Archive | October, 2011

Happy World Smile Day and Ada Lovelace Day!

7 Oct

A long long time ago when there was still some happiness in the world, World Smile Day was created.

Smiles All Around!

In 1963, Mr. Harvey Ball created the trademark yellow smiley face that you may recognize from such products as the Have A Day poster that adorned the back of my bedroom door as an angsty teenager.  Ball later went on to found the World Smile Corporation which in turn created World Smile Day to promote the yellow smiley.  And even though it seems a little screwed up that a day focused on smiling is really just a fancy advertisement, today is actually a good day.  Not only is the purpose of today to make people smile 🙂 but World Smile Day raises money for the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation which is a non-profit organization that supports children’s causes.

So go out and make someone smile!

Also, today is Ada Lovelace Day!

Ada Lovelace was the first female programmer, which as a computational chemist, I think it pretty awesome.  Today is the day to appreciate all women in STEM (which includes neuronano and me!).  Head on over to the Flickr Blog for some more info on this cool holiday.

Happy Do Something Nice Day!

5 Oct

I think this day is pretty self explanatory, so just go out and do something nice today! My nice thing was not hitting the car next to me while pulling into a really tight spot just because he doesn’t know how to park in between the yellow lines.  I didn’t leave a nasty note on his car either, so that’s two nice things!  Maybe I’ll do something nicer later.

This is a day that should truly be celebrated early and often!

Happy Virus Appreciation Day!

3 Oct

Today is that day where we get to appreciate those nasty viruses that knock us on our asses every winter.  Ironically, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was announced today to be awarded to Ralph Steinman, Bruce Beutler, and Jules Hoffmann for “unlocking the secrets of the immune system”.

On a totally different note, I’ve recently discovered the show, The Walking Dead.  It’s about a group of survivors during the zombie apocalypse.  From my limited knowledge of zombie fandom, I’m pretty sure that the zombie virus is passed through saliva, much like mononucleosis, except that you turn zombie by being bit and get mono by kissing.  Interesting, one makes you like a zombie (mono), the other makes you actual zombie.  The new season of The Walking Dead starts October 16th, and if you need to play catch-up like I did, check out your on-demand selection.  Here is the trailer for season 2:

It’s pretty intense, and I can’t wait!