Patriotism and Such

Did I ever tell you the story of my grade school years in Mexico? I was in school there for kindergarten, first, second and third grade. Then I did one year in El Paso, Texas, and then it was back to Juarez, Chihuahua, for fifth grade. By sixth grade, we got our permanent residence and ...

Epidemiological Podcast S0E1: The Perfect Epidemiological Surveillance System

Today, I thought I'd share with you a 15-minute presentation I gave in Mexico City last about two weeks ago. It was on a paper I wrote based off a previous blog post. I talk about what I imagine to be the perfect system for keeping track of the population's health... That is, if money, technology, laws, and ethical considerations were not in the way of such things. Yes, I'm giving the podcast a season and names. The first season runs from now until the end of the year and will be season zero, along with previous episodes. Kind of like "the lost season" if you will. Then, starting in 2018, I'll have a first season of six podcasts with pre-planned topics and a little more preparation. You guys deserve it... And it's a good way to be just creative enough to be doing something but not too busy to forget about the dissertation (which should be almost done when 2017 ends and 2018 begins).

The people who will confuse you

When I worked at that rural hospital in what I affectionately call Pennsyltucky, I met a young nurse who worked in one of the wards there. She was very pretty and very smart. I liked having conversations with her, and -- once or twice -- I got caught talking to her on the phone while ...

Putting things in focus

Once in a while, you need to just focus and see the beautiful things out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=731h4B1QGJs

The diseases you’re going to get

When I was in college, I was living on my own in a little apartment and had to commute into the university (about 30 miles) every day. The commute wasn't bad. In fact, I spent most of my day at the university, going back to the apartment late in the evening. Those were the days ...

The laws that you are going to break

The immigration debate has been front and center in my life for almost all of it. There are many people in my extended family who came to the United States illegally, or they came legally and overstayed their visas. They build lives here, living under the radar or with fake documents, and their children are ...

The two kinds of professors you’ll meet

When I was in college, there was this one chemistry professor known for being very tough on students. He was the professor you've probably heard about, the one who tells the class that most of them will fail and will have to re-take the course. He said that it was pointless to try and get ...

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Will Your World Be Worth Saving?

In the climactic battle inĀ Batman v Superman, Lois LaneĀ asks Superman not to try and kill Doomsday with the kryptonite spear. "This is my world," Superman says to Lois. In this incarnation of the character, he has struggled with whether or not he belonged on Earth. To many, he is an alien who continues to meddle ...

Books You Should Read: “We Are Legion (We Are Bob)”

Very few times in my life have I read a novel that keeps me reading right on through and I long to get to the end of it and find out what happens. "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" by Dennis E. Taylor is such a novel. Now, in full disclosure, I didn't read the ...

Talking Tuesday on a Friday: June Update!

A few minutes where I catch you up on the craziness around me. Nothing bad, mostly good... Thanks for your time. Hope you enjoy it.