IgNobels 2008

I mark the passing of the years in a couple of ways. One is natural events: the coral tree flowers in mid-winter, the jacaranda flowers in spring, the comings and goings of Queensland’s bird species.

The other is the annual IgNobel award ceremony. 2008 is a vintage year:

It’s hard to choose a favourite this year. Armadillos and archaeology would have to be up there, but based on the idea that how much you laugh correlates with how much you relate, I’m going with: “You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations”, from the journal Organization Studies.

Here we go again

My token effort at New Year reorganisation is a change of blog theme (Garland – familiar to anyone who’s looked at a Drupal site). Others have made rather more of an effort.

After 10 internet-free days there was a lot of “mark as read” happening in my feed reader, but things that caught my eye include:

What would I like to see this year? More bioinformatics that addresses interesting biological problems, less bioinformatics that doesn’t. Much more to write about this as the year progresses.

Happy New Year folks. Let’s get into it.