Correction to an earlier post: It seems I made a common mistake when I said that the Barry Norman film night tune (I Wish I Knew) was first written by Nina Simone. It was in fact first written and performed by the Bill Taylor Trio. Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.
Gift of life for heart girl – exactly how do you donate a heart? They say that a donor came forward, but presumably the heart has to come from a deceased person of the same age.
I normally don’t participate in web memes, but dammit, when they’re this funny there is no other choice. The whole ‘Pirates vs. Ninjas’ debate first originated from the Real Ultimate Power ninja site, and quickly spread through the web like wildfire (because, let’s face it, the site is cool, and by cool I mean totally sweet*).
But the ninjas have a lifelong emnity against the pirates, giving rise to such sites as Pirates and Ninjas Tested in a Variety of Everyday Situations and endless debates on the subject.
*I am currently trying to ascertain whether this phrase originated from the ninja website or not. More news soon.
A maglev railroad to orbit – ‘I’ll say this for your plan, it is not lacking in ambition. The last time I heard of something on this scale of imagination, it was called a Dyson Sphere – bravo!’
Reasons to be cheerful:
People on Metafilter liked my post about aerogel (inspired when I saw these pretty photos). I’m very pleased about this – Metafilter is being swamped with too much news culled from CNN, Slashdot, Kuro5hin and other web news portals these days, so I thought the readers might like a change and see something new. And they did.
I received an email from Giles Turnbull about how he liked the design of this weblog. I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy receiving emails like that.
I had a moment of epiphany about a particularly troublesome bit of revision concerning DNA recombination. I’d spent about five minutes trying to figure out the exact mechanism, drawing things on bits of paper, when it suddenly struck me that I should look at the diagrams backwards.
I remember sitting in a friend’s room last term, when he put on some new music. I immediately jumped up and exclaimed, ‘Hey, that’s the music to Barry Norman’s Film Night!’ He corrected me and said, ‘No it’s not, it’s by Nina Simone and it’s called I wish I knew.’ And so it was, and in that moment he unwittingly had given me the secret of the song’s name which so many people loved but didn’t (and may still not) know.
A nice post in Metafilter about how asking people out is simply a numbers game (the page is huge and while your browser will jump directly to the post, it may take a few seconds to load up).
Ask a question to Hamid Karzai – this is why BBC Online is the best news website.
Transmit a handshake through your phone – while I have the utmost respect for the guys at MIT Media Lab, I fail to see the point of this invention.