Tuesday, 30 August 2011


I've just returned from 2 weeks living under canvas in Spain. Although my Spanish is, erm, basic, communication was simply not a problem. That's in stark comparison to my day job of science and business, even with all the tools of the modern internet at my disposal; there's so much I want to say that is intuitively obvious (to me), but defies logical description (by me). Compare the following; "I'd like bread, cheese and a litre of red wine in a plastic bottle" with "commercial involvement will make open science more successful". Everyone understands intuitively why I want to poison my body with saturated fats and alcohol, but polluting open communities with business ethics requires special justification for which I have yet to develop the language. But I'm working on it.