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Friday, October 21, 2016

Another Plunge - I've had the other (right) side of my DBS Procedures...

This time the procedure has gone even better than the first - if such a thing can happen. What was different? I'll try to outline the differences here.

  1. The "halo" was either a larger size or it was made different that made it feel larger or roomier. Big-Boys like myself are at somewhat of a disadvantage when it comes to how certain technologies "fit" us. In particular things that go on our heads. I remember telling one of my surgeons after the operation that he and I could work on inventing a larger size head frame. Either he didn't think I was serious or capable of the task - nothing ever came of the comment.
  2. Four hands are better than two - or at least they're faster because this time both surgeons worked in tandem to get the halo installed on me. This time, as apposed to the last, where only one of my surgeons installed my halo, this time both surgeons participated in the task. My lead surgeon was the same, but a different internist this go 'round. When you're in a whimpering pain, the speed at which a medical professional works means a lot - more than they know, so tell them. Let them know what they do well. It may make a difference in the next procedures they do and even policies surrounding the procedure.

Technology in Religion: Is there a point?

Recently this topic has come about in our family.  In our ever changing world (at least so we think) we have the tendency to believe, or at least we stand ready to make the case for, having accessibility to our portable personal technologies wherever we are - including within the church.

Case for: Including the above thought, there are those of us, yours truly included, that are involved in a support role beyond the normal workday.  For me, I'm a media & technology specialist in a local school.  However, of late my support role has grown beyond my school to more of a district sort of role in that I well understand and am proactive towards (at least I prefer to consider myself as) the use and position of online curriculum to support kids, their academics (family members and teachers too) who have some special circumstances surrounding their life - we can talk about how this came about another time.  Anyway, I've always believed that portable technology is able to bridge the gap between our need to do something and the time with which we have to do it - in other words, taking advantage of time and convenience.  For these kids it's their accessibility to a regular classroom.  For one reason or another (mostly health) there are kids who can't meet at normal class times during the normal business / school day and so we're leveraging technology (online curriculum) to reach them at a more convenient time.  Many of these kids really have only evening and weekend hours available to them to work on their academics - and thus, need someone on the other end of the connection that can support their needs more readily than waiting until the next business (or school) day, forcing them to use valuable time to simply wait.  During the day these kids are in doctors offices at appointments or having tests run while others, well, they've found themselves fulfilling the role of parent at a very early age so their daytime hours aren't really available to them, but the evenings and weekends usually are.

Friday, December 28, 2012

What do you think?

Since the end of World War II, a time when business technologies, mechanization and worker productivity reached new highs for Americans, doesn't it seem that so called "White Collar Crimes" are occurring more frequently and each with higher sums of money involved than the one before it.  It's almost as though - the smarter and more efficient our nation becomes, the more it opens the door to schemes to defraud mass amounts of people or topple markets.

The kind of schemes I'm talking about are designed by stock brokers,  bank officials, accountants and lawyers alike (sorry if I've offended anyone).  Sometimes I wonder if the ink on the contracts or the controlling legislative documents is dry before someone has already figured out a way (and maybe implemented it) to steal someone else's money from a position of trust.

Our own government is part of this too.  From relaxed lending standards in boom times leading to over-extending many Americans on credit (guys if you bait a trap somethings gonna bite it), to the intentional lowering of prime rates when the DOW takes a dive (talk about your special interest group), to being the primary investors in schemes and people who sought to defraud thousands from their life savings (gotta remember the Keating 5), our government must also share the wearing of the stain of financial recklessness.

So, what's your thoughts.  What about the financial disasters since 1945?  Are they occurring more frequently and with larger amounts of money.  How has it affected you?

An interesting tid-bit I ran across: Dates of American Recessions
...and it seems to coincide with this. The interesting part at the bottom of the Yahoo link is the list of who was in the Presidency at the time of each of the 21 incidents listed.  Democrats = 6 or 28.57% to Republicans = 15 or 71.42% (I'm just sayin'...)