John Lennon was murdered 34 years ago today. Here’s a documentary about his last day, December 8th 1980. I saw it originally in December 2010 on the 30th anniversary his murder. It’s noticeable for the interview that begins around the 27 minute mark with Dr Stephen Lynn, the Emergency Room doctor who attended to John when he was brought to Roosevelt Hospital that night. From an emergency medicine perspective, he tells us that Lennon, in the attempt to save his life, had a thoracotomy – every EM clinician will understand what that means. He retells the story in such a way that you re-realise the horror of his killing.
Here we go again…
There is a story in the news, this time from Australia, about charging patients who “shouldn’t be in the emergency department”. Here’s someone tweeting about it:
The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
…state-run hospitals will be given the power to impose a fee of about $7 to stem a potential rush of patients from GP clinics to free public hospital emergency rooms.
Why is Apple buying Beats? Opinion #31247
(This post has nothing to do with medicine.)
I’m an Apple customer for many years. I’m also one of those fans who happily watches all the keynote presentations and follows the popular Apple news and rumour websites.
So like many, I was perplexed by the news that it seems Apple will be buying Beats for $3.2 billion in the next week or so. Why would they do that? Beats headphones are divisive in that you either think they are (a) a worthy expense which marks you out as a discerning audiophile and fashionista or (b) an idiot tax on people who put style over substance. Interestingly a lot of people also think (b) applies to Apple fanboys like me, and yet somehow it seems from the online discourse that Apple fans and Beats fans are mutually exclusive.
So why would Apple buy Beats?
This is an idea I’ve been kicking around for 2 or 3 weeks. It arose after having a conversation with a specialist registrar where I was going on about technology and online learning, as I usually do.
Here’s the thought I had after that conversation: “I realy need to make sure that I listen to more emergency medicine podcasts regularly.”
Now, if you do listen to EM podcasts regularly, then well done. You’re dismissed.
If you don’t listen to EM podcasts regularly, you probably fall into one of these two groups:
I notice people are following this blog already. Hoping to go live by Dec 15th.