Friday, November 21, 2008

Palin Loves Killing!

Despite the disturbing nature of what takes place in the background... this is a pretty hilarious situation when you take the words she speaks into account.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Creepy Dude's webcam

UPDATE 11/22/2008 Video no longer available. :(

Live streaming video by Ustream

He's actually not creepy...

Bouncint Water

GE has developed some seriously hydrophobic surfaces that cause water to "bounce". It is pretty amazing video footage.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thanksgiving: Learn or Die!

How to carve a Turkey. Good to know!

Not sure what Phishing is?

Most of the people who might read this blog probably already know how to spot and deal with phishing email they get... some might not though. Here is a video in plain english:

Via Get Rich Slowly:

Release Your Inner Artist

Microsoft unveils its newest Zune add. Almost NSFW

via Gizmodo:

Leggo Keeps You Safe!

I would totally get one of these, but couldn't someone just cut open the bricks with a saw?.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

A note about healthcare in America

An article over at ARS Technica talking about a new report from the Commonwealth Fund sparked me to put virtual pen to paper to lay out some of what I think is important to health care in America.

I'll leave you to read the article and/or the Commonwealth Fund report, but here is what I found most interesting:

  • Of the 8 nations who were included in the report the US was the only nation who did NOT provide universal health care coverage.

  • Costs per patient per year are more then double in the US over other OECD nations.

  • 15% (40 million or so) of the US population has no health care coverage.

  • The US Ranks at or near the bottom of nations in the developed world for the following metrics:

    • Life Expectancy

    • Infant Mortality

    • Years Without Disease (disease adjusted life expectancy

Of the 8 nations included in the report all except the US provided universal healthcare. Each goes about it in a unique way, some providing a mix of public/private providers, some have no private insurance, some have copays to a certain limit based on income, some provide completely free access.

Of the patients involved in the survey all said that the systems needed improving, but those in the US system had the greatest number of negative things to say. We complained about the amount of time (as well as the Germans) it took to get care, the relevance (as well as the French) of the care we got, and the cost (as well as no one LMAO) of our care with 41% of us saying the care cost $1,000 or more in the last year.

More then half (seriously!?!?) of the us participants said they skipped prescriptions or care because of the cost associated.

Apparently the ONLY metric that the US was ahead of the pack on was providers involving patients in care.

This is all very interesting to me. When I speak with my friends who oppose universal health care some of the items they cite as reasons to stay away are:

  1. Waits are longer for services

  2. Service quality suffers

  3. Services for life threatening items take too long

It seems that 1 & 2 are really just not true. Sure you will have some cases, but that is true in any system, and on average the 750-2,600 adults from each country who took part in this report seem to think that there is less wait in a universal system. In addition they have higher quality of life (infant mortality is lower, years without disease is higher, life expectancy is higher).

As for point 3, I think the argument is largely moot when we have 40 million people in this country uninsured. Not getting services because you can not afford the treatment is far worse having a wait for the services.

Now I have some specific statistics I can call on when I'm debating this with my friends.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dan Savage vs. Tony Perkins

Dan Savage takes on an advocate for the Mormon Church's support of Proposition 8 in California. I seriously can't believe this was passed... seriously.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A special comment on Proposition 8

With his wonderful eloquence, Kieth Olberman makes Prop 8 supporters question thier reasons for support... well hopefully.

Cool Bullet TIme + 1

A cool evolution of the bullet time technology that blew away movie goers in the Matrix movies.

And a making of movie:

via Gizmodo

Monday, November 10, 2008

Does this worry anyone else?

This is really worriesome to me:

From the photo: A poster showing Barack Obama is seen in the background as customers line up to look at firearms at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault riffles.
(AP Photo/LM Otero)


Matrix runs windows.

Lawrence Lessig at the Web 2.0 Conference

A pretty great presentation from L. Lessig again.