Late night, late post

My temporary workstation

I’m a bit delayed this week thanks to being crazy busy. It was only a week, but felt like a month looking back at the last post. I had an anatomy test (pretty easy), presentation (not so easy, but it’s over), and I also had a two hour meeting with one of my group mates for a presentation next week. The presentation today was on space physiology, because my group theme was physiology at extremes, and I went for the most extreme! Going into space is no picnic, and there are a lot of problems that come along with it. The one that struck me as pretty extreme is the rate of bone density loss in microgravity. After a year in space, you would lose about 20% of your bone density, which is on par with an elderly women with osteoporosis. The changes all seem negative, but it’s really just the body adapting to the new environment where muscles and bones aren’t under nearly as much stress, and as a result are surplus to requirements. That’s enough space for now; I don’t want to get into another presentation!

Nucky Thompson
Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

As you can see from the picture, I’m working from bed, so the post will be a bit later. Not only am I on my favourite keyboard, I’m also drinking my favourite cider which happens to be Magners pear cider. I was looking for the new Stella Artois Cidre, but alas it was not to be found. I’m sitting here typing this and watching Breaking Bad season 4, which is still an awesome show. I have’t been able to keep up as much this week thanks to the workload, but I did get seeing a couple of episodes of season 2 of Boardwalk Empire. Another fantastic show, if you haven’t watched it, it’s set in prohibition era Atlantic City, and primarily follows Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the corrupt county treasurer. It’s loosely based around real events, with a lot of creative license taken, and the usual HBO stuff to jazz it up. Aside from that, it’s really good and definitely worth watching. I also watched the first episode of Battlestar Galactica which seemed good, but at the same time confusing as hell. I started watching from series 1, episode 1, yet it still said “previously on Battlestar Galactica” which threw me off. I guess I need to start with the mini-series before getting into the main thing, so my judgement will be reserved until then.

House MD

My House ensemble got another airing on Tuesday night, for the BMSA Halloween party. It seemed to get a mixed review though, as some people knew who I was straight away, but others had no idea. Apparently not that many medics watch House, which I was rather suprised about. It’s the perfect hospital show, combining mystery and medicine. And there’s another series that’s currently airing (season 8).

I got playing a bit of piano too. Classical is calling again, and I’m way in over my head with Mozart and Beethoven, but it’s just too hard. I need a teacher again! Aside from that, I played a bit of guitar too. And because it’s Halloween, I can play the Halloween theme without sounding weird.

Gaming hasn’t been that much of a priority lately, though Niall did bring down Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence which I still haven’t played. There’s quite a collection of Wii, Gamecube and PS2 games now, though I’ve barely had any time. I did get playing the Discworld Ankh-Morpork board game at Sci-Fi club, which was extremely fun. The game looked complicated at the start, but as soon as I started to play everything made sense. Thanks to the personality card I had, I won the game, and the game lasted less than an hour making it a lot more productive than Monopoly. Now that it’s coming up to Halloween, you should check out Battlefield Heroes. I haven’t played it for a good few months now, but it’s always a fun one. I just associate it with this time of year since that was the first time I played it, two years ago.

My phone is also back in my possession, and working perfectly. I don’t know how I ever lived without it, though it is providing too much of a distraction in lectures. Who needs anatomy lectures when you have the speed anatomy app! I don’t know what they fixed (they didn’t tell me anything), but I’m none the wiser, so hopefully it doesn’t happen again.

I think that’s pretty much everything for now, but as always, I’ll update if something else comes up.

2 responses to “Late night, late post”

  1. Boardwalk Empire looks interesting — although I’ve never got around to watching it! Also, assuming you are taking questions on your blog presentation: does the human body, after one year in space, adapt well again to earth’s gravity?

  2. It’s very good. I am always open to questions! Well, it seems to depend on the astronaut. After return to earth following a mission that long, it normally takes 1-2 months to gain back the muscle mass, and up to a year for bone density to return to normal. For the most part, I think the astronauts have to be careful upon return to earth, and they undergo rehabilitation to regain the function. I wasn’t aware of this before, but the Professor of Applied Physiology in QUB told me that a few Russian cosmonauts died straight after stepping off their spacecraft, so I guess your body can become so adapted for space that you can no longer cope on Earth. Those are rare cases though, and I think the majority of people cope fine after rehab. Interesting question! 🙂

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