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Hockey, Geekiness, Parenthood. Physician at the U of Saskatchewan. Also on Post, Mastodon (mstdn . ca), and Spoutible
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Mar 24 9 tweets 2 min read
I’m not in charge of much and maybe that’s for good reason.

But I tend to think if you’ve got extra money, like a surplus, you can’t go wrong investing in children’s education and primary healthcare.

If you’ve got the money & won’t, seems you don’t think it’s important. This is problematic for several reasons.

For one, your future society is only as strong as your kids. Like this shouldn’t really be controversial. Kids doing better means better, more educated, happier, more productive adults in a few years.
Mar 23 7 tweets 2 min read
Separate issue but also a bit concerning is the large number of unmatched spots in Psychiatry which is further down that list.

This year, anyways, the most widespread unmatched residency positions in the first round in Canada are Family Medicine and Psychiatry. For those unfamiliar with the match system most of those unfilled spots will get filled in a 2nd round of interviews.

However, it does suggest this year there were, broadly, more available spots for training in Family Med & Psychiatry than Canadian Medical Graduate interest.
Mar 19 5 tweets 2 min read
This is an important point.

A huge number of SK residents don’t have access to any primary care. Nurse Practitioners can help with that.

There are NPs ready & willing to work in this province but they can’t get jobs in the public system.

So they have to go private. As we talk about funding healthcare, it’s important to remember it’s almost always more cost effective to prevent serious illness than to treat it after the fact.

Or deal with things when they’re minor than when they get worse.

That’s why primary care is so cost effective.
Mar 16 5 tweets 1 min read
You can sort of see here how all these factors come together for a specific person.

Koekkoek describes having anxiety that makes it hard for him to eat. There’s lots of ways that can show itself. Some people just don’t feel hungry. Others feel nauseous at the sight of food… Others unintentionally vomit or have a fear they will vomit. Some just can’t bring themselves to eat and just looking at the food gives them irrational fear.

Whatever it is, in Koekkoek’s case, it went along with his anxiety.

Now combine that specific symptom with pro sports…
Mar 9 10 tweets 2 min read
This is a fantastic read. Must read for any Oiler fan. But also for any one.

Life, sports, injury, depression, meaning, and change.

Aleš Hemský : The meaning of life bezfrazi.cz/stories/ales-h… There are a lot of parts of this that would be great to expand upon but that transition to retirement has always fascinated me.

All big transition stages can be tough. Retirement is a big one for most people but there’s something different about it for pro athletes.
Mar 2 6 tweets 2 min read
All considered, Bjugstad doesn’t really move the needle, but he ‘is’ a legitimate NHL forward that has some defensive ability, and a small touch of offence that overall is a small net positive in a bottom 6 role. He’s a safe depth addition. Feel like they should’ve been able to get him without giving up Kesselring. That’s neither here nor there for this season but I think Kesselring is a pretty decent D prospect not far from the NHL. So they paid a pretty decent price for a depth guy, but it should help this playoff
Feb 28 7 tweets 2 min read
The thing about Barrie is that he’s not great moving the puck from the Oiler’s side of the red line. He’s great from the offensive blue line in, which is how he gets points and why he’s good on the PP. But he doesn’t push the play 5x5. Oilers need that defenceman that can push play at 5x5 and transition out of their own end. That’s why I wanted Karlsson, but Ekholm is good too.

Ekholm - Bouchard is instantly the best breakout D-pair the Oilers have had in awhile.
Jan 25 7 tweets 2 min read
Lol… I meant to respond to this at the time but I suppose I can explain it now.

People are very up in arms about this and I think some context is important. For all the talk about the 2 a week thing, it’s important to keep in mind the other end of the scale. As you increase your drinking on the other side of the scale, your health risks increase dramatically. That’s where you have your most profound effects on multiple organ systems.
Jan 20 5 tweets 2 min read
I have to say, out of all the ways I pictured technology might advance… dystopian, utopian, increased convenience… I did not anticipate the degree to which it would change in stupid ways to intentionally piss me off just so some dudes could make a buck. 2012: Cool, I can just transfer my pictures from my iPhone to my computer. This is smooth and easy. I wonder how much simpler it’ll be in 10 years?

2022: WHY IS THIS SO GOD DAMN FINICKY? No, I don’t want to buy iCloud storage! I have storage! It’s two feet away!
Jan 19 4 tweets 1 min read
It takes about 0.5 seconds to click over from ‘for you’ to ‘following’ and yet I find it unreasonably annoying. Twitter: Here’s some things you might like!

Me: Yeah… great… I’m going to go over here to see the things I WILL like. Because… you know… I chose to follow them. Because I like them.

Jan 4 5 tweets 1 min read
There’s been a few vaccine misinfo stuff coming up these last few days.

Let’s start with the basics:

No, you can’t get vaccinated by touching, kissing or having sex with someone who is vaccinated.

I don’t even know where to begin to explain why. It’s just not how biology works The mRNA vaccine is given as an injection into your muscle. It is broken down by your body fairly quickly, like all mRNA is.

If you kiss someone, your cells are not making proteins based on ‘their’ mRNA. That just… doesn’t happen.
Dec 25, 2022 7 tweets 1 min read
Santa is almost as fast as McDavid I don’t really know what they put on Oilers+, but if they’re not making an Oiler Christmas Special where McDavid and Draisaitl have to help Santa save Christmas, then what the hell is the point of it?
Dec 23, 2022 11 tweets 2 min read
If you’ve never experienced ‘really’ cold weather, there’s certain things that happen at those temperatures that you can’t really imagine.

Like you can tell how cold it is by the ‘sound’ a door makes when it closes. Plastic becomes more brittle and easier to break.
Dec 19, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Interesting article on how the Community Notes system works. Essentially voters from ‘both’ sides of the political spectrum have to agree for a clarifying note to be added. Which is problematic for highly divisive topics, even if there is a factual answer

bloomberg.com/graphics/2022-… For instance, this tweet about abortion is blatantly factually incorrect. However, because voters who are algorithmically categorized as right-leaning did not find the clarifying note useful, it was never shown.
Dec 19, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
post.news/article/2J7VEa… This is a good long piece over on Post. I’m not sure if you can read it if you’re not signed up on Post. Though I’d be curious to know if you can.
Dec 19, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
I’m not much of a football fan, so I’m sure this is a very normal play. But… I have several questions Question 1:
Dec 17, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
Ah, so if you pay $8, then your mutes and blocks count as downvotes for everyone.

That certainly makes the $8 even more worth it for bots and other bad actors.

Truly a man of people. Both the good and bad with Twitter was it allowed people to rise to prominence on the back of their content.

Sometimes that allowed the rise of grifters and misinformation artists tweeting outrage. But other times it platformed people who would otherwise be silenced.
Dec 16, 2022 16 tweets 3 min read
This is a good question and worthy of a longer thread than I probably have time for.

But let’s start with a few basics: 1) We know it’s ‘not’ because our immune system is ‘weaker’. We don’t need to get ‘infected’ in order to strengthen our immune response. Our immune system responds to any bacteria or germ, which we get from our general environment all the time. Which keeps it functioning.
Dec 15, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
You know what, the added context thing IS helpful. Anyways, yes, viruses mutate. That doesn’t make them different viruses. Same way Influenza A has mutated into multiple different subtypes and yet is ‘still’ called Influenza A.
Dec 13, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
I agree with renaming trophies over time and think the NHL is due.

But also I cynically half expect it’ll be like “the Amazon Prime Points Trophy” and the winner has to wear an Amazon logo on his jersey for the next year. This is a good point and 100% true.
Dec 8, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
“Children; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room, they contradict their parents and tyrannize their teachers. Children are now tyrants.”
- Socrates 470BC So I’ve heard this quite numerous times over the years and it’s always attributed to Socrates, usually via Plato.

But… I got thinking, do we have any evidence of that?

A Google search suggests… we don’t!