Thanks to Allie, I've found a bunch of new ways to waste time, all thanks to Sporcle.
Can you remember all 20 of the standard amino acids? (yup. Got all 20. Cheating, though, that they give you the 3-letter and 1-letter abbreviations. Makes it too easy... though spelling them right is hard!)
Or maybe, if you're not as scientifically inclined, you want to try The 32 NFL teams or the U.S. Presidents. Does it say something bad about me that I can name all 32 NFL teams and not even 1/2 of the US presidents?
Anyhow, they got a lot of them, and they're all wonderful, time-wasting fun.
I started this blog mostly because of my friend Allie. She's on her way to a masters in Journalism, and she got assigned to write a blog for one of her classes. When she told me about it, I thought "wow, good idea."
You see, I love to write, but as a scientist very little of my day-to-day writing is interesting or legible to anyone who isn't a scientist. So this lets me write in a way that is actually fun to read - I know, novel.
Anyhow, if you want to why it's called "Observations of a Nerd," read this.