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Month: October 2007

Praying skeletons

The History of Medicine Division of the US National Library of Medicine is sharing selections from its collection of illustrated anatomical atlases dating from the 15th to the 20th century in a digital project called Historical Anatomies on the Web. Selections means that you mainly see high-quality images, not text, and not complete works. The site says, Atlases and images are selected primarily for their historical and artistic significance, with priority placed upon the earliest and/or the best edition of a work in NLM’s possession. If you ever wanted to see illustrations from Jacopo Berengario da Carpi‘s own Isagogae breues, perlucidae ac uberrimae in anatomiam humani corporis, published in Bologna by Beneditcus Hector in 1523, here’s your chance. (Love that very exotic sounding title.) The illustrations are rather interesting constructions of how to show what a person’s insides look like: figures are standing up in a nonchalant manner and holding…

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Technology and ideas – all for free at the Pop!Tech conference

Here’s a tip from the blog about an exciting conference called Pop!Tech. If you can’t participate live in Camden, Maine, then enjoy the conference from the comfort of your home by live webcast. Dates are October 18 through 20. This conference brings together “500 visionary thinkers in the sciences, technology, business, design, the arts, education, government and culture” who will ping-pong their dreams, thoughts, ideas, and visions about science, technology, and those wonderful, crazy creatures called “human beings”. [The conference] will explore some of the many ways human beings impact—and are impacted by—the world and each other. [Explore] cutting-edge ideas, emerging technologies and new forces of change that are shaping our collective future. The site predicts that At the end, you’ll leave with dozens of new ideas, a better sense of where the world is headed, a new network of relationships and a lasting inspiration to create a better…

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While I was sleeping, I got tagged

Well, I haven’t been off sleeping, but while I wasn’t actively blogging, I got tagged from waaay down under. Thanks, Rhonda – I think? Now I need to find 8 things to say about myself that few people know about. Hmmm. I once spent the night on a mountain top in Nepal. Two friends and I followed some villagers up the mountain near our parked bus, probably about 50 km west of Katmandu. We were invited to follow, but when we realized it was getting late, we thought we should head back down the mountain before it got too dark. We knew there was a slippery trail that had a nasty drop to a tiny river with big rocks… We didn’t make it. Back down the hill, that is. The villagers had not wanted us to leave because they knew we wouldn’t make it in time before dark. So we…