William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Saturday, 26, February, 2011

This Love Will Carry Me–Dougie McLean

Filed under: Poetry — williamthecoroner @ 17:31

It’s a thin line that leads us and keeps a man from shame
And dark clouds quickly gather along the way he came
There’s fear out on the mountain and death out on the plain
There’s heartbreak and heart-ache in the shadow of the flame

This love will carry, this love will carry me
I know this love will carry me

The strongest web will tangle, the sweetest bloom will fall
And somewhere in the distance we try and catch it all
Success lasts for a moment and failure’s always near
And you look down at your blistered hands as turns another year

This love will carry, this love will carry me
I know this love will carry me

These days are golden, they must not waste away
For our time is like that flower and soon it will decay
And though by storms we’re weakened, uncertainty is sure
And like the coming of the dawn it’s ours for evermore

But love will carry, this love will carry me
I know this love will carry me

Friday, 25, February, 2011

Sappy Cat Blogging!

Filed under: Cat Blogging — williamthecoroner @ 18:16

Its Friday, so it’s time for SAPPY CAT BLOGGING! Woo-hoo!

Tuesday, 22, February, 2011

The Girandoni Air Rifle

Filed under: Boomstick — williamthecoroner @ 05:57

Bartolomeo Girandoni was an Austrian watchmaker who developed a military caliber air rifle in the late 1700’s. It was used by Austria-Hungary, but was withdrawn from service because the delicate mechanisms didn’t hold up to well to mud and grime. Meriwether Lewis carried a .45 caliber one with the Corps of Discovery. A little video of it is here:

These non-powder firearms had the advantages of being quiet and not spewing black powder smoke. I would think that their ignition train was also faster than one of a flintlock or even a percussion cap. I have a case of a homicide from an air-rifle appearing in the literature, it’s been accepted, but I don’t know when it will see print.

Monday, 21, February, 2011

Quilts for Soldiers

Filed under: In Memoriam,Medical — williamthecoroner @ 07:34

It was started by a Maryland quilt guild. The quilters wanted to provide a quilt for every wounded service member coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. There were more soldiers than quilters, and the project expanded. It is now called Quilts of Valor. Anne Bonney has made one, here it is at the Lake Farmpark Quilt Show.
Here is a photo of the interior of a C-17 Globemaster returning with the servicemen and the quilts.

Further photo and story HERE.

Saturday, 19, February, 2011

Over the Transom

Filed under: Haterade,Medicine — williamthecoroner @ 18:53

And you wonder why there is a medical malpractice problem in the United States?  I get this e-mail.

My orthopedic surgeon made an incision on the outside of my knee during a partial knee replacement surgery by mistake. He sutured it up and then made an incision on the inside of my knee which was the correct area. He mentioned paying for cosmetic surgery at my 2 week check up, but never brought it up again. I don’t have to see him again for another nine months. Is this a common mistake and what if anything should I do about the extra 4″ scar on my knee?

My Response:
Ignore it and go about your business.

First off, one of the definitions of medical malpractice is a mistake that causes harm to a patient. An extra scar on a knee where you had surgery? I’m hard pressed to describe that as a harm. Granted, it’s not my leg, but on the other hand, I wear pants– you know what I mean.
C’mon. It was nice of the doctor to offer plastic surgery to make it less noticeable. Either take him up on it, or ignore it. If it were me, I’d ignore it.

Friday, 18, February, 2011

Sappy Cat Blogging

Filed under: Cat Blogging — williamthecoroner @ 21:18

It’s Friday, so it’s time for Sappy Cat Blogging.

here are dudes with beards and cats.

Here are feline reactions to bearded men.

Wednesday, 16, February, 2011

Well, That Was Interesting

Filed under: Cleveland,Forensics — williamthecoroner @ 22:30

I was walking out of the library, and one of the local cops pulling security detail there, says “Hey, aren’t you Dr. Zeus? You did that autopsy over on Norman St., where the drunk guy killed the bartender!  You do good work!”

Which is very nice.  He’s referencing a case from nine years ago and three different jobs ago, but I obviously made an impression on him.  (BTW, it wasn’t Norman St. and it wasn’t a bartender.)

Monday, 14, February, 2011

Happy VD!

Filed under: Circle Game,Japery — williamthecoroner @ 18:00

And, for you romantics out there, a song.

Sunday, 13, February, 2011

I am officially old

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 22:10

I just saw the photos of the people arriving at the Grammy awards, and I did not recognize any of them.

Saturday, 12, February, 2011

At Least There Was No Boiling Water (Sappy Cat Blogging)

Filed under: Cat Blogging — williamthecoroner @ 13:23

The wife of a MP broke into her husband’s lover’s apartment and stole a grey tabby kitten.  Photos and a reward notice have been posted in the House of Commons.  Story HERE.

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