Russia Classifies Beer as Alcoholic

stupid — commander flatus @ 9:29 pm August 10, 2011

Russia Classifies Beer as Alcoholic: “

BBC News:

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that
officially classifies beer as alcoholic.

Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has
been considered a foodstuff.

I’m aghast.

Renaming illegally named files in Windows

stupid,tech — commander flatus @ 6:52 pm July 9, 2011

I tried and tried and google’d the hell out of it. The only reasonable way seems to be to burn a live CD of Linux. Shame nobody makes such a utility.

In which it is revealed that too many blog posts start with “In which it is…”

stupid,tech — commander flatus @ 2:35 pm July 9, 2011

There. Now go write something more creative.

Re: Expert help on Lifehacker (or why not to volunteer to be an expert)

medicine,stupid — commander flatus @ 3:28 am May 28, 2011

Hey [name removed to protect the innocent] –

Sorry for taking a while to get back to you.

I’m afraid there’s no correct answer. Particularly for men – men can wipe however they want without any consequences other than social ill will from smelling bad. It’s alleged that women should wipe front-to-back to avoid urinary tract infection. This certainly seems reasonable as it makes sense that keeping feces away from the female urethra would keep the area sterile (urine itself is sterile, after all). Unfortunately, there are no randomized, placebo-controlled studies looking into this that I am aware of.
In researching your question, I did come across some interesting facts about the history of toilet paper (there’s a Wikipedia entry). Also, I enjoyed the humorous website http://howtowipeyourbutt.com/ in researching this piece. It almost looks like something from http://theoatmeal.com/, but it’s not.
Anyway, hope this helps. As a gastroenterologist, believe it or not, it’s a question that no patient has ever, ever asked me.
Best,
commander flatus

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 6:49 PM, [removed] <[removed]@lifehacker.com> wrote:

Hi [commander flatus],

Thanks for emailing in to volunteer your expertise. We’re starting up a section next week called “Am I Doing This Right” (title not yet finalized), that takes basic stuff that you and I and everyone else does on a daily basis, and asks an expert if we are, in fact, doing it correctly.

Here’s the question/activity I’m concentrating on first: wiping your butt. Silly topic, but one that’s pretty interesting. How many people are doing it the “wrong” way? We’ll find out.

So my question to you, as a medical professional, what is the “correct” way of wiping? Front to back, or back to front? And what are the medical reasons why and why not?

Feel free to write as much as you like, giving opinions, examples or even previous cases where you’ve encountered this. (No names necessary.)

Thanks for helping out Lifehacker! Don’t forget to include any websites or links or info you’d like us to credit you under.


[removed contact info]

Abbott’s HUMIRA┬« (Adalimumab) Meets Primary Endpoints In Phase III Ulcerative Colitis Study

medicine,stupid — commander flatus @ 8:53 pm May 21, 2011

Abbott’s HUMIRA┬« (Adalimumab) Meets Primary Endpoints In Phase III Ulcerative Colitis Study

There are a couple of things that strike me about this study:

  • Their placebo response rate is really, really low compared to other UC (and IBD) studies.
  • Their aggregate response rate of 16-17% is really pathetic, even compared to other studies of anti-TNF drugs.
  • I ain’t writing adalimumab for UC based on this data.
Disclosure: I’m on their speaker’s bureau and have given promotional talks for them. It’s a good drug for Crohn’s disease, but these data (which I suspect will lead to an FDA approved indication for ulcerative colitis) are very underwhelming. If I were the FDA, I would request another Phase III study.

Why I quit WordPress

reviews,stupid,tech — commander flatus @ 8:46 pm May 21, 2011

I used to run my blog on WordPress and hosted my site at Dreamhost (I would recommend Dreamhost without reservation, BTW). But I found I was spending lots of time doing updates and I really don’t have time for that. I also frequently noticed that my posts would get spam inserted into them to manipulate search engines via SQL injection hacks. Annoying.

So I closed up my WordPress install over there and came to Blogger (who I can bitch about, but they’re free). I’ve also used Google Webmaster Tools (also free) and I have used the webmaster tools since back in the WordPress days. I liked WordPress, it was fun. Learned some CSS skills. I liked Gallery for sharing images too (but now I use Picasa).

Anyway, upon setting up my blog on blogger, I noticed that my traffic logs had some strange guests (Ukraine and Russia? see below – click to zoom):

Weird, right? So doing some digging I checked the webmaster tools site for evidence of stupidity and there it was under my crawl errors (again, click to zoom):

Some script kiddie website had figured out a way to insert their serialz in my Gallery. WTF?

I love free software, I’ve licensed stuff under the GPL that I’ve written. The problems are: difficulty of necessary upgrades being performed regularly by casual users and the lack of commercial impetus to make a proper product.

I’m sticking with big names and commercial software for the foreseeable future.

commander flatus’ laws of internal medicine

medicine,stupid — commander flatus @ 7:07 pm May 19, 2011

commander flatus’ laws of internal medicine:

  1. beer (and sometimes steroids) makes everything better
  2. when faced with a consultation that you don’t know what to do about, blame another organ/subspecialty with which you’re not involved/responsible for
  3. nausea and vomiting is (almost) never a good reason to call a gastroenterologist
  4. some people just can’t handle a tummy ache
  5. (dr.) commander flatus’ sign: a patient who presents with magic marker drawing on their body parts to illustrate where their pain is may need a psychiatry consultation in addition to a workup for their pain
  6. when commander flatus leaves town, his patients will simultaneously crump. the likelihood of this occuring increases logarithmically as the purpose of the trip increases from cme to vacation.
(and now google’s adsense will populate my blog with ads for medical malpractice attorneys)

    The Great Blogger Outage of 2011

    stupid,tech — commander flatus @ 1:37 pm May 14, 2011

    Seems to have eaten two of my greatest posts ever. I am nagging them about getting me back up.

    About the stupidest study ever

    medicine,stupid — commander flatus @ 5:21 pm April 17, 2011

    Staph Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    That’s kind of like saying half of all children are below average. Staph is everywhere. Get over it. The world isn’t sterile.

    So the magazine business…

    stupid — commander flatus @ 2:32 pm April 10, 2011
    is going bankrupt right here in the midst of the ereader picking up steam. I can go out and subscribe to any number of magazines for $5.99 to $12 per year, yet these same magazines cost $2.99 a month for the ereader versions.
    Makes no sense at all. I won’t mind seeing more of them go away given their lack of any business sense at all. If they make money mailing me a color printed version for $10 a year, how about sharing the cost savings of the ereader version with the subscriber?

    EDIT (5/22/2011): The Oxford American has it right. They get almost everything right, though. It’s the South, ya’ll.

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