Month: January 2007

  • Institute of Measurement and Control

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    http://www.instmc.org.uk/ The Institute of Measurement and Control is located at 87 Gower Street, which is diagonally across from Waterstones and a building that I have walked past almost everyday for the last 18 months. I had never noticed it before. I doubt they’d have me as a member! The Institute of Measurement & Control –…

  • Autism speaking

    I’d urge you watch this video of an autistic woman demonstrating her private language for interacting with the world and then ‘translating it’ into our language. [youtube]JnylM1hI2jc[/youtube] She is very eloquent in both. You can support research into the understanding the causes and helping improve the quality of life for people with autism at Autism…

  • prod

    http://www.peoplesrepublicofdis.co.uk/ evidence that my dancing is no worse than that of my friends.. (that’s why they are my friends) [youtube]u0dp3OvAKJo[/youtube]

  • spiders on drugs

    when spiders are fed drugs they tend to build bizzare webs, the national film board of canada has some informative video footage [gvid]sHzdsFiBbFc[/gvid] the original images can be found here here, for example are the webs on spiders on caffeine http://www.trinity.edu/jdunn/spiderdrugs.htm

  • I, Vampire

    At five o’clock this morning, on the shelves of the Flying Pig hostel I found another book in the Women’s Press Science Fiction series. Just when I thought you couldn’t get any weirder than Woman on the Edge of Time comes I, Vampire – Jody Scott (1984) Sterling O’Blivion, misunderstood vampire from Transylvania, now ace…

  • This is your captain

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    I was fairly early for my flight back from Amsterdam today so I chose to sit in seat 1A. Which meant I got to sit next to a pilot catching a lift back to London. Didn’t really have much to say to him but until he got to pages 10 & 11 of the complimentary…

  • Apocalyptica, Volume 1

    http://en.gnomz.com/14681…a-volume-i.html Superb comic of the day at the english language site of Gnomz.com. (Click post title for direct link)

  • Corporate

    Whilst packing up surfeit of possessions prior to moving back to yuppie-duppie loft appartment in it’s gated community, I watched a few bits of excellent anti-capitalist propaganda. And naturally they are completely free! The Corporation is a multi multi award winning docco about the history of corporations and how they have abused their dubious legal…

  • Divine Interventions

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    http://www.divine-interventions.com/ “What the hell is that?” I hear you cry. That, best beloved, is the Baby Jesus butt plug available from those goodly people at Divine Interventions. Only $31.00 and it glows in the dark. Miraculous. And that’s just the beginning of their depravity. Blessed be. I think you now all know what to get…

  • animal is an energy

    http://www.eurekalert.org…s-wal011007.php Dr. Chris Carbone and colleagues from the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London reason on energy grounds that mammalian top carnivores aren’t likely to be any bigger than a one ton bear. The authors provide a model of carnivore energetics in relation to predator and prey size, and compare the model predictions with…

  • books booked

    on a related note, i think that this year i’m going to be using zotero to keep track of all the books I read. For the last three years, I’ve nerdishly noted when I started and finished each book I read and how long they were. In 2004, i read a healthy and varied 77…

  • metal fatigue

    Call me stupid but I’ve only just discovered that when it comes to naming heavy metal bands, people lack a little imagination. Not least me. In my first nanowrimo in nov 2004, there was a small event at Earl’s Court. The main character was getting shot in front of a capacity crowd. Naturally there needed…

  • the cognitive neuroscience of ghosts

    You may have laughed at my cognitive neuropsychology of zombies. At least I hope you did because that was the main intention of it. But it seems that ghosts and hauntings are taken more seriously by psychologists. But I have just been updating my google calendar of Cognitive Science Talks in London and I found…

  • Irony research..

    1. Eric Schwitzgebel has meticulously collected data to show that books about Ethics get stolen more regularly than other books in the philosophy section. via cog daily 2. Research reported in the New York Times suggests that pessimists die earlier than optimists. The latest in a series of similar findings from Erik Giltay. via Mind…

  • words made of stuff

    Just upgraded to new version of b2evolution blogging software and in the process, I picked up a new toy that lets me put youtube finds on the page. Like this? [youtube]DbIRy5MJJQY[/youtube] Like it?