Wednesday, October 24
Watched Coolhunters on TV tonight, along with all of the other No Logo Naomi Klein addicts who don't go to Starbucks any more. It was refreshingly and unsurprisingly free of substantive content but was entertaining nonetheless. Didn't really have much 'hunting of cool' going on, it was more about how you should design weird and wonderful trainers (or sneakers, as the narrator was at pains to point out). It accompanies BBC2's other series, Logo, quite well.
I'm currently stuck in the limbo of mobile phone services right now. While I would like nothing better than to switch over to Orange, which I can do at any point since my 12 month contract period has expired and I've wrested my Porting Authorisation Code from Vodafone with no small amount of blood, sweat and tears, the sad fact is that Orange has bugger all phones. Aside from the standard and utterly dull 3330/6210/8210 Nokias, they have very little else worth buying. On the other hand, Vodafone and Cellnet are enticing me with their offers of the very latest Ericsson and Nokia mobiles, curse their bewitching ways!
I only have two real choices:
1) Go with Orange now and get one of the rubbish, obsolete phones
Then again, I could just:
3) Keep on waiting until Orange realise that their market share will slowly but surely be eroded away when consumers get irritated by the utter lack of new phones, and release some new ones.
Monday, October 22
Attended a lecture this evening by Fred Sanger, double Nobel prizewinner and all-round amazing biology guy. Sanger is around 80 years old now and hasn't participated in research for nearly 20 years, so he mainly talked about his experiences in protein and DNA sequencing work back in the 40's and 60's. It was good that he didn't shy away from including technical details of his work in the lecture, but I think it was a bit too involved and dry for some listeners (including me).
This is a problem with some lecturers; generally they start off quite well, then somehow get sidetracked into small details. However, once the lecture ends and the questions begin, it's as if they've become energised by some magical force and they're much more animated and alive when they relate their answers. I understand that there's no point having a lecture that's one long Q&A session, and certainly good lecturers don't even have to bother with any sort of interactivity. But interaction does work in many circumstances.
[I should point out that Sanger himself said he wasn't that good a lecturer, so don't take my post as if I was dissin' the homie]