Attendance: 19. I had the udon noodles, which are new on the menu at Eastern Accents and quite good.
My list of things to note from the day includes, but is not limited to:
This list deserves hyperlinks; when I get them I'll go back and edit them in.
Thanks to everyone who came, see you next time.
I put in an application for Ignite 3 Ann Arbor. 5 minutes, 20 slides. The working structure for the talk is the 5 minute or so talk I give at the beginning of every a2b3 meeting, with the little ritual introduction of the group and the origin story and the monologue. I think it will work out; heaven knows that I've had some practice.
I'm still trying to modulate which parts of which other feeds and streams land in Buzz, the new service from Google which is similar to but different from Twitter.
I took out the automated post from Twitter to Buzz, for now, since I looked at my habits on Twitter and how it looked on Buzz and it looked ugly. I like my Twitter, which is mostly centered around Ann Arbor related newsy things, and that looks silly on Buzz. So off it goes, at least for now. Let Twitter be Twitter.
I suspect that blog-related stuff should land here, since there's at least some pretense that it should be longer. I almost wish there was a one-pass "post this to my blog too"; indeed, the first draft of this was written in Buzz, until I figured that it really should be posted to Vacuum and then pulled into Buzz through the feed. I guess. I hope that works.
It's always nice to try out some new communications system, especially one that makes you rethink your use of all of the old systems you had gotten out of the habit of using. I've also liked which random people from my address book that Google decided should be my first set of friends; they did a pretty good job.
I've changed the title of this blog back to Vacuum, since all of the extra gobbledygook was making it hard to bookmark things.
The "quick compose" part of Typepad makes it easier to post things that are short that don't have titles, so I don't get stuck figuring out what the title should be and I can just type. Later, when my editor hat goes on, I go back and fix things up and decide what a title might look like.
I'm trying to be more regular about dumping something into this input box when things warrant, generally late at night.
The Checklist Manifesto; review in the New York Times.
Excerpt from Freakonomics review
Even more interesting are the stories about Walmart’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and the real reason why David Lee Roth used to demand that there be a bowl of M&M’s with all the brown ones removed in his dressing room backstage.
Times Online review
The surgeon-author was on the track of what might be described as a classic magic bullet — a low-tech way in a high-tech, expensive world in which lives might be saved and costs reduced. Gawande, using his own word, was searching for “eptitude” — the business of making sure that those with knowledge applied it effectively.
First chapter is free; and it includes the word "eptitude".
The following checklist is designed to aid the checklist creation process and ensure that your checklist helps instead of hurts. It was created by Dr. Atul Gawande, the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health Dissemination Team, and Dan Boorman of Boeing."
The nicest wiki implementation of checklists I've seen is at Sunshine Review, using the MediaWiki dpl extension.