Aaron Swartz’s Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Largely credited to Aaron Swartz, this has also found an in depth criticism in Peter Suber’s now archived, Earlham.edu blog on Open Access. I am reproducing it, in memory of the deceased Swartz, as a reminder of the duty that befalls us all. Guerilla Open Access Manifesto Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The … Continue reading Aaron Swartz’s Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

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#Anonymous Hack MIT Sites: In Memoriam, Aaron Swartz

The online vigilante justice group, anonymous, has hit out at the MIT for the role they purportedly played in bringing about the demise of Aaron Swartz. They took down the Cogeneration Project page and another page which seems to not be loading now. They apologized for taking the Cogen project page down and launched the homepage on another ID. #MIT Owned by #Anonymous. rledev.mit.edu& cogen.mit.eduPR … Continue reading #Anonymous Hack MIT Sites: In Memoriam, Aaron Swartz

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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide: The Dark Knight Falls

From Aaron’s last blog post:

Thus Master Wayne is left without solutions. Out of options, it’s no wonder the series ends with his staged suicide.

A year younger to me, and yet, he’s achieved ore than I could imagine achieving in my whole life, and at the untimely age of 26 years, he has gone and ended it. Don’t remember who Aaron Swartz is? He brought out the Guerilla Open Access movement into the open. The Robin Hood of the Open Access revolution, he was a Dark Knight. He downloaded 4.8 million papers off JSTOR servers, and ended up getting indicted for “wire fraud, computer fraud”. First reported by The Tech, MIT, this news has trickled through the interwebs and people like me are still trying to grapple with the implications.

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The USA Dream for IMGs: Coming to an end? Analysing the 2012 Match

My attention was drawn to an article in the JAMA today (1) by one of my friends who is actively pursuing the USMLE route. And after reading this, I guess I have to admit that one now has to make haste in order to prevent waste. Now I have long been wanting to write about this but somehow never came around to do it. Finally, having read this article today, I decided to give it a go. Now this is entirely my perspective on last year’s match and it may be entirely off-base. So do not put too much of thought into this. This year several of my friends are appearing for the match and I wish them the very best of luck. Also, this post is intended to be a wake up call for those who have been sitting on their dates, trying to do that extra bit to eke out an exceptional score. it is time to take the plunge!

ResearchBlogging.orgLet us start with some number crunching first – get the boring stuff out of the way before the real horror movie starts. No, just kidding… The number of students applying for residency in the US programs has increased in leaps and bounds, as the NRMP report shows in this trend-chart dating back to 1952 (2):

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 87,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the … Continue reading 2012 in review

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