December 1, 2008, 1:00 am

MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2

Welcome to the second edition of the “MetaCarnival”!

Brainchild of Alvaro Fernandez of Sharp Brains, the MetaCarnival seeks to bring together the best of the blogosphere by sampling the diverse topics collected in the carnival format.

Carnival administrators send in two submissions from their respective compilations and these submissions compose the “MetaCarnival” which is posted once a month.

Let’s get started!


“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulder of Giants.” (Isaac Newton, 1676).

This is the spirit of The Giant’s Shoulders, a monthly science blogging event about classic science papers.

The fifth edition of this carnival was posted at PodBlack Cat: Science, Superstition and Skeptical Life and included the following posts:

Why are there so many animals? John Dennehy at The Evilutionary Biologist looks at the classic paper on biodiversity.

Most of us awaken to the sound of birdsong each morning. At Living the Scientific Life, GrrlScientist describes research showing how a bird can be Singing in Slow Motion.


The Praxis carnival takes on all aspects of the scientific life, and edition number four was held at the “home” of Praxis, The Lay Scientist.

The first Praxis submission is written by graduate student Scicurious from Neurotopia v. 2.0, who discusses the importance of academic relationships in Warm Fuzzies and Getting to Know Your Profs.

Can the time change affect your heart? Bora at Blog Around the Clock gives a critical look at related research in “Spring Forward, Fall Back – Should You Watch Out Tomorrow Morning?”


SurgeXperiences is a bi-weekly compliation of stories revolving around surgery. Jeffrey Leow of Monash Medical Student and carnival administrator submits the following:

Cris Cuthbertson at Scalpel’s Edge finds out what it’s like to be on The Other Side of the Waiting Room.

Jeffrey Parks at Buckeye Surgeon describes the case of his career in The Fall of the Invincible One.


Encephalon is a blog carnival focusing on neuroscience.

Their contribution to this edition of the MetaCarnival comes from The Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in brain science, immunology, and arts education.

Music and the Brain discusses an interesting study using jazz musicians and brain imaging.


Regular readers of Emergiblog are no strangers to this carnival!

The last Grand Rounds was hosted at Canadian Medicine. Here are a couple of samples of the carnival of the medical blogosphere:

Bongi is a surgeon in South Africa. Here is a post on surgery in “Hell”, entitled Words, from his blog Other Things Amanzi.

Ever wonder what happens to the parts they remove in surgery? Find out in Surg Path Basics at PathResBlog!


The Four Stone Hearth is a blog carnival that specializes in anthropology in the widest (American) sense of that word.

From this compilation we get a submission from Neuroanthropology with the rather interesting title of Studying Sin. Absolutely fascinating…I’ve bookmarked this blog for further reading.


Lisa Emrich is the founder and administrator of the “Carnival of MS Bloggers“, a place where people living with multiple sclerosis can share their stories. I met Lisa when we were co-speaking at the Johnson and Johnson Global Communications Conference. She has submitted the following posts:

From her own blog, Brass and Ivory, Lisa gives us a little mini-carnival called Spasticity, Disability and Solu-Medrol. A little bit on each!

Diane Standiford takes a bit of the Wizard of Oz, Madonna and the “Yellow Sick Road” as she describes her journey to a cure for MS on her blog, A Stellar Life and the humorously entitled The Cure for Multiple Sclerosis, You Bowl Beepers!


Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t add a couple of Change of Shift posts to this MetaCarnival!

The nursing blog carnival was last hosted at RehabRN, and here are a couple of submissions:

Disappearing John discusses how he is Dealing With A Decision Made.

Strong One at My Strong Medicine gives some succinct advice in Act the Part and You Will Become the Part.


Thanks so much for checking in on this edition of the MetaCarnival. The next edition will be hosted on December 29th at Science Roll. Carnival administrators: send your submissions to “berci.mesko at gmail dot com”.


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    December 1, 2008 at 4:36 am

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  • Strong One
    Strong One

    December 1, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Wow! I’m honored to be included into such a diverse and eclectic group of talented blogger’s!
    Thank you!
    I have much reading to do!

  • Lisa Emrich
    Lisa Emrich

    December 1, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Great Job Kim!!! Thanks for including the MS Bloggers – such great company and much reading to do. 🙂

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  • Alvaro

    December 1, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Kim, great edition! you did improve many things compared to the original edition, thank you!

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  • RehabRN

    December 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Very cool…a carnival of carnivals!

  • jeff

    December 1, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    good stuff! ure raising the bar!

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