First The Null Device
, which today has a post about scientists an experiment to see how useful a chocolate teapot would be
(answer: kind of melty, but works better than you would think).
Second, I recently finished Mary Roach's latest book, Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
. It's her third book, the other two being Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
. If you haven't read them, I recommend all three. Mary Roach is an excellent writer and the books are funny and easy to read. And full of truly strange information that would be hard to find anywhere else. For instance, there is only one animal besides humans that is known to fondle breasts. And that animal is pigs. Also, Edison designed, but never built, a machine to talk to the dead. And electrocuted Topsy the elephant in order to prove that DC current was better than AC (I think we all know how that battle turned out). He also wrote in his diaries that memory is made up of little men who remember things for us, and work in shifts, so remembering is a matter of getting in touch with the right shift. (I have to wonder, do these little men have their own little men, or do they remember things some other way?). Anyway, how can you not read books that contain this kind of information?
Finally, I've been working my way through the Y: The Last Man
series. I'm up to 6 out of 10 books, and so far it's a great series. I bought the first book in the series on a whim, and wound up buying the first three books in three days. After that I had to slow a bit, to a book every week or two, because I can't really afford to buy a book every day. When I finally finish it, it'll be the first comic book series I've read. (I've read Watchman, of course, but the paperback version is just one book. And I read the first Sandman
, but didn't like it enough to buy any others, despite the fact it's Neil Gaiman. And a few others.)
Oh, I also read Ender's Game
for the first time recently. Because the next Futurama movie is called Bender's Game
, and I heard rumors there might be references to the book, and I didn't want to miss them. It's a good book.