Entry #8: The poltergeist

GHOST

(Photo: GHOST, by Bousure. CC Licensed)

Ever since they were little, the protagonist has been able to see some kind of entity, a ghost, wandering around their house, always close to them and even sometimes they would catch glimpses of it watching them. At first, it was terrifying, but with time they learned to ignore it, since it really didn’t do anything except stand around. Although they never understood why nobody else could see it. Eventually, they move out on their own and stop seeing the apparition, so they assume it was just in their old house. One ordinary day, the protagonist is at their new house and suddenly all the lights go out; assuming it’s a blackout they look out the window but every other house has the lights on. They try to get out of the house but all the doors are jammed shut and won’t open. The air gets cold and somehow they can feel some kind of presence there with them. After several minutes, the lights turn back on, the doors unlock, and everything seems normal. Scared, they hire a psychic to inspect the house. The psychic tells them that it is the same spirit that haunted them when they were little, but that they should not worry, it is trying to protect them. Although they can’t determine if it’s from another supernatural being, or from someone who is still alive.

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Entry #7

Murder's weapon on the table

(Photo: Murder’s weapon on the table, by Maarten Van Damme. CC Licensed)

There’s been a murder! It is 1934 in London, and at an upper class party in a mansion, the owner has been found murdered. Knowing that the killer might escape in the commotion, a detective, who was a guest in the party, quickly organizes everybody, closes all the exits, and, after making sure everyone on the guest list is accounted for, begins investigating who did it. After some thorough investigation and a lot of interrogations, all the facts point only to one person. But it can’t be… The evidence is so convincing that the detective even starts to believe it. Somehow, someway… he himself is actually the killer!

Entry #6: No tomorrow

paranoia

(Photo: paranoia, by J. Cortazar. CC Licensed)

The protagonist wakes up and start getting ready for the day, like they always do. Upon opening a drawer, they find a crumpled note in their own handwriting that says: “Nothing is real, everything is fake.  Don’t let them see you reading this. I managed to write it without them noticing and hid it here, knowing that I always open this drawer in the morning. They are monitoring you. Its an experiment. You are living the same day over and over again. Your memory is being erased over night. Trust nobody. Find a way. Escape” The last words are difficult to read, like they were written in a hurry. Startled, they make their way downstairs and find their whole family waiting for them on the living-room. “Did you see anything weird this morning?” asks their mother with an unusual smile.

Entry #5: Super-roommates

superhero tights

(Photo: superhero tights, by Geoffrey Fairchild. CC Licensed)

Two college roommates keep making up fake excuses to go out without the other. One is a super-villain, the other one a superhero, and both are hiding their secret identities from each other, oblivious to the fact that they are each other’s nemesis. Everything starts to change when one of them brings a guest to their apartment who knows them both and their secret identities. Fun fat: they had also started dating each other recently.

Informatica hoy: Medicina y Fitness

New Years Resolution

(Photo: New Years Resolution, by Sam JR. CC Licensed)

La informática en la salud, la medicina y la aptitud física es la aplicación de la tecnología y las comunicaciones al área de la salud. Su objetivo principal es brindar servicio a los profesionales de la salud a fin de mejorar la calidad de vida. La informática médica comenzó en E. U. para los años ’50 cuando surgen las computadoras. Es aplicada en todas las áreas de la medicina y la salud.

En ella se intersecan las ciencias de la computacion y la comunicacion. Se ocupa de los recursos necesarios para optimizar la creación y la aplicación de información en biomedicina y salud. En sus instrumentos incluye los ordenadores, las guías de práctica clínica, la terminología médica, entre otras cosas.

Runkeeper and health on iPhone

(Photo: Runkeeper and health on IPhone, by Jason Howie. CC Licensed)

Algunas apps para la salud que puedes bajar en tu “smartphone” son:

  • Fitbit: es la aplicación gratis número uno para mantenerte en forma ya que recompila data como los látidos del corazón, los pasos dados, las horas dormidas y los minutos de ejercicio; tambien envía esta información a investigadores de la medicina como el “National Institute of Health” para ayudar con sus investigaciones
  • My Fitness Pal: por “Under Armor”, es la aplicación gratis número dos en el mercado; te permite contar tus calorías, acceso a una base de datos de mas de 5 millones de comidas, recetas, dietas diarias y otras actividades relacionadas a bajar de peso
  • Calm: nombrada la “app” del año por “Apple” en el 2017, es número tres entre las aplicaciones gratis debido a su utilización de la meditación, el relajamiento y las prácticas de dormir como llaves para la productividad; ofrece una subscripción “premium” que incluye otros productos
  • Flo Period and Ovulation tracker: como la número cuatro, “Flo Period” es una app que usa el aprendizaje artificial para predecir menstruación y ovulación, planeamiento de pastillas, monitorear síntomas, integrar la menstruación al estilo de vida (dormir, hidratación, ejercicio) y, obviamente, a ayudar a mujeres que quieren quedar embarazadas
  • Headspace: ofrece sesiones de meditación guiada y entrenamiento para una mente sana; es número cinco y tiene varias compañías como usuarias para aumentar la productividad de sus empleados, entre ellas: Google, Spotify, Linkedin y United Airlines

A continuación un video informativo:

Algunos “websites”, blogs y “twitter profiles”:

Referencias

Caban, J. J., & Gotz, D. (2015). Visual analytics in healthcare – opportunities and research challenges. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 22(2), 260-262. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocv006

Holzinger, A. (2016). Interactive machine learning for health informatics: When do we need the human-in-the-loop? Brain Informatics, 3(2), 119-131. doi:10.1007/s40708-016-0042-6

Jake Luo, Min Wu, Deepika Gopukumar, & Yiqing Zhao. (2016). Big data application in biomedical research and health care: A literature review. Biomedical Informatics Insights, 2016(8), 1. doi:10.4137/BII.S31559

Najaftorkaman, M., Ghapanchi, A. H., Talaei-Khoei, A., & Ray, P. (2015). A taxonomy of antecedents to user adoption of health information systems: A synthesis of thirty years of research.Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(3), 576-598. doi:10.1002/asi.23181

Unertl, K. M., Schaefbauer, C. L., Campbell, T. R., Senteio, C., Siek, K. A., Bakken, S., & Veinot, T. C. (2016). Integrating community-based participatory research and informatics approaches to improve the engagement and health of underserved populations. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 23(1), 60-73. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocv094

Entry #4

Door

(Photo: Door, by William Allen, Image Historian. CC Licensed)

Someone has a nightmare where some kind of demon murdered their family  during the night and then started taunting them from outside their room, mimicking their parents voice and scratching the door, begging to be let in. They wake up in a cold sweat, unsure if it was real. After calming down, they open the door, which leads into the corridor, and turn on the light just to be sure. Seeing nothing, they close the door and notice something written with blood on the other side: “Thanks for letting me in”

 

Entry #3: In my sleep

dream

(Photo: dream, by R. CC Licensed)

After a night of partying and fun, a group of college students decide to stay the night at a friend’s house. The morning after, one of them wakes up covered in blood and surrounded by their dead colleagues. Terrified and with no memory of what happened, they search through the deceased’s cellphones in an attempt to find out; in one of them they find a recording of the night before. Horrified, they watch themselves murder their friends, apparently while sleepwalking, culminating with the one filming the video.