Traffic was moving slowly after breakfast with friends Friday Morning. I glanced around and noticed a rather dark, large smoke plume originating to my west.
While in traffic, my first thought was that the Sylvee had gone up in flames. The source turned out to be a Madison Gas & Electric substation. Fortunately, no one was injured. Curiously, I’ve seen no mention of this incident on their website.
I recorded a short video clip and captured a few images while moving slowly in Madison’s isthmus:
Madison Gas & Electric customers pay the highest rates in Wisconsin [https://www.zmetro.com/pdf/2019/wis_avg_res_electric_bill_2018_2019.xlsxxlsx comparison], up to 44% more than other Wisconsin utility customers. Why?
I recently compiled a bit of long term, personal medical history along with an image or two prior to meeting a new physician. I sought to share this digital information efficiently, and save everyone time, if not money.
However and unfortunately, Epic Systems’ My Chart app (Madison, WI based UW Health implementation) lacks the ability to ingest and share patient sourced images or documents…..
The HITECH Act set meaningful use of interoperable EHR adoption in the health care system as a critical national goal and incentivized EHR adoption. The “goal is not adoption alone but ‘meaningful use’ of EHRs—that is, their use by providers to achieve significant improvements in care.”
A reader asked me to write tonight about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which is about as far from something I would like to write about as I can imagine, but this is a full service blog so what the heck. The idea behind the law is laudable — standardized and accessible electronic health records to allow any doctor to know what they need to know in order to treat you. There’s even money to pay for it — $30 billion from the 2009 economic stimulus that you’d think would have been spent back in 2009, right? Silly us. Now here’s the problem: we’re going to go through that $30 billion and end up with nothing useful. There has to be a better way. And I’m going to tell you what it is.
Wright called his design a “helio-lab,” or sun-lighted laboratory. At the building’s dedication, he said he hoped it would be a “flower among the weeds” of typical, “drab” structures built for business.
CAR magazine’s Good, Bad and Ugly on the GTI:
GTI is your dad when he was wild, young and free. After seven generations, VW has this hot-hatch thing nailed.
Pondering this random scene, my thoughts returned to driving some rental Toyota’s in Japan last year. Fine cars and well sorted interfaces with my iPhone, but, they were not a GTI. There may be hope, after President Akio Toyoda recently decreed “no more boring cars”.
VW appears to understand stimulants. Our youngest – no car fan – recently messaged me a link to “Hello Light”:
That said, she did speak well of a European VW Polo’s iPhone support during a recent rental.
Design, well done, adds incredible value to experiences and perceptions.
P.S. Wright’s impressive tower apparently cost four to five times the proposed budget. Wright and VW share tortured paths.
P.S2. I’ve owned a 2013 GTI since new. It is a (very) fun car to drive and has been more reliable than expected.
P.S3. SC Johnson’s (free!) architectural tour is rather impressive, from the knowledgeable guides to the visual stimulation. I find their approach to brand building quite interesting and, perhaps somewhat aligned, if not symbiotic, with Volkswagen’s.
P.S5. For those unable to visit in person, the amuz app (amuzapp.com) features a number of Wright destinations, including SC Johnson’s headquarters and research building along with the nearby Wingspread estate.