Archive for February, 2012

Visibility

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Charting

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Charting“Out of sight, out of mind.” Ever heard the one about the early translation program that converted this aphorism into Chinese and then back? It came out as “invisible idiot.” Regardless, “out of sight, out of mind” is a good general psychological principle. In any nuclear power plant control station, air traffic […]

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Consistency

This entry is part 18 of 30 in the series Words

This entry is part 18 of 30 in the series WordsNeatness counts. Trying to find my way from the entrance of my 12 year old daughter’s bedroom to the bed to kiss her goodnight, especially if barefoot, is considerably more dangerous than most of the search and rescue and disaster operations I’ve been on. Navigating […]

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Layers

This entry is part 17 of 30 in the series Words

This entry is part 17 of 30 in the series WordsWhen using a point-and-click medical charting application (of which there are a zillion, and I think I’ve used maybe a half-zillion) there are many designs, but I’ve recently realized there is a way to divide them into two types. There are one-layer charting apps and […]

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ALLCAPS

This entry is part 16 of 30 in the series Words

This entry is part 16 of 30 in the series WordsI was just a few seconds ago scanning a page of possible tests in the program DocuTAP, a list of about fifty items, to enter an order for an EKG. On the list, everything is in ALL CAPS. Even though I knew the approximate location of […]

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What’s in a word?

This entry is part 15 of 30 in the series Words

This entry is part 15 of 30 in the series WordsWhat’s in a word? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) OK, I cheated. I changed “name” to “word.” It sounded better for the purposes of this essay, which is about the […]

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