Monday, June 18, 2007

My Three Shrinks Podcast 25: Sibling Reveille

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We were expecting to have Doctor Anonymous on as a guest (not one of those soundboard guests) today, but he couldn't make it and sends his regards. We'll try another time. Happy Father's Day.

June 17, 2007: #25 Sibling Reveille

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Anonymous said...

The moment of silence when Ric Ocasek's name is mentioned. The guy is from Baltimore. Where is your pride?

Emy L. Nosti said...

Hey, I just noticed you guys outed me again on rude!

-So, the sibling study looked at adult or childhood relationships (or both)? My sibling relationships are polar opposites of what they used to be.

-When I'd been off of T4 replacement for ~35 days before I-131 treatment in March, I started having auditory and minor visual hallucinations (and paranoia, depression, hypersomnia). The musical ones were of my ringtone though--an MP3, not MIDI-like--and lasted a good 40 sec even as I stared at my lifeless phone. I'd have been more amused if I wasn't panicking about the treatment screw-up, but then that stress probably contributed. I guess the main difference between that and hearing ipod music is that I was waiting for a cricital call from my endocrinologist.

-Another retroactive comment: be careful impersonating Dr. Phil. He'll put the smack down. (Okay, yes, I've occasionally watched that garbage, but only because CBS is the only channel I receive.)

Anonymous said...

ipod, itunes. Nice little bit of product placement.

Anonymous said...

Anon, at least one of us keeps up with these things. One of B-more's best exported musicians was Frank Zappa.

Emy, the *childhood* sibling relationships were the ones they looked at (as described by the participants 30 years ago when they were 20 yrs old). Oh, and what's this about being "outed"? I don't get it.


Emy L. Nosti said...

Krej...aliases are less effective when people know they're aliases :)

But anonymity isn't the actual reason--I've been having people search for Emy on Facebook and take the name for real on our local paper's website--it's all very amusing for me.

Anonymous said...

I am not nearly old enough to be called Nona so don't try it Yor.

Roy said...

Maybe I'm wired differently, but I don't see how anyone can look at that name and NOT see it. It's like me trying to keep secret the fact that Roy has 3 letters. I guess it is because I've always liked palindromes, so things like that jump out at me. "My gym tasks are too lonely?" a Jay Leno looter asks at my gym. For additional word fun, check out this Wikipedia entry on Constrained Writing.

I agree, it is amusing. Ok, I will try to keep it under my hat.

Emy L. Nosti said...

Yes, do keep it under raps.

I'm a fan of tried keeping my own lists, but it never worked out.

True story. A company I'm associated with, recognized as a quality brand, had a competitor that set up a company in another country that ripped off our patented designs. Idiots spelled our brandname backwards (maybe it was only patents that were invalid in that country, not TMs), you know, like Aloc-Acoc.

But my favorite is the HAL 9000 - IBM association.

ClinkShrink said... a great web site. I will now confess my geekness and admit I wrote a computer desktop utility that does this same thing. I've collected about 700 words at this point, but I've run into trouble finding interesting ones now. Mostly I see obscure profession or science-specific words that just aren't that interesting. Last night I stumbled over zarzuela which I will tuck away for my next Scrabble game.

Midwife with a Knife said...

I'm only now getting time to listen to it, but nice podcast, guys. I'm a sibling (actually, I'm the 3rd of 5 kids), and I have great relationships with my brothers, and less than great relationships with my sisters. We don't want to kill each other or anything, it's just that we have such different lives, we don't even have much to chat about.

Anyway, I have to wonder how I would have been classified in that study, if I had been a man. Also, are studies in only men considered generalizable to the rest of the population in psychiatry?

I have to say that I think that great relationships with sibs is probably just another of many social support factors that are potentially protective for major depression. But then... what do I know, I'm just a baby doctor! ;) (Actually more of a mommy doctor.. but whatever!)

Emy L. Nosti said...

Dang Clink, you've outgeeked me. I'm no programmer, 7|-|0(_)6h 1 (4|\| 5|*34|< 1337. Shhh, don't tell.

You know, I was darn near giddy when I discovered "semordnilap" yesterday thanks to Roy's link. And I've had a little too much fun working "syzygy" into my academic writing, both figuratively about a father-daughter relationship and literally in the astronomical sense. In the same paper. Okay, I better go do something non-nerdy or my brain might stick that way, so to speak.

Steve & Barb said...

Emy, '/0|_|l2 53(l2e7 15 $4|=3 \/\/|7|-| |_|5 !

Gerbil said...

Me, I like anagrams. I once frightened Mrs. Gerbil at the breakfast table by announcing, apropros of nothing, that our local milk brand Clover Stornetta is an anagram of "Attest, corn lover."

"Britney Spears" and "Presbyterians" are also anagrams. I was very sad to find out that I was not the first person to figure this out.

Emy L. Nosti said...

Hey, it's presciently prudent, actually.

(Did that pop‽)