William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Sunday, 31, May, 2009

For Brigid and heather

Filed under: Food and Drink — williamthecoroner @ 13:04

Coffee fiends, both of them. I don’t pretend to understand the words, I think the point is the play of the sounds. And do I need an excuse to listen to Laurel Masse?

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When It Comes Together

Filed under: Garden — williamthecoroner @ 12:55

For years, I had one forlorn little milkweed plant near the back steps. They get kind of tall and leggy, and fall over if you don’t stake them. It produced about one pod per year. This year, happily I have half a dozen. I think they’re the common milkweed. Common milkweed They are all on the edge of the stone patio.
So, I’ve put in two monarda (bee balm)Monarda to keep them company, and sprinkled some of Burpee’s hummingbird and butterfly mix behind them, between the stone patio and the house.
If I’m lucky, I’ll get butterflies and hummingbirds. What I’ll probably get are bumbleBumbleBee-OnPavement and honeybees. honey-bee That’s fine. I rather like honey, and I’ve always thought it would be neat to have a bee hive. The problem is, of course, that I find working with buzzing, stinging insects to be very aversive. I like the concept of owning beehives. The actualality of owning one, not so much.

Now, This Is Just Ridiculous

Filed under: Blogania — williamthecoroner @ 10:15

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Friday, 29, May, 2009

Sappy Cat Blogging

Filed under: Cat Blogging — williamthecoroner @ 10:24

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Noodle on the porch.

Tuesday, 26, May, 2009

If TV Science was More Like Real Science

Filed under: Forensics,Science,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 10:24

Hat tip, Lili.  phd040609sFrom PHD comics

Monday, 25, May, 2009

Recessional

Filed under: Poetry — williamthecoroner @ 22:02

God of our fathers, known of old–
Lord of our far-flung battle line
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine–
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The captains and the kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe–
Such boasting as the Gentiles use
Or lesser breeds without the law–
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard–
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard–
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy mercy on Thy people, Lord!

–Rudyard Kipling

Saturday, 23, May, 2009

Beginning of the Summer Season

Filed under: Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 17:13

It is interesting, how things change over time.  In the ancient world, the new year didn’t start until March (Spring).  The late winter and early spring were times of privation, where you ate up the rest of your supplies of meat (carne, i.e. carivale) lest they go bad and had forty or so days of tight rations.

With transportation and all, I we’ve moved away from those times.  It is nice to be able to get fresh fruit in winter-pricey, but nice.

Memorial Day is the official start of summer, though speaking of disconnects, they’re still playing basketball this week.  I thought that was a winter sport.  White shoes and straw hats can come out of storage–like anyone still has them, and be out until Labor day.  The Cleveland Indians will, once again, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and end up in the cellar.  What else is new.  The Church of the Annunciation is having their festival on W14th st.  It just isn’t memorial day weekend without a visit and picking up some Greek pastries.

There are still memorial markers on South Park and Liberty (now MLK) Boulevard.  I passed Highland Park Cemetery yesterday with rows and rows of flags.  We still enjoy unprecedented freedoms and liberties, thanks to the efforts of those who serve and have served, whom I’m afraid will get short shrift in the coming years.   As the WWII generation is dying off, the people who fought in WWI and the Great Rebellion are forgotten except for oddly-dressed statues in parks.   It is a pity that to honor more recent folks, the older ones are forgotten.

Friday, 22, May, 2009

Sappy Cat Blogging

Filed under: Cat Blogging — williamthecoroner @ 21:18

It’s Friday, so it’s time for SAPPY CAT BLOGGING.  Today’s sappy cat folks are the people at Crib Candy who prove that you can spend a whole lot of money on your pet.  I like having your house opitmized for your cats–I kind of like the runways.  I also like the modern cat beds you hang on a wall, AND the in box for cats.  I want one for work.

Remember, too to vote for the Rainbow Connection Animal Foundation at the Shelter Challenge.

Monday, 18, May, 2009

On the Road Again

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 20:42

Off to an irritating meeting, in a city I don’t enjoy, in a hotel that doesn’t have the food network or a decent restaurant.  I don’t MIND eating at a steakhouse, but they closed their inexpensive joint, so my choices for dinner are room service or a forty-buck minimum.

I’ll take the room service.  Talk amongst yourselves.

Saturday, 16, May, 2009

Hecate and Oleg on Self Defense

Filed under: Politics,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 20:26

As a forensic pathologist, I run into people who are having very bad days.  One ME’s office has the motto “Our day starts when your day ends.”  Bad things happen, but how we respond to them is key.  Hecate has an essay that is worth reading. The key grafs:

We cannot always control what happens to us in life, but we are absolutely in full control of how we let it affect us.

And anyone who would take that away from me has a vested interest in preventing victims from evolving into independent survivors.

Oleg Volk expresses it in visual formselfdefense_8257v3

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