Thursday, May 20, 2010

Let's celebrate "Everybody draw Mohammad day!"

Yeah, I know - I swore not to write anything more on this blog, but this is far too important for words!

Today is "Everybody Draw Mohammad Day," an attempt to combat self-censorship in the name of tolerance, which is not so much tolerance as it is simply a cowardly cave-in to childish, but terrible terroristic tantrums of one set of fanatic followers of one religion. I believe there should be no such self-censorship OR government-imposed censorship to legitimate free speech, in the US or anywhere around the world - if an idea, yes, even a religious idea, is to be accorded respect in the world, it has to fight for attention in the same marketplace of ideas as a non-religious one. Terrorising people in the name of religion only begets terror - not respect. Respect is earned, and cannot demanded.

Heh, check out the alliteration - "terrible terroristic tantrums" :-)

Since I'm the world's most inept at drawing anything, I can't contribute a cartoon of my own to the archive, but I can certainly paste a link to THE definitive archive of Mohammad images through the centuries - including full-face depictions in Islamic art, no less:

An image of Mohammad (Medieval Art) from the above web site:

Mohammed receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. Miniature illustration on vellum from the book Jami' al-Tawarikh (literally "Compendium of Chronicles" but often referred to as The Universal History or History of the World), by Rashid al-Din, published in Tabriz, Persia, 1307 A.D. Now in the collection of the Edinburgh University Library, Scotland.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How I came to home hemo-dialysis training

The original blog post is here: How I came to home hemo-dialysis training on NxStage

You would have read my posts more than two years ago, for peritoneal dialysis and my training on the Baxter HomeChoice cycler (look at the very first few of my blog posts). Welcome to my hemodialysis training blog series!

I would much rather have posted a COPY of my own blog post, but the almighty google sayeth: "Thou shalt not use copy-and-paste, even from thine own blog post"


And therefore dear readers, please go forth to my new blog location because I will be damned if I use almighty google's blogspot ever again.

Cross-posting from my blog at

Hi everybody (all 3 of you!) :-)

After this loooooong absence, I bring to you the blog entries that I wrote for the NxStageUsers forum - all further blogging for a while is going to be in that location, so please consider reading them at their source. I will tryand re-post them here, with explanations of terms when I can, as I head towards the end of my training for home hemo-dialysis, and get to bring my NxStage System One cycler home.

Without more ado, here is the series.