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posted May 28, 2015

Somebody with a flair for small cynicism once said: "We live and do not learn."

But I have learned some things. I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesterdays are buried deep - leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour, because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance. The cloud clears as you enter it. I have learned this, but like everyone, I learned it late.

Beryl Markham, ‘West With The Night,’ 1942
Galactic Explorer
posted Dec 14, 2013

My parents saved all our old legos. Some of the half-built configurations are exquisite fossils of memory.

This is my Rosebud.

The baseplate is still there, and it's probably the dirtiest, grimiest piece in the bin.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
By Atul Gawande
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.