Flexner Report – Why Medical Care Costs So Much


This 1910 report basically said too many doctors were being trained. As a result, women were banned from medical schools and about half of medical schools were closed down. Now each doctor could make far more money on average.

My suggestion to fix healthcare is to remove regulations limiting the number of students training to be doctors each year and remove practicing requirements. We especially should dump the entire patent system.

Shred your worries

At LA art show with Scott

Rock climbing

I had a great session of rock climbing yesterday. Matt and I worked on a couple of good 11c leads, then did a little top rope. I got there early and did about an hour of bouldering and talked with Kristin and Gil for awhile. Good times! I think I was there 5:30-9:30.

Funny Government Physics Joke – Governmentium

Reading Blood Meridian

Interesting quote

“Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak.”

This comes from a chapter where the character the Judge argues might makes right and war is ultimate truth.

Black Mirror Episode One Season One

Just watched the very first Black Mirror episode. Excellent! I won’t give it away, but it is a strong indictment of human nature.

2016 Review

2016 was a great year for me in general. The best highlight was my marriage to Laurel! I am extremely happy with her.

Coalition did about as well as it did in 2015, mostly because we had a frivolous lawsuit to deal with that consumed a lot of my time. However, we won that lawsuit and were awarded attorneys fees. Once that period was over with, our business has really started to boom again. We had our best Q4 on record! Hopefully, that momentum will carry through into 2017.

Physically, I had some issues with my knees that caused me to stop running. I feel like I have regressed a little bit in overall strength and endurance, but my rock climbing is pretty solid. I would like to push fully into the 5.12 rock climbing territory in 2017.

Mentally, I read a ton of books and did some really serious programming, launching multiple new systems for Coalition.

Emotionally, I made the strongest advances as I now call a family member or friend every day on my commute to work and from work. I also have married Laurel as I mentioned before, which has provided me a lot of stability.

Financially, I have done decently well, but would like to improve my investment strategies in the future.

In the world as a whole, there is a lot of change happening

  • Artificial intelligence made enormous breakthroughs and I think we are just a few years out from full general intelligence rising and humans being displaced as the apex predator on our planet.
  • The world political and economic order has regressed globally and extremists are rising to power everywhere from the Middle East to our own country with Trump’s election.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

Excellent article everyone should read on how the second law of Thermodynamics relates to our society.