Brother: “Why can you see, like, a shadow of the Moon – but a shadow that is not dark – when the Moon is at crescent? It looks like… hm…” Me: “It’s called ‘earthshine’ – when the part of the Moon that isn’t lit by the Sun is lit by light reflecting off the Earth… … More The moon looks like a toenail
“What a strange decision for a young woman – to study physics.” When one (female) is told this by one of one’s parents’ acquaintances (male – whose spouse is observing the conversation and, to her credit, looking slightly embarrassed), and the customs advise to not violently speak up for oneself, the remainder of the conversation … More Not this again (anti-sexism rant coming up)
In media world, I suppose this piece of information is now ancient, but I am still intrigued. (I caught the whim of it via twitter, and here.) KLM Airlines have proposed a “Meet & Seat” service for the allocation of seats on board their flights, using the information available on individual passengers’ social media pages … More “Hi, I saw your profile, mind if I sit next to you? For the next seven hours?”
It’s half-term, a grand time for being stuck in traffic. Cue the in-car games, resplendent saviours of younger people’s ennui, and older people’s eardrums. “Are we there yet?” is not just a family-film cliché. Sometimes in-car games birth strange things (dirty minds, go away); this is one of them. Enjoy. For the record, this is … More Podcast the Second – Explosives
Thing One: The matter of translation for health services. Last year, the NHS reportedly spent £23m on translators, which is roughly £64000 per day, if that number is easier to grasp. This involves translating information from a central library of literature, and translators for individual cases. The argument is that local trusts should pool their resources … More One thing related to medical communications for your consideration
So here it is, warts and all. As for critique, I like mine harsh-but-fair – and in the comments. Have some sources on me, here, here and here. N.B. I hasten to add that the excellent harmonica sting is from SFXsource.com.