What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference. You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.
Robin Williams, Patch Adams

Listening to Jack White’s new album—which I still really can’t get into with the exception of a few songs—has gotten me listening to old stuff as well. I forgot just how awesome of a track “Shakin’” is.

"You got me noiy-vous!"

Friday marks the end of 3 months of sleep deprivation, 18 hour work days, 24 hour calls and getting pimped a.k.a. the Surgery Clerkship. I figured I would post some pics from the experience.

1. Assisting on a total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma.
2. An epic tape ball I made on a slow weekend Call day.
3. That time I ripped my scrubs and sutured them back together.
4. Just hanging in the changing room pre-operation.
5. The hospital around 3 or 4am on a night call.
6. Learning how to use the laparoscopic trainer.
7. My buddy Aaron at 5:30am rounds on the floors.
8. Two MSIII’s and a PGY5 Surgical Resident in June when we were the only people covering 3 floors of surgical patients on nights.

Soun ds From the Underground: Great Elk - Vibrations

Today we bring you a band from Brooklyn, New York. They have a pretty good folk vibe going for them and this song in particular is pretty damn relaxing. 

I know they’re indie because they’re named after an animal. I know they’re a folk band because of the combined scruffiness of their beards.

Great Elk is Paul Basile, Patrick Hay, Bryan Trenis, Tommy Harron and Adam Christgau

(via theindiesoul)

This makes so much sense.

This makes so much sense.

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Almost done with Warehouse 13 (season 2) and the penultimate episode featured The National’s epic “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” which put me on a quick The National kick.

Matthew Mayfield has put out two new songs recently, “Heartbeat,” and “Desire,” both of which are fantastic. Here’s Mayfield performing the former live for IndieATL. Check it out.

Surgeons have the attention span of somewhere between a three year old and a crack addict. Tell us what’s important up front.
PGY5 General Surgical Resident (soon to be ENT Surgeon Fellow)

So I got an email that 34th & Now turned 4 years old which is kind of insane and I realized how little I’ve been posting due to the insanity that is 12 weeks of surgery rotation so I’m back and have the perfect artist to make that comeback with: Shakey Graves.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Shakey Graves is an insanely talented artist who mixes folk, American, distorted hollow-body guitar, a raspy voice and an insane multi-tasking ability to play the guitar, and drums at the same time in an epic 1 man band capacity. Here he is performing “Unlucky Skin” live.

Some pics from a quick weekend trip to Boston for a friend’s bachelor party amidst the craziness that is the last three weeks of surgery. Highlights included a Sox game, the Harpoon Brewery and longboarding around Boston getting to put my OLYMPUS E-PM2 to use.

Latest musical obsession: “Kathleen” by Catfish & The Bottlemen.

I mean the song is only 2:44 but when that guitar riff kicks in at “I gotta give it to you, YOU GIVE ME PROBLEMS?!” Oh man..that’s the kind of crank your stereo with the windows down kinda shit that I just associate with a great summer. 

Their debut album comes out in September. Here’s there Last.fm bio:

Catfish and The Bottlemen are a rock and roll band. Four lads with songs that are loud, explosive, sexy and young – and full of guitars.Songs about regular stuff, everyday tales of love and lust. What happens when the lights go down. All delivered with a bright-eyed charm which is all their own. Relentless touring has honed an explosive live performance which belongs on a big stage. Catfish and The Bottlemen are going places and want to take you with them…

My church offers no absolution
She tells me ‘worship in the bedroom’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to

With two EP’s and an upcoming solo album on the way, Irish singer-songwriter and indie blues-folk artist Hozier is certainly making a strong push to be the next big thing. His debut EP, Take Me To Church, released in 2013 is picking up much more mainstream steam now that it’s titular track has hit the indie/Alt music stations here in the US. Check it out.

Alabama’s Matthew Mayfield just released a new single, “Desire,” complete with a new music video. As a big fan of Mayfield’s I was definitely expecting a lot  from the new single, and luckily I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. As

Since my first two weeks on Surgery were in the clinic, today was my first day on the wards other than for rounds and my first day in the OR since basic sciences. I got to scrub in on a pretty sweet knee arthroplasty for a patient who had torn both her medial and lateral meniscus.

By the time we wrapped up it was after sign out for everyone not on night float so I had the laparoscopic trainer to myself for 35-45min. Finally got the hang of it by the end. I’ve got 10 more weeks on surgery to keep practicing and hopefully figure out laparoscopic throws and lap instrument ties. Threw this together while practicing using iPhone5, 8mm video app, VideoSound app, and Beastie Boys’ “Body Movin.”