Category Archives: rants

Red Flags in the Dragons’ Den

It’s a well-known fact that watching certain films and TV shows with a scientist is no fun at all – in fact, it’s almost as bad as trying to watch ER with three medical student flatmates, as I did every … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, genomics, idiocy, rants, science, television, videos | 6 Comments

Facebook rant about Facebook cancer hoax

I just posted the following on Facebook, and thought I’d share it here, too – the wider the news that this is a hoax is disseminated, the better for everyone. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve seen a Facebook post about cancer circulating among … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, cancer research, medicine, publishing, quacks, rants, science | 5 Comments

Hanging out on corners

I realised this morning that I’ve been delinquent in doing my part to promote an exciting new Occam’s Typewriter venture – a group blog, Occam’s Corner, on the Guardian’s science blogs network. (I did add the feed to the “Latest … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, blog roll, cancer research, meta, quacks, rants, science | 11 Comments

Hockey is not the only sport

As a few of you may already know, the NHL season that usually begins in October still hasn’t started. The players and owners/league haven’t managed to agree to terms on revenue sharing and other issues, and as a result there’s another lockout … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, Canada, current affairs, personal, rants, sport, television | 20 Comments

A Song of the Hunger Compass: it’s book review time!

(This got really long – sorry. You probably shouldn’t try to read all of it in one go). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It was all Bean Mom’s fault. She posted a review of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, book review, embarrassing fan girl, family, movie review, rants, television | 42 Comments


So last night, I was enjoying a friendly Twitter argument with @ScientistMother and @27andaphd about Tim Hortons commercials. During the course of our conversation, it transpired that both ScientistMother (born in Canada to foreign-born parents) and I (born in the … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, Canada, English language, family, fun with language, rants | 28 Comments

Be careful what you wish for…

…because you might just get it. I wished for Mr E Man to get a job, after a couple of months in which the local movie industry was as quiet as Stephen Harper’s conscience and two non-movie job offers both … Continue reading

Posted in first world problems, furry friends, personal, rants, whining | 14 Comments


Our home internet’s down. It went down on Saturday, and came back on for a few hours on Sunday before the blessed “online” light on the modem went off again. It’s done this a few times before, and always switched … Continue reading

Posted in cycling, first world problems, personal, photos, rants, technology, whining | 14 Comments

Zen and the art of locomotive maintenance

I got home yesterday lunchtime after an epic West Coast rail journey from San Diego to Vancouver. I’ve been to La Jolla once every six months or so since July 2009 to meet with collaborators, and every time I’ve gone … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, current affairs, drunkenness, first world problems, food glorious food, idiocy, personal, photos, rants, snow, technology, travel, whining | 38 Comments

Stand and deliver

(Warning: possibly unreasonable rant follows. But I’m too annoyed to care if it’s unreasonable! So there!) ‘Tis the season for the arrival of exciting parcels from distant lands! There are three such deliveries sitting on my kitchen table, waiting to … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, personal, rants, shopping, whining | 17 Comments