Ebolog

October 11, 2014

I have terrible fatigue problems and I forgot to renew my passport. It has also been a thrash to get the passport renewal done. First I had to do the application. Then the photo came back unacceptably attached (?) Then I got the renewal notice. Two months later I start wondering where it is. Apparently lost in the mail. So they renew based on travel date My travel date can’t be planned without a passport. So when they called after getting my lost passport form I said ” yesterday” and they offered end of the month. This gives me time to see if I can get a place in any of the organizations in West Africa helping with Ebola. Avaaz out of nowhere sent an email offering opportunities so I’ll call them and MAF. Even if I go who knows if I’d be useful. I think my best use would be going out to villages. Not intellectually draining of challenging.

If it spreads to Benin I’m not even asking, I’ll just get my visa, license, papers, & go.

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October 9, 2013

With all the talk about football concussions there is one question not addressed: how to fundamentally redesign head/neck protection.  How to race car drivers protect their heads and necks during spectacular crashes?  They spread the energy over the entire car. Football players can’t do that but they can preserve the game while increasing head protection. Just redesign of the helmet is not enough. The head and neck will suffer from acceleration/deceleration even of wrapped in a foit of super bubble wrap.  Removing the helmet won’t help judging from Rugby concussion statistics.  There IS a way to spread out the energy of a collision – fix the helmet to the rest of the body. This would not limit freedom of motion and with proper helmet design would not limit visibility no matter where the player is looking.  This is where the research should go. CTE and MBTI is a settled issue. Time to deal with it in a definitive fashion.

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