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Dizzying Intellect » Nicer Than Those Fugly Bracelets

Nicer Than Those Fugly Bracelets

I was watching a DVR’ed episode of How To Look Good Naked (I know, I know. We all have guilty pleasures, some of us just aren’t ashamed to admit them.) and last week’s issue-prone woman was a very pretty lady who was born with a congenital heart defect and was all kinds of screwed up about her surgical scars.

I have plenty of scars, and frankly, they don’t bother me. But I can completely understand how they can mess you up, especially if you had them in high school (which she did) and were teased about them. It’d be hard to get to the rationalized adult part, where other people really don’t give a crap about things like that. Maybe they grew up, but more likely, they just have their own problems.

Anyway, Carson did his shameless thing, as he does, and she’s fine now. But one of the goodies they gave her (yes, this was all one big setup for geek toys, silly) was a pretty necklace with a pendant that had a thumb drive in it.

A weird thing to want, you might think — but having an illness that can kill her has basically trapped her at home. The doctor put all of her medical records in the thumb drive, so now she can travel.

Probably, other people have done this for years, but I thought it was so neat! You can fit so much important information into a tiny necklace — maybe even MRIs and xrays a stuff, right? And it’d be just like having one of those ugly medic alert bracelets on, except holding tons more immediately useful info.

I couldn’t find the one they gave her — which, really, that show spends some serious bucks, so it was probably diamond-crusted or something — but here are some pretty ones (they’re all too blingy for my taste, but there are probably some subtle ones that I didn’t find):

Brando makes several, but they’re all pretty much thumb-shaped. I liked this one the best.

Swarovski also makes several, but I could only find this one online. I like the simplicity.

And this is justy tacky to me, but I can imagine that it would be really popular, because of the shape.

3 Comments

  • By radix, September 15, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

    To be the medical item you’re talking about, it would need above-average reliability. Double-storage, some sort of checksum and a bad sector map would be a start. It would be terrible to be dependent as this lady is and then have it fail when really needed.

    My crude, reductionist engineering brain says she’s better off with a bag of inexpensive drives all with the same data. (watch collectors hate me too)

  • By og, September 16, 2008 @ 7:27 am

    I’d think the drive that would be nicest would be embedded in one of those “birds” pendants Eli’s daughter makes.

  • By Tracy, September 16, 2008 @ 8:08 am

    Ooooh. I like the second one…

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