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Milliman Medical Index 2009

June 26, 2009

0 The fifth annual Milliman Medical Index™ (MMI™) measures average annual medical spending for a typical American family of four covered by an employer-sponsored preferred provider organization (PPO) program. The MMI provides a consistent benchmark of healthcare benefit costs by annually assessing the changes in those costs over the most recent five-year period. The MMI […]

Understanding the arguments for specific features of health reform

June 17, 2009


The Science of Health Care Reform Author: Robert H. Brook, MD JAMA. 2009;301(23):2486-2487 (doi:10.1001/jama.2009.866) Available online: Robert H. Brook has published nice summary of considerations that need to be made on the part of practitioners in choosing a side in the next battle over the specifics of health care reform. See a few  key […]

P-SHARAN std35 pinhole camera: photos of Taiwan

June 16, 2009


I picked up one of these cameras at AKAR in Iowa City. It was left sitting on the shelf for a few months, waiting for a reason to allot 2+ hours for its assembly; Taiwan was found to be a suitable excuse. More technical details on pinhole photography can be found here. To see full […]

…and my favorite line in Neuromancer passes into obsolescence…

June 13, 2009


The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. -William Gibson in Neuromancer, 1984 The author’s blog:


June 6, 2009


2 of udon’s tags in Taipei, Taiwan. More:,udon UPDATE: …and now, it’s also on google streetview. cool!