Yearly Archives: 2010

Snow job

First, I know it has been way too long since I have posted anything to the blog. It has been a particularly hectic period in work and professional life, not even slowing down as it often does around Christmas and New Year’s. By the way, Happy New …

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We’re drowning in debt…. Is this our lifeline?

Last week, the President’s Debt Commission released a first report on recommendations for reducing the US national debt. As with everything thrown up in the air in Washington, the report became a political football. That is unfortunate, since our …

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Beware of the land sharks

I read a news item on the Healthcare IT News web site today. It actually dates from well over a week ago, but noteworthy nonetheless. It concerns a speech given by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin to the American Health Information Management Assoc…

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More pictures from Epic UGM

This post has been a bit delayed, but here it is, better late than never. I did not get home from UGM until late Thursday night, had a full day at work catching up on what piled up while I was gone (no, not done yet), endured a three-hour power ou…

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Epic’s User Group Meeting: The Campfire

I have made it to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2010 UGM (User Group Meeting). As always, UGM is held at Epic’s Verona campus. (For an album of pictures from the various buildings on campus, taken on my last trip this past April, click here.) The act…

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Las Vegas Snapshots: best of the rest

Without further ado, here are some of the visual highlights of our recent vacation. They are presented in chronological order. Quick itinerary: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. We felt it just about as visually striking as the Grand Can…

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Getting a job in nursing informatics

Recently a Twitter follower — you all do follow @InfoTechRN, don’t you? — asked me a question there is no way I can answer in 140 characters. (True, there are few questions I can bring myself to answer tweet-size, but that’s another story.) She …

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First of the Vegas pictures

Well, we made it. Rita is still a bit in shock that I haven’t planned any activities before tomorrow night’s show (Terry Fator). Soon we’ll hit the Strip and check out some of the casinos. Weather is warm but quite pleasant. A couple of the in-fli…

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A historical perspective on the illegal immigration issue

One argument put forth by those who advocate for what’s coyly labeled “comprehensive immigration reform” or, in other words, amnesty for persons in the US illegally, is that our country has a long history of relatively open borders, including many…

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Jinx’s new temporary playmate

I didn’t know there was such a thing, but for a couple of weeks we’re living in a foster kitten home. This poor little kitty was nothing but skin and bones, and full of fleas, when Rita was asked to foster her for a while. Now, as we all know, dog…

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