by syaffolee

Link Fest

Hamster-Powered Night Light. I suppose this would be useful if you have a pet hamster that likes running at night and you happen to need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night too. Actually, this reminded me of a Nature news article: Geneticists engineer marathon mice. I bet we could use this as an alternative fuel source like wind and solar power.

No Girls Allowed? This Washington Post article ponders why there aren’t any great women guitarists. I think this is the symptom of a much larger problem–why there aren’t any great women in any field, period. When it comes to history, it’s pretty male-centric. If we want to recognize women for their achievements, I do not think we have to go so far as to make women work on men’s terms but nor should we have to go so far the other way.

Cigarettes more polluting than diesel exhaust. Tell me about it. Every time I have to wait at the bus stop to get to school, I swear about ninety percent of the other passengers smoke like chimneys. It’s thicker than pea soup. You could cut the air with a knife! I try to stay upwind, of course.

Blair and Bush up for Nobel prize. If they win, it’s going to be a sign of the coming apocalypse. But you know how these prizes are–the judges are probably mostly a bunch of old fogies who are thinking more about what the future winner could do for them than what they could do for the rest of the world.

Flashmob – The Opera. Sudden opera at the train station! I wish we had flashmobs out here in the boondocks. It’ll make life more interesting.

Tricks of the Trade. “For every occupation, there is a catalog of secrets only its employees are aware of—such as how waiters with heavy platters know to look straight ahead, and never down. Armed with a bag of reader mail, Matthew Baldwin unfurls a whole lot more true insider knowledge.” Hmm. So what’s a trade secret for being a graduate student? I still haven’t found any.

U.S. Issues Its First Plan for Responding to a Flu Pandemic. I know people should really take this seriously but I can’t help but think of the “swine flu” panic during the Ford administration that totally went bust. Anyways, even if you say people should get a flu shot, there will be people who won’t because, you know, it’ll hamper their rights to make choices about their own health. It’s like smoking. Tell smokers to quit and they’ll yell about how you’re trampling their freedom.

Tunes, a Hard Drive and (Just Maybe) a Brain. People anthropomorphize their iPods. Somewhat off-topic, I’m beginning to see iPods get a grip on campus fashion. So not only are there people with armpit bags, capri pants, and those ubiquitous flip-flops, but there are also iPods stuck on belts and earbuds wedged into ears. Lambaste me if you will, but I personally think current fashions look really, really stupid.

How to write a best selling fantasy novel. (via Metafilter) So I’ve been going about this writing thing all wrong?