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Today I'm having a cup of coffee in a place called 'Great Coffee' in Aarhus. This is one of those secret places in a back yard, where the barrista knows all the customers and talks about giving the mailman a hug. Quite a personality (beard, tattoos, and total focus on his siphons/espresso machines when he's brewing). He sure brings his little shop together. Strangely, I don't even feel too underhipstered to sit here writing.

Today I pledged $8 to support Space Elevator Science. The idea of this project is to build a space elevator on the Moon. As a proof of concept, they're starting with a two-kilometer balloon tower on Earth. The sky's not the limit with the vision of this project, and that alone is worth the support.

Today feels like Monday. I spent yesterday recovering from a migraine (bleh) and though my brain is recovered, my body from the waist up is still tense and sore. And I have to work, which is why I'm composing this blog post, of course.

Today I'm still thrilled about the science talk I went to yesterday about genetic medicine. More specifically, the scientist on the scene described the challenges to using viruses to insert genetic material into the core of human cell. This is a field that has seen a lot of setbacks - not least because the human immune system is geared for expelling the 'infected' cells and the viruses - but a clinical trial from 2011 indicates success with permanently changing the DNA coding of liver cells in people with hemophilia B. This has reignited hopes for a cure for a very nasty disease - and for effective cures for other kinds of genetic diseases (e.g. heart failure and Leber's disease, a kind of blindness).

The talk was arranged by the People's University in Aarhus, and is part of a 5-talk series where different genetic experts each talk about their field of expertise (gene therapy, ethics, epigenetics, and more). The People's University host about 14,500 classes of 2x45 min in science, history, communication, and languages every year, most for less than $100, and they have 85,000 visitors . People want to learn, and that makes me happy :-)

But enough about me. What are you thrilled about today?


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Sep. 13th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
I am thrilled that it is September in New England, that the sun is shining in a blue-blue sky, and that right now, I'm writing in a quiet house.

Most especially--I'm thrill that the good moments of life are lingering right now. Linger on!
Sep. 14th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Enjoying the present is one of the most difficult things you can do, but also one of the most rewarding.

As for the planning, not-in-the-present, I saw your writing update in another post, and Woohoo for progress--especially under special circumstances.
Sep. 14th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling. :)
Sep. 13th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
How's this for a coincindink? I spent yesterday recovering from a migraine, too. In fact, I still felt pretty puny today until about 3 pm. so, you had your migraine Tues., too? the 11th? What's up with that? Mine was one of my worst in a long time. Threw up my pills that were supposed to cure me or at least help me survive!
Sep. 14th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Now, that is a coincidence neither of us will be laughing about all winter ;-) Mine fortunately wasn't all that painful, but my brain was out of town and closed for repairs on Wednesday.
Sep. 14th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
No, you're right, no laughing. ditto on the out-of-town brain. I *think* it's back now though. ::goes to look::
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