Friday, March 28, 2014
When your toddler wakes up during the night, be soothing and calming, but boring. Let him know that everything is okay, but that it's time to sleep. Keep the conversation to a minimum and the lights dim. It may take a few nights or even a few weeks to get back on track, but the closer you stick to his regular sleep routine, the sooner the problem will be resolved.Heh! I like this: "[S]oothing and calming, but boring". It also reminds me of the nickname I gave my overall bedtime/naptime/nighttime strategy long ago: "Captain Boredom". Anything in the least bit interesting will defeat sleep for my kids.
2. Physicians are getting ready to test suspended animation as a means of buying time for trauma victims:
That solution will be put to the test in humans for the first time. A final meeting this week will ensure that a team of doctors is fully prepared to try it. Then all they have to do is wait for the right patient to arrive.Now that I've got your attention, I'll introduce you to the proper term for this approach: "emergency preservation and resuscitation". The research team doesn't "like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction".
That person will have suffered a cardiac arrest after a traumatic injury, and will not have responded to attempts to start their heart. When this happens, every member of [Samuel] Tisherman's team will be paged. "The patient will probably have already lost about 50 per cent of their blood and their chest will be open," he says. The team sees one of these cases each month. Their chance of survival is less than 7 per cent.
3. Word of the week:
maphead n. A person who is passionate about maps and cartography.I've always been fascinated by maps, and remember drawing lots of fictional ones as a child. I don't spend much time looking at them anymore, but do enjoy seeing a good one -- or a weird one -- now and then.
4. No, I'm not getting ready to build a Linux cluster, but this piece on "Basic Concepts of High Availability Linux" reminded me of an old frustration with technical literature, particularly relating to computers: It too often seems geared toward either a complete novice or an expert. On top of that, much of it is no more informative than a cookbook, or a collection of recipes. It is a breath of fresh air to see a piece of technical writing that treats its reader like a thinking being, rather than, say, a computer.
Sometimes, circumstances arise outside the usual routine. A human being who does not understand why he is doing something is little better than a computer in such situations. Likewise, ignorance of the concepts and principles behind a procedure can blind its follower to potential ways of improving upon it.