The clever bit is where each of my siblings created a Flickr or Photobucket account in which to post photos of grandchildren. The feeds from each of these accounts was combined in Yahoo Pipes so that, once the frame is set up on my folks’ WiFi network, any new photos posted appear in their digital photo frame.
What a great way for a geographically dispersed family to keep grandparents updated.
My mom called to tell me how much she liked it, and I made a point of noting it was Andrew’s clever idea. All I did was mash the feed together in Yahoo Pipes.
Thanks for asking. I’m feeling very grateful that I have *not* had a heart attack.
Are you sure? I could swear that I read you had a heart attack.
I’m pretty sure. I checked.
David H. Rothman of TeleRead DID have a heart attack. I don’t know him well, but on the many occasions where a confused emailer has been routed from one of us to the other, he’s always been awfully pleasant. Best wishes to David and his family for a speedy recovery.
If you’re not ill, why haven’t you been blogging?
I have noticed a pattern: Those who have asked me this question generally do not have children. Those who have ever had a new baby at home don’t bother to ask- they correctly assume that all of my priorities have been radically shaken up. I’ll probably resume blogging when things settle down and I figure out where in my order of priorities this blog figures.
Too buried to write much about it, but I suspect I’ll blog very little between now and the end of May. I decided today that rather than feeling guilty (as I have for the last couple weeks) about not blogging, I would consider this a well-deserved vacation after averaging about 1.5 posts per day for the last two years.
Hope you feel the same way and will be here when regular posting resumes.
Okay. To my great surprise, it looks like I actually have a chance at winning this award (previously mentioned here and here).
At the moment, I’m trailing Berci’s ScienceRoll– but not by a great margin.
This sort of contest is really about how many people one can motivate to go vote for one’s own endeavor- so the fact that I’m closing on Berci is probably due in no small part to bloggers like Michael Stephens, Wouter Gerritsma, Blake Carver, Zagreus Ammon (blogging under a pseudonym at Physician Executive) and Steven Cohen for encouraging others to vote for my blog.
It seems to me that every time I say that I’m going to take a break from (or reduce the frequency of) my blogging, I make myself a liar shortly thereafter. This time I’ll choose my words more carefully:
I have a lot to do between now and January 2nd and need to focus on those projects when I’m not working at the hospital or meeting holiday obligations.
I don’t plan to post anything between now and January 2, 2008. However, I reserve the right to amend my plans if I am moved by news of events to do so.
David Rothman is one of the most indefatigable bloggers around, and as a result his blog: davidrothman.net – Exploring Medical Librarianship and Web Geekery is the only one which is ranked in the top 10 healthcare blogs worldwide.(12) Congratulations! However, David recently suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax(13) and had to slow down blogging for some time. Now – back again at his job – he felt seriously pooped.(14) Nevertheless, his personal experience taught us much about thoracic surgery and NEJM videos on chest-tube insertion(15) as well as the benefits of the generous use of anaesthesia and conscious sedation.
Oliver is very kind and I’m grateful for the chuckle.
…Now I just need to find a way to work the word “indefatigable” into my résumé…
So I’m very glad to be back at work full-time after my recent fun with a spontaneous pneumothorax and thoracic surgery, but I’m also really, really tired.
This is very inconvenient because I have a lot on my plate at the moment and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.
So, I plan to blog significantly less for the foreseeable future. I expect I’ll get back up to normal posting frequency eventually, but probably not in 2007. Hope you’ll bear with me in the meanwhile.
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Knowing that I recently had a chest tube, Rachel thought (correctly) that I’d be interested to know that the latest video from NEJM is on Chest-Tube Insertion.
I was under conscious sedation for mine, so I learned a lot from this.
The most important thing that I learned from the video is immense gratitude to Dr. Lim (the surgical resident who inserted my chest tube) for her generous use of anaesthesia and conscious sedation. Yikes. Just watching the video made me cringe a few times. Thank you, Dr. Lim. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A hundred times: thank you.
After what I’m told was a very successful surgery with managable complications and a few more days in the hospital, I was discharged home a couple of days ago and will spend the next two weeks pretty much on the couch, recovering.
When I’m feeling reasonably coherent (I’m on a lot of pain meds), I’ll do some blogging to help keep boredom at bay. I’m WAY behind and not reading quickly (again, pain meds), so I may be catching up for a while. Thanks in advance for your patience.
Thanks also again for all the kind wishes. It has been a very unpleasant couple of weeks, and the encouraging notes really did make me less miserable. You people rock. Thank you. 🙂