Friday Fluff – June 3rd, 2011

By Razib Khan | June 3, 2011 5:45 pm


1) I haven’t been feeling very well the last few days, and don’t have the energy or interest to go trolling through my archives. So I recommend you read Steve Brenner’s Does Arsenic Really Exist in the DNA from GFAJ-1?

2) Weird search query of the week: “‘julian o’dea’ grave?” Julie O’Dea is a reader of this weblog of long standing. Perhaps there’s a famous Julian O’Dea? I have no idea. I do know that there are people who are being “stalked” by others who read this weblog, because if they leave their names in the comments that comes up high in search queries. It’s pretty creepy sometimes to see others being stalked. Somehow it’s more disturbing than the search queries for my own name (I’m kind of stingy with my biographical data in some ways so the queries of the form “where does Razib live?” or “Razib married children” kind of make sense to me, even if they’re implicitly unwelcome).

3) Comment of the week, in response to “Hold the praise (re: comments)”:

This was a great post. Very informative! By the way have you seen my collection of genuine high end watches? I’m selling them cheap because I lost a lot of money in the financial crisis and have loans to pay off….

4) And finally, your weekly fluff fix:

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Comments (13)

  1. I second that, if I may.

  2. Sandgroper

    Yeah, dummy.

    More evidence that 30 is the new 20:

    French Open women’s final: Francesca Schiavone (aged 30) plays Li Na (aged 29).

    French Open men’s final: Roger Federer (aged 30) plays Rafael Nadal (aged 25).

  3. Sandgroper

    Li Na played in this year’s Australian Open final.

  4. Mary

    Sunspot detector at work. Cats make lousy nurses. Get well soon.

  5. Sandgroper, 30 vs. 29 is hardly a significant difference!

  6. Sandgroper

    Michelle, that’s what I’m saying – 3 of the 4 players in the singles finals are 30 or thereabouts.

    Pretty unusual.

    Li just won the women’s, BTW.

  7. Violet


    This makes me feel slightly better, but also slightly worse because crossing 30 is no longer an excuse to be out of competition :).

  8. Sandgroper

    Yeah, no excuses! 🙂

    I find Li Na quite inspirational, she has improved her physical game so much in the past 2 years.

    She is being hailed as the first Chinese to win a major. That must piss Michael Chang off big time. Either they don’t know/have forgotten he won the French Open in 1989, or else they consider him to be American rather than Chinese. He has tried to play the Chinese card in this part of the world quite a bit, but Li Na is a REAL Chinese.

  9. Oh, I see. I thought your point was that a 30 y/o beat a 20-something y/o. I was pointing out that 29 is hardly the same as 20.

  10. Sandgroper

    It’s my fault for not being a native English speaker.


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