July 31, 2021

JUL 31, magical palindromes: 'Leon's as selfless as Eva''




 

You can become an expert fan of our wordplay concoction 'magical palindromes' by reviewing the explanatory material found in ancient days on our full-service blog "Edifying NonsenseHERE.



July 30, 2021

JUL 30, humorists' scurrilous talk: 'the dick'

EDITORS' WARNING: You must be at least 12 years of age to read this post! 




 The collection of informative verses dealing with 'HUMORISTS' SCURRILOUS TALK' can be found by proceeding to our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!


July 29, 2021

JUL 29, waterfowl: wood storks










You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. (Or, if you prefer, you can view them on Facebook in Giorgio's photo-albums).







July 28, 2021

JUL 28, doctors and their practices: Pete the orthopod





Authors' Note: 

orthopod: a casual name for the orthopedic surgeon (surgical bone specialist)

For many sites in the upper and lower limbs where trauma has resulted in fracture with angulation or rotation of the fragments, surgical treatment ('ORIF, or open Reduction, Internal Fixation') has become the standard of treatment.


You can view these informative verses in a wider context by proceeding to the collection 'DOCTORS and their PRACTICES' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!




July 27, 2021

JUL 27, portraits of couples: feral ducks, armadillos








You can view this sample from our portfolio of 'Couples' portraits in a wider context on our full-service blog "Edifying NonsenseHERE



July 26, 2021

JUL 26, Toronto ravines; Glen Stewart Ravine (poem and photocollages #1-#2)













If you are interested in winding your way through an encyclopedic collection of four blogposts stuffed with photo-collages on Toronto ravines, click HERE.
 





July 25, 2021

JUL 25, funny bones: comminuted fracture




Authors' Note: Modern orthopedic treatment of displaced limb fractures often attains the aims of stability and appropriate alignment through the surgical technique of internal fixation. Injured limbs have then undergone the dual trauma of both the original injury and the surgical correction. But, with all the parts back in place and correctly aligned, the patient can work with a physiotherapist to regain range-of-motion, muscle agility and strength. 


You can view verses on this topic in a wider context by proceeding to the post 'Breaking News: FUNNY BONES' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE! 


July 23, 2021

JUL 23, scopes of medicine: fiberoptic laryngoscopy




Authors' Note 

ENT: medical specialty involving health and disorders of the ear, nose and throat; also referred to as otolaryngology.
   Failure of the body's GE junction can sometimes result in symptoms of inflammation in the throat (hoarseness, cough), rather than the more typical symptom of heartburn related to the esophagus.
   Diagnosis is simple in modern times, as most specialists can perform flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy as part of the outpatient examination. In more obvious cases, 'free' (unprovoked) reflux of stomach contents can actually be viewed during the examination.
   



You can view a collection of verses on this topic  by proceeding to 'Inner Enlightenment: The Scopes of Modern Medicine' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE !


July 22, 2021

JUL 22, palinku (poetic novelty): sweet treats

 In this post, we will continue with a novel form of poetic wordplay. Inspired by Japanese haiku poetry, this new form is used for a terse verse with a total of 17 syllables displayed on three lines. Unlike its classic Japanese analogue, this concoction does not mandate the precise distribution of the syllables among the three lines, but does stipulate that each word in the poem be included in a palindromic phrase or sentence in English (i.e. one that can be read either forwards or backwards). 

  To help the reader discern the origin of the lyrics, each palindrome (generally occupying one of the three lines of the poem) has been color-coded. 










 

(Ed. note:) Verses of this type have continued to accumulate, and there are now more than 50 of them. You can easily view them all  if you  proceed  to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

(Or, if your prefer, you can view all this material on Facebook  in Giorgio's photo-albums.)



July 21, 2021

JUL 21, excursion: Niagara Falls



Just opening up somewhat after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, (July 21, 2021), this tourist mecca was surprisingly uncrowded. The weather was marvellous, and it was a wonderful day to enjoy falls-view dining!



American Falls, from Canadian side of River




Canadian (Horseshoe) Falls





Another diner

A patio diner at Canadian Falls





Rainbow over Canadian Falls





Maid of the mist

You might also like to check out "Niagara River Hiking Adventure", posted 10 days later. 


July 20, 2021

JUL 20, a brief saga: radiation exposure

 










Authors' Note: 

hormesis: response to an environmental agent with two phases — beneficial at low doses, and harmful at high doses (yielding a U- or J- shaped dose-response curve)
BEIR (acronym pronounced as BEER): reports from the National Academy of Sciences, particularly BEIR VII, on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, based on Japanese atomic bomb survivors
linear no-threshold model: a model for predicting damaging effects from radiation, applied particularly to the induction of cancer by radiating medical tests (CT and nuclear medicine); based on the BEIR VII report, it is the current prevailing theory

   By the BEIR model, damage by radiation is proportional to dose, starting with the first exposure, and is cumulative. That formulation runs counter to experience with other toxic influences, as well as to the more speculative concept of radiation hormesis in humans.
   Some scientific societies have, on the other hand, concluded that induction of cancer by radiation is of concern, but unproven at doses in the range of diagnostic medical testing.


  For the purpose of this blog, a 'brief saga' is defined as a poem, usually narrative, but occasionally expository, that tell its story in at least 15 lines. Most commonly, the format involves three stanzas in limerick form, constituting a single submission to the online humor site 'Omnificent English Dictionary iLimerick Form'. On the OEDILF site, rigorous standards for content and format are involved in a collaborative editing process that may take several weeks to over a year. 

  Generally, OEDILF has not been enormously welcoming of multi-verse submissions, but Giorgio Coniglio has persisted, and the OEDILF number for each accepted multiverse poem is shown here on the slide with its first verse. 


 For the purpose of this blog, a 'brief saga' is defined as a poem, usually narrative, but occasionally expository, that tell its story in at least 15 lines. Most commonly, the format involves three stanzas in limerick form, constituting a single submission to the online humor site 'Omnificent English Dictionary iLimerick Form'. On the OEDILF site, rigorous standards for content and format proceed in a collaborative editing process that may take several weeks to over a year. 
  Generally, OEDILF has not been enormously welcoming of multi-verse submissions, but Giorgio Coniglio has persisted, and the OEDILF number for each accepted multiverse poem is shown here on the slide with its first verse. 

To access the next 'brief saga' on this blog, proceed to 'French denial'.

To access the most recent previous 'brief saga', back up to 'clothes moths'. 

July 19, 2021

JUL 19, diagnostic imaging: dobutamine for myocardial perfusion imaging



Authors' Note:    The verse above is a companion verse to ”dipyridamole”. 

When doctors want to check whether all areas of heart muscle can increase their blood flow appropriately, they may use certain drugs as helpers; this is particularly true when the patient is unable to perform a submaximal exercise test, often called a Bruce treadmill test, after its inventor. Dobutamine (doh-BYOO-ta-meen), relative of adrenaline, raises heart rate and blood pressure. It's the only drug available for tests which use echocardiography to picture the heart while it is 'under stress', but is a second-choice drug for the nuclear imaging test called gated SPECT. The preferred drug for those tests is one whose primary effect is to dilate arterial blood vessels, increasing the flow to normal heart muscle. Such drugs include dipyridamole and adenosine.



 



 You can review all our verses on this intriguing topic by proceeding to a post on 'Edifying Nonsense' entitled 'Selected Topics in Diagnostic Imaging'. Click HERE!

July 18, 2021

JUL 18, amphibians: bufotoxin







Be sure to check out the whole collection of illustrated verses about "Amphibians" by proceeding to "Edifying Nonsense." CLICK HERE ! 


July 17, 2021

JUL 17, death and the afterlife: cardiac arrest





Authors' Note:   Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the major cause of sudden otherwise-unexplained death.  This emergency demands chest compression as well as other resuscitative maneuvers by trained lay standers-by, ambulance workers and emergency room staff. Unfortunately, the ultimate success rate of such resuscitative measures in this setting remains quite low. 


 You can review more poems about 'Death and the Afterlife' in context ('death and the afterlife') on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE!


July 16, 2021

JUL 16, reptiles: eastern glass lizards






 

You can review photos and illustrated herpetologic verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Verses about Reptiles' (don't worry! no snakes)' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.


July 15, 2021

JUL 15, variant Nantucket limerick: Cape Cod codger







You can review our whole collection of spoof verses based on the iconic Nantucket limericks on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense' by clicking HERE.


 

July 14, 2021

JUL 14, holidays and celebrations: old world palindromes, en fran├žais

In honour of Bastille Day ...



 You can view the entire collection of 'Old World Palindromes' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense";  start by clicking HERE.
 


July 13, 2021

JUL 13, bi-lyrical limerick: 'goof'




The original limerick:


Authors' Note: Goof is used here in a sense overlapping with goofball for a person whose behavior, silly and inept (or 'goofy'), is seen by others as scoff-worthy.

To date, the archives on the OEDILF site lists over 60 limerick entries that are spoofs on the classic Nantucket limericks.



 Be sure to check out the whole collection of 'bi-lyrical limericks' by proceeding to "Edifying Nonsense." CLICK HERE ! (Or, if you prefer, you could look over this stuff on Giorgio's Facebook photo-albums.) 




July 12, 2021

JUL 12, insects: deer-and horse- flies






You can review Giorgio's other verses about pesty and occasionally beneficial insects, as  collected in 'Buzzwords: Verses about Insects' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.





July 10, 2021

JUL 10, poetic Panama palindrome parody: 'a dog... a pagoda'

 





You can review the whole collection of our illustrated verses on this topic by proceeding to 'Reversing Verse: Panama palindrome parodies' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.

And, if you are interested in seeing innumerable examples of spoofy palindrome variants on wordplay maps, you could embark on a journey through a collection of  blogposts entitled 'Tourists' Palindromic Guides: The Americas, #1 -#4'. All that's needed is to click on the link.


July 9, 2021

JUL 9, wordplay maps: new world palindromes #49,50





You can view the entire collection of these 50 wordplay maps, by accessing the collection 'Tourists Palindromic Guides: The Americas'. Start by clicking HERE




July 8, 2021

JUL 8, to clot, or not: pulmonary embolism (lung clots)






 


You can view these verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'To Clot, or Not to Clot' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!


July 7, 2021

JUL 7, spineless verse (invertebrates): gastropods







READING MORE WIDELY:

You can find all our illustrated verses about various 'INVERTEBRATES' , as compiled on our full-service blog "Edifying NonsenseHEREBut, in fact, we had hived off verses about INSECTS, and they are gathered in separate blogposts, that you can get into HERESo, follow these links, and enjoy!


July 6, 2021

JUL 6, domestic hazards: general hazards









 

 You can view an extensive collection of illustrated poems on this topic by proceeding to the post 'DOMESTIC HAZARDS' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.