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My first reaction is that they mean for it to be pronounced "cool", as in "kewl".
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2008 on Just Go Cuil It at Marcus' World
Karen Schneider blogged about this a year or two ago, and I recall that several of the comments were of the "blindingly expensive" sort. What a piercing description! Imagine opening an envelope, clapping a hand over one's face and screaming "My eyes!" as the invoice flutters to the floor. I think that's what will happen when I open my next tax bill, but I digress. Bottom line, for people who have families to support and no institutional recompense for the conference fee and its related costs, it really can be difficult. (I certainly wouldn't be able to attend.)
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2007 on The Value of In Person Conferences at Marcus' World
Yes, are you familiar with Danish philosopher and theologian Kierkegaard, and his concept of the "leap of faith"?
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2007 on Salad Bar Religion at Marcus' World
What wonderful, reassuring news! Good to know you are getting settled.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2007 on Berkeley is Just New York West at Marcus' World
I could only come up with 3 that I read regularly: 1.) Baristanet ( This is an example of the "hyperlocal", "citizen journalism" genre. The main Barista was formerly the New Jersey reporter for the N.Y. Times. Check out today's coverage of the hoopla surrounding the filming of scenes for the final episode of "The Sopranos" at a local ice cream parlor. 2.) Marcus' World. Of course! 3.) Book of Joe ( Self-described as "the world's only blogging anesthesiologist", Joe works for my alma mater. He reviews products, cultural happenings, and occasionally comments on the medical news with his "Behind the Medspeak" posts. Two posts in two days, I'm on a roll!
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2007 on Five Blogs at Marcus' World
Well said, Marcus -- and best wishes for a happy birthday, and many happy returns. "Life begins at 30" is more than just a saying... Cynthia, I read that book -- it was great! One the author's points -- that clinical guidelines are written with bias toward over-prescribing, was also made in an article in today's N.Y. Times, "Doctor's ties to drug makers are put on close view". The article states, "A 2002 survey found that more than 80% of the doctors on panels that write clinical practice guidelines had financial ties to drug makers." And as Abramson noted, doctors are more comfortable treating according to the guidelines (i.e. over-prescribing), because if litigation ever ensues, the M.D. can assert, "I was following the guidelines." So it's more likely a patient will receive more (too many?) prescriptions rather than less.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2007 on Ahh...Youth at Marcus' World
I read that the Virginia General Assembly recently approved a resolution to issue a formal apology for the state's past role in slavery. It's interesting to think that up until the early 1960's, my husband and I could not have been legally married in the state of Virginia. But that's only because, given human nature's tendency distort perception as necessary to view a preferred reality, the Society for the Descendants of Pocahantas (among whom my family proudly counted themselves), actually asked for, and received, an official exemption to the segregation-era color laws which -- according to the "one drop" rule -- would have made them non-white.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2007 on The Confessions of Nat Turner at Marcus' World
Marcus, my condolences on the death of your grandfather. I am impressed with your candid, introspective and insightful analysis of these family relationships. Something that has both comforted and intrigued me over the years since my folks passed away (at different times) is that the relationship with the parent actually continues -- it grows and develops, albeit in a fairly one-sided way, but it remains a relationship nonetheless.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2007 on Death in the Family at Marcus' World
Although I haven't seen the movie, a review I read mentioned that the characters played by Blanchett and Pitt were on a vacation in Morocco to help them over a marital rough patch. Morocco has some great, colorful tourist spots (Marrakech, Essourira, Fez), but some more seasoned travellers want to venture further out. There is a ClubMed in the south which caters to tourist who want to head out to the desert. Maybe the scriptwriter was a fan of Paul Bowles' "The Sheltering Sky", where a tourist couple does kind of generally hang out, but falls in to trouble.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2006 on Babel at Marcus' World