Dienstag, 28. September 2004

The curriculum of medical informatics consists of 130 units (Semesterwochenstunden, lessons per week) which can be taken within a Mindeststudienzeit (minimal study time) of 6 semesters (3 years) - 21.67 units per semester. Then you'll get a Bachelor's degree, and if you like, you can continue studying for Master's. Of these 130 units, I'm in theory supposed to be able to get credits for up to 43 units due to my medical studies: 15 for medical subjects (physics, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and histology, physiology and basics of pathology), 15 for free elective subjects and 13 for elective "focus" subjects. Let's see how many units I'll actually get credits for.

The first two semesters of medical informatics are 18 and 22 units respectively, i.e. 40 units for the first year in total. These are subjects related to computer science only, so I will have to take all of them as I won't get any credits for them from my medical studies. So 90 units remain for years 2 and 3, and if I'm able to save 43, only 47 units will remain for me - in two years, there will be only slightly more units than in the first year: only 23.5 units per year, only 11.75 units per semester. If I'm very diligent, then maybe it will be possible to complete years 2 and 3 of medical informatics in just one year's time. However, it will depend on the schedule of the lessons. Keeping in mind that the Bachelor's thesis counts for 10 and the related seminar for 3 units (but I have no idea if it will really be that much work), there are even fewer lessons to attend. Without the Bachelor's thesis and the related seminar, there will be only 34 units in two years, i.e. 17 units per year and 8.5 units per semester. I guess the plan of taking 17 units in one semester and thus completing two years in one would not be too far-fetched - in theory. Let's see how it will work out. Hey, if I interrupt medical informatics for one year at the beginning of the third part of my medical curriculum in order to focus on the practical courses and exams for medicine and then resume medical informatics and really manage to do two years in one - then I will perhaps even be able to complete both studies of mine in their respective minimal times!

Once it's October, I'll store the blog entries from July, August and September 2004 in an archive available from this homepage of mine. It will be #84. Why this number and not #1, you may ask? Well, take a look at my birthdate and then think a bit. Had I started writing a blog right after my birth, I would have already written 83 "issues" before.

Freitag, 24. September 2004

Every day, the number of new hits to www.hugi.scene.org is constantly about five times the number of new hits to hugi.scene.org/adok. Usually it's 80+/-20 hits to the Hugi website and 16+/-4 hits to my personal page. I wonder why it is like this! The Hugi website does contain a link to my personal page - maybe it's that every fifth visitor to the Hugi website clicks the link to my personal homepage? It would be a good idea to install a script that keeps track of the referrers in order to be able to test this hypothesis.

My internship is ending. I think I've profited of this month as this has been the first time that I was directly involved in a work-process: We students have been assigned certain routine tasks which we always did every day. So we were not only passive watchers or people who were given the opportunity to do some things now and then: the physicians relied on us. It has been a great view on Vienna from this station, which is located in one of the topmost levels of the General Hospital's red tower. I've realized that a city can be regarded as an organism with the transportation resembling the blood and lymphatic vessels, buildings resembling various types of tissue (e.g. muscosal, lympho-reticular, fatty, ...), human beings resembling the little cells (e.g. blood cells) that do most of the work, newspapers and other media resembling hormones and cytokines... It's a great moment when you realize that you are just a part of this organism. It is the interaction of all these parts of the organism that make it survive and thrive, and although you're a free individual, your life is always dependent on the others. Participating in the work-process I've realized that our socio-economic system is very clever: In order to fulfil your individual needs, you have to do service for others. There is no way to get money without interaction with other people at all. Even if you are born very rich, this is true as you've got (inherited) your money from your parents or other relatives or acquaintances; and you will perhaps need to get more money as you do keep spending some all the time, and maybe you lose some due to taxes, and of course you are dependent on the national economy of your country, so there is the danger of inflation making your wealth worthless; moreover, political revolutions might change the rules.

Obviously every human being who contributes to the gross national product is valuable to the community. So there's no need for becoming unhappy in one's struggle of becoming "a great one" - as long as you do what you need to survive (without being dependent on social welfare), you'll be accepted by the others. Live your life - it's perhaps the only one you have. Perceive yourself as one of thousands, millions of citizens living in your city, and billions of people living on this planet. It's interactions between people that make history. It's a matter of coincidence whether you'll get in a situation that will make your name be remembered by future generations.

Sonntag, 19. September 2004

I've designed yet another model for a school. I've called it "Konzeption der für mich idealen Schule - Variante 2" ("Conception of My Ideal School - Variant 2"). It's now available in the "Ideas" section.

In case anyone's interested: I've finally decided my plans for the upcoming study year.

In the study year 2004/2005, I'll have almost no practical courses at all. Thus I'll have a large time budget to invest freely. I'm planning to take the three great exams that remain so I can complete the second part of my medical curriculum ("clinical theory"). It's about 3000 pages, so it's a lot to study. But I'm convinced it will be possible to manage this in a year's time.

However, that's not all: The fact that I'm going to have hardly any obligations of being physically present at university in the whole next study year has made me come to the conclusion that now it would be a great occasion to start studying Computer Science in parallel. My plan is to complete the second part of Medicine and the two first semesters of Computer Science at the end of the upcoming study year. I believe it will be possible to manage this.

Afterwards, once I'm in the third part of Medicine, I'll have a lot of practical courses again. So I will perhaps not be able to spend much time on Computer Science. However, I believe it will be possible to take all the practical courses in one year so that afterwards I'll be able to study both Medicine and Computer Science in parallel again. If my plan works out, I'll be both a Medical Doctor and a Bachelor of Technology when I'll have to start my alternative service in summer 2008.

Regarding Computer Science, the Vienna University of Technology offers several specializations for the Bachelor's and for the Master's degree respectively. I'd like to take Medical Informatics as my Bachelor's specialization because I can get quite a lot of credits from Medicine (I won't have to take exams on anatomy, histology, physiology or biochemistry again).

What I'll do after my alternative service, remains open. Therefore I am currently not able to say whether I'll also obtain a Master's degree or even a Doctorate in Computer Science.

This is what I love about our university system: the freedom to arrange your time yourself, pursue extracurricular activities and study more than just one subject at the same time.

Sonntag, 12. September 2004

Added two new German articles: "Ein neues Konzept für Prüfungen" ("A new concept for exams"), which I wrote last year after my final exam in histology when I didn't get the mark I had expected, and "Ein provinzielles Wahlsystem" ("A system for regional and national elections") in the section on Micronations. If you want any of the German articles to be translated to the English language, drop me a mail.

I've found an interesting passage in the book "Hochbegabung und Hochbegabte" by (psychologist and Intertel member) Dr. Ida Fleiß. It's in the short autobiography of a Dutch-born Australian citizen (p. 162, top): "But I did live through my school-years with a strong suspicion that people were generally dishonest because when I got involved in some disputation they often maintained points of view that were clearly wrong. Where some boys couldn't cope with arithmetic and spelling I saw that as being caused by a poor memory. It didn't dawn on me for quite some time that they were not able to think properly."

While I was writing the previous lines, I was listening to the national anthem of Brazil. I noticed the ending resembled the US-American anthem a bit. This has made me remember a fact few people outside Brazil seem to know, namely that the proper name of Brazil used to be "Republic of the United States of Brazil" from 1890 to 1968. And the proper name of Mexico, by the way, is "United Mexican States". Therefore it is actually not sufficient to say "United States" when speaking about the USA. As a matter of fact, "United States of America" is a slightly weird name as Mexico and Brazil are also "United States" located in America. Maybe "United States of North America" or "United States of Anglo-America" would be a more proper name. (By the way, how about renaming Brazil to "United States of Southern America" or "United States of Portuguese America", and how about renaming Mexico to "United States of Central America" or "United States of Spanish America"? - Well, maybe it would not be a good idea to name Mexico the "United States of Central America" as such a country has already existed in history; it comprised Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and a part of Mexico, Chiapas.) See also wordiq.com/definition/United_States_(disambiguation) for more information and facts.

By the way, here's my current top 16 of national anthems:

1. Austria 1920 - 1929 (the best of all, not just because I'm living in Austria; by contrast, the current anthem is one of the worst in the world - what a shame!)
2. Albania
3. Iran before 1979
4. Germany
5. Soviet Union / Russian Federation
6. United States of America
7. Netherlands
8. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
9. Japan
10. People's Republic of China
11. Pakistan
12. Canada
13. Brazil
14. Chile
15. Ethiopia
16. Israel

I wonder whether I should provide download links. Well, maybe it's sufficient to link to the website nationalanthems.us. All of these anthems are available there. (And I wonder whether anybody else reading this except me is interested in that stuff anyway...)

Now I've also added another song composed by me, which is called "Happy Song".

Samstag, 11. September 2004

I've added my concept of a game I've recently invented: "Wirtschafts-Simulation Zeitungsbetrieb" ("Economy simulation: Magazine Business"). As a matter of fact I had programmed such a game many years ago, but it was quite easy, and I wondered how I could make it more challenging. It's in German. I've added a copyright note so it's not allowed to simply rip this idea for your own game; please contact me if you want to implement a game based on my ideas.

And I'm happy to report I've converted two of the tunes composed by me (on my piano) to MIDI format so that you'll be able to listen to them as well! Look out for "Cheerful Song" and "National anthem of a fictional country" in the "Misc" corner.

Mittwoch, 8. September 2004

Chicobo has drawn a banner for me, so I've added it to this site. In exchange, I've included her banner on the "Friends" page. Thank you very much, Sabine.

According to Keirsey.com, which hosts a test based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) just like Typentest.de but has 55 instead of just 4 questions, I'm actually not an INTJ but an ENTJ. However, this has been a very close match: I scored E+2 on the extroversion/introversion scale; had I answered like a typical introverted person just one more time (instead of choosing the extroverted answer), there would have been an exact draw and it would not be possible to decide whether I'm rather an INTJ or an ENTJ. Anyway, if I were an ENTJ, this would mean I'd be a "fieldmarshal" - a natural military leader. Cool stuff. Maybe I'll be the leader of some scientific institution one day and command my employees like a fieldmarshal does!