Monthly Archives: March 2008

Art For Art’s Sake

As 10cc once sang: Art for Art’s sake, money for God’s sake…   Alistair mentions, amongst other things, the retrospective of Derek Jarman’s art, and is touched by the passion of the amateur/auteur. I agree, even though I have not seen … Continue reading

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I see that Typographica has chosen their equivalent of the Oscars: their 25 favourite typefaces of 2007.

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James Barry

James Barry was a 19th century surgeon, a legendary duellist and a celebrated social figure. He was also a woman.   This week’s New Scientist has an article that throws new light onto an old mystery. I also highly recommend Patricia … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Animation…

… is apparently 5,200 years old. It’s a goat leaping to eat leaves from a tree.

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It’s the 21st Century. Slavery is alive and well. I despair.

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A Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor relives the time when she had a stroke, and what happened as a result. Powerful stuff. 

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Planet LaLa

Over at Obscene Desserts, the Wife shakes her head at humanity’s foibles and its cockeyed sense of priorities. Spot on.

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Cogito, Ergo Sum

This month’s National Geographic has a, erm, thought-provoking article on the minds of animals. We are not alone.

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Mehdi Kazemi – Update

The news is not good.   Further Update: The UK’s home secretary, Jacqui Smith, is to review the case. I’m hoping that this is the light at the end of the tunnel for Kazemi, and not merely the headlights of … Continue reading

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The Dark Side

Delia Smith has been cooking for 39 years. Her cookery programmes have influenced millions, and caused stampedes on ingredients. Last night, her latest series began on BBC2. But what’s this? She’s using convenience foods; opening packets of frozen mashed potato … Continue reading

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Filling the Gaps

Aphra Behn asks us to mind the gap. I find the topic of cognitive science a fascinating one, even though it often makes my brain hurt.

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Condensed Films

Having mentioned one of my all-time favourite films, 2001: A Space Odyssey, over the weekend, I thought you might be interested in this. It’s 2001 condensed down to five seconds, for the benefit of those with an impaired attention span… … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Death Day

Now here’s an interesting proposition: would you be willing to take a one-way trip to Mars? I agree with Jim Downey, the one true thing is that we will all die, so, if you could advance the sum of human … Continue reading

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Craig Venter’s Modest Goals

Here’s an absolutely fascinating talk given by Craig Venter at last month’s TED conference. This is important work offering great potential.   However, I felt that he ducked one of the implications during the discussion after his presentation. The analogy … Continue reading

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City Life

When I was young, I loved living in cities; the ten years I spent living in London in the 1970s gave me a great buzz. But now, I crave the quiet life. Visiting cities these days makes me feel like … Continue reading

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Blue Brain and Deep Thought

Seed Magazine has an interesting article on the Blue Brain project, which is using supercomputer technology to model the activity of biological brains. So far, the project team has managed to model the activity of a clump of about 10,000 … Continue reading

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Saluting The Flag

I have to admit, Banksy is good.

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Medhi Kazemi

There’s a case currently rumbling through the Dutch legal system, and which is likely to reach the UK.   An Iranian, Medhi Kazemi, currently being held in a Dutch Detention centre in Rotterdam, may be released for extradition to the … Continue reading

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The Atheist’s Creed

PZ Myers responded to a particularly stupid portrayal of an atheist by an artist with something that summed up my attitude to life perfectly. I give you:   The Atheist’s Creed: I believe in time, matter, and energy, which make … Continue reading

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Just The Facts

There was an interesting interview with James Lovelock in last weekend’s Guardian. His message about climate change is: "Enjoy life while you can. Because if you’re lucky, it’s going to be 20 years before it hits the fan".   I rather think … Continue reading

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