Monthly Archives: August 2005

Getting Closer – Part 2

I wrote last week about the fact that the avian flu virus is getting close to Europe.   On a parallel track, the Intelligent Design meme (a "virus of the mind") has been spotted in the UK. It’s a piece … Continue reading

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Reading about the expected effects of hurricane Katrina on New Orleans is a sobering experience. It’s not just the 160mph winds, of course, it’s the fact that New Orleans lies two metres below sea level, and if the sea defenses … Continue reading

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Following on from World Wind, another stunning piece of free software is Celestia – planetarium software that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions. It’s available for Windows, Mac OS and LInux. Warp Factor 9, Mr. Scott!   (hat tip … Continue reading

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…I think I’ve fallen asleep and had an epiphany. Why? What’s happened?   Well, first it was the item on BBC News tonight about "Predator Awareness Training" for Great Bustards. I’m sorry, I noticed your capitalisation as an attempt to … Continue reading

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Song Dedication…

Salam Pax stirs the pot of cultural references magnificently… Play it, baby!

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Deepak – Stop Digging!

I seem to recall that I used a similar tagline for Professor Rubenstein a couple of months back when he followed up one load of codswallop with an even bigger load.   Now Deepak Chopra has done the same. Apparently … Continue reading

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Got It In One…

…And over in the department of the bleeding obvious, I am wiping off the coffee from my keyboard thanks to this.   (hat tip to Skeptico)

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The Love of Books

WhipPoorWill posts an entry that encapsulates perfectly the impact that books have on people – it brought tears to my eyes. I know how Declan feels. Books are multidimensional beings, and we destroy those that have the deeper roots into our … Continue reading

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The End of an Era

Since I retired from the IT organisation in Shell just over a year ago, a number of my colleagues have followed suit. Last night I attended the farewell celebrations (a reception and then later a dinner) of one who was … Continue reading

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The West Wind

Phila, over at the Bouphonia blog, writes a brilliant post musing on the connections between bird flu and Dickens’ Bleak House. I’ve never actually read Bleak House, but this post has made me want to.

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So, You Want a Dog?

We’re starting to think seriously about moving East. Not all that far – still within the Netherlands – but near to the Dutch/German border in Gelderland. As part of the deal, Martin has let it be known that if we … Continue reading

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PZ Myers delivers a surgical flensing of some twaddle spouted by Deepak Chopra. When one is faced with such monumental stupidity such as this asinine crap from Chopra (e.g. the oxygen atom is intelligent) it is difficult to restrain oneself … Continue reading

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Not All Doom and Gloom

I commented earlier this week on the story in The Guardian about the witch hunts for gays and lesbians in the British Armed Forces. I see that my friend Ed has got a letter about it in The Guardian today. … Continue reading

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A New Type of Library

The library in Almelo will be lending more than books as from next month. You’ll be able to borrow a person – such as a gay man or a Muslim woman – for an hour – to ask him or her … Continue reading

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Reading Faces

Fasty Twister over at the I Blame The Patriarchy blog reminds me about the psychology tests on the BBC’s Science and the Body web site, and in particular the Spot the Fake Smile. The last time I tried the test, … Continue reading

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BT’s Innovation Timeline

BT (British Telecom) has published its 2005 predictions about innovations and when they are likely to happen. Check out the interactive version, or read the full list. It would have been good to have BT also publish some of the … Continue reading

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A New Tourist Destination

Apparently, Saudia Arabia has hit upon a whizzo scheme to boost tourism to the Kingdom. I doubt very much whether I will take them up on their kind offer. The reasons why not are pretty well laid out in this … Continue reading

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The Weapon of Language

The metadata of language fascinates me. The way in which the choice of particular words and phrases reinforces particular ideas or modes of thought. I suspect that my fascination for it was shaped by the experience of growing up gay … Continue reading

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Robert Moog

Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesiser, died yesterday. He was 71.   The synthesiser was an instrument that fascinated me – to the point where I built one for myself. Bob’s invention has had a massive impact on … Continue reading

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Help Save the Post Office

A heartfelt cry that pulls at my heartstrings, even if Mr. Crozier’s heart is made of stone.

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