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Campus Chatter – March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012

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Campus Chatter – March 8, 2012

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The Persian poet Ferdowsi completed his epic Shāhnāmeh today (1010). Also, Johannes Kepler discovered his third law of planetary motion (1618), the New York Stock Exchange was founded (1817), Raymonde de Laroche received her pilot’s license (1910), Clara Zetkin launched International Women’s Day in Copenhagen (1911), the U.S. Senate adopted the first cloture rule to limit filibusters (1917), Mildred Gillars was sentenced for her wartime broadcasts in Germany as “Axis Sally” (1947), the Georgia legislature petitioned Congress to declare the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments null and void (1957), and Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris (1974). And the first episode of David Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast on BBC-4 radio (1978).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with The GOP Are at it Again on Disaster Relief
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with If It Takes a Village…
    Campus QuestionWill the Tea Party Republicans play with fire?
    Our EarthThe EPA is Working Hard

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureA Method to the Madness, Part I: ‘Shocking New’ Obama Video
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Newly Discovered Habitat

  • addisnana

    Good morning!

    It will be 39 today and since it rained a lot yesterday the snow on the lawns is gone. There are still white ribbons of plowed snow along the sides of the streets and big piles in the corners of parking lots but it smells like spring.

    • winterbanyan

      I love that spring smell. :) I hope the needed moisture went where the moisture was needed.

      This early in the year though, don’t you have a chance of more snow? Assuming, of course, that winter doesn’t stay as warm as it has this year.

      • addisnana

        It is early to be thinking it smells like spring. Once upon a time March was our snowiest month. This year I have no idea but the forecast for the weekend is close to 60 degrees.

        • winterbanyan

          Okay, you just got another “wow.” Although why I should be surprised after the way this winter has gone, I don’t know. We’re way too warm as well.

      • glendaw271

        It looks as if spring has arrived early here, with next week expected to be really warm for March. Highs are supposed to be in the high 60s to low 70s from Monday through Friday.

        There is no snow left around here at all. Not even in protected areas on the north sides of buildings. All the moisture from yesterday fell as rain and finished off what little bit of snow was left on the ground.

        And, yes, the air does have that smell of spring.

        • winterbanyan

          You, too. This hasn’t been a good winter, too warm many places, too much snow in others. It’s definitely out-of-kilter.

          Although I remember the year my littlest brother got a sled for Christmas and we didn’t have any snow at all on the ground. That was the winter a blizzard dumped over four feet on us on Easter Eve.

        • addisnana

          How is traveling son enjoying the excursions? I like the updates as it gives me a chance to live vicariously.

          • glendaw271

            He’s killing me with a lot of requests for funds lately. But that’s because they are planning all of their remaining trips at this time. He’s been to Cologne, Germany, and will soon be heading off to explore Greece. I’m not sure of all the plans after that, but I do know that when the term finally ends, they are taking a bus trip from Rome through France, Spain, and Portugal. They’ll fly home from Portugal when the bus trip is completed.

            He’s been traveling so much that he hasn’t had time to upload too many other pictures. The last pictures that he uploaded were from Venice.

            • Gardener

              Well you know the old letter exchange from college student to home, don’t you?

              No mon, no fun, your son.

              So sad, too bad, your Dad.

              ;-) ;-)

              • winterbanyan

                :lol: :lol: :lol:

        • NCrissieB

          Did your overnight lows ever reach 0°, Glenda?

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • glendaw271

            Nope. Not once. I believe that the lowest low this winter was down to around 5°. Wind chills did make it below 0 a few times, but that is it.

    • NCrissieB

      Ahh, the scent of spring: PineSol, bleach, Formula 409, Spic’n’Span, vacuum cleaner lint…. ;-)

      Seriously, I’m glad y’all are enjoying the springtime. :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        Ah Spring, scent of compost or what our SIL calls “Poo Stew.”

  • addisnana

    MPR has photos of people surfing in Lake Superior during the blizzard last week. Somehow a blizzard warning doesn’t make me think, “Oh I should grab a surfboard” but then people are different. :smile:

    • winterbanyan

      Wow, it didn’t really strike me what surfing in a blizzard meant until I looked at the link. Just…wow.

      What makes people take risks like this? I’ve always wondered. Surely if someone had a problem, rescue would have been hard?

    • NCrissieB

      While waiting for coverage of the Paris-Nice cycling race yesterday, I stumbled on to coverage of the 2011 Endurocross motorcycle race. This involves riding a motorcycle over logs, boulders, truck tires, and other obstacles. Apparently some people don’t get injured enough in everyday life….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        I pretty nuch gave that up before I started……… ;-)

  • trs

    Good morning. Walked 6.2 miles (10k) yesterday, with a little hip pain, but nowhere near what it was before. We walked the Civil War trail for the Third Battle of Winchester (the trail starts about 4 blocks from our house) for its entire length (first time either iriti or I have done that). Then walked along the road to a shopping area where we had lunch before walking back. It was a great day for a walk – slight breeze and temps in the 60′s. Then we had pork chops done in the crock pot, at iriti’s request (in this house, the birthday person gets to choose the evening meal).

    Today I’m going to look at some jobs a couple from the adoption support group iriti and I belong to need done. They say they have quite a list of small stuff, so that should be reasonable. Also want to get a non-stick frying pan to brown sausage and hamburger in. The pan I currently use almost needs to be sandblasted when I brown sausage – even after spraying with cooking spray. I’ll need it tonight – I’m cooking a recipe I found on the Campbell’s Kitchen website several years ago called Cheeseburger Pasta. It’s really simple to make, and tastes good.

    • winterbanyan

      I’m SO glad your new shoes seem to be helping your hip, trs.

      As for that non-stick frying pan, hurry. The EPA is stopping their production.

      We’re going to turn to the crockpot today, too. Pork roast cooked in sauerkraut with potatoes. :)

      • Jim W

        Back to the days of well seasoned cast iron.

        • addisnana

          Cast iron pans are wonderful!

          • glendaw271

            Cast iron pans are heavy! They’ve always been difficult for me to handle because of a broken wrist when I was young. I would hate to try and lift one now with my weak shoulders as well.

            But, you are correct. It’s hard to beat the food that comes out of the cast iron skillet.

        • winterbanyan

          It used to work well enough, didn’t it, Jim? The thing is, now you have to go to specialty stores to find them. I don’t know if that will change as Teflon is phased out. I’ve been seeing suggestions that non-stick may become ceramic.

      • Gardener

        What time should I be there?

        • trs

          Around 5PM Eastern, G…

    • NCrissieB

      “Non-Stick,” like “Permanent Press,” belongs in the “Yeah, As If” category…. ;-)

      A tip for cleaning the sticky stuff from the bottom of a pan: after you take out the cooked meat and while the pan is still on the heat, pour in a bit of water and scrape the pan with a spatula. If you’re planning to make a sauce or gravy, you can use wine rather than water. It’s culinary trick called deglazing:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        Bar Keepers Friend is a good brand of scouring powder, IMO……

  • winterbanyan

    Looking at today in history above, I see that some things have changed greatly, and other things maybe not at all. I don’t know which is more reassuring. ;)

    Good morning, everyone!

    • NCrissieB

      As Mark Twain didn’t write: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • LI Mike

    Good morning,

    I leave for a few days and Rush loses 45 sponsors. Poor guy.

    Well, I guess I was wrong, maybe. The NYT refers to a new study that purports to show that use of an electronic medical record does not reduce health care costs. The study compared follow up tests comparing doctors — some with EMR and some with paper records — and the EMR docs ordered more follow up tests. The study is being criticized for using less than current data, however.

    The study, they noted, included any kind of computer access to tracking images, no matter how old or isolated the function.

    By contrast, modern electronic medical health records are meant to give the doctor an integrated view of a patient’s care, including medical history, treatments, medications and past tests. The 2008 data predates federal incentive payments for doctors and standards for the “meaningful use” of electronic health records that began last year.

    Sometimes I feel like I’m in a time warp when I read this stuff. I’ve been retired for nearly 10 years and we were integrating our EMR when I left the hospital.

    More than 1/2 our services (Radiology, lab, pharmacy, etc) were integrated into our EMR in 2002.

    Big difference is that we bought into the idea of an EMR being a good idea, with all the necessary attendant policies and procedures that suggests.

    • addisnana

      Causation vs correlation…. so if you leave again for a couple of days, will Rush lose another 40 sponsors? I’d contribute to your mini-vacations if we could keep this up until Rush disappeared from the radio completely. :smile:

    • winterbanyan

      Welcome back, Mike. I hope you enjoyed Jupiter.

      As for EMR, I guess there can be big variations on how the records are organized, and thus how useful they are to a doctor. If less well-organized, then it could become expensive. My doctor flips through my electronic file all the time. Back in the days of paper, not so much because it was harder to find things.

      Integrating the records across different providers would be a great boon and cost saver, I’d think. But what do I know.

    • NCrissieB

      I’m gonna go on a limb and suggest your vacation did not cause sponsors to abandon Limbaugh. My evidence? If that premise were true, I’d have to wish you would go back on vacation …

      … and I’m glad you’re back! :grin:

      As for that study, showing that a small set of doctors using EMRs ordered more follow-up tests than a small set of doctors using paper records – four years ago, before federal guidelines changed – does not prove a whole lot to me….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    Storms make the electric power go on and off. I may be too! All the big wind that went north yesterday seems to be going south today. Is Limblow in the area?

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan

      There seems to be a big front moving through the midwest. Whether Limblow is involved, I can’t say. ;)

      By the time it hits us, it won’t be much. A whole 3 degree temp drop — from 85 to 82. Heh.

    • NCrissieB

      It’s probably a conspiracy to keep you off BPI…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Gardener

    Hey Mike!

    Pop practically financed a wing @ Barnes in St. Louis, he was a regular, by-pass, gall bladder, prostate, hernia, you-name-it. Every time it was: Have you ever been in the hospital? He had a list of surgeries and a list of medications in his wallet for them. Inside I was screaming, Yes! And it’s ALL been HERE and WHY don’t you have that on your computer, there’s a computer in every room! Sheesh!!

    • winterbanyan

      My internist wanted all the records from the hospital testing I had when I had peritonitis. Considering her request was made within a few months, it was amazing that she never got the info. And yes, I signed a release.

      There were computers in every room there, too…

  • Gardener

    It’s that day again……..

    The day I haul the tax stuff down to Tax Patti……..

    So to the tune of,” Off To See The Wizard.”

    I’m off to haul the tax crap…….

    ;-) ;-)