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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Blog as a Career Aid

Noticed an interesting story in the Boston Globe – “Blogs ‘essential’ to a good career”.

”It’s the new public relations and it’s the new home page. Instead of a static home page, you have your blog,” he said. It’s a way to let people know what you are thinking about the field that interests you.

Employers regularly Google prospective employees to learn more about them. Blogging gives you a way to control what employers see, because Google’s system works in such a way that blogs that are heavily networked with others come up high in Google searches.

And coming up high is good: ”People who are more visible and have a reputation and stand for something do better than people who are invisible,” says Catherine Kaputa, branding consultant and author of ”Blogging for Business Success.”

Posted by Greg as My Website at 12:45 PST

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Mysterious Lump Update

Yesterday morning I was back at RMG for another PET scan, just six months after my last one, to investigate the lump I found in my chest. The experience was similar to last time, although I learned a couple of new things. One, that the fluorine-18 radionuclide tag used by RMG comes daily from a cyclotron in Las Vegas, even though there’s a cyclotron in San Diego county. That facility was purchased by another medical imaging company, who apparently doesn’t want to sell the radioisotope to competitors. That’s unfortunate, because it’s my understanding that production of the short-lived (half-life, 110 minutes) fluorine tag is a major portion of the high cost of PET scans. Second, that during the scan, I was also getting bombarded with gamma rays from an external source. I had thought the PET scan was completely passive, but apparently the gamma ray bath helps define the image of my body and its internal organs, making the scan easier to read. I guess it doesn’t really matter whether my exposure is from a source inside my body or outside, it’s still only about 7 milliSieverts, about 7-8 times the normal annual background radiation level in San Diego. My doctor should get the results later today.

In the afternoon I went in for a biopsy of the lump. Twice, I had a needle inserted into my chest, and the doctor moved the tip around vigorously as he sucked in a tissue sample. It wasn’t really very painful, but the first time I bled all over the place. He said the results should be available by Friday. I can see why he wanted to wait after the PET scan to take the sample – after this rude treatment, the semi-firm lump now feels like a hard knot.

The PET scan should be a good indication of whether the lump is malignant or not, and the biopsy should determine whether I have a metastasis of my melanoma, male breast cancer, or nothing serious.

Posted by Greg as Melanoma, Posts About Me at 08:54 PST

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Mozilla Vulnerabilities Reported

To be fair, with all my MS Internet Explorer bashing, I have to pass on a report from US-CERT that Mozilla contains multiple vulnerabilities. All of them have been addressed, and the recommend solution is to upgrade.

I’ve often expressed my preference for Mozilla over Internet Explorer, although I’m trying out Seamonkey on my Linux box. I’ve never tried to say that it is completely free of problems, but I think that vulnerabilities are addressed much faster, and they’re much less likely to be exploited.

Posted by Greg as Software at 07:05 PST

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