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Booyah!

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I only have two technical skills of use to normal people: replacing interior door handles on cars and installing ceiling fans.  All other technical skills involve a program called STATA which I recommend you not learn about unless forced to.

Twas nice to employ one of my skills after lunch today.   People can now exit Kevin’s car from the front.  Good luck in the back!

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August 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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Thankful

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Tonight I’m thankful.

I just finished dinner with a friend who I’ve met with weekly for the last year.  He is newly-wed and on his way to graduate school.  It’s been a joy to watch God work on him, bringing him joy, repentance and real growth.  I’m full of praises to God for all the good things I’ve seen happen in his life.

I’ve never been involved in a discipleship type relationship before.  I feel humbled and grateful for this one which was a joy to be in.  It’s not often I am so consciousness of the Spirit’s work.  Tis awing to behold.

I feel like I say it a lot these days but he’ll be very much missed.

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August 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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Tired

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Bed.  Good.

AC.  Good.

Last night.  Neither.

Air conditioning kicks back on on campus around 4am.  Just FYI.

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August 18, 2010 at 5:58 am

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Let Us Now Praise Great Men and Women

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I read about these folks last night.  They loved strangers and the indigent in the most dangerous place on earth.

I’ve thought about them as I went to bed last night and they are on my mind again as I got up this morning, trying to find fitting words to praise the works of these strangers.   They sacrificed and loved at their own peril, unto death.

Beyond that words seem to add little, so I’ll leave it there.

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August 9, 2010 at 6:39 am

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Farewell James

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This weekend we bid an early goodbye to yet another Chapel Hill community stalwart.  After enumerable breakfasts at Weaver Street and a constant supply of wry jokes, we’re losing him to a counseling program.

Though from these pictures you might say we frightened him into it.  At the very least we’ve given him ammo for lots of examples in his classes.

You’ll be very much missed my friend.

I like how I didn’t even make it in this last one.

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August 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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The Checklist Manifesto

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This weekend I’ve blown through The Checklist Manifesto, a fun little book written by Atul Gawande of the New Yorker article I just blogged about.

It’s very Malcom Gladwellish so if you enjoy learning some interesting, slightly geeky stuff then you’ll enjoy learning about how checklists are slowly changing the way operating rooms work, why airlines are as safe as they are, and how sky-scrapper building projects are organized.

Alternately, this is a great read for people trying to accomplish complex tasks that need to be completed by a team in a hurry.  Even if each task is unique (landing at different airports, starting different surgeries, investing in stocks) making sure the common ones get checked off and that the whole team understands what’s going on can be a very good thing.

Checklists also keep people from blowing past things that they know they should check, but don’t because everything will probably be alright even if they aren’t right.

I’m left wondering how to implement checklists in my work as a grad student soon to be a professor.  Perhaps one for reviewing articles or one for undergraduates on how to write papers.

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August 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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Sweets for the Sweet

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August 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

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