July 21st, 2003



Erin didn't come to be last night, being up writing journalism stuff instead. Her concentration level was fairly low so she had problems getting into it at all. I hesitate to think how she's doing at work right now...

I played around a little bit more with the description diagram, which I was completely unsurprised had drawn no comments at all. Spend 3 minutes reading and copying an article, cause a massive argument. Spend 5 hours tweaking a diagram of the way I work, nobody even bothers to read it. When I rule the world, you're all going to pay, you know.

Sunday was pretty good overall - once Mike got over his hangover (5pm) we climbed Arthur's Seat, I detoured on the way back to hang out with Sana, and then home (avec Sana) to watch Futurama and commiserate about her broken glasses.

And now I'm back in work, waiting for someone to sort out the seating plan, as the person whose seat I was in has arrived back from holiday. I've moved over to the seat of someone who hasn't arrived in yet, but everyone is claiming that someone else is sorting out the long-term plan.

Back to the spec-writing now though. Hopefully the brain will kick into gear later...

An unfortunate series of events

Suspicious Deaths of esteemed microbiologists.

The first three died in the space of just over a week in November....Just four days after Dr. Que fell unconscious came the mysterious disappearance of Don Wiley, 57, one of the foremost microbiologists in the United States....Just five days after that, the world-class microbiologist and high-profile Russian defector Valdimir Pasechnik, 64, fell dead....The next two deaths came four days apart in December....Four days later, Nguyen Van Set, 44, died at work in Geelong, Australia, in a laboratory accident....Then in February, the Russian microbiologist Victor Korshunov, 56, an expert in intestinal bacteria of children around the world, was bashed over the head near his home in Moscow. Five days later the British microbiologist Ian Langford, 40, was found dead in his home near Norwich, England, naked from the waist down and wedged under a chair...[Holzmayer] was killed by fellow microbiologist Guyang (Matthew) Huang, 38, who shot her seven times when she opened the door to a pizza delivery. Then he shot himself....David Wynn-Williams, 55, a respected astrobiologist with the British Antarctic Survey, who studied the habits of microbes that might survive in outer space, died in a freak road accident near his home in Cambridge, England. He was hit by a car while he was jogging. The following day, Steven Mostow, 63, known as Dr. Flu for his expertise in treating influenza, and a noted expert in bioterrorism, died when the airplane he was piloting crashed near Denver.