I bought a slot machine a long time ago and put it on the 3rd floor of my house. I could then give my children any allowance they wanted, as long as it was in dimes, and I’d have it all back by nightfall.
posted Sep 11, 2015
posted Dec 14, 2013
My parents saved all our old legos. Some of the half-built configurations are exquisite fossils of memory.
The baseplate is still there, and it's probably the dirtiest, grimiest piece in the bin.
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
posted Nov 25, 2010
For a year afterward, Pronovost and his colleagues monitored what happened. The results were so dramatic that they weren't sure whether to believe them: the ten-day line-infection rate went from 11 percent to zero. So they followed patients for fifteen more months. Only two line infections occurred during the entire period. The calculated that, in this one hospital, the checklist had prevented forty-three infections and eight deaths, and saved two million dollars in costs.
The executives weren't used to venturing into patient territory, and didn't feel they belonged there. In some places, they encountered hostility, but their involvement proved crucial. In the first month, the executives discovered that chlorhexidine soap, shown to reduce line infections, was available in less than a third of the ICUs.