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...the terminally uninteresting update! )I had plans to buy a new microscope but that has become a pipe dream as what I really need is a new laptop. My poor old man that is my iBook G4 has started blacking out again. Obviously the Power Manager needs to be reset, but it isn't falling for the usual tricks anymore. Ah well. It's certainly lasted.

*This is one of those never to be solved mysteries of science. Despite being constantly reminded that science is all about practice, we of studentkind always find there are remarkably few problems given for us to solve and even fewer with any sort of answer to check whether we are right. I suppose it's training like that which separates the weedy and wannabe from the Nobel Prize Winners. Sometimes, I've often wondered if it isn't some kind of cruel torture passed down by generations of scientists - "so you want to be a real scientist, huh?" they seem to be saying, "want to feel the pain of never knowing if what you've spent your life (ok, half an hour) working on will even turn out to be right? Well suck it up, ducks - if we had to suffer, you must too! This is what real science feeeeels like!"

The funny thing is, those of us who want to be lecturers/researchers have already admitted that we will likely be just as bad, if not worse, to our poor descendants in the path of science.
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... )

Meh. No one said it was easy. Let's hope I actually do well academically.
Mood:: 'and annoyed' and annoyed
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A carnivorous sponge ranks among the top 10 winners for International Year of biodiversity.

Some self-analysis )

Anyway, just got an email from one of thenumerous jobsites that I'd subscribed to ages ago, telling me there's some jobs available. In New Zealand. Fruit-picking.

I had to wonder, is this one of those little, practically insignificant things that hints at a much wider problem, or is it just one of those little, practically insignificant things? Either way, the prospect of flying to the other side of the world to pick fruit sounds infinitely rewarding and infinitely amusing.

EDIT: The 'o' button on my iBook started being silly - I think it has some inconveniently situated crumbs somewhere - and that was when I typed a sentence with possibly the most 'o's ever needed.

I suppose I should be grateful I'm not writing in Igbo, though now I think about it, I think there are more 'i' sounds that seem to be required when writing.


Just appeasing my inner Pollyanna, I suppose. What other languages should I be grateful I don't have to write in if I've got a dodgy 'o'?

EDIT 2: Looking around for some Igbo language CDs and I came across this post in a naira forum:

All important Igbo phrases and you know what, I'm not even being sarcastic. At all. )

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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 02:01am on 21/04/2010 under , , , , ,
For some reason my practically perfect program keeps giving me blank output files, my printer is just sitting there with it's light on and 5 jobs pending not making a sound and definitely not printing, the determinant of a simple vbrational-thingy-matrix refuses to be worked out and the Optics tutorial is no closer to becoming any more legible.

Woe. Such woe.


EDIT: Whilst looking around for some equation or other, I came across this about the Abraham-Minkowski controversy. Unlike some, it's almost as exciting as it sounds.

More fascinating stuff here, regarding a new theory as to why miscarriages might occur. It seems there'll be a lot of good stuff in the upcoming issue of New Scientist. 

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You know, this post started off with two interesting things from Arts and Letters plus something from new scientist and has now morphed into something random and spectacular. Just accept it as a token of my love that I am filling your f-lists with pages of links to places you'd probably rather not know existed. It's for your own good. And for the good of science, of course.

Links, glorious links! )
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  •  Enter the Matrix - this suddenly makes the prospect of Vector Spaces revision so much more worth it.
  •   Mewonders if this is how the end of the human race will come about... beware, my friends, the Uprising!
And who else knew that Newsnight Review had changed to become 'The Review Show'? Oh, right, everyone. I'm an idiot. Well, I'll just rant about BBCs licence issues and it's inability to put up all/highlights from the episodes I've missed.


Thank you.

EDIT: Watching Question Tim and it's occurred to me that Simon Scharma has arms made of pure unadulterated win.

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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 01:53am on 07/04/2010 under , , ,
The Amazonian tribe that can only count up to five. 

(links to the actual scientist for fear of April Fool's -

And this article - the thrill of Science tamed by agendas - makes my inner crusty natural philosopher is priming to bang his walking stick in agreement.
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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 09:50pm on 29/12/2009 under , , , ,
Oh, I can't believe I only found  this just now. I suppose that's my punishment for not keeping up with the New Scientist. Rather old, but genuinely amusing.
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 ...did you know that Tyrannosaurus Rex lived in family groups? In the unlikelihood of  a 'Jurassic Park' scenario, I feel I'm safe in finding this fact rather endearing.

And I just got this from physicsworld titled 'The Quantum Life'. Pretty fascinating stuff. I'm a bit annoyed that that's the only one out of three articles I wanted to read that I apparently have access to. To send me email notification for articles I'm not allowed to read is such teasing (and they seemed so interesting too), bordering on cruel...! *sniffs*

EDIT: Coming across this article is one of those bizarre coincidences. I was actually (loosely) discussing Shah Hussain yesterday on my way home from the NT with [ profile] athenethequeen and here he is mentioned by name in a Times online article.

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Yet another awesome science-y website (the likes of which are the webpage/magazine equivalent to Discovery Channel Documentaries) called 'How Stuff Works'. Reminds me of the old 'The Way Things Work' series that had that mammoth mascott. Anyone? No? Well, I wanted one as a pet until someone crushed my dreams and told me they were an extinct species. Found this very useful page with some background info for a new short story I'm scribbling away. This one will at least make sure I get the basics right, too.

Speaking of documentary channels... )

Have started re reading Pharyngula's blog and am mostly enjoying it. It's funny how one's tastes change, though. I loved it when I was younger, but it seems I've become a lot more mainstream since then. Or maybe just more discerning. It's hard to tell sometimes.


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