Monday, December 15, 2008
I've been seeing this nearly every other time I reload a web page, for the past two weeks. I have to hit reload 3 or 4 times before the connection actually decides to work.
But, I'm off topic. The point is that I'm now a 5th semester student! I remember first semester vividly, thinking that 5th semester was forever away and just wishing that I could be in my last semester on the island. Well, that time has finally come. The new first semesters will be here shortly, wishing they were in my class :)
With the completion of 4th semester, basic sciences is essentially over for us. The only real classes next semester are a half semester of pharm and half semester of behavioral. When you're only taking two classes though (particularly when one is behavioral), it's a minimal amount of work...at least compared to the rest of medical school. We also have ICM 5, but that is intended more as a review, and to prepare for clinicals. While I did think that ICM 2-4 were largely an enormous waste of my time, ICM 5 is almost entirely clinical scenarios, and I think they'll be both interesting and helpful.
For now, it's time to put in some laundry and prepare to come back home tomorrow! There are very few things I miss about SXM when I go home, but among the things that I will not miss one tiny bit is the internet here. It has been particularly atrocious for the past two weeks. I cannot wait to get back to my 20 Mbps FIOS line at home!
Note: I just hit the upload button, to send this to my blog, and I got an error that it timed out, so hopefully it will go up some time tonight. Wow the internet sucks here!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
There are a couple of possibilities here....either they didn't pray hard enough, god didn't care about their child, or they are utterly lacking in common sense and possibly not intelligent enough to be allowed to walk around in public. No matter how you look at it, these two people have murdered their child, by withholding medical treatment that would have almost certainly cured her bacterial pneumonia. Instead of just taking her to the doctor and getting her the appropriate (very common) antibiotics, they opted to put her life in the hands of....well...imaginary friends.
Of course, they are arguing that the charges infringe on their freedom of religion and right to raise their child in their own way. I'm sorry, but freedom of religion does not include the option to let your children die. You may be free to practice whatever religion you like, but you are not free to use that religion to the detriment of others. Children should be given some sort of protection from parents such as these. I use the term "parents" strictly in the biological sense, as they were clearly not functioning as parents in any other capacity.
For more egregious examples of the parents believing they can just ignore reality, here are a few more links:
The title of the above article, if not so sad, would be laughable. Reading it makes my head hurt. All I can think is, "uh....no shit!"
Crazy people make me smile. There are just so many things wrong with what this man has to say, I can't possibly list them all. You've gotta listen for yourself! I would like to point out, however, that trains can have up to 25,000 horsepower, and even the weak ones have thousands of horsepower. Pretty sure he's not winning any fights against a train.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Maltese Falcon, which at nearly 290 feet is the largest sailing yacht in the world, came to visit St. Maarten today! Unfortunately, I won't be able to go see it since I'm stuck inside studying for finals. But, as you can tell from the pictures, it's a very impressive boat! As of March, it is for sale, for the low price of $150 million!! So, if you've got some spare cash lying around, it might be a fun investment. One day...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
These are the things I think about when I'm studying too much...