There’s no particular theme to this week’s surfing, but there are some pretty pictures and good reads here.
- The problem with waste – Note that the list of not-recommended screenings include things like screening for prostate cancer in men older than 75 or colon cancer in folks above 85. I glanced through the USPSTF's procedure manual, and it looks like they're taking into account a variety of factors (age, gender, race, etc.), but their information is only as good as the studies they're pulling from. How worried should we be about researchers' biases (ageism being the first that comes to mind)?
"So we’re confronted with a set of screening recommendations with excellent evidence that aren’t paid for, and a list of screening tests that are recommended against that are paid for. That’s how you wind up with a system that (1) costs too much and (2) has sub-optimal quality. You pay for stuff that doesn’t clearly work and don’t pay for stuff that does."
- The Tiny Life , Archive » E.D.G.E. – This is one of the prettier tiny houses I've seen, and the layout is simple but complete. I'm not sure how I'd finagle office space in there without taking over the living/dining/social area. Continue reading Weekly Linkage: All Over the Place
I just finished The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed yesterday, although the book was eye opening and (fer skerious) life changing throughout–I’m leaving it under Greg’s pillow, on his keyboard, and in his underpants drawer–one paragraph near the end caught my eye:
Return calls promptly. How many times has someone explained away a long delay in response with that lame excuse “I’ve been swamped”? Expunge this phrase from your lexicon. It’s horse hockey. Newsflash: it’s the twenty-first century, and we’re all swamped. If someone leaves a voice mail message for you, log it in and get back to them within twenty-four hours. E-mail etiquette is slightly different, we know, but even here you should set a high standard for yourself, such as committing to get back to an e-mail correspondent within one to three days. If you need to, set aside one hour a day to return calls and emails. (272-273)
Continue reading It’s Okay to Breathe
Um… it’ll make sense as you read.
There are times when I’m secretly tempted to argue that computer users should get off their asses and learn about computers, so as to spare specialists the need to explain the intricacies of first-tier Outlook 2007 settings and to be willing to break things to learn themselves.
…And then I need work done on my car.
Continue reading Excuses for Not Learning My Car
This week’s internet cruising:
- Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else – WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org – I'm not at all surprised by the hackery going on in free WordPress themes.
- YouTube – Brick in a washing machine – I've always wanted to do this!
- Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard | Threat Level | Wired.com – "Twitter introduced a new feature last month without telling anyone about it, and the rest of the tech world should take note and come up with its own version of it
Twitter beta-tested a spine."
- Dot Dot Dot – Animated – This is really damned funny: a dramatic reading of a lousy flash game comment… including bad spelling and grammar. Great voice, great text animation.
- The Saddest Book in the Universe (pic) – Imgur – This is, indeed, rather sad.
- Windy City Times – VIEWS Surviving the ex-gay program – 308 – A man's attempt (and ultimate opting out of) trying to become straight. I knew that there were programs to try to do so, but wasn't aware that they were based in Exodus: "I learned the basic theories of Exodus: that homosexuality wasn't real, that gay people were just confused straight people, that gay sex was a sin similar to idolatry. The theories seemed a bit far-fetched but I did my best to embrace and understand them." A good tale.
- <Insert title here>: TSA encounter at SAN – I'm disappointed that I hadn't heard about this back when it happened (I'm sure I was under some rock). This guy–who had done his due diligence on his local airport and believed it to not have the uber-scanners–opted out of the scanning process and the pat-down.
I swear, my heart was racing as I read it.
- Privacy Icons: Alpha Release « Aza on Design – An interesting attempt to have “second-tier” sites label themselves in terms of how they store and use your data–“I share your information with advertisers”, etc.
There’s a great discussion in the comments (albeit not much back and forth) on the flaws and pluses of the idea, but the biggest issue seems to be that companies with crappy practices just wouldn’t display the icons. Asa proposed some Mozilla-initiated measures around that, but it seems like a hefty undertaking.