Tuesday, August 20, 2019

3380. A female 2-year-old dwarf hamster has recurrent mammary tumours

Wed Aug 21, 2019

The hamster stopped eating. The mammary tumours in 3 hard lumps had recurred. No surgery is advised. The owner took the hamster home.




3379. Singapore properties. Yardley Court Mansion (demolished)

3-bedroom  1400 sq. ft
1981 Graves exhumation by HDB in the Yardley Court Mansion and the Teochew Cemetery area.




2005. The Yardley condo is developed.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

3378. Z-PLASTY in a dachshund with a large elbow tumour

Saturday, August 10, 2019


3374. Dachshund elbow tumour electroexcision and Z-plasty

Today is DAY 11.,  August 18, 2019.  It is 11 days after surgery of this Dachshund, M, 4 years old.
You can see the dog had the left elbow stitched up. The stitches had not broken down or infected.


DAY 11

VIDEO

IMAGES 









DAY 1. BEFORE Z-PLASTY







Z-PLASTY IN ELBOW TUMOUR SURGERY.
A Be Kind To Pets Veterinary Educational Video, sponsored by Toa Payoh Vets.


This video shows the effectives of a surgical procedure called Z-PLASTY. This procedure is used to relieve tension in a mobile area such as the elbow, so that the stitches will not break down after removal of a large elbow tumour. It involves two long skin incisions on opposite sides of a circular wound, undermining the skin and then stitching up the whole area. The end result is a "Z", hence the name Z-PLASTY.

VIDEO



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Thursday, August 15, 2019

3377. A 16-year-old red-eared slider keeps his mouth shut despite provocation

Anorexia 8 days. Passed stools 8 days. Passed clear urine at clinic.
Used to be active and bites when anyone touches his throat area. Now, keeps his mouth shut. Yawned once only. Used to like submerged in the water most times. Now, seek dry basking area and indirect sunlight. Eyeballs looked bulging. What's wrong?



An antibiotic and anti-inflammatory injection was given subcutaneously. The slider went home. Today, August 18, 2019, a follow through phone call to the owner did not get an answer. Will try again. 


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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

3376. Constipated cat - recurring constipation X rays



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ANOTHER CAT HAS SEVERE CONSTIPATION




Monday, August 12, 2019

3375. Ultimate Internet Marketing Strategies & Tactics for turbulent times - Dr Michael Teng

2009 by Corporate Turnaraound Cente Pte ltd


8th floor NLB Victoria St




www.corporateturnaroundcentre.com


daughter Ms Janelle Teng    www.starwarcard.com


CHAPTER ONE. Direct sales
1. Creatre Hope. Website that sells. Best with informational products.  Also physical products.


2. Try to instill a feeling of urgency.


3. Try to look like a figure of authority.


4. Try to appear impartial


5. Gie importance to fear.


6. Try to be as UNUSUAL as possible.


CHAPTER TWO: Branding
CHAPTER THREE: Listing building
CHAPTER FOUR: Market testing with good adwords
CHAPTER FIVE: Market Analysis





















Saturday, August 10, 2019

3374. Dachshund elbow tumour electroexcision and Z-plasty

Today is DAY 11.,  August 18, 2019.  It is 11 days after surgery of this Dachshund, M, 4 years old.
You can see the dog had the left elbow stitched up. The stitches had not broken down or infected.


DAY 11

VIDEO

IMAGES 




Z-PLASTY IN ELBOW TUMOUR SURGERY.
A Be Kind To Pets Veterinary Educational Video, sponsored by Toa Payoh Vets.


This video shows the effectives of a surgical procedure called Z-PLASTY. This procedure is used to relieve tension in a mobile area such as the elbow, so that the stitches will not break down after removal of a large elbow tumour. It involves two long skin incisions on opposite sides of a circular wound, undermining the skin and then stitching up the whole area. The end result is a "Z", hence the name Z-PLASTY.


DAY -5



Antibiotics and E-collar for 5 days before operation


DAY 1












DAY 2 BLEEDING  NO STITCH BREAKDOWN
 DAY 11   All ok with stitches



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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A rare black-tailed mynah. A white mynah is very rarely seen in Singapore



3372. Writing. First 10 pages.

Writer's Digest  Mar/Apr 2019
Page Master - Laura Zats


The quality of the first 10 pages - stressful or fearful for a well-informed author.
99% of the time, an agent stops reading a partial submission before Page 10. Agaents get 10,000 queries a year. No time to find the plot after 50 pages.


Opening pages of the book are the most imortant pages of the book. 2 reasons:
1. Browsing readers use the first pages as a sample to decide to buy or not to buy.
2. More basic reason: You have to read the beginning to get to the rest of the book. If they don't like the protagonist on page 5.... no need to read further.

3371. Self-Publishing. New rules. New strategies. New paths to success. By Orna Ross. Writer's Digest Mar/Apr 2019.

Aug 7, 2019


1. Independent authors must position themselves as brands and equip themselves with business avvy to succeed


2. Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) founded by Orna Ross
to encourage ethics and excellence in author-publishing.


3.  Self-publishing 1.0.  Print-on-demand in the 90s
     2.0. Amazon  e-reader and app, the Kindle, a digital publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing and a new payment process based on commission on sales instead of royalties and advances. Amazon is the largest bookstosre in the world. Audiobook and print publishing and ohter services followed such as Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo etc. The author, NOT the platform,  became the publisher. Circumvent gatekeepers.


     Publishing has 7 tangible proceses:
editorial, design, production, distribution, marketing, promotion and rights licensing. Now self-publishing is thriving.  In 2017, Bowker that registers ISBN numbers in the US says it has passed 1 million for the first time.


At ALLi, 7% of membership is "Authorpreneur" category = sold more than 50,000 books in the past 2 years. Abook can earn over $100,000 annually without being on a best-seller list. 


    Self-publishing 3.0, many authors are creative entrepreneurs, running successful and sustainable digital businesses.


Being "discoverable" in an ocean of books, finding your readers, building a brand and growing a business are all challenging. They are creative challenges unlike dispiriting rounds of REJECTION that were the only path in the past.


The stae of the mind distinguishes indie authors: being creative directors of our books and author buinesses. With the vast number of distribution, marketing and publiicity options, we can each a truly global readership.


New techologies - aritivical intelligence,  virtual reality, voice search and blockchain seem set to shake up the book business.


Whatever  hanges, one thing remain constant. Only authors who have developed the INDIE MINDSET - an empowefred, creative attitude that says, "I can do tha!" are well placed to take advantage of opportunities.


 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

3370. How to research before writing a book.

How to research before writing a book



Most writers need to do research - to generate ideas, find authentic content for stories, check facts and search for publication opportunities. Unerstand the basic processes and different sources can make the research experience more enjoyable and save a lot of time.
Efficient research is about systematically investigating materials in order to discover or verify information. Making a research plan is the first step of being systematic.

Why do you need a research plan?

Preparing a plan for your research before you start writing will help you to:
  • Clarify what your research needs are. When you know what you are looking for, it’s easier to find it!
  • Remember what you need to find out. The more complex your research needs, the more important it is to write everything down. 
  • Stay focussed. When you come across material that’s interesting but irrelevant, you can get sidetracked. Having a concrete plan in front of you can minimise the temptation.
  • Keep track. As you go about doing research, you can tick off all the objectives you’ve completed.

How to prepare a research plan

Start by jotting down what you need to find out. It’s often useful to write down specific questions as opposed to general themes. For example, ‘Bathing customs during the Victorian era’ might lead you to research what these customs were, whereas ‘How did the Victorian bathing customs come about?’ reminds you to search for their history and reasons behind them.


Once you are clear what you are after, organise your questions. Group similar topics and questions together. This will make your research more manageable. If you have a very large project, you could make a separate plan for each of the major elements. For instance, if you are writing a travel guide for Europe, you could research each country separately.


Now, look at the questions and work out which methods and sources would be most likely to provide satisfactory answers. Do you need to read books, journals, newspapers or magazines? Do you need to consult archival material, interview people or prepare questionnaires? Can you use the internet to access relevant materials? Perhaps you need to use a combination of sources? Don’t forget that sources go beyond text and words.


Audio-visual material can help you to tap into different sounds and images. You can also observe people, places and objects by using all of your five senses: looking, listening, smelling, tasting and feeling.


Once you know which sources to use, make a note of these next to the questions. Include their locations, too. For example, if you know that the books you need are in different libraries, write down which books are where. Jot down any other information or reminders for yourself, too.
Your rough research plan is now ready. It’s usual to treat it as an evolving document: it functions best when you develop and modify it as you go along and learn more about your research area. Remember to keep it up to date.

Is your research project feasible?

Before you start researching, consider the following:
  • Does the information you require exist?
  • Can you access the required sources? For example, can you access the needed archival material or travel to another country?
  • Do you have the time to do the research?
  • Can you afford to do the research? Bear in mind that travelling, buying books and photocopying can be expensive.
  • Do you have the necessary skills to carry out the research? For example, if the material is written in another language, you need to be able to understand that language or have assistance from someone who does. 
If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, you should rethink your project and modify it so that it becomes feasible.

Tips for organising your research

  • Decide which questions need answering first. Working from the more general questions towards the more specific ones is often a useful strategy. For example, if you are writing about the Victorians, get a general feel for that historical period first before getting down to all the details.
  • It’s virtually impossible to consult all the different sources relating to your subject area. Therefore, start with the most relevant sources and keep digging deeper until you’ve found your answers.
  • Plan when and where you will consult all the needed sources. If you have to travel long distances to get to libraries or archives, make sure you have a clear list of tasks with you. This will help you to avoid any unnecessary further trips.
Research can be very enjoyable when you get into the swing of things. However, it’s worth remembering that ultimately it is only a means to an end: writing. So, don’t use research as a way to procrastinate. Start writing as soon as possible.