Updates on Stuff

For those who are aware, yes my laptop was damaged and stopped working.

It is a sort of freak accident. A tiny amount of water got into the case. Looks like the metal case of the laptop causes water to condense from the humid air when I move from my room to go out. This caused a couple of shorts that mean that the motherboard needs replacing.

The blog will still run, albeit without my photographs. I did have posts on cases that people may find interesting and indeed see cases that are simply extinct in the west due to our medicine. I normally do smaller posts from my tablet when I have downtime at work and send them when I have internet anyways.

I am meeting Hera next week and she is loaning me her laptop until mine gets repaired. While the cost of the repair is unknown, I should be able to manage a new motherboard and blog income should ablate any costs [Hera can simply send my ill gotten big pharma gains to me via Western Union]. Please bear with the serious blandness of this blog until then.

It is with Great Regret that I must inform you that A Million Gods is changing

It is with great regret that I must inform you that I am no longer a medical student. I will no longer be calling myself as one.

I would like to thank everyone here who supported me monetarily in my quest. I would like to thank all my readers who encouraged me throughout my education and for the catharsis I received. I had a great time writing and I hope you had a great time reading. A special thanks to everyone who supported me and encouraged me in many different ways.

But I regret to inform you that as of now I am no longer a medical student and will no longer write as one. [Read more…]

The Drop

This is the drop. The final jump. It’s been a long long ride to get here and I have just one thing left to do.

I wrote both my knowledge papers. I have a good feeling about this year’s papers in general. So all that’s left is the scariest part of being a medical student. The last jump. The final drop.

I am to be tested for my capacity to perform Paediatric Medicine at a safe  level. I have my OSCEs and Viva tomorrow. And on Sunday I do the same for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

I am not nervous. I just have enough butterflies in my stomach to make a lepidopterist very happy. All that’s left is going through my notes on the way to the exam and trusting to luck and skill.

I leave you with this….

Donations to help Avicenna with a Travel and Exams

For those who are unaware? The reason the blog’s been on and off for the past few days is because I have had exams.

For those who are aware? I am travelling back to Manchester on the 5th of August and am currently running a fundraiser for the purpose of being able to pay for my ticket and travel in the UK along with equipment and vital things like clothes and new pants that I need for medical work. I am also saving up enough money to be able to pay for my PLAB. It’s the qualification exam for me to practice in the UK.

If you fancy helping out then here is the link to my Paypal.

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I understand I have had a lot of new readers today as my posts reblogging an email on the SDCC attack went viral.

But if you fancy helping out, I will offer an incentive.

A lot of people have shown interest in my photography. Should you donate, I will offer you any of my photographs from now into the future that you like for personal use as whatever you like! I will also take requests for topics to write on. Just mention which ones you want and I will have a full sized print sent to you via e-mail.

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I also have some old photos from my old camera that will go up when I have better Internet during the holidays and they will be available for purchase from the Million Gods art store too.

If you fancy helping out Alex Gabriel who is also in need?

Lazy Travelling – More Photography

For those who are unaware? I spent the last week under the knife. My wisdom teeth hadn’t erupted and had gotten infected. The infection  had spread to my jaw which was reconstructed and the chain had to be replaced. In short? I was in a lot of pain and needed surgical removal of infected teeth and the chain used in reconstruction of my jaw.

Which is why the blog hasn’t been updated. I however had an opportunity to try and put some more photos up.  [Read more…]

Pitchguest – Sling your Hook Mate, You are Barred

It’s quite simple.

I run a three tier comment policy. Red/Yellow/Green. Red is basically a safe zone topic. It’s for people to discuss the issue in a positive way. I use it rarely. Most of my posts are in the green which is practically anything apart from bigotry goes.

I know for a fact that only one person was banned outright and that was for threatening my family. In the same time I have given people like Larry Silverman and various trolls, bigots and ne’er-do-wells ample opportunity to play by my incredibly relaxed rules.

Much to the chagrin of people who think I should simply ban on sight. But this is my blog. I moderate under my rules and my rules are pretty relaxed. I have seen other bloggers on other sites operate stricter policies.

In fact to be banned here, you must be a spectacular shit head. Simply incapable of understanding the rules or abiding by them. And they are very relaxed. In fact this is a regular issue in FTB where I am told to ban people outright but refuse to do so because “Everyone gets two chances here”. And Pitchguest blew both. [Read more…]

PTSD and Me(lody)

PTSD is a funny beast.

To suffer from it is not a form of weakness. It is your body and mind settling on a new norm.

[warning]This is about PTSD and in particular my take on it. I debated writing this. Then I was linked to the Daily Mail, Thunderfoot and A Voice for Men. And I did so to show solidarity. In addition? My comment policy is back. This is a red topic. Safe zone with topics germane to the conversation. [/warning]

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Jillboots – The Goal of Feminism

This was rather puzzling, in light of a post I had this shoved into the inbox of my email.

Again, people insist the MRA have nothing but the best intentions for men. And I repeatedly say “they do not, they just hate women and want women to suffer”. They bemoan the loss of historical privilege. Their big complaint is that they have to treat women as equals in a world where they are expected to be considerate of others.

So this is a list, a hilarious list of things that are wrong about what I do. The joke is I never really considered myself as a feminist. Others did. I picked up feminism through simply treating women as equals and being considerate. That’s really all I think you need.  [Read more…]