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Busting Docs Who Don’t Wash Their Hands – NYTimes.com

January 25, 2011, 2:00 pm

Busting Docs Who Don’t Wash Their Hands

By FREAKONOMICS

Here’s an interesting method of combating the hand-hygiene problem discussed at length in SuperFreakonomics: “A doctor enters a hospital room to examine a patient, but neglects to wash her hands. A special badge on her lab coat turns a deep shade of red as wireless computer components in the door, the soap dispenser and near the bed immediately relay information about the unwashed hands. The doctor is busted.” The system is part of an upcoming pilot program at the UMass Medical School, spearheaded by Elke Rundensteiner, a computer science professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. “It can track things in real time, and those things can easily be fixed — they can wash their hands,” says Rundensteiner. (HT: Eric M. Jones)

via Busting Docs Who Don’t Wash Their Hands – NYTimes.com.

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Quotes Uncovered: If at First… – NYTimes.com

January 27, 2011, 3:00 pm

Quotes Uncovered: If at First…

By FRED SHAPIRO

I’m back to inviting readers to submit quotations whose origins they want me to try to trace, using my book, The Yale Book of Quotations, and my more recent research.

Les Hankes asked:

I have tried to find the origin of the following without success: “For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’” Thanks if you find something.

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Wonder Toddler Wednesday–Mulan

Wonder Toddler Powers, activate! Form of…Mulan getting ready for the matchmaker!Eme got a costume for Christmas that is supposed to look like a traditional Chinese outfit (thanks Aunt Gillie and Uncle Ryan!). She calls it her “Muuman dress.” She enjoys putting on the whole getup (including a pair of red shoes–thanks Papa Guy–and a pink fan) and acting out the first few scenes of Mulan (

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Assignments Economics

Econ / Reading: Foundations of Economic Analysis

This reading is due on Tuesday, 1/25/2011.

Foundations of Economic Analysis

There’s no assignment attached to this reading, other than reading itself. However, don’t make the mistake of skipping the introduction, as it  sets up most of the other readings we’ll do during the semester.

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Welcome to Wonder Toddler Wednesday!

New year, new baby on the way, and my girl has been a toddler for some time now, so welcome to the newly named (but still the same) Wonder Toddler Wednesday!Wonder Toddler powers, activate! Form of…the cutest sheep in the Christmas play!At the last moment we got roped into the Christmas play at church (they had only one sheep). Eme enjoyed her time in the spotlight — she was a total

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Wonder Baby Wednesday #37

Wonder Baby Powers, activate! Form of…Maid Marion (the fox version from the Disney Robin Hood cartoon) or Maria from Sound of Music. Or both.Eme is at an age where she loves to mimic things she sees. When she wanted to put dishtowels on her head to mimic wearing a wimple, we clearly had to capture it on film.She’s actually getting quite good at repeating lines from movies, as well, so when she

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Wonder Baby Wednesday #36

Wonder Baby Powers, activate! Form of…Daddy’s little helper.”Mommy, I haf do some wurt.””Ok, why don’t you go sit by Daddy and you can work on his phone while he works on his computer?”(yes, she does know how to use the iPhone with very little help.)My favorite part is that they each needed a drink to keep from getting parched because they’re working so hard — guess whose drink is in the

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2 am calls are never something you want

I usually stick to posting about Eme on this blog, but something funny happened to me over the weekend and I really wanted to share…I got drunk-dialed. And texted. Multiple times. By someone I’ve never met.Allow me to re-create the timeline for you here (texts are verbatim):Saturday to Sunday:10:49 pm — missed call from a number I didn’t recognize, no message11 pm — text from same number: “

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Wonder Baby Wednesday #35

Wonder Baby Powers, activate! Form of…mechanic to Dora the Explorer.She decided that her Dora car needed to be fixed, so she flipped it over, got out her tools (yes, it’s a hammer in her right hand; who knows when you’ll need to pound on something?), and went to work. It’s good news that she likes to take care of things, and doesn’t mind working to fix her own car.When I asked why her car

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Pottery Painting result

This is the result of Eme’s first foray into pottery painting. I feel that it accurately reflects both her vibrant personality and her love of Cinderella. :)…