Yes we have a new blog

Yes, we have a new blog. And yes I kind of like it.

Look, no website’s perfect. FTB’s got a huge writer pool and our old problem was that new blogs languished at the bottom of a front page that was designed according to when the author joined. This was fine when FTB was half a dozen authors. We are on 32 and growing. If we simply alphabetised it then I would have the advantage (if you note? Since my blog starts with an A, I would be at the top of the Blog Roll). So we decided on categories. A way to get people to read according to interests rather than blog loyalty and to help many of the guys at the bottom of the blog roll with greater awareness.

And also for people to realise we aren’t just “SJW” (Social Justice Warlocks) but we write on a myriad of topics.

If you have any suggestions to improve how we work, leave em in the comments.

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?

Criticising an Atheist Horseman – Sam Harris is wrong about Israel and Palestine

I had exams. So I let this slide. My next two are on Saturday and Sunday so I have some time to field this one.

Sam Harris’s take on Israel and Palestine shows an incredible naivety about the situation and buys into the whole notion that the conflict is purely religious in nature. Let’s break it down.

And I fear that writing this will get me accused of being a secret Muslim. The count of accusations due to the prior piece was at 43.  [Read more...]