World's Fair

David Ng

@dnghub Twitter Feed Yesterday I noticed that the web was a buzzing over two things in particular. One being the news of Craig Venter’s work on a proof of principle example of producing a synthetic organism, and the other being the unveiling of London’s 2012 Olympic mascots. Venter’s work certainly is an achievement – particularly…

@dnghub Twitter Feed I recently read this great post on the Terry blog, whereby Elysa talks about preconceived notions of success and how a person’s profession may relate to that. In particular, she used the example of Anne Wintour, the celebrated editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, who by any measure is “successful,” but because that success…

@dnghub Twitter Feed Original article can be found at our Science Scout site. – – – (Acronyms used: SSBFME = Science Scout Badges Free Market Economy) So… It’s been a few years since the Science Scouts were born, and (at last count) we have received over 300 emails from various Indian or Chinese Embroidery companies…

Last Friday and Saturday, I went to Northern Voice 2010, a gathering of 500+ individuals intent on absorbing everything that a “Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference” can muster. And I must say, that it was a treat to be there – not only because it had a nice friendly, informal vibe which makes for…

Specifically, I’m trying to see whether we can engage folks into the PHYLO card process by seeing if they work with requests. And we’re going to start with a special one – coming from a luminary in the science plus art arena, this is from Margaret Atwood, who notes that her favourite organism is the…

Seriously, if there’s a day to enjoy the outdoors, then that would have to be Earth Day. If, however, you find yourself stuck inside due to poor weather, volcanic ash plumes, or some other reason, then go check out the Phylo game (http://phylogame.org). It’s been up for about a week and a bit, and is…

O.K. Sorry this took a while, but you know, things are busy, having just finally launching the Phylo game website. A while back, I mentioned getting an acoustic bass, and wanting to work on yet another science-geekery song. This one with a biodiversity theme and the inclusion of reader supplied latin names as well. That…

In this video, I’m actually speaking (as oppose to dancing silly), since it looks like TEDx has released the mini talks we gave on our experiences hosting a TEDx conference. Anyway, it only confirms my theory that most people on TV have huge heads (this is data gathered from interacting with the odd TV host…

A few months ago, for fun, I took a course on “Writing Books for Children.” It was pretty good, in that it kind of forced me to sit down and come up and work through an idea. Or at least, work through it enough so that it was close to the stage of maybe querying…

Sex with a parrot anyone?

Recently, I was on Australian radio doing a bit about the phylomon project and one of the creatures that the host brought up was the Kakapo. As well, an article at the Escapist was just published (again on the phylomon project), and within the comments there, the Kakapo was highlighted once again. What is it…