I realize that I’ve been ignoring this poor blog and focusing a lot more on sketchy medicine, but I haven’t forgotten! And just to sort of prove I haven’t forgotten, I’ve rejigged the layout. I realize that I am now using the new semi-default WordPress theme, but hey, it’s darn pretty and I’ve been really appreciating all the new-ish functionality that comes with WordPress 3.2 vs the old one. I’ve made this one my own too. Sort of (in that I changed some colours and fonts).
I’ll try to update this one a little more often, come December I will be done a busy bit of life/school and will be moving on to greener pastures (figuratively as it will then be quite snowy and dark, I do happen to live in Canada).
I have been attempting some more design work plus the old apartment is looking good. Not to mention I always try to squeeze in some holiday crafts.
until later, enjoy this photo of a banana chocolate chip muffin
I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but I’ve finally gone ahead and created a separate website exclusively for my scientific and medicine-related illustrations/doodles.
I’m hoping that it will be a useful resource not only for me to look back on when it comes time to study, but for other people too.
Each spinal nerve root has a bunch of muscles it innervates, but the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) decided that these particular groups are the ones to test. There’s technically special positioning for the patient, the patient may or may not look like this.
I’ve been meaning to upload some sciencey study doodles for a while. Hopefully I can be reasonably diligent. Maybe.
The first one is internuclear opthalmopelegia, this is a specific type of gaze palsy that results from a lesion to the medial longitidinal fasciculus (MLF). It is seen in some patients with MS (though it can also happen as a result of a small stroke). In a left INO, your gaze to the left is fine, but when you try to look to the right, your right eye looks, but your left eye can’t go past the midline. You can still cross your eyes though (that’s a different pathway).
You know it’s been a bad week when all of the sudden Piled Higher and Deeper gets about a thousand times funnier/more applicable.
Since I’m going on a wild and crazy adventure in a couple weeks, I thought a compact blanket/towel would be useful, as the countless benefits of towels are widely known. Mike then suggested that perhaps I embroider the towel with familiar words of encouragement. I’m quite happy with how it turned out, despite not considering myself much of a needlepointest. I think I originally aimed for it to be Gill Sans, but the nuances are perhaps lost (sorry typographers!)
And yes, I got Instagram. I know it might be ubiquitous with the youngins and their twitters, but darn it’s fun! (besides, sending film off to be processed takes a long time in this day and age and Instagram is instant)
Mike’s birthday cake (the cake itself was impressive, the lettering job leaves much to be desired)
I used the same white cake recipe that I always use, but I split up the batter and added cocoa to some (mostly for the colour change). After some intense parchment paper origami…
…and creative cutting, I stacked it together, iced it with buttercream and then put some marshmallow fondant on it.
Adventures in Canning
Since we had picked a bunch of strawberries this past weekend, Mike and I decided to try our hand at canning. Though there were a few minor mishaps along the way, the end product looks (and tastes) pretty darn good.
Makes just over 1.5L of jam
- 3 Cups of mashed strawberries
- 1 1/2 Cups of white wine
- 1 packet of pectin
- 4 Cups of white sugar
- Hull and mash the strawberries (because the leaves don’t tend to taste too good)
- Put strawberries, wine and pectin in a big pot and bring to a boil
- Once boiling, add the sugar and boil hard for one minute
- Can like any other jam*
*This is of course, where we ran in to a little bit of trouble between the boiling of the jars and then the accidental boiling of the snap lids and then the needing to go out and get more snap lids. If you’ve already done any sort of canning before, this part will be a cinch
I was commissioned to do a simple logo for a friend’s church. She came up with the idea and I cleaned it up and vectorified it (if that is indeed a word).
So I realize I don’t have any doodles, but I do finally have some photos of shirts I’ve designed in the last year. I haven’t cleaned them up to make them shiny and portfolio-worthy yet but here is a preview of the orientation week shirt from last year.