Dec 22

Pedantic: Liquor for Librarians

Louise Alcorn and I originally came up with these for one of the LSW ‘zines, but I just remembered that I’d never posted them here. Hope they amuse.

Click the thumbnails for the full-sized images. :)

Posted in Fun
Oct 26

Mocking Snake Oil: Alternative Therapy Flowchart

Crispian Jago writes:

“Believe it or not, I don’t really have a particular interest in alternative therapies, I just can’t help picking at the scabs of alt-med credulity.

However, if perchance you are a little disillusioned with allopathy, here’s a handy little flowchart to help you find the ideal alternative therapy to meet your needs.”


(Click for full-size image)

Apr 28

Listen to Punk. LibPunk.

So I listened to the first LibPunk podcast and can honestly say I’ve never so enjoyed listening to libaryfolk talk about librarianating.

You can download the mp3 or listen in the embedded player below:

Sarah and Kendra have a site here: http://libpunk.info/

Here’s the Podcast feed.

Want to join in? Do!

Feb 08

Atul Gawande on The Daily Show

Among the things I like: Patient safety, Jon Stewart, and Atul Gawande.

Gawande talks with Stewart about The Checklist Manifesto (video embedded below).

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Atul Gawande
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Health Care Crisis

Steven Levitt calls this “…the best book I’ve read in ages.”

Dagnabbit. Now I need to read it.

Dec 26

A Lovely Use of RSS

My brother, Andrew, a Web developer, is a very clever guy and a fan of woot.com.

Recently, he bought a digital picture frame from Woot that can be fed photos via RSS- as a gift to my parents.

The clever bit is where each of my siblings created a Flickr or Photobucket account in which to post photos of grandchildren. The feeds from each of these accounts was combined in Yahoo Pipes so that, once the frame is set up on my folks’ WiFi network, any new photos posted appear in their digital photo frame.

What a great way for a geographically dispersed family to keep grandparents updated.

My mom called to tell me how much she liked it, and I made a point of noting it was Andrew’s clever idea. All I did was mash the feed together in Yahoo Pipes.

I love technology when it is used intelligently.

Oct 22

Got my H1N1 Vaccination

I got my 2009 H1N1 live, attenuated (nasal spray) vaccine today.

I continue to be surprised by how many otherwise rational people (including health professionals) are frightened by the prospect.

For the record: If New York State law did not require me to get both the seasonal and the H1N1 vaccine, I would get both anyway.

I’ve avoided commenting on the media coverage of Swine Flu. Why bother when Jon Stewart does it better?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Snoutbreak ’09 – The Last 100 Days
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Health Care Crisis
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
The Last 100 Days
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Health Care Crisis
Feb 08

HAVIDOL (avafyneyme HCI)

Dated 2007 but new to me:

Havidol is clearly an amazing new drug. Thank goodness there’s such a wonderfully detailed site to tell us all about Havidol and how it can treat Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD).

Click to visit the site

Click to visit the site

Great parody of direct-to-consumer advertising.