Monthly Archives: July 2009

Bang Goes The Theory

That’s the title of the BBC’s new science show. Tomorrow’s World, it ain’t, but I have to admit to liking it more than I thought I would. It’s clearly aimed at a young audience. not an old fogey like me. … Continue reading

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Beware The Spinal Trap

Simon Singh wrote an article on Chiropractic therapy for the Guardian a couple of months back, with the result that the British Chiropractic Association sued for libel in the British courts. In response, the Sense About Science organisation has started … Continue reading

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Photograph of Jesus

Here’s a terrific little film about the impossible requests that the Hulton Photo Archive receives. Jeroen, this one’s for you…   http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2362113&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill in association with the Getty Images Short & Sweet Film Challenge from … Continue reading

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Cheeta Makes The Booker

A couple of weeks back, I mentioned how much I had enjoyed reading James Lever’s cod autobiography Me Cheeta – supposedly the autobiography of the chimp who starred in the Tarzan films. I’m pleased to see, therefore, that Me Cheeta … Continue reading

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Moving In Mysterious Ways

Last week, I ordered a new monitor from Dell. Yesterday, I received an email from Dell telling me that the monitor had been despatched from the warehouse, and was on its way via UPS. The email also gave a link … Continue reading

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The Game Cookbook

Apparently, the appalling Norman Tebbit has written a cookery book. I don’t think I’ll bother buying it – I don’t wish to put even a few coppers in his purse. I suspect John Crace’s digested read of the contents is … Continue reading

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A New Word

I learnt a new word today: Lithopedion. It’s both horrifying and amazing at the same time.

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Pot, Kettle, Black…

A richly ironical story in today’s Guardian about the British Ex-Pats in Spain who are now feeling the crunch: Television shows such as Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun promised adventure, swimming pools and the good life. A collapsing … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan on God

The premature death of Carl Sagan robbed us of a voice worth listening to. However, I recently picked up a copy of one of his books, published from beyond the grave, as it were: The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A … Continue reading

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Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”

I see that the first trailer for Tim Burton’s forthcoming film "Alice in Wonderland" has surfaced. Despite the condescension dripping from many of the comments here, I want to see how Burton reinvents Alice. We’ve had Disney, we’ve had Miller … Continue reading

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False Witness

I see that the philosopher Alain de Botton has now weighed in with his  review of Karen Armstrong’s The Case For God. What I find so exasperating about people such as de Botton and Armstrong is the way they make … Continue reading

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Showing Off

Paul Morley has a terrific multimedia episode online at the moment. The interviews with Goldie and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies are paydirt in themselves. Marvellous.

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What Kind of Humanist Are You?

Another of those online quizzes to pass the time; this one asks the question: What Kind of Humanist Are You?   Taking the quiz reveals that I’m a Hedonistic Humanist, which is probably pretty accurate; I note that the description ends … Continue reading

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Making Physics Fun

Bill Gates purchased the rights to a series of lectures that Richard Feynman gave in 1964 on the topic of physics. Now these are all available on the internet in Project Tuva. Feymann was a brilliant communicator. As Gates says, … Continue reading

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A Simian Tale

If you like reading autobiographies and stories about the Golden Age of Hollywood, then I can thoroughly recommend Me Cheeta, ostensibly the autobiography of the chimpanzee who starred alongside Johnny Weissmuller in the Tarzan fims of the 1930s and 1940s. … Continue reading

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Noooooooo!

That’s it, if this comes to pass, we’ve lost all sense of morality and justice. I hang my head in shame.   To be honest, I had expected better of Glenys Kinnock; but apparently she really did say: Blair is … Continue reading

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Are You Paying Attention?

Danah Boyd, over at Apophenia, blogs about the increasing tendency of audiences at presentations to spend much of the time apparently engaged with their laptops instead of seeming to pay attention to the speaker. While there’s something in what she … Continue reading

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Pale Blue Dot

Here’s a terrific film montage used to illustrate Carl Sagan’s reading a text from his book “Pale Blue Dot”…   I was watching 2001: A Space Odyssey (again!) the other night, and one of the extra features on the DVD … Continue reading

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Without A Leg To Stand On

Here’s an absolutely fascinating video about Robert Vickers, who has Body Identity Integrity Disorder (BIID). Basically, from a very early age he felt that his left leg did not belong to him, and he wanted to have it removed. When he … Continue reading

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Missing The Point

I grant you that Cristina Odone picks up an error in her review of Ophelia Benson’s and Jeremy Stangroom’s book: Does God Hate Women? But then Odone plays the usual trick of "it’s not my God that you’re talking about". … Continue reading

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