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Moved… May 23, 2006

Posted by scan man in random noise.
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scan man has moved his notes to a new domain….


All the existing posts on this site will hopefully remain here as permanent archives.

This, sadly, shall be scan man's last post here at WordPress.com…

Since he likes it, scan man's new blog will continue to run on WordPress.


On Blogging… May 19, 2006

Posted by scan man in random noise.

I've been blogging, intermittently, over three months now.

I started out with some vague ideas about doing 'something creative'.

Question: Does the full stop – period for the Americans – come before or after the quote?… I never would have thought of something like this if it were not for Umberto Eco and his 'Foucault's Pendulum' (pedants please refer page 51 of the Vintage 2001 edition paperback).

I don't think I have been too creative these past weeks. In fact I don't think I have even crawled out of the primordial swamp. The peaks of creativity are not even on my horizon.

But that has not deterred me from taking what with hindsight looks like an imprudent decision…I have taken the plunge…

….that was my not-so-direct way of trying to say that I have decided to move my blog to my own domain.

Fret not, Gentle Reader, you will probably have to wait till you edit your bookmarks. Of course, I'm assuming that there are some gentle readers out there..

I had some help from the resident computer geeks in the hospital in setting up a domain and uploading WordPress on it. So I now have an empty homepage with few pathetic typed lines and a blog page loaded with the WordPress Default Theme. The geeks have now abandoned me. They claim it is all easy-peasy after this. I feel marooned.

I spent most of last night pulling out what remains of my hair. Now I'm reduced to a blubbering wreck with bitten-down nails..

I don't have the faintest idea what to do next. Its a confusing alphabet soup of html, php, css, rss,…… out there.

I feel like the village idiot who has entered the Big City Hospital for the first time and is getting an earful from Big Consultant about what is wrong with him….

I admit. I was reckless. I just did it out of a misguided notion that I wanted a unique blog. I wanted it customizable. I wanted all the 'bells & whistles', to quote a friend. It also looks like I will have to retain this blog as a permanent archive. WordPress does not allow exports. Though I can import posts from Blogger or Movable Type, WP does not allow imports from an existing WP blog. How dumb can that be? Don't answer that. It was rhetorical. I guess I should ask myself the same..

Now I don't know what to do…

Any help on setting up and customizing a good WP theme will be gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.

Curtains come down on scan man, kneeling center stage, hands outstretched, pleading…..

The CAGE Questions. May 17, 2006

Posted by scan man in medical blogs, random noise.

Do I have an alcohol problem?

A question that I have been afraid of even thinking out loud.

Because I believe, as does Dr. Crippen, that the very fact that I am asking myself the question is proof that I believe there is a problem.

Dr. Crippen goes on in this excellent, thought-provoking post

If you are asking yourself that question, you probably do have one. But if in doubt, ask yourself the four CAGE questions.

  1. Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking?
  4. Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

Two positives and you are in trouble.

Well, here are my answers

  1. Yes.
  2. Only my wife. I don’t think that counts as a full positive, because she also nags me about a lot of other stuff, like my weight, or the shape of my abdomen (I keep telling her that round is a good shape).
  3. No. I wonder if it counts as more than one positive for this question if I have felt guilty about not drinking!
  4. Never.


One definite positive and a partial. I guess I don’t have a problem (yet).

Humour aside, I think Dr. Crippen’s post is great.

The question that bugs me is…

Just how big is the Silent Alcohol Abuse problem in the world?

Is it as big as the Obesity problem? or Bigger?

I am sure we would be shocked by the numbers if some epidemiologists collect the data from different countries just based on responses to the CAGE questions.

Busy Week May 9, 2006

Posted by scan man in random noise.

The first week of May has been good for the hospital, bad for me. I am in my twelfth month in my current job and last week was the busiest of the year. My employers should be happy. They are finally getting their money's worth.

I visit a small hospital in a nearby town on the first sunday of every month to do antenatal ultrasound scans. So my weekend was shot too.

Monday was election day. I voted early in the morning in my home town and travelled to work (about 160 km) to find that I had a large backlog of cases to be reported. It seems the radiologist who covers in my absence had to leave town on some pressing personal issues, and the guy who covers for him had taken the weekend off. So my monday was more manic than usual.

So far today has been good to me. It is 5:30 PM, and all I've had are three CTs and a bunch of xrays to report. I was bored enough to go for a nap in the afternoon. Which led to a discovery. It is uncomfortable to sleep in the afternoon in a non-airconditioned bedroom located in the top floor in the height of the Indian summer. Today's High temperature here was 38 C (100.4 F).

I started reading Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum Sunday night. Got through a few pages before I nodded off. I don't think it is the kind of book that I can read when I am busy at work. I'll probably read more of it this week if the work load is light.

And I hope to resume blogging…