I was surprised to see this blog on the Typepad featured blogs list — not sure why, but I didn’t think cocktail party physics would be a top seller in blog terms. I’m not sure what to make of Jennifer Ouellette’s blog, "Tales of the Buffyverse" (physics of, you guessed it, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and various postings being rather too hip for a staid type like me. Actually she’s not a physicist by educational origins either, which probably accounts for why her blog is so trendy: "I’m a former English major turned science writer, through serendipitous accident: I stumbled into writing about physics, drifted further and further into the field, then woke up one day and exclaimed, "Hey! I’m a science writer!" It was a life-changing epiphany. You know how people look for love by making a list of everything they desire in a mate, and then fall for someone who has NONE of those traits? That’s my career in a nutshell……. I share my blog space with Faux-French avatar/alter-ego (some might say Evil Twin) Jen-Luc Piquant, the tres chic hostess who presides over Cocktail Party Physics with a suitably jaundiced eye and cool panache. "
Well — pancreases, cocktail parties, it’s all happening in the world of science these days. Oh, and while I am on science, I’ve been reading a lot about the latest IPCC report on global climate, some of it, frankly, rubbish; more will be written about the topic in the next days and weeks as people share their prejudices and preconceptions with everyone else. For what it is worth, my advice is, go to Real Climate and believe what you read there.