Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A case for process improvement in the medical field

Interesting story on NPR this morning: "Atul Gawande's 'Checklist' For Surgery Success".  Harvard's Dr. Gawande wrote The Checklist Manifesto advocating that doctors use checklists to avoid mistakes.

After using checklists, 20 percent of doctors were still opposed to using them, however, when asked, "If you were to have an operation, would you want the checklist?' 94 percent wanted the checklist."

Monday, November 2, 2009

New address for blog and feed

Our blog now has a new home address:

Also, if you previously subscribed to the RSS feed, please switch to the new feedburner version: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ilaniloc.  I also added an email subscription option.

(Ever so useful for the 1-2 posts per year ;)

Picture of Kenna on her way in

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Report 2009

11 years I met the perfect woman at a crazy Halloween party.  Life is good...  We had a great time today with friends, trick-or-treating, etc.  Kenna was a zebra and was adorable.  She did great at tonight's party despite how late it got.  She even bobbed for apples, but then fell head first into the tub (nearly her whole body).  When I pulled her out, she had her apple and she held it tight with complete pride for the various goodbye's until I whisked her home to dry off.  Tyler was Dash Incredible and had a great time too.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Interesting website!! Check it out: http://alltop.com. It describes itself as "an 'online magazine rack' of popular topics." Inspired by popurls.com.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

You get what you get

Tyler has been enjoying preschool... one of their sayings that he has grown fond of repeating is "you get what you get, don't throw a fit."

So... here's the hilarious usage: Tyler's chore is to feed our dog Zeus. He carries the food bowl from the pantry over to the mud room where we keep the dog's food and water. One time recently Tyler spills the dog food all over the place... He doesn't miss a beat and he says, "Uh oh... Zeusy, you get what you get... don't throw a fit."

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Please go find another timer

We are big users of an egg timer with Tyler, for example, you can play for 5 more minutes and then when the timer goes off, you have to go to bed. Tonight I am still away from home [doing grad school work all day]. I am told this occurred in my absence... I love his logic, this cracked us up:

Tyler's bedtime...
Tyler: "Please set a timer for Daddy."

Mom: "Unfortunately it doesn't work like that, but Daddy will be home later tonight and will kiss you goodnight then."

Tyler: "Please go find another timer Mommy."

3D printing of household replacement parts

As background to my previous post, my grad class lecture (Wayne Kirschling, EMEN 5500 Operations Management) was talking about manufacturing technology, specifically 3D-Printing.

I found this pretty amazing: there is a company now "Desktop Factory" that is selling a 3D printer for only $5000. This technology was traditionally hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their goal is to get this product under $1000 in the next few years. Here's a fascinating video from their website: http://www.desktopfactory.com/our_product/cnn_money.html

At the end of the video, the CEO comments that you'll eventually be able to print replacement parts for things that break in your home. My example of this: you two year old breaks the cleaning attachment for your vacuum cleaner. You say, "how sad...", but you simply go to hover.com, download the file that specifies the dimensions of the attachment, and click "Print".

Print me a kidney please


[Link from Professor Kirschling's Fall 2007 EMEN 5500 Operations Management lecture 5]

Monday, September 3, 2007

You're better, but I'm the best!

There is a Berenstain Bears book that repeats the phrase "Good, Better, Best" when comparing the characters' performance in athletic events. It could have been that, and/or the comment made a bit before this where I said, "Tyler you're the best"...

In any case, I was rolling on the floor laughing when Tyler is about to run downstairs and he points at me and says, "BETTER", then points to himself, "BEST!".