How Haven’t I Learned This Word/Phrase: Compound Fracture and Hematoma

Last night, my girlfriend and I watched the TV show The Blacklist.  And all of a sudden, somebody on the screen’s bone is sticking out of their skin.  They have a compound fracture, we are told, as if the image wasn’t telling enough.  Instead of whimpering with my blanket over my head, I realized I have heard this phrase my entire life, but I don’t have a clue what it means.

So today I looked it up.  A compound fracture is “a broken bone in which a part of the bone sticks out through the skin”.  Okay, easy enough.

But wait, why is it called a compound fracture?  As far as I know, “compound” has nothing to do with the skin.  Could it just be that it’s a fracture/break of both the bone and the skin?  That’s my best guess, and it doesn’t seem like I’ll be getting a definitive answer anytime soon, because…

I’d like to think that I have the cojones to look this up on Wikipedia, but I’m not a huge fan of pictures of this particular event.  But I have to know.  So I drag the window to the edge of my monitor and push it past, so that I can only see 3/4 of the window, and then I bravely pull up the Wikipedia page.  I can’t see any pictures, but I can read all of the text.  Score.

So a compound fracture is also known as an “open fracture.”  I’m seeing a lot of terminology that is significantly less than pleasant: “Avulsion fracture: A fracture where a fragment of bone is separated from the main mass”, “Blowout fracture – a fracture of the walls or floor of the orbit”, “Comminuted fracture: A fracture in which the bone has broken into several pieces”.  If that last one sounds interesting to you, there is a whole section of Fragment fractures.

This is already far more than I could ever care to learn about bone fractures.  As I scroll down the page, there are fractures named after doctors: Le Fort fracture of skull, Chance fracture, Holdsworth fracture, Monteggia fracture.  Of all the things in the world I’d like named after me, fractures are not one of them.

This perusal of the Wikipedia article also had em come across another word I should know but don’t: hematoma.  It’s a bruise.  There are even degrees of hematomas: from the small petechiae, to the bigger purpura, to the biggest ecchymosis, which is the common bruise.

Nonetheless, I will remember “compound fracture” and “hematoma” from here on out.  But I don’t necessarily need to be reminded of what it looks like, thank you very much.

Phrases of Questionable Jackassery: Ceteris paribus and mutatis mutandis

Ceteris paribus and mutatis mutandis. 

I came across ceteris paribus in reading the Wikipedia entry for “Price elasticity of demand”.  Ceteris paribus “is a Latin phrase meaning ‘with other things the same’ or ‘other things being equal or held constant.'”1  Ceteris means “the other” and paribus means “equal”.

The Wikipedia page lists two types of ceteris paribus clauses: hypothetical and substantive.  Among the substantive, there are the further hyponyms: temporal isolation and causal isolation.  I need to read more into all of this to understand it more.

Ceteris paribus is shortened by writing cet. par. or c.p.  It is considered New Latin, due to it originating in academic works well after the Roman Empire.

Mutatis mutandis means “‘the necessary changes having been made’ or ‘once the necessary changes have been made.'”  It’s Latin directly translates to “with the changes changed.”

I don’t know if these words are unnecessarily pretentious or absurdly useful.  Either way, it’s important to know them.

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  1.  The Wikipedia page for ceteris paribus has a lot of vocabulary/ideas I’m not familiar with.  I need to read into this more: more about the difference between “fundamental science” and “special sciences”, what it means to have a “logical empiricist view of science”, what are its opposites, and what is the differences in mechanistic models vs. law models?

Open Tabs: 10Sep15

I watched a lot of Iron Chef when I was little.  I’m talking about the old-school Iron Chef, the one with Masaharu Morimoto, yes, like also in Iron Chef America, but also with Chen Kenichi (Iron Chef Chinese), Hiroyuki Sakai (Iron Chef French), and Masahiko Kobe (Iron Chef Italian).

In the opening sequence of the show, Chairman Kaga (the Michael Jackson meets Muammar Qaddafi of Iron Chef), reads French food writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin‘s quote “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”1  I think the quote holds today just as it did in the past, but I think there are other things we consume that explain who we are.

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The above picture is my current non-incognito Chrome window.  I write these posts through WordPress’ web portal, and I have three total tabs open on it: this one, Dictators in uniform (I had to search “flamboyant dictators” to remember Qaddafi’s name, which led me to that tab), and the Wikipedia page for Brillat-Savarin).

The point is, I have an absurd number of tabs open.  The sheer quantity says something about me: I use the computer a lot, I like tabs, I like the internet, I’m curious, I’m lazy, I procrastinate, I hoard, and/or I have a commitment/detachment issue.  Far more interesting, though, is what the tabs say about me, or what your tabs say about you.  Tell me the names of your unclosed tabs , and I will tell you what you are.  And on the way, I’ll close these tabs so I can actually shut down my computer tonight.[2 Yes, I know that I can just have Chrome reopen all the tabs.  But I’d rather not trigger The Day After Tomorrow as my laptop’s fan cranks up to Harrier percent.]

I’ll go from right to left.  Although this would usually mean most recent to least, I’ve had these bad boys up for a while now and I’ve reopened tabs in the middle and added tabs from there.  But in general, the story should go from now to the most distant browsing past:

1.  Anthony Bourdain Melts a Meteorite to Make a Beautiful Blade

Soooo, Anthony Bourdain is my hero.  Jackie Chan, Bill Gates, and Maurice Greene were my childhood heroes, and since Maurice Greene is just old-news, I’ve replaced him with Elon Musk and David Chang.  My favorite aspect about Bourdain is that he made a name for himself by getting up before his morning restaurant shift and writing.  Everything about the discipline of that is impressive: writing while being a line cook, having the wherewithal to wake up early (when the nights are probably pretty late), and writing something that touched a gustatory nerve.  His commitment to food and cooking and his unabashed desire for high quality; what a badass.

As for watching this video, I will.  Just not now.

2.  Minimatic: Google Search

I’m a fan of electro-swing music, especially when cleaning my home.  I was listening to Minimatic’s remix/cover/mashup of Blackstreet’s No Diggity and I was wondering if Minimatic had done anything else.  Instead of finding out, I just left the tab open to remind me that I was interested in it at sometime.  As it turns out, it looks like Minimatic has made a lot of music.  I’ll be listening to it for the rest of this post.

3.  Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh – La Di Da Di (Full Version) – YouTube

Earlier today, I was watching Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sixth History of Rap.  It had a song that I had heard before, but didn’t recognize.  That song, as I found out, is La Di Da Di.

4.  ‘Parks and Rec’ Ben Schwartz Can’t Stop – Speakeasy – YouTube

This was from this morning.  I like to play video games (today was Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U) on mute while listening to podcasts from my computer.  I found this YouTube interview series by user Made Man.  The host interviews celebrities while drinking cocktails.  It was mildly interesting, the interviewer was decent, but he talked a little too much for my taste.

I listened to the Aziz Ansari interview first and then I stumbled across this one from Ben Schwartz.  I didn’t know anything about him, besides that his character on Parks and Recreation cracks me up, so I listened to the interview.  It was mildly interesting.  What caught my ear was how Schwartz and the interviewer talked about how in show business once you take a break and stop working/producing, it feels like it’s all just gone and that you’re nothing.  I don’t think this is unique to showbusiness.

5.  45 Manly Hobbies | Art of Manliness

This is a spawned link (came from another tab I had open, also Art of Manliness).  I think I got my usual feeling of “What the fuck am I doing with all of my time/why don’t I do something besides check Facebook constantly” and figured I’d check out this list of hobbies to see if anything sounded good.  I don’t think I read a single word.  I’ve been on this page before; looks like a great list.  It’s just not something I necessarily need right now.

6.  100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library | Art of Manliness

I don’t remember when I first viewed this list, but it was sometime around the 2008 posting of it.  I don’t remember when I first started reading Art of Manliness.  I should find that out.  It seems to have been with me throughout all of my adult life.

Either way, I’ve seen this list a lot.  I’ve toyed with the idea of reading all of these books (for the first time or reread) and potentially write about each one.  I got as far as rereading The Great Gatsby and then starting to reread The Prince.  I quickly realized that I was missing far too many of the references Machiavelli made to Italian/Roman history and I figured I would make a guide to reading it.  This fell through, although I still think the idea is good.

What is it about these lists that make me so drawn to them?  How awesome would it be to have read all of these books?  I need to do this.

7.  Testosterone Week: How I Doubled My Testosterone Levels Naturally and You Can Too | Art of Manliness

I opened this tab and proceeded to not read a word.  I will, though.  I’m interested in what effect testosterone has on the body, particularly with exercise.

8.  How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne | Art of Manliness

In listing my childhood heroes earlier in this post, I forgot Jason Bourne.  I’ve read all three of the Ludlum books, I’ve rewatched the three Damon movies, and I’ve imagined what I would do if I had amnesia and was trained as an assassin (incidentally, I tend not to imagine what I would do if I just had amnesia, although that is probably a more likely scenario).  He’s a big reason I took three languages in high school and chose to study Russian in college.  Long story short, any link with “Jason Bourne” in it is bound for me to click on it.  However, I never read any of it.

9.  7 Simple Exercises That Undo the Damage of Sitting | Art of Manliness

One thing I love about working as a cook is getting to stand for work/the majority of the day.  During my month of unemployment, I got pretty sick of sitting all day.  Although I’m largely immune to the effects of oversitting now, my girlfriend, who works in an office, is not.  She was telling me she has been getting sore from it.  So I clicked on this link.  And proceeded to not look at it.  I’ll check it out tomorrow.  I’m probably going to end up using this post as a list to revisit these links.

10.  Mastering Man Food: How to Cook Bacon Properly | Art of Manliness

Now here’s a link I read.  I made some bacon last night for dinner.  I’m not a huge fan of the finicky method of stovetop bacon frying, so I did some quick research into alternative methods.  I’ve baked bacon regularly before (when I worked at Colton’s Steakhouse, I loved the smell as we opened the oven doors to two full sheets of baked bacon), and I just needed some reminders.

I ended up baking it just like Art of Manliness describes under the subheading “The Way of the Pros”, except that I took the advice from “The Vermont Style” and added some maple syrup.  Wow.  Definitely worth it.  Extra thick cut bacon, 400 degrees, maple syrup.  I don’t think there’s any other way to do it anymore.

So all of these Art of Manliness links are all from yesterday.  Three more.

11.   4 Personal Finance Principles That Would Make Your Grandfather Proud | Art of Manliness

I opened this and didn’t read it.  It has my name written all over it: generational jealousy, personal finance, and Art of Manliness.  It’s just I didn’t read it.  Why?  I guess I was just interested in other things at the time.  I figured I’d come back to it.  I think I use tabs almost the way most people use bookmarks (in real life or via a browser): as something to come back to and read later.

12.  5 Easy Ways for the College Student to Upgrade His Style | Art of Manliness

Same thing as above: clicked on it, didn’t read.

13.  The Art of Manliness

Alas, the homepage.  The progenitor of all the above AoM links.  If I remember right, at the time I typed this into the browser, I’d exhausted all of my front-page reading of, Facebook, Engadget, Appleinsider, and I wanted more time on the computer.

14.  The Cinematic Orchestra : Every Day (Full Album) – YouTube

So I found this maybe on Tuesday.  It was in the Related Videos list on the right side of some YouTube page (I should get to it soon in this tab archaeological excavation), I recognized the group (Cinematic Orchestra), and I wanted to remind myself to check them out.  I meant to look them up on my iTunes library to see how I recognized them.

I just quit listening to the Minimatic Soundcloud (not nearly enough electro-swing, but I did like one of them besides No Swinggity: Get Swingy) and I tried this link a try.  Ooph.  Not for me.

However, their songs from my iTunes library are fantastic, and I definitely haven’t listened to them enough recently: Arrival of the Birds & Transformation and To Build a Home (Ft. Patrick Watson)

15.  Bonobo – The North Borders – YouTube

I opened this for essentially the same reason as #14: I recognized the artist when I saw the video link on the Related Videos, clicked on it, and planned to check it out.

There must be a number, a certain threshold that I have to reach, when I just start mining music artists.  If I like x number of songs, I just am content with those songs.  But if I like x>n, n being the threshold number, I just will give everything a try by that artist to see if there are any other wonders.  And with Bonobo, the answer to that question has been a consistent yes.

As I listen to the link now, it couldn’t be more perfect for “I’m just about to go to bed but I’m cranking out this post.”

16.  Miley Cyrus Bangerz (Full Album) – YouTube

That scenario described a sentence before this one?  Yeah, I’m just going to go out on a limb and guess that Miley Cyrus music would not fit that billing.  I’ll give this a listen to sometime other than right now.  Apparently some of the songs are decent.

I think this was from Tuesday.  I just used this to determine that my computer has been on for 3 days, 5 hours, and 31 minutes.  Sounds like I had it off during my lunch shift on Monday, turned it on when I got home, and then have had it on since then.

Okay, I’ve got to go to bed.  I told my girlfriend, at 915, that I’d be to bed in 30 minutes.  It’s now 2228.  I’ve got to write my journal and get to bed asap.  I’ll pick this excavation back up tomorrow.

  1.  I began my B.A. English capstone paper with this quote.  I’ll put it up here sometime

Jackass Lexicon: “Prima Fascie”

There are some words and phrases I’d like to add to my vocabulary, and then there are some that I’d desperately like to avoid.  Prima fascie is one I think I can do without.

In his “Politics and the English Language”, George Orwell gives six rules for clear and beautiful language:

(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.

(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

Prima fascie breaks rule one and five, if not more of them.  Prima fascie denotatively means “It seems”, it usually syntactically means “It seems…,but actually”, but it always means “I’m trying to sound smart.”  People use prima fascie to hide ignorance, obfuscate their language, or in some other way deceive their audience.

The only situation when prima fascie is acceptable is in law.  Since prima fascie is clearly non-English, it lets the speaker/writer use it in ways that “It seems” would not work (e.g. “the prima fascie evidence”, “the prima fascie case”, etc.).  Law, prima fascie, is the only situation where this is useful.  If you are using it in another way, you’re probably a douchebag.

ATOV: “Nominative Determinism” and aptronym/aptonym

I just saw on Reddit that Amelia Earhart did an AMA.  No, it wasn’t a parody, it was a real woman named Amelia Earhart who just so happens to be an aviatrix.

As is often the case, some of the comments in this Reddit post took me on a tangent.  Particularly, user “stretchpharmstrong”‘s comment reminding me of nominative determinism struck my eye.  I forgot about this idea, because I forgot the phrase.

Aptronym/aptonym/euonym are all synonyms for this idea.

If I remember a phrase/word of an idea, I can remember the idea.  And the only way to remember phrases/words for me is to repeat them.  So I suggest it will be ATOV (added to our vocabulary).

Nominative determinism is the idea that your name (nom being the Greek/Latin root for the English word name) has an effect on what you do with your life.

Someone in the same Amelia Earhart AMA explained nominative determinism as “Why people named ‘Dennis’ are proportionally more likely than their peers to become Dentists.”   Well, apparently this isn’t true, but it is nonetheless a good example of the idea.

As far as other examples go, Buzzfeed has an excellent collection of people who were potentially nominatively determined.  Wikipedia’s page on aptronyms has an exceptionally lengthy list of examples (Apparently Doug Bowser is the current VP of Sales at Nintendo).  Guy-Sports also has a solid list, as well as other linguistic items of interest.

As for our modern day Amelia Earhart?  A Redditor asked her if she thought her name influenced her life.  She responded:

“100% yes. I am SO lucky my parents gave me this name. I used to hate it but honestly, it has set me on this course of incredible adventure and aviation opportunity. That’s why I run my foundation- to help girls that want to fly get the same chances I get.”


James Michener

James Michener’s The Source tells the story, in typical Michener fashion, of a geographic location and the humans living in that area for generations.  And it changed the way I see history.

Michener writes about a specific community, maybe a couple generations, and then moves on a couple hundred years.  But each community is relationally and geographically tied to the past.  The buildings remnants remain, the social structures are built on the foundation of the ancestors, and the people progress, yet still repeating the same conflicts.

Before reading the book, I didn’t really think about people 1000 years ago being hungry.  Or being shy around people they’re attracted to.  Or having arguments with their parents.  Or, really, just living.  I imagined them as objects existing in the past, somehow contributing to us now, but not in any agentitive way.  Sure, I knew their choices mattered to them back then and us now, but I never thought about them making those choices.  They were just characters in a book that has one ending.

Today, I was reminded of how much my view of history was changed when I read an article on Medium, “Close at Hand”.  Writer Diana Kimball discusses the history of what we have put in our pockets, specifically the technology we have placed there.   It was fascinating how much we can tell about people based on what we place and keep in our pockets.  Knowing what people in history had in their pockets made them real.

Far more so, though, was the article’s last line: “We want to start fires and listen to a thousand songs.”  From flint and steel to iPods, our desires are still the same.  We are the same people as our ancestors, just generations apart.

Life Skill 1: Fast Typing

Learn to type fast.  Think about how much of our lives are spent in front of a device that uses a QWERTY keyboard.  Think how much time you would save if you could type faster.

I learned to type because my grandparents said they’d buy me a laptop if I got good at it.  Both of my parents are fast typists, my maternal grandmother was a very fast typewriter typist, but when I was in grade school, I was pretty slow.  I just couldn’t memorize the letters.  I tried learning on my own, because my family’s computer had some kind of Mavis Beacon demo on it, but I was not disciplined enough.

Then came middle school, when we were allowed to take a rotation of life skills classes.  I forgot what it was called, but we had a quadmester (definitely not what they called it) of cooking/baking, sewing, typing, and shop.  I enjoyed all of it, but typing was my favorite.  I was fast after seventh grade, and a lot of rounds of Typer Shark, but I was even faster after I took a similar class in eighth grade.  I was the fastest typist in the school.  All of the AIM chatting helped, too.

This was a pretty fascinating visualization of why the touch typing system is so efficient.  But still, I’m considering learning the Dvorak keyboard.  I don’t know if it would be worth it, considering I can type accurately at 100 WPM, but maybe.

Far more interesting than sheer speed, I love how becoming proficient at typinghas allowed me to harldy think about it at all.  It must be nearly as natural to my mind as writing with a pen/pencil.  I can just close my eyes, as I’m doing now, and write.  My fingers know when to hit the backspace, if ever, and I can just form the sentences, mold them with my hands and my mind.  IT is incredibly satisfying writing with the screen off.  I write journals every night reflecting on the day.  Sometimes I will set a timer, let’s say for 10 minutes, and close my eyes and just type until the timer goes off.  So relaxing.

Something else I like about it is hearing the noise a steady typing rhythm makes.  It almost sounds like rain.

Apparently touch typing was invented in 1888.  


What else in nature is there like this?

I found it in my bookmarks to write this post.  Mesmerizing in its complexity, but so simple we hardly notice.

I looked through my bookmarks, searched for other herds/packs of animals, then thought, hey, this is kind of similar.  It’s mesmerizing in its complexity.  But the Northern Lights are not something we hardly notice.

That timelapse, though, did get me on the tangential trail of slow motion videos.  And I eventually came across this:

Whether they are people on the streets as we drive past, people on the ground when we fly past, or people on the train when we ride past, the scene is mesmerizing in its complexity, but so simple we hardly notice.  I remember the first road trip my family took where instead of playing on my Gameboy or other device, I just stared out the window at all of the people and things.  For hours.

The creator of the video wrote about the process of making it here.

More bird murmuration.

Small Worlds: Homemade Liqueurs

Did you know how much cheaper it is to make your own liqueurs?  More importantly, did you know how easy it is and how much more delicious it is?  Yeah, me neither.  I never gave it much thought.  It was one of those small worlds of deep interest.

I found this four years ago.  It is a treasure trove of recipes, science, and techniques.  It’s Web 1.0 interface only adds to it’s useability.  I especially recommend the Kahlua recipe.  Far better than storebought, and far cheaper.

I’ll update this as I research more sites dedicated to this, as I did with the potato chip blogs.  I’ll also add a picture of my nocino, currently on its fourth year of aging.

Small Worlds: Chipweb and the World of Chip Blogs

I love stumbling across entire little worlds dedicated to something I barely have ever thought about.  Here’s one: ChipWeb: For the Love of Chips.  A blog dedicated to potato chips.

A typical post will feature a picture of the specific chips in question (almost always a picture of the bag rather than the actual chips) and then a commentary: summary and critique.

A particularly interesting post was from 2008’s September: Remember the Classics.  The author, Donnie, laments the chip industries ever interest in creating the next new taste in the world of chips.  Donnie advises us to remember the veterans, to ground us in the stalwarts of the potato slices, to pay our respects to the crispy classics.  Here is his post in entirety:

It seems that there is an ongoing challenge in the chip industry to keep creating the newest shape and/or flavor of chip. There are chips in the shape of beans, 3D chips, sticks, fries, nuggets, spirals…chips made from rice, potatoes, corn, whole wheat…flavors such as wing, blue cheese, burger, hot dog, seafood, and vegetables. I am not complaining but I can sometimes get overwhelmed when deciding between a chip with flax seeds or a BBQ flavored air-popped chip or even a Dorito that has ranch on one side and wing flavoring on the other. Sometimes I forget that there are so many amazing chips out there already that I know to be good and they should not be overlooked. Here is a list of chips that I consider classic and that I will always enjoy.

Lays Sour Cream and Onion
Lays BBQ
Ruffles Sour Cream and Onion
Ruffles Sour Cream and Cheddar
Doritos Cool Ranch
Doritos Nacho Cheese
SunChips Harvest Cheddar
SunChips French Onion
Kettle Chips or Zapps (any flavor)
Frito’s Chili Cheese
Frito’s BBQ
Hot Fries
Shoestring Fries

Post History

Unfortunately, the love of chips is dead.1

imageYes, verily, there is no joy in Chipville.  And the world is that much of a sadder place.

Do not fear, dear reader, “somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright” and the world of chips is being deftly reported upon by fellow chip critics.  On this very day there is a new post on ChipReview, detailing and critiquing Manomasa’s Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn Tortilla Chips.  That’s definitely not on the list of chip classics.

Although Donnie and his Chipville brethren might be turning in their blogging graves due to this yet another challenger to the classic chips, surely they will be happy to see that the blogging world of chips is alive and healthy.  From just a brief search, I’ve found the following:

As we celebrate the living, so must we also remember the fallen.  Here are still visible, but no longer updated chip blogs:

And then there are the notable dilettantes:

  • Sur La Table, the kitchen supply store for home chefs who don’t live nearby a vastly cheaper restaurant supply store, has a blog, and they just recently reviewed potato chips.  Pretty impressive comprehensiveness.
  • Junk Food Guy does it all, being the internet’s “daily snack of junk food, pop culture, & awkwardness.”

    If you find any additions, please let me know.

As a sidenote, one project I’d like to do on this website is to curate a list of blogs and personal websites that have stood the test of time.  I am particularly thinking of blogs that have never become popular, blogs that the writer just continues to populate with posts for a reason perhaps other than popularity.

  1.  The stories that these graphs tell of blogs are fascinating.  What happened in 2008 that made the authors decide to post so much about chips?  Was someone going through a divorce or a round of funemployment?  Were they preparing for the high school reunion of their fellow chip afichipionados?