Is Circuit Surfers the TMZ of Perfusion?

Saturday Morning Brunch

So today’s topic is somewhat whimsical.

It’s like that first gust of Spring air that passes through you, makes you pause, and just for a minute makes you feel a little more alive than you thought you were.

So in that spirit of lightness, the topic question is this…

Is Circuit Surfers the TMZ of Perfusion?


This is more of a fun post than anything else.

The TMZ thing is rhetorical.  For those of you unfamiliar with it- TMZ  is the National Enquirer of internet tabloids.  Tawdry and gaudy, few substantive offerings in terms of thought process, long on sizzle, short on facts, and lean on  substance– a BMI of 18 or less (TMZ right?).

Very readable- if you are absolutely desperate (TMZ that is).

Thought I would lay it down to emphasize the fact that we can have a good time and still take each other seriously.  The only flaw here would be if there was a lack of honesty in regard to peer review, and open discussion.  To avoid that, one has to be able to pose and present possible flaws in the process (that would be the TMZ analogy).

Ignoring peer honesty would be like letting a good cup of milk, sour in the summer heat.  A checklist signed, but never truly reviewed.

You guys are the checklist.

I hope people understand that this site is purely for all of us, that it can provide useful information, and can still be a place to drop by and see “what’s up in the perfusion community across the globe”.  It truly is what you make it.  At the risk of sounding “cliche'” it is a canvas.  You are painting the picture.

If it succeeds in that, then it has exceeded my expectations.  We are a tough crowd.  But we are a crowd that clearly cares about what we do.

The comparison to TMZ is for humor only but bears a few points for comparison.  That is left for you to decide.  This site is for you- not the other way around.

I want to offer up thanks for the obvious support so many have rendered via comments and article submissions.  Mr. Steve Sutton, your effort has been amazing. Mr. Tom Doyle, the work you shared to promote our profession is presented here in so many articles, and goes recognized as well.

I enjoy doing this, and would like to encourage you to submit your own particular idea, opinions, and educational insight.  We will all benefit from each others’ point of view.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think…

Thank you for coming by.

0 thoughts on “Is Circuit Surfers the TMZ of Perfusion?

  1. personally I enjoy reading CS, I think you can get addicted to it in a very relaxed style…it a true melting pot of our work, we can ask questions and find ideas, maybe not always answers, but other colleague’s opinions and stories are important…it’s pure professional growth, a sort of international brainstorming!!! i hope more and more perfusionists will participate!!
    Frank..what is that funny looking stuff you’re brunching with??

  2. Would China be where it is today without the 1989 eenvts at Tiananmen Square? Without it, the so-called deal with the devil would have never occurred. It is almost an unnecessary question to ask for an outsider who recognizes these eenvts and the brave actions of the Tank Man. However, students at one of China’s greatest universities cannot even recognize that famous scene depicted in newspapers across the globe one highly lauded for its sheer power and representation of human rights.But then again, this is the deal with the devil that this post is referring to. China opened itself up economically allowing for the new class of millionaires while also taking on the role of the world’s factory but the caveat here is that it continued to shut itself out politically. This type of reform allowed for many economic positives, but the political and human rights changes have been much slower. I believe that this was a necessary evil for the country to move forward after the eenvts of 1989.When asking if democracy is the key to China’s problems, the answer is a resounding maybe if there is such a thing. Democracy is a nice goal, one that can help ensure the rights of many of its citizens, but one that may be too distant to envision for present-day China. These human rights that I speak of and that Tank Man stood for are basic equalities our US constitution protects. Freedoms we whole-heartedly believe in. You do not need democracy to preserve what we believe to be god-given rights, you just need a government that understands the pulse of the people, not one that attempts to muffle its heartbeat.When the chinese soldiers rode through Tiananmen Square, killing an unknown number in an unnecessary massacre, those soldiers representing the government were not specifically killing a democratic uprising or those in favor of market reform. They were only looking to keep the government in control in essence to maintain their tenuous grasp on the billion-plus chinese people. If control is all they wanted, their iron-fisted technique was certainly effective. What is shocking is how American companies are profitting to this day off this with Cisco, Yahoo, and Google the specific companies targeted in the documentary. I guess this sheds light on a new question: Where would China be today without the foreign influence the country so desperately avoids?

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