Engineering in hospitals

The New York Times profiled a university hospital in Utah that’s tracking costs and benefits of everything they do. It’s classic Industrial Engineering (my college major), but whenever you see these kinds of articles people act like it’s revolutionary. It is amazing what tracking and data analysis can accomplish, but it’s not revolutionary. And unfortunately, most hospitals […]

Evan Wade

My son, Evan Wade Krogsgard, was born on June 22nd, 2015. The last two and a half months have been an incredible journey. Before he was born, I hardly recognized the difference between a newborn and a one year old, but I see changes in him on a daily basis. He’s growing, healthy, and wonderful. […]

Cutting the cord

I just cut the cord on our cable. We’ve paid Charter around $150 per month for years, to get their high(er) speed internet, cable TV, and HBO. Charter’s on demand service stinks, and Charter isn’t a supported provider on Apple TV for HBO Go, meaning we haven’t really gotten what we pay for from HBO. […]

Science and God

Science: the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Through science, we discover more about the world. Faith: strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Through faith, we believe in God as […]

Don’t solve problems like Major Payne

At the beginning of Major Payne, Major Payne solves a problem. A wounded soldier has a hurt arm, and he offers to help the soldier take his mind off his arm, in a way that, “works every time.” He breaks his finger. It solved the specific problem temporarily, but unfortunately just gave the soldier more problems. […]

“Off the Record”

Recently, I was listening to Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast, and they were talking about the difference between “off the record” and “on background.” The show notes reference a 16 year old story debating the terms. The term “on background” is pretty new to me, though I’ve used what it means a good bit. Basically, you can […]

The Agency

From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities. I was late to read the story about The Internet Agency in the New York Times. But I finished it last night and it is a […]

The parrot and its owner

A parrot and its owner don’t have the same understanding of what is said, even though the words are the same. As a writer, I need to remind myself to not take others’ parroting at face value, and to actively avoid parroting without understanding something myself. I do both more than I would like, but my […]

Procrastination

I’ve rarely felt like an author was so inside my head as when reading this three-part series on procrastination by Tim Urban, on the outstanding Wait But Why blog. Urban invents a three character system — a battle in the procrastinator’s brain every day, every moment — to highlight what it’s like being a procrastinator. […]