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Disneyland With The Family

Last Sunday (August 16, 2009) I went to Disneyland with the family. I decided to bring along my camcorder and see what I could record. After a day I had an hour and 15 minutes on tape (yes, I do use a camcorder with a tape. For the techies out there, I have a Canon HV30.)

The first hour was from random things filmed throughout the day. I whittled that down to about 20 minutes but then had to split it in half because of YouTube’s 10 minute limit for non-partners. The last 15 minutes was the Disney Fireworks show. I had heard from a friend that the Disneyland’s fireworks “sucked,” but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the show. I thought it was pretty good. The fireworks display can be viewed in the last two video clips.

Also, the video editing was just for fun. I just wanted to try my hand at it and see what I came up with. It’ll probably be extremely boring for anyone not related to me — well, my mom actually said it was boring to watch (But she was referring to the raw, unedited footage. Although, she didn’t say anything after I showed her the edited one, so this one might be boring too.). So consider this your fair warning!

But if anyone actually does watch, I’d suggest clicking the “HQ.”

Disneyland (1/2)

Disneyland (2/2)

Fireworks (1/2)

Fireworks (2/2)

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Captain Atopic : Degranulated

I just found a new medical student blog. It is titled Captain Atopic : Degranulated. The author, Captain Atopic, is a medical student in Australia. Really enjoyed the series of posts about arrogance among medical students. They are stories that exemplify this very annoying trait.

Here are links to the three posts on arrogance: Arrogance I, Arrogance II, and Arrogance III.

A link to Captain Atopic’s blog has also been added to my sidebar for easy access if you ever want to find it again.

Hope you all enjoy 🙂

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Sacrifices

I recently read a twitter update from a friend of mine. It read:

After tonight, i don’t understand how anyone in their right mind used school as an excuse not to come to Oshkosh.

First of all I should probably explain the tweet. My friend is at Oshkosh for an International Pathfinder Camporee. (My friend is there as one of the staff members.) Pathfinders is sort of like co-ed Boy/Girl Scouts. This year there is a camporee in Wisconsin where clubs from all over the world gather for a few days, sing songs, play games, and learn different things.

As usual there are young people who choose not to go and claim that it is because they don’t want to miss out on school.

But my friend doesn’t understand why someone would use school as an excuse for something that is so much fun.

I would venture to guess that the person willing to use school as an excuse would do so for a couple reasons:

  1. They are lying and school really isn’t the reason. They just figure it sounds like a “good” excuse — that the excuse is a respectable-sounding one.
  2. They are telling the truth because school is important to them.

I would venture to say that medical students, in general, are most likely to be willing to sacrifice fun for school — not necessarily because we like school (although many do thoroughly enjoy school and learning), but because we are pursuing a goal that will only be realized in the long-term.

And so we sacrifice while others around us wonder why we would do such a thing. We sacrifice as a pre-med student trying to push as hard as we can to get into school. We sacrifice as a medical student to get into the best residency we can get into. We sacrifice as a resident to get into the best fellowship we can get into.

It’s just the nature of our “business.” We have to prioritize. We have to pick and choose which of our interests we will indulge in (Yeah, I know I ended that sentence in a preposition. Sorry.). And that is just something many people will never understand.

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Photoblogging and My Life

For those of you who don’t know, I am a huge photography fan. Every once in a while I get to go out and shoot some pictures. Granted, I don’t get out as much as I’d like to because of school and all.

Anyways, I decided to start a Photoblog. You can get to it by clicking on the link right below the header or by clicking here. Hopefully I can spend an average of one day a week to shoot something interesting enough to post there.

I’ve also added another category on this blog. The new category is “Outside of Medicine” and I will use it to post random nothings about my life that have nothing to do with medicine (I’m sure that was obvious by the name I chose for the new category). For the longest time I avoided mixing personal life on this blog. I felt that there was some rule stating that this blog had to contain only medical school and healthcare related posts.

But then I realized it’s my blog. I can do whatever I want with it. So I’m adding another category in an act of silent rebellion (although I am still not sure what I am rebelling against). Yeah. So watch out, world!