Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The indignities of journalism job hunting


Read the thread. and keep writing!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Storify saves HLM

Tinker Ready in Health Leaders Media

Tinker Ready in Health Leaders Media

Quality of care coverage 2015-2017
  1. March 2015 After years of research, debate, and Food and Drug Administration review, the SEDASYS system is now available.
  2. The device was withdrawn a year later.
  3. After all the others spoke, Orlando Health COO Jamal Hakim, MD, delivered this message:
    "Ours is a story of mission and passion, of preparedness and planning, of success and… a little bit of pride in being able to handle that which is really beyond preparation. Our question for you is: Are you prepared for the worst to show up on your doorstep unannounced?"
  4. The message: Data derived from the non-medical drivers of a patient's health can improve quality of care and enrich the utility of so-called intelligent machines, such as IBM's Watson.
  5. Hospital ranking programs take that data to consumers, who are increasingly shopping around for health services. But when media reports challenge the analysis of the data, the question emerges: Are consumers losing confidence in hospital rankings?

  6. Brian Kelly, the editor and chief content officer at US News, doesn't think so.
  7. Gabow: "You may wonder, after hearing that I spend 40 years at a healthcare institution, why I would pose a question like this: Can American healthcare deliver health? "she said.
    "It is precisely because I spent 40 years at a safety-net institution that took fabulous care of patients. I saw every day that our patient had barriers to well- being and health."
  8. HLM: Why did you decide to write this book?
    Judge Zobel:
    I had seen enough doctors on the stand, not just in malpractice cases, but generally, to know that they could use a little help in being a witness.
  9. Andrew Donnelly, director of pharmacy services at UI, said that by working closely with clinical pharmacists and setting up a team devoted to address the problems, the system has saved $2.5 million.
    "You have to be as smart as you can in terms of using the really expensive medications," he said.
  10. HLM: How did this story come about?
    Allen:
    Concurrent surgery is something that is well known within the hospital community and among surgeons. It’s something that doesn’t come as a great surprise, but many members of the general public had no idea prior to us publishing this story.
  11. Zuckerman; We've had so many wars on cancer and we've had a lot of progress. But if you want to make meaningful progress, you don't [just] throw money at a problem for a year."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The last time I saw Joni

Naxos, Greece 

Some Joni Mitchell songs are just embedded in my heart. I plan to listen to Blue over and over until I die and never get tired of it. There's a whole generation of us.

But, she says a lot of mean things in the new bio "Reckless Daughter."

I have this wish for Joni:

You really haven't changed.
It's just that now you're romanticising some pain that in your head
You've got tombs in your eyes, but the songs you punched are dreaming

Listen, they sing of love so sweet.

-- from "The Last Time I Saw Richard"

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blogger handles graphics, media better than Wordpress


One of the problems with Wordpress is that you have limited capacity to embed media and graphics. YouTube and Vimeo work. Storify seems to work sometimes.
The Value of Visualization from Column Five on Vimeo.

Love this app but wish it worked on Wordpress. This goes for all the great Knight lab apps -- timeline and Story map. The way to get around it is the screen shot and link. But, that doesn quite work for that.


It can also be a little easy to embed your Piktochart. Here's where a little HTML comes in handy. You can set a custom width in the Piktochart code. I set mine too wide at 1,000.

Here's what the code looks like. I'm going to change 1000 back to 600

<iframe frameborder="0" height="1266" scrolling="no" src="https://magic.piktochart.com/embed/3430150-tr-test" style="overflow-y: hidden;" width="1000"></iframe>



There are probably a couple of different ways to embed an Excel chart. Here's I saved it as a JPG and put it in. This will work fine on Wordpress, What's the problem with this chart? Goes in the wrong direction. Let's fix it in Excel.



I did this by going back into Excel and  sorting the dta column from lowest to higehc


Friday, March 13, 2015

Draglines at my heart: Goodbye to a feminist folks singer

Back in the second wave of the women's movement, we all listened to the The New Harmony Sisterhood Band. They told stories of cotton mill girls, strip mining and feminist icons like Sojourner Truth.  Yesterday, a member of the 1970s group was killed in a bike accident. Her music carrries on, thanks to The Smithsonian, which rereleased the album "And Ain't I a Woman?" in 2006.   She plays fiddle on the song "Draglines."

More on her recent work from WBUR

From the Globe:

Friends say Marcia Deihl was always the first person to think up a witty song that perfectly captured the moment, and to encourage the same lyrical invention in others with her “Bizarre Song Parties,” where the price of admission was a ditty of one’s own.

Deihl was a Cambridge activist who spent her life fighting — and singing — for what she believed in, and who had embarked upon retirement with joy that she could finally dedicate all her time to her art.

And she loved to ride her bicycle, a clunky old three-speed decorated with paper flowers and streamers. With her long hair streaming behind her, she cut a distinctive figure, one familiar to many Cambridge residents.


On Thursday, friends mourned the untimely death of the 65-year-old, who was killed Wednesday after being hit by a dump truck while riding her bike on Putnam Avenue.
“She was an icon of Cambridge life. She was a very colorful figure, beloved by the people who knew her,” said Pam Chamberlain, a longtime friend who described Deihl as “a riot” with a keen sense of irony and a gift for bonding with people. “It’s a great loss for the folk community and the feminist movement.”