Monday, June 29, 2009

150 Years

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150 Years


The Times reports that Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for being the mastermind behind a giant Ponzi scheme. Federal Judge Denny Chin called his crimes "extraordinarily evil." Our math genius David Kestenbaum says the sentence is about one day in prison for every $1.2 million of fraud in the $65 billion scheme.




The Effort

The Effort

by Billy Collins



Would anyone care to join me
in flicking a few pebbles in the direction
of teachers who are fond of asking the question:

"What is the poet trying to say?"


as if Thomas Hardy and Emily Dickinson
had struggled but ultimately failed in their efforts—
inarticulate wretches that they were,
biting their pens and staring out the window for a clue.



Yes, it seems that Whitman, Amy Lowell
and the rest could only try and fail
but we in Mrs. Parker's third-period English class
here at Springfield High will succeed


with the help of these study questions
in saying what the poor poet could not,
and we will get all this done before
that orgy of egg salad and tuna fish known as lunch.



Tonight, however, I am the one trying
to say what it is this absence means,
the two of us sleeping and waking under different roofs.
The image of this vase of cut flowers,


not from our garden, is no help.
And the same goes for the single plate,
the solitary lamp, and the weather that presses its face
against these new windows--the drizzle and the
morning frost.


So I will leave it up to Mrs. Parker,
who is tapping a piece of chalk against the blackboard,
and her students—a few with their hands up,
others slouching with their caps on backwards—


to figure out what it is I am trying to say
about this place where I find myself
and to do it before the noon bell rings
and that whirlwind of meatloaf is unleashed.

"The Effort" by Billy Collins, from Ballistics. © Random House, 2008

Saturday, June 27, 2009

New AARP Calculator May Help You Avoid the Doughnut Hole

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New AARP Calculator May Help You Avoid the Doughnut Hole

By: Patricia Barry | Source: AARP Bulletin Today | June 24, 2009



This year more than 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries are expected to fall into the dreaded Part D doughnut hole—the gap in coverage when they pay the full cost of their prescription drugs while still paying premiums.



Now AARP has developed an easy-to-use online tool that shows Part D enrollees if and when they'll hit the doughnut hole and suggests ways they can cut drug expenses to postpone the gap or even avoid it altogether.


The AARP Doughnut Hole Calculator works like this:


  • It allows you to enter your ZIP code, the name of the Medicare drug plan you're enrolled in, and the names and dosage of the medications you currently take.
  • It then displays a chart showing your likely drug costs under your plan month by month through the year—and, if you'll hit the coverage gap, when it starts and how much it will cost you.
  • It also shows alternative drugs, such as generic or older versions of the ones you're currently prescribed, that are considered equally effective but cost far less. (If no alternatives exist, the calculator says so.)
  • It recalculates the chart to show how the savings generated from switching to the suggested drugs would prevent or delay your falling into the gap.
  • It generates a letter that you can print and send to your doctor, asking him or her to consider whether the suggested alternatives would work well for you.


The calculator offers a tool personalized to your own circumstances—the specific drugs you take and the Part D plan you're enrolled in. But the process is anonymous and confidential and no information is kept, its developers say.


Under an arrangement between AARP and Medicare, the data used in the calculator is the same that Medicare uses in its online prescription drug plan finder. Both sites are powered by the same company, DestinationRx. But AARP's calculator is targeted specifically on the doughnut hole and takes only a short time to navigate.


The launch of the calculator comes just after President Obama announced that beneficiaries' brand-name drug costs in the Part D doughnut hole would be cut by half, perhaps as early as July 2010, under a deal arranged by the White House and congressional leaders with the pharmaceutical industry.


The deal is a significant step toward AARP's goal of having the coverage gap closed entirely, says AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. "In the meantime, we also want to give Americans the tools they need to cut their drug costs and stay out of the gap in the first place," she adds. "We encourage every person in Medicare Part D to take a few minutes to find the right drugs at the lowest prices."



Patricia Barry is a senior editor at the AARP Bulletin.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rapture

Rapture

by Richard Jones


In the desert, a traveler
returning to his family
is surprised

by a wild beast.


To save himself
from the fierce animal,
he leaps into a deep well
empty of water.


But at the bottom
is a dragon, waiting
with open mouth
to devour him.























The unhappy man,

not daring to go out
lest he should be
the prey of the beast,


not daring to jump
to the bottom
lest he should be
devoured by the dragon,


clings to the branch
of a bush growing
in the cracks of the well.
Hanging upon the bough,


he feels his hands
weaken, yet still
he clings, afraid
of his certain fate.


Then he sees two mice,
one white, the other black,
moving about the bush,
gnawing the roots.


The traveler sees this
and knows that he must
inevitably perish, that he will
never see his sons again.


But while thus hanging
he looks about and sees
on the leaves of the bush
some drops of honey.


These leaves
he reaches with his tongue
and licks the honey off,
with rapture.

"Rapture" by Richard Jones, from The Blessing: New and Selected Poems. © Copper Canyon Press, 2000.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Google Voice

A couple of months ago we announced Google Voice, a service that gives you one phone number to link all your phones and makes voicemail as easy as email. We are happy to share that Google Voice is beginning to open up beyond former GrandCentral users. If you requested an invitation on the Google Voice site or previously on GrandCentral, keep your eye out for an invite email.

Once you receive your invitation, just click on the link and follow the instructions to setup your new Voice account. To help you find a Google number that is personalized to you, we've added a number picker that lets you search by area code and text. See if you can find a number that contains your name, a specific word or a number combination.





To learn more about Google Voice, check out the video below. If you haven't signed up for a Google Voice invite, make sure to get on the list by leaving us your email address at www.google.com/voiceinvite.

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Feast your eyes

Eric Carle said, "We have eyes, and we're looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important."

From the Writer's Almanac.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Multiple choice medical questions

Multiple choice medical questions

The Oregonian, Wednesday, June 24, 2009


The toughest medical decisions have no single best answer -- it depends on what's important to the individual. Shared decision making has emerged as the optimal way for helping patients work through the maze of options.

It's a collaboration in which the doctor and patient exchange medical information and information about the patient's values, check each other's understanding, and reach a consensus about the course most consistent with the patient's beliefs and preferences.

"However shared decision making is defined, most studies show that most physicians participate very little in it," said Janice Hanson, a researcher at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md., in a commentary in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In one recent study that analyzed discussions about end-of-life care, only one in 50 talks met all of the researchers' criteria for shared decision making. Doctors, for instance, rarely checked whether families understood information they'd been given.



Many hurdles stand in the way, said Dr. Elizabeth Steiner, an associate professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

Among them:

• Patient's health knowledge. "Even people who are well educated in other arenas are not necessarily health literate," Steiner said. Weighing treatment options often requires knowledge of biology and the ability-to grasp statistical probabilities, such as the odds of success and risk of side effects.

• Doctor's communication skills. "Health professionals have to be able to speak a language other than doctor,' " Steiner said.

• Medical evidence. Clinical trials don't always make clear what treatment is likely to work best for a given patient, and often the evidence is in flux, with new reports conflicting with prior findings.

• Limited time with patients. Shared decision making requires a trusting relationship that can't be built in one or two 15-minute encounters.

• Engaged patients. "We can educate patients, cajole and coax all we want, but if patients aren't prepared to make the effort, then it's not going to happen," Steiner said.

- JoeRojas-Burke, medical research and science
503-412-7073
joerojas@news.oregonian.com



Anyone can ride TriMet buses and trains

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Accessibility

Anyone can ride TriMet buses and trains

Senior citizens and people with disabilities readily use TriMet buses, MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and Portland Streetcar.

Learn how TriMet is accessible to:

RideWise travel training and education

If you need help, free travel training is available: TriMet's RideWise program helps seniors and people with disabilities learn how to use public transportation. More









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"Honored Citizen" fares are discounted fares for senior citizens age 65 or older, people on Medicare and people with a mental or physical disability. Learn more and find out if you are eligible

Special services

Ride Connection Network

Ride Connection provides door-to-door and shuttle services for seniors and people with disabilities. View Ride Connection's services by zip code

Medical Transportation Program

TriMet coordinates transportation for low-income Oregon Health Plan Plus members who need rides to medical appointments and have no other transportation options available. More

LIFT Paratransit Service

TriMet's LIFT paratransit service is for people who are not able to ride buses, MAX, WES or Streetcar due to a disability or disabling health condition. More

For more information about accessibility

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pandora



I thought you would like to try this Classical Piano Radio station I created on Pandora. Just click the link below and start listening.

A friend wants to share some music with you.
"Classical Piano Radio"

Pandora is a free music service that helps you
listen to and discover new music.
Click here to listen

If you don't like a particular song, you can click on "I don't like this song."





A Darwin Potpourri on NPR

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Darwin: The "Reluctant Revolutionary"


Charles Darwin is most remembered for his revolutionary theory of evolution. As a child, he hated school, but Darwin loved to read and to explore the natural world. Throughout his life he was constantly experimenting — with seeds, plants, worms, gases, and Galapagos flora and fauna — to understand the science of life.


A photo of Charles Darwin

IN THIS SERIES

Darwin's Very Bad Day: 'Oops, We Just Ate It!'



February 24, 2009 · When young Charles Darwin set out on the Beagle, near the top of his wish list was a rare and coveted bird: the lesser rhea, a South American version of the ostrich. The bird had been sighted by a French rival — but never caught. Darwin wanted to be the first to snatch the prize for Britain. And he did find the bird, just not in the shape he was expecting.


Doubting Darwin: Debate Over The Mind's Evolution



February 20, 2009 · Evolution doubters have adopted a new focus for their attacks on Darwin's theory: the human brain. They say it's impossible that a grouping of cells could produce something as abstract and complex as consciousness or free will. Brain scientists counter that there's plenty of evidence that the brain causes the mind. But they admit they're not exactly sure how this happens.


Darwin's Theory: Too Big To Publish



February 11, 2009 · Imagine having a revolutionary idea, and then sitting on it for more than 20 years. That's what Charles Darwin did. His theory that nature — not God — was responsible for the marvelous variety of life on Earth was heretical. But then a young butterfly collector forced Darwin's hand.


Darwin~ Britain's Hero~ Is Still Controversial In U.S.



February 8, 2009 · Science long ago proclaimed Darwin's theory of evolution a winner. And in honor of his 200th birthday, England is issuing commemorative stamps, coins — even quilts — in honor of its hero. But in parts of the U.S., Darwin's theories remain socially controversial.


The Forces That Shaped A Young Charles Darwin



February 1, 2009 · To honor Charles Darwin — born 200 years ago this month — Weekend Edition Sunday and the NPR science desk are launching a series called "Darwin 200." In the first installment, Keith Thomson, author of The Young Charles Darwin, talks about his early influences.


Darwin's Earthworm Experiments Broke New Ground



February 12, 2009 · While Charles Darwin is most remembered for his revolutionary theory of evolution, he also studied earthworms. He proposed the theory that earthworms, then considered pests, actually processed soil, making it more fertile.


'Orchids Through Darwin's Eyes'



February 22, 2009 · This Orchids. These brilliant, flashy, sensual, and sometimes graphic flowers fascinated Charles Darwin. This year the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has made Darwin's interest in the flowers the theme of their annual orchid exhibition.


Students Reconcile Darwin's Theories With Faith



February 15, 2009 · The state of Kansas has been publicly wrestling with how or whether to teach Darwin's theory of evolution in the public schools. At the University of Kansas, some students are studying biological sciences despite devout Christian faith and a strong belief in the biblical story of creation. They face internal struggles similar to the ones Darwin himself must have felt as he wrestled with his scientific theories about evolution.


Letters: Darwin's Earthworms



February 13, 2009 · Listeners respond to the story on Charles Darwin and earthworms. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.


Death Of Child May Have Influenced Darwin's Work



February 12, 2009 · Charles Darwin was honest with his devout Christian wife that his scientific investigations led him to doubt the existence of heaven. But he feared that publishing his scientific ideas would hurt her deeply. Only after his daughter Annie's death did this change, biographers say.


Examining Darwin On His 200th Anniversary



February 12, 2009 · The work of Charles Darwin, who was born 200 years ago Thursday, transformed our understanding of life on Earth and underpins the whole of modern biology. His work challenged just about everything the Victorians believed in.


Moving Darwin Into The Digital World



February 12, 2009 · The University of Cambridge in England is working to put all of Charles Darwin's scientific work online. You can already see thousands of letters, and an online version of the first edition of "The Origin of Species".


Taking Darwin Personally



February 15, 2009 · Why do Charles Darwin's ideas generate such strong resistance? Maybe because it hurts people's feelings. But does accepting our place in the animal kingdom make us any less miraculous?


Darwin Finds Some Followers In The Pulpits



February 11, 2009 · Churches and synagogues worldwide will be holding events this weekend to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Organizers of Evolution Weekend say it's a chance for people of faith to challenge the assumption that evolution and religion are incompatible.


After 200 Years~ Darwin's Legacy Still Evolving



February 6, 2009 · Feb. 12 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. Ira Flatow speaks with Darwin's great-great-grandson, writer and director Matthew Chapman, about the ongoing battle over teaching evolution in public schools and how Darwin's legacy continues to evolve.


Letters: This I Believe, Darwin, Addison



January 25, 2009 · Liane Hansen reads listeners' reactions to last week's "This I Believe" essay by 6-year-old Tarak McLain, a suggestion for the upcoming series on Charles Darwin, and a note of praise for our interview with gospel singer Shari Addison.


Celebrating Darwin's Evolution Revolution



January 18, 2009 · The world is getting ready to celebrate the 200th birthday of one of the most influential biologists — some would say THE most influential biologist — ever born. Charles Darwin revolutionized the way scientists think about how life on this planet evolved.


Galapagos Surprise Again With Pink Iguana



January 10, 2009 · The Galapagos Islands have been famous for their wildlife ever since Charles Darwin hatched his theories on evolution by studying Galapagos finches. Twenty years after spotting the strange lizard, scientists have discovered its secret.

Darwin's Theory Of Evolution — Or Wallace's?



July 1, 2008 · Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the formal presentation of the theory of evolution. Charles Darwin is credited with developing the theory, but some scholars say Darwin's contemporary, Alfred Russel Wallace, deserves credit, too.


Darwin's Notes and Thoughts Go Online



April 24, 2008 · Studying Charles Darwin's documents has evolved from visiting the library at Cambridge University to visiting a Web site. The British university has just made a trove of about 20,000 papers from Darwin's life and studies accessible online.


Monday, June 22, 2009

United We Serve


Hulu.com: watch new and classic TV shows to full-length movies

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

IN CASE OF FIRE

DO NOT USE TWITTER




Wild Peavines

Wild Peavines

by Robert Morgan


I have never understood how
the mountains when first seen by hunters
and traders and settlers were covered
with peavines. How could every cove
and clearing, old field, every
opening in the woods and even
understories of deep woods
be laced with vines and blossoms in
June? They say the flowers were so thick
the fumes were smothering. They tell
of shining fogs of bees above
the sprawling mess and every bush
and sapling tangled with tender
curls and tresses. I don't see how
it was possible for wild peas
to take the woods in shade and deep
hollows and spread over cliffs in
hanging gardens and choke out other
flowers. It's hard to believe the creek
banks and high ledges were that bright.
But hardest of all is to see
how such profusion, such overwhelming
lushness and lavish could vanish,
so completely disappear that
you must look through several valleys
to find a sprig or strand of wild
peavine curling on a weedstalk
like some word from a lost language
once flourishing on every tongue.


"Wild Peavines" by Robert Morgan, from Wild Peavines. © Gnomon Press, 1996.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Job Seekers Find New Rules Of Recruitment

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Job Seekers Find New Rules Of Recruitment


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Morning Edition, June 17, 2009 · With the unemployment rate at 9.4 percent and ticking up, millions of Americans are in the job market for the first time in several years.


But the job market has changed in that short time. The paper resume is laughably passe, at least in some circles. Not having a profile on the social networking site LinkedIn is, for some employers, not only a major liability but a sign that the candidate is horribly out of touch.



Resumes are so passe.

You don't have to be old to look old in this job market. The paper resume is laughably passe, at least in some circles. iStockphoto.com



"If someone sends us a paper resume folded in thirds, stuffed in an envelope, it's hard to take it seriously," says Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin, an online real estate brokerage.


Kelman says he has friends in their 30s and 40s who just missed the social networking boat and now need coaching in how things have changed.


For example, he says blogs and Facebook pages have gone from mere kids' play to essential for communicating with employers online. Someone applying for a job in marketing, for example, will do much better in an interview if he or she already commands an audience through a blog. People in sales look better if they can prove they have a broad network of contacts in their field.


These new rules especially hold true in the high-tech fields, where being up to the minute is considered essential. But even other industries are following suit.


Job applicants are required to submit their resumes digitally at UMB Financial, a bank based in Kansas City, Mo.


"We get very few paper resumes," says Pat Cassady, the director of recruitment at UMB. Cassady says 10 to 12 percent of UMB hires come through LinkedIn, and she searches niche networking sites for active users who might be promising business leaders. She is even planning to use Twitter to reach out to new recruits.



Job Seeker Faux Pas

Hiring managers say they stay clear of candidates who make these digital job-seeking mistakes:


  • Not having an updated profile, with recommendations, on sites like LinkedIn or similar sites relating to your line of work
  • Having a husband-and-wife e-mail address
  • Having an AOL address. Some executives say those are very outdated.
  • Not doing extensive research about the company, its culture and the position you're applying for
  • Not filing your resume digitally, even if you bring paper backups
  • "Cold" e-mailing executives with whom you've never made a prior connection, either online or in person
  • Asking an executive you're hoping will hire you to be your "friend" on Facebook

Newspaper Basket

Newspaper Basket

Last night's project, a basket made from old newspaper. After seeing this post at CraftStylish, I was inspired to try one. Maybe I'll keep books and remote controls in it.





1. I cut the folded edge off a couple sections of newspaper and then cut those pages in half lengthwise. I used about 20 pages for this basket; or about 40 strips. My rotary cutter and cutting mat made short work of the cutting. Recommended if you have one.





2. Fold the newspaper pieces in half lengthwise, then again lengthwise into quarters, then into eighths, so you have some sturdy strips. Mine were 3/4" wide. If you want to use fewer, wider strips, use the whole newspaper sheet. Obviously you can adjust the size of your strips.


3. Start weaving from the center outward. Use staples (or glue dots, double-sided tape, etc.) where needed to secure your pieces, especially on the first few strips you put together. You can remove the staples after the basket is finished if you think they're too hideous to bear.


4. When you decide the bottom is big enough fold your exposed strips upward at a 90ยบ angle to form the sides. Start weaving in horizontal strips to fill in the sides, securing the ends with staples as you go.

5.
When you reach the top, fold the vertical strips over to the inside and secure them with staples, or cut them off. I stapled another strip around the circumference of the top, folded over the rim, to hide the ugly ends. You could use glue or double-sided tape for this if you don't want to see staples.

Perpetuum Jazzile

Perpetuum Jazzile

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Zucchini Blossoms: Tastes Like Squash Perfume

Zucchini Blossoms: Tastes Like Squash Perfume
by Neda Ulaby

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Morning Edition, June 18, 2009 - The corner of First and R streets in Northwest Washington, D.C., used to be better known as an open-air drug market. Now the intersection is home to a farmers market. Every Sunday, Ted McGinn presides over a collection of crisp white tents set up on the asphalt, each blanketed with strawberries, shelled peas and tender yellow squash blossoms.

"We have squash blossoms today," says McGinn, the market manager. "[They're] not only a Native American treat, but also very popular in the Mediterranean countries." He describes one popular preparation that involves stuffing each blossom with mozzarella and anchovies before frying it in hot olive oil.























"They're beautiful," marvels Robin Shuster, who helped organize the market three years ago. She compares the elegant blossoms to lilies in a vase. Shuster convinced farmer Bernard Boyle to truck in squash blossoms from Garner's Produce his acreage up in Virginia's Northern Neck.


Want to know more about zucchini blossoms? Here are the basics:

What do zucchini blossoms taste like? Like squash perfume!

How can I tell if a blossom is ripe? It should look like a lily in a vase. Avoid blossoms that are wilted, crumpled or droopy.

How long will it stay fresh? Less than a day! Squash blossoms are delicate and ephemeral.

How should I store a blossom? Keep it out of sunlight and eat it soon, soon, soon.

What's a simple way to prepare it? Stuff each blossom with a cube of cheese, drizzle with olive oil and then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

How long are zucchini blossoms in season? For the first few months of summer.

Easy Baked Squash Blossoms

Notes:
Recipe from Robin Shuster of the Bloomingdale Farmers Market in Washington, D.C.

Ingredients:
• 1 egg
• 1 cup ricotta
• handful of parsley and chives
• salt and pepper to taste
• olive oil
• zucchini blossoms

Directions:
Mix cheese, egg and spices together and stuff into zucchini blossoms. Twist the blossom ends. Drizzle olive oil over them and bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. (Blossoms should be crisp and transparent.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cadence and Cadenza

cadence \KAYD-'n(t)s\, noun:
1. the measure or beat of music, dancing, or a regularly repeated movement
2. a rising and falling sound; modulation; also, the falling inflection of the voice, as at the end of a sentence
3. a series of chords bringing part of a piece of music to an end



I notice that when Hillary is experiencing turbulence she lapses into a rhetorical style similar to that of John McCain's: a sing-song rhythm in which every sentence is delivered with the exact same cadence and ends on the same predictable beat.
-- Jacques Berlinerblau, The God Vote, Washington Post, May 5, 2004



"Every pitcher has a body cadence and rhythm," says Brock. "Once you've learned to read it, you can tell whether he is about to make a pick-off throw, and you can know exactly when you can start toward second."
-- The Premier Pilferer, Time, July 14, 1970



Harmonic richness and variety entered victoriously where stereotyped cadences, barren and threadbare progressions, had reigned ad nauseam.
-- Carl Engel, Jazz: A Musical Discussion, The Atlantic, August 1, 1992



c.1384, "flow of rhythm in verse or music," from Middle French cadence, Old Italian cadenza "conclusion of a movement in music," literally "a falling," from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, from Latin cadens prp. of cadere "to fall." In the 16th century, sometimes used literally for "an act of falling." The Italian form cadenza was borrowed 1836 as a musical term for "ornamental passage near the close of a song or solo."