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About caspar

Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs

Illusory perception?

Perception and Illusion, Historical Perspectives (2006) by Nicholas Wade and published by Springer is a remarkable book. It manages to spend around 250 pages talking about, (you’ve guessed it) perception and illusion, but without  (would you believe) a single illustration.  

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Deja vu.. tous

A barely believable story about a slightly deranged American intelligence worker who goes AWOL knowing everything? Haplessly pursued by the NSA & GCHQ? I’ll clearly never work in intelligence because it has taken me until now to rememeber that I … Continue reading

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Spoiler alert

I use this same joke in my novel. via

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Can’t see a Coelacanth? Me neither

These designs just popped into my head. Will someone please make them for me? Sadly, it turns out that these beasts aren’t just ellusive, they are now also really endangered 🙁

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A physicist’s take on the meaning of life

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist and a science communicator. He’s a cosmologist with a particular interest in understanding what time is. He is also a vocal atheist who spends a fair bit of his own time arguing with philosophers … Continue reading

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Carlton Mansions Eviction

Lambeth council are acting very unreasonably towards my neighbours in Carlton Mansions. Brixton Buzz have the story here. I’ve written to the Coldharbour Ward councillors. Dear Councillors Anyanwu, Heywood & Parr, I am writing to express my concern and disappointment … Continue reading

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Help Yourself

I wrote a novel. Help Yourself – Help Yourself (Kindle) –

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Slow burner

Around 25 years after first attempting it, I have finally learned how to smoke. There’s hope for us all.

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Poorest hit hardest as Rio prepares to profit from World Cup and Olympics

A couple of independent filmmakers have released this partially completed documentary charting the corruption connected with Rio’s megasports preparations. Favelas are being cleared by very underhand means with the police and militia illegally forcing people out of their homes so … Continue reading

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  .. But SECRETLY I’m hoping they get hit by a car. PostSecret: Sunday Secrets.

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From Disney Imagineer to killing thousands of mice with cancer

It seems unlikely that supergenius Danny Hillis was unhappy with his time as a Disney ‘Imagineer’ . Where, according to this week’s Nature, he got to do very cool things like design themepark rides. But I wonder what Mickey thinks about … Continue reading

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Language learning tools and tips

Here are few tips, tricks and useful sites that I am finding helpful in learning Brazilian Portuguese. I’d be interested in hearing your suggestion too. 1. Self paced learning a.Don’t if any one saw this article in the Guardian today … Continue reading

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What molecule is this?

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Geometry as art and maths

Spherebending with Bill Thurston (RIP) via Cosmic Variance Paper Engineering with Matthew Shlian via Colossal

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