Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

Friday Fun – Medical myths, article from the recent BMJ

Friday, January 4th, 2008

water drinking water tab

This recent article from December 22, 2007 issue of BMJ discusses some medical myths that are popular in health and try to rediscover the medical truth :)

Read the full text article fro BMJ here

** Photo by Tsja!

Friday Fun & Learn – Blogs in Plain English

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Many people in the physio community ask me what is a blog and why I blog? I am grateful to Lee and Sachi LeFever for an excellent intro that I could refer my users to when they ask me this question again :)

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Friday Fun and Learn – Anatomia 1522 to 1867 – Anatomical Plates from the (University of Toronto) Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Our University of Toronto colleagues have a wonderful online collection to share. It features approximately 4500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy selected from the Jason A. Hannah and Academy of Medicine collections in the history of medicine at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867.

You can browse this collection by body region, view the highlights, or just search the plates .

View this collection online here.

Thanks to David Rothman for the link!

Friday Fun – Visions de l’an 2000

Friday, October 12th, 2007

looking into the future

Here is a curation at The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). There is a wonderful online gallery of illustrations by Villemard from 1910 imagining what life would be like in the year 2000.

It is fascinating to see that folks in the early 20th century did not even imagine the things human race has developed so fast…

So, how things will look like in 2100?

** Photo by Amir Fathi

Did you know? Globalization, education and information technology video

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Here is an excellent short (8min.) video that may lead you to think more about your kids’ and even your own education and future opportunities.

World is indeed is getting smaller, more connected and ironically more complicated.

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Friday fun and learn – Do Mandrakes Really Scream? Magic and Medicine in Harry Potter – online exhibition by the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Friday, September 7th, 2007

harry potter books owl

Here is a website by the U.S. National Library of Medicine that continues the theme of Harry Potter books.

Do Mandrakes Really Scream? Magic and Medicine in Harry Potter.

From the about page:

“There is more to the Harry Potter series than a child hero or a fantasy adventure —many of the characters, plants, and creatures in Rowling’s stories are based in history, medicine, or magical lore. Death, evil, illness, and injury affect the characters of Harry Potter’s imaginary world. In describing their experiences, Ms. Rowling has drawn on important works of alchemy and herbology. These works and other links to Harry Potter books are examined in this exhibition.”

Isn’t it fun to re-read HR that way?

** Photo by janetmck

Friday Learn – Origins of Life and the Universe – webcast from the US Library of Congress

Friday, August 24th, 2007

ice winter

This is an unusual post for my Friday Fun and Learn series. This time I would like to share with you a very nice webcast by the Library of Congress, titled – “Origins of Life and the Universe

TITLE: On the Origins of Life and the Universe

SPEAKER: John Mather, Craig Mello
EVENT DATE: 07/26/2007
RUNNING TIME: 136 minutes


Two 2006 Nobel Prize winners addressed the fundamental questions pondered by many through the ages: the origins of life and the universe. The event, “On the Origins of Life and the Universe: An Afternoon with 2006 Nobel Laureates Craig Mello and John Mather,” was sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center and the Science, Business and Technology Division of the Library of Congress, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Launch the webcast here.


** Photo by jpghouse

Friday Fun and Learn – Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Let’s be a bit serious this Friday. This is another excellent video from the CommonCraft team, this time about using social bookmarking while working on the Web.

Personally, I use for years now and find it incredibly useful in organizing my web browsing online.

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For more comprehensive and health sciences oriented review of this subject, you can also take a look on an article Michelle Purdon and I published last year:

Barsky E, Purdon M. Introducing web 2.0: Social networking and social bookmarking for health librarians. J CAN HEALTH LIBR ASSOC. 2006;27:65-67.

Friday Fun – Internet Crash

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Here is a funny overview of what happens when the Web crashes :)

From the Onion

Breaking News: All Online Data Lost After Internet Crash

Friday Fun – User Name And Password

Friday, July 13th, 2007

If you are like me working a lot with Internet software, there are tons of usernames and passwords to remember….You are not alone…we all have to do that….Here is a short funny video (embedded below) that demonstrates our common pain!

User Name And PasswordFunny videos are here