Mobile Internet

Having the Internet in your hand is a great aid to learning. With my iPod Touch or my Sony Ericsson phone (yeah, so I’ll buy an iPhone next year maybe) I’m always looking up stuff I don’t know. If someone mentions a disease I’ve either not heard of or don’t know much about I jump onto the web & can instantly find out more. I can read a little, or I can read a lot. Either way I’ve learnt something new. I do this for geography (I had Google Earth open on my Macbook Pro during Eurovision this year), physics, medicine, zoology, economics, history, technology, sports & whatever else crosses my path. I may not remember all I read, but it’s always there for me to reaccess later.
Whatever people might say about Wikipedia, it’s a good resource. Some articles are better written & better referenced than others, and like any other resource you shouldn’t trust 100% what’s written there. There are plenty of other places you can also find out what you need.
Get the Internet in your pocket. Keep asking it questions.

Week 1: Introduction to anatomical terminology

In the first anatomy session I spoke about the small group style of (hopefully) interactive teaching, the history of anatomy and the use of Latin and Greek words for parts of the human body, the aims of standardising anatomical nomenclature, and the importance of all this for communication and learning.
The learning outcome I spoke about regarded the definitions of the terms, “somatic”, “visceral” and “branchial”. “Somatic” refers to parts of the body under voluntary control, whereas “visceral” refers to the parts under involuntary control. I used the skeletal muscles as an example of somatic structures, and the kidneys as an example of visceral structures. We will meet somatic and visceral nerves later in the year.
We talked about the term “branchial” and it’s meaning of “gills”, and related this to the branchial arches of the embryo (now commonly called the “pharyngeal arches”) and the structures formed in the adult from these. We pointed out the similar words “brachial” and “bronchiole”, and noted the differences.
If you’d like to read a little more, follow these links:
Arnold’s Glossary of Anatomy
History of Anatomy (
Science in the Middle Ages (long, well referenced Wikipedia page)
If you search the web for definitions for “somatic” and “visceral” you will probably find most of the definitions put forward by members of your anatomy group. Make note of their uses in everyday life, cell biology & anatomy.
For more about science and the ancient Greeks, including Hippocrates, have a read of these pages.

Horrible weather

2008-09-05--Windy, Wet Swansea Bay
This morning is a horrible morning. It’s raining hard, it’s blustery, and it’s miserable. My golf course actually closed yesterday (which is really unusual) and I don’t see it opening for a couple more days at least. So I really didn’t want to get on my bike this morning and have to cycle to work. My heart rate went above 100bpm just when I struggled to get all my layers and waterproofs on.
So why then, by the time I reached the sea, was I so happy and comfortable? My waterproofs leak, it rained hard all the way and it was really blowy on the seafront, but for some reason I was feeling really good. Weird.

EPST photos

Epst08 Fairwater Svw 304 - Version 2
I spent yesterday morning taking photos for the Emily Prosser Sprint Triathlon. It was a bit of a struggle with grey skies, showers and poor light, but I seem to have got some good snaps. Half have gone up on and the rest should go up tonight if my internet connection stops mucking about.