17 September 2009

Beatles Rock Band

Beatles Rock Band has gameplay that is basically unchanged from that of Rock Band 2. However, it's the music that really steals the show. Many of the songs are just strikingly beautiful. I've been trying to get my hands on some of the Beatles' albums.

I've heard the Beatles before, of course, but I don't think I've ever listened to the Beatles much before last week.

Surprising fact of the week:

Nonetheless, The Beatles, with 28 million albums sold since 2000, may overtake Eminem's 32 million to become the decade's best-selling artist. That race ends Dec. 31.

USA Today, "The Beatles: Remasters of the universe with sizzling sales"

13 September 2009

Norman Borlaug, 1914-2009

Norman Borlaug was an agricultural scientist recognized as the father of the Green Revolution, the technological transformation of agriculture in the second half of the 20th century. For his work in expanding the world's food supply, in particular creating high-yield varieties of wheat, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

Perhaps this sentence from the WSJ's obituary best sums up the impact of Borlaug's work:

Today, famines—whether in Zimbabwe, Darfur or North Korea—are politically induced events, not true natural disasters.

One can hardly ask for more from a scientist.