Friday, November 18, 2011

Sensory Bandwidth - David McCandless - TED

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Scaphoid Fractures some preliminary results

Scaphoid views requests by Registration Times

00H00 – 01H59 66
02H00 – 03H59 48
04H00 – 05H59 21
06H00 – 07H59 104
08H00 – 09H59 1036
10H00 – 11H59 842
12H00 – 13H59 659
14H00 – 15H59 651
16H00 – 17H59 601
18H00 – 19H59 483
20H00 – 21H59 325
22H00 – 23H59 139

Scaphoid views requests by Age

0 – 1         0
2 – 4         0
5 – 9         48
10 – 14 568
15 – 19 690
20 – 24 554
25 – 29 463
30 – 34 406
35 – 39 398
40 – 44 319
45 – 49 257
50 – 54         258
55 – 59 250
60 – 64 224
65 – 69 161
70 – 74 127
75 – 79 118
80 – 89 113
90 – 99 21

As I suspected, many patients are having scaphoid views unnecessarily....

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

twitter: New blog post: Global pulse – how news spreads on Twitter after major events

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Galton and Eugenics

Would the world be better if people below a certain IQ threshold were not allowed to reproduce? The facile answer is "Yes!" Considered more carefully, I believe not.

Genes are multipotent and intelligence - emotional and cognitive - is a multigene expression. Add variable penetrance, synergists and antagonists and proteonomic modulators and everything becomes exceedingly complex. Losing stupid people could mean losing much  more than we are aware of.

Stupidity is a single expressed local minimum. It is not an absolute determined trajectory.
The IQs of a large enough population are calcu...

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Complete, comprehensive, ubiquitous, autonomic, active, multimodal, temporal, plastic, modular,... perfect knowledge agents...
Affect is a neuroendocrine gestalt, but awareness of such affect is necessarily a percept, a cognitive output.
Actually some people consider type 3 errors "Right answer, wrong reason" which would make "Wrong question" a type 4 error...
If type 1,2,3 errors are wrong answer,wrong answer, wrong question; what would a type 4 error be?
Perfect understanding requires autistic language, but even such language has to be internally inconsistent and necessarily constrained in its subjects because ambiguity has great utility.
"We should develop the natural aptitude of the human mind to place all information within a context and an entity. We should teach methods of grasping mutual relations and reciprocal influences between parts and the whole in a complex world."
Act the action? "Try" to sit? If knowledge is a verb, how does one know the knowing?
About 666 more people die per day than are born in South Africa
Where is personality situated?
Commentary. Do memes make for a shared consciousness? Coadunation?
"Parents always make their worst mistakes with the oldest children. That's when parents know the least and

care the most, so they're more likely to be wrong and also more likely to insist that they're right."
"In this way action is never a means but always an end in itself; one acts because it is right, and not

because it is instrumental, expected, legal or previously agreed upon."
The point at which the contemplation of life supercedes living something is irretrievably lost
Madness is very far from the long tail...
I take as my guide the hope of a saint
in crucial things, unity --
in important things, diversity --
in all things, generosity
-- Inaugural Address of President George Bush
Do we have a responsibility to learn to use our bodies more gracefully and more effectively?
Measures of self-control are all cumulative without separate mental accounts.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

In kindled fires / softly wrapped lubricious heat / is joy manifest #haiku

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Friday, June 03, 2011

...that makes the utility of knowledge tautological - knowing is incomplete without effect and is not knowing....
"Random" implies that most things are non-random
I find the idea of Information as verb as profoundly disruptive. I need to think about this...
Information is a verb?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A world without trust in which guilt is presumed rather than requiring proof
is unworkable. A world without inequality, without minima and maxima, local
and global is profoundly uninteresting. A world without loss, without risk,
is alienating and fertile ground for sociopathy.
No gentle surrender! Celebrate the bonfire! #sixwords

Monday, May 30, 2011

How to make knowledge autonomic?
If I speak to this stone in a whisper, close, warm, heartfelt, will it move?
"The upshot is that vices are regretted in the short run, and virtues are regretted in the long run.

Read more:"
"The only complete representation of the world is the world itself." We are not very far from that no longer being true...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

In the beginning / was The Word and The Word was / with God: Creation #haiku

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"What's the pathology?"

"What do you mean?"
"mentally deconditioned"
Reviewing reports tonight, I have more than anecdotal evidence that our cases are becoming more complex and complicated. Not happy about that.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Neural plasticity and anhedonic pathways in the Canadian Marmoset: an
exploration of the effects of transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (*sotto
Emotional expression is inducive....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A considerable proportion of attention devoted to homeothymia today :-|

Monday, May 16, 2011

Satisfaction is neither binary nor static
anomie chaos / strange science, raison d'�tre / juddering climax #haiku
I know that assumptions of privilege are fraught...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Calibration is always retroactive
It is not only consciousness that has a limited bandwidth: affect,
notwithstanding it's gestalt, is so too limited. Too much, too fast and we
fail to process - or rather postpone...
I know... the future is going to be perfect!

Monday, May 02, 2011

I resolve to be unusually profound and eloquent on the day of my death....

Thursday, April 28, 2011

There is something I want to say, but the language eludes me so I'm saying
other things instead. Reminds me of Nasruddin searching for his keys in the
garden because that was where the light was best....
"Is that the best you can do?"
I can't lie on my right side for long periods of time, nor my back; I can't
sit unsupported; bending is ok, straightening is not; long walks aggravate
everything and being hugged tightly is blue murder....

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

To my perception, there is a high correlation between risk-averseness,
liability orientation, blandness, lack of authenticity and the current
epitome of professionalism.

"Professionalism is the adherence to a set of values comprising statutory
professional obligations, formally agreed codes of conduct, and the informal
expectations of patients and colleagues. Key values include acting in the
patients� best interest and maintaining the standards of competence and
knowledge expected of members of highly trained professions. These standards
will include ethical elements such as integrity, probity, accountability,
duty and honour. In addition to medical knowledge and skills, medical
professionals should present psychosocial and humanistic qualities such as
caring, empathy, humility and compassion, social responsibility and
sensitivity to people's culture and beliefs"
I was going to quote quite extensively, but you may as well read it
"Public domain does not equate to private dominion and it is only when
nothing is said that nothing will be known."

Monday, April 25, 2011

RP life is like a pearled / string of moments: now and then: / tears,
smiles, hugs, wrinkles.... #haiku

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Live long enough and you will collect hurts, pains, scars; things will break
and mend imperfectly or not at all; even genetically errors accumulate. The
passage of time is stamped molecularly on the meat we inhabit; it is stamped
in the pathways of the brain; in the compacted memories that are the
fundament of our prejudices. Live long enough and do enough living and you
accumulate debts of kindness that can not be quantified, cannot be repaid,
that are necessarily transmuted into gifts....

There are some hurts so deep, so broad, so devastating that language fails
irretrievably, irremediably: nothing can be said and yet everything that is
said is part of a deeper communication of sympathy for truly no man is an

I am appreciative at a continually surprised level by the consistency, the
depth, the breadth and warmth of the caring and consideration of so many
that gradations of gratitude become entirely meaningless: I am used up.

If you have thought kindly of me; of us, the family, this is written to you
and about you.

As inadequate as it may be, my language allows me no more: thank you.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Confirm - Disconfirm. It turns out that salience is statistically valid: frugal heuristics work
Need to do a little more thinking on risk neutrality vs risk aversion in the ED

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Yesterday's lesson was that risk neutral actions are idealistic in the ED. Practically, for the longevity of one's career one should be risk averse....

Monday, April 04, 2011

Where cost and benefits are about equal, does risk neutrality bias towards action or inaction?
I am unreservedly not in favour of "interesting"...

Friday, April 01, 2011

There is a point at which frustration transitions into something transcendental... - or wishful thinking....

Monday, March 28, 2011

A toast to Bierce's Future!
The world is full of prodigies but my experience of the mean is that it is largely unchanged.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Do you keep notebooks? If yes, would you make them public?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Everytime I get a letter about someone else's missed fracture, I am confirmed in my paranoia....

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

"She began to watch television and tried to beleive the news."

Friday, March 04, 2011

Do the hard work. Take the road less travelled by. Who are they kidding: you still end up dead at the end of it....

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

"One must be both a mathematician and a poet. As though poetry were a science; or mathematics an art."
"One spoke of love and other trivia in French; one discussed tragedy and disaster in Russian; one did business in German; and one addressed servants in English."
"that the history of remote ages should always be so much involved in obscurity, uncertainty, and contradiction"
Instant gratification is addictive & withdrawal is a ....

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bureaucracy is always frustrating, but bureaucracy in Africa is in a class of it's own. We'll excuse the Middle East: we need another word for what they have

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Too much to do.... First things first: & if everything is first?
Some strange emotional alchemy transmutes aggravation into commitment

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


"She made one of those deceptively simple meals that belie the years of experience in cooking that most women accumulate from childhood."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

During a dinner conversation my mom mentioned that when I was 14 I wrote a play that was produced at The Market Theatre. It was a morphed award winning school play that my teachers decided was almost good enough to be done professionally. The "almost" part meant a rewrite that was supposed to make it better for a paying largely adult audience.

The consequence was Disaster. The cast had to learn new dialogue very similar to the old without enough time and very little rehearsal; cues were different and more precisely timed with lighting and sound effects by professionals with much higher expectations than teachers and the paying audience expected something polished.

The original play would have been charming however unsophisticated. The revision was a trial by purgatory for audience and cast.

The lesson: success can be punishing as a stimulus to hubris....
I sat here and thought of you; I sat here long and thought of you as you were then; I sat here past the time of my going and thought of you as you were here with me and alone; I sat here and thought of you as none will think of me after my going....

I want you to know that this place, this seat, this time, here and now, echoes you in silence, in light, in my thoughts: the quanta that make you are immortal....
Language as a bludgeon, a stone age cudgel, a spring breeze, a post- molecular blade. All mixed metaphors aside language is the primary tool....
Forever is actually an impossibly long time....
One grain
We have little affinity for intellect: Planck's constant rarely produces transports of ecstacy but joy and anguish reach us to the quick. Intellect is grafted: we are chemical more deeply and more thoroughly than we are electrical....

Monday, February 21, 2011

"that surfeiting the appetite may sicken and so die"
"You can do anything you want if you are willing to accept the consequences; you can have anything you want if you are willing to pay the price."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Excellence is no accident; it is the consequence of accepted and celebrated imbalance

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Write! Resolution. Wish. Prayer. Hope....
Well it's easy to read So, I got to meet a famous author at my cousin's in Cape Town this week. Don't read African authors so wasn't familiar with his work; don't plan on reading him either. Seems my cousin has interesting friends.... I don't.
What's the third option?
Primes or Squares?
How self indulgent can a confessed hedonist be?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Layered posts; hacking public discourse for privacy...
So, I've not worked on my LifeMap. Life interfered. Would be nice if life allowed sufficient fallow periods to recover from doozies - like crop rotation, but for the amydala
Happy Valentine's to everyone :-)!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

"it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair"
"Heav’n... the Vision of fulfil’d desire." —Omar Khayyám #sixwords
Falak al aflak. Here and There. #sixwords
Do demons dance delightfully down Devaloka #sixwords
I seem gifted at separating jumping off a cliff with the Splat! at the end.... Guess I always have been

Monday, February 07, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Good night!
I didn't begin reading seriously and continually until I was 12. & then I discovered archetypes, models of survival and I have since collected and counted and shined them repeatedly. Iown a great many books, more than half of which I've not read. I am not entirely sure I intend reading them, but I am sure that I do not intend not reading them.

They are promises of idyll; and such promises are always welcome on rainy days :-)!
The subject for this week's series of discussions is cancer
A new continuum Fantasy - Wish - Hope - Expectation - Entitlement
See. Assess. Communicate.
Morality as evolutionary outcome?
How primitive are we really?
Reminded again tonight of personal vs private
Was discussing the sensecam this weekend and use cases seemed to be difficult to conceive. Sin-eaters anyone?
A little public service
Why limit yourself to a single interface to reality?
In defence of mediocrity: life is hard. I will always argue for moving the mean.
Exceptional talent extends the boundaries of impossible.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Discussion last night on the transferability of experience; vicarious living notwithstanding :-)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

"We are not normal, but we are sane."
We have this one life to live and if we can inhabit its living we can finish happily used up; this bonfire should leave no ash
"all our lives, life happens: both the cork and the ocean ride the waves"
Challenge is another word for frustration
If in every negotiation, the relationship is the argument, why do we not have better developed relationship semiotics

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I have just realised that when children's motives do not make sense, I consciously try to model their thinking: I have my own experiences and a great deal of developmental psychology to buttress my experiments.

When adults seem particularly opaque or obtuse or petrified I make no similar attempt to model. I find adult illogic to be frictionless and impenetrable: impossible to model. Perhaps I do them a disservice?
"what the eye sees better the heart feels more deeply"

Some losses are insupportable, they break us. And sometimes we are broken irreparably. If we grieve properly we may continue to function; we adapt, but the place from which we move is foreign soil, forever Other.
What essentially constitutes friendship?
A will to fairness as evidence of an innate moral sense?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I'm all for vicarious living - experience makes one old!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"the delight of the learned, the solace of the indolent, and the refuge of the uninformed"

Sunday, January 09, 2011

You feel tired you sleep right? What happens when fatigue and sleep are physiologically uncoupled?

Sunday, January 02, 2011
What would you do if you had access to your every thought at any time?
If emotions are outputs, the results of numerous calculations, how can we plan for future emotional states?

Happiness is a variegated composite. Doing A, achieving B, aspiring to C, cannot by definition produce and maintain happiness.
FB as an interface for social computing; preference is an algorithm