Month: September 2006

  • Cognitive Science Seminars in London 2006-7

    http://www.cbcd.bbk.ac.uk…onseminars.html I’ve put together a google calendar of forthcoming pychology and cognitive science seminars in central London. Share and enjoy! (And let me know of any errors or omissions)

  • tuna with cherry tomato salsa

    2 tuna steaks 250g cherry tomatoes 1 red/orange/yellow pepper 1 smallish onion 1 lime 1-2 red chillies 4-6 cloves of garlic olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper N.B. this is very easy main trick step is to marinade the tuna in balsamic, olive oil and black pepper before you begin (ought to have…

  • killer hippo bollocks

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    ..hippos are extemely dangerous animals in the wild. In an average year in Africa, hippos kill a far larger number of humans than any other mammal, except other humans. Hippos are short-tempered, huge animals that spend most of their days beneath the surface of shallow waters. When boats or swimmers pass overhead or near-by, they…

  • Similar and dissimilar others

    We just had our weekly journal club discussing: Mitchell, J.P., Macrae, C.N., & Banaji, M.R. (2006) Dissociable Medial Prefrontal Contributions to Judgments of Similar and Dissimilar Others, Neuron 50, 655-663 It’s a moderately neat scanning study that purports to show different neural mechanisms for making judgments about those who are similar to us compared to…

  • sweaty eyelids

    ascending the escalators at TCR earlier this evening, I glimpsed a man descending with sweaty eyelids.. ewww.. Mercifully, he was passed before I got too grossed out. but not before I was able to discern that other than his oddly glistening eyelids, he was not excessively sweaty elsewhere. Needless to say this intrigued me. This…

  • warning: error bork 323/12u Flughafen

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    please, ignore the glitches occurring as i upgrade to a new version of b2evolution

  • Unfortunate imagery

    (Okay, so maybe I added the scythe.)

  • Thirty years of restaurants

    Last night I went the the Jazz club in the basement of Pizza Express at 10 Dean St. I was surprised. I’d always known there was a jazz club there but I had always imagined that the jazz was something of an after-thought; a cynical marketing wheeze mainly aimed at increasing the sale of pizzas.…

  • What on earth are you doing?

    “Caspar, what on earth are you doing?” Goodness knows I’ve heard that phrase often enough. Well finally I have an answer of kinds: http://www.cbcd.bbk.ac.uk/people/caspar

  • The True Believer

    The true believer can believe in a political system, in a religious doctrine, or in some social movement that combines elements of the two, but the true believer cannot truly believe in life. A true believer may worship Jehovah, Allah, or Brahma, the supernatural beings who allegedly created all life; a true believer may slavishly…

  • The Humble Bee

    http://www.boingboing.net…moment_of_.html A well-trained honey bee scientist wouldn’t spell the name “honeybee”, even though you’ll find it mistakenly spelled this way in a number of dictionaries (as well as on the MS spell checker), and even in Wikipedia. The biological convention is that the name of an insect is separated into two words when the insect…

  • Hippoes in the dining room

    http://jalopyjunktown.com…service_14.html Click on the link above to get to Mr. Jalopy’s wise comments on a collector’s eccentric and elaborate scheme to obtain a 144 piece hippo themed dinner service. In 2003, [Richard Baron Cohen] met a ceramics scholar for lunch and they wound up talking about Royal Copenhagen’s 1880s dinner patterns, and how they often…

  • marvels and mysteries

    ‘The world of the living contains enough marvels and mysteries as it is – marvels and mysteries acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state. No, I am too firm in my consciousness of the marvellous to be ever fascinated…

  • Poplar genes are populous..

    http://www.eurekalert.org…i-pdc091306.php “an international consortium, which includes researchers from the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB ) at Ghent University, has succeeded in unraveling the first tree genome − that of the poplar. Moreover, their research indicates that the poplar has about 45,000 genes.” via EurekAlert Just to remind you, the current best estimate is that…