Monthly Archives: February 2009

Playing With Magnets

As a boy, I used to play with magnets – I find them fascinating. In those days, the magnets available to small boys were not very strong. As I’ve grown up, so has the technology. These days it’s possible to … Continue reading

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An Inside Look at the Palestinian West Bank

Google run a series of lectures called Tech Talks. A somewhat misleading title, since the topics are not always related to technology. Here’s a riveting example: Pamela Olson talking about what she observed during her time spent living in the … Continue reading

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Won’t Someone Put “Horizon” Out Of Its Misery?

I know I’ve complained about the dumbing-down of the BBC’s Horizon before, but I keep on trying to watch it in the hope that its decline might be reversed. However, last night’s edition on the body clock seems to have … Continue reading

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Fun With Technology – Part III

Sometimes, what you think is obvious does not always turn out to be the case. So it was when I decided to connect my Tablet PC (an HP Tx2000ed) to my audio amplifier (a Denon AVR-3808). I was driven to … Continue reading

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Paradise Lost

There was an extraordinary documentary on BBC 2 last night: Trouble in Amish Paradise. It followed the story of two Amish brothers, Ephraim and Jesse Stoltzfus, who started questioning the rules of their Amish culture, and as a result ran … Continue reading

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Flushed With Success

You can meet the most interesting people in the most unexpected of places. Here’s Dr. Ben Goldacre, for example…   http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2881597&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Ben Goldacre of Bad Science talks about Sensationalised Science Reporting from Conrad on Vimeo. 

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Fun With Technology – Part II

Last month, I wrote about some of the ways in which consumer technology doesn’t always work as promised. Today I’ll continue with the saga of the SNAFUs I’m encountering in my quest to have a media network in the house. … Continue reading

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The Fall

Almost a year ago, I wrote about a film that I wanted to see: The Fall, a film directed by Tarsem Singh that was originally released back in 2006. It’s now finally been released on Blu-ray, so I invested in … Continue reading

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Wine

BBC Four has started a new series on the wine industry, centred around the venerable firm of Berry Brothers and Rudd. It is clearly going to be absolutely spellbinding, mainly because the contrast between the mystique that is being sold … Continue reading

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A Way With Words

I’ve mentioned the writings of Charlie Brooker before. His jaundiced view of the world strikes a chord with me when I’m in full misanthropic cynic mode. Which is most of the time, these days.   His current article takes a … Continue reading

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Yet More New Age Crap

I know that I’ve often referred to presentations from TED before as being stimulating and illuminating. Well, a lot of them are. But TED being TED, they also have their share of absolute clinkers in there. Here’s Elizabeth Gilbert demonstrating … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Miep!

Miep Gies will celebrate her 100th birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, Miep!

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Fold Along Dotted Line

By way of light relief, and because I’m an old geezer who remembers both the originals and this wonderful parody by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, here’s Superthunderstingcar Is Go!       (hat tip to Raymond Chen)

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The Balancing Act

Yes, I know that I said that I wouldn’t give Wilders the air of publicity, but I do think it’s worthwhile to look at the wider issues around the right to free expression. As I’ve said before, I loathe and … Continue reading

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Upsetting Harmony

Rather than give the air of publicity to Geert Wilders’ circus, I want to draw your attention instead to recent events in Calcutta (or Kolkata, as we are supposed to call it these days). Johann Hari recently wrote what I thought was … Continue reading

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Kurzweil Kookery

And while I’m pointing at the clay feet of people who pretend otherwise, I can’t help saying that when I read PZ Myer’s views on Ray Kurweil’s posturings, I punched the air and said "yes!" I’ve never really understood how … Continue reading

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Nothing Behind The Eyes

Over in Britain, there’s a spat broken out between a journalist (George Monbiot) and a politician (Hazel Blears). The latter, it seems to me, sums up all that is wrong with Nu-Labour politics. As one commenter wrote: "there’s nothing behind … Continue reading

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A Life With Bells On

Morris Dancing has always struck me as being funny, charming and slightly sinister by turns. Now it looks as though there’s a new film to examine all three aspects. I’m not sure what they did to the Cerne Abbas Giant … Continue reading

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Talking Tosh

I see Tony Blair’s been talking tosh again. Frankly, I’m amazed that after what we’ve seen from the man that people continue to give him the time of day. As usual, Ophelia sums up my feelings about the wrongness of … Continue reading

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Hack Your Brain

The Boston Globe has a terrific "how-to" article on five simple ways to fool your brain.   (hat tip to Neurophilosophy for the link)

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