Graduated from medical school!

Normally, I don’t post things about my personal life, but I’ll make an exception in this case. Saturday was an especially momentous day for me. I graduated from medical school on June 9th, 2012. I now join the proud tradition of healers dating back thousands of years, and I hope that my own insights will add to the field and advance the art.

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My parents and I at medical school graduation at the Lincoln Center in New York, NY.

We do big things

We do big things.

From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future.

We are a nation that says, “I might not have a lot of money, but I have this great idea for a new company. I might not come from a family of college graduates, but I will be the first to get my degree. I might not know those people in trouble, but I think I can help them, and I need to try. I’m not sure how we’ll reach that better place beyond the horizon, but I know we’ll get there. I know we will.”

We do big things.

The idea of America endures. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it is because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong.

– President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 25th, 2011

I’d like to say how much I love this country. I came from a small, rural town in Florida from loving parents who never went to college and still did a tremendous job providing for our family. My brother and I were among the first to get a college education in our family. In about a year, I’ll be a medical doctor and get to live my dream of helping others every day. In New York City, I get to spend time every weekend helping other people learn new job skills and achieve their dreams of a better life. That’s an extraordinary privilege and a great honor. I have always been proud of America and I wear an American flag pin on my white coat to show my pride in this country. Our best days are still ahead of us. It will take tremendous effort, courage, devotion and determination to achieve the goals we must achieve to remain competitive in the world economy. But, I remain hopeful we will prevail because, as President Obama said, we do big things.

2010 in review

Thanks to everyone for making 2010 a great year! Here’s to 2011 being even better!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 38 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 54 posts. There were 62 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 2nd with 98 views. The most popular post that day was AVG 2011 infinite loop bug on 64-bit Windows.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, reddit.com, twitter.com, chimac.net, and stumbleupon.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for top jailbreak apps, ipad productivity apps, iphone theft prevention, top ipad apps, and best ipad productivity apps.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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AVG 2011 infinite loop bug on 64-bit Windows December 2010
1 comment and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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Top jailbreak apps that make the iPhone even better October 2010
4 comments

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Top iPad Productivity Apps September 2010
5 comments

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Top Apps and Reasons to Jailbreak the iPhone or iPod August 2010
4 comments

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Faking the GPS location on your iPhone October 2010

Is it over yet?

I haven’t written here in a long time so here goes. I’m still sitting around reading for USMLE in a couple weeks. That pre-studying trip to Europe was awesome and I could certainly go for another one. Amsterdam, Paris, Bruges, Ieper, Poperinge, Brussels, Cologne and Frankfurt were all great. It would be a toss up between Bruges and Amsterdam for my favorite city, though I’d lean toward Bruges.

I have a couple ideas for some funny, informative, cutting edge articles but those will have to wait until after Step 1. Anyways, back to reading, practice questions, more reading, thoughts of jumping off a bridge somewhere…

Atheist defined

This was taken from a friend’s page but I liked it enough that I think it deserves an entry. A lot of what they have to say goes along with how I feel (Someone to watch over us)

“Your petitioners are Atheists and they define their beliefs as follows:

An Atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. An Atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work now here on earth for all men together to enjoy.

An Atheist believes that he can get no help through prayer, but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and enjoy it.

An Atheist believes that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment.

He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man.

He wants an ethical way of life. He believes that we cannot rely on a god or channel action into prayer nor hope for an end of troubles in a hereafter.

He believes that we are our brother’s keepers; and are keepers of our own lives; that we are responsible persons and the job is here and the time is now.”

— Definition of Atheism was given to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Murray v. Curlett, 374 U.S. 203, 83 S. Ct. 1560, 10 L.Ed.2d (MD, 1963), to remove reverential Bible reading and oral unison recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in the public schools.

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