Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Crazy Guy Who Blogs About Radiology

Overheard from an old friend and colleague one evening at RSNA:
"...there's this crazy guy who blogs about radiology under a pseudonym."
Gosh, I thought -- that sounds interesting.

So I asked, "Ummm, what pseudonym would that be?"
"He calls himself the Samurai Radiologist. I've been looking everywhere for a guy wearing video goggles at the meeting. He hasn't shown up at any of the places I've looked."
I suppose that Lamont Cranston and the Scarlet Pimpernel agonized over revealing their secret identities to friends. However, I didn't, because I don't have as much at stake as they did.

My pseudonym is just a way of separating my more turgid prose as a university professor from some of the wacky-ass things I feel free to say in this blog. To its credit, the university I work for has much bigger fish to fry, and could probably care less what I say here.

So, with no flash of lightning, no thunderclap, and no swirling cloak, I unmasked myself. Something along the lines of, "Uh, dude -- I'm the Samurai Radiologist. I left the goggles in my hotel room". **

If you see someone looking vaguely pseudonymous at your next radiology meeting, introduce yourself -- it might be me. At worst, it may start an interesting conversation with some other worthy person.

** I did show him the goggles the next day, and he pronounced them very cool.


Dalai said...

Just wait until you get "outed"... It never fails to amuse me when I meet someone who reads my blog and they say, "YOU'RE Doctor Dalai????" I guess they were expecting someone better looking...

The Samurai Radiologist said...

@ Dalai: Thanks for the note. I'll try to keep expectations low, so that no one will be too disappointed if I do come out of the closet. :)

Vijay said...

From an out-in-the-open-blogger-who-happens-to-be-a-radiologist-in-real-life:

Come forth from the shadows, brother :)

The Samurai Radiologist said...

@ Vijay: Someday, doubtless, I will. For now, though, it suits me to lurk in the crepuscular gloom. Besides, decloaking would be a great future excuse to throw a party. :)