Why are My Doctors So Behind the Times When it Comes to Technology?

Why are My Doctors So Behind the Times When it Comes to Technology?

 

Just tried to make an appointment on my doctor’s patient portal and it was DISMAL. I would be more forgiving if my doctor were ancient but she’s in her early 50s.

This is the experience I encountered:

  •  Logged on to her system, expected to see available appointments.
  • The site shows all dates and times – but doesn’t distinguish between those that are available and those already booked.
  • You are literally looking for a needle in a haystack.
  • To find an open appointment, you have to click on every single time/day until you run into an available time. Yikes.

I finally called her office to schedule an appointment (how last century is that?). When I see her later this month I will make a plea for zocdoc, or another similar service.

These are such little things, really minor annoyances, but they make a huge difference in providing efficient, seamless experiences. And they definitely affect my perception of the service provider. Neo-Luddism is not my thing.

Read on below for more on this, along with examples of businesses getting it right.

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Personalized Kit Kat Omiyage: This is an Awesome Vending Machine

Personalized Kit Kat Omiyage: This is an Awesome Vending Machine

 

This is killing me. Why doesn’t Nestle do this kind of cool stuff in the States?

Per Japan Trends, Nestlé Japan has installed a new vending machine in Kyoto that lets you create personalized Japanese Kit Kat chocolates.

  • The Travel Memories Kit Kat vending machine is located inside the Omiyage Kaido (Souvenir Highway) JR Kyoto Station for a limited time only.
  • It lets customers buy a box of Kit Kat chocolates in a matcha green tea flavor that also comes in packaging personalized with their own photos.
  • The vending machine can connect with customers’ phones to print their choice of photo on the box.
  • The back of the packaging is designed like a postcard, so you can write an address on the back, add a postage stamp, and then mail it from the vending machine.
  • The whole process takes about 5 minutes and costs less than $4.
  • The promotion runs from November 2nd until mid-April 2018.

See more below on Omiyage culture which is huge in Japan – as well as more photos of the Kit Kat boxes.

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As a Former Catholic Altar Girl, This Intrigues Me Greatly

As a Former Catholic Altar Girl, This Intrigues Me Greatly

 

How do you properly dispose of broken rosaries and other blessed items?

 

Thanks to the uCatholic blog I have a perfect Sunday topic. How this blog found its way into my inbox is a mystery but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

And although I am no longer a practicing Catholic, I was indeed an altar girl while attending an all-girl Catholic boarding school. The subject of blessed items, from rosaries to altar wine, is not foreign to me. As a matter of fact, it’s quite intriguing – especially the rules around disposing of these items.

According to the uCatholic blog:

  • If you have any blessed item e.g. a rosary or a statue or even a palm branch, you have to show proper reverence and properly dispose of those items when they are damaged or just falling apart.
  • The rituals described by uCatholic definitely piqued my interest – especially as an urban dweller, I have no idea where one would do all this burning and burying without raising all kinds of red flags.
  • But uCatholic makes it very clear that tradition demands blessed items, broken or damaged, must be burned or buried. After an item has been burned, its ashes should also be buried.
  • If the item does not disintegrate into the Earth, such as plastic, it is acceptable to break apart the item then discard it appropriately.
  • The tradition of returning blessed items to the Earth stems from the idea that an object sanctified in God’s name should be returned to God, much like the way a person is buried and returned to the earth.

Read on below for more on how to properly dispose of  altar cloths and even Holy Water.

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The Next Big Thing: Over-60s Are Having a Moment

The Next Big Thing: Over-60s Are Having a Moment

 

I frequently feel like a pioneer on the vanguard of this weird thing called “aging.” The existing language and assumptions around this life stage simply don’t fit how I feel or how I see the world and my place in it.

To quote Ageist (one of my favorite websites):

Unlike other life stages, there isn’t anything out there in the way of templates or substantial role models.

So, you can imagine my happiness at discovering groups of like-minded creatives, scientists, and businesses all intent on rebranding this age category and changing existing perceptions of this life stage.

And, by the way, this is not about making one life stage preferable to another: youth will never lose its allure but “Late Style” is catching on.

Read on below for more about how the social constructs around life stages and aging are giving way to a new reality.

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The Cod House: Best Meal While in Paris, Awesome

The Cod House: Best Meal While in Paris, Awesome

 

Just back from Paris and must do a shout out to The Cod House, a Japanese tapas restaurant that opened a month ago.

It’s in the 6th arr. and totally fabulous. The food was delicious and the vibe and design very chic – and very instagrammable. What I particularly liked was that it looked neither French nor Japanese. I went for lunch and it was not too busy. However, I hear at dinner it can get slammed – and no reservations!

If you are going to be in Paris and like Japanese cuisine, check it out.

  • I had three dishes: the yellowtail with jalapeno, the black cod roll with miso and the eggplant (which was amazing!).
  • They suggest ordering three dishes per person but anybody with a typical American appetite might want to order a bit more.
  • It’s a little spendy but so worth it. Highly recommend.

I took Uber everywhere but if you’re metroing it, it’s right by the Odeon station.

See below for more photos.

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Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2018

Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2018

 

I’ve been tracking trends in residential and commercial real estate all year. Jury seems to be out on whether 2018 will be great – or just limp along.

However, there are 3 things everyone agrees on:

  1. Conditions are becoming less favorable with construction labor in short supply and building materials becoming more costly. Major housing shortages are anticipated.
  2. The investment action is shifting away from major metro gateway cities (e.g. NYC, Chicago, Houston) to secondary markets e.g. Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City. However, developers are not unified as to whether secondary markets can hold up in an economic downturn.
  3. Niche sectors represent biggest opportunities e.g. co-working/co-living, senior housing and logistics (e.g. e-commerce warehousing). Not feeling the love: retail and traditional office space.

Read on below for the five emerging trends to keep an eye on should real estate be your thing.

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Flying Business Class? Welcome to the World of the Office Cubicle

Flying Business Class? Welcome to the World of the Office Cubicle

 

Who thought that Business Class should look like a sea of grey plastic office cubicles? Hideous!! I absolutely abhor it. What kind of thinking – and design acumen – went into this? Did they ask anybody flying if a sea of lowly office cubicles was the correct aesthetic for Business Class? How can they possibly think it’s a good idea to strip away every last morsel of luxury, comfort and glamour?

I find it atrocious that after paying thousands of dollars to fly Business, you end up spending the equivalent of a 6-8 hour day in the cubicle section – shouldn’t Business at least get you a “flying corner office”?

I’ve done some research and it looks like every airline has been sold this bill of goods on the desirability of the cubicle. A lot of it seems to be fueled by being able to have a flat bed but on my recent overnight trip, I found it not very comfortable and slept perhaps 2 hours max.

I’m of the opinion that this is an appalling turn of events and must be reversed. Flying Business should be an elevated experience as in C-Suite, NOT C as in Cubicles.

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2018 Instagram Trends: Essentials to Get Your ‘Gram On

2018 Instagram Trends: Essentials to Get Your ‘Gram On

Photo credits: Bella Hadid (left), GaryPepperGirl (upper right), CarmenGraceHamilton (bottom row, middle), TheCatWalkItalia (lower right), Elle AU

 

Elle has identified 12 trends to look out for in 2018 (link here). But there are four already popping up among influencers:

  • WomanSpreading: ‘unladylike’ but super empowering
  • Hi-Lo: LOTS of this (right up your alley, Snaxtime!!)
  • Gaudy/ Opulent Interiors: More is more
  • Glitter & Sparkle: check out the Kira Kira app, makes things even sparklier

Read on below for more on how to use Instagram Stories in tandem with your feed, blog or website. Also, which filters are most popular from a study of over 40 million Instagram posts from influencer marketing company, Relatable.

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