Writing a test story

This is a test post to check out medium.com and how it looks and feels now in its new avatar.

Disclaimer: Contains graphic depictions of death and brutality, unfortunatley, all of which is based on truth. There are pictures and accounts of the genocide perpetrated on the Cambodian people by the despotic rule of the Khmer Rouge, under the administration of the Angkar, with Pol Pot’s at the helm

As a doctor, I have seen and touched death. Never has it affected me the way it did when I visited the “killing fields” of Choeung Ek, just outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In the memory of the tens of thousands of people who were beaten, shot, bludgeoned, beheaded or otherwise disposed…

My significant other and I spent a fair amount of time last month backpacking my way across Cambodia. Whilst we were doing the usual rounds, looking at temples, and doing the usual touristy things, we came across a huge hospital, with the sign below:

Ever heard of the IgNobel prize? Well, I am a big fan of theirs and the science they reward and for a long, long time, I have been meaning to write about one particular study they awarded. Finally procrastination done, I am down to write about it. This particular study is an old one and has been doing the rounds on the internet for ages. The reason I decided to write about it now is to, well, get the desire to write about it out of my system… because that is the kind of random thing I love doing.


The first anniversary of the innovative open access journal, PeerJ, was on 12th June.

PeerJ is one heck of an innovative journal. It celebrated one year of existence on 12th June, and seems to be going strong now.

PeerJ works on a one time pay model, where users can submit incremental number of papers depending on their subscription level. The lowest rung is that of only 99$, which allows one paper per year.

They also have a free pre-prints service, something like an Arxiv for biological science researchers.

PeerJ is making a lot of impact on the world of medical publishing and I can only hope it goes strong in the days to come.

On the closing of the Jux blogging platform

For a while, one of the blogging platforms I flirted with for my photoblogging needs was Jux. However, as I was going through the Spam folder of my email today, I stumbled across the news that Jux was closing down!

The Juxers blog has posted a short, and rather mournful post, declaring the impending demise of the site. The post has a sombre tone and brilliant design, which was one of the reason why I had loved Jux at first sight. They state the reason of closing down quite frankly:

Jux struggled to build organically on its core. The number…

Just ruminating on my nomadic blogging experience and how I came to be on Medium

One of the main problems I have had with blogging is that I could never stick to one platform for too long. As most amateur bloggers do, I started off with an account on Blogger (which is now long dead) and which I managed to write on for a year, which is a long time considering that it was a year during medical school.

While I was getting introduced to the world of blogging, someone told me about Wordpress, and I instantly fell in love with it. I was just a poor student then, and promised myself that once I…

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