Decisions: Swallowing the spider to catch the fly

I don’t know why she swallowed that fly. My job feels sometimes like I’m chasing down the logic behind decisions. We switched our software at work from a 2-dimensional computer-aided drafting (CAD) software program to a more robust and intelligent building information modeling (BIM) program. It’s an interesting change, making you think about the building […]

In the news: Stress, Anxiety and Canadian Youth – my response

Global News is airing a week of segments on Children’s Mental Health, sponsored by RBC Children’s Mental Health Project. Monday’s segment: Young Minds: Stress, Anxiety Plaguing Canadian Youth; is available online, with video links. The comments in the written article are interesting. I can understand why mental health is still considered ‘taboo’. With critics blaming […]

Call for Entries: NICU Design Competition

I received an email from the LinkedIn Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) & Quality Innovators group advertising an NICU design competition. You can download a PDF of the information package from the website: Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. Design Competition. There are two categories for this competition – theoretical and actual facilities. From the website: […]

Music as Medicine

George Stroumboulopoulos (Strombo) had a post on his website this past week that described the effects of music on premature babies. Strombo writes: Traditional lullabies and favourite songs (slowed down to resemble lullaby) were played or sung for the babies, along with rhythm therapy such as a whooshing of the ocean or a heartbeat. Researchers […]

CMHC Research Highlight: Grab-bar Preferences Study

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) sent a link to a Grab-Bar study in their e-newsletter this week. The study’s objectives were to: 1) determine if and how people actually use toilet grab bars; 2) determine which configuration was more effective in facilitating safe toilet transfers; 3) determine if the grab bar configuration used had an influence on […]

All in the details: A day at the Canadian International Autoshow!

quirkycity’s photostream on Flickr. My husband and I went to the Canadian International Autoshow again this year. You can find some of my detail shots at my Flickr site photostream. For me this year, it was all about the details. The show had everything from car sections, to engine blocks below, to a rolling car […]