I heart Business Cat.

Business Cat cracks me up.


Wine-swirling explained.

(some wine, prior to orbital shaking)

I like red wine. There’s something about it – a juicy cabernet sauvignon, for example, can go with just about anything, and stem-ware is far more sophisticated than a beer glass. I’m fairly no-nonsense with my wine choices. If I like it, I like it. I don’t like white wine, so I therefore do not subscribe to the wines-go-with-certain-foods bit. I’ll have a delicate merlot with fish, I don’t care. It’s tasty.

One thing about wine I don’t like is wine wankers. Everyone’s seen one (or more! They tend to move in groups in order to outdo each other in obscure wine factoids), and this being the end of year party season, they’ll be out in force. But we now have some science-based ammunition to use against them. They’re the person who does the whole ‘wine swirly’ thing like they’re some kind of wine expert and they talk loudly about the bouquet and its delicate nose, Continue reading

Monday Awesome: Survivors found after drifting for a month in the Pacific Ocean.

I was looking for something suitably awesome for today’s post, and I couldn’t go past this story (link) and (slightly dodgy) screenshot below:

Two men drifted at sea after disappearing from Kiribati in late October. They washed up on the Marshall Islands, to the north of Kiribati, last Thursday.

The story provides no details as to how they survived, but I’m impressed.

Today: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, or perhaps better known as, White Ribbon Day.

The White Ribbon campaign in Australia can be found here: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/. This campaign invites men to swear an oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. White ribbons can also be purchased and worn to show support.

From the website: “The White Ribbon Campaign, from it’s very origins, is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women. The Campaign fosters and encourages male leadership on the prevention of violence against women, based in the understanding that most men aren’t violent. The White Ribbon Campaign is a means for men to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women.”

Get on board guys.

Stuck in the 1950s

I’ve been doing a bit of travelling over the past few days, which has involved browsing magazine stands to find something nice to read on flights. I usually read science or running magazines, but I do browse the trashy women’s mags, to see what kinds of things I am missing out on. I’m not completely sure who Kim Kardashian is, but I’m under the impression that she’s obviously very important for reasons unknown. I was quite surprised when I saw the following cover story of the November issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly:

I don’t need babies to be a success“. This is their headline? I was disgusted for several reasons. 1) that the magazine felt this was sufficiently ‘controversial’ that they wanted to put it as a headline, 2) that this actor (I’m not familiar with her) felt the need to say this in the first place, and 3) that today, in 2011, a woman’s success is still measured by the number of progeny she has.

I selected my favourite trashy magazine, NewScientist, and I headed for the gate lounge. Bah.


Anxiety update from Monday

On Monday I posted a video of Queen and mentioned that I was waiting on the outcome of a research grant application. Well, here’s the appropriate video:


I’ve been away from the net yesterday and today while working on some stuff, hence the delayed update. But really, my mood on Monday afternoon was such that I had no inclination to blog about my failure. I’m sure you understand. I’ve applied for at least 7 grants/jobs this year, with varying degrees of success. This latest failure, courtesy of the ever-incompetent ARC had me rather despondent. I’ll gather my thoughts and write about them shortly, but for now, perhaps this is a more appropriate song:

Stay classy, peeps.