So far, the BBSRC Grant Holders Workshop has been fascinating. Dennis Noble’s talk last night, including an entertaining slagging of the Gene Ontology; entertaining but as wrong as you can be when you confuse a gene name and a function. Nice to hear a new variation of the Syndney Brenner "but an ontology doesn’t allow you to understand all of biology" argument.

I also learnt that a) without convection it would take 10,000 years to make a cup of tea (unless you invent a spoon) and b) there are, on average 8 sausages in a tin of sausage and beans and, further, that the distribution of sausage number is low enough that the machine that puts them in the tin must be counting.

I also learnt that some people have too much time on their hands; that I am blogging about this means I have to include myself in this category.

Originally published on my old blog site.