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Sterile_Technique

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I deleted my reddit when they backstabbed their 3rd party app devs. Came to Lemmy around the same time - have had no reason to look back. You’ll love it here!

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Meh, worse case scenario they drive us to extinction. We’ve had the wheel this far, and are doing our best to set the planet on fire / speed run different ways to mass murder each other anyway. I say give the robots a shot.

Think of it like an experimental medication on a terminally ill patient.

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Humans go extinct; orangutans evolve to become the chillest high intelligence in the history of the universe.

Sterile_Technique,
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…physicists have been questioning the fate of the universe since “physicist” became a thing.

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Idk, I can’t hear it over the neonazi fog-horn the GOP is blaring.

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Price cut doesn’t mean cheap. Target is basically Walmart products at Walgreens prices.

They used to sell Tim Tams, but ever since they stopped there hasn’t really been a reason to shop there.

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Some of them are capable of learning - they’re called 'ex conservatives '.

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Fucking hell, it’s like he’s trying to lose.

25 Years Later, I Am Now A Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Apologist (kotaku.com)

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is historically significant for many reasons: it was the first Star Wars movie in nearly 16 years, the last Star Wars movie shot on film, and a polarizing, pulpy entry in the storied space fantasy franchise. It debuted on May 19, 1999, 25 years ago almost to the day, and earned over $1...

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Totally sold on the Darth Jar Jar theory. So much supporting evidence, and it makes the shit that character does make so much more sense.

Re-watching Ep 1 through that lense made it a much better film imo.

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“Cave Johnson here. I have bad news, and I have good news. The bad news is that the AI we developed for our melee sentry turret concept developed a targeting error due to misinterpreting the verbal input ‘aim for center mass’. We think it misheard the last word. It only ever delivered nonfatal injuries to the test subjects rectal regions.

The good news is that one of our interns replaced the knife with a dildo and stationed one in his supervisor’s office along with a scathing resignation letter. The supervisor reported faster and more intense prostatic stimulation than any sex toy currently on the market - apparently this guy’s a connoisseur! HA!

The turrets have all been refitted with different sizes and shapes of dildos, and tight little studded leather vests. Testing will resume tomorrow morning: we’re rebranding and exploring its potential for the sex toy industry.

Also find that intern, we need to get him back as a paid employee - that type of innovative thinking shouldn’t go to waste!”

Sterile_Technique,
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Numbers can be (and VERY often are) spoofed. You might be hit up from some bot in India or something; get annoyed and block the number; and succeed in blocking some grandma in Ohio who has no idea her number was even used for that call.

It’s basically a heavily abused version of an office building with lots of specialty areas that each have their own actual phone number that can be called directly; but when they call out, your caller ID just shows the main line for that building, which prevents random people from calling back directly to that office.

Moral of the story: blocking spammers doesn’t do shit.

When they call, just let it ring and go to voice mail then ignore the voice mail, and don’t send any kind of response to their texts.

Your best option is to support the possibility that yours is an old number that’s no longer in use and thus not worthy of even a bot’s attention.

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Sweet flavors are nothing new on wings.

I wouldn’t expect to actually enjoy wings that get the sweet from koolaid, but fuck it I’m down to try a bite.

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If they thought that it was possible [to beat out] blackness,

Don’t give em any ideas. That’s actually far more plausible than trying to beat someone out of being gay or trans: the part of the dermis that actually has the concentration of melanin to make skin appear dark is like less than paper-thin. I’ve worked on black burn patients, and when that portion of their skin gets burned away, the skin (still skin, not subcutaneous or muscle or anything) that’s left is as white as mine, and I’m a pasty mofo.

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Warning - not gory necessarily, but if you’re squeamish you might want to skip this one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2KtvtY7MU0

This video shows a dermatome taking a skin graft from a dark skinned patient. A dermatome is basically a razor blade that vibrates and takes a specific thickness of skin… it’s basically the bastard child of a cheese slicer and those vibro-blades that some people obliterate their turkey with around November.

Anyway, this appears to be a partial-thickness graft, which means most of what they’re taking is the epidermis, and leaving the dermis mostly intact. Notice the contrast when the epidermis comes up.

…so many stupid problems through the entirety of our history over the biological equivalent to tissue paper. -_-

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Most of the ones I’ve done, we take it with the dermatome, then run it through a “mesher” which cuts little slits in an alternating pattern all over it, which allows the graft to expand and cover twice the area. Then you cut a piece large enough to cover the burn or wound or w/e needs the graft, stitch if into it, then stretch the remainder out and stitch it back to the site we cut it off from.

The ones I’ve done have all been split thickness grafts where we only take the epidermis; full thickness takes the dermis and epidermis, and I assume can work the same way with a mesher.

I don’t think subcutaneous tissue is ever grafted in that context - that’s more liposuction territory, which I’ve seen that grafted in facial plastics stuff like lip restoration.

I don’t recall ever grafting muscle.

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The how’s of skin healing are largely over my head - I’m a surgical tech, so my focus is mostly on surgery setup, knowing the surgery well enough to keep the surgeon equipped with the instrument they need throughout the surgery, tear down and clean up, rinse and repeat. Our education on physiology is pretty limited relative to everyone else in the OR, especially in my case since I was trained to be a surg tech when I joined the Air Force, and the military version is WAY abbreviated and requires no academic background (vs most civilian programs which require college level anatomy & physiology courses, and then actual surg tech school is like 5x as in depth compared to mil). I’ve only just recently caught up to my civ peers academically bc I took the prereqs for nursing school, for which there’s significant overlap with normal surg tech program prereqs. (just finished 1st semester of nursing school, woot woot!!)

…and tbh, grain of salt on civ surg tech program info I just mentioned - that’s all 2nd hand info from other techs that I just took at face value. I have no reason to doubt it, but still.

Aaaanywho, my understanding (which is like tip of the iceberg basic) is that the epidermis is mostly just the dead skin cells that flake up to the top to form the outer layer of your skin. The dermis underneath is vascularized, and healing pretty much starts with blood (delivering nutrients and platelets etc). So yeah, wounds heal from the edges inward and from the deeper parts outward. Wide area wounds can be painful af, have a high infection risk, and you lose a lot of fluid through them, so that’s where grafts come in to replace that protective outer layer, which acts as a barrier to pathogens and keeps the underlying tissue moist. Even with the mesher, the graft is effectively covered in holes to cover a wider area, but that still acts as a scaffolding for new tissue to form.

I imagine you get used to it, but I feel squeamish just looking at the graft, not to mention the injury that required it!

Yeah you get used to it. Funny thing with the AF: many active duty surgical techs are placed via “open general” which is a recruiting tool to place warm bodies in open job slots as fast as possible. Basically people go to a recruiter, aren’t picky about what they want to do once they enlist, so they just let the AF decide for them. Some of them get surg tech, and there’s an “Oh shit” moment when they realize medical jobs were on the menu and they’re the type that passes out at the sight of blood… TOO LATE, THEY ALREADY SIGNED! So they finish Basic, go to surg tech school, then go to work at the OR at an on base hospital where they STRUGGLE (in part because they’re a source of great fun for the other staff, lol) for about… 4 months. Much after that, them being elbow deep into a stranger’s abdomen to hold a bunch of intestines back out of the surgeons way is just another Tuesday, doesn’t phase em at all.

Squeamishness is just a matter of exposure; as that increases, so does tolerance.

…also on the off chance anyone reading this is considering enlisting into the AF, do not - DO NOT - go open general unless you’re sincerely cool with spending the next 4+ years doing ANY of the jobs listed in general, which is a massive category that could land you as a medic, cop, line cook, roach exterminator, weather, etc. And if you want medical and your recruiter recommends you go “open medical”, that doesn’t exist - there’s a number or email on the back of his business card to file complaints, write that motherfucker up for lying to you. Apparently that’s a common trick to get people to sign open general.

Sterile_Technique,
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That she ever made it out of the uterus is itself an argument in favor of abortion.

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It’s more like taking a digital copy into the test room with you and Ctrl+F’ing every question/answer.

Sterile_Technique,
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I mean you still gotta understand some shit for Ctrl+F to be helpful. If you’ve ever taken an open book quiz without prior study you’ll learn pretty quick that open book does NOT = easy A (depending on the class / prof I guess, but you get the gist).

So, open book Ctrl-F’able bar exam, I could probably get an okay score just on key word matching, not knowing jack shit about law; but it’d be far from a perfect score. Current state of machine learning appears to be in a comparable boat.

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