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Preventing the next Orlando — the Cumulative Act Effect

Experts in risk analysis have a model they use to describe the dynamics of disasters and our efforts to prevent them.  It’s called the cumulative act effect, or more frequently (and popularly) the Swiss cheese model.  In short, it imagines the systems we put in place to prevent accidents and disasters like layers of Swiss…

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Politics and Wonderland

With election season in full swing, the word “caucus” has become ubiquitous in the news.  I first learned the word when I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, many, many years ago. ‘What I was going to say,’ said the Dodo in an offended tone, ‘was, that the best thing to get us dry would be a…

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Give Blood, Save Life. Be Mad!

The very first time I donated blood (right after my 18th birthday), one of the other donors arrived wearing a sweatshirt with “Dracula” emblazoned on the front.  (I think it was the logo from the 1979 movie starring Frank Langella, but thirty years on, I can’t be certain.)  I shared my amusement and admiration with…

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Word of the Day

Today’s word is: pilfer Definition from The Free Dictionary We’ve been having a problem in our community garden with people pilfering the vegetables.

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Word of the Day

Today’s word is: alacrity Definition from The Free Dictionary I accepted the invitation from good friends to a sushi dinner with alacrity.

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The Girls of Atomic City

Book Review: The Girls of Atomic City

So I’ve actually started reading books again … and I thought it might be fun to share thoughts on what I’ve read, for anyone who might be reading this blog.  There will be a pretty wide variety of books reviewed here, from history to horror to graphic novels to maybe even the occasional cookbook.  Enjoy!…

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Word of the Day

Today’s word is: syringe Definition from TheFreeDictionary I did my good deed for the day today, by delivering an empty insulin syringe I found in the parking lot to the onsite health center, so they can dispose of it in a proper sharps container.  

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Word of the Day

Today’s word is:   robotics   Definition from TheFreeDictionary   Coined in 1941 by Isaac Asimov, born this day in 1920 (or thereabouts).

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Word of the Day

Today’s word is:   autologous   Definition from TheFreeDictionary   My blood donation today was not autologus, and it didn’t leave me feeling so great either.  Though I probably didn’t do myself any favors by reading The Island of Doctor Moreau while it was in progress.

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Word of the Day

Today’s word is: eclipse Definition from TheFreeDictionary “…and all that is now and all that is gone and all that’s to come and everything under the sun is in tune but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.” –Roger Waters

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