Archive for November, 2007

Another test…

November 28, 2007

Your Score: Egon Spengler

110 Heart, 177 Genius, 99 Cool, 133 Excitability

Dr. Egon Spengler – (Harold Ramis)
Ghostbusters (1984)

The scientist's scientist's scientist. You don't have time for frivolous pursuits or the attentions of the opposite sex. There's nothing wrong with being perfectly rational, and if people can't realize that, well, that's their problem. You're the one who won't break under pressure.

“Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.”

Other scientific possibilities:

Gary Wallace


Wyatt Donnelly


Peter Venkman


Jordan Cochran


Egon Spengler


Doc Brown


Newton Crosby


Paul Stephens


Ben Crandall


Wayne Szalinkski


Winston Zeddemore


Ben Jabituya


Lazlo Hollyfeld


Ray Stantz


Buckaroo Banzai


Chris Knight

Link: The Which 80s Movie Scientist Test written by xxyl on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I just got back from the theater…

November 24, 2007

I just saw “Enchanted” at the nearby movie theater. It was, in my personal opinion, very good. It used some of the best of the classic Disney mould, and did fairy-tale-meets-real-world with humor and without the cynicism that is frequent in most such forays made in recent times.

The acting was rather good, particularly Amy Adams, whose ability to maintain the fairy-tale sweetness and naiveté, as well as the frequent dazed expression, without becoming cloying or annoying, but instead with honest humanity, was perhaps most impressive. Timothy Spall was also in fine form as the queen's toady Nathaniel, and his repeated conflicts with the chipmunk Pip throughout New York and odd disguises are definitely amusing.
I liked that they opened and closed with the traditional book & narrator of the older Disney animated films, and making it a pop-up book was a unique touch. And there were a number of great jokes. I especially liked the “good reception” bit near the end

It's not the personal genome…

November 19, 2007

…but we're getting closer, with two companies already offering personal genetic testing, for about $1000, that uses the new DNA chips to test over half a million SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms). The companies are 23andMe and DeCODE, with a third, Navigenics, planning to start offering services sometime next year. Add in work being done by the Personal Genome Project, and we find ourselves in rather exciting times.
Of course, genes are only the starting point. When you consider recent discoveries in epigenetics, we still have much to learn about how our genetic information translates into actual biologic effects.

Blog rating

November 19, 2007

Here's what one webpage gives for this blog's rating:

The only objectionable word that popped up was “steal.”

And here is what another, similar page gave for the “reading level”

Presumably this is due to the physics discussion.