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Enneagram Pop! Fictional Characters is Damian Hospital and Tony Vahl's latest and greatest book. You can listen to some podcasts about the book or just get it on Amazon (paperback or Kindle Edition). If you ever wondered about why people act a certain way or about why some of your favorite characters from comic books, TV, or movies behave the way they do, you have to pick up Enneagram Pop! Fictional Characters. It's less than the cost of most bad food you buy at the supermarket,
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- My priorities have changed. It could be related to losing a part of the family June 26, 2011 or getting older or just wanting to invest my time on internet projects that generate revenue instead of doing things for a hobby and being open source with my writing. Server costs are high. Whatever the case may be, things will be getting phased out or have been cut, while other projects are gearing up as we head into 2013.
- Please consider donating to Simon DeCarvalho, who needs monetarily assistance for his medical condition.
- I will be pumping out books in the last quarter of 2012 and 2013. Some will be co-authored and others will be solo. Some will be under pen names. I will be using the power of my high traffic sites to promote them. This is where my writing will be focused- not the blogs anymore.
- I will be getting out much more online content for my business; Dan Gandul and I have HUGE things in the works and much that has been completed already. We always stay ahead of the competition. Generation Imaging has been a success story.
- Damianhospital.com was hacked by some Canadian pharmacy spammer in 2012, so after getting deindexed from Google, I decided to let the domain expire since it's blacklisted. This site, damianhospital.weebly.com is my official site. Thanks to the anonymous person (who I think I know in real life, but he refused to give his name) who gave me the heads up.
- I lost my desire to post frequently on my DailySkew sites in recent months for a number of reasons. One major reason is that the comments were what I call "hit-and-run" or "drive-by" mutants- negative comments that didn't offer constructive criticism and, of course, spammers. I get thousands of hits a day, but the only comments were from drive byes. So I have shut down all comments. If you had something to add, it's too late, because everyone has lost the right to post on Skew and Baseball. And I don't care.
- I lost my desire to continue posting on my comic book website, Bad-Dreams even though it's so content rich, heavy with traffic, actually gets some social buzz on Facebook. and the occasional positive e-mail from a real person. I will let the domain expire. I am giving too much away for free, and fans don't post anymore. I put two good years into it. Suffice to say I will use those articles and original research for a book one day.
- I pulled two Blogspot websites: Tashman Technologies and Wrestling Dream Matches off the net in an effort to cut loose ends and refocus. No one cares about Tashman anymore. A third Blogspot site, Elfhelm's Bane Shrine received its last post on July 19, 2012. That site will stay up, however, since it is helpful to a handful of people who are obsessed with that Apple II game from 1984. My marketing partner Yin Chan Vo pulled down DailySkews.Blogspot.Com, which was an automated site that reposted news from Posterous and the DailySkew. It probably offended Google. Since she's in grad school, she's not been focused on my crazy SEO stunts.
- Speaking of Posterous, I haven't made any new Posterous podcasts since April 2012. I have no desire to play with a microphone anymore and waste my time without no benefits. More power to you if you like doing that. I did create podcasts for my upcoming book Enneagram Pop! Fictional characters, which dissects the personalities of TV, movie, comic book, and literary characters, but they are hosted elsewhere.
- I do not interact on Twitter anymore or read tweets, so if you are leaving messages to me there, I won't see them. I just post links to Twitter to share with my thousands of robot followers. One reason is that I don't like the character count limit and miscommunications can happen (drama). However the main reason is probably that I didn't like most of the tweets or the atmosphere. Feel free to RT me, though.
- My Facebook boycott continues, and the blowback I received is that 99% of the people who were my "friends" made no attempt to find me elsewhere on the net. For those of you who actually used a search engine to contact me, you get an award. (Thank you Anthony Mackenzie, Martha Blum, and Jim Foligno for thinking of me and finding me online.) And of course, here's a shout out to my daily/weekly e-mail peeps: my mother, Anthony DeCarvalho, Chester Babst, Gary Byrd, and Arnold Roberts. Dan Gandul and I also like to bomb our boxes every day even though we see or talk to each other every day as well.
- Another amazing thing about how the world is so used to Facebook and FB internal e-mail and Wall posts is that my extended family doesn't even communicate with me anymore as much since I left FB. For some reason actually checking or drafting an e-mail from their Yahoo, Hotmail, or Gmail is completely out of the question. They are so used to using the internal chat, e-mail, and post comments that taking the time to write a personal e-mail is...too intimate? Takes too long? Site out of mind? Too busy? Frustrated I don't worship them on FB anymore like their hundreds of so-called admirers? Who knows?
- Based on the lack of a fanbase, I'm not into the Dream Seeker book series (co-authored with Tony Vahl) anymore, so I removed references to it on the front page of this site. They will always be up on Amazon Kindle and Lulu, since they are passive incomes, but I will not create any new stories.
When my mother had a full body MRI, she had a panic attack. I thought perhaps she was overreacting- not that I didn't believe her per se, but she does have a tendency to exaggerate stories and is sensitive. In fact, if she reads that sentence, I would get into trouble.
Anyway, it was my turn for the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) experience, and I thought I was mentally prepared from what my mother told me (the loud sounds and claustrophobic environment): boy was I wrong.
So the purpose of this post is to spread the word about how to mentally prepare for a MRI.
1) Understand that the MRI scanner is HUGE from the outside, but small on the inside. It's VERY intimidating. I imagine small people like me would be fearful but big people would be afraid too, for the obvious reasons of getting stuck in there.
2) The sound of the air compressor (to keep the magnets cool) sounds like a heart beat and a bird chirping. In other words, it gives the impression that the giant scanner is ALIVE, like a Borg cube, V'Ger, Unicron, or Darth Vader.
3) I was told to lie still and never move, was given ear plugs and headphones, and an MRI head coil was put over my face to guarantee that I don't turn my head. A blanket was put over my body, and a pillow for my feet. When I was loaded into the chamber tube I felt like I was in a sensory deprivation from the 1980 cult classic "Altered States".
4) I asked the MRI technician if I should close or open my eyes. He said open is OK. Yeah, big mistake. Since getting an MRI is probably unavoidable for you if the doctors need to see inside you, the only advice I can give that you could control is to KEEP YOUR EYES SHUT BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.Just trust me on that, and don't debate it. Keep them shut. Don't even look for one second.
5) Be prepared for crazy sounds. They sound like dubstep on steroids and really bad ATARI games. The sounds vibrate through your body. You can listen to them in this video, I'd recommend this before you go in.
6) Relax your body. Go to sleep or something. Don't try to hard to remain stiff. Do some breathing exercises. Count. Dream. Have an out of body experience. Don't think of "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" when Spock was put in that coffin and shot into space.
7) Be prepared for RESCANS. Yes, the MRI technician has to QC the images. Otherwise he or she will get into trouble for bad scans. So you will be left in the heart of the Death Star for 5-6 minutes before the images are validated. Then you may get hit for another 5-10 minutes of rescans depending on how the images came out.
8) The music in the headphones is overrated. I think I heard some tunes from 1993 but they could have been voices from the spirit world or from another timeline. I mean I'm surrounded by magnetic fields- I just heard crackling.
9) Be prepared to WAIT an hour or more to be called.
Again, I don't want to SCARE YOU..but make sure someone is with you so you can hug someone once you are released back into the wild. Also, don't get me wrong- I do appreciate this technology. There's no radiation and I shudder to think about the crazy number of clinical misdiagnoses that doctors gave before actually getting clear pictures of tissue.
Hi, this is Damian Hospital and the reason why I created this website is to have an official homebase, as I am all over the internet on different sites, forums, and with different roles. DamianHospital.com is a nice clean website with easy contact information if you want to send me a personal note, do business with me, or to get to know me.
Unlike my various personae found elsewhere, this is my official record, to be used against me in the court of public opinion, so anything I write here will not require you to put on your sarcasm filter or parody X-ray glasses.