10 things Shakespeare has taught us

  1. Never poke your sword in a moving arras, since you’ll end up killing your girlfriend’s dad.
  2. Always leave a fair gap between a funeral and a wedding, otherwise people will think that you’re serving up leftovers.
  3. If you suspect your lover has committed suicide, get a proper medical opinion before doing anything rash, as they may be in some sort of coma.
  4. Don’t believe in prophecies, as they can be highly misleading. Forests, for example, can shift location for a whole load of reasons, global warming being merely the most recent.
  5. It’s dumb to hand over all your assets to your kids after you retire. They may turn nasty. Before you know it, you’ll be forced to cut back on the size of your retinue, and who needs that when you are 80?
  6. Love is blind.
  7. The leek is an inherently funny vegetable.
  8. When making love to someone in a darkened room, have a chat first, because it’s amazingly easy to end up having sex with the wrong person.
  9. If giving an official present to the King of England, try to do better than a set of tennis balls.
  10. A good reason to depart any locality is that you are being pursued by a bear.

The Ring Lady


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The art of pacemaking

The anatomically correct modelling of a heartbeat created by a supercomputer:

(video from supercomputational life science YouTube channel

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The Book of the Seven Forbidden Wisdoms


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Welcome to the 21st century!


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101 bioinformatics facts

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The Dragon’s Loyalty Award


As I am catching up on awards, here’s the Dragon’s Loyalty Award for which I have been nominated by the lovely Jaisal author of the very intelligent “Inquisitive minds and stubborn hearts“, Thank you so much 😀

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Accept award with thanks.
  2. Give your readers 5 facts about you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers and let them know.

Here are five facts about me:

1. I sleepwalk (and secretly resent people who tell me that sleepwalkers are creepy)

2. I often draw comics about people in my life and funny things that happen to them.

3. I can’t stand pens left uncapped. I automatically reach and cap them even if it’s not my pen :/

4. Back when I was in PhD, I held a ridiculous record in my lab as the fastest human to fill the pipette tip boxes

5. Even though I’m only 1m60, I can kick a 1m85 person’s head (just to say I’m flexible :p ).

And finally, here are my nominations:

Martial Arts With Lyman Chen, because not only his blog is awesome but also because the dragon itself sounds very martial arts’ly

Art Peace a very creative blog that I like 🙂

And Tessa Can do it! which is like the journal of a brave person coping with a chronic disease

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The Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award


It is time for me to start to catch up with awards. I’ve been very busy these last couple of days, so I lagged on blogging… I have been nominated for The Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award by the lovely Belinda Crane, writer extraordinaire of impressively intelligent short stories. The first story I’ve read in her blog was “Little Ol’ Henrietta” if you haven’t read it, just.. stop reading this and go check it out first 🙂

Here are the rules:

Rule 1 – Thank the person who nominated you:

Thank you so much Belinda Crane, for nominating me for this award. And also, thanks heaps for your stories 🙂

Rule 2 – Add the award logo to your blog.

Rule 3 – Answer the questions asked by the nominator.

1. Describe how it makes you feel to write.

Writing is like a therapy, it allows you to put a word on the images and feelings that occupy your mind. It usually calms me.

2. Do you have a routine for where or how you write?

I usually write at home, or anywhere I feel safe. In an environment where I know that I wont be bothered every minute.

3. Is there anyone you would thank for giving you the final little push to start your blog?

I think that would be my lovely girlfriend.

4. Do you have any writing goals?

Not that I’m aware of 🙂

5. What inspires you to keep blogging?

The need to write something and share it.

6. What is your favorite book?

The Wizard of the Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

7. Do you have one distinct moment in time, when you fell in love with writing and/or reading?

I fell in love with reading as soon as I learned how to read. And for writing, sometime during university I guess (not so distinct after all).

8. What is your favorite movie?

“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”, beautiful story, stunning artwork, impressive martial arts choreographies…

9. Describe your style of writing.

I like to write as I talk. I try to be simple and fluent.

10. Describe yourself.

Well… Easiest is to describe how I look: I’m a 1m60 brunette with very long, dark wavy hair. My friends and colleagues often joke about my height (or the lack thereof). I’m athletically built and have a black tribal dragon along my left arm. Some say I’m good looking. I don’t know if I agree, but at least I don’t have any body image problems…

Rule 4 – Nominate 5 bloggers

OK, it’s my turn to nominate people. Here are my picks from the blogs I’ve been stalking lately:

Kathy Salt, who happens to be one of the hottest fiction writers in wordpress 😉

Bellaelena, who often writes about her confusing emotions with outstanding honesty

Forties and faking it a very brave person with a big heart

The almighty Baroness Buttercup sorry for bothering you with this Baroness, but a fan girl must fangirl…

and finally NotAnne… it’s very hard to find the right words to describe this blog. Just go and check it out (especially the posts on the “Right here, right now” category, I’m pretty sure you’ll be like… this) and her other blog is this one 🙂

Rule 5 – Ask 10 questions of your own

That’s the tricky part. Since I’ve been stalking these blogs quite intensively I have to retain myself from asking very specific questions…

1. Who is your favorite book character?

2. Why that character?

3. What’s your favorite subject to write about?

4. How would you define strength?

5. Do you get jealous easily?

6. What would make you jealous?

7. What do you like the most about women?

8. What do you dislike the most about women?

9. Which country would you like to visit the most?

10. How do you drink your Martini?

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