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Channeling Haley Joel Osment

This morning I went with my fellow librarians on our bi-annual excursion. Altho' I'm only working a couple days a week right now, due to our wee one's arrival, and one of those days isn't today, I agreed to come along and drive one of the vans. I'm just a nice guy that way.

This time it was to see Bodies: The Exhibition (warning: links to disconcerting pictures), a display of human anatomy in all its wonder using real human cadavers. Yes, that's correct. They've been put through some kind of futuristic process using polymers and silicone and vacuums and whatnot that keep them perfectly preserved. No doubt the technique would've interested the ancient Egyptians quite a bit. It's an impressive display of the glory of the human body. It's also rather...disturbing to look at.

After it was over I went to the gift shop and bought a pair of socks showing the various bones in the appropriate places. They also glow in the dark, which will come in handy at 3am feedings while walking down darkened hallways.

Reading: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. Also Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach.


Didja see this article about where the bodies come from? Ish.

I had not. After my readings in the Mary Roach book, I'd have to say the fates of any cadaver is rather questionable. I think I'd like mine to go to the UT Medical Center so it could get some fresh air.

After I read "Stiff," I was really torn over my future career--I mean, yeah, who wouldn't like to get out of the rat race and live out on the farm...but would it be more exciting (and yet not more dangerous!) to test cars in high-speed collisions?

I was also considering that as a possible career! It certainly sounds glamorous and thrilling. But as they say, you can sleep when you're dead, and I could use a little rest. And the great outdoors sounds like just the place for it!