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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: [R C Ducantlin] Latest Release
« Last post by R. C. on November 10, 2023, 04:19:27 AM »
Bump.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 27, 2023, 11:41:02 PM »
That's on my "to watch" list.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by R. C. on October 26, 2023, 03:54:45 AM »
Bodies is quite entertaining. Especially, how well they mange the time shifts.



R.C.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Hopscotch on October 26, 2023, 03:41:03 AM »
Also watching La Caza (The Hunt) (2019) about recovering two kidnapped children, set in a village in Spain's Pyrenees.  Lots of psych and psycho twists, every villager a suspect in turn revealing sprawling wickednesses.  If English mysteries persuade you that every pretty English village has a mad old lady w/a hatchet lurking behind every hedge, this will make you hesitate to wander Pyrenees villages.  But a grand mystery story, anyway.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: Barnes & Noble Sets Itself Free
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 25, 2023, 11:33:15 PM »
That type of lens is relatively new, though it was available a few years back when I had mine done.

Different brands are labeled in different ways, but the basic term is multifocal. Although the description makes it sound as if it works like bifocal or trifocal glasses, in fact, I don't consciously have to look through a particular part of the lens to see either close-up or distance. From my point of view, it's just like having good vision--to the extent that I can remember that. I started wearing glasses in sixth grade. When I switched to contacts, it was more like having good visions (aside from having to put in the lenses, occasionally use moisturizing drops, and take them out). But in my forties, I started having to wear reading glasses if I had the lenses in. (Eyes tend not to adjust their focus as easily as they get older.) That isn't a problem with the cataract lenses, though. I just look at what I'm looking at, and even if I shift back and forth between close-up and distance, it normally doesn't take time for my eyes to focus properly for what I'm looking at.

Note that multifocal lenses may not be suitable in cases of severe astigmatism. That's because you need a toric lens to correct the astigmatism, and toric lenses aren't yet available in a multifocal form.

Recovery time for the surgery is much less than it used to be. As I recall, my dad took several days to become fully functional after his first cataract surgery. I was pretty close to normal on day 2. Before I had the second one done, my vision was a little odd, but not because of focus. I could see colors somewhat differently in the eye with the cataract lens. (Cataracts can lead to a slightly more yellow tint, which the new lenses naturally fix.)

Cataract lenses in general can have debris accumulate on them over time, but there is a laser procedure that essentially polishes them. It's even easier than the original lens replacement.

So yeah, from a user point of view, multifocal lenses should allow for good vision and feel no different.

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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 25, 2023, 11:11:58 PM »
I remember seeing that. As I recall, it was good. Interesting psychological twists.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: Barnes & Noble Sets Itself Free
« Last post by Hopscotch on October 25, 2023, 08:44:33 PM »
Bill - Never before heard of the cataract surgery lens solution you describe.  How does it work/feel from your side of the lens?  Do you, as w/trifocals, have to aim your vision thru a specific part of your new lens to get the viewability you want?
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Hopscotch on October 25, 2023, 08:37:27 PM »
Bingeing The Fall, a gritty (and I don't like a lot of grit) but intriguing British series from 2013-16 w/Gillian Anderson re: the hunt in Belfast for a serial killer viewed from multiple perspectives.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 25, 2023, 04:13:08 AM »
Sex with a pig? Pass...

I've been binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. (Speaking of book tie-ins, I think the title is inspired by the classic text, Kimber-Gray-Stackpole Anatomy and Physiology.) Somehow, I've never watched it before, with the exception of a couple early episodes in Season 1.

It does suffer from "soap opera syndrome"--an improbably high number of bad or at least dramatic things happening to the same group of people. But if one get past that, it's an enjoyable show. Since it ran for a number of seasons, you get to know the characters very well. At the same time, each season brings a new intern class, which then gradually work up to being residents, fellows, and if they survive long enough, attendings.

As with many long-running shows, there are some continuity and logic problems. In most hospital shows, the head is the chief of staff. Here, it's the chief of surgery. The main characters are all surgeons, so it makes sense that would be the focus, but apparently, there is no chief of staff. How the various departments are run or how they are coordinated isn't every really discussed. But the chief of surgery's word seems to be final unless the board becomes involved. Also, sometimes, a chief resident runs the other residents, but only when the plot seems to require it. Otherwise, the position is never mentioned. And one of the chief residents appeared to have been running the residents a year before she became chief resident.

Nor is the hierarchy the only area that has issues. There is a lot of sex going on (though fortunately, not with pigs). This is awkward in cases of residents having relationships with attendings (their supervisors). You'd think there would be a policy about that. There isn't one until there's a complaint. Then, once the plot moves on, the policy is forgotten, and everybody goes back to having sex with everybody else.

Of course, the sex is happening because no one has time to have a relationship outside the hospital. The series does raise the issue of how one balances a demanding job with home life. That's an issue that is never likely to become irrelevant. 
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: Barnes & Noble Sets Itself Free
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 24, 2023, 05:48:11 AM »
Depending on the condition of your eyes and other factors, you may not need to choose between reading vision and distance vision. Not so long ago, i had cataract surgery, first in one eye and then in the other. The surgeon used a lens that allows for close, intermediate, and distance vision. I haven't needed glasses since.

Of course, your eyes don't stop changing after cataract surgery, so you may eventually need glasses again.  A friend of mine is in that situation now, but she went without glasses for several years.
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