Mike suggested that I enter a t-shirt design contest for the upcoming useR conference. I’ve been looking around for inspiration, and I must say, I’m sad that I wasn’t the one to come up with this graphic:
This and my other scientific images have now been moved over to Sketchy Medicine.com, my new website dedicate exclusively to scientific and medical images!
I’m doing some more illustration for Sharing in Health, which is great because it forces me to get off my butt and do some art. This one is of placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta develops either over or dangerously close to the cervix. Being, in very very simple terms, a giant sac of blood, this isn’t the best place for the placenta since it’s kind of where the baby needs to go. The danger is that when a woman with placenta previa goes to delivery, the placenta gets all mucked up and she can bleed out. It’s one of the most common causes of maternal death in the world. The good news is that placenta previa can be detected by ultrasound and then a C-section can be preformed, preventing all this nasty bleeding business.
The illustration shows the normal location of a placenta, along with placenta previa and two not-quite-placenta-previa situations that should still be noted.
I saw this over on Gizmodo and thought it was ingenious! It’s the Kug, as in kettle+mug. Two students designed it to address the fact that people with severe arthritis in their hands have a hard time lifting a kettle full of water.
Of course, I think the general idea is that this just seems like a smart idea regardless, since in the morning I am always boiling water in a kettle and then pouring it into my travel mug before I head to class.
Unfortunatley, my iMac is still on the fritz, otherwise I would post the design I’m working on for next year’s orientation week t-shirts.
Something that no one ever wants to see when they need to restart their mac.
Thankfully, I somehow managed to get it restarted, something about resetting the VRAM a bunch of times. How this resolved the problem, I’m not sure, but I took the time I had to back up all of my photos and art work. Hopefully my computer is alright, since I’m not sure what crashed my computer. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen again.
In an unrelated note, training for my leg of the Cabot trail relay is going well. It’s 15.5 km, not a marathon by any stretch, but the longest I’ve ever run in one go. Plus my leg of the relay is at 5AM, adding to my hardcoreness.