..at least my portuguese is improving.
btw this is andrea. she works for the brazilian census bureau. she also plays drums.
understand it's a popular thing to say, but randall munroe is certainly a genius.
consider this a reasonable summary of the country.
read bulgakov's a country doctor's notebook. in the years of the revolution, a physician fresh out of medical school sent to rural russia.
i suppose you've done a lot of amputations, doctor?
and since it was a man it could not be the worst of all - childbirth
'a transverse lie is a wholly unfavorable position.' too true. wholly unfavorable both for the woman and for a doctor who only qualified six months ago
for another hour after that, sipping my cooling tea, i sat over it, turning the pages. and an interesting thing happened: all the previously obscure passages became entirely comprehensible, as though they had been flooded with light; and there, at night, under the lamplight in the depth of the countryside i realised what real knowledge was
the day turned out splendidly. after doing my round, i spent the rest of the time lounging around my quarters, whistling snatches of opera, smoking, drumming my fingers on the windowpanes. outside was a sight i had never seen before. there was no sky and no earth - only twisting, swirling whiteness, sideways and aslant, up and down, as though the devil had gone mad with a packet of tooth-powder
no one is to be blamed for my death
hydrochloric morphium is terrifying stuff
and if the patient is a married woman, the husband will come to the surgery and throw a chair at you..we all smiled, although there is nothing very funny about people hurling chairs around the surgery
oh, don't worry - i killed him all right. trust my experience as a surgeon