Healthcare

The fact that we pay so much for health care as Americans, astonishes me. Recently the Obama Administration cut a deal with the hospital and pharmaceutical lobbies to cut the prices they charge. The hospital lobby, has agreed to cut the rates they charge by a combined amount of $150 billion over 10 years. Just this fact tells you how over-priced our health care system is. My mother wanted me to become a doctor, I’m not sure why I didn’t.

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Last week, I took a stroll down Lake Shore Drive with Nicole. Sitting from afar the Chicago skyline and the cars coming down Lake Shore Drive at night is a pretty cool scene to watch. It’s probably my favorite thing to do in Chicago. But that’s probably because I’m a romantic at heart. Take your pick of any date movie, set in a big city and most likely there will be a scene with the skyline as a backdrop. Buckingham Fountain fits the bill too.

Recently, I thought of the two most ignorant comments I believe I’ve been told by a girl during my time in college. The girl that said this comment is a bit naive, and over-dependent, but I like her. The first was I’m too boring. Am I? That’s a tough question, I tend to be really passionate about my interests. And hopefully everyone feels the same way about their own interests. Personally I do what I like. I hate conforming, I never will. And if I’m boring because of that too bad. One other thing I could add to that is people overestimate the importance of things.

The second girl told me that I was a nerd. Yeah, what science person hasn’t heard that word. The second girl I was particularly close to, but she is probably one of the most ungrateful and unpredictable people I have ever met. She made me think about the realities of race, societal perception,religion. She made a lot of stereotypes apparent to me, and that will stay with me for the rest of my life. She also made me realize that people don’t change. I’m really sorry how things transpired, between us. But I can’t change the past.

Sarah Palin

It is highly unlikely Sarah Palin will ever be President. Palin resigns this Sunday from office, citing that she is unable to effectively go about her duties as governor. She has cited political operatives continually attempting to find dirt on her, and the press coverage she and her family have received as the primary reasons she is stepping aside.

To me and half the country this sounds like pathetic whining. Politics is a demanding profession, if you can’t handle the limelight you shouldn’t step into it. With that being said, don’t be naive to believe politics is limited only to those elected to office.

A large segment of the population identifies with Palin. Most are looking for someone who is culturally similar to themselves. Rather than someone who is well-informed on public policy. Obama will be impossible to beat, if and only if the economy recovers, and unemployment drops.

Paris Hilton

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090710/ap_on_en_mo/us_promoting_paris_14

My Favorite excerpts from the article:

You have to give it to her, she’s clever.

MIAMI – Paris Hilton repeatedly fussed with her hair and makeup in a federal courtroom Friday, sported six-inch stiletto heels and a black dress and amused the judge with a little wave on the way to the witness stand.

My people handle my schedule. I’m a brand. I’m a businesswoman. I have 13 different product lines. I’m always working,” Hilton said.

The trial is being heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who reacted with surprise when Hilton gave him a little wave before testifying. “I’ve never had a witness wave at me before,” the judge cracked.

In another exchange, Moreno was puzzled by the title of Hilton’s current reality show, “My New BFF.”

“What does that mean?” he said. After Hilton gave the title — “Paris Hilton’s My New Best Friend Forever” — the judge remarked “This will be my best case forever.”

Without missing a beat, Hilton replied “You’re my best judge forever.”

40 years later Apollo 11

July 20, 1969. Forty-Years ago today two men, Neil Amstrong, and Buzz Aldrin, landed on the surface of the moon. They did what people dreamed about for centuries. Many people were doubtful, that such a feat would ever be possible.

A lot of people thought Orville and Wilbur Wright, were nuts to attempt to fly a device in the air like a bird. The Wright brothers succeeded in their endeavour to create the first airplane on Dec 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk.

In 1965, a Qantas Boeing 707 departing from San Francisco, completed the first commercial non-stop flight between America and Australia 7500 miles, 14 hours, 32 minutes.

Now we move onto more equally impressive engineering feats of the likes: Airbus A380,Burj Dubai, Boeing 787 (still in the works).

And for those reason that’s why I became an engineer. You get to do what no one else could do. I don’t think people should hold back their dreams and aspirations. I run the risk of sounding overly optimistic.

Illinois is home to the transistor, the led, the lcd, the plasma tv. Nathan Newmark, and the brainchild of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. No reason to believe we ran out of innovation.

RF

I’m not a big fan of rampant consumerism, and Juliet Schor would be disappointed with me.But, if you haven’t seen the Dos Equis commercials you are missing out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bc0WjTT0Ps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRaTekm9Ak8&feature=related

Tonight I finally took a break from IC Design, Linear Algebra, and h-parameters. Working in RF engineering, exposes you to a lot of things.

I really like living in the Greater Chicagoland area. It’s been over a decade since I was last in NYC, I really would like to see how the two cities measure up. I can’t believe some people still have this dark picture of Chicago. Of a place filled with crime, gangsters and Al Capone. For the most part those days are over. Chicago is a vibrant and wonderful place to live, only second of course to my hometown Miami.

Lately, I’ve felt I lost my articulate edge in some areas. I think that’s partially because I really haven’t had time to read and think. Recently, I’ve also felt less willing to talk. When I was younger I really didn’t enjoy soliloquy. Whenever I sit at a table, it’s always up to me to start a conversation, and keep it going. But I’m flipping the tables (no pun intended), and going back to my younger self, just sitting and listening and not commenting. And quietly learning.

Miami in July

The first lovely thing about the state of Florida, and Miami. Higher Speed limits, and more people watching. Don’t get me wrong Chicago, like I’ve mentioned before has a lot of character to it. But unfortunately it’s all bottled up in one downtown. At least I’d like to believe Miami spreads out things in bits and pieces.

Design Matters, and Style does too. That pretty much sums up Miami in six words. Three words: Luciana and heels.

I was watching a Michael Jackson video in the store yesterday. The moonwalk and Thriller rank near the top of my favorites. My moonwalk is not as cool as his that’s for sure.

I’ve decided, I’m going to stop giving away free advice on my blog. Not that any of it is worth anything. But everyone does what they think is best, whats good for me, may not be good for someone else. Besides Trade secrets are expensive =P

I was talking to this girl today a fairly good acquaintance of mine. And she was screwed over by two people. And I said don’t worry about it, I’m sure they’ll find a way to screw themselves over. And she responded “Yes I hope they get screwed over royally, yes I’m bitter.”
Question: Did she have the right to feel bitter?Sure, and you should expect people to screw you over, if you don’t your naive. As people we are not flawless.