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Feb. 17th, 2012

orihime bleach

Why I love grad school

Just had a truly amazing day and a half in Seattle for grad school.  (note, this post is stream of consciousness and no I do not care about the 10 zillion typos.It's 1 am and I've only had about half my accustomed sleep the past two days.)
  1. Great feedback during class Wed about my survey for my thesis project and more fun with SPSS (stats software. Heart!).
  2. Great time at cousins; house, girls were cute and the baby really likes me.  Awww!
  3. Got the tree issue all sorted without even being home!  
  4. Great chat with Mom; family drama is not as bad as originally reported.
  5. Had a really productive time at UW internet cafe getting homework done
  6. Launched my survey (http://goo.gl/XjeOM) and set up a SM campaign to promote it over the weekend. 
  7. Started on SPSS homework. think it will be cake.  yummy!
  8. Went to attend the Media Space group, got lost, ran into Rick McPherson who brought up an official endeavor to get MCDM students into the Foster School BP competition and said he had been thinking about my project as a great candidate!  He will email me soon with details.  Woot!
  9. Attended screen/summit meeting, got to kibitz with great folks from cohort 10 and 11 who continue to blow me away with how friendly, awesome, and creative they all are.
  10. Was unanimously nominated and voted group leader for the engagement/event design team for the screen summit and related events around the Husky Fest in April!  Totally out of the blue, but, um... cool!  Now I get to plan a huge awesome event!  Does this mean I'm officially popular?  
  11. Got to attend happy hour with Jerry Collins and some more great kibitzing. Was able to make some great contributions on a discussion of monetization of social media. 
  12. More great feedback on my thesis project
  13. Presentation went super well.  got some helpful feedback that will guide our project direction moving forward. 
  14. Checked on the survey and totally cleared the respondent requirement in less than six hours of sending that out.  My friends and family are SO awesome!
  15. Mentioned to my prof how my survey was going and got more encouraging feedback.  
  16. Had some great followup thoughts after class. sent some fabulous follow up emails to various folks. Hurrah for inspirational ferry rides!
  17. Had energy all the way home (no sleep driving!) and great songs on the ipod
  18. Trey waited up for me!! He's so sweet. 
Phew.  And now, for my next trick.  Sleep!

Jul. 18th, 2011

orihime bleach

light or dark? denotative or connotative?

Mary Kassian wrote an excellent article over on Girls Gone Wise back in February about the Oscar winning movie Black Swan, which generated some great discussion.  Among the comments were accusations that Mary shouldn't judge the movie since she hasn't seen it and that her conclusion was off base because the final moral of the film was "positive." 

I love Swan Lake. I love the ballet, and I've always liked the original story, as opposed to the stunted story presented in some recent movies.  However, I never watched this film, and I probably never will. 

In every text, story, or image, there are two levels of communication: the denotative, surface level, facts, bare bones of what is just plain there or just plain said (Han Solo says to Princess Leia "You want me to stay because of how you feel about me!"); and the connotative, what is said by not be said, what is implied, what is alluded to, things that are communicated through tone, voice, imagery, allusion, omission, and--in graphic media--what is shown.  (What we can conclude from Han's statement, but what is not said, is that he has romantic feelings for Leia and wants her to confess that she has romantic feelings for him too.  These are not contained in the words he says, but we understand that anyway).

A lot of arguments about media, especially between parents and children, "liberals" and "conservatives/traditionalist," frequently comes down to one person talking about what is denotative and saying it is acceptable/unacceptable, and another talking about what is connotative and coming to the opposite conclusion. 

Many stories, books, movies, songs, can have a very clean denotative meaning.  One vampire series I used to love reading repeatedly featured vampire characters lamenting their fate and telling every human in hearing range how blessed they were to be mortal and human.  Yet, many of these same "clean" stories carry much darker connotations; yet by the end of the series every single human character had either died or become a vampire.  The lines from the books supply a great alibi to justify them as promoting the cause of humanity, and the quotes are actually there.  However, more significant is the fact that despite these statements the emotional conclusion given to the reader is that being merely human is not enough; humans are weak, frail, and ultimately flawed, and until you give up your humanity, embrace your darkness,you will never be free of this mortal coil.  Is this ever stated in the books?  No.  But it is the far more powerful and persisting conclusion.

This same principle applies to all media, and here's the catch.  Connotation is exponentially more powerful than denotation.  it is subtle, emotional, visceral, and happens when you aren't looking for it, before you can even register it happening.  Denotation is obvious and so we can be rational in response to it, apply logic etc, unless the facts give us emotion based on our experience.  Connotation generally builds a desired emotion within the audience and then capitalizes on it to bring the audience to a conclusion. 

Back to Black Swan.  One of the comments called responded very negatively to the idea that the beauty of Natalie Portman legitimized the bad behavior.  Denotatively, the facts are unconnected. But what is the connotative message?  What is the context?  we have a culture that pressures girls as young as eight (in extreme cases even three years old) to be sexually attractive and barrages teens and young adults with the message that unless you are sexually desirable you aren't desirable.  Add to that Natalie Portman.  She is gorgeous, hot as a peri-peri pepper, a genius actress, and wildly successful.  A teen girl will have to have a rock solid foundation of self esteem, personal values, and life goals might have a strong enough hold on sanity to combat the connotative message that accompanies Natalie Portman every time she is on screen: "do what you see me do, and you could be like me, desirable, successful, beautiful."  I'm 26, happily married, on my way to grad school, with a promising career, and a pretty immovable value system and i still have to battle this message very time I watch films with Natalie Portman; I like her as a actress, a person, and I generally love her films.  But it's still true that the message is there and it is powerful.

So to conclude and address the movie as a whole.  The denotative message of the movie (according the plot as has been relayed in great detail in numerous locations) relates to the dangers of pursuing your dark side; the ballerina embraces her dark side so completely that she kills herself at the moment of her greatest triumph in order to kill her good side.  And within the confines of the movie, that message may hold connotatively as well (again I have not seen it, bear with me).  But that's the bugger with connotation.  As addressed in the previous paragraph, connotation is never confined to the work in which we find it.  The story of Natalie Portman as an actress does matter!  The story of our culture matters.  And the true message of a story is not what happens at the end, but what the reader is left with after the end.  Are the viewers of this move left with renewed dedication to avoid or control their vices so they don't end up killing themselves?  Not a chance.  They have just spent almost two hours watching this beautiful, successful, talented woman that they would love to be or to possess pursuing, discovering, and embracing her vices so that she can succeed.  And she does succeed!  Some very well balanced individuals will leave with a basic mental association of "pursuing vices/embracing dark side of self" = "negative(destruction)," but even those will likely use their own experience and values to make that judgment.  The natural connotative meaning that most viewers will leave with will be something along the lines of "pursuing vices/embracing dark side of self" = "positive(success)."

Final point.  Connotation is pervasive, especially in visual media, and happens almost instantaneously.  It is not necessary to produce an entire film to communicate a connotative message.  A single image will often suffice.  A trailer is --in most cases-- plenty.

Apr. 23rd, 2011

orihime bleach

A Lament for the Messiah

The sun is dark before my eyes,

Or am I blinded by sorrow?

The earth shakes and heaves like a sea in storm,

Is there nothing firm, nothing solid on which I can stand?

Or are my own limbs numb with shock?

Oh Lord, why have you forsaken us?

So long we have waited! So long… I have waited.

 

Now our hope is shattered like glass.

 

Will I ever be free?

My past weighs on my back like a millstone,

My sin has bound my limbs in shackles.

I had hoped, for a while…

He was so kind. Where I had received only judgment,

He gave me mercy.

No one in Israel has shown such love.

Only God could love such as we.

 

Lord, how wondrous that you would speak to us so?

To beget a Son and approach us!  Face to face.

 No one in Israel has deserved such honor.

What shame, what horror and judgment has come upon us?

What have we done?

 

Weep, daughters of Jerusalem!

Wail, you women of Judah!

Tear your hair, beat your breast!

Neglect the loom, the fields, and the threshing floor!

All is mourning and ashes!

 

The Lord himself, the Holy One, is dead.

Slain by our brothers!  Nay, by our own hands!

What wickedness can compare?  What pain or sorrow can express our shame?

My heart is broken in my chest and the very air chokes me.

 

Our Father lit a candle in the darkness, and we have snuffed it out and now we are blind.

The stars shed their light as tears, the moon is stained with blood,

The sun has turned its face away and the earth groans in agony!

 

Oh God, I would that death take me as well,

For what pain of hell can compare to the death of your son?



(Should have posted this yesterday, but that didn't happen.  One day soon I will write a companion for Sunday morning.)

Jan. 24th, 2011

orihime bleach

Why don't they teach LOGIC to governemtn officials?

If you've had any exposure to health care laws and legislation in recent years you probably picked up on the fact that the government is pushing the industry to go electronic.  If you don't have a certified electronic medical record by 2014 you will be penalized by every government insurance agency you are contracted with.  And yet!... Oh, and yet.   I have to laugh, because other wise I will scream and probably try to strangle somebody.

In it's infinite wisdom the DEA has decided that prescriptions for controlled substances may not be sent via the ePrescribing system.  If you are unfamiliar, ePrescribing is kind of like a huge exclusive email club for pharmacies and prescribing doctors that speaks directly into the electronic systems used by the varying parties.  Dr John Doe enters a script for a medication into the patient's chart using his electronic medical record system of choice at his office and said program says "aha! a prescription to Pharmacy X!  Wonderful.  Let me share that with Pharmacy X."  Pharmacy X's system then tells the pharmacy staff.  "Hey, listen!  Dr Doe wants patient A to have this medication."  The pharmacy doesn't have to input anything in their system, all they have to do is press "GO!"  Likewise, refill requests can come strait to the doctor's system without using third party software or data entry.   The best part is that you have to prove that you are a pharmacy or prescribing doctor to get into this system.  There is NO WAY you could fake an ePrescribe.  (well, I'm sure there's a hacker somewhere who could figure it out, but it would be prohibitively difficult and unprofitable).

So, you can't use the eases way that is also nearly impossible to hack/fake/abuse.  But, you can use electronic fax to send a script.  Now, an electronic fax program, works just like a printer from the doctor's end, and just like a normal fax machine from the pharmacy's end.  I.e. ANYONE could write up a fake script and fax it in.  There are safeguards to what constitutes a valid script, and most pharmacies learn to spot fakes just like bank tellers learn to spot fake bills. But on principle, On some levels electronic faxes are comparable: you don't have to waste paper, and it gets to the pharmacy really fast, and a patient can't loose it.  however, ePrescribing is far and away a better option.

Why did they do this?  God only knows.  But from the standpoint of someone working in health care, the government is making a habit out of giving us unfunded and contradictory mandates.  Do it electronically!  But wait, we're going to make it as difficult as possible for you to comply with that command because... um, well, because we're the government and we can! Ha! 

End result, it takes longer for patients to get tier medications because the doctors and pharmacies have to play ring around the rosy to communicate with each other.   And people thought it would be a good idea to give this system control over ALL of health care? 


*soap box complete*

Dec. 9th, 2010

orihime bleach

Christmas Dessert Theatre confessions

*sigh*  Sometimes you think things are moving forward nicely and then you wake up and realize you've taken three steps backwards.

Last week was opening for Christmas Dessert Theater at our church.  More importantly, last week was production week.  Production week is always stressful as it is the lead up to opening night and so all the last minute details are being laid down and most of the time you give until it's done or until it's right, regardless of how late you are up or how tired you are.  I've rarely had much of a problem with production week in years past, for CDT or otherwise.

I will admit that that there have been times when production week for CDT particularly bothers me as, compared to other theater productions, we always seem further behind than we ought to be. Not only are we setting lights, but we are changing blocking and working on delivery and sets in the same five minutes.  "Ok we got those lights set!-- "wait, no, we need to change that blocking, Scratch the lights, start over." "Now that we finally have the timing down for that entry, we need you to enter 30 seconds sooner,"  "yes i know the spot was stage L, but that was 20 minutes ago; now it's stage R."  *headdesk*   It's a pretty insane week, above and beyond what you usually find in theater.  The administrator/prophet in me (super-OCD-planner + lack of mercy) finds this constantly and exponentially irritating.  I'm okay with finding things to fix last minute provided there's no way we could have taken care of it sooner with a little extra effort weeks ago.  (Note: CDT has something like 12 rehearsals each year; the local community theatre typically has between 32 and 40 for each show, just to give some perspective.  We do a great job at CDT, don't get me wrong. But I have kind of wondered if we were able to sneak in a few more rehearsals production week wouldn't be so hectic.)

At the same time...
- Work is crazy stressful due to patients calling just now to get a procedure by the end of the year (tough luck!), and our practice is closing in a few months which involves TONS of paperwork and diplomatic communications with other practices and with patients now in hysterics because the doc is leaving.
-Several projects were being done in the house which meant a lot of stuff was out of place, and many things needed to be moved frequently. One of those projects required all the window coverings and interior doors to be taken away.  So, we have to take time to constantly keep the fire going to compensate for heat loss through the windows, and we can't change in the bedrooms as there are no doors.  The biggest problem with this was that my sleep was seriously disrupted due to extra light in the room. 
- The combination of stress and little sleep started affecting my immune system so I was fighting a cold as well.
- And last but not least, my doctor messed with my birth control. Hormone explosion! Yay!

Normally, I could handle these things, one or two at a time, with little difficulty.  The combination of ALL of them put me on an emotional roller coaster that stayed pretty much in the negative the whole week.  I must confess there were times I did not handle the situation with as much grace as I would have liked.  I'm pretty sure I threw at least one mini-tantrum during a particularly frustrating rehearsal.   Much of my frustration was justified (I do need more than three seconds to re-set an entrance that involves putting on and taking off a costume, thanks!), but when it started affecting my attitude I got frustrated at being frustrated, which is a downward spiral into...well, bad things.  And while the emotions may be justified, my reactions often were not.  (Of course, being me, as soon as I realize this I become even more frustrated! it's a never ending cycle of DOOM!)

So, if you are involved in CDT, I apologize; I was disruptive, negative, and inappropriate.  It has been a learning experience though, and the run is not over.  All is not lost.  See many of you tonight!
Break a leg! (not really, please)
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Nov. 12th, 2010

orihime bleach

Lack of Common Sense in programing

Good program design is like good writing; you must answer the prompt as given in order to get the grade.  If you are asked to write a paper on wallabies and you write one on kangaroos  it doesn't matter how good it is, you fail.  In program design you must answer the needs of the End User (i.e the customer who buys and uses the program) or you have failed. It doesn't matter now spiffy the program is, if it doesn't function as the End User needs it to function it is worthless (to the degree to which the End User is frustrated and becomes less likely to continue being a customer).

We are the End User of the EMR product we use for patient records.  Some of our needs are:
  • be able to print prescriptions
  • be able to print multiple prescriptions
  • comply with WA Dept of Health law and print prescriptions on approved tamper proof paper
  • spend as little as possible on materials such as previously  mentioned tamper proof paper
  • conserve physician time for actual patient care (don't waste his time jumping through needless hoops accomplishing the above
The current situation: In July 201 the WA legislature in it's infinite wisdom decided that physicians could only print prescriptions on official WA State Dept of Health tamper proof paper with their seal of approval (it's like saying you can only ever print your homework on paper with official school letter head, which you must purchase from one of a tiny list of vendors, when you know that any paper will do.  There are many tamper proof papers out there.  Now we can only use one.)  Our clinic relies on the EMR vendor to manage almost all of our settings, some of which affect every customer they host.  Which ones are office specific and which are community wide seems to be determined by roulette. the set up for printing prescriptions is something we do not have access to.

We spent quite some time going back and forth with our vendor tech support to make sure we knew how the new script report was going to print so we could buy the right paper format for the new Rx paper with the WA D.O.H. seal.  Finally, we were told the scripts would print "on a half sheet landscape oriented."  What we were not told was that if you print more than one script, the report would combine every second script with the one before it and try to print those two on the same sheet of paper one above another.

Why this is a problem: based on the information quoted above, our office purchased half size script paper in single sheets (one per page)..  Approximately half the time this is not a problem as the doc is only printing one prescription for the patient.  However, the other half the time, he is printing two scripts (with maybe 1-2% reserved for when he prints more than two) the printer does not pull a new piece of paper for the second script. Instead it is "printed" into the ether underneath the first script.  If the doc prints three scripts, we get #1 and #3, but not #2.   

The result is that the doc has been forced to go back into the chart and reprint the missing scripts.  Sounds easy.  The EMR company seems to think so.  Because of the way the program is set up the only way to fix this is to ask the originating company to re-write that part of the program.  Their answer? Get the full size paper.  well, if we didn't have a whole box full of the stuff we already have, that might work.  However, even if we did that then every time the doc only has to print one script we waste the other half, or keep the other half and have to keep tabs on what's in the printer and switch between single and double sheets.

To many of us this doesn't sound too bad. But let me give you some perspective.  This dude is so busy that unless is life threatening, imminently time critical, or dressed up like a firework and dancing in front of his nose, he probably wont' get around to it until... well, actually he probably just won't.   Even if it's only three clicks or one screen away from where he currently is.  Why/  Because unlike many of use he actually has a life calling sitting in the next room with potentially catastrophic consequence riding on his decisions and between the insurance companies and the government he has a lifetime of paperwork and documentation to do every day just to keep from getting sued.  Imagine those three extra clicks are added to every other computer function you do, and that you have to do a different computer function every 30 seconds of the day, and then imagine that you have to do this to try and empty 5 different in-boxes (electronic and paper) throughout the day and no matter how fast you move it's like having 110% interest on a loan.  Now imagine that someone wants to make one of those basic functions just a little bit more difficult   Are you panicked now?  .When you force a physician to make three extra clicks/steps every time he has to print more than one prescription, it directly impacts the quality of care he is able to provide for every patient. 

Dear Centricity,
  Please conduct a User Test study, preferably with an actual physician.  Adjust your software accordingly. 
Thank you,
 Sympathetically Frustrated Receptionist

Nov. 5th, 2010

orihime bleach

I'm from the Government, I'm here to help you.

So...

Elderly spouse of a patient has trouble walking, but always takes care of his wife.  He takes the doc's script, properly printed with all the superfluous crap the government requires, on the superfluously specific, state approved prescription paper which the government requires, and takes it to the pharmacy.  The pharmacy, in accordance with state law, has to send the patient back to our office because the doctor signed the "substitute permitted" line instead of the "dispense as written line."  The difference?  Really?  Two inches across the paper. Two bloody inches, and they make this poor old gentleman come all the way back to our office! And the doctor can't just look at the paper, roll his eyes, and sign the other spot.  No!  No, that would be easy.  No, he has to print off a new one and sign the proper line on that one.

And we want these people to run ALL of health care?   Seriously?  Common sense, the opposite of bureaucratic leadership.  The script is there on tamper proof paper. Its a medication the pharmacy knows this doctor has been giving this patient for months. And it is signed!  On a signature line even.  There is no doubt what soever that this is an approved medication for this patient by physician order. 

I worry about our future as a species. we clearly fail the intelligence test.

Sep. 3rd, 2010

orihime bleach

the Overton Window, pt 2

For part 1, see Fb note here.   Summary: my thoughts on conspiracy theories having just finished the Overton Window, namely that worrying about them is not the best practice.

The  Overton Window is a fast paced, complex novel fueled by the concept of (shocker) the Overton Window, which is an actual theory of political science.  The idea is that for every issue there is a spectrum ranging between two unthinkable extremes. Somewhere (usually close to the middle) on this spectrum is a window --the Overton Window--which encompasses ideas or actions related to the issue which are considered acceptable by the public (particularly the voting, tax paying, and consume- goods-buying public).  However, by presenting ideas just outside the window in one direction or another, in just the right way and with the proper justification, one can move the window bit by bit to change what the public will accept.  Classic example: privacy.  Fifty years ago current airport security procedures would be unthinkable. No one would fly commercially!  Today we have been nudged and prodded and now we accept the loss of privacy and dignity in the name of public safety.  Whether you think this is good or bad, it HAS happened.

In the book we are presented with two characters who represent polar extremes.  Arthur Gardener is the shadowy manipulator, constructing a web of intrigue more complex than the plot of Inception, all with the goal to move the Overton Window on a plethora of issues that will culminate with the establishment of a new world order based on class status (and intelligence, which he argues are one and the same).  On the other end we have Molly Ross, an all American, southern accent, sharp shooting, corporate espionage expert whose dedicated every resource including her very life to stopping people like Gardner, and she's willing to use whatever means necessary to do so including kidnapping, drugging, pickpocketing, identity theft, shooting, and many of the people she hangs with and supports are pushing for domestic terrorism (she does not mention this issue herself, but it is used by people on the extreme represented by her character).

Now not only are these characters diametrically opposed, but they are archetypes of two extremes, with the rest of us sitting in the Overton Window wondering which side we should team up with. I suggest NEITHER.  

It's very easy to find yourself sympathetic to the Molly Ross type. The ideals behind this extreme resonate with most of us.  Even after the recent gaffes by Mel Gibson, people will quote the famous line from Braveheart, "they can never take our FREEDOM!!" I still get chills over that one.  And there are a lot of very vocal people in today's media who ascribe to the ideals of freedom, independence, etc.  Here's the rub: even with fabulous ideals like this, taking them to any extreme places weapons in the hands of the your opposition. Molly Ross and her cohorts are not only manipulated by Gardner the entire time, they provide the very impetus he uses to move the window in his direction.  Their extreme actions justify the extreme response Gardner has been preparing for decades.  Without their actions his plots would never have come to fruition. There's no doubt (in the confines of the book) that Gardener is an evil man. He's down right despicable.  He can justify his actions as "for the public good" all he wants, but his extremely low opinion of said public belies his intentions.  If you really knew there were people like this and you have any an ounce of principle you would want to bring them down (or at least see it happen).  

But the ends do not justify the means.  Taking a stand at the opposite extreme of the spectrum only makes it easier for the 'bad guys' to move the window the other way. 

So what is the answer?  Find your window; your real window, not the one the media is trying to give you, or the one your professor or your boss wants you to find, but the one you actually believe in.  Take your stand there.  Know the boundaries of your window: 'This far will I go and no further.'  For me this window is defined by scripture.  This the Lord says I must do; that the Lord says I must not do.  Within this window I find a lot of freedom and living space (it's also less stressful than the world's culture).  

For us 'average Joes' the biggest threat is that the window for a majority of the voting (and therefore policy making) public moves beyond our own in ways that threaten our ability to stay withing our window of choice legally.    How do we move or even affect the public window when it is outside our own?  Especially, how can we do so without stepping outside our window (thereby moving it), or giving food to those attempting to move the public window further away from where we need it to be in order to live peacefully with all men?  The flaw in Gardner's plots and in Molly's counter attacks is that they both take the People for granted.  No matter who is pulling what strings from where if the people inside the window don't move, don't compromise, don't give in to fear or coercion, the window doesn't move.  To change policy, we must change the voting public. 

Now, before you tell me that it's politicians who make policy, not the people, let me say that that in itself is a window issue.  On one extreme is a class/caste system in which the rich and powerful rule everything without any input or oversight from the ruled, on the other end is anarchy.  Our government was designed to fit in a window in the middle, ruled by volunteers from the people; not for gain or as a career, but as a temporary service to the country and to their neighbors. We have clearly lost sight of this; the window has moved.  It is very true that a majority of Congress is reelected every time, and that without a certain amount of experience, clout, or (especially) massive funding it is virtually impossible to get elected.  However, this can be changed!  It takes a lot of work from all of us to do the research on who and what we are voting for and to explore the real implications behind what the government is doing.  It also takes real people running for office. 

Politics and government aside, how do we affect social windows?  This is where my political theories take a religious bent.  If you are a Christian and find the values of your Overton Window threatened by the window of the general public, what do you do? How do you protect your own window?  Take a moment, and go read the book of Acts.  The first church came about in a world with a radically different window of values.  That world did not simply disagree with the early church; they did not stop with smear campaigns or verbal mud slinging.  They came with stones, and fire, and arenas filled with starving lions.  And yet the church grew.  It grew rapidly, powerfully, converting it's most vehement enemies, crossing over every border, every class, every background, every opposition.  Why?  To quote Charles Colson, "the power of God working in the hearts of people."  Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians that  the gospel spread throughout Macedonia because of the example of the Thessalonian church. True Christianity is infectious.  The world sees Christianity as a religion, an optional set of beliefs, take it or leave it, and sadly "mainstream Christianity" often supports that interpretation.  But when we focus on God and obeying him completely, and trust that regardless of where society's window is he will take care of us, that is when we have the most impact.  That is when society changes.  It is not we who change society, it is God who changes society by first changing us.

1 Timothy 1:7  "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. "

Jun. 30th, 2010

orihime bleach

Health Care and Paperwork.

Just had a patient complain about  needing to do forms before scheduling a procedure.  "Sounds like lots of red tape," as if we are trying to NOT get him taken care of.  For the record, doctor's offices have developed their various forms over years of experience for any or all of the following purposes:  A) they require information about your health to provide you with care that is appropriate and safe.  B) they need accurate personal information in order to get paid by your insurance company.  C) forms serve as CYA in case something goes wrong and you are tempted to sue them.  D) the Government told them to.  Yes, the government DOES tell us to collect certain information and signatures.    I'm sorry this process is inconvenient.  If you don't like it, talk to congress, the insurance companies, and the trial layers.  The forms are there for YOUR protection as well as OURS and they are NOT going away any time soon--in fact you should expect the amount of paperwork to exponentially increase as the government takes a more direct role in running health care.  Get used to it.  And for Pete's sake please Stop Whining!  A little paperwork isn't going to kill you. 

Apr. 28th, 2010

orihime bleach

Grad School here I come!

*happy dance! happy dance*
Just found out I am officially accepted to the Master of Communications in Digital Media program at the University of Washington. Huzzah!  

This is a seriously exciting program; the only one like it in the country. And immediately applicable to my secondary (hopefully soon to be primary) job as Senior Editor of a local publishing company. 

It's going to be tough with the commute and the hours involved. I will likely not be involved in much of anything outside school and work for the next year or so.  So, don't feel too neglected if I turn into a hermit crab for a while.  I'll be back. Eventually.  i am focusing on the fact that these things will only become more difficult as time goes on.   And hey, you can put with just about anything for a year, right?

Now all I have to do is fill out ten zillion applications for loans!  Nice.  Anyone have an extra thirty grand lying around that they're willing to donate to a worthy cause? 

Really hope the editing job sticks around. It will be a lot easier to work with than the current hourly job (as much as I LOVE my bosses, you know it's true.).

In the mean time... SQUEEEE!!

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