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Today held a couple of movie 'firsts' for me. I didn't see either of them coming. The first 'first': I went to a movie alone. The second 'first': I left before itThe #1 reason to walk out of Inception is...

Last week, I took a business trip to Chicago. As I was showering that morning I was thinking about how the day would go, and what I would do toA Short Story

Way back in the distant past... I had an idea for a short web comic. Unfortunately, I have ZERO skill at drawing. Luckily, I know someone who has that skill inTime Travel Is Tricky

This is just a list of things I saw today that you need to see. Doctor Horrible, Act 1, the 8-bit Nintendo version: Mail truck converted into a Colonial Viper (original BattlestarStuff you just need to see

Argh. I mentioned before that my site theme settings suddenly changed. Today I tried to fix it by upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. I was pretty sure thatSite maintenance

The last couple of nights I've been catching up on the new A&E show, "Teach: Tony Danza." "Teach" was filmed in Northeast High School in Philadelphia, not far from whereTeach

(Originally posted Aug 06, 2005 on my older blog) Sci-fi western with an attitude, and a healthy dose of mystery and character building. I am catching Firefly on DVD. I didn't watchReview: Firefly

Facebook is a place where absolutely nothing of importance happens. But you do get to see some funny, or at least interesting, posts from time to time. Here are someFound on Facebook

GateWorld - SCI FI confirms Atlantis cancellation, TV movie Stargate: Atlantis has been cancelled. The show will run through its 100th episode in January 2009 and end on a cliffhanger, whichStargate to die a slow, painful death

finslippy: Give me your worst parenting stories [Found through ParentHacks] Holy cow, this is the funniest and saddest thing I have read or seen in the last year. It's a good thingBad parenting confessions

Seriously, where else are you going to get a combination like that? I've got three video clips for you today, and one of them is not fiction. See if you canFirefly is back, Singing Batman, and Cyborg Rats

That's not a euphemism. I actually felt the earth move last night. We had an 3.4 earthquake at midnight last night, with an epicenter about 5 miles from my house.I feel the earth move under my feet...

Earlier this week, Gather Little by Little ran an article about Omaha Steaks, and how expensive it was in comparison to the grocery store. His calculations had the meat comingDoes steak cost less delivered in bulk?

On further reflection there is one more thing I want to say about The Prince Of Egypt. The second trailer (included on the DVD) paints the film as a "triumphFollow-up review: The Prince of Egypt trailer

Lots of movies are coming out this year that I would love to see in a theater, rather than waiting for DVD. Here's the list, in order of release, with releaseWhat I'm going to do with my summer

VeinViewer

From Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS newsletter comes news of a new tool to help doctors and nurses.

Projected Vein Locations: This weekend I saw a fascinating new “performance support” system – one that helps doctors and nurses find veins easily when drawing blood or inserting an IV. At Wired’s NextFest in NYC, I had a chance to demonstrate “The VeinViewer” by Luminetx. Using near-infrared beams, the device locates veins and arteries below the skin and then projects a real time image of those veins on to the skin of the patient. Instantly, there is no guesswork on the location or size of the target for a needle. This is one of the cool “performance support” models that we see coming into the workplace to provide contextual support and altered work processes. It dramatically reduces the painful moments of “oops, wrong spot”. Check it out at: www.luminetx.com

As a geek, I think this is one of the coolest real-life tools I’ve ever heard of. Sci-fi becomes sci-fact yet again. As someone who has blood drawn with relative frequency, and can still vividly remember the IV I had inserted a couple years ago, I say “WOO HOO!” My doctors and nurses do a great job already, but anything that improves the experience is great in my book.

Check out some great pictures and news coverage on their Image & Video Gallery page.

[tags]technology, invention, medical, phlebotomy, infrared, performance support, cool tools[/tags]

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