Perry’s in San Francisco on Union Street

Went there for dinner today. It seemed to be okay … a typical sports bar, but from the outside, it looks like a nice, expensive restaurant. It’s a nice atmosphere without terribly loud music. We watched the Miami / Detroit basketball game while we were there. I had a Long Island Ice tea that got me a little buzzed when I first got there, so I don’t think that I got the best food experience while there. It’s rated pretty highly with other people’s reviews though. I think it’s definitely worth going to again.

don’t smoke someone else’s weed …

at least don’t smoke it from someone you don’t know … recently, just talked to a cop friend and he was telling me about all of the dangerous stuff out there. For all of you out there that think that the cops will confiscate your weed and smoke it themselves, you may be right, but may not be. It’s scary to smoke someone else’s stuff when they don’t know what’s in it. There could be all kinds of hallucinogens or what have you inside of it. He proceeded to tell me about a small bottle he found in someone’s pocket. It was a small clear bottle – he thought about opening it up and sniffing it, but luckily, changed his mind and took it to the crime lab. Turns out, if he did, he would’ve had a massive headache and perhaps a small at the least and death at worst. Horrible huh? He picked it up from some woman that was passed out at a rave. Interesting huh?

Matt Hughes / Royce Gracie was obvious!

I bet on Royce cause I got 3 to 1 … I wish I hadn’t!

Actually, seeing Matt get submitted by Dennis Hallman gave me the idea that Matt might not have the easy victory, but I guess that didn’t happen. Oh well. Royce was stupid for not tapping when Matt had his arm bent backwards though. Props to Matt for not breaking his arm.

Video games can help cut surgical errors

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/oukoe_uk_videogames By Lisa Baertlein Wed May 24, 2:41 AM ET LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A new study suggests that people preparing for surgery ask their doctor: “Have you played your video games today?” ADVERTISEMENT Surgeons who warmed up by playing video games like “Super Monkey Ball” for 20 minutes immediately prior to performing surgical drills were faster and made fewer errors than those who did not, said Dr. James “Butch” Rosser, lead investigator on the study slated for release on Wednesday. The research involved 303 surgeons participating in a medical training course that included video games and was focussed on laparoscopic surgical procedures — which use a tiny video camera and long, slender instruments inserted through small incisions. The study was conducted by Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York City in conjunction with the National Institute on Media and the Family. Doctors were measured on their performance of the “cobra rope” drill, a standard laparoscopic training exercise used to teach how to sew up an internal wound. Researchers found that surgeons who played video games immediately before the drill completed it an average of 11 seconds faster than those who did not. Any errors committed during the training lengthened the time it took to complete the task — indicating that faster finishers made fewer mistakes. The results supported findings from a small study conducted by Rosser in 2003, which showed that doctors who grew up playing video games tended to be more efficient and less error-prone in laparoscopic training drills. That earlier study suggested that playing video games sharpened eye-hand coordination, reaction time and visual skills. Laparoscopic surgical procedures can be used on organs such as the gall bladder, uterus or the colon. Rosser, director of the Advanced Medical Technology Institute at Beth Israel, compares performing laparoscopic surgery to “trying to tie your shoe laces with three-foot-long chopsticks while watching on a TV screen.” The 51-year-old surgeon, who said he play games online since the now-primitive looking “Pong” tennis game was the rage in the 1970s, developed the Top Gun Laparoscopic Surgery Skill and Suturing Programme used in the study. Rosser said he has collected data on 5,000 doctors who have used the training programme since its 1991 debut. His ultimate goal is to clamp down on medical errors that are estimated to contribute to 100,000 deaths each year in the United States by giving surgeons training tools akin to flight simulators used by pilots. “We can’t practice on patients,” he said.]]>