World's Fair

Archives for November, 2006

So, I’m prepping for a talk that looks at some of the scientific elements behind music, stuff that builds upon some of the stuff I’ve looked into in the past. Anyway, seeing that I like to place elements of pop culture in my talks, I thought it would be interesting to do a little “google…

Mirrors Will Save the World

So says the following article in The Guardian: “How mirrors can light up the world.” The subtitle: “Scientists say the global energy crisis can be solved by using the desert sun.” Then follow the sub-headings and you’ll have the basic run-down on the story: “Competitive with oil” “Safer and cheaper” Then the Friends of the…

Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel have a newish book out which is just wonderful from a food perspective. Essentially, they’ve traveled the world to meet “average” families and report on their dietary habits. Apart from being thematically intriguing from a journalistic point of view, it’s also quite awesome from a visual perspective. Basically, Peter has…

Continuing on with our half year evaluation of the World’s Fair, we are pleased to have a few phrases of note that are represented by Google as a number one hit. These include from myself, the following: “Tatooine is already too fucking hot” “Scooby Doo is truly magical” “eliticism in mountain culture” “fricking Earths!” “ooh…

So, next week will be the World’s Fair’s half year mark, so it’s basically time to access how we’re doing. First up, is to check our traffic stats, which are nicely graphed out as follows: Hmmm… Interesting… Note that if you consider that we technically started around the first week of June, what you’ll see…

Hamster Science, etc.

I’ve been conferring with the Uncyclopedia recently. Legitimate knowledge, all, it being on the web. What is it? “The Uncyclopedia is the greatest achievement of mankind at the height of his splendor.” Here’s what I found, a propos to Scienceblogs: The Uncyclopedia on Science: Science (pronouced “throat-warbler-mangrove”) is a word used by Professor L. Ron…

(You know what the feather is, but do you know what that thing on the right is? – answer is below the fold) Recently I gave a bit of an unusual talk to welcome UBC’s new Dean of Science (Dr. Simon Peacock). And since I’m not on the up and up with his specialty, plate…

“We can recognize a thousand, two thousand corporate logos, it is said, but typically fewer than 10 plants and animals native to our region…” (David Orr, January 13th, 2006, University of British Columbia.) Or for that matter, not only is there a gap in ecological literacy, but also in scientific literacy. In that respect, I…

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Ode to Altman)

Robert Altman died on Monday. M*A*S*H was his first hit, way back in the day (the 1970 day, that is). There were many more. And so here are some obits: this one (from the NYT), that one (from The Guardian), and the other one (from the world’s most reputable source). McCabe & Mrs. Miller was…

Nominee #1: Karl Iagnemma Nominee #2: Chris Ware Well, it was great to finally meet Ben (and Janet, John, John, and Steve) a couple weeks ago, when there was a PSA/HSS/4S conference in Vancouver. Ben and I had a chance to talk about science, writing, academia, the election, life, unicorns, the usual sorts of things,…