slipstream

little snippets of things: twitters, photos, quotes, links and random thoughts

If you like intelligent discussion of the interpretation of statistics, and some criticism of the reporting of statistics in the popular press, you’ll love Stats Chat.

Posted at 7:12am and tagged with: maths, statistics, science,.

defective yeti — Darwinian Valentines

Maybe I’m a geeky biologist, but these made me laugh out loud.

Posted at 7:06pm and tagged with: funny, geek, science,.

defective yeti — Darwinian Valentines

Maybe I’m a geeky biologist, but these made me laugh out loud.

An absolutely awe-inspiring (and very interesting) colour chart for domestic cats. It’s incredibly detailed, and also covers coat patterns, ticking, eye colour and pad colour. Somali/abyssinian colours are at the bottom, though the ‘silver’ variants of the main colours aren’t covered. I could look at this for hours, and am quite tempted to buy a print of it for my office wall.

Posted at 4:59pm and tagged with: cats, science,.

The surprising physics of cats’ drinking:

This is beautiful: a cat called Cutta Cutta (so great they named him/her twice!) lapping captured by a high speed camera. One of the things I love about science is that the more carefully you look at something, the more fascinating, complex and surprising it becomes.

(Source: youtube.com)

Posted at 10:49am and tagged with: science, cats,.

Faced with Dorries’ cavalier approach to science-based policy, it’s hard for the rational voter to imagine a worse candidate for a position on the health select committee, but the Conservative Party has managed it, with a second seat on the committee handed to the extraordinary character of David Tredinnick, MP for the constituency of Bosworth, and possibly Narnia.

I often think that the kinds of audience participation that TV and radio producers try to shoehorn into their programmes are a bit of a waste of time. You know, the whole, “email or text your thoughts on X” thing. Sometimes, however, it actually gives you an opportunity to get the interviewer to ask a question on your behalf that you are itching to have answered.

Last night, Mr. Bsag and I watched a recording of The Culture Show from earlier in the week, which featured the wonderful Marcus du Sautoy talking to Mark Kermode about the depiction of scientists in films. We noticed that he had quite a nasty looking cut above his left eye, which had obviously been stitched and wondered how he had got it. My bet was falling off his bike (he works at Oxford, and that’s a pretty common cause of head lacerations there), while Mr. Bsag thought it might have been a football injury, knowing that Marcus plays football. There was an outside chance that it was an exciting duelling scar, inflicted when some ignorant cur opined that mathematics was ‘pointless’ and Marcus was obliged to defend its honour.

Anyway, listening to Saturday Live on Radio 4 this morning, we note that Marcus du Sautoy is a guest, talking about the glory of maths and promoting his history of mathematics series which is on Radio 4 next week. Without telling me, Mr. B slipped off to text the programme to ask about the aforementioned laceration. Towards the end of the programme, Fi Glover read out his question, attributing it to “someone” unfortunately, so no brief burst of fame for Mr. B. The answer was that he clashed heads with a 7 foot tall giant during a football match, and they both went away with stitches. Pity - I was quite enjoying the duel theory.

Posted at 11:03am and tagged with: media, science,.

Happy 200th Birthday Mr. Darwin!

What better way to celebrate than with a geeky tattoo.

Posted at 6:53pm and tagged with: geek, science, funny,.

Happy 200th Birthday Mr. Darwin!

What better way to celebrate than with a geeky tattoo.