Thursday, January 29, 2009
I just got a call from the Chairman of Admissions at Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago, congratulating me on my acceptance!!
Wow. this is by far one of the best days of my life. I'll write a more coherent post when I'm not so darn excited!!!!!!!! I'm shaking!!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Wow. What a load of interesting controversies. I definitely will not watch his show ever. Or take anything he says seriously.
Of note: As of 2008, he is not licensed to practice psychology in Texas, California, or anywhere else because a girl claimed he had a sexual relationship with her while he was her psychologist and he has not met the Texas' Board requirements to undergo ethics class, physical and psychological evaluation and supervision for 1 year.
Also -sounds like he's a crock and has stolen his material from Thelma Box and her "Pathways" seminars.
If you ever watched Dr. Phil before, do me a favor and make sure to switch the channel the next time he comes on.
Monday, January 26, 2009
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Just thought I'd share.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Since WWII there have been 6 left-handed presidents:
Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush., Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
“Generally speaking, left-handers have more of a symmetrically distributed brain and right-handers are more asymmetric,” he says. “For right-handers, language is on the left side, for left-handers it’s more likely to be on both sides, or on the right side. The thought is that this has given rise to a different way of thinking, a different cognitive style. Maybe this difference provides lefties with a social advantage.”
As for our new president, he joins a slew of celebrated lefty leaders, movers and shakers including Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Henry Ford, Helen Keller and Mahatma Gandhi, prompting at least one right-handed researcher to wonder whether there may just be a left-hand path to greatness.“It is an interesting question as to why left-handedness has stayed around,” says Geschwind. “If it didn’t give us some advantage, it would have been wiped out. But it’s been around for as long as recorded time. You see it even in cave drawings. It might be interesting to develop a scale that looked at social cognition and leadership abilities and then look at handedness to see if lefties are better at social tasks.”
Always proud to be a south-paw!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Both Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have athletic, toned arms. Not too skinny or limp, but rock solid. I appreciate that. I also appreciate that both women aren't afraid to show 'em off. Here's a great shot of the beautiful mixture that is Michelle Obama, a strong woman with fabulous arms looking gorgeous in her gown. Even with the beautiful dress, you know she's independent, she's not afraid to pick up her own suitcase or open her own door. With those arms she's going to be the best 1st lady we've ever had. I truly admire Eleanor Roosevelt, but Michelle, I hope you surpass all of our expectations and those solid, post-title IV arms tell me you are going to do exactly that.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I really liked his Inaugural speech, here are some of my favorite lines...
"Greatness is never a given. It must be earned"
" As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."
"Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more."
"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."
and of course, the most historic line....
"A man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."
Here's the full speech if you are interested. A must see.
Monday, January 19, 2009
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
....The past year at UCSF has seen a steady stream of research breakthroughs, exciting innovations and inspiring accomplishments that have helped further the University's mission of advancing health worldwide™ as a global leader in patient care and scientific discovery....
The UCSF Center of Excellence for Breast Cancer Care launched a free, web-based service that helps patients around the country find out about and sign up for clinical breast cancer trials. The site, BreastCancerTrials.org, funded by a $2 million grant from the Safeway Foundation, is the first national service of its kind.
Monday, January 12, 2009
2. Median survival after the development of metastatic disease is only 18-24 months nationwide.
Citation: American Cancer Society, Facts and Figures 2007.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
1. General Surgery
2. Emergency Medicine
4. Orthopaedic Surgery
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I am staying with a student host next Thursday before my interview at Loyola in Chicago. I called her up today and it turns out she has an extra ticket to go see the Chicago Bulls play the Clevelend Cavs that night...Which means I get to go see LeBron James play!!!!! (In Michael Jordan's old stomping grounds no less)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
It's the Powermat wireless charging system and it'll be selling for $99 next Fall. I'm going to hold out for version 2 though because I don't want to have to use their special case on my electronics. I love inventors that care about solving design and storage issues that irritate me. Not only does it get rid of all those obtrusive cords but it also keeps all my little gadgets in one place, even with a place for keys and a wallet. Brilliant. No more scrambling around last minute for everything!
Here's the link to the website to download the free software. If you give it a try, let me know what you think! Also, sourceforge.net is a great resource for other free, open-source software.
Love it when I find gems like this! Special shout out to the LiveSmarter blog for opening my eyes to this.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My only option left was to dig in and cook it. Rule number 1 in cooking according to Mr. Yan is to organize your ingredients. Chop those vegetables! Make that seasoning! Dethaw that frozen chicken! Verify that yes you do have 2 large eggs in the fridge! Check, check, check and check.
So...I did it! I had to substitute a few ingredients, (trader joes frozen mixed vegetables for peas and carrots...chicken instead of shrimp, no bacon, no pork.).... I forgot to whisk my eggs. After about 5 phone calls to my dad asking how to use the rice cooker, I still managed to leave the rice cooker on for 2 hours due to my brilliant idea to forget my keys as I headed up to play some pick up basketball at the gym. But--the house was still there, Jaline let me in, and truthfully, my fried rice turned out pretty darn good, with lots of cooking lessons learned!
UPDATED 1/8/2009: I'm on day 2 of leftover fried rice for lunch, and I think it tastes even better...perhaps because its in my new little bento lunch box that I adore.
Great picture of me and Naila huh? Taken my junior year, in a Physics 1b lecture at Harvard.
Thanks to Erika for passing on this discovery, thanks to Professor Mazur for keeping me awake and the fun times learning about magnetism, and special thanks to Jon Chase for taking this awkward photo.
Maybe in med school I should dress up for class...
UPDATE: Apparently you need a subscription to Science to view the article and photo..I'll try to post the photo in a little while.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
2009. This will most definitely be a year of transition...new
president, will finish my internship this summer, start medical school
(fingers crossed), will need to move again...
A bit overwhelimg to think about, I'm both nervous and excited for all
the changes. As eloquently put in the animated movie Meet the
Robinsons, my motto for this year is to keep moving forward.
Sent from my iPhone
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
2. Blog every day
3. Make zero clothing purchases*
4. Limit myself to $200/month for food and beverage
5. Become an excellent cook
6. Read a book a week
* I know this one sounds a bit extreme, but I think it is necessary. It comes with a caveat, I've been eying a jacket for several months that I have coupons for, and I'm going to buy that. I don't consider this breaking my resolution. Also, I'm not including socks and underwear as clothing purchases.