Wednesday, June 28, 2006

NBA Draft Prediction

Everybody has a prediction. Here's mine for first pick for tonight's NBA Draft.

Portland Trailblazers select Adam Morrison (via trade with Raptors).

Raptors will then take Bargnani with the 4th pick.

New Blog Research

I'm currently suffering from some technical difficulties with my computer so I may not be posting much this week until it is resolved. So I'll leave you today with a new study on blogs published by UMass chancellor professor of marketing, Dr. Nora Ganim Barnes. It attempts to identify the necessary traits of a successful blog. How does a blog stand out from the rest?

You can also read Steve Rubel's synopsis here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Shaq and Chiropractic Revisited

I wrote a week ago regarding Shaq making a reference to chiropractic during his press conference. It always bothered me that I couldn't find an article quoting him. Alas, I came across a few articles, here's one that was printed in the Boston Globe. It's in the third paragraph.

I just wanted to share in the interest of better reporting.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Crossing Over

I have been exchanging correspondence the last few days with Dr. Clark Bartram, a pediatrican blogger. And he is quite a prolific one. His blog, "Unintelligent Design" spends a great deal of space highlighting the shortcomings of chiropractic. If you read his latest post, you can see that what I just wrote is quite an understatement. Indeed, Dr. Bartram is very passionate about the subject. Before I go any further, I want to stress that our emails have been highly cordial, professional, and constructive. Thanks to our discussion, I have already learned to see some issues under a different light. There are new questions that I have never really thought of. And no, this post will not lead to a veiled attempt to critique and defame Dr. Bartram.

I suspect and hope that a fair number of people reading this post are readers of Dr. Bartram and have come to read my thoughts. First I want to isolate some differences between my blog and his. I would categorize his posts as highly editorial, dispersing his opinion on "the wrongs of the world". Like many of his readers, I appreciate the consistent candor and effort he puts in each of his posts. I, on the other hand do not consciously treat my blog as an editorial medium. It's more of a relay station. I find good stuff on the web, and I'll share it with you. Yes, I'm fully aware that deciding what is good and important does require some form of editorializing. Furthermore, while Unintelligent Design aspires to aid in the extinction of chiropractic as a profession, the main purpose of Cornucopia Chiropractica is not to defend the profession. Rather, a quick scan of my editorial entries will show that they have been critical of chiropractic. I am not the yin to Dr. Bartram's yang. What I hope to ultimately achieve is that readers (especially those of Unintelligent Design and similar sites) do not automatically equate chiropractors with ignorant quacks. There is a very real benefit that can be had at a chiropractic office. As Dr. Bartram writes in his latest post, he hopes that "physical therapists and medical doctors are able to utilize the aspects of chiropractic care that are useful."

It is that aspect of chiropractic that I hope to shine a light on while at the same time recognizing some of the shortcomings that bloggers such as Dr. Bartram write about. Stick around this blog. Over time, you will see that there are chiropractors with a sound body of knowledge. I value all comments, from either side of the fence. More to come later this week.