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7. One to One Thousand

David Lang Maker Media, Inc ePub

Today, digital fabrication tools are more than just accessible. They’re also powerful.

I didn’t notice it during the initial classes I took. At the time, it just seemed like learning; everything was new and interesting and overwhelming. The first three hours of laser cutting looks a lot like the first three hours of any manual skill, like wood carving or welding. It’s a period of constant absorption and productive struggling.

But that’s not where the digital fabrication tools shine. Having their design DNA embedded into bits means that it’s cheap and easy to create an exact copy. Getting to the prototype or mock-up stage always takes effort, whether digital or analog. With a digital design, though, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel for the second revision. The leverage isn’t going from zero to one, it’s going from one to one hundred (or even several thousand).

Although it requires more up-front design time, the amplified production capacity afforded by the computer-controlled machines means that making many (anywhere from hundreds to thousands) of one design is relatively straightforward. This is beyond prototyping. As many new makers are finding, this micro-manufacturing can lead to some interesting and exciting business opportunities. The challenge, as with all business, is finding a market for those products. But makers are learning that, too. In the same DIT style used to learn the new tools, we’re helping each other to turn these projects into burgeoning enterprises.

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4 Formulating and intervening with respect to frames

Robert Langs Karnac Books ePub

In the course of every psychotherapy session, a patient will unconsciously—and at times, consciously—work over and adapt to the therapist’s prevailing frame-related interventions. Even when little attention is paid to these interventions consciously, they are at the core of the patient’s deep unconscious experiences in therapy. Thus, the patient’s encoded narratives will consistently reflect, first, the nature of the frame-related intervention with which the patient is coping (i.e. the ground rule that is at issue), and, second, the personally selected, deep unconscious meanings and impact that the therapist’s framing activities are having on the patient. The component that identifies the ground rule at issue is reflected in bridging themes (themes shared by the encoded narrative and the ground rule), while the meaning aspect of the experience is reflected in what are called power themes (those of death, illness, harm, and the like—the so-called damage package). Power themes arise in response to all frame-related interventions because even though securing the frame evokes positive imagery, both frame-securing and frame-modifying efforts by therapists are endangering for the patient—secured frames evoke existential death anxieties, and modified frames are persecutory.

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Robert Sietsema ECW Press PDF





There's currently a mania for walking tours of the city conducted by cultural historians, authors, self-styled experts, and just plain crackpots. Typically, these tours are modestly priced, or even free, especially if sponsored by some organization with an ax to grind.

Such tours are advertised via lamppost flyers and bulletin boards and by listings in the Voice (Open City), New York magazine (The Mix), and the New York Press. But the trend has snowballed, so that now the Fine Arts and Leisure section of the Friday New York Times has a comprehensive listing near the back called Spare Times. Here are a few regularly listed tours, with the phone numbers and sponsoring organizations. Call for times and to find out about other tours.

"Seinfeld and His Neighbors," a two-hour tour based on the popular television show set on the Upper West Side; $10, Gotham Walk


"Terminal City: The Grand Central Terminal," a complete once-over of the Beaux-Arts structure and its surrounding buildings; $15, sponsored by the Municipal Arts Society (935-3960).

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CHAPTER 5 Patient-Centered Service Design

Peter Jones Rosenfeld Media ePub

Elena’s Story: Health Self-Service


Patient Experience in Health Service


Good Care Is a Moral Issue


Evidence-Based Service Design


Service Design for Care


Case Study: Patient-Centered Care Innovation


Methods: Design Research for Healthcare Services


Elena returns home to check on Ben before going back to work. Dr. Martin’s office calls at 4:30 to report the lab results. Because she experienced only a “mild” faint, Elena did not get a full set of tests. Her bloodwork showed a borderline diabetes condition called prediabetes, with a fasting blood sugar level of 112 (mg sugar/per dl blood) and a glycosylated hemoglobin (A1c test) of 6%.

Her other scores are mixed, with an elevated blood pressure of 140/92 indicating hypertension, and a high TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level of 6 suggesting hypothyroidism and an overworking pituitary. Dr. Martin asks her to monitor her blood pressure at home. The nurse contacts Elena’s pharmacy to order the thyroid medication and a home blood pressure cuff. Elena schedules a follow-up visit in 1 month.

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Chapter 2 Cameras for Astrophotography

Thierry Legault Rocky Nook-IPS ePub

The antiblooming feature of this CCD sensor makes it possible to simultaneously photograph the dim nebulosity of the Horsehead Nebula and the very bright star Alnitak in the belt of Orion

Consumer digital cameras, specialized charged-coupled device (CCD) cameras, and video cameras all have their place in astrophotography. It is important to understand their basic functionality to get the best performance from each type of camera.

Despite their strong morphological differences, all digital cameras used in astrophotography share a common characteristic: the sensor, which is a small electronic chip designed to capture light. The various cameras are more complementary than competitive, and each of them is suited for a specific type of celestial target—and budget!

Video cameras can work wonderfully for the moon and planets, and CCD cameras produce better results in long-exposure, deep-sky photography. Consumer digital cameras (as described in chapter 1), and especially DSLRs, do not have just one specialty; they can be used for many types of targets. Their greatest advantage is that they open the doors of astrophotography to amateurs, thanks to an excellent performance-to-price ratio. The main differences between dedicated CCD astrophotography cameras and DSLRs are not always obvious; for example, a monochrome (black-and-white) sensor in a CCD camera might be seen as a drawback, but it gives the camera unsurpassed flexibility and sensitivity.

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