Month: October 2006

  • 10/500 = 50,000 ???

    I climbed into bed last night without the slightest clue what this year’s Nano would be about. But thanks to some sleeping tablets that has all changed. Previous years inspiration has come from a combination of a germ of an idea with a little chemical assistance. In 2004 the psycho-active ingredient was psilocybin. In 2005…

  • nanowrimo 2006

    For the uninitiated, it is a internet thing where one aims to write a 50,000 word novel from beginning to end all in a month. The aim is not craft a masterpiece but on the contrary to trade in all your pretensions and self-censorship in exchange for a fast and furious adventure into the unexpected.…

  • the very witching time

    ‘T is now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood, And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on.. Hamlet, III,ii LADY MACBETH The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of…

  • foul and most unnatural murther

    Hamlet, Act 1, Scene V. Elsinore. The Castle. Another part of the fortifications. Enter Ghost and Hamlet. Ham. Whither wilt thou lead me? Speak! I’ll go no further. Ghost. Mark me. Ham. I will. Ghost. My hour is almost come, When I to sulph’rous and tormenting flames Must render up myself. Ham. Alas, poor ghost!…

  • 500 Introverts

    I am leading a discussion group for some of our new first years. One class a week the have a seminar on a general psychological topic of their choice and I am there to ‘facilitate’ their discussion. It’s a delicate balance between admitting my ignorance or lecturing dogmatically on diverse topics well outside my (cough…

  • I’m feeling accepted.

    Two acceptances in the space of three hours. First I heard that The Deliquent will be including my helpful advice on avoiding Zombies in their first issue. The best bit is there’s a launch party! Then, a few short hours later I got another email confirming that my poster has been included in the SRCD…

  • The Volcano Rabbit

    “The volcano rabbit, which is endemic to the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt surrounding Mexico City, is one of the world’s smallest and most unusual rabbits. It has small, round ears and, unlike other rabbits, makes high-pitched penetrating sounds. The rabbit lives on the slopes of the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl Volcanoes and in 16 small fragments of…

  • Tease

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    I have always been a bully. I ain’t particularly pleased about it. Not now I’m all grown up and trying to believe my own story of myself as an all-round wonderful guy. We all do that, conceding a few of lesser weaknesses to make our self-image more believable but most often ignoring the biggest flaws…

  • two left then right down the number line to nine

    I like it when simple almost silly experiments links two areas to give unexpected results. This is one that you can even try yourself (though I think it works best if you are under 10 years old). Line bisection is a task which is usually used to in neuropsychological testing of unilateral neglect. A surprisingly…

  • Outlook for some Londons

    To put the fanastically varied weather we’ve been having into perspective, here’s the weather in some Londons this week. London, Nigeria wins for the electrical storms, with London, Burma a close second, whilst London, Russia looks to be in for a sharp cold snap. It isn’t shown here but London, Arizona is having yet another…

  • Theory in practice

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. – Manfred Eigen, Nobel laureate in chemisty, 1967