They were ready by the end of December, honest – I just haven’t got round to posting anything about them until the beginning of January. It’s a busy time of the year, all right?
Subjects covered this time:
Diagnosing symptomatic cancer in the NHS
Fibroids: diagnosis and management
The three crises facing the NHS in England
Acute coronary syndromes
Acute rheumatic fever
The scientific report guiding the US dietary guidelines: is it scientific?
Diagnosis and management of menopause: summary of NICE guidance
Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries are a fun and entertaining way for GPs to keep up to date with medical research and earn learning credits towards appraisals and revalidation. To find out more, go to http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/ .
Furtherfield have just published my interview with Ingrid Torvund: http://furtherfield.org/features/interviews/blood-and-magic-interview-ingrid-torvund
Ingrid, who lives and works in Norway, is the director/creator of Magic Blood Machine and When I Go Out I Bleed Magic, which I came across on Vimeo. The interview was conducted via email over the course of several weeks, and it contains some interesting insights into her working practices and sources of inspiration.
Magic Blood Machine will be showing as part of the Cranbrook Video Festival, which I am organising on Friday 19th February 2016 at my daughter’s school in Cranbrook, Kent. More news about that later.
This video was commissioned by Animate Projects as part of their Parts and Labour, er, project. You can see it on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/147162025 . It’s absolutely brilliant – surreal (in the proper sense of the word) and spooky, atmospheric, full of bits of old prints collaged together in the style of Max Ernst.
I’ve never come across Noriko Okaku before, but her website, at http://www.norikookaku.com/ , is well worth checking out.
Mr Punch has been left in charge of the baby, but all he can think about is sausages. To make matters worse, once the sausages are made, both Toby the dog and Mr Punch’s enemy the Crocodile seem to be trying to steal them…
YouTube – https://youtu.be/NaxzyVl5-yw
Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/147765266
For more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, please visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries
In this month’s summaries:
Assessing the risk of diabetes
Learning from soft power
Time to question the NHS diabetes prevention programme
Dietary fats, health, and inequalities
Where are we now with paracetamol?
Risk of intracranial haemorrhage linked to co-treatment with antidepressants and NSAIDs
Superficial thrombophlebitis (superficial venous thrombosis)
Initial drug treatment in Parkinson’s disease
Pharmacogenetics begins to deliver on its promises
Practical tools for improving global primary care
Mr Punch wants to spend the day making big fat sausages for his lunch, but his wife Judy tells him he’s got to look after the baby.
YouTube – https://youtu.be/KkYZuGXPPRY
Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/144360662
Detective Heart of America – The Final Freedom – from Jason Steele, the man behind Film Cow, creator of the very famous Charlie The Unicorn, probably the most talented of the ‘sicko American college humour’ video-makers. This is a proper feature-length film made with incredibly lo-fi puppets (in other words a load of dolls and ornaments), but it hangs together amazingly well. The secret is in the writing, which is unfailingly sharp, and the pace, which is unrelenting.
Acedia from Mark Mckeown, which I discovered on a experimental animation forum. A peculiar mixture of 2D animation, 3D animation and photographic stills, with a soundtrack from someone called Azuza Inkh – it’s a real oddity, but in its own odd way it really works.
The New Media Writing Prize, which is run by Bournemouth University and IF-Book (the Institute for the Future of the Book) is now in its sixth year and has just announced its annual call for entries, first prize £1000:
We are looking for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone…
The essence of new-media writing for us is great storytelling which uses anything and everything that digital media can offer, along with user/audience interactivity. It’s got to be something that couldn’t work in ‘old’ media.
Every year I find fault with these criteria, firstly because of the emphasis on storytelling – much of the best new media work being poetry or some other form of non-narrative work – and secondly because of the insistence on user/audience interactivity – which ignores things like generative text. To be fair to them, though, when it comes to the judging they seem to be more broadminded than these guidelines might suggest. What’s more, it’s a big prize as new media goes, certainly the biggest one in the UK; it’s been going quite long time in new media terms; and it has consistently pulled in some interesting work.
Dave Miller’s Opinion in a Cube is a typically forthright political piece about Jeremy Corbyn. It’s in the form of a virtual cube which you can manipulate to see different pictures and bits of text on each of the six sides. It’s a nice piece of design, and in terms of the writing the best side is a mock-up newspaper column headed Daily Mailograph: Ten Reasons Why Voting for Corbyn will Lead to Civil War, which is really funny. http://davemiller.org/code/css3_test/scrutinise.html