Thursday, December 31, 2009

It�s Official: There are Now More Tweets than People

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Today was interesting for an ad hoc spontaneous and informal M&M (mortality & morbidity) meeting at the end of my shift....
what's beyond logic happens beneath will;

ee cummings
I count time; my earliest memory of counting time was age 6 - it was a very busy year....
I think the first 4500 days of life are free

Monday, December 07, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

ee cummings
A world of made
is not a world of born

ee cummings

Monday, November 30, 2009

researchdigest: Mapping the unborn baby's brain in 3D. London hospital first in the world to offer high quality MRI scans of foetus:
Our lives are structured by familial/social obligations....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The primary purpose of sleep must be emotional regulation. And any deficits in such regulation must have corollary attentional deficits. Attention, then, is a feature of emotion....

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A&E patients are admitted at last minute 'to meet targets' - Daily Mail
Sustained low grade hypothermia as a route to improved longevity?
Idiocy has always been contagious
If I say "Life is complex", do you hear "Life is complicated"?
Do you answer the question asked, the question implied or the question you want to hear?
People with severe chronic pain who won't take painkillers are just aggravating....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Strong Opinions, Weakly Held"
How well prepared are medical students for their first year as doctors? The views of consultants and specialist registrars in two teaching hospitals
C Matheson, D Matheson
Fasting before a cholesterol test 'is a waste their time' -
De-contextualise, Re-contextualise.
Symptoms represent threshold effects. Physiological systems are robust; homeostasis aims to prevent such threshold effects. Mitigating interventions reduce entropy: such interventions can be milder and slower.

So, treat the numbers. [Even in the absence of threshold effects aka symptoms.]
Utility of post hoc analyses given large sample sizes?
What is the risk of cefalosporin sensitivity in Penicillin-sensitive patients? My memory of medical school teaching was 10%, however a search just completed shows that such sensitivity is less than 1%. Calibrating and updating my entire knowledge base is impossible. How then to proceed? What do you do?[Intentional+self-harm+by+sharp+object]+%2B+[suicide+risk]&source=bl&ots=OfqxEWYxF9&sig=F__6ZrQNilf12G59OeFQ3nLcCYA&hl=en&ei=y337SqPSA5iOjAf24MmLBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=&f=false
What is the sociocultural correlate of deflation?
At species level, controversy has great utility; at the individual level it does not.
If Satori is entirely a neurological event is DBS a route to enlightenment?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Most Creative People in Health Care
Calvin Coolidge
"Passing on the bill for treating Aids to very poor countries would be a colossal betrayal."

!? There seems a colossal disconnect here....
Happiness = Meaning + Pleasure?
Inappropriate acute medical admissions are pareto inefficient. Doctors are aware of this, but it is easier in a socialist healthcare model to accede to social pressures because of the disjunction between costs and benefits.

I am fast approaching my STOP.
Re-reading MacDonald: are treatment effects binary? Of course not, physiology is fractal!
It's a truism that the more complicated a mechanism the more error prone. What ubiquitous mechanism is more complicated than the brain?
Clinical treatments aim to maintain or restore physiological parameters to preserve organ function hierarchically (brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, gut, remainder). Because physiological systems are dynamic, correction is not the aim and velocity is also a consideration.

If the systems cannot self-correct or sustain the forced corrections treatment is considered futile. Non-optimal organ function is acceptable; all systems degrade over time so the accepted metric is quality of life.
If experiences are immortal, recall is repetition and reflection is extension. In an autistic world such manipulations are new experiences without losing the benefits of frequency as salience.
Rare events are cumulatively common

Friday, November 06, 2009

"Oh Shnocks! The state of healthcare technology in '09"
"human attention doesn't scale"?
Direct Evidence for Spinal Cord Involvement in Placebo Analgesia -- Eippert et al. 326 (5951): 404 -- Science
what's beyond logic happens beneath will;
nor can these moments be translated:i say
that even after April
by God there is no excuse for May

ee cummings
voices to voices,lip to lip by ee cummings
Clinical encounters as playing to loss aversion: primum non nocere!
Generalised Anxiety Disorder: what is the probability of a white woman dying of cervical cancer before age 40?
"If you can fill the unforgiving minute...."
Prejudice exists a priori

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Better recommendation engines as a step towards autonomic computing

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

#haiku quantum entangled / strange science, raison d'être / your pulse in my heart
#haiku ice cream coke breakfast / food is grooming tongue teeth smell / crackers and old cheese
#haiku Katanakagi / God as Maker I am made / forged flexible force
#haiku Stranger to myself / Image beauty diamond charm / my love unestranged
may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong

ee cummings
until out of merely not nothing comes
only one snowflake(and we speak our names

ee cummings
TEDTalks : Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man - Rory Sutherland (2009) ( )

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

as freedom is a breakfastfood

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as freedom is a breakfastfood
or truth can live with right and wrong
or molehills are from mountains made
-long enough and just so long
will being pay the rent of seem
and genius please the talentgang
and water most encourage flame

as hatracks into peachtrees grow
or hopes dance best on bald men's hair
and every finger is a toe
and any courage is a fear
-long enough and just so long
will the impure think all things pure
and hornets wail by children stung

or as the seeing are the blind
and robins never welcome spring
nor flatfolk prove their world is round
nor dingsters die at break of dong
and common's rare and millstones float
-long enough and just so long
tomorrow will not be too late

worms are the words but joy's the voice
down shall go which and up come who
breasts will be breasts and thighs will be thighs
deeds cannot dream what dreams can do
-time is a tree (this life one leaf)
but love is the sky and i am for you
just so long and long enough

ee cummings
To one and all I wish a speedy victory ( )

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

nonsense has a free pass through reason...
[love is more thicker than forget]


love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is more mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky
"skilled in quick softness. Unspontaneous. cute."
Teaching Students to Sift Mountains of Data - ( )
Henry David Thoreau ( )
Hedonic entropy
Henry David Thoreau ( )

Monday, October 12, 2009

google: Here's video of "Seeing Data as Change Over Time" - talk by Googler Ola Rosling at Gov 2.0 Summit (#Gov20s) ( )
One in six NHS patients 'misdiagnosed' - (

Saturday, October 10, 2009

For the past to be immutable we must accept events as concrete; they are not

Friday, October 09, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What is the richest, highest density communication available to you?
How to communicate Gestalts without a shared lexicon?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Conversation is the exchange of percepts not sensory data. All information is mediated.
What do you say when your lexicon cannot readily express your meaning? Do you approximate? Is satisficing possible in the domain of semantics?
Low trust environments are high friction environments that are effectively unworkable
The scientific method can generate no hypotheses....
Working Less Means Working Better, Says Study [Office Culture] (

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

google: Cool new Trendsmap shows you where Twitter trends are - (via @googlemaps, @mpegg) (
Synaptic exchange as an endpoint of genetic coding as a template of information-architecture---terminal-effector
Redundancy is risk mitigation
Transclusion as an argument for the utility of autism in digital computation
"always one thought too many"
Magic, Magic everywhere and not a...
relativism, taboo and mystery...
Self-calibration as routine housekeeping
Wanted H. sapiens brain manual, used or new.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Where phenotype suggest one species and genotype another, blueprint takes precedence over observed structure. In social relations will provable intent take precedence over observed behaviour? [Poor Skinner!]
Truth as Predator
I lose nothing and gain considerably in admitting wrong; self-deception has very limited utility
Life is not a zero-sum game
Relationships subsume all reasons

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Frustration Exasperation & Disappointment are features of Expectation
Watching someone die is many lessons in helplessness

Monday, September 07, 2009

To be possessed of a universal physics in the stone age must be an almost unendurable frustration

Sunday, September 06, 2009

“Has anyone you know ever been ritually mutilated because they were seen reading a book?”

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Humanity as hyper-Hydra
Virtuality promises eternity in each instant. Eternity is not sufficient...
"At 20 I was shocked and disappointed by my parents' unmitigated ignorance. At 25 I was amazed at how much they'd learnt in a scant 5 years!"
Measure twice, cut once

Friday, September 04, 2009

Casting pearls before swine harms neither the pearls nor the swine; the value of pearls lies elsewhere...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Words said are ripples in the thoughts of others; a defiance of entropy.
Ignorance is infinite; yet everyones' ignorance has it's own magnitude: so again, infinities vary.

Monday, August 24, 2009

An Extreme Programming approach to clinical encounters
Google Trends + Google Insights + Google Finance + Google infrastructure = (potentially) the largest, fastest investment trading company in the world
cnnbrk: Britain's top court loosens rules on assisted suicide (

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

The only resource constraints are energy and computation

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stress, satisfaction and burnout among Dutch medical specialists -- Visser et al. 168 (3): 271 -- Canadian Medical Association Journal (

Sunday, August 09, 2009

I am confounded by questions of utility; that broken things must be fixed is a peculiarly male perspective...

Friday, August 07, 2009

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Another attempt: a language in which connotation and denotation are equivalent is autistic in the sense that autism is atomistic (sic) - everything is discrete, concrete & only itself.
Another attempt: a language in which connotation and denototation are equivalent is autistic in the sense that autism is atomistic (sic) - everything is discrete, concrete & only itself.
Meaning can be compressed to an irreducible black hole. However, such black holes are essentially nonsense....
Metaphor is an attempt at dynamic representation that is highly contingent. The utility of mathematical languages makes them necessarily autistic.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Unreal friendship may turn to real. But real friendship, once ended, cannot be mended.

-- T.S. Eliot
"Metaphysics of Quality would show how things become enormously more
coherent--fabulously more coherent--when you start with an assumption that Quality is the
primary empirical reality of the world...."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sensory deprivation time to hallucination as a proxy for cerebral complexity?
An exhortation to work by the numbers could arguably be extended to live by the numbers?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Does a transhumanist utopia have a different happiness-setpoint?

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

If infinities vary in magnitude they must do so as vectors...


CHIFF -- an acronym for "clever, high quality, innovative, friendly, and fun"
My list of proxies: Age = experience
Marriage = compromise
Kink = negotiation
Articulation = intelligence

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The supercomputer in my thumb unfortunately came without an OS or UI.... And Baby is 3
In celebration of the ineffable
...things broken mend eventually....

Friday, July 03, 2009

Consciousness as entropy solution; Civilisation as Gaia's evolving autonomic computing...

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Iteration: Information form, tempo & function. Extensibility, scalability & reproduction

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Reminded of just-in-time learning vs. just-in-case learning.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal..."


Monday, June 22, 2009

"... if a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties." Francis Bacon

Saturday, June 20, 2009

God is not an accountant....
Conflict and confrontation as stimuli to reflection - another argument in favour of an unjust world