It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend, weekend!
For everyone who now has that Rebecca Black song stuck in your head, you’re welcome. Or maybe I’m sorry. Depends on your opinion of the song. It got lampooned far more than necessary, and was pretty catchy.
Anyway, apologies. Is there anyone out there named Paula Geez? Or Paula Gees? Or Paul Ogees? That name is made for the BoFN.
We’ll launch right into this week’s FNITN with a solemn update from the music world. Signe Toly Anderson, one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane, passed away two weeks ago in Beaverton, Oregon. In a bizarrely coincidental occurrence, she died on January 28, at the age of 74 – the exact same day and age as Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner. They had a lot in common, but Signe’s name was vastly superior.
We move from solemn news to extraordinarily uplifting news, that shines a bright light on the human condition. Atticus Edmunds is an 8-year-old boy with a fantastic name who has been confined to a wheelchair due to low-tone cerebral palsy. Atticus loves a good thrill, and a video of his dad and him having fun in a skate park has gone viral. He’s definitely done more cool stuff than I’ve ever done at a skate park. I just fell, a lot. Atticus also has gained his fair share of followers on social media due to his singing covers of Katy Perry songs. What a champ! The story is also helping raise awareness about cerebral palsy, and hopefully CP research can get a boost too…
Continuing with our theme of “All The Funny Named News That’s Good Enough,” we’ve found the perfect academic for us. A colleague informed me of a superbly-named researcher from Washington University in St. Louis, Ursula Goodenough. Ursula has proven to be more than good enough. Just being a researcher at the esteemed Wash U is pretty fantastic, but she’s done remarkable work on eukaryotic algae. How do we know it’s remarkable? Well, I’m making remarks about it.
Also, she has an impressive CV, has done plenty of work on Religious Naturalism, and her 10.8 ResearchGate Impact Factor and 100+ citations are way way way better than my humble 3.93 and 5 citations. If that makes Ursula “goodenough” then you can call me Dave “smallfishnotreadyforprimetime.” Actually, please do call me that! C’mon anesthesiology manuscript! Let’s get accepted and get rollin’! Let’s see if we can break into the double digits of citations :) I’ll still be a small fish, but maybe I can stop being a tadpole and morph into a frog. Or at least a respectable minnow!
In cool tech news, the indispensable Fannie “Banannie” Cranium brings us some cool updates from the Codex Hackathon. The Codex Hackathon was sponsored by Automattic, the makers of WordPress. Their work is already fantastic and has accounted for all of WordPress, including the 600+ posts and 252,000 reads on this here blog, but wait… there’s more!
Fannie’s favorite names from the Codex Hackathon include: “Kjell Reigstad, Mel Choyce, Kelly Dwan and Kat Hagan, who bring us reading, writing, and Automattic.:)”
And it doesn’t get much better than that! Thanks for joining us for this hacky, researchy filled-to-the-brim edition of Funny Names in the News. Enjoy your weekends, happy Presidents Day on Monday, and we’ll catch you on the flip side. Or in Atticus Edmund’s case, the acrobatic kick-flip side!