Dr Ran Heok Hui, research officer for the National University of Singapore Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, reports the discovery in Sumatra of a carp species which, fully grown, is about eight millimeters from nose to tail. They'd thought the carp when discovered were all juveniles, until they noticed several carrying eggs. Also, apparently, their skulls thin enough that there are portions partially exposing the brain, which is the sort of thing you'd think would be added for color in a pulpy science fiction novel. I mean, microfish with visible brains? Who comes up with that stuff?
You may recall I brought my camera in for repairs, and the clerk told me they'd have an estimate on what repairs were necessary and what they'd cost in a week. This was last Tuesday. So this evening I called and asked; they wanted to know what estimate I'd been given. I pointed out I haven't got an estimate yet. They checked their records and found that ... they don't have the estimate ready yet. But they'll call me tomorrow or Friday with the estimate. They estimate. I'm guessing I won't have my camera back for Lunar New Year.
The Straits Times reviewed Zodiac: The Race Begins... today and mildly savaged it. Their reviewer gave the movie one star out of five, said ``the overall effect [of the animation style] looks cheap'', and ``add to this mix three pop songs which are superficially worked into the storyline, weirdly Westernized names for the animals, and a translated subtitle bristling with mistakes.'' I can't wait. As for Rat's role: ``The opening sequence attempts to build tension with a rat getting chased by a cat and an owl. The narrative then lurches suddenly to a pastoral scene of a farmer who is about to have a baby.'' The dragon's name is Draco.
Trivia: Among the plunder taken by the Venetians after defeating the Turkish fleet at the 1571 Battle of Lepanto were at least 150,000 sequins. Source: A History of Venice, John Julius Norwich.
Currently Reading: Venus Revealed, David Henry Grinspoon. You know, the talk about the failure to find evidence of tectonic plates on Venus, and on Mars, and on Mercury, gets me to wondering if we could detect the Earth's tectonic plates from orbit. Granted Earth's a freak planet in a lot of ways, so what's one more, but have we found plates anywhere else in the solar system?