What a year for a new year, eh?
I’m not doing a chronology today. I’m doing a staring-at-the-wall-for-a-bit kind of day. I had a truly excellent meal last night at the Urban Pear, though, which is worth noting regardless of long weekend brain rot.
Defying the laws of common sense and, perhaps, physics, it was -12C and raining for a bit yesterday afternoon. Y’know, when I was going to the bank. More freezing rain expected today. Not that weird weather is that unusual for today. It’s Canada in winter. Anything could happen. Much like April in the U.K..
Because I’m still trying to focus (ha!) on the trivial and interesting and a (really not very) fierce competition in six months’ time, here are some links that I’m gonna use and that you might enjoy. (I am totally disheartened that our pub quiz location is no more, though. We might have to pick a different night. It’s very upsetting.)
- The Periodic Table of Videos. Put together by the University of Nottingham (hi Joe!), this are delightful nerdy tools to help the non-chemist understand the properties of elements. A bit more fun than rote learning or flash cards (though I might need those too).
- Sporcle. I’m here every day. It is an addiction beyond the beyond sometimes and the reason I have to stay at work late at others. (“Wait, how did my lunch break end up being 94 minutes? Fuuuuuu…”)
- The QI Forums. As it premiered the first week I lived in the U.K. and is hosted by Stephen Fry and about trivia most trivial, I was fully convinced that the BBC commissioned it for me so that I wouldn’t be lonely on a Friday night when I had no friends. The forums actually do get too pedantic for me to fully participate (it’s terrifying to think about making an error!), but there’s a lot of interesting stuff there. The books are great too, but I only have a couple of them.
- The IMDB. Especially the lists of top movies in different categories and trivia about individual classic films. (Example: Author Iain Banks (then a student) was an extra in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.)
- Wikipedia. Duh. Also, go donate. You know you use it enough too.
- Random lists of facts that other nerds have created. Because y’never know what quiz creators might be reading/writing on the intertubes.
Have a lovely, safe New Year’s!