If you've been a) living under a rock, or b) simply occupying a mental space that's not the same as mine, it's possible you might not be aware that this year - February 12th to be precise - is the 200th anniversary of a man called Charles Darwin, who when he was 50 (and thus 150 years ago this year) published a certain book called On the Origin of Species
. Which is generally considered an influential book. Last year, 2008, was the 150th anniversary of the publication of joint papers by Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace putting forward the idea of evolution of Natural Selection to the scientific community, but the book really made it accessible to everyone, and it's the book and its author that people remember. So it's the book and its author the entire country is celebrating this year, with Darwin 200
And what celebrations they are. Now is the time to get yourself an education about the life of Darwin and the process of evolution as a science, if you don't have enough knowledge already.The BBC
is running a series of programmes on Darwin's life and works
, available on iPlayer, though I have no idea how accessible iPlayer is to foreign ISPs*.
And if you're in London, the Natural History Museum
is hosting Darwin: Big Idea
until April. This is a paid exhibit, which I have yet to see, but I do hear it is amazing, one of the best temporatry exhibits the NHM has had in recent years. Although I suspect this is because it was designed by the AMNH.Downe House
looks like its planning special events starting the day after Darwin Day
As for me? I'll probably be writing about the man and his idea at some point. If I can work out what needs to be said most.
Livejournal is having financial woes
. Apart from the bad business practice in laying people off without notice or severance pay, I doubt that we, the users and customers, have anything to worry about yet. Just back up your journal
, start thinking about alternatives
, but honestly I think the best thing to do right now is to keep using the site, generating content and if you pay for accounts, then keep paying. (Thank anonyBob for my permaccount, I'm not going anywhere, but I will be looking at backing up to my insanejournal.)
*Admittedly, I hope it isn't accessible at all to people who don't pay for the BBC, but that's just me.