Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Wired Ophthalmologist

I have been giving the Wired Ophthalmologist course at the AAO annual meeting since 1997.  Obviously it is important to be one of the first to port to the AAO's new online community and I will be slowly moving content that has always been available on my personal website at www.bashour.com over to the AAO community site bit by bit - pun intended.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Translating Women - Part 2

More commonly used phrases spoken in Venusian translated into English. It's progressing from that first date to relationship.

She says: I don't have a lot of time on my phone... why don't you just text me?

She means: I'm really not that into you.

She says: Let's all hang out as a group

She means: I want to be friends.

She says: I'm sorry I didn't call/text/write, I've been so incredibly busy lately.

She means: I'm not that into you but if I'm bored...

She says: I had a really good time tonight.

She means: I'm up for another date.

She says: Want to come up for a coffee?

She means: Let's get it on!

She says: I don't want a gift for my birthday/Valentine's Day/our anniversary

She means: I want a gift.

She says: I was browsing online and look, isn't this sweater/purse/watch/etc. cute?

She means: I want this to be my gift.

She says: You shouldn't have!

She means: I'm surprised! Thank you! You did good!

She says: I'm not hungry.

She means: I'm going to eat off your plate so you might want to order an extra side dish.

She says: I'd like your honest opinion.

She means: Agree with me. If you don't, and you can foresee agreeing with her going awry in the future, make sure to SUGARCOAT the hell out of your honest opinion.

From Ginger on XYUL.CA

Translating Women - Part 1

What she says: "I don't want to make a big deal out of my birthday/Valentine's Day/Christmas."

What she means: "It's a big deal."
Make sure you have at least a card and some kind of dinner date.

What she says: "I'm fine."
What she means: "Watch out."
Nice exterior, effed interior. Women are never "fine" they are good, great and/or well. Be prepared because if you ask, "What's wrong?" You're going to get the next definition.

What she says: "Nothing!"
What she means: "Something!!"
Get ready to go into battle if this one's not handled with care. "Something is obviously wrong but I won't push it. I'm here and listening when you're ready to talk," is a nice diffuser for the ‘nothing' bomb.

What she says: Loud sigh.
What she means: She is frustrated or angry and will take any opportunity to jump down your throat. To diffuse it, ask if there's anything wrong.

What she says: Soft sigh.
What she means: She is content. Yay! Don't question it. Just embrace the moment.

What she says: "Please do!"
What she means: An opportunity to explain yourself. Be careful. She is listening intently and looking for the cracks in your case. However, if you provide satisfactory rationalization, everything will be okay.

What she says: "I never want to see you again."
What she means: "I want you to beg for my forgiveness." Or it can mean, "I never want to see you again." It's a coin toss.

What she says: "Five minutes."
What she means: At least ten... it's likely closer to a half-hour.

What she says: "Thanks."
What she means: Thanks.

What she says: "Thanks a lot!"
What she means: Oh boy. You're in trouble.

*The word "fine" can also be used as a way of ending an argument while getting the last word.
From Ginger on XYUL.CA

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Technorati Favorites

It seems a lot of threads are being spawned by bloggers asking others to add them to their Technorati favorites.

There's a free utility available that virtually automates the process of adding to yours everyone who has added you. Find it at:
internetducttape.com/tools/technorati-favorite-your-fans/
Run it daily or as often as you choose and it quickly catches you up.
Having said that, here's my pitch. Add me to your faves and I will definitely, automatically reciprocate. Hopefully you'll post in this thread to say that you'd added me and the next person to visit will add both of us, and so on. That will help keep the thread fresh and on the front page of this group's discussions for a while.
O.K., here are mine in order that I would like fav'ed:
technorati.com/faves?sub=addfavbtn&add=http://www.drbashour.blogspot.com

technorati.com/faves?sub=addfavbtn&add=http://www.drwired.blogspot.comtechnorati.com/faves?sub=addfavbtn&add=http://www.lasiksurgeon.blogspot.comtechnorati.com/faves?sub=addfavbtn&add=http://www.facial-attractiveness.blogspot.com


And here's my main blogs:
www.drbashour.blogspot.com
A visit would be nice, a comment doubly so.
Thanks in advance!

Personal Productivity Wiki

http://productivity.wikia.com

I just started a wiki for personal productivity.

The focus of the Productivity Wiki is to document ALL resources for personal productivity.

Increasing personal productivity through various means of personal development can also impact professional, management and organization development.

We wish to include all ideas, tools and processes to improve personal, workgroup and enterprise productivity and innovation.

A review of the complete personal development library from which to people may get started in cultivating is also offered.

WE CORDIALLY REQUEST ANYBODY INTERESTED IN TOPIC TO PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THIS WIKI THE SAME WAY THAT YOU MAY CONTRIBUTE TO WIKIPEDIA

PARTICULARLY NEEDED ARE BLOGGERS SUCH AS MERLIN MANN AND OTHERS TO SPREAD THE WORD TO INTERESTED PARTIES TO HELP DEVELOP THIS SITE STARTED THIS SEPTEMBER 4TH 2008

Needed are documentation, reviews and evaluations of your favorite techniques, methods, software, hardware, tools etc.

For example for Getting Things Done (GTD) one can have an encyclopedia type article documenting the facts about the book, methods, etc. and then maybe many more articles about real world experience and use and comparison of GTD vs. other approaches.

The Best Doctor?

I just commented on a post made by Paul Levy @ http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/

Could not agree more with this post and it is equally true for Doctors as it is for hospitals. Who is "the best" cardiologist? Urologist? Dermatologist?

Patients ask friends and doctors they know for referrals. Do these people really know who is the best... Indeed not, a mythology exists here as well. Referrals are based on such things as visibility, reputation, amiability, affability, availability, sociability and longevity. Very rarely indeed are they based on ABILTY.

I recommend patients go to a specialty group practice and ask very specifically the nurses and assistants who work directly with all the doctors (in surgery if it concerns surgeons) which one they would send their sick relative to. Often it may not be the esteemed head of the practice they were originally recommended.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Ruined iPhone

Today, as Rogers Wireless launches the coveted Apple iPhone, Canadian consumers and politicians will be blitzing the Internet to protest unfair wireless phone contracts.

A Toronto-based Internet marketing company that's spearheaded an online campaign urging customers not to buy the 3G phone is holding a live Webcast at 10 a.m. on July 11.

The Webcast will conclude with the delivery of a hard copy of Oilchange.com's RuinediPhone petition to Rogers. The petition, so far, has garnered more than 60,000 signatures online.

Today, as Rogers Wireless launches the coveted Apple iPhone, Canadian consumers and politicians will be blitzing the Internet to protest unfair wireless phone contracts.

A Toronto-based Internet marketing company that's spearheaded an online campaign urging customers not to buy the 3G phone is holding a live Webcast at 10 a.m. on July 11.

The Webcast will conclude with the delivery of a hard copy of Oilchange.com's RuinediPhone petition to Rogers. The petition, so far, has garnered more than 60,000 signatures online.

Liberal MP David McGuinty (Ottawa South) talks about his "Get Connected Fairly" act.

"We're going to invite Rogers to participate and make a comment to people who are very angry about the pricing," says Jamie Lynch, vice-president and co-founder of Oilchange.com. "People here are fed up at being overcharged."

Rogers did respond partially to consumer clamour for a better data plan, by offering those who activate an iPhone before the end of August the opton to add 6 GB plan to any voice package for $30 a month.

"We heard a lot from our customers, they were very enthusiastic about the iPhone," says Rogers' spokesperson Elizabeth Hamilton. "They were very knowledgeable about how much data they need."

It's unlikely Rogers will accept the invitation to participate in today's Webcast organized by Oilchange.com.

"We generally don't respond to petitions or polls," Hamilton says.

But at least one high-profile politician, Liberal MP David McGuinty -- brother of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty -- will be participating in the Webcast.

The Liberal environment critic says Rogers is using the iPhone as bait to lure Canadians into unfair contracts.

He said Rogers' promotional price cut on its controversial iPhone plan "is very temporary and dubbed it a PR measure.

"I want a long-term solution to this problem."

Many Canadian consumers are outraged that Rogers is charging more for its iPhone data plans compared with providers in the U.S. and the U.K.

Oilchange.com experienced first-hand, the difference between Canadian and American wireless plans.