December 07, 2008
jamaican in dorchester
cambodian in allston
tibetan in brookline
dimsum in allston
venezuelan in roxbury
peruvian in somerville
taiwanese in allston
spanish in cambridge
turkish in cambridge
american in boston
but certainly i will make an effort.
December 05, 2008
November 18, 2008
On December 21, 2012 four strangers on a journey of faith are drawn to an ancient temple in the heart of Mexico. For the Mayans it is the last recorded day. For NASA scientists it is a cataclysmic polar shift. For the rest of us, it is Doomsday.trailer here. spoiler here. release date here.
November 02, 2008
The majority of physicians practicing today have been able to adapt to the extraordinary process of medical training.
They’ve done so by virtue of extraordinary coping skills– through sublimation, denial, or simple concealment– and not without personal toll, be it family stress, mental illness, or substance abuse, which reaches terrifyingly high rates for many medical specialties. This is well described by the studies mentioned in this article and many other surveys of medical students, residents, physicians in practice and other medical providers. Likewise, there is a large body of evidence relating these conditions to medical errors, poor care, and patient dissatisfaction.
At a time when there is so much understanding and when there is a shortage of medical providers in many parts of this country, why do people at large and physicians themselves continue to believe that medical training must be miserable?
The answer cannot be that the misery is part of the best selection mechanism, because if this were so, then there would be many other professions with similar selection pressures. Similarly, the answer cannot be that good doctors cannot be trained without this hardship. Consider airline pilots who must perform at their best since a single error would affect the lives of hundreds of people. Are they subjected to training to fly aircraft while being sleep and food deprived and looked down upon by their more experienced coworkers?
Medicine and nursing are fundamentally different from other professions, but not with respect to the universal nature of adult learning, the effects of work hours and conditions, and individual performance under stress.
While I love caring for too many patients, because I love caring for each one of them, and working too many hours, because I love the work, I also want to feel well, to eat well, and to have a healthy family and home. Isn’t there a way to maximize the former and limit incursions on the latter?Reform of medical training is long overdue.
October 14, 2008
October 11, 2008
some time ago, i came across a cocktail at salon de ning that was just too good. an examination of the ingredients yielded the secret ingredient: st-germain.
for the past 2 weeks, i've been unable to move past it. mixed with vodka, gin or wine, it is truly transformative.
definitely worth its price!
September 30, 2008
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August 17, 2008
check it out!
nina made me an omelet and it was so delicious, and of course, so very kind.
today's nytimes has a nice little note about cooking eggs, and i thought i would repost my notes as well:
in the next couple of weeks, we are expecting to receive our first csa chicken. maybe there'll be some eggs too!
July 25, 2008
- waking up refreshed after a week of every other night hospital call
- having a productive day at work that finished at a civilized hour
- bumping into nina while entering the elevator at home
- snacking on delicious leftover shortribs
- having a stiff orange+stoli
- watching charlie rose before going out
July 20, 2008
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June 03, 2008
and 2) needs a person to be able to locate said restaurant on a map. not trivial, heavily camouflaged on google. but after a long struggle, using legal and resurgent search techniques, here it is:
the simple and understated pleasure of shikibrookline
please to join us in celebration of allan's birthday.
June 01, 2008
- migas with a pint of hefeweizen from the other side
- pan grilled arepas with halloumi and cherry tomatoes from trader joe's
- arugula from trader joe's, dressed with oil and vinegar
- hummus from sabra
- bulgogi style frozen short ribs from trader joe's, broiled well on aluminum foil
- brown lentils from trader joe's, microwaved in vacuum sealed package
- mushy peas, steamed from frozen package and mushed with duck fat (rendered from roasted duck legs)
very tasty, diverse, and much less expensive than the conventional approach.
May 28, 2008
May 27, 2008
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what, you ask, is this nonsense? please to enjoy, i explain. whether for my unsolicited educational benefit, or for money alone-- not for me, that would be too appropriate-- instead for the hospital of my employ, i am too spend the next month working at the premier community hospital in Framingham, MA. whether it will prove to be a microcosm of internship and residency combined into one harmonious work of art, moving at a relaxed pace of an empty hospital by the lake, or something else entirely remains to be determined.
May 19, 2008
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April 04, 2008
and get this, the protagonist is named "dr. gray"-- gag-- presumably after Gray's Anatomy.
March 29, 2008
should be required reading for everyone, simply because the combination of america's food culture and industrial production has created some of the most misguided and occasionally destructive food practices, so much so that the words cheap, good, healthy, and organic no longer mean what we expect when it comes to food usually sold and eaten today.
in boston, there are a few alternatives, some mapped by the food project:
if you have others, especially if they approach the goodness and convenience of nyc's greenmarket, please send them along.
February 25, 2008
February 15, 2008
here are some streams of the original record, and some choice covers at stereogum, including ben gibbard of postal service.
January 20, 2008
January 09, 2008
if you don't know about the wire, shame on you! though it's not too late to catch up with its final season. ps: it is the truly dickensonian tale of our times in america.