There’s a radio show online celebrating 30 years of The Meaning of Liff a dictionary of words that don’t exist, but should. The words are all place names that have been press-ganged into doing some proper work in the English language. As a responsible person I’m not linking to this website that lists many of the definitions in the book: http://folk.uio.no/alied/TMoL.html
Examples: THROCKING (participial vb.) The action of continually pushing down the lever on a pop-up toaster in the hope that you will thereby get it to understand that you want it to toast something.
NAD (n.) Measure defined as the distance between a driver’s outstretched fingertips and the ticket machine in an automatic car-park. 1 nad = 18.4 cm.
RIPON (vb.) (Of literary critics.) To include all the best jokes from the book in the review to make it look as if the critic thought of them.
I’ve blogged about my confusion over the Bowman vs. Monsanto case at AoB Blog. There’s a whole argument over GMOs are bad or not, or if that’s even the right question. But if they are, does that mean the anti-GM position is always anti-Monsanto?
On this occasion I argue a Monsanto win would do more to reduce the uptake of GMOs than a loss. It’s perfectly possible I’ve made a mistake. The campaigners are presumably much more knowledgable about the situation than I am, so feel free to leave a comment at AoB Blog.
My enemy’s enemy…?
Recently a lot of comments on the Bowman vs. Monsanto court case have been in my social media streams. If you’ve not heard about this, it’s about a court case between a farmer and the Monsanto corp.…..
Going into space? If you can’t wear a blue shirt then make sure you have a red one.
Significance magazine has analysed the casualties in Star Trek:TOS. Everyone knows that wearing a red shirt on the USS Enterprise is like wearing a giant shoot me sign. But what everyone knows might be wrong.
Matthew Barsalou has analysed the casualities and found blue is the safest colour. He’s also found more red shirts died than any other colour — but on the Enterprise there are more red shirts anyway. The situation is made more complicated by security, engineering and operations all wearing red shirts even though they do very different jobs.
If you’re a space cadet this is essential reading.
There’s another dark sky reserve in the UK. The practical effect is that the council will be taking light pollution seriously in order to keep the status. If you’d like to see what a dark sky looks like AstroCamp is there in May: http://astrocamp.org.uk/
I’m pleased about this news as I’m hoping that it’ll mean the local council’s open to reducing light pollution elsewhere in Powys. I live in a more sparsely populated region to the north of the Brecon.
Brecon Beacons win dark sky status
Brecon Beacons National Park has become Wales’ first and only the fifth destination in the world to be granted the status of an international dark sky reserve.