NOTICE – if you’re in Perth today (and why wouldn’t you be?) – the UWA Atheists and Skeptics Society are doing their weekly pub get-together at 1pm in the UWA Tavern and there’s a Facebook RSVP here!
By the way, I’m going to be on the next episode of the podcast Science On Top! I don’t think the theme of the show has been revealed, but this next video is a tremendously big hint.
2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Periodic Table of Videos. Daniel Shechtman is awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of quasicrystals. Discussed here by Professor Martyn Poliakoff and Sixty Symbols’ Professor Phil Moriarty.
This one WOULD be for Milton, who said (like me) that he’s getting into This American Life for the first time, but I like his wife Bridget more than him and posts dedicated to guys which have the word ‘nudity’ in the subject line might. give. the. wrong. impression. entirely. and it’s best to play it safe.
Therefore, this one is for Bridget, who doesn’t need no damn Degas to be listening to this American Life: A Social Media (Un)Adventure: Starring Neil Gaiman, Ira Glass & A Nude Amanda Palmer
But then I’m coming back in from lunch and I walk through the lobby of our station and see a guy waiting in a chair looking suspiciously like Neil Gaiman. First it seems too surreal to be possible — like, that’s not how it works, you don’t just think about somebody famous and then they appear in front of you. But then I realize it really is him and my next reaction is to be embarrassed to see him, like somehow he knows I’ve just been reading about his escapades with his naked wife on my lunch break, which of course is crazy, but it’s what comes into my head.
Speaking of musicians (and another hat-tip to Milton), the world’s slowest piece has been playing for eight years and only has another 631 to go:
The first notes in the longest and slowest piece of music in history, designed to go on for 639 years, are being played on a German church organ on Wednesday. The three notes, which will last for a year-and-a-half, are just the start of the piece, called As Slow As Possible.
Blake Smith on Facebook has me making regrettable puns about a rather depressing story that I can’t stop giggling about, which was originally posted by Barbara Drescher: Why are severed human feet washing up on the beaches of the Pacific northwest?
…Go on. Try to stop making puns…
Finally – a friend of mine was astounded that we don’t have squirrels in Australia, but I think koalas would just laugh at them so they never really caught on.