Monthly Archives: January 2010


Martin (the editor of the Lay Scientist) has a rant about the iPad. I thought that first photo was almost worthy of Marcel Duchamp.

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If A Building Could Dream…

Interesting art installation… 555 KUBIK | facade projection | from urbanscreen on Vimeo.  Hat tip to Rationally Speaking.

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Art and Life

Years ago, I sat in the cinema watching Hollywood’s take on Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. One of the bits that stuck in my mind was the crystal cave sequence. Impressive though it was to my … Continue reading

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The Problem of Theodicy

I see that, in the wake of the Haitian earthquake, the Rev. Giles Fraser has used the event to ponder on the problem of theodicy. And it is true that I find it astonishing that many of the survivors thanked … Continue reading

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The Wilders Trial

The trial of Geert Wilders began yesterday. Personally, I can’t stand the man, and loathe his opinions, but I am far from convinced that this trial is necessarily a good idea. Russell Blackford also has his reservations. Wilders is clearly … Continue reading

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Licentiousness Is To Blame…

As far as I’m concerned, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has previous form. That is to say, she has been known to write kack before. Here’s her latest. Russell Blackford flenses it very efficiently. Nothing more needs to be said.

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Farewell, Miep

Miep Gies has died.

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Subtle, It’s Not…

A friend recently went to see Avatar in 3D at an IMAX cinema, and reported that it was “quite flabbergastingly impressive”, and “if this is the future technology of film-making, then I like it”. The nearest IMAX cinema to me … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude Lives!

The opening days of 2010 have brought an outbreak of schadenfreude, centred around Northern Ireland. Yes, it’s the Iris Robinson affair – quite literally so, as the object of her affections, 19 year-old Kirk McCambley, has attested. My friends from … Continue reading

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The Uniqueness of Humans

Here’s another terrific presentation from the incomparable Robert Sapolsky, this time giving an address to a graduating class of students. Well worth watching.

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Still Life

There’s a terrific article, and moving interview, about the historian Tony Judt in today’s Guardian. Go and read the article and, in particular, watch the interview. Sometimes I think we take for granted the amazing state of simply being in good … Continue reading

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The Unbroken Thread

Another wonderful mashup in the Symphony of Science series; this time with Carl Sagan, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall…    

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Mirror, Mirror…

A short, but sweet, presentation by VS Ramachandran on the role that mirror neurons play in our consciousness. I’m not entirely convinced, though, by his claim that mirror neurons were responsible for the ‘big bang’ in human consciousness and culture … Continue reading

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Around these parts, the Dutch traditionally celebrate New Year’s Eve with the traditional practice of carbideschieten – carbide shooting. It involves getting a milkchurn with a small hole in the base. Pop some calcium carbide into water for a moment, … Continue reading

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And Again…

My word, the recent attempted attack on Kurt Westergaard does seem to be generating some pretty unpleasant comment. Following hot on the heels of the "analysis" on the BBC’s web site comes a piece penned by Nancy Graham Holm in … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again…

This idiocy passes for analysis on the BBC News website in 2010: "Some independent religious scholars argue the cartoonists were wrong to offend Muslims and say the drawings made dialogue impossible". Bollocks.   Ophelia spells out the reality: Notice the … Continue reading

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What If…

Sorry that I’m coming late to this, but here’s a terrific mashup of Doctor Who and 2001: A Space Odyssey…         (hat tip to Nicholas Whyte)

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Thrown to the Lions

I’ve only just caught up with Danah Boyd’s description of her experience when presenting at the Web2.0 Expo event. It was clearly very distressing for her, and understandably so. It would seem that the use of Twitter provided a backchannel … Continue reading

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The End of Time

So today I watched the second part of The End of Time, the Doctor Who story in which David Tennant bows out of playing the tenth Doctor, and Russell T. Davies bows out of being the main scriptwriter.   I … Continue reading

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