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Trump lyrics

A while ago the ‘very stable genius’ quote from that STUPID IDIOT TRUMP did the rounds as a re-working of ‘Modern Major General’ from The Pirates Of Penzance. See, for example, here.

I contributed some on Twitter and had been meaning to archive them for safe keeping, especially since some people said they scanned well (scanning is very important) and were funny. Better late than never, I found out how to search through my old tweets and rescued them. Here they are!

  1. My son-in-law named Jared had a meeting that was treasonous,
    I do not listen, cannot read, my late-night tweets are meaningless,
    My people are the greatest but my critics are the meaniest
    and fail to see I am a model Very Stable Genius!
  2. Unlettered and unthinking, I’m a president implausible,
    I golf and grope and lie and tweet with zest that’s inexhaustible,
    But all these things are secondary, a minor inconvenience,
    As soon as you remember I’m a Very Stable Genius.
  3. When I became the president I couldn’t quite believe it all,
    The Democrats, the Deep State and the FBI are terrible,
    But with a quarter pounder and some Coke that’s intraveneous
    I reassure myself that I’m a Very Stable Genius.
  4. I hate myself and hate the world, my only love is flattery,
    With GOP enablers, HR Clinton was no match for me,
    And in uncertain times, all this political unseemliness,
    The only man to solve it is this Very Stable Genius.
  5. My wife sleeps in a separate room, she cried when I became elect,
    I disregard objective truth and laugh at the greenhouse effect,
    I thread tweets with ellipses, they’re impressive in their seamlessness…
    …attesting that I’m clearly, like, a Very Stable Genius.
  6. I do not like transgender people serving in the milit’ry,
    The notion of an independent DOJ’s fake news to me,
    I never like to brag about my intellectual leanings, thus
    it may surprise to find that I’m a Very Stable Genius.

 

Transcription: It’s You (Lee Konitz) from Three Guys

Here’s a rough transcription of Steve Swallow, one my favourite bassists, playing on the album Three Guys with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian. (Dreamy band or what?). It’s a Konitz composition over It’s You Or No One. So far, I can’t find it online (a tiny sample in this article) but I’m reliably informed it exists on somewhere on youtube.

Anyway, here is the unison line that ends the tune:

It’s You unison line transcription

It’s You unison line (Eb)

And here it is played in somewhat Swallow-y style — very light roundwounds with a pick and loads of tone rolled off:

Connoisseurs will know that the pick should really be copper, and the bass a semi-acoustic with a piezo somewhere, strung E-C, etc.

Crick Institute Summer Student programme

You don’t need to be a biologist to work at the Crick Institute! I’m not. If you are an undergraduate, here’s a way to sample the life of a biological physicist…

As an undergraduate, I hadn’t considered working in research until I fell into a summer research project with the excellent Mike Evans at Leeds. He actually ended up being my PhD supervisor, but in a broader sense the placement opened my eyes to the process of doing “new stuff”; the feeling that what you’re doing hasn’t been done before is quite a special one.

Anyway, this year I’m part of the Crick’s summer student programme, and have a project open on applying quantitative and physical principles to a biological system. Details can be found here.

 

 

Research publication: Kinetics of symmetry and asymmetry in a phase-separating bilayer membrane

A new paper with Peter Olmsted has just appeared in Physical Review E. Like our recent Soft Matter article, it builds on our theoretical study of coupled lipid bilayer leaflets, investigating the underlying model via direct simulation. We also give a broader look at the use of “leaflet-leaflet” phase diagrams, introduced in previous theoretical works, which allow a more natural interpretation of symmetry and asymmetry in bilayers.

Open access: Nucleation of symmetric domains in the coupled leaflets of a bilayer

I was pleased to receive an email from the Soft Matter journal that our recent article has become eligible for open access. This seems to be due to a new agreement that I guess might be specific to certain universities and/or funding sources. Anyway, we aren’t complaining! Now or in the near future our article on lipid bilayer domains will be open access.

Transcription: Chick Corea’s arrangement of Bouncin’ with Bud

Here’s a transcription of a lovely harmonisation of Bouncin’ with Bud, from Chick Corea’s “Remembering Bud Powell”. It’s pretty similar to the original with a few slight substitutions and a nice harmony line in the head on tenor. Mainly the feel and solos on Chick + Friends’ recording are incredible.

It’s played by trumpet and tenor on the original but here I’ve used alto and tenor. Click the link below for a PDF:

Bouncin with Bud (Chick)