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Chromebook Pixel gets an awful review. And by that, I mean the article, not the Chromebook.
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oh. wow.
 
Like butter. ;)
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What I don't get is how Apple can show the world how to make a presentation good, and no one can still get it right. Though, I guess no one ever managed to make a better-designed 17" notebook computer than even the original 17" PowerBook back in, like, 2002?
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While they're at it, I want Google Navigation. It seems like they would easily be able to monetize that (since even Maps on iOS gets sponsored search results), which means they're holding it back from iOS purely out of spite.
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What if Facebook was Good for Google+?

A great post by +Mike Elgan the other day about how to get your friends and family on Google+, and making G+ your only social media stop. But what if Google+ needed Facebook? What if Facebook made Google+ better?

You see, where I grew up – in Portsmouth, NH – there were (and still are) two towns adjacent to each other: Portsmouth and Newington, NH. The downtown part of Portsmouth had all of the trendy shops, coffee joints, local restaurants and clothing stores. It had all of the places you would get excited about going to and none of the nonsense.

Newington had the mall(s), chain restaurants, and corporate stores. Because of this – for a snob like me – Newington became the place you couldn’t live without, but never wanted to see. It was a place you could go, but you would never tell your visiting parents, “Hey mom, I just tried this amazing restaurant. Have you ever heard of T.G.I. Friday’s?”

Consider this: what if Facebook was the Newington to Google+’s Downtown Portsmouth? What if all of the junk could stay on Facebook and everything you wanted to see could exist here? Without Facebook, all of the reasons you hate it could be the same for Google+ – not cool.

What I guess I’m trying to say is: don’t force it +Mike Elgan. Google+ is a terrific place, and what makes it terrific is the people on it. No one has tried harder than myself to migrate the “laggards of the anything world” to either jump ship from Facebook or migrate content over to G+.

I’ve tried to describe the difference to them or how it doesn’t matter if people they know are on it (insert follow +Mike Elgan, +Trey Ratcliff or any of the countless heavy hitters that pump out great stuff), and how Hangouts could change social business for everyone. I’ve tried to get individuals who already have a gmail account and told them how with two simple clicks they could have a G+ account. I’ve tried to tell them about shared circles and how their streams could come to life in the matter of three or four more clicks if they just listened to me.

But again, I reiterate. Marketers don’t call them laggards for nothing. Sometimes it’s better to let them arrive on their own terms. People tend to resist things that could either be good for them or spark their interests if it's forced upon them. If I could only offer on bit of advice +Mike Elgan: make them think it’s their idea and nothing else :).

Below are my recent drawings/photos: "Trapped In a Social Network"
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#ifihadglass , I would be able to show my medical student and physician learners exactly what I’m seeing and doing while providing patient care and performing procedures (and vice versa), allowing for more accurate feedback and instruction. Try teaching endotracheal intubation without seeing what the learner is doing. 
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Here's one for the collective: 73 year old male with umpteen medical problems (what? It's a number...) include chronic renal insufficiency, CHF, peripheral vascular disease, TIAs presents altered and hyperventilating (RR ~40-45). Nothing else focal on exam, lungs clear. SpO2 mid-90s on RA (despite the fact that he needs 4L O2 at baseline?)

ABG: pH 7.739, pCO2 24.1, pO2 85, BE 13, HCO3 32.6.

Thoughts on this gas? I've never seen a pH that high...
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pH 7.37, HCO3 = >100, >50 (by istat, by lab), pCO2 80...dyspneic, but only on 2 or 4L for comfort. 

Had a patient with those labs on istat / bmp...we were convinced he was actually an anaerobic organism, he didn't need O2....pure glycolysis...who needs mitochondria...
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I feel the need to publicly respond. +abcnews are you paying attention?

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/things-doctors-telling/story?id=16175754

1) "have your doctor spend 15minutes explaining..." AND you'll be booking yourself 2 appointments, because most primary care bookings are 10 min.
2) I try on a regular basis to explain why colds and sinus infections don't need antibiotics. And on a regular basis, I get skeptical looks from my patients, or the response "well it always gets better if I take a zpak..." (hint: colds last a few days, zpaks are 5 days long...cause and effect or coincidence?) Maybe YOU should take 15 minutes learning and 5 minutes listening instead of telling the doctor what you "need."
3) "...up to $5000 for enrolling patients in clinical trials." Probably pretty rare. Most day to day docs aren't getting huge kickbacks, if any, for enrolling patients. If they're affiliated with an academic center, chances are they CAN'T.
5) clinical trials, once they're moved to the real patient stage, are anything but crapshoots. Ask which phase the trial is in and find out what the different phases are.
6) I do agree that drug makers taking doctors to expensive dinners is a problem. So is drug advertising on television. Generics don't have those resources, but before you argue "they shouldn't be allowed", think about how you feel about government "intrusion". If you're a fan of regulation, great...they shouldn't be allowed. If you're a fan of small government and market capitalism, well...who's supposed to stop them?
7) "in many doctors value systems, surgery is the default..." In many SURGEONS' value systems, surgery is the default. In some conditions mentioned, if the patient is having problems, surgery can be curative and prevents serious complications (hernias).

Oh and as for the first point, about "hiding" costs? Many, I hesitate to say most, doctors don't know what your copays are going to be (their front desk staff might, or maybe the pharmacy), how much you'll pay out of pocket, etc. A lot of that is very insurance company-dependent.

I realize this may come across as somewhat cynical and crusty, but the article was quite one-sided. I present some of the other sides. I in general believe that patients should take more responsibility and learn about their conditions their costs etc so they can save money and be more involved and informed. But to say "doctors are hiding things" is quite alarmist.
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Well there's that too
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Oh my! Adele!

Her voice is simply exquisite, damn this lady has pure, undeniable raw talent.

Enjoy these three wonderful songs and you will remember why music soothes the soul.
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Whew :)
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