Monthly Archives: May 2005

Bunny Suicides

I’m just tying a couple of threads together here. Scaryduck has another of his laugh-out-loud posts today. This time on Bunny Suicides. And that made me remember Andy Riley’s The Book of Bunny Suicides. As Kenny Everett used to say: … Continue reading

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Physicists Examine The Eurovision Song Contest

I missed this when it was news earlier this month, but a group of physicists at Oxford University have published a paper on Connections, cliques and compatability between countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. The paper is quite interesting, but … Continue reading

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The EU Constitution – Part Two

So the French have given a resounding thumbs-down to the Constitution. I suppose it was only to be expected. I have a feeling that it got caught in the crossfire of at least two opposing groups: those patriotic French who … Continue reading

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Berlin Cabaret Songs

I’ve been thinking about possible choices for music for boats in the Amsterdam Canal Parade in August. The line of thought took me back to the Berlin of the 1920s, and the music performed in the cabarets of the time. … Continue reading

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Blogging a Viral Pandemic

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to get across ideas. On that theme, and bringing it right up to date, this week’s issue of Nature has a go at predicting what a viral pandemic might be like by … Continue reading

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Human Changing

I’ve just come across another Blog called WorldChanging – which looks at the ongoing interactions between human culture, science, nature and politics – a heady and dangerous mix, if ever I saw one! I started with Human Changing – the … Continue reading

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Whipping therapy cures depression and suicide crises

I would like to think that this was a joke – but it’s been reported in Pravda – so it must be true. Remind me not to get too close to Dr. Speransky and his colleagues. I’m not convinced that … Continue reading

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Robert Sheckley – Back in the US

One piece of good news: Robert Sheckley is now back home. As I reported here, Sheckley had been taken ill in the Ukraine and was unable to pay the medical bills for the Kiev hospital, or for a flight back … Continue reading

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Martin’s Birthday

Today is Martin’s birthday. We cycled around the lakes in Reeuwijk together with his sister and brother-in-law and had lunch at ‘t Vaantje – a cafe-restaurant in the area. I see that ‘t Vaantje’s web site is now boasting that … Continue reading

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Apparently, it would seem that dear Noel Coward got it wrong when he penned Mad Dogs and Englishmen back in 1932. Scientists at The University of Manchester have unveiled new research this week claiming that going out in the midday sun, … Continue reading

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The Young Family

This is Art as in "I think I’m having a nightmare, please can I wake up now…"

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Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison is one of the authors I grew up reading. His Dangerous Visions were mind-expanding. His Glass Teat deconstructed TV before anyone else could see where things were going. So he’s always been something of a hero to me. … Continue reading

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The EU Constitution

If you’ve read my profile, you will know that, while I hold a British Passport, I have lived in The Netherlands since 1983. I dutifully pay my taxes, I contribute to the society, I’ve even married a Dutchman. But, in … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance

Curious Hamster takes a sly dig at Tony Blair with a Thought Experiment. It brought a grin to my face, anyway.

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Dekxels

I had another excuse to enjoy a meal at Dekxels in The Hague last night. I met up with four colleagues from Shell there. The food, as ever, was very good and the service attentive. I do like this restaurant.

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11 steps to a better brain

The New Scientist this week has a good article on techniques to improve and expand your mind. I must start practising…

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Three Data Points

Data Point A – Air travel as a vector for the spread of disease. Data Point B – Renewed warnings about the likelihood of a flu pandemic Data Point C – number 3: Chance of a viral pandemic in the … Continue reading

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The Cave

I came across this today. It looks to me like a remake of Aliens for spelunkers. However, the preview does contain one moment that reminded me strongly of the best moment in Pitch Black. Pity the moment is contained in the preview. … Continue reading

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Store Wars

I think in some ways I like this better than I am going to like the Revenge of the Sith. For example: a) it’s done well, using a fraction of the budget. b) the acting is probably better c) the … Continue reading

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The Final Frontier

No, not a reference to Star Trek, but the real thing. NASA reports that Voyager has entered the Final Frontier of our Solar System. I find this amazing.

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