Monthly Archives: January 2008


A game. Try it.

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Rijksgadget No Workee…

The Rijksmuseum offers a computer desktop widget that is supposed to display a new picture from the museum’s art collection every day.It’s a brilliant idea, and it’s been delivering a new piece of art to my desktop since last March. … Continue reading

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Is It Real?

Somehow, I don’t think goldfish are this smart. I favour the "pin and magnets under the table" theory myself…       (hat tip to Dangerous Intersection)

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It’s a Test

Only the pure in mind and the truly innocent will be able to look at this and not go: WTF?!

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Is There An Echo In Here?

As I said a couple of days ago, pot, kettle, black.

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Tourist Warning

Welcome to New York. Although, if you’re a family visiting on a shopping trip, then you’d better be careful.

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Tufte on the iPhone

Edward Tufte is a guru who specialises in the presentation of information in a graphical form. Here he is talking about the good and bad design points of the iPhone interface.   (hat tip to Geoff Arnold)

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Set Your Faces To Stunned…

…that’s the quite brilliant opening of Marina Hyde’s Lost in Showbiz piece in The Guardian today. Considering that she’s dealing with events concerning Robbie Williams and David Icke, it seems a fair summing up.

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The Three Little Pigs

Here’s my chance to use that well-worn phrase of the reactionary: "It’s Political Correctness gone mad!" Except that I think that just about sums up the only sane reaction to the news that a story based on the Three Little Pigs … Continue reading

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Pot, Kettle, Black

And just as a footnote to my post about Mr. Cruise’s eloquent demonstration of his self-delusion; Julian Baggini asks: Is Cruise Really So Crazy? Well of course, the answer is no, when you consider that the Vatican has a Chief … Continue reading

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Confounding the Stereotype

Johann Hari has an interesting interview with Nathan Shaked, Mr. International Gay for 2007. He’s not what you might think.   Oh, and after you’ve read that, you should check out his interview wih Peter Tatchell, a secular saint.

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Here’s another short clip of Dr. Brian Cox. Here, he’s trying to explain, desperately, what a wave is to someone else (who I take it is the film director) who simply doesn’t understand what Cox is trying to say. At one … Continue reading

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Arachnophobia and Other Fears

I empathise entirely with Dr. Brian Cox.    

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The Value of Diversity

Philip Ball, over at the Homunculus blog, has a nice post on the value of diversity in human groups. Well worth reading.    Having a team composed of people who have a track record of all taking the same approach … Continue reading

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Gobsmacked by Goskomstandard

The PSD Blog has a bizarre little tale about fire extinguishers in Tajikistan. Kafka would be proud…

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Good News, Bad News

Ballardian has an entry with both good and bad news.   The good: J. G. Ballard has written his autobiography, Miracles of Life, and it will be published next month.   The bad: he has been diagnosed with advanced prostate … Continue reading

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This video of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider conveys something of the excitement and wonder I feel about science and our exploration of the universe around us.       (hat tip to the Bad Astronomer)

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Statistics and Lies

Ben Goldacre, over at the Bad Science blog, makes a book recommendation. It’s Darrell Huff’s 1954 classic: How to Lie with Statistics. He is prompted to do so by some sloppy journalism in The Daily Telegraph. Goldacre uses the techniques outlined in … Continue reading

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The Chess Player

It seems as though the newspapers have been full of stories about the death of Bobby Fischer this week (I count eight in The Guardian alone), and I’m slightly at a loss to understand why. Perhaps it’s the horrendous contrast … Continue reading

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Rants and Raves

I’ve just come across a blog apparently written by a gay Kenyan man. What took me aback somewhat was the entry where he says that commenting on politics was outside of his blog philosophy. Part of me says that I … Continue reading

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