2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Should Your Doctor Be Napping on the Job?

From Time:

It usually happens around 5 a.m. after the night-shift adrenaline has worn off. A certain ER doctor sits in front of his computer finishing charts, when his shoulders slowly start to sag, his head lolls, and then he has nodded off to sleep, his loud snores reverberating through the ER.

After several minutes of amusing commentary from the staff, someone usually elbows the doctor in the side (or, once, put smelling salts under his nose) and he awakes with a jolt. “Great power nap!” he smiles, leaning back and running his hands through his hair. Then he bounds off energetically to see the next patient.

Hospital: Smokers need not apply

From CNN:

A Pennsylvania hospital is expected to begin screening job applicants for signs of nicotine early next year, claiming it will not hire smokers, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.

Geisinger Health System — a facility located in the eastern town of Danville — will institute its no-nicotine policy on February 1, 2012, said Marcy Marshall.

Applicants that test positive will be offered help to quit and are encouraged to re-apply after six months, she said.