William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Sunday, 18, April, 2010

The Most Exciting Thing I’ve Done This Week

Filed under: Food and Drink,Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 11:43

Is learn how to prepare bacon by baking in the oven.  How pathetic is that?

I also can tell you that you still can burn bacon if you bake it in the oven and you don’t take it out soon enough.  It doesn’t burn as fast as the stuff on top of the stove, but oh, well.

Tuesday, 26, January, 2010

Why Try?

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 09:55

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.

Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, 30, December, 2009

Here and Now

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything.,Links to Greatness,Poetry — williamthecoroner @ 13:03

The sun must set to rise
The light will leave your eyes again
Then breaking like morning’s dawn
Does summer feel the winter come

The hardest part of life
Is to live while you’re alive my friend
So sing an unwritten song
Or repent for the deeds you left undone

This is Here
This is Now
It’s the moment that we live for
And we just can’t live without
It’s all clear to me now
We’ve already started dying
And our time is running out
Oh, Right Now

Time is ours to steal
She’s a secret to reveal my friend
And when your children have all grown
You’ll wait by the window
And wish them all back home

Walk a little further off the beaten path
And we’ll drive on even if we get there last
Our backs against the wall
And we will lunge and bite
And we’ll rage, rage, rage
against the dying of the light

C2008 Great Big Sea

Thursday, 24, December, 2009

Christmas Eve

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything.,Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 15:36

Peace on Earth, goodwill to Men. A new covenant. And here is Eileen Ivers and her group doing “Do You Hear What I Hear” from An Nallaig, An Irish Christmas: 06 – Do You Hear What I Hear

Monday, 21, December, 2009

Shortest Night of the Year

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 21:23

Go outside and light a fire, or a sparkler, or something and call back the sun. It’s bloody dark out there.

Monday, 7, December, 2009

Happy Birthday

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 20:58


Tuesday, 1, December, 2009

‘Tis The Season

Filed under: Bleg,Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 13:49

One of the nice things of having a job is the ability to get stuff you want.  Of course, I do have expensive tastes and finite funds.  I can’t get everything I want.  (and if Santa wants to put an F4AU on my front lawn, I surely would not complain).  But seriously, I’m really quite blessed in what I have and I’m well aware that there are many folks in the world who are worse off than me.

For many years, I’ve been a big supporter of Heifer InternationalOriginally founded in response to the devastation in Europe after World War II, this charity give agricultural animals, supplies, and support to people in need.  The catch is, and I really like this, is the recipient is bound to pass on the gift to others in the community.  Animals reproduce, after all, so one can pass on their offspring and create a chain reaction of giving.

One can fund projects as large as a reforestation effort or as small as a clutch of eggs.  I’m putting my money towards this project this year, and for most of the holiday giving I’ll be baking.  I urge you to pass along your gifts at this time of year, in the manner of your choosing.

If you want to go in with me on a Heifer gift, drop me a line in comments.

Wednesday, 25, November, 2009


Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 23:44

Happy Harvest to those who turn the soil, who turn the crops, and who hopefully turn a profit. For the rest of us, let us appreciate what we have and recognize that we are blessed.
Here are a few of mine:

1. A good family, who is supportive and
2. Good friends, ones who will bring me rifles, or shovels
depending on my need
3. Useful work, that pays a good salary and provides for
4. Good food for my table and
5. Interesting things to do and study and learn
6. My cats, who give me love in their own furry way
7. A solid roof over my head protected by
8. Good men and women here at home and in the uttermost parts of
the world who secure
9. That shining city upon the hill.

For this and all His mercies may I be truly grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Tuesday, 18, August, 2009

Further Thoughts on Talent and Character

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 12:27

In the comments of a previous post, commenter Pelican raises some interesting points, and that leads to something I would like to continue to investigate.  Something I’ve read on other blogs. Namely, at what point does talent, be it sporting talent, political acumen, writing talent, whatever, make up for, even outweigh, moral wrongs committed by the talented person.  To give a couple of examples:

  1. A young campaign staffer gets a ride home with a talented rising politician.  There is a car crash, and the politician escapes and goes to bed, waiting to inform the police (though communication was available) for several hours.
  2. A cabbie comes upon another cabbie, his brother, who is being stopped by a policeman.  The policeman is shot and dies.  The brother refuses to speak as to what happened, the cabbie is convicted, and becomes a writer in prison.  He is lauded for his accomplishments, and his accomplishments are put forward as a reason to mitigate his sentence.
  3. A young woman cooperates with her young lover to kill the lover’s mother, bashing her in the head with a brick.  They are sent to prison.  When released, they are given new identities and new lives.  The woman goes on to be a popular mystery writer.

I can sort of see the last one, after all, one writes what one knows.  For the others though, their talents seem to erase their deeds.

Perhaps, as Pelican put it, it does come down to the severity of the deed.  I really can’t get too exercised over baseball statistics.  I don’t KNOW what an RBI is, all I know is the Indians start out good and end up in the cellar.   Death of another human being or wanton, vicious cruelty for profit is quite another kettle of fish than sports betting.

But then, one returns to Bernie Madoff.  A manipulator, a thief on a grand scale, true.  His crimes were non-violent, and were committed with the help of his victims.  One had to pursuade Bernie to take your money.  He didn’t handle the small fish, no, it was the big ones.

So is that the take home point, if one is going to commit crimes, kill and steal from the people who are helpless and have no one to avenge them?  Eugh.

Monday, 27, July, 2009

Forensics and Hollywood

Filed under: Forensics,Life, the universe, & everything. — williamthecoroner @ 12:43

When time was, before medicine ate my life, I did some acting. That was enjoyable. Now, I know where my talents lie, and they don’t lie on the stage. I have a cousin who works on Broadway, and though I admire his talent, I could not live with the amount of uncertainty in his life. I would, however, like to be a consultant for projects that have forensic or pathology themes. There are plenty of agencies that help lawyers find consultants, but I know very few folks that help writers or producers find consultants. I have a web presence (obviously, you’re reading this,) but I don’t know of a serious forensic path person who has been consulted by creative types.*

I don’t seem to be alone. Via TAM, tgace gives the top ten reasons he hates movies and TV I agree. I’ve posted Frank Shonberger’s reasons why CSI makes him scream before:

10. You cant get DNA results in an hour. (Spoken normally, almost warily)
9. Hummer H2s are not likely to be used as a crime scene vehicle.
8. Unlike the CSI who was able to quit her strip job after getting her CSI position, its rumored that some criminalists still have to strip for extra money.
7. DNA data and Drug data do not come off the same instrument.
6. It can take 40 people 6 months to do the work one CSI does in an hour.
5. Despite the fact that CSI solves 100% of the cases, the crime rate in Las Vegas doesn’t drop.
4. We have bright, buzzing fluorescent lights instead of sexy blue lighting.
3. Proper crime scene attire is Tyvek gowns and latex gloves, not leather pants and high heels. [pity WZB]
2. Not enough underwear [ditto, WZB]
1. YOU CANT GET DNA RESULTS IN AN HOUR!!!!!!! (Pound on desk and speak
through clenched teeth for effect!)
M. Frank Shonberger

Using the Three to Mao theory, I do have a friend who has some connections to show runners in Hollywood. This friend is helpful enough. The industry is odd enough (and the connections are loose enough) [come to think of it, MY screws are loose enough] that I doubt anything would come of it. Also, actual knowledge of a subject might get in the way of the storytelling, no matter how dumb it gets. Perhaps writers and producers don’t know what they don’t know.

*Actually, only one.

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