American Council on Science and Health The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is one of the few fearless voices of reason on these matters.
Christopher Whalen One guy who really understands the financial crisis. Brilliant insights. Links to his other sites.
The Coach's Team Coach Kevin Collins has an impressive resume, and uses all of his talents to demolish the Left. Site includes some guest columnists, as well.
Discussions In Infection Control This blog, designed and written exclusively by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, gives you the most comprehensive discussion of healthcare-associated (hospital) infections (or, “HAIs”), infection control, and both instrument and endoscope reprocessing in the world.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Provides much-needed balance to the increasingly strident health care lobby that seems intent on scaring everyone about almost everything.
Formaldehyde Facts Your antidote to formaldehyde phobia in the media, from ACC's formaldehyde panel.
Health Care Renewal Expert analysis of what's wrong with American health care. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty, and ethics in leadership and governance of health care.
Health News Digest One of the best and biggest health sites on the web. New content on a daily basis, geared to the professional and informed lay audience.
Interscan Corporation The independent pros in gas detection, known for taking on the tough applications. Site has much technical material, way beyond mere product touts.
Jewish World Review One of the original news/opinion aggregate sites. Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Binyamin L. Jolkovsky calls it "The intersection of faith, culture and politics." Loaded with content tending toward politically conservative. An oasis for energetic Judaism.
JunkScience.com Steven Milloy and company do a great job in exposing junk science, which he defines as: Faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas. Lots of good content.
Loren Feldman Feldman does videos, marketing, commentary and...puppets. He also understands tech and art.
Overlawyered Chronicling the high cost of our legal system. Water Olson and company explore an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.
Paradigms and Demographics Ohio-based "bug guy" Rich Kozlovich dishes on junk science, junk politics, and many other matters. Rich is also on the prowl 24/7 for supplemental content written by Others. And he still has time to kill pests!
Quiet Music Nick Francis is a superb music programmer. Of course, it helps that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of music. Stream, subscribe, enjoy.
Selwyn Duke Hard-hitting and well-written conservative commentary, from a modern day renaissance man. The Duke is not afraid to ruffle some feathers, or invoke his Catholic faith, either.
SenSoft International Expert assistance on GSA, VA, DOD, and other federal contracts. Yes, there really can be great customer service in such an esoteric space.
The Excel Addict Most of us use Excel. Some of us use it a lot, and are constantly looking for easier ways to do things. Francis Hayes--the Excel Addict--offers plenty of free tips, a regular newsletter, and an inexpensive book to download.
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics Everything you know about cholesterol causing heart disease is wrong, and this website is run by eminent doctors who are trying to set the record straight. But, with billions of dollars in drug sales at stake, it won't be easy.
The Nutrition Experts The name says it all. Jo-Ann Heslin and Karen Nolan have sold millions of books, and have re-launched their information-packed website. What's more, they encourage website visitors to submit questions.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
Zero Hedge Works to...
Widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public; provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint; liberate oppressed knowledge
This HND piece was inspired by the uneven experience most of us get when surfing through various health-related websites. It is ironic, of course, that in this era of endless communications media, too many of us have forgotten how to communicate effectively. Perhaps it has something to do with the rise of social media, and the old adage that the opposite of communication is ego.
We touch on the big topic of customer-centric website design, as championed these days by our friends at LCN.com. Of course, this is hardly revolutionary, as this very same idea was being stressed at the dawn of Web 2.0. Back to the basics, right?
Also included are five best practices, that should be followed in everyone's web design.
This HND piece examines the very murky world of BYOD in the workplace. Whoever thought that BYOD would save companies money must have made a career change by now. Of course, BYOD was inevitable, but the security issues are overwhelming, and the standard McAfee/Symantec/Peter Norton approach to computer security does not cut it in the mobile world.
Mobile apps not only dredge all sorts of personal info, but many of them are poorly designed with gaping security holes. We give a shout-out to viaForensics, who have introduced their own app, set up to notify you if your privacy is being compromised--and thus the network that your BYOD is connected to.
This HND piece spotlights the exciting world of personal rapid transit--PRT for short. The basic idea is to use computer controlled small vehicles, suitable for up to six passengers, that provide reliable mobility with minimal wait time.
It's much better, and much cheaper than light rail, so not surprisingly, the politics have been against it. Fortunately, as they say, you can't stop progress, and there are now several successful installations, with more on the way.
This HND piece takes a look at the growing trend allowing people to bring their own devices, to connect to enterprise networks. By all accounts, this is not a good idea, but since it superficially saves money, it is becoming quite popular—in all sorts of businesses, including health care facilities.
As you might expect, there are numerous security tools available to help control the damage, but even so, many experts are predicting the worst.
This HND piece takes a look at the ubiquitous codes, and gets a little techie, while providing a bit of a historical perspective. As I note in the piece:
With a variety of free QR code reader apps available for camera-equipped smart phones, the technology was widely accepted within a short time. Deployed in this manner, QR Codes became the interface between print and digital media.
As such, there are dozens of health care related applications, ranging from publicizing a particular doctor's office or medical center, to all sorts of patient education.
For those of us running lots of applications, RAM utilization can be a big deal. Likewise, it is often helpful to know just what processes are being run, and—even better—being able to quickly and easily stop them. Here is a great open source free way to do both of these tasks: Process Hacker.
Our friends at Interscan have just posted a lengthy (ca. 1100 words), but informative technical brief on the pitfalls of using gas chromatography to monitor EtO in hospital settings.
The article, typical of the Knowledge Base content the company offers on its website, is pretty much non-commercial, while explaining key concepts in gas detection. Included in the piece is a detailed history of EtO exposure regulations, dating from 1968 to the present.
Many people have noticed that Easter is quite late this year. In fact, April 24 is almost as late as it can be. According to ecclesiastical rules, Easter can never occur before March 22 nor later than April 25.
For a detailed explanation on how the date of Easter is determined, surf over here.
For Baby Boomers who claim that they have cannot remember Easter being on April 24, you're right. The last time Easter occurred on this date was in 1859. However, in 1943, Easter fell on the latest date it possibly can: April 25. The next time that will occur will be in 2038.
As to early dates, check this out...
The last time Easter fell on March 22 was in 1818, and this will not occur again until 2285. Looks like we missed out.
Yes, they really are. I'm talking about the conversion utilities that apply to common units of measurement for gas concentration.
For some years, the good folks at Interscan have made available on their website downloadable Excel spreadsheets, to perform such conversions as parts-per-million to milligrams per cubic meter. Since these calculations take into account ALL necessary parameters (unlike most other web-based "converters") as well as maintain at least two decimal places, they truly are the most accurate on the Web.
Recently, Interscan updated the converters. They are now easy-to-use script based utilities, requiring only a few keystrokes. The conversions are made on the fly.
By way of background, Interscan also offers an informative Knowledge Base article on the stupidity of some of the alternative units of measurement.
While this may seem like an arcane subject, it really shouldn't be. Virtually every industry is affected by regulatory agencies that set compliance levels, and keep lowering them, for the level of toxic compounds in ambient air. Yet, the pitfalls of attempting to measure these concentrations are not well publicized—at all.
Interscan details three areas of concern:
Zero gas issues
The information presented is practical and easy-to-understand. What's more, unlike so many other authors of PowerPoint content, Interscan distributes the native file, rather than a pdf version.
I mention this because, as one who does PowerPoints himself, distributing only the pdf versions has always seemed ridiculous. With the pdf, you lose all the cool formatting, and that's at least half of what makes a good presentation. Years ago, this practice could be justified since it reduced the file size, but with today's broadband speeds, it is no longer appropriate.