Monthly Archives: August 2023

Lifetime observability: the killer full-body scan application

The orange site’s two sole objections to full-body MRI scanning is “b-b-but base rate fallacy and iatrogenic harm!!1″ Which in conjunction boil down to “if you see something weird in there, you’re going to put yourself through hell getting biopsies and fail to produce a conclusive result”. Gatekeeping by witch-doctors, effectively. “Only we can figure out when it’s appropriate to give you a test!” Given the failures of the Medical Establishment over the last decade on everything from honest communication around CV-19 and its complete cooption by the business and industry of medicine, is it any surprise that ordinary folks are beginning to realize they need to advocate for their own treatment? Given the endless stories of women with serious medical issues brushed off by the systematic misogyny of Western Medicine’s refusal to consider specifically female challenges as anything but symptoms of the menstrual cycle, why would anyone continue to put stock in the practice at scale? Given how many people, regardless of gender, are shoved out of specialists offices with diagnoses of idiopathy, and who then have to advocate aggressively for themselves is it any wonder that everyone is now biased to think and advocate for themselves?!

Sniping at the medical establishment aside, you can find a few references to “baseline” on the linked comment thread, but even the notion of developing a baseline for subsequent comparisons ignores the forest for the trees.

The value in regular MRIs will be in having them done at such a frequency that all sorts of new knowledge will pop up. I look at this and wonder, how much of my lifelong suffering from scoliosis and all of the work I have to do on an ongoing basis could have been mitigated by early detection of a wonky spine, and physical therapy to help straighten me out?

Imagine not just a baseline, but an annual full-body workup. You could track all of the weird knobs on all of your organs, estimate their growth rate, and extrapolate risks from that.

The two huge wins from full-body scanning will be continuous internal observability, and population-level data production that will give us the statistical insight to spot problems well ahead of time and filter then from non-problems for treatment.

A pox upon the gatekeepers.

Adult Skate Camp 2023!

Got back from adult skate camp on Sunday afternoon, and whoooooo boy was I sore. Definitely jelly-legs from all the pumping around, and practice on transition, but the biggest injury by far came from flomping onto my neck while playing around on the trampoline late at night. Be careful on trampolines! Registration is already open for 2024, and will be happening over the Labor Day weekend. Get yer tickets now!

The place is huge, this is just part of the outside concrete ramp:

This is what I call “slappy central”, where everyone who’s doing street and grinds hangs out all day. Great obstacles, great people.

I donked myself with my board airing out at one point. This lump started swelling up instantly.

And this has to be at least a 10 foot jump, right? Right?!

Mini ramp update 7: skeleton!

All sorts of shit is subtly wrong or suboptimal but the brush strokes are all in place.

Working on the flat bottom next, I’m comically short of 2×6’s for it and will need to do a run to the lumber supply corp to resolve that. Minor shimming awaits, and then I can do another round of weatherproofing, followed by a few sheets of 3/8″ plywood, more weatherproofing, and then finally the Gatorskins!

This weekend is adult skate camp though, so I’ll be busy doing that from Friday through Sunday. No more updates for a few days…

Mini ramp update 6: downhill footings complete!

It is nine thirty on Sunday evening, I have run 3.5 miles, towed some fifty pounds of Eldest Child up maybe 2 miles of the Whoops Climb to initiate him into CULT MTB with his first trail decent, and the lower footings are in for the mini ramp!

Evening truly is a fine time for this kind of digging holes and filling them again kind of work. The sun is down, and one can actually see the laser level’s line. I love Bend mightily, but the sun does makes it hard to see the laser line at 24 feet away. A splash of DEET after 9 pm, and you’re off to the races!

Mini ramp update 5: footings for the downhill side

The hill in my backyard is on a serious grade, so I’ve had to get creative about bringing the downhill side up to level with the uphill side.

I’ve elected to tamp gravel into holes (to provide a foundation minimizing movement over time, and draining well, not that we get huge amounts of rain in Bend, but old habits die hard…), and then set prefab cinderblocks with galvanized 4×4 holders. Then, I’m using 4×4 pressure treat to bring the whole bottom side up to level with the uphill side. To do this, I measured from the top of a 4×4 sitting in one of the cinderblocks to the bottom of the cinderblock, and added that to the height I read off pavers Veen and I installed and leveled a few days back. This gave me a datum of 49 7/8″ that I needed all of the cinderblocks to rest on.

Using a laser level, it was pretty darn easy to get them all to the same height. And, the beams are even looking pretty darn level! Level enough to get shimmed the rest of the way into place, at least!

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