Friday Foolery #54 The Best 404 Message ever?

25 01 2013

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Somebody send me a direct message via Twitter, asking me if he had missed any posts. Sorting his Google Reader feeds, he saw this blog was last updated October.

And he is right :(.

Just to assure you that this blog is not dead, but hibernating*, I would like to link to perhaps the BEST 404 message ever.

This 404 message aptly shows where you can turn to when you “Lost your sense of direction” at the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) website.

http://www.asrm.org/error.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/Media/Ethics/childrearing.pdf

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Hattip: Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ), @palmd) and Rebecca Weinberg (@sciliz)

* I have little spare time (and energy) at the moment to write my “usual” long exhaustive posts. Sorry. But I will come back!





Silly Sunday #50: Molecular Designs & Synthetic DNA

23 04 2012

As a teenager I found it hard to picture the 3D structure of DNA, proteins and other molecules. Remember we didn’t have a computer then, no videos, nor 3D-pictures or 3D models.

I tried to fill the gap, by making DNA-molecules of (used) matches and colored clay, based on descriptions in dry (and dull 2D) textbooks, but you can imagine that these creative 3D clay figures beard little resemblance to the real molecular structures.

But luckily things have changed over the last 40 years. Not only do we have computers and videos, there are also ready-made molecular models, specially designed for education.

O, how I wished, my chemistry teachers would have had those DNA-(starters)-kits.

Hattip: Joanne Manaster‏ @sciencegoddess on Twitter: 

Curious? Here is the Products Catalog of http://3dmoleculardesigns.com/news2.php

Of course, such “synthesis” (copying) of existing molecules -though very useful for educational purposes- is overshadowed by the recent “CREATION of molecules other than DNA and RNA [xeno-nucleic acids (XNAs)], that can be used to store and propagate information and have the capacity for Darwinian evolution.

But that is quite a different story.

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Friday Foolery #36 : Friends on Facebook

15 10 2010

I found this hilarious South Park video about Facebook Friends on Jud’s Education Emporium.

It was used to illustrate that “friending” doesn’t mean a lot, although in this video it does mean an awful lot to some real-life friends of Stan.

In real life this happens too. See Paul’s “outpouring” on Facebook…..

(relatie=relation(ship))

Paul has a relation (on Facebook)

 





Friday Foolery [35] A Benzene Smiley

1 10 2010

A chemical professor by the Twittername of @Takaguchi (Tak), who describes himself as a “Chemist loving nanocarbons, supramolecules, main group elements, photoreactions, and photoproperties has this Twitter Avatar:

A benzene smiley…

Brilliant!

First seen at the Facebook Fan Page ( login required?) of Sciencebase.com (of David Bradley)

He referred to a post at The Reactive Chemistry Blog of …. uhhh again David Bradley, who is also the author of ScienceText

BTW I seem to smile /give thumbs up at David’s ScienceBase Facebook page a lot: I’m one of his top 13 Facebook fans (or likers) ever.
It is no surprise with so many funny ànd good science and tech articles.

Yeah.





Stories [8] How Not to Reassure (or Treat) a Patient

23 08 2010

The host of the next edition of the Grand Rounds is Fizzziatrist at A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor. Thus it is no surprise that the theme of this edition is “Humor in Medicine”. The Fizzziatrist:

When I host Grand Rounds, I will post the links in order of how many times each one made me go “ha!” (…) It’s all quite scientific.

Well that’s a tough job. First both as a medical librarian and  a patient, I’m not in the situation to experience a lot of the humorous aspects of a doctors job. Furthermore I’m not the HA-HA-HA LOL-REAL SCREAM type. I’m more of the smile and the grin.

So what to do? I hope you find the following enjoyable. And perhaps many little ha’s do make one big HA.

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How not to reassure (or treat) your patients (own experience)

My GP (the leading character in this story; he resembles a bull in a china shop, sometimes, but other than that, he is o.k.)

  • At one of my first visits he was trying to (manually) find the card of my husband. 
    When he thought he found it, he muttered:
    “that old guy?”
    Apparently he had mistaken my father (I still had my maiden name) for my partner.
    Lucky (both for me and my gp)  he was wrong. But how embarrassing if he
    had been right.

    wikipedia (CC)

  • Once I phoned him for I don’t know what and he said:
    “I’m not seeing  you often”
    “Why, is that bad?”
    “Well, it is exceptional”
    “Exceptional?”
    “Yes, I see women of your age regularly”

    “For what kind of disease, if I may ask”.
    “Well, the flu .. and for pill or IUD-controls”
    [sneering] “Sure, but I’m never seriously ill and I have a gynecologist for the latter”.
  • When I was pregnant of my second child, I phoned him for a prescription for anti-Rh antibodies, which I needed for prenatal testing. Since I hadn’t visited my gynecologist after my first child, and the hospital nurses had assured me that gp’s and midwives normally prescribed, this should not be a problem.
    I began: “I’m a few weeks pregnant and ….”
    He interrupted me, confused: “but that..….. but ….. you were pregnant a few months ago“.
    He was half right. I had had a miscarriage then. (Dang! A heavy blow)
    After a curt explanation, I hung up.
  • Later he phoned me back (with a thin excuse) and I asked him for the anti-Rh antibodies, but he just didn’t get it.
    Ask your  midwife”.
    “But I don’t have a midwife”
    “Everyone has got a midwife, nowadays”
    “No, I got a gynecologist”
    “Then  ask your gynecologist”
    “But  I’m not his patient anymore”
    “Then ask him to be your doctor again”
    “But I need the prescription right now“.

    I tried to convince him in vain. He finally mumbled something like: That is of my beat, I don’t do pregnancies and deliveries anymore.
    [luckily one phone call to the gynecologists' wife was enough to get the prescription. She passed the message immediately, and said that if I liked him to take care of me again, it was best to make an appointment soon after the test.]
  • My gp had the same attitude another time.  I had signs of a Addison crisis. I tried to explain to him what might be wrong. He asked one or two things, shrugged and then said: “You better make an appointment with your specialists. This disease is beyond my practice.”
    At the time it seemed ok to me, but my endocrinologist said it was irresponsible: “Suppose he wouldn’t immediately refer someone with an acute crisis: that could be fatal. [I was hospitalized in this case, but it was not that urgent] See also “the Doctor and the Patient”
The Doctor, by Sir Luke Fildes (1891)

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My gynecologist/obstetrician [a friend of mine recommended him, because he was kind and puts you at ease. It really is a wonderful doctor, and after all those deliveries he still considered birth a miracle. However, his way of reassuring was not always effective]. 

  • March 31, late afternoon: “It is time to get your baby ( 2,5 weeks post-term), but we better postpone it for two days. It is not such a nice day to celebrate the child’s birthday, don’t you think” (meaning April Fools day)
  • When I had my first check-up he warmed the speculum, trying to break the ice with some humor: “they do warm the cutlery for each course at the Chinese”, don’t they?
    (I found it rather tasteless, but remained silent: he meant it well)
  • When we discussed where I would deliver, he said that that would be in his hospital. I sighed with relief. As any new mother I was nervous about it.
    But he didn’t want me to have false expectations:
    Of course I hope I can personally deliver your baby. However, the chances are real that someone else will be around at that time. But believe me, if the moment is there, you don’t care who stands at the foot of your bed. Even if it is a gorilla..”

My Dentist (the best, most skillful, pleasant dentist there is, but still ….  a dentist)

  • Once, just finished drilling, she said carefully: “Don’t be scared when you look into the mirror….. I just touched your tongue”.

This concludes my experiences.  If you would like to read more serious stuff about “how (not) to reassure”, then you can read this old article The Art Of Reassurance (PDF) or this recent blog post at « HealthSkills WeblogIs reassurance reassuring?

One main advise (from the latter blog):

Never reassure a patient about something they are not already worried about. It would be a mistake, for example, to earnestly reassure patients that they do not have cancer when the thought had never entered their minds!”

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Friday Foolery #31 Waving goodbye… (or not?)

13 08 2010

WHEN THE SHIP SANK…

(it was August 4th,  I remember I was at home multitasking
(twittering, blogging, mailing, scratching my back, playing
patience, humming a tune and looking out of the window)

WHEN..


THE REASON BEHIND IT


WHAT’s NEXT?

HERE AT WORDSTREAM THEY THINK THE SAME.

THE GOOGLE FLOPS & FAILURE GRAVEYARD IS EXTENDING

(HT: @drves)

Google Flops & Failures – The Failed Google Graveyard

 Google Failures and Google Flops - A list of Google Mistakes

I still miss Google Notebook . AND Google Wave sure had great potential

To think that a year ago I told people in a workshop that Google Wave could make their live easy ;)


Google Wave had potential, especially as a collaboration tool….

See this post at Tip of the Iceberg (how appropriate) describing how Google Wave was used  to collaborate with students.

Since much of the Code is open sourceambitious developers may pick up where Google left.

But some people hope Google Wave may be saved. It might for instance be worth saving for health systems.

Want to Save the Wave”? ….. Then click on the following image and express your support.

click to sign the petition

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Silly Sunday #29 World Cup 2010-Twitter Reports of England’s Loss.

27 06 2010

The World Cup Soccer 2010 started 2 weeks ago. For now I only follow the Dutch team live. But indirectly I follow many other matches via Twitter. It is very entertaining, especially if things go awry, like the way the English were crushed by the Germans today (1:4). This was partly due to the referee who ruled out a legitimate goal by Frank Lampard when it was still 1 : 1.

Below are some of the tweets in my timeline. I especially like @precordialthump’s comparison of the English knock-out with apoptosis.

@Precordialthump opens with the best Faulty Tower fragment: “Don’t mention the War”. I can’t resist to show the fragment here.

And don’t miss the pic: “It wasn’t a goal” (via nutrigenomics)

  1. Maria Wolters
    mariawolters PHEW! #ger AND #gha are through! Go Ghana, go Africa! Now on to #ger / #eng. Mwahahaha …. #fb
  2. precordialthump
  3. precordialthump
    precordialthump Oh my god!!!! Come on England – 1966 in reverse!!!
  4. Sally Church
    MaverickNY @SallyWalker exactly kind of gobsmacked. If they ditch all the bad refs there won’t be any left for the final tho
  5. Maria Wolters
    mariawolters at least #eng will be spared the excruciating penalty shootout this time #brightside #schlaaaaand #fb
  6. Richard Herring
    Herring1967 I blame our 12th invisible player. Everyone keeps passing to him and then he fucks it up.
  7. Theodor Adorno
    TW_Adorno Your team qualified with ease under a Labour Govt and have struggled in every game under the Conservatives. How could this be?
  8. Stephanie Merritt
    thestephmerritt Is this happening because they’ve cut the defence budget? #ididafootballjoke
  9. precordialthump
    precordialthump The England team’s performance turned out to be the World Cup football equivalent of apoptosis… well done, Germany.
  10. Sally Church
    MaverickNY @whydotpharma not sure which was worse: refereeing, #eng or american tv commentary. Probably the last one was most clueless.
  11. jdc 325
    jdc325 Watched the England game with my Dad. My summary: what a shit waste of time. I could have gone for a walk or read a book.
  12. Nutrigenomics
    nutrigenomics Ha RT @biomatushiq: [pretty fast] ROFL RT @sotak: It wasn’t a goal! [pic] http://bit.ly/aHon2g #worldcup #eng #ger
  13. Daft-bint
    TheMarydoll Just been announced that the england team are flying back to glasgow airport so they can get a hero’s welcome.
  14. Laika (Jacqueline)
    laikas RT @BrettAwesome: Breaking News: England have a new coach. It takes them to the airport in 15 minutes.
  15. Maria Wolters

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Friday Foolery #28 Radiant Pin-Up Calendar

18 06 2010

It is HOT & Radiating.

Eizo, a medial diagnostic supply company, issued a very special pin-up calendar.
No body part was concealed from the girls, exposed to the camera…. It is really very original…

But..…Why does no one pose the question whether this illuminate work [full body irradiation x12 (if the same girl poses on the calendar), x attempts ......]  is a responsible thing to do? It is no CT-scan, but still…

The calendar was made by the agency Butter; First seen on: Daily Art Press

Perhaps you also like: Friday Foolery #10. 6 x X-Rays





My Little Golden Llama

23 11 2009

Doctor Rob send me
A little golden Llama
Prestigious Price

I did not earn it
by spitting acid musings*
Just wrote this haiku:

Dark when he leaves home,
Dark when he returns from work.
Resident Life.**

Introduced by Rob of Musings of a Distractible Mind as follows:

The final haiku I’m presenting
That Limpens gal who’s unrelenting
She wrote a whole post
But what touched me most
The hours of a life residenting
(5)

Want to read dr Rob’s entire Llamerick  and the haikus of the other price winners, then read this post.

The entire golden pre-selection is mentioned here.

* I now understand this has two meanings ;)
** As indicated in the original post the abovementioned haiku was I
nspired by a tweet by Scott Greenberg, MD

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LOL: NCBI ROFL

28 06 2009

The last few days various people on Twitter (first: DoNotGoGently) tweeted about a hilarious website: NCBI ROFL (http://ncbirofl.blogspot.com/).

At first site this looks like a contradiction in terminis: NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information – that houses Pubmed) and ROFL (slang for Rolling On the Floor, Laughing). However, NCBI ROFL is exactly what it is: Rolling on the floor laughing about real scientific papers cited in PubMed. Hence the subtitle: “Real Articles, Funny Subjects”.

NCBI ROFL is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students. But everyone is invited to send in new ROFLs.

What are the articles everybody is ROFLing about? A few examples:

And what a coincidence. One of the first ROFL’s was the following:

mj

Kinematic analysis of facial behaviour in patients with schizophrenia under emotional stimulation by films with “Mr. Bean”.Kinematic analysis of facial behaviour in patients with schizophrenia under emotional stimulation by films with “Mr. Bean”.





Palin & Obama, Fun & Photo’s

24 10 2008

Two times Palin and once Obama (and another celebrity)

  1. Sarah Palin as President. Seen on Dr. Shock’s website. Played a while with it, and liked it. Move with your mouse through the oral office and click on objects in the roome. Don’t forget the telephone! You have to go to the website (click here), the photo below is not clickable

  2. Sarah Palin again, but now an interview with John Cleese about her, or is it about parrots?
    I was first tipped by Bercalan Mesko (scienceroll) on Twitter (@Berci), but I found a shorter version on You Tube that I preferred (without another comedian, Cleese will do).
    Both versions I later found on…… Dr Shock’s weblog again. He wrote that the you tube video’s originated from the CleeseBlog. Interesting to follow I suppose. The longer version is also on youtube.
  3. A series of beautiful Obama photo’s by Callie Shell. See here.
    Hattip: Gerard Bierens (weblog zonder haast) via twitter (@gbierens).
  4. An extra one, again from Gerard on another celebrity. http://tinyurl.com/59moz7. LOL! Added Wednesday November 5th, the day that Obama became president of the US.
  5. McCain and Palin Sing (by Henry Hey) (hattip @berci)
  6. Funny Obama Song with a guest performance of Hillary
  7. Awwwwww … poooooor Ron Paul:http://bayimg.com/HalgkAabm (hattip @courosa )
  8. And many, many more Obama video’s on You Tube. I won’t show them all, but you can look at “related video’s. This is one about Barrack Obama funny Pictures and quotes, using the same music as 8.
  9. @gbierens referred to a comic strip in a Dutch local newspaper (ED).
    Obama pays for a drink and leaves the bar. Bartender: “Hey, Obama, don’t you want change?
  10. And finally Obama 08: There is No Spoon. Unique pro-Obama shirt for sci-fi liberals, progressives, Democrats everywhere. Obama is the neo Neo. Break out of the Matrix. See the t-shirt here (hattip @mdbraber)




Spoetnikblogs als een woordenwolk

9 08 2008

In een vorige post (zie hier) had ik het over WORDLE, een programma waarmee je woordenwolken kunt maken.

Het leek mij leuk om mijn Spoetnik-blogroll in een Wordle-creatie te vangen. Alle links die in mijn blogroll staan (stonden?!) bracht ik over naar Word en ik gaf gewicht aan de links door ze een aantal malen te kopieren, varierend van 1x tot 6x. De grootte van de woorden in Wordle is namelijk afhankelijk van hun frequentie. De woorden kun je in Wordle invoeren bij “create”. Wanneer de woordenwolk gecreeerd is kun je het aanpassen: lettertype, kleurenpalet en orientatie. Vervolgens kun je het in de galerij opslaan en printen, maar niet als figuur downloaden. Het is nl. gebaseerd op Java-script. Ik doe dat indirect via een programmaatje dat ik gekocht heb: SnagIt.

Vervolgens leek het me leuk alle spoetnikblogs in een echte wolk te vatten. Ik heb wel de http’s en wordpress etc. termen erafgehaald. In eerste instantie had ik het niet aangepast aan mijn blogrollversie, met als gevolg dat iemand onder 2 namen kon voorkomen oefenings~40’s~blog of oefening40. Vervolgens heb ik alleen de officiele spoetniknamen (webadressen) aangehouden. Alle blogs die geen belletje bij me deden rinkelen noteerde ik 1x, blogs die dat wel deden 2x en blogs die op mijn blogroll voorkwamen minimaal 3x. “Opgeheven” heb ik maar laten staan en blogs waarvan ik weet dat ze onder een andere naam gehandhaafd zijn heb ik ook vermeld: Een Beetje Adjunct (http://zeemanspraat.wordpress.com/ van Ubabert) en FNWI nieuwbouw beta bibliotheek (http://betabieb.wordpress.com/ van Zygomorf). Vanzelfsprekend is het gewicht dat ik eraan toegekend heb geheel persoonlijk.

Wordle is vooral fraai, het maakt woordwolken, blogrolls, tagsclouds e.d. tot een kunstzinnig object, een tastbaar iets. Helaas zijn de namen niet aanklikbaar, dus als blogroll heb je er niet veel aan.

Wil je de plaatjes beter bekijken, klik er dan op en kijk of je naam erbij staat.

Nu ik de blogroll bekijk, bedenk ik wel dat deze niet meer uptodate is. Veel mensen onderhouden hun Spoetnikblog niet meer. Aan de andere kant heb ik nu andere blogs leren kennen die èn actueel zijn èn op mijn interessegebied liggen. Daarom ga ik links van Spoetnik-blogs verwijderen, voorzover ze niet meer bijgehouden worden om ruimte te maken voor andere blogs/links.

Willen jullie me laten weten of:

  • je vindt dat ik je onterecht verwijderd heb (je gaat door met je blog)
  • of ik je misschien vergeten ben en je wel op mijn blogroll wilt staan?
  • of jij (of jouw bieb) misschien een andere blog bent begonnen? (geef dan de link)
  • of vertel hier even hoe het met je gaat, heb je ook een “after-spoetnik-dip”? of is het leven er alleen maar zonniger op geworden tijdens je vakantie en na de spoetnik-drukte?

Wil je zelf een WORDLE-plaatje maken, lees evt mijn vorige post (zie hier) of ga direct naar de Wordle-create pagina. Het wijst zich wel vanzelf en het is leuk (lees verslavend) om wat te experimenteren. Ik zag tussen 2 haakjes dat Bert op zijn nieuwe blog Zeemanspraat al een maand eerder een Wordle-wolk had gemaakt van een van zijn presentaties (zie hier)

Spoetnikblogs, UBA -en niet-UBA-deelnemers, vetgedrukt zij die (ooit) op mijn blogroll staan (stonden):

(Ja sorry niet overal de nr ervoor, ik had ze eerst verwijderd, maar om de verwijderde nummers achteraf weer toe te voegen???!! EEn karwei hoor, handmatig al die links toevoegen en http en wordpress.com verwijderen pfffffff)
UBA-deelnemers: 1. ubaspoetnik 2. spoetnik.mtb-schoorl.nl 3. astolfosullaluna 4. nielsmr 5. swealtsje ; robinvs ; swealtsje ; jaapdevisser ; afvalchinees ; jwdjoker. salamanc ; dexie ; moirac ; oefening40 ; lezen20. ; woutv ; nabaghlavi ; snavely ; donkeytail ; sperwer4 ; ijsbus ; ubsarah ; metgezel dorades ; zygomorf ; aristotalloss ; h1gh5 ; laikaspoetnik ; brughagedis ; averhag1; bidocblog ; pentagruel ; oktoberkind29 ; ubafranca ; duyfje ; sarabeemsterboer ; kramerotten ; plisu ; lynndelisa ; gildederspoetnikker ; margrieto ; filipsdestoute/ ; joeri25 ; geraldapm ; . criticus ; mammen ; annadv. ; creabea ; berendina. ; basler ; majomikl. ; acqvier ; overzichter ; gvulot ; gitele.; bibliobes ; athahualpa zanni3s ; mfeijen 59. mjdebooys. 60. timelost 61. jansenangeline 62. tillie 63. wmeijer1 64. googoes 65. epbintje 66. ubabert 67. sabineg49 68. hoorn 69. datinka. 70. wodunit 71. agje 72. boekenvlindertje 73. biciuvajamvw 75. rfernho 76. davehak 77. zwaandebbie 78. klokhuis 80. mar1jke 82. jeroenub1 83. snahamrof. 84. praagselente 85. herrie1 86. roosophetrokin. 87. 1forens. 88. grrootje 89. geantduprov 90. kaihenriquez 91. nancykleenex 92. aanbrand 93. turquoois 94. klijtberroo 95. hian46 96. technopcj 97. pussycat123 98. kate57 99. happymax100. lieuwekool 101. jbties 102. zichor 103. julietteolivier 104. staminalopodax 105. grensgebieden 106. snoever 107. guusroeloff 108. bknuppebv 109. ritagulinck 111. marcelsampimon. 112. iwoiwo 113. nikspoet 114. jeroenxx 115. debibliotheker 116. kladblogje 117. gazendam 118. elkedagwatanders 119. pimpampet 120. agnessavd 121. prbiebmiep 122. moniquekooijmans 123. schwitters 124. diederikmajoor 125. zonnetje4 126. redibis 127. yvonne18 128. loindesponts 129. raybeuker 130. martien128 131. trijnvanhamborg 132. truitje 133. mietjekopietje
Niet UBA-deelnemers
: 1. hollander68 2. wondersteen 3. hobbeltjes 4. ratafurell 5. tandory 6. no33.nl 7. evantee 8. peepastinakel 9. annajo 10. makok 11. gertiebastiaansen 12. ubautist 13. happinez 14. /wimam 15. maaikemo 16. calypta 17. gevleugeld 18. sotoha 19. xspainter 20. aagjedeboer 21. hoigagarin 22. rovingreports 23. bibliotheekheb 24. mariettevandepoll 25. chuqui9 26.leefsma 27. http://vooruitkijkengodelieveengbersen.blogspot.com 28. http://riamuisje.wordpress.com 29. http://pulpje.wordpress.com
74.

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Like to know what this is all about?? I’ve made a word cloud of the blogs of the online course SPOETNIK on NEW (web 2.0) internet communication methods for (dutch) librarians. First I made a cloud of the spoetnik blogs that were on my blogroll, then I made a cloud of all Spoetnikbloks including all cancelled ones (“opgeheven”).

However, I decided not to leave all Spoetnik blogs permanently on my blogroll for purely nostalgic reasons, but to remove those blogs that are poorly maintained or in a dormant state.
On the other hand I will soon add some blogs that I’ve been into lately, mostly on the field of medical librarianship, medicine and science.

If you’re interested in Wordle, you might take a look at my previous post on this subject or go directly to Wordle to create your own word-cloud.





Visualize your blog (words) with Wordle

3 08 2008

I just discovered Wordle through Thomas of “Biomedicine on Display” (blog of Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen), who wrote several posts on this new web toy. Thomas created a cloud of his own blog links, and of the World top blogs on Health and Medicine. I’m on these clouds, but couldn’t find my name. Can you? (it is weighted according to importance ;) ).

Wordle is a free online Java ap created by Jonathan Feinberg, which generates word clouds from any given URL, RSS-feed, del.icio.us user names, or text you provide. The nice thing is you can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts (horizontal, vertical, random etc) and color schemes.

1. Laika’s URL – no english stopwords
2. Laika’s URL – no dutch stopwords

Above are two word-clouds of my blog, created by entering the URL of my blog and removing common words. However, since my blog is bilingual, removing English stop words leaves Dutch stop words and vice versa. Thus the two versions shown above most prominently show the stopwords of the other language, but that gives a funny effect. Wordle only shows the words of recent posts, those posts which show up when you type in the URL.
The variation is endless. Even when you refresh, you get a different picture.

Pictures can be saved online in the “the Gallery”.

3. Laika’s old category cloud – not weighted

Next I created a category cloud from my (old) categories (I need to update them). First I didn’t weight the words, entering each word once (3). But in the next series I gave the categories weight by repeating them as many times as they were used in my blog (4,5). I just show fig. 4, because ‘Social Networking’ was completely out of the cloud, which is -I think- a contradictio in terminis. Really amusing.

5. Category Cloud - weighted

Cat-cloud - weighted

4. Cat-cloud - weighted

Addison's disease info (nvacp)

6. Addison's disease info (NVACP)

Finally I copied the text from a Dutch Patient website (the NVACP) about Addison’s disease (which I have). This illustrate one of the applications of World: you can immediately grasp what the text is about. It can be used to visualize your presentation or even as an educational tool. (e.g. in this post Wordle is used to prepare a school lesson on the environment). But you can use Wordl for many purposes, i.e. make postcards, write a poem etcetera (see this post for some ideas).

Well anyway, playing with Wordle is great fun and a bit addicting.

Want to create your own: click here

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Een heel leuk nieuw web-speeltje: Wordle.
Toevallig leerde ik het kennen via Biomedicine on Display” (blog van het Medical Museion, Universiteit van Copenhagen), waar Thomas enkele berichten over deze applicatie plaatste.

Thomas maakte een woordwolk van zijn blogroll, en van de “Top Health and Medicine Blogs”. Ik sta ergens op deze wolkjes, maar heb ze nog niet kunnen localiseren. Nu ja wat wil je met meer dan 800 blogs, naar belang gerangschikt ;)

Wordle is een gratis Java applicatie, ontwikkeld door Jonathan Feinberg.
World genereert woordwolken vanuit een
URL, RSS-feed, del.icio.us gebruikersnaam of aangeleverde tekst. Het mooie eraan is dat je de wolken op verschillende manieren kunt opleuken. Je kunt heel veel verschillende lettertypen, lay-outs (verticaal horizontaal, kris-kras) en kleurenschema’s toepassen. Plaatjes kun je bewaren in “the Gallery”.

Ik heb eerst woordenwolken van mijn blog gemaakt door de URL in te voeren en de opdracht te geven stopwoorden te verwijderen. Maar mijn blog is twee-talig. Verwijder ik de nederlandse stopwoorden, dan komen juist de engelse stopwoorden prominent in beeld, en vice versa. Maar ach, dat is eigenlijk wel grappig. Wordle toont trouwens alleen een wolk van de laatste berichten, d.w.z. díe berichten die je ziet als je de url intypt. Bij mij gingen de laatste berichten juist over Twitter en PubMed.
Je kunt eindeloos varieren. En zelfs als je ‘refresht’ wordt het plaatje weer helemaal anders qua kleur-compositie.

Vervolgens maakte ik een wolk van mijn (oude) categoriën (althans het is het plan ze drastisch te vernieuwen, er komen nog teveel woorden van de Spoetnikcursus in voor die ik niet meer zal gebruiken). Eerst voerde ik de termen in enkelvoud in (3). Maar daarna gaf ik er gewicht aan door ze zo vaak te kopiëren als ze op mijn blog voorkomen (4,5). Fig 4 laat ik zien omdat ‘Social Networking’ er helemaal buitenhangt, eigenlijk een contradictio in terminis, maar wel amusant.

Addison's disease info (nvacp)

6. Addison's disease info (NVACP)

Tenslotte kopieerde ik tekst over de ziekte van Addison van de Nederlandse Vereniging van Addison en Cushingpatienten (NVACP). Dit illusteert meteen een van de mogelijkheden van Wordle: je ziet in een oogopslag waar de tekst over gaat. Daarom kun je met deze tool gebruiken je presentatie visualiseren, of het als een leermiddel inzetten (zie bijvoorbeeld dit bericht, waar Wordle is gebruikt voor een les over het milieu).

Maar je kunt Wordl op veel manieren toepassen, je kunt er bijvoorbeeld ansichtkaarten mee maken of een gedicht. (zie dit bericht voor enkele ideeen).

Nou, hoe dan ook, een beetje spelen met Wordle is erg leuk èn verslavend.

Wil je zelf aan de slag, klik dan hier!

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