Back in January, I had surgery to correct femoral-acetabular impingement with cam impingement (basically, I was born with a bunch of extra bone in my hip socket, and over the years, it had caused a series of worsening problems and would have eventually necessitated hip replacement). My clever wife worked with Joris from the 3D printing startup i.materialise to produce a 3D model of my pre-op femur based on my MRIs, and then they outputted a miniature of that sucker in stainless steel with a ring for me to string onto my keyring.
The surgery is very much with me (I've been off the cane for a week, but something went wrong on Saturday and I could barely walk all weekend), but someday soon, it'll be a thing of the distant past. This is a fine and futuristic little memento of the unfortunate exuberance of my bones. Thanks, Alice and Joris!
Update: Joris sez, "Glad you like the hip. It's bronze-infused stainless steel and not titanium though." And now you know!
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Maybe it’s entirely because of podcast ads, but drag-and-drop tools like Squarespace have gotten immensely popular in recent years. While it’s definitely a great tool for any non-coders who want to get a small website up and running quickly, managing content with a primarily visual interface can become a pain once you have more than […]
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]
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