Archive for October, 2008

Pancreatic Cancer Sucks

October 31, 2008

Love the button found on Sandra Martin’s bulletin board — this photo is part of a series of interviews with people battling pancreatic cancer on New York Times online.

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Totally Inappropriate E-cards

October 31, 2008

There’s not always a Hallmark card when you need one. Example: this morning my husband wanted to send a card to a friend of his who has been diagnosed with leukemia. What on earth do you say? “Sorry you’ve got a really terrible incurable disease?”  There’s no good way to handle it, really. But it reminded me that we’ve got a bunch of e-cards for moments that Hallmark has left untouched. In a post about really awful e-cards on Best Week Ever, someone linked to our miscarriage card, which is, yes, totally inappropriate. So if you don’t know what to say, try one of our ridiculous cards — they’re free!

As Seen On TV (sort of)

October 28, 2008

I just learned our heart had a bit part in last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy! You can see Mr. Heart momentarily shared the screen with Dr. Cristina Yang — there in the right hand corner (blink and you would have have missed it). Apparently one of the hospital’s interns was trying to curry favor (and express a little love) to one of the doctors by decorating his locker — and what says “I Love You” better than one of our hearts?

That’s the intern, Lexie, holding the heart. The episode’s main drama centered around a historic six-way kidney transplant — the coolest part being that one of the surgeons (Derek) gives another surgeon (Meredith) a diseased kidney in a jar as a gift. Check it:

Now that is a cool gift. Maybe nothing says “I Love You” to a surgeon like a diseased kidney in a jar.

Days of Our Liver

October 27, 2008

That poor spleen, always venting. Fabulous comic by SophieLynette, as seen on Days of Our Liver, part of 24 hour comics day. I love the way the organs are floating around in the body — that’s bladder talking to the liver (the one with the luggage — he’s a transplant, don’t ya know). Keep clicking “next” to read the whole thing!

Knit Me a Uterus and I’ll Sing You a Song

October 24, 2008

What could be cooler than a knitted uterus? Um, I don’t know, perhaps that fact that a doctor made it? Peep the amazing knits over at Fresh MD, the blog of our new fave crafty doc. Take a look also at the virus doilies (by artist Laura Splan), dissected human knitted brains (from, wouldn’t you know it? The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art — I guess our brain wouldn’t be invited) and Splan’s awesome plush Prozac. Who couldn’t use one of those?

I Am 18.7% Phlegm — What’re You?

October 23, 2008

What’s more addictive than crack? Why, online polls, of course! I just took one that breaks down your personality via your four “humours” — blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. Yummy! Basically, if you say you want to crawl in a hole and die anytime anything bad ever happens to you, you’ve got a lot of phlegm. If you’re in a rage anytime anything bad happens, you’ve got a lot of black bile. Go ahead, waste some time, take this poll. And speaking of bile, there’s a cute little gallbladder on sale in Steals + Deals cheep cheep cheep.

One-of-a-Kind Art Magnets

October 23, 2008

After cutting up gland magnets for our recent contest, we were left with some magnet sheet waste, so I busted out my handy Sharpie and got to work doodling a bunch of special mini-magnets. They are super-small, ranging from dime-size to Kennedy dollar-coin size, and they are for sale in our shop. Just ten seven sets left, so get ’em while they last. They are blind-pick, but if you ask sweetly, I can pick out an organ or two that you want, if it’s available.

Glandy Winners!

October 21, 2008

Our in-house selection committee member (pictured) randomly picked the two lucky winners of our gland magnet contest — Elizabeth of Michigan and Joanne of Winnipeg! Congrats, ladies. Joanne works in pediatric endocrinology, so she is extra excited to get her happy glands on. Thanks to everyone who played! We hope to have another contest soon, so come back soon.

Beware the Gutpuppet

October 21, 2008

Some gorgeous-looking guts appeared in my mailbox the other day via artist Molly Mac Fedyk, whose latest visual art project is centered around bodyparts, organs and so-called Gutpuppets, guts that move and gush to the artist’s bidding. Very cool innards, in paintings, video and mised media, so take a look!

Full of Heart

October 20, 2008

Photographer Max Gerber — he shoots for TIME, Newsweek, LA Weekly, and more — finished up a project very near and dear to his heart earlier this year — a book of photographs and interviews that documents kids with congenital heart defects. The best thing about the book, called “My Heart vs. The Real World,” is that it includes gorgeous portraits of kids doing regular kid stuff. Gerber documents their lives as they live them — meaning they are not necessarily defined entirely by their heart troubles. Yes, they have pacemakers and doctor’s visits and hospital stays, but they are also just regular kids, and Max snaps their portraits as he does in his professional work — with great sensitivity and a fabulous eye for detail and composition. You can check out some of the snaps on Max’s blog.