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Past few months have been dealing a lot with chronic lower back pain, so here's something slightly different in the vein of productivity. For 2017 I bought a calendar that I can mark off my accomplishments for each day:
Each of those symbols corresponds to a different exercise for physical therapy, as well as rock rock-climbing and days of major lab work. I've found that seeing the calendar every morning helps prod me to do the maintenance that I'd otherwise skip. Because let's face it, PT is otherwise tedious and boring.
- Did you know that 2.5 millilon employees work in healthcare insurance and that a single payer option would probably reduce that in a huge way, creating a massive group of unemployed people? There are dozens of major insurance companies who, in the course of daily business operations, duplicate the work that is being done at competing companies. Obviously, Blue Cross' accounting department isn't going to do the accounting for Cigna, and so you get two accountants doind the same parallel work multiplied across all the companies. But if the US Gov't is going to do all the work in a single payer system, you'll have a massive cut in employment. No way around it. I don't think people realize that the sudden disappearance of probably 1.5 million jobs will be a reality in that case. Esepcially not Trump who has advocated for single payer and ran on a major employment focus.
FWIW, even countries with fully socialized medicine have their own private healthcare insurance industries (ex: UK). But even so, this strikes me as a backwards argument: health insurance is too expensive, so we should preserve the inefficiencies and bloat already present in the system.
So far, the clearest summary of the ACA's shortcomings has been that it addressed health insurance coverage without doing enough to address costs. So now you have fewer uninsured people waiting until the last minute to get treatment instead of preventative care, and fewer insured people being denied the coverage the payed for due to undisclosed domestic violence. But the drugs, the scans, and the doctor salaries are still roughly the same. And medicare still can't negotiate drug prices.
So the delta flow of money is still heavy in the direction of providers.
Crazy research of the week:
In which researchers took skin cells from a fully grown human, converted them into stem cells, partially differentiated them into neurons, and put them into mouse brains to study the effect of the same environment on neurons from different species.
When I saw that paper, I had a woah moment. Holy shit are we living in the future.
Lost 15 lbs (approx ~10% of my body weight) over a week from the noro, then gained 5 lbs back over 3 days by eating all the foods non-stop. Climbing is still rough, but I at least feel back on my feet / not constantly weak again.
After putting it off for half a year, I am finally taking the steps to start working with stem cells in lab. It's starting with BL2+ training this morning, but will soon turn into 7-days-a-week of baby-sitting colonies of cells and manually making sure they aren't spontaneously differentiating into the wrong tissue on the plate. And within a month or two, trying to make these guys:
+/- some CRISPR knockouts of my genes of interest.
Memorable quote of the week: "The way grant funding works now is you do the research and then apply to get it funded retroactively."
Directory tree of .org files, version controlled with automatic commits every hour. by cron. .ical snapshots are created every hour using (org-icalendar-combine-agenda-files) and exported to a location accessible by private URL. Then google / windows live consume that URL to create calendars that show notifications on my phone / windows lock screen.
It's a mess tbh.