Saturday, November 23, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
But supposedly, the fine folks at Buzzfeed and the Washington post may have implied that she could voluntarily give up medicare, and forgo employer contributions in order to choose a plan.
hmm, why would people want to give up medicare? Why try to find better coverage that would probably cost more without employer match?— marty salo (@martysalo) October 30, 2013
I mentioned to a co-worker about going to a prosthedontist, and that drew a sharp inhale, followed by "Well, I think prosthedontist is a couple of specialties above dentist, periodontist, orthodontist, whatever else." There might have been mention made about possibly needing to take out a construction loan, to finance it. I am fortunate in that my credit score is good, and we do a pretty good job of making payments on debts.
I like my job. Technology is pretty neat.
Which brings me back around to observing all of the processes which go on at a prosthedontist's office. There appear to be multiple practitioners, assisting with a variety of tasks, and that doesn't even really look back in the dental lab area. It is interesting how people contribute to operations which help the wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Technology is good. Having dominance is good, but to have half of the team sitting on the sidelines doesn't really make much sense.
Criminal behaviors are one thing, international disputes could be another area. I'm not going to think about things that could go wrong with having aircraft inspectors, food safety inspectors, and epidemiologists on the sidelines. Most likely nothing will happen during this short time frame where our vision and hearing is reduced.
If you see something, say something.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
I like food. I like the tastes, smells. I like a couple of the "better" grocery stores around. We pretty much enjoy the Publix Greenwise Marketplace, near the trendy neighborhood of Hype Park in Tampa. Last night we picked up some meals from the butcher shop, mostly just meat prepared, ready to be stuck into the oven.
We also have done the Fresh Market near Dale Mabry and Fletcher, which has some other pre-packaged meals waiting to be heated. I picked up some Thai Noodles which was surprisingly good. I thought that it might have been trickier eating, considering I am just about one and a half weeks following some oral surgery, crown lengthening, in preparation for some extensive crowns. Youtube has videos of many things. I wouldn't suggest looking for videos of crown lengthening procedures prior to having it done. The pain medications are okay.
I guess the big thing they worry about is the healing processes. Making sure the surgical site (mouth) doesn't get infected, injured.
I've found a few hotels here in Tampa with restaurants that have some nice things on the menu. I like the French Onion Soup at Mangroves at Embassy Suites on USF's campus. I've also found French Onion Soup at Crisper's (salad place) was pretty good as well.
Travel should be fun moving forward.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I get that part of the reason that people go into Medicine for a career is so that they can get a pretty good job, and hopefully help others to live healthy productive lives, by encouraging the use of some medications to treat some conditions. Encouraging people to stop smoking, and not drink as many alcoholic drinks if one wishes to live a long life.
Some diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, come from eating too much.
There are still some people who choose to live in situations which are likelier than not to lead toward an earlier death. Many forms of drug addiction might fall into this category. Those who don't have a stable mailing address are perhaps also more problematic to engage with.
I don't think that the current proposal to defund the package of the affordable care act is particularly beneficial to those who are seeking to do so at this time. The fact that it was written and passed through congress is in and of itself impressive. If the republicans want to reduce funding provided for implementation, they can probably do that, but to try to eliminate the funding is silly.
Congress should pass bills, which keep parts of the federal government running. I believe they may have done so with the department of defense, but I don't think the other departments have had their funding levels approved. Which to me seems kind of odd.
So much in life is lived with a hope for a better future. Trying to become part of that brighter future, for many probably is a big reason to continue. At work, there was a big innovation submission idea program, which used a lot of technology to accept ideas for proposals aimed at trying to improve efficiencies, and trying to improve conditions and help with cost containment.
I submitted an idea about trying to improve the communication between management and employees through greater use of blogs and whatnot, but what was really exciting was seeing a proposal from one of the R&D guys about trying to make use of Google Glass with some of the TBI folks to determine if it can help with way finding and situational awareness. Naturally, a goal would be to help increase the speed of community reintegration.
I engaged the R&D guy in some e-mail communication, and he's a big wheel in the organization, so I was curious as to why the suggestion was made, and he told me that as an administrator, he doesn't do research, the proposal would need to come from a researcher, and be peer reviewed and funded.
As I think I can see the value of the google glass proposal, I also recognize that the costs of the devices are likely high, but I'm just a consumer electronics guy looking at things, not really thinking about the quality of life improvements that could be made. How to justify quality of life improvements on in terms of rehabilitation potentials.
As a rehabilitating TBI survivor type-of-individual, I think it's an awesome idea. I am a big advocate of making greater use of technologies to improve Quality of life measures.
I've wanted to get involved with some of the stuff at work, but as work is, my supervisory chain of command can't allow me to do other stuff. Oh well. It is interesting to be aware of other things happening in rehabilitation spaces.
I like being employed. Contributing to the operations of the computer department by processing laptops is pretty good.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I was reading, and I came across this from the NYTimes:
To judge from the grumbling across the globe, such guidelines may be necessary. But the greatest opprobrium seems to be coming from fellow Chinese. In May, a mainland Chinese tourist in Luxor, Egypt, discovered that a compatriot had carved his own hieroglyphics on the wall of a 3,500-year-old temple. “Ding Jinhao was here,” it declared. A photo of the offending scrawl spread rapidly on Chinese social media, and outraged citizens tracked down the 15-year-old vandal. The uproar subsided after his parents issued a public apology.
I'm sorry, but to me that seems pretty funny. I'm sure that the archeologists weren't appreciative of the vandalism. Still, it is a little bit humorous. Imagining the Chinese characters alongside the hieroglyphs.
I realize from our visits to other natinal parks, and have been scolded against taking souvenir rocks from death valley, or wherever, "Imagine what would happen if each of the tourists took a rock." A similar thing could apply to Chinese graffitti.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Yesterday, we started out that we were going to take advantage of a groupon offer to tour the American Victory ship museum (a WWII ship anchored near Downtown Tampa). We didn't know that Traffic from SR 60 would be as bad as it was. We ended up saying enough of this, instead we went to the outlet mall at Ellenton. Before that though, we had lunch at IKEA Tampa. We split an order of swedish meatballs. We didn't even eat the whole order of swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberries jelly. It was good. This morning, we finished moving the garage stuff around, and painting an epoxy coat on our floor. The silver gray color of the epoxy floor looks good. We just got the one step epoxy from Home Depot. The Home Depot paint sales lady told us that the paint should be drivable on in about 5 days, walkable in 3. I guess it's been about 8 and a half days since the car part of the garage had a car on top of it. I guess the heat from the tires is usually what causes issues. I hope the epoxy floors hold up.
Yesterday, we also drove to Sarasota, and saw the kissing sailor statue back near Marina Jack's. It had been removed because it was struck by a motorist. We saw some pelicans and other birds in trees near Mote Marine laboratory. We also stopped near Longboat Key, and walked to the beach, where there were several birds at the shore line, feeding. It was cool. I enjoyed that part of the early evening. I really like observing nature, and birds in particular.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I consider my world to be relatively small. Due to limited reflexes, processing, or whatever other factors, I choose not to drive, because an accident put things into perspective, and the costs of insurance would likely be too high. I can adjust to living in a small world, but it is nice that I have a wife who can drive, and take me places.
Yesterday, we went to Wright's Gourmet Sandwiches, and the Monte Cristo sandwich that I got there was quite large, I had a quarter of the sandwich, and put the other 3/4s of the sandwich away. I put them in little tubbies, and surprisingly, they fit kind of well. This morning, I fixed a second quarter of the sandwich. I guess it has Turkey and Ham, Cheese and pickles, along with mustard and whatever else they use as condiments.
We have found a very nice place for cakes in Tampa. Sweet Tweets Cakery at North Dale Mabry has some cupcakes that are really nice. www.sweettweetscakery.com is the website, and the cupcakes are better, in my opinion than Gigi's Cupcakes. Gigi's has good cupcakes, but I think the amount of frosting is a bit over the top. There are a couple of Gigi's cupcakes around in town, so they may be a franchise. www.gigiscupcakesusa.com is the website.
I live close to work, so I usually walk home from work. My wife usually drops me off in the morning. I work at a hospital. I think it would be really cool if they'd do more to embrace the technology, and have a blog about construction and future plans for the facility. But maybe that's just me. I think that people are much more excited to continue working toward something if there is a reasonable expectation that things will get better, or improve, or be different. The communication from leadership down to lower levels seems to not be very robust. It is probably more of a job for the public affairs department than for me in IT. I see the possibilities, and I think it would be so cool. Photos do a better job of conveying progress. It would be cool to have some sort of photo-documentary of the progress of changes.
I suppose that I've spoken with several of the members of the leadership team at the hospital about my idea, but as of yet, the idea hasn't taken off. I was excited to see that the VA facility in Palo Alto had some pictures of construction activities over there. The facebook page of Palo Alto's is a bit more impressive. Maybe it's just a factor of where they are. One would almost expect that they'd be closer to the center of what's happening, being that they are where they are.
I am happy to be doing IT support. I recognize that there are many worse places that I could be--many worse jobs that I could be stuck doing.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Splitsville, a big bowling alley, dining establishment looks like a pretty cool addition to Downtown Disney. We didn't eat there, yet, but that's okay. We've eaten enough, and we're trying to still eat less, and lose weight. I recently got a new scale. This one uses a 9 volt battery, the previous scale was using a lithium battery I guess. I'll see how it performs over a longer period.
We took the bus from one end of Downtown Disney to Old Key West, a part of the Disney Vacation Club, as near as I can figure out. From OKW, we took the water taxi back to Downtown Disney, and it was pretty cool. I liked riding the boat launch back. Pictures from the water are pretty neat.
One of the areas where I think much could be done to improve communication about what is going on at work is to introduce a blog about mostly the new construction. I work at a hospital, and there have been a number of construction projects which have been going on. I think having a blog for helping to communicate changes would be a very good thing. Many people probably wouldn't be too interested about it, but I think that if pictures of new entrance ways, and stuff were included, it could be highly beneficial.
I was encouraged that another VA facility (Palo Alto) had some pictures recently of some of the construction projects, and they shared some of those on the facebook site of that facility. I met with the hospital Director recently, and shared with her, my idea for improving communication about changes at the facility, and I was impressed that she at least got some of the ideas about a two way communication stream generally with blogs. Who knows if much will happen with my idea for improving communication at the hospital, or my idea of highlighting some of the successes we've had with helping to improve the lives of veterans. I'm sure that more could be done.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
I like what the VA at Palo Alto has done with listing construction activities on the public facing website.
http://www.paloalto.va.gov/construction_paloalto.asp it looks like a pretty impressive list of construction projects going on. I guess the public affairs part is doing a pretty good job with things over there. I'd think that more could be done, indeed, being right near facebook, Apple, Google, whatever else in the Silicon Valley entails, it's sort of expected I guess. I like the freedom from discrimination that the computer mediated communications tends to afford me. I'm reasonably sure that there are probably some others who might experience a similar level of joy. Communicating via Google Plus Hangout kind of reintroduces many of the factors of slow speech which might add to possible discrimination, but whatever.
I guess I can continue to try to win friends and influence others through interaction.
Maybe he will keep his nose clean, and he won't be messed with by the Russian spies and counter-intelligence fellows. Somehow, I tend to think that Wikileaks will be less effective in trying to protect him. Maybe he has gained an appreciation of the system he now finds himself in. Right now, the temperatures might be okay, but I'd suspect that before too long, it'll get very cold. Maybe the language will come easy for him. Maybe he will be able to go on to Venezuela.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Oh, also, there was a sinkhole in the neighborhood. There were several concrete trucks I guess pumping concrete into the sinkhole void. Who knows? But for the grace of God go I.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
I've known this, but hey, data is data.
The angle of Edward Snowden the whistle-blower doesn't work. He failed to keep secrets. I'm sure that there was a document that he signed that said he would keep secrets. Maybe he could try the line of reasoning that nobody really reads the terms of service for all of the cloud storage services offered, anyway, but that doesn't really fly when he is in Hong Kong, and then in the airport, and possibly in Moscow. Maybe the American will get an appreciation of Russian Justice. Maybe he will manage to live a long and productive life.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Sure, maybe they knew that the votes weren't there to have funding pulled back, or whatever limiting mechanism was proposed, but when we were involved in our most recent hot wars, there were sayings that loose lips sink ships. Demanding greater congressional oversight, and approval of operational controls, is dangerous to my way of thinking. The NSA is mostly a military organization, from what I understand. I don't know how deeply intertwined the FBI is with the SIG INT capabilities of the NSA, but I'd suspect that there is considerable separation between organizations.
The US intelligence agencies are good at making use of technology to intercept those who wish to do harm to our country.
A seperate issue is how much of the future work can be done by outside contractors, versus by military folks. It probably won't be implemented immediately, but this could reverse some trends toward more contractors providing for the military. It might cause harm to the non-military employment scenarios imagined in the future, but then again, maybe not.
I commented to my wife that I don't really get the desire to wear high heels by women. I guess sure, being a few inches taller might help some women to stand taller and (at least in their own perception) make them more attractive than other women out there. I am not sure why women dress up to try to snag a guy at a bar. I guess it works some of the times. Women feel better about themselves when they dress up, I suppose. I really don't get why women wear uncomfortable shoes. It was interesting watching some women who had trouble walking in the high heels.
Maybe women who are dressed up fancy tend to get hit on more, and maybe get drinks bought for them by guys who are trying to express interest in their stories, and if the chemistry is right, things might progress.
We went to Silver Springs in Ocala this morning, and then back to International Plaza where I tried to get my ipod touch looked at/swapped out. An apple sales person took me over to a computer to set up an appointment at the genius bar. There was no appointment available today, she gave me a calling card, with a URL on it, so I could set up an appointment later.
I also took the device to ihospital, and asked if the guy there was aware up the vertical line problem on the 5th generation ipod touch, and he indicated that yes, he wazs aware of it, and that I should take the device to the apple store, and they will probably swap it out, since it was bought within the last year (actually, the warranty expires in January of 2014). I saw where some other people were complaining about vertical lines on the 5th generation ipod touch devices. The ihospital guy looked up the serial number from a apple database. I like the macbook pro. I thought the ipod touch 5th generation was just a bad gadget. I may try to get a different device, and see if I can use it better, without the vertical lines.
My wife got some starters from Williams-Sonoma. We just had the French Onion Soup, and while it was pretty expensive, relative to other costs, it was most likely not as expensive as a night at a fancy steak house. The French Onion Soup was very good.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Repeat. It is Military. Cyber command. Signals Intelligence.
Maybe that is why they get touchy about exposing secrets.
Providing aid and comfort to the enemy.
Our Department of Defense is a large organization, with many enlisted, and many officers. Some civilians, and some contract employees. There may be changes implemented re: the access to information that some employees will have.
Once Mister Snowden gets institutionalized, likely, worse things could happen to him.
Maybe he will find warmth in Russia. Likely, he may find that the justice systems can be harsh in Russia.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Wasn't it Glenn Greenwald who wanted the debate to be about the content of the leaks, rather than the leaker himself? I think the fact that governments spy on their own populations is really a not-a-big-deal type of story. "Dog bites man!" I mean it's what dogs do if provoked.
Edward Snowden probably made things more difficult for people in the future. The law of unintended consequences. There may be less information sharing. But that could have happened even without Edward Snowden. People in power like to have control of their power. This phenomena happens at many places. I guess Edward Snowden being a younger person did not realize this. I hope that he has an enjoyable time in whatever country he ends up at. It would be nice if he had an understanding of the global situation, but I suspect that he might not.
Maybe Russia will quickly get him out of the country. Maybe his language skills are superb. I'd suspect that he probably does not have that much experience with languages, but I could be wrong. Maybe he will learn.
If the Intelligence Community really was concerned about stopping the leaks, it'd seem to me that there are ways to discourage publication. Money is a motivator for many.
I don't know about the Russian criminal elements. I'd suspect they might be curious.
Glenn Greenwald probably might have a better understanding of how the world works.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Snowden seems to be making an entirely different bed. It seems that his former life of internet freedom will soon be replaced by one of decidedly less internet connectivity.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
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I wonder how he keeps his precious laptops secure for days on end. I wonder where Miss Harrison is at? Wikileaks is the one who seems to want the spotlight.
I doubt Snowden plays chess.
For that matter, I'm not sure that Assange plays chess.
Maybe Mister Assange in fact does play chess, now that he is at the Equadorian Embassy in London. Or, maybe not.
I'd think that the Russian Security folks should know where he is. If in fact, he is still in the transit zone. Did Miss Harrison continue on with her travels?
Is she located at some wikileaks underground bunker? I doubt it.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
I guess since they are hoping to eventually find a bigger location, and involve more young people in production of plays and whatnot, it is a good thing, but who knows how successful they will ultimately be.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Most of the time, the deficits are not too pronounced. Sure, I speak somewhat slower than the national average, and I walk with a limp, and my left side is not as used as much is my dominant right side. My left arm/hand used to be curled up and atrophied at my side. Now, it is significantly better.
I suppose I am a testament to the fact that recovery after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can continue to progress. For me, education seemed to be a way to get a good job.
With Traumatic Brain Injury being more recognized as a serious event in the lives of so many, it is important to acknowledge that life goes on. Recovery is possible.
The process of whistleblowing is trying to work within the system.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I suppose that people aren't eager to bring many new people on the government roles of employees. Not paying for benefits and pension and retirement has advantages, but it decreases loyalty. The mantra of smaller government is appealing, but there are risks.
Perhaps the microsoft stores will help to sell the consumers on the need for more robust computing power than most people can achieve with iphones, and various other cell phone manufacturers' products. Maybe with the Nokia Lumia phones, there will be more advancements.
If Skype is compromised, or any of the peer to peer programs, then sure those people who buy systems with programs loaded, such as skype, they might be more available. Yes it is possible to use some pretty effective encryption, but then communications need to be encrypted. I'm not a conspiracy nut. I don't think the NSA wants to divulge too much. It will be sad if there will be another attack of similar scale as 9/11/01 due to revelations made by Snowden.
I don't know why someone would choose to try upsetting the US Intelligence Community by making up stuff, even if there are parts of what is claimed are truthful, there seems to be parts which are beyond present capabilities. Maybe some capabilities are mischaracterized by Snowden, maybe misreported by the reporters involved. Potentially, dumbed down by editors to make a complex process understandable to an average person. In any event, it would seem to me that the individual reporters should not be gone after for damaging the reputation of the United States Information Infrastructure. Maybe if the publishers, or the money behind the organizations were to be sought to make some sort of restitution for damage done to commercial interests, things might happen. The possible misunderstanding might be in words used by editors "direct server level access" which to IT security minded individuals can mean different things, perhaps than to editors.
Litigation is a not very productive way to move forward.
I for one am pleased to see that the Iranian People have chosen a somewhat moderate who promises to be more open to reform measures. It would be nice if the Iranian people were able to re-engage with the western world, and participate without external forces acting. It remains to be seen just how fast some reforms can be put into place, and how much centralized control the Supreme Leader is willing to release. If this leads to more stability, it could be a very good thing, but there are probably many ways things might have a way of falling apart.