davegodfrey: Coelacanth (Science)
Readers may have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for science communication. When its done well its beautiful to watch. Some scientists have a real flair for presentation (admittedly some don't- being an educator is hard.) But I haven't met a scientist yet who hasn't enjoyed talking to people about the research they do and why they do it.


Its one of the reasons I love UCL's "Lunch Hour Lectures" series (available on YouTube), the NHM's "Nature Live" programme of short talks,(which sadly aren't made available on the web these days), and the RI Christmas Lectures for the younger viewers.



The Vega Science Trust has put a whole load of science videos up on the web. There's lectures from the RI by Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, about how weird pulsars are (complete with the sort of demonstrations I recall from the RI Christmas Lectures of my youth), Richard Feynmann giving the Douglas Robb Lectures at the University of Auckland, and interviews with all sorts of Nobel Laureates and other scientists.



TV? Who needs one.
davegodfrey: Marvin: ...and me with a terrible pain in all the diodes down my left hand side... (Marvin)
Heartily sick of that sidebar with all those sponsored ads that even AdBlock won't get rid of? I think I've found a solution.

A Greasemonkey script called "Remove Facebook Right Column". Which does exactly what it says on the tin. Gets rid of the "people you might know" section, which, frankly I never used as it cluttered up the screen with people I didn't actually know at all.

And at the same time I found "Facebook Fixed Header" and "Older posts bar always on bottom" which together do something you'd have though FB would have put in from the start wouldn't you? After all if you're at the bottom of the timeline chances are you might want to extend it, rather than hovering about trying to get the thing to pop up. And why have a header with a search bar, and all the other tools disappear off the top that can be so far up?

LJ does this too. Why? Surely we've moved past the days when frames in websites were loathed so universally?
davegodfrey: Cyberman: The Future is Shiny (Shiny)
Oh dear, I've just noticed that Loudtwitter is dead and buried. I thought it stopped working, but I've now discovered that its been shut down (the guy apparently got bored of it and put it up for adoption for about a day, surprisingly enough no-one picked it up).

Of course I've only just noticed this, being so used to Twitter feeding into Facebook. Of course I rarely post anything these days anyway. Which I really ought to rectify- I've been commenting all over Twitter and Facebook about my MTS (Multiple Tank Syndrome, don't ask its potentially contagious. There's at least one other person here who has it. Maybe more), I'd completely forgotten that no-one here was getting running updates.

I'll tell you all about it some other time however.

So I've signed up for Twittinesis so hopefully you'll get all my very short inane blatherings in one easy to ignore post. Oh, and it also works on Dreamwidth. Which is nice.

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