If I were a billionaire, I would totally sign up for this. And while I can’t quite afford to give away half my net worth to charity yet, it’s certainly inspiring to see others commit to doing it. It’s nice to know not all rich people are evil douches.
This book by Niki Segnit is already out in the UK and is available for pre-order on Amazon here in the US. This Guardian review makes it sound pretty awesome. They should have kept the British cover — the American one looks so blah. Why do they always do that to book covers here? And Flavour with a u looks better too…but I digress…
My manga-illustrator friend June told me very casually today over dinner, as though it was the most normal thing in the world, about a manga-turned-animated series involving agriculture students, one of whom has the special ability to see microbes with the naked eye. I swear I am not making this stuff up. Many a grad student has pondered the peculiar Japanese drive to make everything kawaii and their love of anthropomorphizing just about everything, but this Moyashimon series that turns everything from the bacteria strains used to make natto (fermented soybeans) and yogurt to staph and salmonella into cute little talking creatures really blows my mind! I guess they’ve started airing a new live-action version of the series now on late night Fuji Television, which looks way worse than the manga or the anime. Floating computer-generated talking bacteria combined with laughably bad acting just doesn’t do the cute little illustrations justice! Anyway, I’ll certainly never look at E. Coli the same way ever again.