October 2022

  • notes for a possible piece about 심은하

    From namu.wiki 8월의 크리스마스 (Christmas in August) (1998) 미술관 옆 동물원 (Art Museum by the Zoo) (1998) A very nice review (in English) by Anthony Leong. 청춘의 덫 (Trap of Youth) (1999) 텔 미 섬딩 (Tell Me Something) (1999) 인터뷰 (Interview) (2000) 심은하 married 지상욱, a conservative politician. 지상욱 lost his seat in 2020 in a closely-fought election, losing to 박성준 by 5,771 votes. 심은하 campaigning for her husband. Question: how much of an effect did 지상욱’s marriage to 심은하 have on his standing as a politician? Conventional wisdom seems to think that it was considerable.

  • A bit of this, a bit of that

    Keats’ unweaving – from Lamia … There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: We know her woof, her texture; she is given In the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an Angel’s wings, Conquer all mysteries by rule and line, Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine — Unweave a rainbow… Marina Abramovic and Ulay at the MoMA (The Artist is Present – 2010) https://youtu.be/Sf8o1teJdXo Lost in translation: Molecular basis of reduced flower coloration

  • Links 2022-10-06

    The artist, Kim Jung Gi (김정기) has died. Here he is, drawing in front of a live audience. Svante Pääbo has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Review paper by Johannes Krause and Pääbo. New biography of Anthony Bourdain. Lion Feuchtwanger’s “The Oppermanns” newly reissued.

  • Sins of Sinclair

    A scathing review of Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To by Sinclair and LaPlante (2019). While age reversal is an old grift, the latest version has reached new heights of feigned legitimacy and hype. all vertebrate animal species have a distribution of natural lifespans that are limited by their gene sets… Long-lived species like humans also provide a substantial investment in caretaking of offspring… advantages conferred to youth by parents mean that genetic selections for parental health are extant in caretaking species. Such genetic selections for post-reproductive health are not extant in non-caretaking species…

  • Scientific publishing

    1) This exchange argues that the removal of peer review will: (1) remove their [ ficional ] value as a career currency (2) will improve speed of resaerch communications (3) save a lot of time for reviewers AND readers 2) Michael Eisen on: a) the problems with the APC model b) society journals 3) “Time to end parachute science” “In geoscience, only 30% of articles from Africa had an African author [7]. In the field of coral reef biology, 40% of publications that contained fieldwork conducted in Indonesia or in the Philippines did