Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 14 (L&D Days)

I arrive for L&D days at 7:00 am and meet the all-female team before our 7:30 am handoff. Nervous Nancy is leaving from the night shift: “I’m loving OB/Gyn. All the good parts of su… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 12 hours ago

Windfall Profits Tax on Bitcoin?

Whenever other people are smarter and more successful than I am, I like to propose a massive tax applicable only to them. Since I neglected to buy Bitcoin…. it is time for a Jimmy Carter styl… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 13 hours ago

Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 13 (L&D Nights)

Wildflower Willow after our pediatrics exam. “I loved my OB/Gyn rotation–actually doing something instead of just talking for hours about a patient on internal medicine. We would be rel… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 1 day ago

Okay to deliberately infect the young with coronavirus…

“Up to 90 volunteers in UK to take part in pioneering Covid infection trial” (Guardian): Approval has been given for an initial trial that will involve up to 90 carefully screened, heal… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 1 day ago

Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 12 (Exam week)

The last week of inpatient pediatrics is shortened by Thursday’s Shelf exam. I am woefully unprepared, having completed only 100 of the 400 pediatrics UWorld questions. Gentle Greg, a soft-sp… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 2 days ago

Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 11

First week of inpatient pediatrics starts at 7:00 am. The team consists of a PGY3 (“senior resident”), a PGY2 (“the mid-level”), two interns (would be “PGY1”), a… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 2 days ago

Obituary of Nathaniel Greenspun, 1930-2021

Nathaniel Greenspun died at age 90 on February 24, 2021 at home with his wife Regina in the Maplewood Park Place Retirement Community, Bethesda, Maryland.  He had been getting progressively weaker … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 4 days ago

Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 10 (Pediatrics)

Day shift at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) begins at 7:00 am. The night shift neonatologist is finishing her notes in the physician lounge before the 7:30 am handoff. I asked why she isn&… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 4 days ago

College Today: Exercise by going to your twice-weekly COVID-19 test

“Amid COVID Outbreak, UMass Amherst Prohibits Students From Leaving Dorms for Walks” (NBC): For the foreseeable future, all UMass Amherst classes will take place remotely, and students … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 4 days ago

Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 9 (Nursery)

My week in the nursery starts at 7:45 am. My attending, a specialist in NAS clinic (babies born addicted to opioids from addicted mothers), strolls in at 8:15 am. After residency two years ago, she… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 5 days ago

Sweden ignores the science on COVID-19 vaccinations

America’s science-following health care professionals and science-informed politicians decided that health care workers, police, and firefighters should have top priority in getting COVID-19 … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 5 days ago

WHO guidance on pandemics then and now

We’re about a year into Worldwide Coronapanic. Let’s make sure that we’ve been following expert advice. How about checking out Pandemic Influenza Preparedness And Response, A WHO … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 5 days ago

Politicians tell scientists how dangerous coronaplague in Germany needs to be

From the Dutch NPR (February 9, 2021) plus Google Translate: ‘German ministry hired scientists to induce corona fear’At the beginning of last year, the German Ministry of the Interior w… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 6 days ago

A $5000 electric car

One of my worst predictions ever was a 2003 forecast that, by 2023, the Chinese would be able to sell a basic car for $3,000 in 2003 dollars (about $4,300 in today’s money, adjusted via the B… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 6 days ago

Mask that won’t fog eyeglasses

Genetically defective friends: just in time for attending all of the parties for the one-year anniversary of “14 days to flatten the curve”, I found a mask that doesn’t fog up my glasse… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 7 days ago

The Brave New World of Human-carrying Drones will have the same dashboard as the old world

“Joby Picks Garmin G3000 For eVTOL” (Avweb) suggests that the exciting new world of drones, which I hope will have enough software intelligence to prevent flying into obstacles (see New… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 7 days ago

Public health, American-style: Donuts at the vaccine clinic

Public Health 101: When confronted with a virus that attacks the obese and unfit, lock people next to their refrigerators for a year. Public Health 102: When the local government runs a COVID vacci… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 8 days ago

Modern poetry in our public schools

From a friend who snoops on high schoolers’ remote skool: My daughter was assigned to study the seminal work “The Hill We Climb” by the titan of American poetry, Amanda Gorman.Tea… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 8 days ago

Texas power outages demonstrate enduring human faith in hindsight?

Texans are suffering with cold weather, power failure, and water supply failure. (In other words, they’re learning what it is like to live in the Northeast; see, for example, the 2011 storm t… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 9 days ago

Life in the suburbs of Austin, Texas right now

I caught up with a friend in the hills just west of Austin, Texas today. He was spared from the power failures that have made the news, but life at 0 degrees F was not comfortable. “Even with… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 9 days ago

Did 10 percent inflation happen during 2020 without us noticing?

One of the miracles of 2020 was that the U.S. government could borrow/print money like crazy in response to coronapanic and yet inflation, as calculated by the U.S. government, did not go up. But w… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 9 days ago

Flush toilets in New York City for $60 per hour

Our mole instead the New York real estate industry told us about a newly available career path: toilet flusher. “The office towers are empty and if you don’t have someone go in and flus… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 9 days ago

Could coronashutdown help people forget old scandals?

“Former Sequoia Partner Wins Extortion Suit Against Ex-Mistress” (Bloomberg, January 3, 2020): A salacious three-year legal battle involving a former partner at Sequoia Capital, a oneti… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 12 days ago

If tigers are getting COVID-19, how is 6′ of social distance sufficient?

“2 Tigers at Indiana Zoo Test Positive for COVID-19” (NBC, February 8): Fecal samples for the tigers, Bugara and Indah, were collected for testing and came back positive with the virus.… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 16 days ago

First impressions of Clubhouse?

If you’re as late to the party as I always am, see “What Is Clubhouse? The Invite-Only Chat App Explained” (PC Mag). Note that, to ensure that only the insufferable can be heard, … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 17 days ago

Science lawn sign idea

A fair number of our neighbors seem to have invested in “In this house we believe… science is real” or “Science is not a liberal conspiracy” signs. Signs of Justice (T… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 17 days ago

Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 1

Eight of us arrive Monday at 6:00 am for surgery rotation orientation in a small conference room tucked away in the basement of the hospital. The surgery clerkship director introduces himself, and … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 17 days ago

Why can’t schools reopen with willing teachers?

For nearly every Black Lives Matter sign in the U.S. we have a Black child whose school remains closed due to coronapanic. Almost every other enterprise in the U.S. that was legally allowed to cont… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 18 days ago

Camry good; Corolla bad

On a recent Cirrus SR20 trip to Florida and back, I let the FBOs pick rental cars for me. The result was typically a base-model Toyota Camry from Go Rentals (awesome service!), which is a near-grea… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 18 days ago

Kobe Bryant crash: NTSB says that it was all the pilot’s fault

From a year ago… Aviation weather reports at the time of Kobe Bryant crash: Assuming that it was bad weather that led to this accident, the engineering question is “Why couldn’t the $10 milli… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 18 days ago

Medical School 2020, Year 3, Week 0 (Orientation)

Students return for Year 3 of medical school. We’ve had a 2-4 week break depending on when we took our Step 1 exam. Most students, including me, are still waiting on their Step 1 scores. Lank… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 18 days ago

Picking up our Medical School 2020 story

Our hero has graduated. Coronavirus is almost done (thanks to President Biden’s scientific rule, the virus began to decline weeks before he took office). It is time to resume publication of M… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 19 days ago

Harvard applications up 42 percent as people desperately seek to join the credentialed elite

You don’t want to be working class or a small business owner in the US going forward. With Presidents Biden and Harris promising to direct a larger percentage of American wealth to the credentialed… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 19 days ago

Should a rich person on Medicare buy supplemental insurance?

A friend is turning 65. If he can easily afford the co-pays (20 percent for most things), does it make sense for him to buy insurance to supplement Medicare? From a reasonably wealthy consumer̵… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 19 days ago

We will solve our affordable housing crisis with vastly expanded immigration

From the New York Times, a tireless cheerleader for more low-skill immigration into the U.S…. “Pandemic’s Toll on Housing: Falling Behind, Doubling Up”: Even before last year, abo… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 20 days ago

Thanks to Biden, we can get booze and dope after hours here in Maskachusetts

With science-informed leadership in the White House, Maskachusetts residents are now marked safe from late-night alcohol and marijuana, according to the governor’s 62nd executive order (dated… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 20 days ago

Is it time for the British to beg their way back into the European Union?

I’m sure that we can all agree that the working class in Britain shot themselves in the feet by not listening to the elites when it was time for the 2016 Brexit vote. Now that we’ve lea… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 20 days ago

Best Super Bowl commercials?

What are folks’ favorite Super Bowl commercials so far? (with YouTube links if possible) My favorite is this Jeep commercial in which Bruce Springsteen says “As for freedom, it’s … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 21 days ago

California schoolteacher goes back to work

A young healthy vaccinated unionized schoolteacher finally feels safe enough to return to work in Los Angeles: Photo by Phill Magakoe and actually from “South Africa Halts Use of AstraZeneca … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 21 days ago

If coronascientists can’t predict the future, why do we call their predictions scientific?

From yesterday’s post on Israel… For comparison, how about the U.S. case count, plunging since January 1, 2021 despite no changes in policy or significant numbers of people vaccinated (… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 21 days ago

How are FBI agents almost always able to avoid being killed?

“2 F.B.I. Agents Killed in Shooting in Florida” (NYT): The sun had not come up yet on Tuesday when a group of F.B.I. agents assigned to investigate criminals who prey on children online… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 21 days ago

If the vaccine works, why isn’t the plague over in Israel?

Israel is mostly vaccinated at this point, yet the coronaplague is subsiding at only roughly the rate we’d expect for a country in lockdown. (Israel went into its third lockdown in December a… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 22 days ago

Save lives by limiting cars to 35 mph?

Following up on Why do we care about COVID-19 deaths more than driving-related deaths? (March 26, 2020) … by shutting down for a year we’ve spent way more per life-year in our attempt t… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 23 days ago

Can Democrats kick all Republicans off all House committees?

“Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees” (AP): A fiercely divided House tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees Thursday, an unprecedented punishm… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 23 days ago

College degree vs. education

I enjoyed a new translation of Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, a standard work of Brazilian literature (published 1881 by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis). The protagonist becomes enamored of a ca… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 24 days ago

COVID for the rich at Super Bowl LV?

The Super Bowl promises to be as jammed as ever. I recently received an email offering tickets starting at $5,500 per seat. (I explained this concept to the kids, noting that it would cost as much … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 25 days ago

Do all of the Biden grandchildren get to come to the White House?

Canceled biologist James Watson’s DNA discoveries enabled the Arkansas Family Court (unlimited child support available; a better place to sue than D.C.) to determine that President Biden has … | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 26 days ago

Has educational TV (Sesame Street) been discredited?

My friend is fully recovered from COVID-19 (previous post). As part of his twin passions for minimum effort parenting and ensuring that his children go to an elite university (just like mom and dad… | Continue reading


@philip.greenspun.com | 27 days ago