May 19, 2009


Made cioppino on Sunday again. E-mail me if you want the recipe I'm using; I'll post it to this site eventually, but I'm note done fiddling with it yet. Because scallops are expensive and I love shrimp, I use half the scallops and make up the difference with shrimp. Then I go ahead and double the shrimp.

In any case, it came out quite good.

While I was cooking, I was watching some MIT lectures on Linear Algebra. Specifically, the first two lectures in Dr. Strang's course (which I linked to on Friday). I wasn't paying attention like I should have while I was cutting an extra onion to put into the base for the cioppino. At the last minute I decided it needed more onions, and I was rushing. Bad combination!

So, I sliced into my finger. Luckily, my nail stopped the knife from going all the way through. Actually, the cut's not that bad, but did nearly take a chunk (0.5 centimeters?) of the side of my fingertip off. Maggie went to get me an adhesive bandage, and she suggested that there might be something better in the first-aid kit to keep my finger together. I replied: "What? Like, glue?"

And we both realized, I do have super-glue.

So I glued my finger back together after rinsing off the wound. I have no idea whether this is an advisable thing to do, so I do not recommend you do it. (I am not a medical doctor).

I essentially painted the area with glue. It held, except it did still bleed a little bit. And it hurt for over a day. But it feels pretty good now.

If it doesn't get infected (and it doesn't look like it will) I declare success!

Posted by James at May 19, 2009 8:42 AM
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While I was cooking, I was watching some MIT lectures on Linear Algebra.

I love the friends I have!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 19, 2009 11:09 AM

Maggie is taking a linear algebra course and I said I would go through the chapters with her, since I've never taken a course in it. Of course I've learned some of it on my own for work purposes, like last year when I was modifying our software to do polynomial and exponential regressions, but I am rather unfamiliar with the terminology of linear algebra and the theory.

The lectures, so far, are great. I really like Dr. Strang's style. I guess they have some good instructors over there at MIT. Who'd have thought?


Posted by: James at May 19, 2009 11:47 AM

I wonder if you lined up the opposite sides of the cut evenly -- if not, your fingerprint may be done for! (As it probably would have been in the case of stitches, too, I guess.)

Last I checked, Costco and Trader Joe's had frozen scallops that weren't quite as pricey as elsewhere.

Posted by: Karen at May 19, 2009 12:02 PM

Thanks for the recommendation on scallops. I'll check that out. I really have to find a good fishmonger.

The cut is actually more on the side of my finger, and once it heals will have no effect on my fingerprint. Even if you cut your finger along the bottom and did not line up the cut correctly, it might not cause your fingerprint to be unidentifiable. Fingerprints are matched by comparing the patterns of loops and whorls. A slice should not change the number or position of those features too dramatically. If a computer were trying to do an image match on the two pictures, it would possibly have some trouble. But, historically, fingerprint matching is a little more of an art than what is implied in entertainment.

"Fingerprints" is a good book which goes through the history of fingerprint identification and the birth of forensic police work. [www_amazon_com]

I just remembered that there is a product called New Skin that is supposed to protect cuts; it's a liquid bandage which is a lot like glue. I think we even have some of it at home. Ha.

Posted by: James at May 19, 2009 12:16 PM

I thought there was a product out that was like glue. Aha!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 19, 2009 2:35 PM

Amusingly, several glue-like products out there are intended to close up wounds. Their formulae appear to be amazingly similar to Super Glue.

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