It's unusual for a woman to be a leader in Afghanistan but Zarifa Qazizadah has become the country's only female village chief through force of personality and determination to get things done - even if that means cross-dressing, wearing a false moustache and driving around on a motorbike at night. "I tell the men of the village, all I want is your prayers," she says. "When you have a problem, I'll speak to the government on your behalf and whenever there is any disturbance at night-time, I'll pick up my gun and come to your house to see what's going on."
posted by barnacles
on May 29, 2012 -
“I never think of my age,” she said. “We don’t die at a certain age. And if people didn’t know they were getting a certain age, maybe the same age their father died or their mother died, I think they’d be better off.”
, 95, will soon become the oldest person
to graduate from college
, according to Guinness World Records.
posted by Brittanie
on Apr 29, 2007 -
See one, do one, teach one
. This has been the mantra of medical education
on the wards for a very
long time. But is it fair to the patient on the receiving end of that third-year medical student's awkward physical exam? Since their first use over forty years ago at the University of Southern California, standardized patients
(or simulated patients
, medical actors
or teaching associates
) have been employed to help medical students learn how to examine patients. This internist
signed his own mother up and much to his surprise found it helped her as much as her students [NB: requires registration or BugMeNot; .pdf available here].
A special subset of these teachers, called gynecologic teacing associates
, bravely allow medical students to go where they've often never been before (with a white coat on). One 2nd year medical student found the experience helpful enough to write about it in the Village Voice
[clinically NSFW]. And naturally, as technology marches on, even teaching associates may be downsized
posted by scblackman
on Sep 24, 2006 -
Old Grandma Hardcore.
"This blog is the chronicle of my experiences with Grandma, the video-game playing queen of her age-bracket and weight class. She will beat any PS2, XBox, GameCube, etc., console game put in front of her..." A 22-year-old man blogs about his grandmother's video game obsession.
posted by greasy_skillet
on Aug 10, 2005 -