December 2nd, 2010
|10:19 am - Weather and other things|
Hilariously my over-excitable friends at Google are predicting a low of -16C today. In Coventry. I don't think so.
I am glad today's trip to London has been cancelled. Glad because I have been reading some of my lj-friends posts about travelling home last night. Do not want.
In other news. Russian state dominated by Gangsterism. Furthermore The President of Turkmenistan is corrupt and conservative. This changes Everything! (PS I do support what wikileaks are doing... this just made me laugh is all).
Have you seen all this stuff about finger-length supposedly being correlated to how butch you are? They seem to announce this about once every six months. Well, my fingers are girl-shaped (index longer than ring finger) but I am not very girly, so take that science.
It took twelve hours for my Dad to do a journey that normally takes six, which included a two-hour wait for a train at Victoria. Not travelling is a good idea.
Corruption in foreign governments (but never ours since presumably old Etonians don't count as a gang) and finger length as a determinant for your entire life (isn't that also known as palmistry?) sound like olds, not news.
I wonder how much of the current news would startle the Victorians. Perhaps that's why steampunk is so popular.
This changes Everything!
Indeed. This is new and offensive
British and American officials colluded in a plan to hoodwink parliament over a proposed ban on cluster bombs. According to leaked US embassy dispatches, David Miliband, who was Britain's foreign secretary under Labour, approved the use of a loophole to manoeuvre around the ban and allow the US to keep the munitions on British territory.
Yes, the whole Atlanticism project is a sticky one
PS - this is precisely why David M was a completely unsuitable leader for Labour - so glad he didn't make it
PPS - Despite any embarrassment for Labour, I do support the wikileaks project. I am irritated by the idiots commenting on the Guardian (why the hell do I read them) saying they don't want to know. Who can not want to know stuff?
Edited at 2010-12-02 12:29 pm (UTC)
Good grief. Münchhausen weather by proxy! They seem to have it in for you, don't they? Even if it's exaggerated, I think it's a good thing not to be travelling - I'm glad it was cancelled.
Ha, the finger-length thing again. My index fingers are longer than my ring fingers, for what that's worth; mainly, I just prefer that shape.
I am so glad. I can imagien being stranded in the Department for days - some kind of Kafka nightmare.
One data point has little impact on an overall average...
I have a longer ring ringer, and have several masculine traits in my personality.
As an average, the statistic is valid, but there are lots of people who don't fit the pattern.
My prediction - wild prediction - is this will prove to be a false finding once they gather more data. No reason, I just guess it.
There seem to be a remarkable number of scientists who have nothing to do but measure people's fingers. I see it affects whether you get prostate cancer as well.
It would if it's tied to being a boy. That's one illness I'm not worried about.
|Date:||December 2nd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)|| |
Ha! I too have girly heterosexual fingers, and am actually a butch lesbian. I am very bored with the finger-length thing, too, though.
Let's look out for its next outing. I predict June 2011.
Heh. I can buy the finger-length being a marker for conditions in the womb -- the way humans grow = genuinely amazing, but really... do we care beyond that? Surely it's easier to just look at someone's facebook page than to make a statistical prediction of their butchness by peering at their fingers...or even genitals? ;)
I still think it was a cool bit of research for what it suggests about the way we grow. The way bodies build themselves is mind-blowingly cool. It's pretty meaningless on the personal level though.
This finger thing doesn't strike a chord with me, but I agree evo-devo is very interesting
I think the reason I always found it cool was the finger bit just seemed so random.
Hmmm, I was in Coventry in the winter of 1981, and the temperatures allegedly went below -20 (colder one night than at the South Pole!). I remember walking to the student union at Lanchester Poly and finding my beard encrusted with frozen breath when I got there.
I was snowed in, on my own, in a little hamlet near Banbury. The cottage was heated by kerosene, and the kerosene solidified (well, probably just went too viscous for the pump) so the cottage froze solid. It was a fun challenge. -20, no heating, can't get out. I found an electric radiator and I heated up pans of water to keep the loo ice-free. I was only 19.
WRT finger lengths: Nonsense! The only meaningful finding is that, if your index and middle fingers are the same length, you are prone to lycanthrophy.
At last, science which has practical value