"Everything around you that you call life was made up by people, and you can change it." —Steve Jobs
— David Konig (@davidkonig) October 8, 2015
So if you’ve been by the site over the last month or so you may have noticed a slight change over there in the sidebar…
I’m happy to announce that 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is NOW available! If you’ve already bought the first edition, keep your eyes open for an e-mail from Amazon about the update.
Includes #26 BONUS: Avoid Social Networking Pitfalls
Although Social Media adoption and use continues to spread like wildfire grabbing headlines on news sites around the world it is important to remember that we are still medical professionals. It’s really no secret that I’ve spent a lot of my time over the past 5 years blogging about Social Media and EMS at TheSocialMedic.net, cofounded PIOSocialMediaTraining.com to help agencies of all types adopt Social Media in an effort to get their message out, and have even spoken on it at conferences.
Yet, time and time again we read and hear about issues with Medics using Social Media inappropriately, and this can be an absolute career ender. This bonus chapter includes 7 Things To Do Online That Will End Your Career and 7 Things To Do Online To Build Your Career, because not ALL Social Media is bad. It’s important to know and understand our place in this new medium while always remembering that our primary role is that of providing care for the patient you’ve been called for.
New Edition… New Formats
For those of you wondering, yes 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is on Kobo as well. I’m not quite sure how Kobo updates their titles, but the new edition is indeed live and kicking.
I’m also happy to announce that 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is now in the iBooks store! That’s right… after a grueling process I am now finally available to ALL the iPad readers in the world!!!
That’s all exciting stuff, right? Well… there’s just one more thing…
25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is in PRINT
That’s right… it’s true… now you have NO excuse not to get a copy because 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t 2nd Edition is in PRINT available through Amazon, Createspace, and other fine book sellers in most countries.
I have to be honest, when I first wrote this book I figured it would do really well as an ebook but only an ebook. I was surprised to hear how many people wanted an actual physical copy for themselves AND their students. I even had one instructor tell me he wanted to send them out to people BEFORE they started class so that when they actually did show up, it was with eyes wide open. So, along with the new content, a fresh edit, and a shiny new cover it is now something you can tote around with you
Don’t Sit There… GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!!
When the news was announced that Google was going to sunset their Reader service on July 1 the cries went up from the RSS subscribing masses. Losing this long time service was a blow to both content consumers and content producers.
Because I am someone who depends on using a Feedreader, an alternative needed to be found. Although I tried a few of the recommended replacements, Newsblur and Netvibes, they just didn’t seem intuitive to either my work flow or my consumption needs. The service that I ultimately have decided upon is Feedly.
I like Feedly for a couple of reasons. First, it was able to import all my RSS subscriptions. This is a good thing because it has taken me years to find them. The bad thing was it imported ALL of my RSS subscriptions, even those who haven’t updated or existed for a few years. Cleanup in Feedly was really easy and went much faster than I would have been able to do it in Reader, so that was a plus. Overall, it was an A+ import experience.
The next thing I really like about Feedly is the way it displays the articles, specifically under the Today tab. While all of my Reader folders were converted to tabs, the Today tab shows what has chronologically been published, as the name implies, Today. As my life has progressed on, I honestly no longer look at the RSS Feeds on a daily basis. It has become more of a weekday activity, while I prefer to spend weekends on content creation instead of consumption. All those weekend posts I’ll get to, but I can automatically be up to date with the happenings of then on Mondays just by looking at Today.
Another important aspect is that I love the way the content appears in Feedly. The way content looks is an important aspect for me, both as a creator and a consumer. Because I use images frequently I was happy to see the way images were displayed with the accompanying content, at least on the RSS Feeds I subscribe to. Because CSS plays such a big roll in how content displays, and RSS Feeds strip all that out, it may not be that way for every feed.
Finally, Feedly has both a web based environment and native apps for both iOS and Android. I like having the native app option as opposed to being stuck in a browser and I love the mobile experience just as much, if not more, than the browser environment.
So don’t leave you’re RSS Feeds out in the cold when Reader sunsets and go sign up for Feedly today!
It’s that time of year when rumors begin circulating in great fervor about the next rendition of the ever popular iPhone.
You have rumors from analysts, rumors on release dates, and of course the rumored 13MP rear camera. Undoubtedly more rumors and “leaked photos” are going to be popping up all over the internet in anticipation of it rumored iPhone 5S. One thing I have not seen rumored is the one thing I think the iPhone sorely needs.
A better front facing camera.
Now I think the rear camera is great, and if they improve upon it that’ll be great too… but the front facing camera is where the REAL value is for users. You may be asking yourself, “Why would the front facing camera be important? For more poorly shot “selfies”?”
The answer is YES. Sort of.
One of the things I learned in photography, most notable in event photography but given less emphasis in photojournalism, is that one of the most important photos you can ever take of an event is the photo of yourself being there.
The photo above was taken with the front facing camera. See how grainy it is? How it isn’t quite focused? It’s a great shot though of me and my friends, which is the important part… I’m in the shot.
Now this photo above was taken using the rear camera. See how nice and crisp it came out, especially in comparison with the other photo? There is however just one problem with it. I’m NOT in the shot.
So yes, while the rumors may fly around I can hope that Apple has taken this into consideration and improved upon the front facing camera. I’m not looking for 13MP… I’d be ECSTATIC with 5MP. We just need something better so that we can take the most important photos of all.
The ones of ourselves in the places and with the friends we celebrate with.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the addictive Angry Birds game, right?
The physics that made the original Angry Birds so enjoyable carries over in new and fun ways in space. The science of orbits, gravity, and weightlessness comes to life in a new way through the game play.
Another thing I love about the game is the home screen presence of a NASA Space Station. By tapping it, the game offers to provide more information on NASA and transports the gamer to the actual NASA site explaining the core gaming concept of micro-gravity. This type of in game education and exposure is, in my opinion, huge. I wish they would have been able to do this before the demise of the shuttle program. Maybe then there would have been enough of a public outcry to properly continue the funding of space exploration.
Of course, I also can’t help to wonder how long until someone in EMS is able to make the same kind of arrangement with a game maker to educate the public on the facts instead of allowing them to believe the Hollywood mythos.
The bridge goes up… the bridge comes down.
This is a photo of the Hamilton Avenue Bridge on its way down. The photo was taken with my new iPhone 4s with HDR engaged. It looked really good on the small screen… but on the big screen I’m less impressed.