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Khaaaaaaaaaan!

Posted in Free Free Free, Smarty pants with tags , , , on April 21, 2010 by The Beaver Medic

Salman Khan that is. Creator of the Khan academy. Who did you think I was talking about?

I have asserted before that the best resources the internet has to offer are free. Wolfram alpha, podcasts, Wikipedia and the Khan academy are but a few examples. Hosted on youtube.com Salman has produced over 1,300 short (10-20 min) videos in 32 Categories. I stumbled across the site while researching haemoglobin (a component of red blood cells). Salman created a 14 min video explaining haemoglobin and it is just one of 58 biology oriented videos. Other topics include mathematics (from 2+2 to advanced calculus), physics, human anatomy & physiology, chemistry and economics just to name a few.

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Book Review – Better: A surgeon’s notes on performance

Posted in Book / Article Reviews, Smarty pants with tags , , on April 15, 2010 by The Beaver Medic

Better: a Surgeon’s notes on performance is written by General Surgeon and staff writer for The New Yorker Dr. Atul Gawande. Better was released in 2007 and precedes Gawande’s 2009 NYT best seller, The Checklist Manifesto.

I thank Steve Whitehead of The EMT Spot for including a link to an @ Google Talk video of Atul in his March newsletter. I will mimic Steve in encouraging you to watch the video, it is well worth the 58 minutes.

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My names is Brendan and I am an…

Posted in Nerd Stuff, Smarty pants with tags , , , on April 8, 2010 by The Beaver Medic

… by this point I had lost all semblance of control or balance in my life. I stopped caring about school, work, even my friends and family. All I thought about was when I was going to get my next fix. It was the only thing on my mind. This is my first AA meeting, my name is Brendan and I am an Article’aholic.

I am addicted to Journal Articles. I meet all of the DSM-IV-TR’s framework on addiction criteria. My addiction is socially, emotionally and occupationally maladaptive. If I am sitting in a lecture or discussing certain topics I will attempt to pay attention in earnest. After awhile, from some comment, an errant thought will stand up from the rest.

And it begins.

I wonder, “Could those two things be related? Hrmm, I thi-iink I remember seeing a citation on {insert random topic, on literally anything, medical/psychological or not}.” Next thing you know I have four PDF articles open and am searching for a fifth because I know I remember seeing pre-1930 Lancet back issues somewhere.

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