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During ten years of struggling with UTIs I have found doctors to be of no help in getting to the cause. They simply prescribe antibiotics for periodic infections and estrogen to reduce the number of occurrences. So I am taking matters into my own hands.
First I searched the web and found enough information to start a little archive – my new blog: utinotes Now I am seeking a clinical study to join or some research project to volunteer in. I’ll begin with my primary care unit, University of Michigan Geriatrics Center. They are part of a huge medical complex and may have suggestions.
Do you, dear reader, have any ideas? Please share them either or both in comments to this post or on my UTI blog.
I look forward to hearing from you.
HAIL, CAESAR! (2016)
Writers/Directors: ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN
Eddie Mannix: JOSH BROLIN
Baird Whitlock: GEORGE CLOONEY
Hobie Doyle: ALDEN EHRENREICH
Laurence Laurentz: RALPH FIENNES
DeeAnna Moran: SCARLETT JOHANSSON
Thora & Thessaly Thacker: TILDA SWINTON
I went for a lark.
I thought I’d go to the movies just this once for fun. No analysis, no timings in the back of the theater with my iPhone taking notes and risking getting kicked out. Pam was gone for the night, so I ate a Wendy’s Apple Pecan Salad in the Emagine Theater parking lot as it started to snow. Went in, bought my Senior Discount ticket, got some chocolate covered almonds (Hey, Lent starts tomorrow), and sitting in my seat put in my new hearing aid so I could understand the dialogue.
I was expecting a brainless, escapism, night at the movies.
Here’s a hint.
Hail, Caesar! is (at the same time) all about the fragility and splendor of being human. It is about the inability of humans to do what is right and their perseverance in trying to be better. It’s about the darkness of life and the candles we can ignite to bring light into that darkness. And, it’s about how incompetent Hollywood can be and how, at the same time, utterly brilliant and talented the people there are. It’s about the difficult of doing what is right and not what is easy. And all of that under the mercy of our creator. It is a pure movie about the human condition and how we help each other in this dark valley of tears.
HAIL, CAESAR! was entertaining (after a while). I cringed at first…it took a while to figure out what was going on. Hey, it’s the Coen brothers and they are two smart directors, but you have to stick with them—they will make you work. There were moments of profound seriousness and scenes that seemed obscure at best. And yet, there were scenes I could not stop laughing (although many of the jokes for me were filmmaking inside jokes. I’ve directed actors enough and been in editing rooms enough (even with uprightMoviolas), that the moments were gut busters…with many homages to the greats of the industry. There were repeated sends-up of Hollywood and it’s ridiculous attempts to get things right but didn’t. (When you see the rear view of Jesus on the Cross is not satire of Christianity, it’s satire at Hollywood trying to tell the
story of Christ….big difference….don’t be confused). There is a dance number that puts Gene Kelly to shame, and Esther Williams’s grand water choreography makes an appearance. Enjoy the respites of talent, they’re there to remind you of humanity’s goodness and how the struggle is worth it.
Thus, I identified easily with the protagonist and his arc….Eddie Mannix, the CAPITAL studio head played by Josh Brolin. Watch him carefully. The movie is NOT about George Clooney’s character Baird Whitlock, although Baird’s predicament is what drives Eddie’s primary, physical goal.
I’ll watch it again and do a little amendment on the Moral Premise later. Let me know what you think.
Many other authors have advised me never to read a review of my book as it can be hurtful when they are negative, However, I have gotten used to so much criticism here, and even hatred and vitriol on Facebook (last year, which is now over thanks to the ability to block the offenders) I feel ok about reading it.
Hence, I am posting the first review of my book, which was actually written a few weeks ago, as the person is a reviewer, and was sent a draft of my manuscript to read (not even the final one) so there was a review up when the book was released. Unfortunately, if he had read the book thoroughly and ‘really listened to me’, or done any research at all on me, he would not have referred to me (or others with dementia) as a sufferer, as per this screen shot of…
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Today is one of those days I feel like hiding under the blankets all day, although where I live, that would be a tad warm as it’s very hot here this summer! Anyway, I suspect, sweat droplets would take over from tear droplets eventually and it will all be ok! But it doesn’t feel ok just now…
How do we negotiate a secure footing, in our world that is always moving and full of confusion, misunderstandings and such constant change in functional ability due to dementia? It needs patience and love, and a lot of bloody hard work. How can asking one simple question turn out so badly? I must get better at managing situations and problems, and find ways to deal with things so they don’t backfire and hurt me.
I’m not feeling strong today, and need time to sit and ponder if this global advocacy…
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What a great post! Thank you
You know the line “I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing“?
Well, I can’t believe how little I’ve been here. I am absolutely SHOCKED that I haven’t blogged in over a MONTH! Of course, this is because I’ve been so gosh all darned busy, both at work and at home. Just briefly, what all is keeping me away is probably of interest to folk.
First, a couple days after the last post, I was a keynote for the November meeting of MDMLG (Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group). It was a wonderful experience, a great group. I really enjoyed being with them, and by all reports, they enjoyed my talk. There are rumors that I might repeat…
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A lovely post: one to keep! I’m even reblogging it.
With the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, I thought it might be interesting and pertinent to explore emerging technologies in the context of the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. I self-describe my religion on Facebook as Zen Pagan Catholic (which makes for some interesting conversations from time to time), and primarily practice as a Catholic, but I have a deep fondness for many other faiths as well (Quaker! Judaism! More!) and like to look at ideas and concepts in a broad ethical framework. This is just a small ‘deep dive’ into an area where a global leader in ethics touches on the impacts and ethics surrounding emerging and existing technologies. There are many such, and many ways to explore this.
I thought the image opening this post was a real treasure illustrating how current technologies, services, and memes (selfies? Instagram?) are being adopted by or…
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“The graph represents a network of 1,147 Twitter users whose recent tweets contained “#15ntc”, or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets, taken from a data set limited to a maximum of 18,000 tweets.”
“The network was obtained from Twitter on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 at 04:32 UTC.”
“Windows on Earth is an educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach. The photos are often dramatic, and help us all appreciate home planet Earth. These images help astronauts share their experience, and help you see Earth from a global perspective.” By Seth Dixon on Geography Education
Photo by LINDSEY DOUGHERTY, University of California, Berkeley
The Risk Bites video series is touching on many of my favorite emerging technologies topics. Every now and then, I’m hoping to take some of their topics and dig into the issues a little more. Today’s topic is e-cigs, which I’ve blogged about here before. Earlier this week, the e-cigarette panel discussion at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (#APHA14) attracted a great deal of attention, including attendance from the current Surgeon General.
In addition, APHA endorsed a public call to the FDA to push forward on regulating electronic cigarettes.
20149 Regulation of electronic cigarettes — Calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop regulations that hold e-cigarettes to the same marketing and advertising standards as conventional tobacco cigarettes and calls for the…
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Fantastic Idea, very nicely presented! I hope other towns pick up on it.
It is an unwritten military maxim: in order to turn the nation against an enemy, the nation must seize seeing the other side as human, and begin to understand them simply as an enemy.
That is pretty depressing, and it’s something the owners of Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen are acutely aware of. The restaurant seeks to overcome cultural misunderstandings by exclusively serving the cuisine from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.
The restaurant works with those still living in the country at hand, as well as local members of the diaspora, to develop “events, performances, publications and discussions” to supplement the food, and also to “instigate questioning, conversation, and debate with [its] customers.”
Every few months the restaurant rotates its identity to relate to current geopolitical events. So far it has seen installments from Afghanistan, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and…
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“2014 marks the centenary of this extraordinary extinction. Project Passenger Pigeon will mark this anniversary and promote the conservation of species and habitat, strengthen the relationship between people and nature, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources.”
Visit their website: http://www.passengerpigeon.org to learn about the project and how to become involved.
Here is a fine example of how one serious blogger Uses IT to educate and faciiitate with daily blogs based on research and communication:
It’s always a delight to have the opportunity to show off a University of Michigan event in these posts. It’s even more of a delight to show off an event of which I was so intimately a part, even though I have to confess I feel like I did very little and it was the community that really drove this magical event! I was just lucky to be among the core team at the front, along with the incredible Joyce Lee and Emily Hirshfeld! There are so very many incredible people who were involved I can’t possible thank them all.
One thing you’ll notice in these tweets is the range of media included — many photos and videos that may or may not display. To get a more engaging sense of the event as displayed in the tweets you may need to click through.
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We’re having a big event, as you already know. We’ve used social media a lot in the planning and preparation of the event, and we want social media used during the event. We want to be able to show engagement, a diverse community, a virtual community as well as the face-to-face folk who come in person. We want people to upload pics to Instagram and Flickr, videos to Vine and Youtube; we want people to blog, and to tweet like crazy.
But anyone who has spent much time on Twitter knows what happens when you get a really active hashtag going. Spammers show up. And sometimes trolls. And sometimes people get confused about your hashtag and start sending content they think is relevant (but really they’re confused and it isn’t at ALL appropriate). And some people are just nasty or snarky on purpose. So what do you do?
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This has been a classic “learning experience” for Mary. I have a knack for making a mess of simple things, but I am fortunate to have friends who rescue me when things seem hopeless.
The original version of this post described an awkward fix to a simple problem, and the fix turned out to be worse than the problem. Happily the situation was reported (in the comments) by two of my followers, pros with blogs I admire very much and read regularly.
I have chosen not to entertain you with my misadventures. Instead I’ll provide links to my colleagues’ blogs for your enjoyment. They are as different as two blogs can be but equally interesting, creative and well crafted.
Best wishes from your Novice Blogger.
Excellent directions, liberally illustrated – much better than the usual wordy steps that leave the student (a.k.a. me) scratching her head.
This is another offering from that tireless Social Media proponent, Birgit Pauli-Haack.
Birgit shared the work of Mike Allton who wrote the instructions in this shared Google Plus post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MikeAllton/posts/UmLrbjMug1D,
I found them easy to follow, and here’s my successful first try: How to Share G+ Post
8 Photos in This Gallery
Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know.
Just being neighborly, helping this teacher make an excellent point!
Sharing this, because it seems an interesting lesson.
I am teaching E-safety to my pupils at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo and see how far it gets, I want to show my students how easily photos etc can go viral, even when you may not want them to. Share it and see how far it goes!
Inscrutable, immutable, but responsive. Exciting, addicting, demanding, forgiving, and faithful. A window and a miror.
With it I travel and play, learn and grow, reach out and connect while maintaining my independence.
September 2, early morning:
Changing the Home Page Slideshow is tricky. My first one was not to my liking so I turned the feature off, added a new post with better images, and turned HPS back on. The old slideshow persisted. This is another attempt. Following instructions carefully, hoping for success.
New Zealand, 2004 Chicken of the Woods, N Carolina
September 2, later: Failure – the original picture persists alone, no slideshow at all. The system may need more time to catch up with my edits so I will leave the feature turned off. Later today I will try again.
September 3: After 12 hours of inaction with the “slideshow option” unchecked I rechecked it. It is still stuck on a single picture from the previous implementation. Time to report it and request help.
September 4: Instead of contacting “Help” I decided to continue on my own. I created a sort of mirror image blog to this one and named it Counterpoint. The Home Page Slideshow feature does not work on it – big disappointment. I must be doing it wrong so I’ll study info again and have another go at it later.
Stay tuned –
PS At least I stumbled into the right way to link a URL to a site name (see Counterpoint link above). I’m inclined to fault the instructions but won’t offer a correction until I review it more carefully.
September 7: With the help of Counterpoint I think I have it worked out. WordPress offers a lot of well-illustrated media help in step-by-step instruction. They cover many topics and I can’t find my way back to the full description of the “optional home page slideshow”.
But, Home Page general instructions say “How about a home page slideshow featuring 950px by 425px image attachments from your most recent posts?” And I reall reading that if we click that option the system will “take it from there”. After lots of trial and error I suspect it just looks for images that are the right size and grabs some at random. A look at Counterpoint shows the results.
Verifying that will take more time than I want to give it. From now on I’ll just make sure that suitable images are the right size.
People change location and adopt new countries more often then we might think.
For a fascinating graphic illustrating the extent of those migrations along with some of their broader impacts click the following link: http://www.feedbacq.com/blog/world-expat-population-the-numbers/
Or check the following preview . . .
This is so exciting! Many thanks to my trainer, Birgit, for teaching me this technique.
All these years I thought I could not attach documents to blog posts, a big inconvenience for me! Now I see how simple it is: just click “Add Media” and WP treats the document file as if it were a picture or video.
It works for both PDF and .docs. They can be set up either to open on the post or download as illustrated below.
I’m upgrading and expanding my blog activities. In March I signed up for a blog activity: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ Participants agreed to post daily in April, either on a theme or random topics, titles to run through the alphabet in order. My theme was “Places I have Lived or Visited” – http://atozmcr.blogspot.com/ My posts were brief and simple at the start, but I soon began adding my pictures.
I then moved to researching places and adding pictures and/or videos from the internet. There were about 1,800 entries, and part of the challenge was to “visit” a few others each day and leave comments. That opened up a world of ideas for me and resulted in return visits, some “follows” and even on-going dialogues. Those are linked under Blogs I Follow. I now post regularly, adding to my skills while developing a “community”. Blogging has opened a new window on the world and become an exciting educational venture.
Update, April 23, 2014
My first A to Z was so sucessful that I joined again this year. Have a look: Variety, the Spice of Life It incorporates much of what I have learned during the year and I think it’s a better blog. Again I created a Blogger blog for that sole purpose, but next year I’ll add it to this blog, with access via a Menu Item at the top.
True to the introduction I have been experimenting on this site, but I have to confess it got away from me. When I created a ScoopIt! curation site I connected it with this blog so all posts would appear here, too. Then I forgot I had done it. If you are still with me it may even be because for a while this blog was almost a proxy for ScoopIt! In any case I hope you enjoy those posts as much as I do.
But it’s time to resume my personal sharing and meandering. I hereby declare the ScoopIt! experiment a success and disconnected. I return to comments on my life and thoughts with some obserations on air conditioning and tree trimming via this link: http://bit.ly/13fhs6m
If you miss the ScoopIt! posts as they scroll out of sight below you can find them all under both Facts and ScoopIt! in the menu at the top. And feel free to visit my complete curation site at http://www.scoop.it/t/our-physical-world for many more fascinating posts!
The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.
See on www.digitaljournal.com
In a project that will be watched by engineers and biologists across the nation, construction crews today will begin a three-year, $84 million project to tear down the hulking San Clemente Dam in Californias largest dam-removal project ever.
See on www.mercurynews.com
Portions of the High Plains Aquifer are rapidly being depleted by farmers who are pumping too much water to irrigate their crops, particularly in the southern half in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Levels have declined up to 242 feet in some areas, from predevelopment — before substantial groundwater irrigation began — to 2011.
See on www.nytimes.com
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