Sindy and the Antibiotics


The first Dr Hairy picture-book – having said which, I haven’t got any others planned just at the moment – is now complete, and I’ve just added it to the catalogue on the Dr Hairy site. It’s the first thing of any substance I’ve done using Inkscape – previously I’ve used Flash for  vector drawings.  You really need a bigger screen than mine, because the layer, stroke and fill dialogues take up quite a lot of space; and it’s also worth knowing, for example, that if you do a drawing with 2px lines in it and then import it into another drawing, all the lines will go back to 1px and need resetting. There are a few little wrinkles like that. But once I got used to it I liked it, and there’s plenty of good help available online – it’s quite similar to the Gimp in those respects.

Dr Hairy’s Casebook – Section 6 now online!

Part 6 of Dr Hairy’s Casebook is now online, with fictionalised cases on the following subjects:

  • Care of people with eye problems
  • Care of people with metabolic problems
  • Care of people with neurological problems

Dr Hairy’s Casebook is an attempt to bring the RCGP’s GP Curriculum to life, by illustrating each chapter with one or more fictional but true-to-life case. To find out more, click here .

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, March 2015

A bit late, but they’ve actually been online for about a week. Subjects covered this time:

Antidepressants and risk of suicide

BMJ 2015;350:h783

Assessment and management of alcohol use disorders

BMJ 2015;350:h715

How can I help you hear?” The transforming power of six little words

BMJ 2015;350:h184

Avoiding premature death in epilepsy

BMJ 2015;350:h718

Initiation and follow-up of treatment for high blood pressure

BMJ 2015;350:h167

Management and prevention of exacerbations of COPD

BMJ 2014;349:g5237

Pain at the base of the thumb

BMJ 2015;350:h182

Suicide in doctors while under fitness to practise investigation

BMJ 2015;350:h813

Doctors and divorce

BMJ 2015;350:h791

Irritable bowel syndrome in adults in primary care: summary of updated NICE guidance

BMJ 2015;350:h701

For more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, visit .

Yvonne Volkart, ‘Big Data’ – Dr Hairy gets famous in Austria!

A journalist called Yvonne Volkart contacted me last year to ask if she could use some references to the ‘Dr Hairy in: Big.Data’ videos in an article she was preparing for the Austrian magazine springerin.

Springerin is ‘a quarterly magazine dedicated to the theory and critique of contemporary art and culture… Artists, gallerists, collectors, art pedagogues are served by springerin as well as readers from the field of the humanities and those generally interested in new media and popular culture.’

volkart_springerin_bigdataShe’s just sent me a copy of the article, which appeared in the last edition of the magazine last year – she says she didn’t let me know earlier because she hoped it might  be made available online, but it hasn’t been. You can download a copy in .png format from .

Unfortunately it’s all in German, so it’s a struggle for me to translate, but I’ve managed to pick out the following – ‘wie die kartoffel mit dem schragen tomatenmund oder schlaue Grabber mit dem puppen- babyface und dem aufgeklebten backenbart’, which Babelfish renders as ‘like the potato with tomato mouth or clever Grabber with the puppet-babyface and the whiskers glued-on’. Brilliant!

An Austrian TV series is surely bound to follow.

Alex Turgeon – Better Homes & Gardens Revisited

Rhizome are hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Poetry as Practice’ – ‘ In this online exhibition, six poets approach internet language as a bodily, social, and material process. ‘

I don’t really know what that means, but the first entry is one of the nicer pieces of new media poetry I’ve seen for a while – ‘Better Homes & Gardens Revisited’ by Alex Turgeon – artfully simple-looking graphics combined with cleverly-animated texts. Well worth checking out.

Dr Hairy, by Michael Szpakowski

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An impression of Dr Hairy by my friend Michael Szpakowski. It’s subtitled ‘Size Ten Rant’ and I think it captures something about Dr Hairy when he’s in full flow, telling it like it is, or like it seems to be if you’re ever so slightly bonkers. This is one of a set of images based on participants in the NetArtizens debate (mentioned in a previous post): you can see the full set at .