children's noses with a regular nasal bulb aspirator after using saline drops to thin the stuff. Still caught up in the health category, I'm amazed at the things in there I thought everyone kept on hand: disposable suture kits, QuikClot, self-adhering wraps, SAM splints.

That led me to wonder: is that sort of knowledge not common anymore? Does the average person know useful skills beyond basic emergency first aid like how to clean and suture simple wounds or set and immobilize fractures until an injured person can see a doctor? Are those "poor skills" I acquired as a result of living with medical industry-averse Himself or because I'm a curious mofo? (That's probably a bit of both since I got into taking all the Red Cross courses I could get into before I was involved with him.)

Also, this 5-pound fat replica? Awesome. I may buy one for the next time one of my extended relatives looks at my perfectly healthy daughter or nephew and asks "Where's the rest of them?". *snerk*


1. It's been punctuated by a long side trip through the TWoP threads about the Duggars because I was trying to explain the origin of "Vagina. It's Not A Clown Car" to someone. Now not only does that make me laugh, I keep laughing at "Sin in the camp!".

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7leaguebootdisk
May. 14th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Sorry, I thought everyone knew of KK. Then again, I remember when boinboing.net was a magazine, when Mondo2000 had neat technical articles (first place I heard of the web, I remember the excitement when there was a browser for something other than a Unix workstation) (KK and WiReD ended that, by paying $ for such articles).

Boy, I feel old.
7leaguebootdisk
May. 14th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh, and you can read his book, "Out Of Control", on line, very interesting, I'd love to read a sequel, now that it is 15 years later. It is about emergent behavior, complexity, evolution, and what have you.
oddharmonic
May. 14th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
I've thought about putting his and hers hand towels in the master bathroom with our respective (former) FidoNet node numbers embroidered on them. The last person I said that to asked me what FidoNet was. *sigh*

I was a relative latecomer to the Web compared to most of my technically savvy friends. The less technically savvy ones think I'm old in Internet years. I just think I'm tired and about to go yell at the upstairs neighbors to shut up because it's almost 0100 on a weeknight and I know there isn't a Nebraska football game on.
7leaguebootdisk
May. 14th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
I did ftp via email through the fidonet email gateway. That way fun, ftp commands with a one week latency.

ex_passerine551
May. 14th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
I am in awe over how much hat 5-lb fat replica is.
oddharmonic
May. 14th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Anatomical models aren't cheap! American Science and Surplus once offered a model of the brain at 80% off its recommended retail price because the pieces didn't line up perfectly. Nobody noticed when I had one around. I gave the one I purchased to a friend that liked it much more than I did, but it was fun to have out as a conversation piece. That's pretty much what I'd do if I bought the replica fat, too.

Visitor: What's that?
Me: Performance art.
Visitor: ...

I figure it couldn't be any weirder than trying to tell people visiting that if they unfold that quilt in progress there are pins in it and I am aware the floor stand obscures the view of the TV if I have a needlework project on it. (I hear best if I'm facing the speaker and the radio is under the TV. I also hear better with my glasses on.) My living room doubles as a sewing room/crafting space and it works nicely for me since the living room is "my" area much as Laurel has her bedroom and Vogon has the study. (:
oddharmonic
May. 14th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Also, Anatomical Supply Co. makes some wicked cool stuff. I found a pair of miniature skeletons on a 'bone' porch swing that would make an incredible cake decoration if I took the swing off the frame and hung it from a tree cake.

Every time I talk to my mom I wind up pitching the most insane cakes. I should stop being wishy-washy about the Wilton Master Course and commit to a course date so I can actually make these crazy cakes somewhere.
polyhymnia
May. 14th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that the average person, including me, doesn't know much beyond "apply pressure, put on disinfectant". If I needed any kind of stitches I'd be off to Urgent Care.

At this rate, you will be in much demand when the Apocalypse comes!
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