Blog innovation is good. Here is what David Hogg says:
- I must post five days per week (I choose which five), except when traveling, no matter what I have done.
- I must write only about research; no committees, no refereeing, no teaching, no excuses.
Well, the first rule sounds good, & I also undertake not to blog about committees, refereeing, teaching or excuses.
So, here is what happened today: I had a wisdom tooth taken out. It was impacted, which means that it was at an angle of somewhat less than the usual pi/2 radians relative to the gum-line and so obstructing access to its root, as though it knew it would one day be the target of this sort of operation. To get through the tooth itself, they used a technique that is new to me, called piezosurgery, which pulverises the tooth using ultrasonic rage rather than the traditional drill. The purpose of this is to reduce the physical trauma to the gum and thus reduce the swelling.
The whole thing took about 30 minutes from the application of local anaesthetic (which was, unsurprisingly, the most painful part) to me forking over what I feel is a reasonable remuneration in Danish crowns given the services rendered. And true to their word the swelling has been much less dramatic than is usually advertised in association with the removal of wisdom teeth. I will apply some more cold pressure to it, in the form of my tub of chocolate mousse from Irma*, and take non-prescription painkillers and see how things are in the morning.
As I am working from home today, to shield my coworkers from what I had presumed would be a visage worthy of Picasso, after cooking myself a simple lunch I updated to the latest release of Matlab (R2010a, 64-bit for Intel Mac), refreshed my default path locations, etc., and made some computations with some simple mock density fields corresponding to one of the fields of the WiggleZ survey, provided for me by Chris Blake. We are currently deciding between two methodological approaches and the computations I ran today are aimed at putting this decision on a quantitative footing. We call them ‘Method 1’ and ‘Method 2’ and, several times, I have forgotten which of these methods is which; I think this is a good way to do science. Once we have decided which label produces the better outcome, we can examine what method that label actually corresponds to.
* A Danish supermarket, not to be confused with a young woman, perhaps the eponymous Irma of the supermarket’s logo, who brought me mousse out of sympathy, or for some other reason.