Monthly Archives: May 2013

You Say Tomayto…

…and I say tomahto… The Beeb has a new series of historical programmes being broadcast under the portmanteau title of Life and Death in the Tudor Court. Last Thursday saw the broadcast of The Last Days of Anne Boleyn, and … Continue reading

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Photo Editor Apps

My needs are fairly simple when it comes to a tool to edit digital photos. I don’t need all the bells and whistles of an Adobe Photoshop, just something that I can use to crop, resize, or adjust the contrast … Continue reading

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Since 2004, May 17 has been marked as the International Day Against Homophobia. The Dutch Government is hosting a three day international conference in The Hague on the subject of homophobia at the moment. Today, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency … Continue reading

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“They Were Not A Family”

I see that my birthplace, the Isle of Man, is still home to some old and ugly prejudice. Kira Izzard and Laura Cull have been refused a tenancy application because they are a lesbian couple. Their landlord, Keith Price, who … Continue reading

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Rewriting 2001

The Dreams of Space blog has an entry that shows a children’s comic produced in 1968 that ties-in to the release that year of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It depicts two children, Debbie and Robin, being taken to see the … Continue reading

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Music In The Cathedral

The ISS is one of science’s cathedrals. Scientists can also be musicians. Space Oddity has always been one of my favourite songs. Commander Chris Hadfield brings it all together. The special effects were all provided by nature. Wonderful.

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Feynman’s Philosophy

A good video that nicely summarises the philosophy of Richard Feynman, narrated by Feynman himself. A key section: “You see, one thing is I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to … Continue reading

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Potential Food

I’ve always had a barrier about eating insects. Sea crustaceans, no problem; but insects in general? Well no, thank you. So cricket broth, or wax moth larvae mousse are not exactly what I’ll be sitting down for. Unfortunately, it’s probably … Continue reading

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Romanticising Pain And Suffering

Giles Fraser has an article in the Guardian, in which he claims “I want to be a burden on my family as I die, and for them to be a burden on me”. Well, bully for him. And a bully … Continue reading

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