Cecil the Combat Wombat: Platypus Platoon

Serving with distinction in the military may earn you medals and promotions, but it also earns you more headaches. The reward for a job well done is more work, and our hero Cecil is discovering that as the new project officer for P.U.S.S., or Project for Utilization of Sentient Species, the Australian Army’s newest effort to integrate uplifted animals into ...

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Moar Progris!

Broke 100 laps in the pool again today. Did 103 laps in 90 minutes. Even better, that average heart rate was down to 92 in one minute, and 72 in ten minutes. That’s pretty damned good cardiovascular recovery for an athlete, much less a fat guy trying to get in shape.Weighed in at 348.7 pounds this morning, down 3.3 pounds ...

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Milestones and Breakthroughs

Hit a couple of personal records running in the pool today:Did 75 laps in 60 minutes, a personal best. Hit 100 laps in 82 minutes, also the most ever.Kept going and hit 109 laps in 90 minutes, although the last nine or so were more of a drunken weave/stagger.354 pounds on the scale today, another 1.5 pounds down in the ...

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Progress

On April 14, 2023 I suffered a life-threatening massive pulmonary embolus. I had a DVT that I had ignored/rationalized for nearly a year that turned out to extend from my mid-calf to lower thigh, and on April 14 a big chunk of it broke loose and tried to kill me. I had major clots in both main pulmonary arteries and ...

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On Scene: An Excerpt

It was often said that I had no brakes on my Dare Car, and today’s shopping trip proved it. I was browsing the maternity section at Lane Bryant, and not for clothes for Mary. Thus far, Operation Impregnation had produced zero results, but I vowed to soldier on and do my part in the procreation process no matter how many ...

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LibertyCon AAR

Spent the weekend at LibertyCon in Chattanooga. LibertyCon is a very pro-heavy sci-fi and fantasy con that typically sells out within 30 minutes of opening ticket sales. They had nearly 1500 attendees this year. Larry Correia was 2023 Guest of Honor and did his usually stellar job of being gracious and available for pros and fans alike. Larry typically conducts ...

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Book Review: “Sirens, Lights and Lawyers”

One of the most egregious disservices to EMS students is what passes for medicolegal education in EMT or Paramedic school. Far too often, students are subjected to myth, dogma and outright bullshit from instructors who have at best a superficial understanding of the subject, most of whom have never had their lessons taught or vetted by an actual lawyer. This ...

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Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day. Normally, most of us would have spent the weekend grilling burgers and visiting with relatives, or lounging on a beach somewhere, or watching a baseball game in an opulent stadium, overpriced beer and hot dog in hand, but let’s not forget the meaning of the day. So when you partake in your Memorial Day festivities, try ...

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Swamp Rabbit Prehospital Medicine Conference

This week to celebrate EMS Week, I had the privilege of giving a few talks at the Swamp Rabbit Prehospital Medicine Conference put on by Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, SC. It was a well-run and attended conference with a great lineup of speakers. Besides myself, there was Scott Weingart holding a ...

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Kindle Direct Publishing Raises Print Prices

Starting June 20, 2023, Amazon is raising prices on all books published through Kindle Direct Publishing, supposedly to better align with current paper and materials costs. It’s a pretty substantial bump. My full-length books, both hardcover and paperback, will be about $4 more expensive per copy. Get yours while they’re (relatively) cheap.

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