23 posts • joined Thursday 13th April 2006 15:12 GMT
Associate membership purchased. I went on the Mathematics masterclass as a youngster and loved it.
NHS Direct saved my life
But I was perfectly able to look up the number, pay for the call (about £3 in all) and wait for the transport to take me to the out of hours doctors service before I admitted to A&E, was diagnosed with life threatening condition and shipped to a new PFI ward for emergency surgery.
I would like to publicly thank NHS Direct for helping me still be around.
If ofcom (bless them I used to work there) can think of a good way of making the service more accessible, then good on them as well, but I doubt it.
Unfortunately human nature being what it is (as reported from friends in several emergency services) any service will always be swamped by the selfish, self serving and attention seeking; ho hum. Any suggestions for how to improve the human condition please put into practice and apply for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"self-sourced liquids" - very welcome smiles on Friday.
I for one....
Oh no, we don't do that anymore do we. ;o)
...it is only a sync so you only lose something if you lost your phone before they fixed it.
I use OVI, as well as backing up to PC, because it is free and pretty easy to get your phone content onto the site where you can edit it. SportsTracker, Maps, Wellness Diary and other free stuff including the client for Exchange are all pretty damn good for free. I miss using MailforExchange now that our IT dept has upgraded Exchange and the guy who set mine up defected to an iPhone.
Oh well, it must be the other guy who is having problems with OVI, making three users.
... that I don't need to rethink my security options for my MacBook at home.
Lo and behold, all I have to do is not install pirated software from Warez sites, phew. No need to buy crappy AV software, time to read another article.
Continue to play nicely with each other now ;o)
I pay the license fee and enjoy the ad free television and radio services. Five bored minutes in a hotel room with what passes for broadcast entertainment abroad convinces me we are doing something right in the UK and should not blindly follow the ad supported model into tedious banality.
Feck off indeed.
There is lots to be said for the inequality of the easy prosecution of the license fee of 1,000s of avoiders versus the less than 100 people prosecuted for avoiding tax. Cases less than £10,000 are not even investigated.
Everything in the right place
Good article on the current state of the Apple (Computer) company, their leader and products.
I have to use PC & Windows at work (and have done since the days of Windows 3.11 - even tried Windows 2.0 and 3.0 once or twice) as well as Solaris, LINUX, SCO etc...
When I get home I am glad to log in to OS X to have a break from the frustrations and limitations of MS software and PC hardware.
I had an iRiver H140 (from when they were called iHP140) but after years of good service am happy to have moved onto a 60GB iPod Classic which works easily and elegantly with my MacBook. Just to prove that I it is not just the shiny and expensive that attracts me, all the apple bits are finished in black and both were bought from the refurbished section of the online store to keep the costs down.
The iPhone is tempting but no video recording, no MMS and some other inconsistencies mean it is not quite there for me. I'll stick to my trusty N82 with the Symbian software for editing office files, tracking my fitness, managing tasks, handling personal and work email. It is not as pretty but it has a radio and does what I need, which is a good criteria for any piece of electronic gadgetry.
Almost makes me wish I hadn't left London
Although I did enjoy the cut and thrust of cycle commuting and cycle couriering in London, the whole place grinds along anyway. If the average speed is so slow, how can anyone object to sticking to 20mph. Whether you are in your car or not, you are under the gaze of the densest concentration of CCTV in the world.
Still I am much happier to commute 9.5 miles to work along the Bristol to Bath cycle way, no traffic and wonderful views.
Steve Jobs could take a shit, wrap it in clingfilm, stamp iCrap on it, put it in a shiny box and people would still go queue outside shops months in advance.
Piero Manzoni has already done that, 1961.
What you want to know, when you are lying in ICU
A diary/journal/blog for your stay in ICU is a great idea in maintaining some kind of continuity and re-building identity.
It would be great to have some framework of when you were admitted and dates of medical milestones along your way, e.g. operations, progress, treatments or re-habilitation appointments. It would help to put some time frame onto the 'no-time' that inflicts the routine of recovery.
A list of people who visited you, their relationship with you, the distance they have come, what they thought of seeing you. Some friends/family visited me in hospital and I had no recall of them at all.
If a patient is up to making their own notes, that would be great as well, maybe record short low quality video or sound bites to encapsulate their mood and thoughts at points along the way. I spent a couple of months in hospital following a serious rock climbing accident and after coming out of a coma, suffered a bit of a relapse following an operation and have no clear memories of myself between coming out of a coma and suffering complications during an operation.
I was lucky that my mum stayed at my bedside thoughout my recovery and was able to provide me with some continuity through my recovery from ICU through to normal wards.
OK, not very structured, but I hope these notes are a useful cue for someone on the project team.
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