I’m currently learning about short-selling in my financial economics class. Short-selling is a way to protect your portfolio in the event the price of a security drops in the future. It’s a great time to be studying finance!
I’ll be at Om Malik’s Mobilize conference today organizing some volunteers. I had dinner with last week and now I’m helping out at the conference…oh the power of Om. This should be a great conference—the lineup is awesome. If you are interested in a free pass in exchange for a few volunteer hours, shoot me an email at patricktraughber [at] gmail [dot] com. I’m missing school for it, so it’s worth it to come out ; )
Also, I posted some photos to my Flickr account, which was starting to collect cobwebs. I hope you enjoy!
Posting has been light the past few days, as I was camping with friends, swimming in ice-cold, high-altitude lakes, and hiking egregiously winding trails in Yosemite. I’m back in Berkeley now, with two problem sets (econometrics and financial economics) due this week and I’m coordinating volunteers for GigaOM’s Mobilize conference on Thursday. I’m glad to have all this in the pipeline, but the frequency of posts may suffer!
I wonder what health care will be like if this trend continues. Patients need doctors that know their medical history well and that’s what primary care doctors (including my dad) are great at. They bring with them not just a degree and knowledge of medicine—primary care doctors bring years of history with each patient and know more than anyone what works for each particular patient. From the article:
Only 2 percent of graduating medical students say they plan to work in primary care internal medicine, raising worries about a looming shortage of the first-stop doctors who used to be the backbone of the American medical system.
"I didn’t want to fight the insurance companies," said Dr. Jason Shipman, 36, a radiology resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., who is carrying $150,000 in student debt.
Primary care doctors he met as a student had to “speed to see enough patients to make a reasonable living,” Shipman said.
The paper gives a few reasons for the decline:
Another likely factor: Medicare’s fee schedule pays less for office visits than for simple procedures, according to the American College of Physicians, which reported in 2006 that the nation’s primary care system is “at grave risk of collapse.”
I’ll be at TechCrunch 50 most of the day with Krutal and some other ST@B founders. It’s at the SF Design center near Adobe, iPhoneDevCamp’s home! I’m hoping to get a ST@B site up this week by the way, and you, my devoted readers, will be the first to get the link ; )
Last Wednesday I posted a photo from my Political Science 179 class (it’s not really a class, just a weekly guest lecture worth one unit) of Robert Reich, taken as he spoke to all 700 of us. The audio from the lecture has been posted to webcast.berkeley.edu. If you would like to listen, you can find it here. It is the September 3rd lecture.
While a lot of products are developed for the government and then make their way to the mainstream public, this time the path is reversed. It’s a great product of the web 2.0 movement. Here is the Wikipedia article for “A-Space.” And an excerpt:
"It’s a place where not only spies can meet but share data they’ve never been able to share before," Wertheimer said. "This is going to give them for the first time a chance to think out loud, think in public amongst their peers, under the protection of an A Space umbrella."
Google chose to launch Chrome on Windows first, which is understandable as Windows represents a much larger portion of the OS pie, but according to the Google Mac Blog, the Mac version doesn’t seem like it will be ready for some time.
Right now, both are in the “pieces build and pass tests, but there’s no Chromium application yet.” While we’re working hard and fast on catching up to the Windows version, we’re not setting an artificial date for when they’ll be ready—we simply can’t predict enough to make a solid estimate, and we expect to learn a lot from the Windows public beta as well. On the plus side, since the project is now public, you’ll be able to watch (and maybe even contribute to) the progress from week to week. As these versions stabilize, we will create official betas, much as we are now for the Windows version. While we can’t give any dates yet, we’ll keep everyone informed as we get closer.
This will be exciting. Google is going to get into the browser space. And they chose a great way to release their project—they took a complex product (browsers) and explained it through a comic that explains how Google Chrome is going to be different from the other browsers out there today (Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari are the big three). The timing? They just inked a deal with Mozilla to extend their contract through 2011. Thanks for the link Dom!