Friday, April 01, 2005

Even more of a winter's day

Mutterings continued.

Temp only got to 15c, lots of lovely rain and I had to dig out my raincoat. I didn't have to dig too far - it was hanging on the back of the door. I had to go out in it a couple of times today; lots of puddle evading and fallen branch dodging.

When I got to work the Black-handed Spider Monkeys were huddled together on a platform above the main lake, looking decidedly put out. They're a rainforest species so they should be used to the wet stuff.

Google had a new product on their website -
Google Gulp (Beta). From the FAQ:

2. Wait – you're saying Auto-Drink™ changes my brain chemistry?

Um, yeah – but for the better.

3. Isn't that kind of dangerous?

Well, none of the lab rats who've been pounding this stuff for the past eight months have keeled over yet, which we find fairly reassuring. At any rate, you should be aware that by popping the seal on the twist-off Gulp cap, you send a wireless signal to Google's servers indicating your irrevocable acceptance of the Google Gulp Terms and Conditions, which do include the possibility, however remote, of hideous genetic mutation resulting from your consumption of this product. We're pretty sure you won't die, though.

According to Fuel Watch, the cheapest petrol in my area is $1.03 a litre! Good thing I don't need to fill up this week; I'm hoping it will be cheaper next week. Famous last words....

Nature journal has got a wonderful story about 'walking' octopus. "Two tiny species of tropical octopus have demonstrated a remarkable disappearing trick. They adopt a two-armed 'walk' that frees up their remaining six limbs to camouflage them as they slink away from trouble. " There are a couple of great videos on the webpage.


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