I find it fascinating that so many people have such strong opinions about so many things. I myself can't proclaim an opinion to the four winds unless I feel I'm fairly well informed about all aspects of the matter in question, which is not always easy. Of course big-shot opinions can be bought by the yard and that's a powerful instrument in politics, management and finance but I'm not talking about these, I'm talking about the very opinionated average Joes and Janes that abound in internet forums and blogs, cafés and cafeterias, shop queues and school gates. Fascinating.
The Danube is the the least blue river I know. Should somebody write a Red Danube waltz now that it's tainted with Hungarian mercury and arsenic?
Really happy to see the Nobel Prize in Physics go to a 36 year old who works at Manchester University. Graphene promises to revolutionize technology, and the fact that it's only one atom thick is absolutely mind blowing. I have no idea who the guy who won the Peace Prize but I'm glad he did, just to annoy China. Will write about Mario Vargas Lllosa soon (I hope to see Antonio Lobo Antunes receive the Nobel Prize in Literature soon).
Proud and excited that a state-of-the-art medical research centre in the fields of cancer and neuroscience has been inaugurated in Lisbon this week. It's called the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown and I mean to put together a post about it (and the wonderful building that houses it, designed by Mumbai architect Charles Correa, who studied architecture at Michigan University). I have huge personal and professional admiration for Leonor Beleza, the president of the Champalimaud Foundation.
Blogging is an interactive experience. If you don't want to interact, you write a diary and keep it to yourself or you preach autistically to passersby. Knowing who reads you is important for most bloggers, which is why commenting, even if sporadically, is a courtesy much appreciated in blog visitors. I hate Google Reader because whoever visits me through it leaves no trace whatsover (unless they are gracious enough to leave a comment every now and then).