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This blog is currently on hiatus owing to work commitments. Whilst I still keep an eye on the goings on at RiAus, and contribute to the work of the good folks at eLife, little will be added to this blog for the foreseeable future. Simon Says remains open for business, albeit at a reduced capacity. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope the archive of content found here will prove to be of interest.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Samson & Delilah


I have just watched the Australian film Samson & Delilah* and I feel compelled to write something about it. Normally I plan my posts, think about how I am going to structure them, but the film was so strong that I want to just write in response, just as the credits have finished rolling.

Samson & Delilah is a very depressing film. Yet in spite of this, I urge you to watch it.

Friday, 1 October 2010

On whale snot and socks covering shoes

WITH the announcement of this year's Nobel prizes to be made shortly comes that other annual science prize ceremony - the Ig Nobels. If you are unaware of what the Ig Nobels are, they are, in a sense, a parody of the Nobels, awarding prizes to researchers who would never get a look in at the true Nobels. But they honour scientists who investigate what they find interesting, no matter how bizarre or tangential. The awards honour those discoveries that "first make people laugh, and then make them think".