austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I bet you think this song is about you

I turned on the news radio only to find they were doing a sports report. Well, it's the Yankees, they'll cover the games and skip the traffic-and-weather together reports, which annoys me far more than it should, since the weather doesn't change all that much in five minutes and the trffic report doesn't cover places I'm driving anyway. In the baseball coverage they described Carlton Fisk making a play, and I thought, Carlton Fisk? I thought he was retired ... maybe an old-timer's event? Then they went on to Thurman Munson, who I knew for certain was dead. It turned out to be a this-day-in-Yankees-history thing. That explains that. Unfortunately, the actual game was an interleague abomination.

And for some reason the old tune ``You're So Vain'' appears to be the most popular song on the radio this week. I've heard it at least once every day I've been back, invariably on the public-address system. The first time was at the airport, while I was waiting for my baggage, but to have it turn up every day after that is curious. Is there a movie or something bringing the song out of its nostalgic shrouds and into the top 40 play?

Researchers at the Transmolecular Corporation in Massachusetts have taken a sample of scorpion venom, irradiated it, and injected it into people. The researchers, openly admitting that it sounds like something you do for a Spider-Man nemesis, insist their goal is to pursue a ``promising new therapy for brain cancer'' and any incidents of skyscraper-sized radioactive scorpion-humans rampaging through Boston are an unfortunate but necessary part of the scientific method. They say that it's a good approach because scorpion venom binds well to gliomas, cells particularly found in incurable brain cancers, although it's not to suspect they really just wanted someday to issue the press release, ``Making Radioactive Scorpion Venom Therapy Safe.'' The press release was issued, so, good work all around.

Trivia: The Phi Beta Kappa key was based on a key for winding a clock. Source: Keeping Watch: A History of American Time, Michael O'Malley.

Currently Reading: Currently Reading: The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A Norman.


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