(the squeamish might want to avoid this half of the post)
|I was thinking of this room the entire time.|
The procedure itself was nothing major or serious, but it did involve three injections of a local anaesthetic. I'm sitting there, with one half of my tongue being held in place by the assistant, and a big needle coming towards the other side, and the surgeon suggests "you can close your eyes, if you want". I opted to stare at the massive needle that inflicted an almost disappointingly small amount of pain.
A few minutes later the inability to feel anything kicks in, and then everything becomes a bit routine.
I just sit there and watch, detached, as tongue holding, scalpel cutting, blood flowing, gauze soaking and four stitches (the surgeon seemed to be enjoying his needlecraft a little too much) all floated past.
Ten minutes later, everything was finished, and I walked out fine. Done. Nothing to worry about. May as well go into work. An hour later, on a bus five minutes away from work, the anaesthetic wore off.
Now, if I'd thought for a second about what had happened in the hospital, it was obvious that it was going to hurt...
|I'm now recovering at my parents. They live near a field.|
|In retrospect, I should have bought soup, lots of soup.|
A while ago I started watching The Voice UK, Season 2. It finished last week, and the obvious winner didn't win! This is probably more a statement of the kind of person likely to phone in to vote for a TV singing competition than it is about any level of talent. Regardless, I am somewhat irritated by this obvious miscarriage of justice, and am therefore resolved to never watch another season of The Voice UK again.
Having said that, since The Voice has ended I have been watching quite a few of Leah's performance videos on YouTube. One striking thing about her videos is the rather high number of views that they have, and watching the numbers change between my ridiculous number of repeat plays of "I Will Survive" showed what I was doing was insignificant compared to the rest of the internet. One wonders if these is the same for all of the show's finalists.
So, for a bit of fun, during a (quite literally thanks to my oral incapacitation) quiet afternoon I decided to spend some time messing about and looking into this. A nice excuse to do some programming with a couple of web technologies that I'd been meaning to play with.
So, below is a screenshot (click to go to the real thing) of what I came up with. For each of the four artists, you have their performances (roughly in order), and the number of views on their respective YouTube videos as of 12:00 today.
|Click to see the web-version|