hcrenewal is a great new blog addressing the issues confronting healthcare.
Worshiping RoboCop since you were sucking on your momma's teet.
hcrenewal is a great new blog addressing the issues confronting healthcare.
i put together an --> EZProxy <-- bookmarklet for accessing journal articles via useful utilities' ezproxy.
part 1 of a great interview w/ ray ozzie, of lotus notes and groove fame, on (de)centralization, innovation, etc.
Austin: It's not just IT that behaves that way. There's a dynamic tension inside organizations, whether they're big or small, but it tends to be more pronounced (?) in the bigger ones. Real breakthroughs occur in non-routine work, by exception....All of these things are non-routine, cognitive behaviors, yet the essence of most organizations is just the opposite. They want to routinize things to be able to manage them, control them, predict them, which is just the opposite.
It's not just IT. IT just is the best example you and I think of because that's who we deal with all the time.
Ozzie: It's always best to seek out the right combination of the centralized and decentralized — the center and edge — for a process, a business unit, or an organization. Centralization is not the only answer or the best answer for everything. And decentralization can cause complete chaos under the wrong conditions. The challenge is: how can you best use a mix of centralized and decentralized models to accomplish the objective that you've got for the business?
Austin: Where does the understanding of how to apply the technology really come from?
Ozzie: Generally not from the technologists. It comes from the business experts. The domain expert drives the creation of a specific application within an area because they understand the business processes and practices of that area. It takes a technologist to build it, but it takes business experts to know what needs to happen. Having been through both the Notes experience and the Groove experience, I know the most important person is the customer or integrator that understands how to match the capabilities of a specific technology to what's needed.
Austin: Over the next ten years, if the current trends continue as we expect they will, the number of managers, that middle layer, will continue to shrink and the edge will keep growing.
...The IT professional ten years from now has to be much closer to being that domain expert that you described. And maybe they don't even work in a central IT organization. Maybe they will work in the line of business or its equivalent in a government space.
Ozzie: ...In short — although central IT continues to play a large role, the most important decisions for the business are made closer to the edge, at the line-of-business level.
harper's weekly review is out:
French police planted plastic explosives in a random dark-blue suitcase at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as a security exercise, then failed to monitor the bag as a conveyor belt rolled it to one of 90 planes with an international destination. A police spokesman expressed the hope that whoever finds the explosives will return them to authorities.
A survey found that about half of Britons have never heard of Auschwitz
A report found that a federally funded program to promote abstinence in schools has been teaching students...[a] story of a knight who rejects a princess when she becomes too opinionated about how best to slay a dragon. The parable concludes: "Occasional suggestions and assistance may be alright, but too much of it may lessen a man's confidence or even turn him away from his princess."
Well it's just about that time of year. Thought i'd put this up. It's a great song. Forgot how much i like it. Enjoy it guys and have a happy late devali, kwanza, chanakakakaka, x-mas, pagan celebration etc...
annonifer sent me this interview with economist amartya sen, the first asian to win the nobel prize in economics.
UPDATE: just got an email from the connotea people. it turns out that the service isn't for public consumption yet, but they will let me know when it is officially open for the unwashed masses -- and then i'll point you to the right place...please don't publicise the URL originally in this post until the service officially goes live.:
Connotea is a place to keep links to the articles you read and the websites you use, and a place to find them again. It is also a place where you can discover new articles and websites through sharing your links with other users. By saving your links and references to Connotea they are instantly on the web, which means that they are available to you from any computer and that you can point your friends and colleagues to them. In Connotea, every user's bookmarks are visible both to visitors and to every other user, and different users' libraries are linked together through the use of common tags or common bookmarks.
Connotea was created by Nature Publishing Group's New Technology team. The ideas behind it come from del.icio.us, a general collaborative bookmarking service. Connotea takes this concept and adds some features to tailor it to the needs of scientists. CiteULike is a similar online academic bookmark management service based on del.icio.us, developed independently to Connotea. We're in close contact with CiteULike to ensure that our two systems work well together.
so, by now you've probably all seen google suggest -- start typing shit into the search bar, and it tries to autocomplete for you. simple enough, right? well....not if you are a sociopath like me.
This article attempted to rate professionals' honesty. Nurses ranked the highest, with car sales people as the lowest. The people ranked themselves, which makes me think, how honest were they? I mean, nursing is a profession where people's lives are at stake, and to say they weren't honest would bring a huge cloud of doubt over the entire profession.
One of the beautiful things about living abroad is that I may see the ONLY benefit to George Bush's election: currency arbitrage opportunities. At the moment of this post, the Pound Sterling is trading near it's 12 year high of 1.94 USD to 1 Pound Sterling. Since I'm earning in pounds, though oh so meagerly, when I come back to the US in a week, I get to feel, at least for a short time, like I'm twice as wealthy. Sadly, the opportunities explained in the previous post regarding amazon arbitrage, are lost by living in the UK: absolutely speaking it's much more expensive to buy things here than in the US.
interesting article on innovation, via emergic. i thought that the following was great:
Simply put: innovation isn’t what innovators do; it’s what customers, clients, and people adopt. Innovation isn’t about crafting brilliant ideas that change minds; it’s about the distribution of usable artifacts that change behavior. Innovators—their optimistic arrogance notwithstanding—don’t change the world; the users of their innovations do. That’s not a subtle distinction.
Though i am going to continue to post on this site, i am starting a project on my own. The blog is called I need some sleep and represents points in times in my life according to individual songs. Anyhow. i have two posts so far if you care to start reading it. It's not so great right now, but i'm sure it will get better.
just checked out the channel 9 demo of msn's new blogging tool, msn spaces.
xeni jardin on boingboing asks the blogosphere, 'when was the last time you got an aids test?'.
hublog points to priceonia -- a brilliant arbitrage system for amazon purchases.
today, like every wednesday, i dined at the fine underground taco bell in philadelphia's scenic suburban subway station. all seven layers of my burrito were excellent. the rice was al dente and the guac was guac-y.
The installation periodically checks the value of Home Depot’s stock over the internet, and activates a watering system: if share values are up the plant gets watered. The underlined paradox is that Home Depot guarantees the well being of the plant for one year and, if the plant dies due to either falling or rising share values it has to be replaced by the multinational, —a contract relating life and death.
annonifer sent me a wired news story on diesel hybrids:
Hybrid-diesel buses are currently proving the viability of the technology in a dozen metropolitan areas, including New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. In Seattle, more than 100 hybrid diesel buses are currently in use and performing well...
The hybrid-diesel buses in Seattle are getting about 7.5 mpg, a 50 percent improvement over the buses they replaced...
Ratio of hours of live U.S.-convention coverage per U.S. network this year to hours of live coverage on Al Jazeera : 1:2
Ratio of Americans killed by lightning since January 2002 to those killed by terrorism : 3:2
Distance in feet traveled by the winning pumpkin at Delaware’s Punkin Chunkin Competition last year : 4,434.28
Ratio of suicides worldwide in 2001 to war deaths : 7:2
Rank of antidepressants and anti-ulcer drugs among the best-selling prescription drugs worldwide last year : 3,2
Rank of cholesterol-lowering drugs : 1
Exciting news in Pennsylvania today, after reports of many bureaucratic challenges -- Philadelphia has reached an agreement with Verizon that will allow the city to offer free WiFi as a sort of public utility. Free like liberty, free like beer.