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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Why can't pacemaker users read their own medical data?

Why can't pacemaker users read their own medical data?:

In this ten minute TEDx talk, Hugo Campos explains his frustration with the fact that his pacemaker is designed to let his doctor read his biometric status, but to stop the patient from doing the same. As a result, Campos isn't able to use his pacemaker as a diagnostic tool to help make good choices about eating, exercise and other activities. He writes,

I have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for primary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest. I have been fighting for my right to access the data collected by the ICD for about 3 years now, without much success. Data about my heart is regularly collected from the implanted device by its manufacturer over remote monitoring.

The modern ICD is a sophisticated computer capable of detecting and treating malignant arrhythmias. It is also capable of wireless telemetry, a feature that is used by all device manufacturers for remote patient monitoring. Today, there are about 5 top manufacturers of pacemakers and ICDs and 1MM patients being remotely monitored on a regular basis. Not a single one of these patients is allowed access to their device's data.

I am sure you'd agree that this is an objectionable practice and it must be stopped.

TEDxCambridge - Hugo Campos fights for the right to open his heart's data

Free/open math textbook written in three days

Free/open math textbook written in three days: Here is a free/open upper secondary mathematics textbook written in a single daythree days by a group of Finnish math teachers, working together in a "booksprint." Related news: California's passed a bill establishing 50 "open source" (CC-BY) textbooks for core lower-division college courses (though, as a poster on Slashdot notes, this still has to be funded in the California budget, which is a place where many good ideas go to die).

(via Hacker News)

Mural, Brooklyn

Dying wool with plants sold at the farmers' market

Farmers' market, Brooklyn


Manhattan and points south

Disco ball, Brooklyn


Sculptural backpacks, DUMBO Arts Festival

Biologically inspired defensive dress, DUMBO Arts Festival


Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan from under Brooklyn Bridge


Graffiti, Brooklyn

Hanging sculpture

Floors, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Architectural detail, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Sidewalk graffiti, Brooklyn

Swoon piece on David's stoop

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Wrylon Robotical Illustrated Catalog of Botanical 'Bots

The Wrylon Robotical Illustrated Catalog of Botanical 'Bots:

My buddy Barry McWilliams has a kickstarter up for a fun book he wrote and illustrated called The Wrylon Robotical Illustrated Catalog of Botanical 'Bots. He gave me a sneak peek of the book and it's wonderful. He's close to being fully funded after just a few days. Go Barry!

The idea of a fleet of flower-delivering robots has been percolating in my head for a little over a year. The first ‘bot just sort of appeared in one of my sketchbooks, the way a million (mostly bad) ideas do. For whatever silly reason, this idea stuck.

I like the absurdity of it - Robots who delivers flowers. It’s both personal and impersonal (robotical?) at the same time. I like that, with an exception or two, the robots deliver only one flower at a time. What could be less cost-effective or less efficient than sending a robot around the world to deliver one, single flower? But I’d sure as hell do it to impress a girl.

The Wrylon Robotical Illustrated Catalog of Botanical 'Bots

Also: Barry was a guest on episode 30 of the Gweek podcast.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012:

Wooh! I'm in Austin to sign a whole crapton of books and posters and such, so the first copies of the new book can start shipping!