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November 7, 2010

2.5 million images from the biomedical literature


Free, the way we like it.

From Richard Kashdan: "The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed and will maintain the newly-announced Images, a database of 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals. The new site is available at www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/images.

"From the front page you can browse recently-added or most-cited literature, but you also have the option to do a simple search by keyword (an advanced search builder allows you to search through several different fields.) I did a search for autism and got 1580 results, mostly charts. The search results have a thumbnail, paper title, and a brief amount of context; there are also links to a citation/abstract for the article as well as full text.

"Try doing multiple keyword searches for concepts which you're trying to connect: the first result for thyroid diabetes brought up a very interesting Venn diagram."

There goes the day.

And night.

November 7, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sorry, we're open


On the flip side it says


Double-sided plastic.

20 x 30cm (8" x 12").

$17 CAD.

November 7, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

The Case Against Bambi — by Allan Sloan


Sloan, Fortune magazine's senior editor-at-large, writes the "Deals" column for the Washington Post.

His latest piece, which appeared last Tuesday, November 2, 2010, examined the tremendous cost in both blood and treasure of deer-vehicle collisions.

Though I've never hit a deer while driving, many people I know have, and it's likely you've experienced such an event either directly or second-hand.

Excerpts from Sloan's column follow.


The Case Against Bambi

Deer-vehicle accidents resulted in more than $3.8 billion of insurance claims and driver costs in the year ended June 30, according to State Farm Insurance. Such collisions resulted in about 140 human deaths, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Serious stuff.

We're not even including the financial and social cost of Lyme disease, the expense of hauling away deer carcasses, and the cost in money and time protecting vegetation and crops from voracious deer predation.

In 16 states, costs run nine digits. In Virginia, by State Farm's estimate, there were nearly 52,000 deer-related accidents last year that cost $174.3 million. In Maryland, deer-vehicle collisions numbered close to 32,000 at a cost of $106.9 million. Even the District of Columbia, not known as a woodland paradise, has roughly 500 deer-vehicle accidents a year, according to State Farm. (You can blame most of them on the deer infesting Rock Creek Park.)

State Farm estimates that in the 12 months ended June 30, there were 1.1 million deer-vehicle accidents nationwide.... The total exceeds $4 billion when we throw in the cost of accidents in which no claims were made because drivers had no comprehensive insurance on their vehicles, or no insurance at all.

The costs in the chart [top] combine State Farm's estimate of an average $3,103 per claim paid by insurers with the estimated deductible, $250, absorbed by drivers. We're using a $3,353 cost per accident in all states, because State Farm doesn't provide state-by-state data.

State Farm has published data about deer accidents for seven years to get attention for its accident-mitigation tips: be especially vigilant from 6 to 9 p.m.; remember that deer usually travel in herds; don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles; and so on. It does some interesting math to reach its conclusions. It extrapolates total deer-vehicle damage based on claims made by its policy holders. For example, if State Farm has a third of the auto policies in a given state, it multiplies its cost and the number of accidents by three.

State Farm says there were 21 percent more accidents reported in the 2009-2010 survey than five years earlier, even though vehicle-miles driven are up only 2 percent. That's a telling statistic. It means either that drivers have gotten a lot worse at avoiding deer, which seems unlikely, or there are a lot more deer on the roads than there used to be, which seems extremely likely.

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration counted 182 deaths caused by animal-vehicle collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that 75 to 80 percent of those deaths involve deer. Call it 140 people killed last year because Bambi was where he didn't belong.


The cost of deer collisions in each of the 50 states is here.

And no — I haven't the foggiest idea why Maryland and Washington, D.C.'s costs are in red in the graphic up top.


November 7, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Porcelain Perpetual Calendar


Just the thing to keep track of where you are in time, especially apropos during today's 25-hour-long chapter.

"Features the days of the week and months of the year in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Four parts separate to store rubber bands, paper clips, and other desk accessories."

Or whatever else you choose place within.

Limited edition.

7.5"H x 6"Ø.



November 7, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



According to a feature in the November 1, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated, Thuuz is "... a free online service that provides an objective measure of a game's excitement on a 100-point scale using play-by-play data and advanced algorithms. The trick is that it doesn't reveal the outcome, allowing users to experience the drama (or skip a DVR'd dud) themselves. Saving even more time, it tells them the best point in the game at which to tune in."

"Thuuz," derived from enthusiast, "... was beta-tested during the NCAA tournament and the World Cup before going public at the start of the current football season."

More: "Thuuz works by scoring games in real time based on competitiveness, pace and novelty. The home page lists the most exciting ongoing and recent games, displaying only a rating of their watch-worthiness. Users can receive email or text alerts when a game is heating up, or follow links to view available games online."

And: "... the target audience is not the victory-hungry homer but the fan looking to catch entertaining games while juggling a busy schedule."

Up top is a screenshot taken at 4:57 p.m. ET yesterday (Saturday, November 6, 2010).

Having watched the Illinois-Michigan triple-overtime thriller while listening to my Virginia Cavaliers fall just short against the Dookies, I'd say their ratings were spot on.

November 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cantaloupe Bowl


Just the place to store your tangerine dream.

Glazed earthenware.

5.5"Ø x 3"H.


November 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Intel Lab Smock, 1968


"Before the introduction of the clean room bunnysuit, lab coats were the required garment. During the popularity of the miniskirt, ladies often shortened their lab coats to miniskirt lengths [below, 1969]."


[via wired.com/rawfile, Calisphere, and the Intel Museum]

November 7, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Stiletto Protectors


"These simple but effective devices are designed to slip onto your heels before venturing outside, in order to fend off tears and scratches caused by sidewalk cracks, stairs and escalators."

$11 CAD (Personal Accessories, page 4).

November 7, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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