Thursday, 31 December 2009
I expect everyone's worked out that tweets look different if your mouse is hovering over them, but if not, compare (unhovered-over tweet at top) and contrast (same tweet beneath it, but this time hovered-over).
Because it's my tweet I get the option to delete it - highlighted by the red oval. All tweets have a star option (yellow highlight) that appears when you hover over them, clicking on this allows the tweet to be favourited. Incidentally you can find out which of your own tweets have been favourited by using services like Favotter (http://favotter.matope.com/en/) or Favstar (http://favstar.fm/).
Notice the bit, which I've not circled, that says 'about 4 hours ago from web' - there can be up to two links in this phrase (though in this particular example there's just one).
Were you to click on the 'about 4 hours ago' bit you'd go to a page which contains the tweet by itself, and has this URL http://twitter.com/JoBrodie/status/7237369855. This can be useful if you want to direct someone to a particular tweet, rather than to someone's general stream of tweets.
Where it says 'from web' it might equally say 'from Twitterfeed' or 'from Tweetdeck' and clicking on these will take you to the company's link telling you about these services. 'From web' doesn't take you anywhere.
If someone's replying to someone it may say 'in reply to XYZ'. Clicking on that will usually take you to the tweet to which they're replying - useful for following a thread backwards - but only if they used the 'Reply' function (note that the 'in reply to XYZ' link doesn't distinguish between a tweet that's sent by clicking 'Reply' and a tweet that someone starts typing, putting the person's @name first).
The pic below needs to be read in reverse... Tweet 3 is the first in a series of tweet exchanges that I posted to my Twitterstream, Tweet 2 is @Zeno001's reply to me, and Tweet 1 is my reply to him. If you saw these tweets in your Twitterstream (you could view these if you were following both of us, or if you clicked on either of our profiles) then you could follow the thread. Admittedly it's not the most fascinating exchange but I think the gist of how to follow a thread is clear.
If you use a service like Tweetdeck then when you 'reply' to someone then it's possible that the threading of tweets will be lost (it depends on whether or not the end reader is viewing on the web, or via phone I think).
I think the unusual thing here is that there are 'hidden' links on a webpage - this seems to me to be something that disappeared fairly early on, on most websites (perhaps an accessibility issue - it's now usually very clear what is or isn't a link).
How to take a screenshot with your iPhone
Press the 'sleep' button and the 'home' button simultaneously (see first photo below) - the screen will 'blink' as if taking a photo (if you have the ringer button set to on it will make a camera sound).
The photo is now in your Camera roll.
See demo photos (second and third photos) at the end of this post.
Why would you want to do this?
I use this A LOT when I'm going to be travelling somewhere and can't guarantee I'll have a good wifi or 3G signal, and I might need to have a local map with me. So I check the map via my home wifi and screenshot it for use later. Clearly I also use this function for demonstration purposes too ;)
The relevant buttons are marked on this photo which I pinched from Wikimedia then tweaked.
Photo credit: Flickr user lecates (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lecates/354510858/), taken from Wikimedia (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apple-iPhone-001.jpg).
Screenshot of iPhone map showing London Zoo
Close up - keeping this sort of thing in my Camera Roll means I'm less likely to get lost even if there's no signal.
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
All The Old Tweets Are Found: Google Launches Twitter Archive Search
The post below does rather assume that you already have a FriendFeed account of course...
If you have a FriendFeed account and your Twitter feed is on it, simply use the following syntax to find your old tweets - I've found my first ever tweet on there (Jun 08) so it seems the tweets persist for a while.
eg FriendFeed from:jobrodie will find any of my tweets (or posts I've made to FriendFeed) where I've mentioned the word FriendFeed.
There are a couple of people I'm following on Twitter who often post really useful interesting links that I might want to catch up with later. Favouriting individual tweets is one way but it's not that great a method for searching them retrospectively, but FriendFeed is.
If that person (or automated RSS feed, eg from a newspaper - it doesn't have to be an individual) isn't on FriendFeed, but their Twitter feed isn't locked - then you can add them as an 'imaginary friend' and follow them on FriendFeed that way. Then you can search their tweets.
Here's how (it assumes you have a FriendFeed account!) - mine's themed in 'Steampunk' colours.
1. Go to http://www.friendfeed.com, log in, and look for your Friends list
2. Click on the Browse/edit friends link, highlighted in lime green below.
3. Click on the Imaginary friends link (highlighted in magenta below).
4. Then click on the self-explanatory button - Create imaginary friend.
5. You are then asked to name the imaginary friend - I've called mine "DiabetesTrials" - and then clicking 'Create' will do precisely that.
6. The next page gives you an option to add different feeds - it could be Flickr or pretty much anything that is RSSable, but just click on the Twitter button (highlighted in orange below) to add a Twitter feed.
7. Add in the name of the Twitter feed - in this case it's DiabetesTrials and press 'Import Twitter'.
8. The new Twitterfeed appears in the 'Active Services' (highlighted in lime green below) and you can add more by repeating the process. If you want to see the tweets that @DiabetesTrials has posted, click on their name, highlighted in magenta in the pic below.
10. To search for an old tweet use similar syntax to that above - the significant difference is that 'DiabetesTrials' is not on FriendFeed and so you can't use the from:DiabetesTrials bit.
Instead you need to use friends:jobrodie eg:
Note the circle in green in the pic above, it's highlighting a padlock, which is next to any imaginary friend's feed - these are locked.
Anyone other than me will not be able to see the posts from such a locked, imaginary friend feed, it's only visible by me. Though there's nothing to stop you creating an imaginary friend for DiabetesTrials yourself (and I won't know about it).
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Gifts you can print or send electronically
I have been thinking that there should be a place on the web where someone can go if they've had a serious 'fail' on Christmas (or otherwise) presents. Stuff that can be bought online but that allows you to print something off, or email someone a voucher code, or even just print off and play with, or colour in (for the kids!).
"E-mail or print a gift card, or send in a greetings card, gift box or multi-pack. Redeem Amazon Gift Cards for millions of items storewide."
- hat tip @philbradley . Don't forget that if you'd normally give someone a £10 book you might need to give them a £15 voucher so they don't have to pay extra for postage and packaging :)
iTunes vouchers for music (iTunes store) or apps (app store) - I am not sure if you need to have iTunes on your computer though or if you can do it via other shops, eg Amazon.
Lend with Care (from CARE)
http://www.lendwithcare.org/gifts/ - charitable microcredit sort of thing, see also Kiva
Toilet Twinning (donate to projects to build loos to improve sanitary conditions)
Classes, memberships and subscriptions
I think you can print out vouchers for cookery or photography classes and things of that ilk. Also memberships of various organisations.
Printable Christmas crafts including 3D Christmas snowman and tree
General Christmas printables
Christmas baubles (£2.95 to download, but there's enough info to make your own)
Christmas gift tags
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
What with krunchd.com disappearing [edit: it has since recovered] I'm storing some useful health / medical / drug databases here for now - it was a great resource for taking a bunch of links (up to 30) and giving you a single URL for sharing (each page could be viewed using a small drop-down menu).
Anyway, as I don't come from a library background (I only recently heard of the acronym 'PICO') I may well have missed some of the important databases. But I do work IN a library, so I don't want to miss any really!
Some come from memory, some from Trisha Greenhalgh's 'How to read a paper', and some from suggestions on the CLIN-LIB mailing list at Jiscmail. Some of them I'd not heard of / haven't used.
What have I missed? (I'll remember some myself the minute I press 'publish').
- AMED: http://www.library.nhs.uk/help/resource/amed
- Bandolier: http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/
- Best Practice: http://bestpractice.bmj.com/best-practice/welcome.html
- BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ceweb/index.jsp
- British National Formulary (BNF): http://www.bnf.org/
- Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD): http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/crdweb/
- Clinical Knowledge Summaries: http://www.cks.nhs.uk/home (formerly PRODIGY)
- Cochrane collaboration: http://www.cochrane.co.uk/en/index.html
- Dynamed: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/
- electronic Medicines Compendium: http://emc.medicines.org.uk/
- Medicines Complete: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/marketing/current/ / https://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/login.htm
- Map of Medicine http://eng.mapofmedicine.com/evidence/map/index.html
- NHS Evidence: http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/default.aspx
- NHS Evidence - diabetes: http://www.library.nhs.uk/diabetes/
- NICE: http://www.nice.org.uk/
- PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed
- SUMSearch: http://sumsearch.uthscsa.edu/
- TRIP database: http://www.tripdatabase.com/
- UpToDate: http://www.uptodate.com/home/index.html
- ZUMI eResources: http://www.zumi.co.uk/ (a collection of databases including many of the above and others)
Added BMJ Clinical Evidence.
See also Spineless Blog's '10 websites to help you keep up to date with scholarly journal contents' http://hwlibrary.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/10-websites-to-help-you-keep-up-to-date-with-scholarly-journal-contents/ thanks to Zeno001 for highlighting this one.
Added Map of Medicine.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Can't promise that this list is accurate or complete but if you know a registered AMRC-style health or medical research charity based in the UK (or having a UK branch) which is on Twitter but isn't listed here then let me know @JoBrodie
- UK charity or global charity with UK chapter which tweets
- funds medical research and / or provides health advice to patients (ie medical research charity and / or patient group
Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, The http://www.blondmcindoe.com/index.shtm
British Neurological Research Trust, The http://www.ion.ucl.ac.uk/
CFS Research Foundation http://www.cfsrf.com
I don’t think this is their account http://twitter.com/mmyeloma
RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss https://twitter.com/actiononhearing)
was http://www.rnid.org.uk/ @RNID https://twitter.com/RNID
I don’t know if this is their official account @msresearch
Sunday, 1 November 2009
A few years ago I was very nearly a tutor in using computers at Blackheath's Age Exchange but then I got a full time job so it never happened. While planning lessons I thought about keyboard shortcuts but realised I'd never sat down and made a note of them - I just use them as I go without a second thought.
I've been keeping a paper copy of a 'Superbyw@ys' article from 2004, by @webster007 from The Oldie which has a good list but the article's no longer available online (was at http://www.theoldie.co.uk/webster_03_04.html). I've added a few of my own...
There's a straightforward list at the end if you just wanted a list and not my commentary.
Changing case of text (works in Word, haven't tried it elsewhere)
Highlight some text, hold down Shift key, then press F3 [ie Shift+F3] - words will change from lower case to CAPITALS then to Individually Capitalised Words as you repeatedly press F3 while holding Shift.
Copying and pasting text / moving it around - this works with any text.
Ctrl+C (copy highlighted text), Ctrl+V (paste into a new place or new window).
If using Word and you want to move the text (ie delete it from one place to repost elsewhere) use Ctrl+X.
I well remember the pleasant surprise of discovering I could copy and paste text from websites but I would always recommend adding in an extra step here. Copy text into Notepad then use Ctrl+A to select everything in Notepad before using Ctrl+V to paste to its new destination - this step strips out all of the web formatting (if you copy and paste a bit of website into Word chances are there will be a whole load of table formatting coming with it).
To save, use Ctrl+S.
I've used Ctrl+B to make highlighted text bold (or you can switch this on before typing to make the text appear bold as you type, until you press Ctrl+B again to switch it off). Similarly Ctrl+I (the letter i) for italics, Ctrl+U for underlining.
If you've made a mistake in deleting text, or doing some action that you want to undo then Ctrl+Z undoes (to go further back in the undo litst, press Z repeatedly). Ctrl+Y lets you redo it if you discover you actually did want to do it.
I use the Shift and arrow keys to highlight with more refinement than with a mouse (admittedly I'm on a laptop with synaptic pointer, but sometimes mice select a little more than you want). Place cursor at point A, hold Shift key and then use right or left arrow (also up and down if you want to select more text*) to highlight letter by letter - I use this for adding in a link on Blogger, so that it doesn't include a space at the end of the word.
*For selecting word by word, rather than letter by letter, hold down the Ctrl key too. I think of the Ctrl key here as the accelerator - you can highlight a bunch of words and then slow down by taking your finger off the Ctrl key (with Shift key still held down) and continue to select just letters.
In Word you can highlight a block of text in one area of the screen (ie you don't have to be restricted to the sequential line by line but can select the first ten letters of every line, for example). It can be a bit fiddly but if you press Ctrl+Shift+Alt and then use the mouse you'll have created a tool that can highlight a rectangle of text and ignore the rest.
I also use Shift+Enter to do a 'soft return' at the end of a line. This can be useful in some web editors and also in Word or Powerpoint if you want to move a line of text around when it's in a bullet point list.
These are ones recommended by @webster007 that I don't think I've ever actually used...
Ctrl+Shift+W underlines words not spaces, Ctrl+Shift+D double underlines. Ctrl+E centres a paragraph and Ctrl+J makes lines in selected text of equal length.
Ctrl+] enlarges selected text a little and Ctrl+[ reduces its size. Ctrl+P opens the Printer.
For minimising ALL open windows, to see the desktop, I use the Windows key (on my keyboard this is below Z and X. On my mum's computer it's top right - it looks like the wiggly flag with quartered segments. Windows+D will both minimise and restore (ie the same key strokes will toggle between all windows minimised and all open). The Superbyw@ys article mentions that Shift+Windows+M will also make all windows reappear but I've only ever used Win+D for this.
PrtSc (might be Prt Scr) is the 'Print Screen' button which takes a snapshot of the page and saves it to the clipboard. You can then Ctrl+V this into Word but I prefer to Ctrl+V it into Paint for a bit of editing first.
I grossly underuse these to be honest, so this guide might be helpful for me!
F1 - brings up help files
Shift+F7 - in Word, brings up the thesaurus
F4 - unfurls, from the address bar, a list of addresses you've typed
F5 - refreshes a webpage (ie overrides any in your cache)
F6 - highlights the URL in the address bar of the page you're currently on (helpful in copying and pasting but usually just clicking in the address bar does the same. If it doesn't, click anywhere in the body text of the website, then click back into the address bar and it should select the URL).
F11 - maximises the webpage, click again to restore (it removes the toolbars etc. temporarily).
Shift+F3 - toggle among cases (lower, all caps, first letter caps) in highlighted text.
Ctrl+C - copy
Ctrl+V - paste
Ctrl+X - delete (while copying to the clipboard, so you can still Ctrl+V it elsewhere).
Ctrl+A - select all text
Ctrl+S - save
Ctrl+B - bold
Ctrl+I - italicise
Ctrl+Z - undo action (press Z again for further undoing)
Ctrl+Y - redo action
Shift+arrow keys - to highlight individual letters
Ctrl+Shift+arrow keys - to highlight individual words
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+mouse - very fine control for selecting area of text
Shift+Enter - soft return (a hard return is just pressing the Enter key alone)
Ctrl+Shift+W - underlines words, not spaces
Ctrl+Shift+D - double underlines
Ctrl+E - centres selected paragraph
Ctrl+J - makes lines equal length.
Ctrl+] - enlarges selected text
Ctrl+[ - reduces
Ctrl+P - opens printer.
Windows+D - shows desktop (toggle [press again] to reopen all open windows)
PrtSc - takes a snapshot of the entire desktop and copies to clipboard
F1 - help files
Shift+F7 - in Word, thesaurus
F4 - drops down a menu of URLs you've typed
F5 - refreshes a webpage (ie overrides any in your cache)
F6 - highlights current URL
F11 - maximises web page on screen
Saturday, 31 October 2009
I discovered its existence two years ago - I think I was doing a short course at Bbk and noticed a new-looking cinema as I wandered round the building getting to the class.
Since then I've picked up only the scraps of merest hints that the cinema is used (there was something a year or so about Spanish film I think) and I think it gets used by the students who are studying film. It seems films are on during the day but it's not clear (and a bit of an uphill struggle to find out) what's on in the evening http://whatson.camden.gov.uk/whatson/venueinfo?id=be875519-8b2e-11de-8323-8d2389134e14 - it's not immediately obvious what the timings are there.
But it's open for commercial rates and can be hired - maybe I should check Time Out and the other listings for more info.
Its main website is here http://www.birkbeckcinema.com/
There's only one link there as far as I can tell, which goes to this PDF leaflet of which I have a hard copy taken directly from the foyer at Birkbeck
I also picked up a rates leaflet (2007) which doesn't appear to be on the website - details below.
From the domain name of the email I found the Independent Cinema Office website (it doesn't mention the Birkbeck Cinema in its London list though). It's a good list anyway.
- Seating for 62 plus 8 tip-up seats and space for wheelchairs
- Choice of available equipment
Saturday and Sunday
All prices are exclusive of VAT
Student and Not-for-profit Rates
A limited amount of Birkbeck Cinema hire time per month is available to students and not-for-profit organisations.
Saturday and Sunday
All prices are exclusive of VAT
Also available for hire
- Breakout rooms
- Non-standard equipment
- Pianist (for silent films)
To make a booking please contact 020 7636 7120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some Flickr pictures of the cinema.
Microsoft Internet Explorer tabs (full size below)
Apple Safari recently visited / favourites (full size below)
I would like to be able to create a series of these pages, with different content, that can be shared with others.
- recommended diabetes sites for healthcare professionals (which would include Diabetes UK's professional pages and NHS Evidence - diabetes among others)
- my favourite skeptical / science blogs
- useful library resources
I've previously had a play on Pageflakes believing that this service would let me do that but I didn't find it straightforward. It's certainly true that you don't have to restrict yourself to their presets and can put in pages of your choosing, however they all seem to be RSS newsfeeds - for updating purposes. I don't want this, I just want the homepages.
There is useful diabetes info here, but it's very text based, and it's just updates http://www.pageflakes.com/bell.library/21584955/
I'm a big fan of the 'corporate ID' of a page - its logo, and the way it's set out and this is usually what cues me in to knowing that I'm on the right page! It's easy to see from the pictures above what pages are open when I took the screenshot.
My ideal system would let me input a number of links and it would automatically grab the homepage (the ones above are personalised to me cos I'm logged in) and produce a new page for me with miniature windows for each link already embedded. Something similar is krunchd.com which lets you input a series of links and it will give you a single link in return.
Visiting your new krunchd link will open a page containing a drop down menu with all your pages in and you can move through them, and each new page is presented within a frame. Example: http://krunchd.com/FindReviewers (viewed over 670 times... ).
Is this something I could do on Google Wave if I had any clue how to create something on Wave, and also had access to it? Or does anyone know of something else that would work - I don't think Netvibes does this either.
Microsoft Internet Explorer tabs
Apple Safari recently visited / favourites
Friday, 30 October 2009
Here's the history of Science Line which folded in 2003 due to lack of funding (as far as I'm aware). Thanks to the Wayback Machine, this is what it looked like around the time I was there http://web.archive.org/web/20030729085758/http://www.sciencenet.org.uk/
The nearest modern equivalent would be the awesome 'I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here' which lets school kids ask science questions of professional scientists and science communicators.
Science Line is the product of a unique collaboration between the worlds of the public understanding of science and broadcasting. This is a reflection of its dual origins. Part of the impetus for its launch came from the public understanding of science community, in particular, Professor John Durant. He had conducted a survey (published in Nature in 1989) showing that the public were more interested in science, technology and medicine than sport, politics and new films; but at the same time their understanding of science was poor.
Around the same time the Science Museum in London had experimented with science information services linked to some of their exhibitions; and the Dutch had started a government funded service which wasw regularly attracting over 7,000 calls a year.
In the Autumn of 1991 John Durant contacted Dr Laurence Smaje at the Wellcome Centre for Medical Science: would Wellcome be interested in supporting a telephone-based science enquiry service? The answer was "yes, in theory" - but how could it be done in practice?
The breakthrough came at the 1992 British Association Annual Meeting when Derek Jones, the then editor of Channel 4 Support Services, expressed an interest in starting an information service for members of the Channel's Science Club and viewers of its science programmes. The meeting was attended by Dr Smaje, who encouraged Derek Jones to make a formal application to the Wellcome Centre to fund a pilot scheme, to be run by Broadcasting Support Services.
Science Line opened for the first time during a special Channel 4 weekend of dinosaur programmes in July 1993. Nearly 800 viewers rang a team of 20 scientists, experts in fields from ancient DNA to palaeontology, with questions both simple and complex. The potential for using television to stimulate scientific conversation was clearly demonstrated and further opportunities to engage viewers were grasped after programmes on memory, space exploration, air traffic control and gene therapy.
The success of the pilot scheme led to the setting up of a weekday service, open between 1.00pm and 7.00pm and accessible from anywhere in the UK for the price of a local telephone call. This was launched in March 1994, during set7, the first national science, engineering and technology week, by the then junior science minister, David Davis MP.
Science Line continues to be managed by Broadcasting Support Services (BSS), an educational charity specialising in the management of telephone information services and back-up for viewers and listeners.
Science Line now has a freephone number, 0808 800 4000. We are now open Monday-Saturday, 1-7pm and are funded by a grant from NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) until 2003. We also carry out commercial contracts such as providing editorial content for websites and anything else that is vaguely sciencey and will bring in some cash.
Science Line 1993-2003.
It's a question about the evidence for stories, in traditional societies, of ants crawling around sugary urine, indicating that someone has diabetes and perhaps being used as a diagnostic tool.
Professor Daniel Moerman is an anthropologist and former editor of the Society for Economic Botany's journal, Economic Botany. He developed the Native American Ethnobotany database of "foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American Peoples, derived from plants" which is available online (http://herb.umd.umich.edu/) and as a book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Native-American-Ethnobotany-Daniel-Moerman/dp/0881924539).
He also wrote "Meaning, Medicine and the Placebo Effect" http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meaning-Medicine-Placebo-Cambridge-Anthropology/dp/0521000874 and features in one of my favourite Radiolab episodes, Placebo, talking about Quesalid (http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2007/05/18).
Diabetes In the Wild
I have heard two or three people say that nonwestern,
traditional peoples can/do diagnose
“diabetes” by noticing that the person’s urine is
“sweet” because the urine attracts ants or butterflies.
Such practice has always been of the “someone told
me” sort —“Someone told me that people diagnose
diabetes by. . . ” but I have never found a genuine
first-person report, or any published report, first
person or otherwise. If anyone has ever heard such
testimony from traditional peoples somewhere, or
has seen a published report, or knows someone
who did, please let me know. Many thanks,
Daniel E. Moerman, dmoerman /at/ umich.edu
William E Stirton Prof. Emeritus of Anthropology
University of Michigan-Dearborn
One suggestion, which might contain relevant stories, is below.
Diabetes Stories - An oral history of diabetes
http://www.diabetes-stories.com/ - from OCDEM (Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism).
Scroll down to the bottom to choose stories from people with diabetes, family members or healthcare professionals.
Using the search transcript facility (http://www.diabetes-stories.com/research-transcript.asp) and searching for "ants" brought up 66 hits. Some of the interviewees were born abroad and moved to the UK.