I occasionally do weird things. I’ve decided it might be worth keeping track of them. I’m hoping to look back here in a few decades for some amusement.
Genome tweeting shenanigans
I was the first person to ever tweet an entire genome. You might ask why. I say, why not?
Twitter bot shenanigans
I’ve become somewhat obsessed with Twitter bots. Besides tweeting entire genomes, my bots also generate New Scientist-style headlines, have conversations with each other, insult anyone who dislikes Shakespeare, and do my bidding.
Olympics Opening Ceremony shenanigans
Watched by almost 1 billion people.
I had a cool part as a prominent extra in a film with Jim Caviezel (he played Jesus in Passion of the Christ). To be honest I mostly just read The Lord of the Rings in the glorious sunshine. The film’s crap by the way. Actually filmed in the same place where I did the Olympics filming.
“Promachoteuthis sulcus, championed by Jennifer Harrison, was elected to be the Edinburgh mascot. Jennifer referred to it as the “gob faced squid” because of its disturbingly human-like mouth. This name has since been adopted as the common name for the species.”
Yay. Maybe one day I can provide the scientific name for a species.
I like to cycle these days. If I can raise some money for worthwhile charities at the same time then all the better. In the summer of 2014 I cycled the length of mainland Scotland (John o’Groats to Kirkmaiden) in 2 day and 6 hours. I’d love to do Japan in a fortnight.