Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Breath of Fresh Air

Okay, it’s Neumed’s turn to be smitten.

Maybe it has something to do with spring -- or perhaps it’s just because Neumed is a sucker for a pretty face -- but wouldn’t you know it, once again he has fallen in love.

Okay, okay, I’m kidding (a little). The last thing I want to do is embarrass the poor girl, but she really is a sweetheart and I thought you ought to meet her.

Her name is Suthacha_Xiang Mei and she is a medical student in Bangkok, Thailand. I had the pleasure of discovering her from a comment she left on this site last week. How she found herself in my humble little corner of the blogosphere, I have no idea.

Angels show up in the strangest places.

Why is Neumed so taken with her?

Well, aside from the obvious, the real reason I adore her so is that we westerners are such complainers… always going on about school, patients, working conditions, money, HIPAA, the government… it’s nice to hear from someone with a fresh perspective.

To give you an example (and keep in mind I’m not quoting her directly) this is something one of her friends wrote that she considered worthy of quoting…

“We are dreamers. We dream of a day when people love each others, where the Earth is a clean and safe place, and when people start to believe in their futures again. And for that, we try to work hard, step by step, in hopes of achieving this ultimate dream.” – Her friend, Frankie

Cute couple, no?

I can gush on and on about how wonderful this girl is, but I truly believe you should visit her blog, Memories in my Life and experience her kind, gentle spirit for yourself.

I have a hunch that you too will find yourself in love with her pure heart and the wonderful way she expresses her thoughts. And I’m certain you will bookmark her page and add her link to your sidebar so that together we can introduce this girl to the rest of the world.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It’s Not Easy Building an Evil Empire

This past week has been the most fun I’ve had since I started this little excuse-not-to-study and it was all because of you guys. So thanks to everyone who was kind enough to add my link to your sidebar. You have no idea how much it means to me. (Or just how much you’ve helped me kick-start this little blog-o-mine.)

Believe me, it was getting very depressing posting stuff day after day and knowing that no one was going to read it. And I do mean, no one.

In fact, for a while there I was starting to think my sitemeter was broken. I kept tapping on the glass but the little needle just refused to budge off “E.” Day after day, other than Mom and a homicidal spambot… err, I mean friendly lovable cyborg, my stats showed little to no activity.

I felt like I was just talking to myself. (A little disconcerting to say the least.)

But all that has changed and I can now proudly proclaim that I HAVE READERS!!!

Wahoo! Happy dance!

Sure, I’m not breaking any world records, but it’s a start. Hopefully, everyone will keep coming back and we can have fun trading insults, jokes, tall tales and what not.

Suffice it to say, I like making new friends and I feel like I just gained a bunch of new friends practically overnight. This has been very exciting and only makes me want to work harder and keep coming up with new ideas.

So anyways, thanks again for the links, the advice and especially the words of encouragement. You have made my world a much brighter place.

I have to go study chem. now, or maybe neuro… no chem., wait Scrubs is on tonight, maybe I’ll go watch TV.

Monday, April 21, 2008

What the Heck is MyBlogLog?

I just added the MyBlogLog widget to my sidebar this weekend. Not really sure why.

I noticed that several of you have this on your blogs and it seemed kinda cool so I decided to take it for a test drive. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to figure out how to operate the thing.

Too busy sleeping studying.

Here’s what I’m wondering:

1) Am I supposed to acknowledge visitors in some way?
2) Why doesn’t my name and avatar show when I visit your blog?
3) How do I add people to my community?
4) How do I join other communities?
5) Why does any of this matter?

That last question is the big one.

Other than having a cool looking iPhone-like widget decorating the sidebar, is there really any functional reason for MyBlogLog? Or is it just a colossal waste of time?

I guess we’ll find out eventually.

If you are familiar with this beast and there’s something I’m supposed to do with it that I’m not doing hit me upside the head leave me a comment and let me know.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Master Plan for Total World Domination

I just finished up another block of tests on Friday and decided to celebrate by taking some time this week to promote the blog a little.

My master plan -- though shameless and totally void of social graces – has been to email a few other medical bloggers (most of whom don’t know me from Adam) to beg, plead, grovel (take your pick) for a link back to this site in hopes that I might lure a few of their readers into my web of deceit and corruption.

This has proven to be more time consuming than I first anticipated, however, I believe it is turning out to be a worthwhile effort…
  • Several unsuspecting fools kind souls have actually taken pity on my plight and added my link to their sidebar

  • A few even took the time to offer words of encouragement and advice on both blogging and medical school (Much appreciated.)

  • Many of you assured me that Mom would eventually come around

  • And, as expected, the more perceptive among you totally ignored me (sob)

To those of you who have honored me with a link on your blogroll, thank you so much. It is greatly appreciated and I will be forever in your debt. Any moment now, I expect the floodgates to open and my readership of 1 to skyrocket to the lofty heights of 4 or – dare I speak it aloud -- maybe even 5? (Be still my heart.)

I’m not through cultivating my own blogroll and will probably send out a few more emails as I come across interesting blogs. If I’ve somehow overlooked your blog, feel free to drop me an email at aneumed (at) yahoo (dot) com and I will gladly add you to the mix.


(Update: Neumed has just been informed that his 1 daily visitor is actually a spambot and not a human being. Sources close to the fledgling blogger indicate that he may be attempting to overdose on mass quantities of Little Debbie snack cakes. We will continue to monitor this situation and we’ll bring you the latest updates as they become available.)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Chicks Dig Neumed

Alas, Spring is in the air and this fair maiden has joined the ranks of the smitten. She strives in vain to update her blog, yet her mind keeps wandering back to her one true love. The ring on her finger, she knows is but a lie.

Her heart will forever belong to Neumed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ah, the joy of living in abject poverty

It’s raining again today. Seems like it’s been raining forever.

Wouldn’t be a problem except that the roof on this dump has been leaking for several years now and it’s steadily getting worse.

At first it was just water spots on the ceiling, but lately it’s started coming through and we have to keep buckets in strategic locations to catch the drips. Fortunately, nothing of mine has been damaged. My roommates haven’t been so lucky and they are threatening to move out if things don’t change.

Can’t really blame them.

We’ve told Slumlord (indirectly) about the problem, but nothing ever seems to get done. We have to go through a management company and they keep assuring us that he’s aware of the situation and intends to fix the problem. Can’t contact him directly because we don’t even know his name.

Twice roofers have come out to make estimates, but then we never hear from them again.

I would move out except this place is the cheapest thing I could find and it is the only place I know of that allows pets. (I have the dubious honor of having been adopted by a cat.)

So far today, it hasn’t rained hard enough to start dripping.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

It's Everywhere, It's Everywhere...

This week's Grand Rounds lends new meaning to the phrase, "passing the buck" and the only way to fully appreciate the insanity is to experience it firsthand. So I suggest starting at the beginning and try not to get lost.