Some Saturday morning links with my coffee

Here are a few links that I didn’t get around to mentioning during the week that are, in this blogger’s humble opinion, worth a read by my readers:

This week saw the 25th anniversary of MTV. Terra Sigillata has two posts on his favorite MTV memories (with the latter link showing a 17-year-old Pharmboy jamming out), and Stereogum has the playlist for the first 24 hours of MTV, plus a YouTube of the first few minutes, in which the VJs were introduced.

Should I get wooden knobs for my stereo system? The manufacturers claim that they will greatly improve sound quality, and they’re a bargain at $485.

Now that it’s been a year since the sixth Harry Potter book, people are speculating about how the series will end when J. K. Rowling finishes the final book in the series. The most speculation centers around which major characters will die. Lance Mannion has a prolonged discussion and some ideas about who’s toast. He doesn’t think Harry Potter will die. (Neither do I, for that matter.) But there are lots of other candidates for becoming room temperature.

Thanks to antivaccination activists (among whom are the mercury militia), vaccine-preventable illnesses are returning to the U.S. Kevin, MD considers failure to vaccinate one’s children akin to child abuse.

And, finally, fellow surgeon Sid Schwab shows ’em how it’s done when he deals with a committee that seemed to be saying that, because his hospital’s system was not finding and identifying adequate quantities of unnecessary surgery. His response to the committee’s complaint is hilarious. I wish I had the balls to do stuff like that at my hospital.