The latest issue of Grand Rounds is hosted this week by Paul Levy, at Running a Hospital.
This week's episode is devoted to "When things go awry". My contribution -- "Getting the Finger From a Patient" -- is about 4th from the top.
1. you tell the Readability website a few reading preferences (i.e. format, text size and margin size).These two things are done only once. Later, when you find a web page worth reading, you do one more thing:
2. Readability creates a custom "bookmarklet" -- a link that you drag to your web browser's bookmark toolbar.
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Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism.Steven Berlin Johnson's Old Growth Media and the Future of News makes a fine companion piece, and offers some upsides:
In fact, I think in the long run, we’re going to look back at many facets of old media and realize that we were living in a desert disguised as a rain forest.Newspaper publishers are not the only ones taking trembling steps to digital publication. Most scientific journals, including the ones I write, review and edit for, are also somewhere along this path. This is an especially acute issue for learned societies that have long relied upon journal revenues as their cash cow. Finding an economic model that will pay for the stuff we need to read is going to take a lot of trial and error. On the plus side, it should be a great time for radical forces (such as myself) to try out all sorts of wacky experiments in radiology publishing. As Shirky concludes:
Many of these models will fail. No one experiment is going to replace what we are now losing with the demise of news on paper, but over time, the collection of new experiments that do work might give us the journalism we need.(via Daring Fireball)
11 years ago, I wrote that electronic books were a bad idea. Has Kindle 2 changed my mind? Yes. The two factors that convinced me were (a) equal-to-print readability and (b) multi-device integration.
I have recently become a big fan of text-to-speech conversion. In December, I discovered a new Mac program called Textcast. Since then, I've used Textcast to make one or two hundred podcasts for my iPhone from NY Times articles and various blogs I follow. These have been a major defense against boredom during my work commutes -- sort of like having an NPR station where all the stories are interesting.urlRaw = "http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/content/full/"
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