Daily Happiness

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:05 pm
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1. I went in to work an hour early this morning so I could try and get a headstart on redoing the drinks case, which I had to get done by today. Not only is it harder to work when the store is open and there's customers, but there are three big deliveries on Fridays which take up a huge chunk of my morning. I still ended up needing to stay half an hour overtime this afternoon to get the job done, but I think going in early did help.

2. I'm closing tomorrow, so I get to sleep in! And also go to the farmers' market, which I usually can't go to because I'm at work.

3. We walked up to the store tonight and they had a sale on cereal where if you buy four boxes, not only are they $2.50 each but you get a free gallon of milk, too. O_o We've been eating a lot of cereal lately and while the kinds included in the sale were pretty limited, there were some we liked, so we got free milk! (Which is like a $5 value.)
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Let’s talk about category structure and oppression | Etched with Soma’s Pen: Great analysis of category structure and oppression. (20 August)

Kimberly Bryant has levelled the digital playing field for black women | Marie Claire : “When Bryant, 47, signed Kai up for a summer program at Stanford University that teaches kids how to code, she discovered her daughter was the only African-American, and one of just a handful of girls, enrolled.” (26 August)

The abrasiveness trap: High-achieving men and women are described differently in reviews | Fortune : “Does gender play a role in the type of feedback an employee receives at review time? We had a linguist crunch the numbers.” (26 August)

Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist | The Verge : “Since the project launched on Kickstarter way back in 2012, the gaming community has been treated to an incessant, deeply paranoid campaign against Tropes vs. Women generally and Sarkeesian personally.” (27 August)

Girl coder takes a leap on the Rails | The Age: “Karthika attended a coding workshop at Rails Girls a year ago and found herself drawn in by an atmosphere of conviviality and collaboration at odds with the solitary stereotype.” (25 August)

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A young lady walks by, who you find sexually attractive. You're probably not clever enough to come up with an original thought, so the only remaining option is to yell out at her, like you are not a smart person. Should you do it?

A flow chart.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Drax

Aug. 29th, 2014 08:35 pm
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Post about Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy (image)

I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed "He's like me! He can't do metaphors!" And for the rest of the film, my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture:

(images of Rocket and Drax)
Rocket: Metaphors are gonna go over his head.
Drax: Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I will catch them.

So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (of one his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

Now I'm not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever intended to be, austistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart for my brother to have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome.

So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters, I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.

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Aug. 29th, 2014 04:41 pm
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I know [personal profile] karnythia already posted but some folks who are on my flist may not run in the same circles. If there's overlap, my apologies.

[personal profile] delux_vivens has died. Details are still forthcoming. I've been in touch with her mother, who had called to let me know earlier today.

For those of you who don't know of her, she ran Deadbrowalking: The People of Color Deathwatch on LJ. It's died down in recent years but when it was hot, it was hot.

That's all I have for now. When I know more, I'll put it out there.

Oofuri chap 113

Aug. 29th, 2014 06:10 pm
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So I finally figured out why Share wasn't working! My router wasn't assigning the right reserved IP to my computer so my ports weren't open. T__T Finally fixed now, and the chapter download finally worked, so I read Oofuri chapter 113 and OH MY GOD.

spoiler pics of excellent baseball action )

Life update

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:52 am
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I am a bear of little brain right now, and I am deeply envious of all of you who are committing to the post-every-day challenge. I can't do that, but I can do this:

  • I returned to full-time work and my arms promptly got worse again. They have now plateaued (pain level about 3) and I am afraid to add any more things that I love (dancing! vidding! typing to you!) until I see the doc in two weeks. I'm hoping for a referral to a nerve specialist.

  • Jobhunting is a full-time job and I already have one of those, so I am exhausted. Seeing lots of cool amazing things and applied for my Dream Job, which is so exciting! But wow, too much talking to people. I'm giving away all my lunches and evenings to telling people my life story and constructing a look for interviews. This is expensive and tiring, but worth it, in the long run. Also, I look really sharp right now.

  • I am bursting with vid ideas/collabs/pet creative projects and I am trying to inch them forward without actually using my hands. Voice-controlled software does not work well for me. That thing where you can just beam thoughts from your brain into the computer? I want that. As an alternative, I will be pestering collab partners to Skype with me.

  • P.'s job is imploding even more than mine.

  • Palatino has decided, since my last hair adventure, that my hair is DELICIOUS and he is now seizing every opportunity to chew on my head. This is not conducive to relaxing or sleeping. It's a good thing he's adorable. I'm hoping to wear him out this weekend with our first leash-training session.

  • The songwriter of "Transparent", Duncan Wright, contacted me out of the blue to tell me how much he liked my vid and to offer more songs of his to use in my work. Warm fuzzies all day, I have to say. This is the third time an artist has expressed appreciation of one of my vids and granted permission for me to use their music. More motivation to vid the obscure.

  • I miss you guys.

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As a result of health insurance reform, I am now covered by health insurance, at great personal cost to myself. I chose Kaiser for my coverage because I know and like a number of Kaiser doctors, I like their system (compensation as a salary, not per procedure, which discourages unnecessary procedures and testing since there’s no incentive for it), and it’s convenient. And I have to say that thus far, I have been really impressed with Kaiser — though there have been some billing problems, which are absolutely Covered California’s fault, not Kaiser’s.

One of the things that impresses me most is the thorough integration of electronic medical records into their practice. I can’t speak to what the experience is like for Kaiser physicians and staff, obviously, but I can talk about why it works for me as a patient — and what other health care providers might want to think about in terms of how they use EMRs.

At my first appointment, I had a detailed interview where we went over my medical history, medications, family history, and other matters. At the end of our appointment, my physician refilled prescriptions for me — and they were waiting in the pharmacy downstairs, which was able to instantly access health information through the system to provide appropriate warnings and advice to me. (For example, two of my medications have a listed conflict, which the pharmacist wanted to discuss with me so she could determine if I was aware of the risk and whether alternatives had been explored.)

My doctor also ordered some labwork. I’m accustomed to being handed a huge sheaf of paper and having to go through the whole rigamarole all over again at the lab, but instead, I walked over to the lab, handed them my insurance card, and watched while the woman working at the desk pulled up my information, got me set up, and had me wait for a phlebotomist. Likewise, when I went to renew vaccinations, they could instantly pull up my records, see what I needed, and administer it.

The electronic system has also allowed me to email my doctor, which is so convenient when I have a question or concern but don’t want to bother her with an office appointment and take up time that could be used by other patients. It allows her to triage, keeping patients who don’t need appointments out of the office while moving others in — for example, we handled a skin problem on my face entirely through email. Likewise, I can renew prescriptions electronically and choose to have them mailed to me or delivered for pickup to any Kaiser hospital.

Basically, all the pieces of the system hang together and function hand-in-hand to make my experience as a patient smoother and much more comfortable. I feel confident about how my record is being used, and I appreciate that I don’t get asked the same questions over and over and over again as people fill out different forms or are locked out of part of my record and have to ask again because the system isn’t organised efficiently. (And I notice for the record that Kaiser staff are always very conscientious about following best practices and asking me my name and why I’m there before performing any procedure, whether it’s drawing blood, giving me a vaccination, performing an eye exam, or even taking my blood pressure, to confirm that I’m the right patient and we’re all on board with what’s going on — while I haven’t had surgery at Kaiser yet, I assume the experience in surgery will be similar.)

In the past, I’ve felt really frustrated by EMRs. Often, staff have been poorly trained or haven’t had enough experience — at times, I have been tempted to wrench the keyboard away and handle it myself because I’d be more efficient, and I don’t even know the program. I’ve also been confused about why a clinic or hospital is implementing EMRs if it doesn’t seem to be leading to a meaningful change in efficiency, patient care, or quality of life for people in the workplace. I often see doctors and nurses battling with EMRs and expressing frustration, making me wonder who the system was designed for if care provider and patient alike both hate it.

EMRs are supposed to increase efficiency, reduce the risk of mistakes, limit paperwork, and improve records security. If they’re not accomplishing these things, they should be called into question. If care providers are struggling with them even after the learning curve is accounted for, this is a problem. If patients aren’t experiencing a benefit, clearly something is wrong. Whatever system Kaiser is using, and however it’s been implemented, is working for me, though I don’t know about care providers.

As an early adopter of innovative changes in health, Kaiser has clearly been working with EMRs longer, and thanks to its institutional scale, it can afford major investments in software and training. These aren’t options for smaller hospitals and clinics, which are obviously struggling under the EMR mandate. It’s hard to consider patient experiences when selecting an EMR system, and by the time patients can provide feedback, it’s too late: the hospital has already invested in the system and trained its personnel.

Yet, Kaiser shows me that it’s possible to have a functional experience with EMRs, and I wish other facilities could tap into whatever their secret is, because the thought of returning to another facility makes me cold with dread. As a patient who’s in an out of doctor’s offices a great deal, efficiency with EMRs is particularly important to me; I’d rather not waste half of my precious appointment time going over old news.

Image: in hospital, Robert Couse-Baker, Flickr.

Good for her?

Aug. 29th, 2014 02:16 pm
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Burmese beauty queen 'vanishes with tiara' from pageant
A Burmese beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the £60,000 jewelled crown from a South Korea-based pageant, according to organisers.

May Myat Noe is said to have vanished from the competition after officials were adamant that she have breast enhancement surgery.
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Red Planet

1949's Red Planet takes us to a Mars far more habitable than the real one, an inviting if challenging world whose ancient civilization seems to have little issue sharing Mars with a handful of human colonists from Earth. Changes are coming for the colonists, changes that will cast a stark light on the assumptions the humans have about their hosts.

Read more... )


Aug. 29th, 2014 11:51 am
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Accidentally let my DW account lapse, SO THIS IS NOT MY IDEAL ICON.
[don't pay to renew for me! I have the $$ and will do it when back from work/Up North]

Via [personal profile] rilina. You can tell a lot about a person from their music. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3 Player, etc. and put the first 10 songs! One rule, no skipping! Tag 10 people and pass it on!

1. Down With the Trumpets - Rizzle Kicks [on here via Teen Wolf complete season 2 playlist from 8tracks]
2. LA Song - Christian Kane
3. Stay and Defend - Wolf Gang
4. Angel of Music - Sarah Brightman [Phantom soundtrack]
5. Mama Who Bore Me - Lea Michele [Spring Awakening soundtrack]
6. Singing in the Rain/Umbrella - Glee cast, feat. Gwyneth Paltrow
7. The Small Print - Muse
8. 707 Goshitsu - NANA OST
9. Lucky - Bif Naked
10. Ready Aim Fire - Imagine Dragons

I am also not tagging, but participate if you feel so inclined.


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