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Forum: Pentax K-3 11 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Apparently our lecturer starts out rather generic, pointing at something and asking us to give an introduction, then delving into the detail. If he points at e.g. the lungs or hands me the heart I'm really rather tempted to stare him in the eye and say "Here we have the right foot." or something like that :D Then get serious again and give a proper answer, because I'm not completely crazy.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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I'll have one (or rather a bucket) tomorrow if I pass my first anatomy exam. Being quizzed at the cadaver for about ten minutes about everything throat and thorax related. It's so much to study, and no one knows what to expect, and everyone is shit scared ... :confused: Last year one lecturer failed 14 out of the 20 students at his two tables :eek: You've got several tries, but the next module has already begun, more exams are coming, and if you don't pass first try stuff starts piling up in a way that you end up in a bad place.
Forum: Pentax K-3 16 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Tea is where your heart is :) Also, in certain parts of the world (e.g. Scotland) 'tea' can also mean dinner, leading to me inadvertently inviting a couple of friends over for dinner once when in fact I only planned of having 'a cuppa' with them. Then it turned into a year of weekly potlucks.
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Well, and that's the reason :lol: Among pretty much everything else, the CNS regulates respiration and cardiac rhythm. E.g. the latter is controlled through the vegetative nervous system (Tr. sympathicus and N. vagus => just studying these for my first real exam on Monday :D). Now imagine what happens if your CNS is being depressed (= lower activity), and you enhance that effect with alcohol.

I like my heart beating and my lungs breathing ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 4 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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And here's why:
















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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 5 Days Ago  
60-250 SDM going bad or a different issue?
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Sounds like the infamous Pentax SDM-failure. Just google around for that term and you'll find plenty of material ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 6 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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The skirt I never tried, the cat torture I had to google, the sheep guts I only tried months before I left and it was DE-LIC-IOUS (or maybe it was just the girl that invited me?), the iron girders are crispy, the highland cattle are so hardy they've exported them to the Arctic and they do very well there, and the talking funny bit - yes, they do. Especially in Dundee, where people say "Twa pehs, twa plehn bridies an'an'inyin'in'an'a." and mean "Two pies, two plain bridies, and an onion bridie." :lol:

In the cities it's a funny place, in the pubs a cozy one, and in the Highlands a magical and beautiful one.



That stuff's nasty. Had it once, never again! We have a guy in my former university's hiking, mountaineering and climbing club who doesn't drink any alcohol, but often goes through five cans of Irn Bru on a pub night. He'd bring dozens with him for weekend trips to huts, if access allowed for it. The only time he ever refused one was when a lovely Slovenian exchange student tried to bribe her way into a booked-out trip. I took a hilarious picture of him, can of Irn Bru hovering under his nose, his eyes saying 'YES!', his arm extended in refusal, and everyone staring at him or into the camera with utter disbelief in their eyes, mouths gaping. It was a historic moment! :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-08-2017, 12:53 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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My MSc supervisor, who, as I mentioned, is nearing retirement as a consultant in addiction psychiatry and has been treating people with opioid addictions for decades, had a herniated disc a couple of years ago. For the first time in his life he got morphine. "One minute I was in severe pain, the next I was floating on cotton candy", he told me. "For the first time I really understood why they're all crazy for that stuff!"

Strongest I've ever had was a Paracetamol/Codein combination after having all my wisdom teeth removed in one session. Can't say I felt much except for the tooth pain going away.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-06-2017, 04:33 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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From a botanical standpoint they are, from a nutritional standpoint they are classified as starchy foods. In the UK they don't actually count as one of your recommended 'five-a-day'.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-06-2017, 03:07 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Reminds me of a joke my best friend once told me. He's from Malaysia and we had just met.

"What do you do if your dishwasher stops working? ... Slap the *insertwordforafemalecaninehere*!"

I didn't get it. I just stood there wondering what's so funny about slapping an electrical appliance to get it to work again. He had to explain to me that pretty much every upper-middle class family in Malaysia has a live-in maid. I met his family's one years later when I visited, she's lovely and being treated as part of the family, so thankfully the joke was just that :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2017, 12:13 PM  
Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 on a k1?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Oddly enough, poor sharpness is not something I've ever heard or read about with this lens. In fact, Photozone wrote that "Its primary strength is an extremely high resolution across the image frame combined with minimal CAs. There're few if any lenses which can rival the Samyang here which is nothing short of sensational for such an low cost product ..." ePhotozine writes: "Excellent sharpness in the centre at f/2.8 and across the frame when stopped down to f/5.6 or beyond"

The issue one mainly reads about is a wavy distortion pattern that makes it unsuitable for architectural photography, but can be fixed to an extent that it's perfectly fine for landscapes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2017, 09:51 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 on a k1?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Everyone suggesting various Pentax primes as alternatives, yet no one has mentioned the Samyang/Rokinon/Bower 14 f/2.8 yet. THE lens for astrophotography, universally adored across systems, and quite affordable, too.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-05-2017, 08:20 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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It's around 23 and a half Schwoinks here in Munich, but supposed to go into the negative Kaschwebbels soon.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-05-2017, 04:50 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Here's another one. I call it ... wait, no, this one isn't getting a name, because the only fitting one would attract the mods :confused:

Anyway, back in the day when my primary supervisor, now close to retirement, was still starting out as a junior doctor, he worked in neurology in a hospital in Glasgow. They had a middle-aged woman with a serious lower spine injury. Until they figured out whether it was operable they put her in some kind of wire mesh contraption that was designed to completely keep her from moving, but in order to provide a bit of a change of positions it was attached to two poles at the front and back end, so she could be turned on her belly or her back, a bit like a pig being roasted over a campfire.

Some very important surgeon was being flown in from the US to have a look. Apparently a rather self-important man, he stormed into the ward immediately demanding to see the patient. My supervisor was assigned to take him to the room. As they entered, the surgeon just walked up to the patient, stuck a finger up her ... backside, pulled it out, proclaimed that they'd be operating tomorrow, and left. The patient, turned on her belly and thus unable to see anything, wailed "WHO WAS THAT?!", to which my supervisor, quite the cheeky guy, nonchalantly replied: "I don't know, I thought you knew him?!"

:D

Now, of course there was a medical background to the whole 'sticking a finger up her bum' procedure: the surgeon was assessing the anal sphincter's tone in order to check whether the muscle is still correctly being innervated. If it reacts/constricts, there are still signals getting through the spine all the way down to the anus. However, I believe nowadays you'd immediately lose your job if you just walked up to a patient and wordlessly and unannouncedly stuck a finger up their bum :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-04-2017, 03:48 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Yep, I've heard stories like that. However, since formaldehyde has been classified as a 'possible human carcinogenic', regulations have become very strict. The Bavarian ministry in charge actually tried to close down all dissection classes, but our department head went through a lot of hassle and a costly renovation, including installation of advanced ventilation systems that suck the air right out through little slits running along the rim of the tables, in order to keep the classes going. They also experimented with different formaldehyde contents in order to get the concentration down as much as possible without getting to a point where the bodies start to rot. As a result the smell isn't nearly as bad as stories suggest, and if I smell my clothes afterwards I am never quite sure whether I can actually smell it, or am just imagining it. Certainly haven't got any strange looks in the subway yet ;)

Funny enough, the smell seems to be different for everyone. For me it smells a bit like a Christmas market (alcoholic + sweet smell = mulled wine? :lol:), others smelled bananas, one girl smelled cheeseburgers, and others again just think it smells of alcohol.



Okay, let's start with a good one. This one I call Spoon in the Brain.

The university hospital I did the research for my MSc in is one of only two institutions left in the UK that still do psychosurgery - pretty much neurosurgery for mental disorders. It was a big thing back in the days, but as it became apparent that cutting around in people's brains usually doesn't help much (think 'lobotomy') it has fallen out of favour. It can still be effective in certain cases though (don't ask me how or when, I'm not an expert on that :confused:). So my second supervisor, who happened to be the clinical head of the research division, told me the story of a patient who came in and had this kind of surgery. He was tested again afterwards and it got a bit better. However, he wasn't quite satisfied, so after he got home he took a knife, opened the fresh suture, took out the piece of bone again, grabbed a kitchen spoon (I assume a tea spoon, but he didn't specify) and scrambled around in his brain a bit. Now, that sounds pretty crazy (and it is!), but there are no pain receptors in the brain, so once he was in the scrambling itself wouldn't have hurt. Obviously it bled a lot, so he went back to the hospital where everyone started facepalming and freaking out. They patched him up again and did very extensive testing. The result: he got even better. He did a better job with a spoon than the surgeons did in the OR.

This is the kind of story that I'd safely classify as an urban legend, but given I got it as a first-hand account from a renowned professor, I tend to believe it :eek:

And thanks for the wishes Rupert. It sure is a lot of work, but so interesting that I cannot really complain.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-04-2017, 02:18 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Charles Bell's sketches? Yes, rather interesting. I have no idea what 'coileon' means (and Google isn't giving any results), but I assume we're talking about intestines spilling out after sabre wounds?

By the way, I don't have many hilarious Rupert-style stories to tell yet, but I can entertain with a couple of medical anecdotes, if you guys enjoy stuff like that? :p
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-04-2017, 08:38 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Many of them will not be around for quite as long, but that doesn't mean they are inferior. Actually, the fact that modern buildings may not last as long is because their construction is superior in almost every aspect to older ones. They have better insulation, better noise cancelling, they are more environmentally friendly (don't require as many natural resources to build) and so on. Think about medieval stone houses and how hard they were to heat despite having massively thick walls - today's houses have much thinner walls, but superior insulation.

It's not that hard stacking up a pile of big rocks that lasts a thousand years, but making a habitable dwelling with modern insulation, cabling, ventilation etc. is a bit trickier ;)

That doesn't mean that I don't love ancient architecture, that I don't marvel at aqueducts (the pipes of which were lead and thus gave entire cities latent lead poisoning ;) ) or Roman baths, of course.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-04-2017, 08:16 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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You aaabsolutely wouldn't :lol: One of the two or so talks no one really enjoyed. The lecturer started off telling us what a fascinating field it is and how she hoped that by the end of the talk more of us would be interested in a career in gynaecology, then proceeded to spend about half an hour showing us pictures of every possible STD, complete with sprawling mushroom like growths down there. Everyone was pretty grossed out. When at the end she reiterated her hope of some of us choosing her field, we were all staring at each other with a "Yeah ... no." look on our faces.

I think you two would have rather enjoyed the talk in Forensic Medicine - loads of pictures of murdered people and we had to guess how they died. Some of them, interestingly enough, not actually murdered after all (despite it appearing to be pretty obviously the case at first). Also pretty interesting were genetics (potential new therapies by freely editing the genome), ophthalmology (loads of videos of eye surgery, some procedures as short as three minutes or so, but with huuuge results, literally making the blind see again), emergency medicine and orthopaedics.

As for the latter, you wouldn't believe what goes on in orthopaedic ORs. They say that surgery is more of a handcraft than a science anyway, but orthopaedics takes it to another level. Here's an example - enjoy at your own risk ;)
















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Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2017, 12:19 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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In our first week we had a three-day module called 'Berufsfelderkundung', which roughly translates to 'exploration of career options'. Professors (who, of course, are all practicing physicians too) from eighteen different medical specialities came in to talk about their field, what it entails, what the work is like, and, of course, tried to get us excited and make a point about why their field is the most exciting and worthwhile. Bar one or two all of the speakers were exceptional, but naturally some talks were more highly anticipated, like surgery, neurology or forensic medicine, and some less, like dermatology, gynaecology ... or palliative medicine.

When the guy presenting the latter came in - John Oliver style glasses, funny suspenders - we were wondering what kind of oddball they'd put in front of us now. Then he gave the best talk of all of them. Fascinating, deep, somewhat philosophical, interspersed with stories of patients he had known, and how they went. Three minutes in we were already hanging on his lips. I particularly remember when he mentioned the famous phrase doctors utter when telling a patient that this is the end: I am sorry, but there is nothing more we can do for you. "It's completely wrong!" he said. "There is so much we can still do for them!"

I'm not the kind of person who is particularly sensitive about most things (I had a big smile on my face today when I squeezed my hand under our cadaver's lung to poke the cardiac apex), but that talk touched me, and I believe pretty much everyone else in the lecture theatre.

I am glad to hear you have such a wonderful doctor, Jim. I doubt I'll go into palliative medicine, but people like her are the kind of doctor I want to be one day.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-31-2017, 09:15 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Don't worry. I am still young, but I have seen people die, I have seen people being told that there was nothing left that could be done for them. And several times a week my fellow students and I spend hours dissecting a dead body to study its anatomy. The first time our lecturer gathered all of us around and talked us through everything. I wasn't sure how I would feel once it came to actually seeing the face, but when the cloth came off, all I saw was a kind old man. His mouth slightly ajar, he looked like he was merely taking a nap. I could almost hear him snore that first time.

Death comes for us all. It may seem further away for young folks like me, but ultimately none of us can cheat it.

Anyway, half of you probably know this already (it's rather well-known), but here's one of my favourite poems:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die


By Mary Elizabeth Frye
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-29-2017, 04:19 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Oh dear, I had no idea. Now wished I hadn't made that comment.

Jim, I am so sorry to hear this. But may your remaining days be filled with bacon, and family, and the love of your life (in reverse order), and may you, when the time has come, come to rest under a beautiful old tree full of squirrels scurrying around, dropping nuts on your head.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-29-2017, 03:05 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Busy, thus the long time no see :p Wrapped up the postgrad in Scotland, now in medical school in Munich. Spending my days looking at things under microscopes and cutting up dead humans to learn anatomy. Exciting times :rolleyes:

Did I miss anything important while I was gone? Rupert been eaten by the Squirrel Mafia yet?
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-29-2017, 02:22 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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The Darwin Awards truly are a thing of beauty.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-21-2017, 03:14 AM  
KP-short article Pop Sci Mag -Aug 2017
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Considering the column on the left contains the non-existent word 'Hikey', I think the 'Land-scrape' thing is intentional. Some sort of pun that I don't really get. Maybe because Adams had to 'scrape by' with the simple equipment of the day, while we have convenient, small, fully weather-sealed modern DSLRs?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-11-2017, 09:29 AM  
Ricoh official update the K-mount roadmap
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Yes, you would have thought these would have been under development from the second they decided to develop the K-1. Naturally, they made zooms a priority, given they had none for FF, but did have a bunch of reasonable primes, but still ... Tamron spared them a lot of work with the 15-30 and 24-70, so there were only three zooms left for them to do, one of them they already released when the K-1 didn't even have a name yet and just existed as a mockup.

So ... what have they been up to the whole time :confused:
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