As a parent, I'd ask all three of our readers to review the list to make sure they don't inadvertantly purchase any.
Yeah, the closing moral is lame, but the digs throughout rock. (If you're like me, you'll have to think about the Amish one for a moment.)
Still, I'll never be as organized as this woman. (There are 189 more episodes, if you liked that one.)
Funny as shit! [no pun intended]
I haven't been reading many news sites over the past few days, so I have no idea how the Zune is selling. Anyone?
Slashdot says that sales are flaccid.
PC Magazine says that sales are slow.
I bet that's really what the marketing guys want to hear about the first days after a new product launch, slow and flaccid.
What can the new Democrat congress (they probably won't, but let's try to be charitable) learn from the omission?
Maybe our occasional reader in the Globe management ranks can feed back to her reporters and editors the suggestions that I expect to see in the comments.
Maybe the reporter should have talked to Uwe Reinhardt.
Anyway, sorry about the blogging hiatus and the long block quote to follow, but I had to give a taste of the article and how long one can go on while COMPLETELY MISSING THE POINT (and this is just the first 15% or so).
Most primary care physicians at Boston's top-tier teaching hospitals are so busy that they have officially closed their practices to new patients.
Callers to Massachusetts General Hospital's physician referral line, for example, are told that all, or almost all, of the hospital's 178 primary care physicians are not accepting more patients. All 42 internists at Boston Medical Center have had full lists since four months ago, and 108 of Brigham and Women's Hospital's 120 primary care doctors have closed their practices to new patients.
Determined patients, however, are getting in to see some of the city's best doctors through informal channels, from e-mailing doctors personally to asking family members and acquaintances to use their connections.
"There is a huge crisis in primary care right now," said Dr. Sherry Haydock, medical director of Internal Medicine Associates, a primary care practice at Mass. General. "If you have a family member already cared for at the hospital, you have a much higher likelihood that a doctor will take you. But as our [practices] have gotten to 150 percent the size they should be, a lot of us realize we have to say no even to family members."
Many doctors blame a national shortage of primary care doctors for the limited access, but the reasons are more complex and vary among hospitals. Many internists, especially women, are cutting back their hours to spend more time with their families. At the same time, the aging population and the increasing complexity of medicine mean that each patient requires more time and services -- reducing the number of patients some doctors can see.
At Boston teaching hospitals, patient demand appears to be growing dramatically, partly because primary care doctors sit at a crucial intersection -- when patients fall seriously ill, it's the primary care doctor who can get them seen by a top surgeon or specialist. And new programs that rate hospitals and doctors' groups on the quality of care they provide often award the highest marks to these institutions, attracting more potential patients.
But many teaching hospitals have trouble finding physicians to hire -- Mass. General averages fewer than two applicants for every opening, down from eight a decade ago. Or the hospitals do not have space to expand. Community hospitals, health centers, and doctors' practices in the suburbs also report difficulty hiring primary care doctors, but most can accept new patients.
Caught in the middle All of this leaves many doctors at teaching hospitals feeling caught in the middle and patients frustrated as they try any avenue to get into practices. About a dozen doctors interviewed by the Globe said that in the past few years, they have been fielding a growing number of requests from current patients, colleagues, neighbors, and friends asking whether they can squeeze in someone they know who needs a doctor. Many get dozens of requests a month. Occasionally, hospital executives also ask doctors to fit in major donors.
Doctors have to make uncomfortable decisions about which new patients to accept and which to turn away. The doctors say they turn down most because the more new patients they take on, the longer their current patients have to wait for appointments -- and the more hours they must work.
Yes, heavy water in high enough concentrations inhibits mitosis, stopping cell division. But if you drink it, it rapidly diffuses throughout your body, as opposed to concentrating at a tumor or infected T-cells; since your body is about 70% water, you'd need to drink only heavy water for a week or so to make any difference — and it would be a bad difference for you, similar to the effects of radiation poisoning.
As a general principle, nobody this nutty should be involved with nuclear anything.
There are two new Mac-related blogs that don't take themselves too seriously. The first is The Macalope - a ridiculous site with a odd take on current events in the Macintosh community. The second, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs is just plain ridiculous. So, give them both a whirl and let me know what you think.
Nothing in particular is coming to mind for today's rant, so maybe I'll just go through my rant closet and write a little about each...
Where to start...
Red Sox fans? Nah, too easy.
Democrats? Nah, don't feel like writing "War and Peace."
Democrats and Gas Prices? By George, I think he has a topic!
Last Wednesday or Thursday, the Wall Street Journal ran a short editorial piece about gas pricing and oil pricing and Democrats and taxing wind-fall profits.* The basic gist of the editorial was that Ms. Nancy Pelosi and some of her other Democratic ninny friends believe, at least as shown through their actions, that shareholders of companies like Exxon-Mobil should be over-regulated and taxed into oblivion when times are good and thrown to the side of the road when times are bad. This all stems from "windfall profits" taxes that were being bandied about because Exxon-Mobile made a shitload of money. In fact, they made a metric assload of money a few quarters in a row. You know what I say? Good for them. Nobody really cared much about them when oil was $20 a barrel and we were paying $0.79 a gallon for gas.
However, now that the price of oil is up and consumer consumption is also up, the Dems want to punish these companies to taking advantage of the market. They're not actually taking advantage of the market. The market is just favoring them now. However, if, and this is a really big if, there is stability in the OPEC states and oil goes a dropping to $30 a barrel, a lot of these profits the oil companies are making will become a whole lot more modest. If they drop even further than that, earnings will look crappy. I really feel for the Exxon-Mobile shareholder...now where did I put my shares...
I actually saw gas on 1A next to Suffolk Downs for $1.95/gal for the 87 octane stuff. Too bad my car take Premium, that was around $2.30/gal - a whole lot better than the $3.20/gal I was paying 7 months ago. That hurt, that added like $14 to each fill-up. Wait, it only added $14 to each fill up? How often do I fill up? 3 times every two months? Shit, gas prices really don't directly affect me much. Now where did I put that Suburban...
* I actually clipped this particular editorial and pinned it to my cubicle wall along with a couple of other gems from the WSJ. I even made one of our Northeastern Co-Op Students read it. No, not to make her head spin...she's a righty, the only one on a college campus in Boston.
*thump* <<-- sound of my head hitting the desk.
*UPDATE* - The comments on the site are LIFO, so the first post I was referring to isn't there. Below is the full text of the comment:
Ban the Bible while you're at it; it's a terrible influence.
If the parents of this 15 year old girl find the Ray Bradbury book a bad influence, they might want to reconsider letting her read the Bible.
Think about it.
Fahrenheit 451 is a book that uses bad things to teach good lessons. These bad things are what the family is protesting. Here's a list of what they stated were bad about the book:
- Filthy words
- Discussion of being drunk
- Dirty talk
- References to the Bible
- Using God's name in vain
Now, the Bible is another book that recounts terrible things to teach good lessons. Here's a list of a few of the things the Bible includes:
- Filthy words
- Discussion of being drunk
- Dirty talk (among other explicit sexual themes)
- References to the Bible (the Bible has many cyclic references)
- Using God's name in vain
- Sex without marriage
- Idol Worship
- Gay behaviour
- Anti-Governmental behaviour
- The list goes on.
I must say, the Bible contains MUCH more dangerous material than Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451. I would recommend that the family ban the Bible as well, if they really wish to prevent their family from being exposed to bad things.
Just a thought.
Christopher Steffen, Euless, TX
I'm going to the polls!
1) Economics and international development
2) What graphics and animation are meant for
Seriously. Rosling's visuals make up for any number of crappy, information-obscuring 3D ribbon graphs and pointless screen wipes.
We start with a stunning image of Manhattan.
Then we move on to an interesting statistical graphic.
And, finally, see if you can tell me what's surprising about this girl. (I'll give you the answer in the comments in a day or two.)
A suggestion: don't let these guys use real planes in any future drills.
But say you're a small family coffee farm and want to sell your coffee to Fair Trade for that princely $1.26 a pound -- sorry, you have to join a co-op first. And if you've done so well that you've hired somebody year-round to help out? Bzzzt. You can't deal with Fair Trade at all.
No word yet on whether the co-ops are required to meet production quotas spelled out in Five-Year Plans. But there is plenty of bureacracy. More here.
Some of these are ridiculous but take a look anyway.
Note: Not iPod compatible, August 10, 2006
Belize042 (California, USA) - See all my reviews
Despite its pleasing white color, it seems Tuscan Whole Milk is not compatible with iPod products. Attempts to adapt iPod connectors to the Tuscan Whole Milk product resulted in failure, and required extensive clean-up. Why does the packaging not reveal this limitation, and when can we expect iPod-compatability from Tuscan Whole Milk?
As it so happens, Tuscan Dairies is located in my hometown of Union, NJ and all three Paci boys remember our grandfather taking us for walks nearby on the yet-to-be-opened I-78.
This summer, nearly 11 million children will attend summer camps in the United States. They will eat terrible food, learn a new sport, and sing songs by a campfire. For some—let's call them well-adjusted—this experience will be joyous. For others—let's call them nerds—it won't. As one such kid who attended a sports-oriented camp in Pennsylvania told The New Yorker, "I took boxing, and I was very afraid."
For such children, mercifully, there is nerd camp—also known as the summer programs sponsored by the Center for Talented Youth. At CTY, you don't learn to swim, or ride horses, or tie knots. Instead, you spend five hours a day in class, learning a semester's worth in a mere three weeks. After class, there is a 90-minute period of "Mandatory Fun," followed by dinner and a two-hour study hall. Mandatory Fun may be the hardest part of the day for most of the campers at CTY. I know, because I was once one of them.
Holy crap. With all the time I've frittered away watching the Discovery and History channels, you'd think I would have heard of this before.
So I missed the afternoon by a few hours, but click on the title link to see why Jersey cat Jack is not an ordinary mouser.
Click the link below to READ why Jersey cat Jack is not an ordinary mouser.
[Someone might mention to Newhouse, which owns the (nee Trenton) Times, Star-Ledger, NO Times-Pic, and several other newspapers, that its websites are horrible. Note that you can't find the pictures from the story or vice-versa. ]
We are reminded therein that we have not yet stomped hard enough on the toe-hold this tongue has acquired in our own cherished nation:
SOUTH FREEPORT, Me. — Frederick Levesque was just a child in Old Town, Me., when teachers told him to become Fred Bishop, changing his name to its English translation to conceal that he was French-American.
Cleo Ouellette's school in Frenchville made her write "I will not speak French" over and over if she uttered so much as a "oui" or "non" — and rewarded students with extra recess if they ratted out French-speaking classmates.
Actually, this would make a great Simpsons episode parodying the immigration debate. Turns out the people of Maine even anticipated the Spanish Spangled Banner:
Sorry that there isn't a great picture to sum up this story.
The State Legislature began holding an annual French-American Day four years ago, with legislative business and the Pledge of Allegiance done in French and "The Star-Spangled Banner" sung with French and English verses.
Sometimes I have to give props to the New York Times, in this case the photo editor.
They do a feature story on the upcoming World Cup being played in Germany which concerns not the game but the sensitivity of the hosts to the anticipated homages by British fans to 20th century German history. If only American soccer had these kind of fan rivalries that frankly put to shame the Yanks-Sox conflict.
I saw this first in the dead-tree NYT, which fittingly featured a large version of the photo -- arguably the most definitive image ever in the history of British-German relations.
Do yourself a favor and read the article.
I guess it helps to call it something else. Maybe we could get some San Franciscan parents to spread the good news here in DC, which has similar population (20% smaller), area (50% larger), and local nuisances (earthquakes vs. Congress).
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Wendy Dershem may think twice before leaving that egg roll on her plate at her next Chinese buffet.
The Des Moines woman, her boyfriend and her two children were kicked out of a restaurant last week after management accused her of leaving too much food on her plate.
But here's what you can get if you actually put the damn little things together instead of scattering them around on the bedroom floor in the dark. Make sure to read both the FAQ (insightful) and the Construction log (hilarious).
(Hat tip to Chris Tyrrell.)
In New Jersey, anyway, we should heavily regulate the gasoline retailers' trade association.
I decree that, post haste, a spare nun with a long ruler be found and dispatched to the aforementioned trade group in nearby Springfield to bloody the knuckles of its newsletter editor. This should be followed by vigorous vocabulary, diction, and sentence diagramming instruction.
What do we think of this?
Your comments please.
Then comment away.
(including the O'Reilly video, you might be surprised)
First of all, gas isn't like Wonder Bread. There is only one kind of Wonder Bread - white. If there is a shortage of Wonder Bread in Tampa, FL and a surplus in San Diego, CA, the surplus bread can be moved from the market place with excess capacity to the high demand area and thus head off a massive price escalation (basic supply/demand). Unfortunately there are 17 different blends of gas. So when the great state of MA has a shortage of their mix, they cannot use the mix that their friends in PA can. The supplies are limited to specific geographic locales.
Secondly, gas, now, isn't like Peanut Butter. It used to be when the vast majority of the oxygenating additive was MTBE. The refininers could add MTBE to the mix before it went to distribution. Now the refiners need to move the gas without the new additive (ethanol) and mix it at the end point. That's like Skippy and Jiff only making creamy peanut butter at their factories and mandating that the chunky peanuts be added at the supermarket. Do you think that will have an affect on price? YES. Do you think they want to maintain stockpiles of peanuts all over the country? NO.
These first two points are the fault of our short-sighted elected officials. When I have more time I will address what these same officials are doing to make matters worse under the guise of making things better -- for them.
I do, however, sense a business opportunity along the lines of Sam Kinison the dog psychologist.
To people who take the threat of global warming personally, driving a car that spews heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere can be a guilt trip.
But to help atone for that environmental sin, some drivers are turning to groups on the
Internet that offer pain-free ways to assuage their guilt while promoting clean energy.
It involves buying something known as a carbon offset: a relatively inexpensive way to stimulate the production of clean electricity. Just go to one of several carbon-offset Web sites, calculate the amount of carbon dioxide produced when you drive, fly or otherwise burn fossil fuels, and then buy an offset that pays for an equivalent amount of clean energy.
- George & Molly's new baby boy Luke. (I like to think they named him after me as my Confirmation name is, in fact, luke.)
- The hell of putting an addition onto my house. It's only 9.5x13.5 but it's a real mess now.
- My pending trip to a place far, far away.
- Any crazy article I find on the Internet that is either a) funny, b) sad, or c) such a complete train wreck I would have to comment on it.
I was having a conversation with someone here at work as to why the US system of employment-at-will makes our economy better able to weather downturns and rebound more quickly when things turn around. By being able to cut unnecessary-at-the-time workers so the core company can survive and hire them back when they're needed, US-based companies (Big 3 automakers not included as well as the MBTA - that's just chronyism) are able to rebound faster and take better advantage of a stronger economy.
Humphrey, the cat who shared 10 Downing Street with two British prime ministers but was evicted by current resident Tony Blair, has died. He was aged about 18.
Read the rest and check out the photo.
(Hat tip to dad.)
This type of article surfaces every year spotlighting the ridiculous lengths that New Yorkers go through to get slots for their tots in the city's private kindergartens and nurseries. Normally, I'd read the article just to amuse myself, but I caught a detail today that would have made an interesting story in its own right:
Does someone care to take a whack at this in the comments? I have my own conclusion but would be interested in hearing yours.
The fierce competition for private preschool in New York City has been propelled to such a frenzy this year by the increased numbers of children vying for scarce slots that it could be mistaken for a kiddie version of "The Apprentice."
Part of the problem is that the number of twins and triplets born to women in New York City has increased, according to city Health Department statistics.
In 1995, there were 3,707 twin births in all the boroughs; in 2003,there were 4,153; and in 2004, there were 4,655. Triplet births have also risen,from 60 in 1995, to 299 in 2004. Because preschools strive for gender and age balance in generally small classes -- and also, some parents suspect, as many potential parental donors as possible -- it is harder to get multiple slots in one class.
I just watched a bit on the news about another proposal for hybrids to be allowed in HOV lanes on Long Island w/o the normal high-occupancy since they are more fuel efficient.
Since hybrids are most miserly during city driving b/c stop-and-go engages the regenerative braking that recharges the batteries, wouldn't it make more sense to BAN hybrids from HOV lanes during peak periods (even if they have 2+ or 3+ occupants) to ensure that they experience as MUCH congestion as possible so that they get better mileage?
Cambridge venture capitalist Howard Anderson wants to nominate Che Guevara as Harvard's new president.
''Why?" asks Anderson. ''He would be considered a 'moderate' by the Harvard faculty. He has a medical degree so he would be considered acceptable to academics. His Argentine background would appeal to the one-worlders. And he has been dead for 39 years so the faculty would have no problem getting him to roll over."
The city’s arguments here are of a policy rather than a legal character, and are more appropriately addressed to the Indiana Legislature rather than to this court,” Murray wrote. “The courts cannot fill gaps in a statutory scheme designed by the legislature.
Did you catch that last sentence? Words to live by.
Click the link to see the latest in dopey democrat literature.
Maybe they can cross this book with Heather Has Two Mommies.
Make sure to check out the sample pages: http://littledemocrats.net/samples.html
Case in point: I mailed back three DVDs one Monday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon, Netflix reported that it had received one of the movies and would mail the replacement that day. On Wednesday, it received the other two, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both of those movies' replacements were then not mailed until Friday. This happened various forms a number of times. Oh well, it's still a great value for me.
[Please note that 'heavy renters' refers to the number of movies rented, not the weight of the renter.]
(It's also Carole King's birthday; we wore a hole in her Really Rosie LP when we lived there.)
For a commonsense view, here's the libertarians at CATO with a statement so concise and meaningful that you should print it out and put it in your pocket to have ready when engaging liberals, protectionists, Buchananites, etc. Normally it's not good form to reproduce whole posts, but this demands an exception. (If you want more, follow the link and read the footnoted articles, too.)
"The President offered bracing new rhetoric about where he would like to take energy policy in the coming year, but he suggested little more than a bit more money for the same old programs that have failed in the past. In short, it reminds me of the metaphor about 'old wine in new bottles.'
"Regarding the rhetoric, it’s odd that the President would complain that America is 'addicted to oil.' Another way of putting it is that American consumers are attracted to the lowest cost sources of energy to meet their energy needs. It's a bit distressing to call that sensible inclination an 'addiction.'
"As far as the new subsidies for coal, wind, solar, nuclear, and ethanol energy are concerned, if those technologies have economic merit, no subsidy is necessary. If they don't, then no subsidy will provide it. Those subsidies have failed to produce economic energy in the past and there is little reason to expect that they will do so in the future.
"Nor is it the government's job to design automobiles. Although government funded R&D projects to redesign the internal combustion engine are nothing new, they have never amounted to anything. For instance, while the Clinton Administration was engaged in a similar undertaking called 'The Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles' and producing nothing of consequence, Japanese auto companies -- without significant government help -- were busy designing the hybrid powered engines that are now all the rage within the auto industry. When government ties to pick winners, it usually finds itself stuck with losers and often sets the entire domestic industry back.
"Finally, achieving the President's goal of reducing Middle Eastern oil imports by 75 percent would be economically meaningless. A supply disruption in the Middle East would increase the price of crude everywhere in the world no matter where or how it is produced.
"There is nothing really new in this speech as it pertains to energy except more money for old programs -- the political equivalent of the triumph of hope over experience."
First, the lead in:
Look, if we're going to execute a man because he wrote children's books, then who's next?
My suggestions below:
-Madonna, for Mr. Peabody's Apples, and Yakov and the Seven Thieves
-Bette Midler for, The Saga of Baby Divine,...
Then the followup (from his double-secret blog):
some commenters to my recent post noted that Tookie Williams was not executed for writing children's books, but for killing four people. Christ, I must have missed that small fact when i was reading about Williams on the Huffington Post. I thought all he did was write children's books!
thanks for the heads up!
[in evidence that he's smoking crack again]
pledged he would ask authorities not to prosecute them.
We are still working on verifying rumors that his statement to police included "Bitch set me up."
Second, here's a link I've been hoarding for weeks; before you click on it, swear to yourself you'll only read four or five entries at a time: