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Aneristic Illusions / No Obama moment for the Labour Party
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:30:29 pm »
So the first runner has pulled out of the fight for the poisoned chalice that is the leadership of the Labour Party. My money says someone had a good dig into Chuka Umunna's dad's death. Who would want to be a politician, eh?

In a recent interview, he said: ĎThere was a lot of speculation in Nigeria. He was a well-known  figure. I donít really want to go  into it, but things in Nigeria donít operate like here.
ĎItís not like youíre going to get an official post mortem or a proper police investigation.í

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Techmology and Scientism / Good news for solar road future
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:32:33 am »
I'm sure someone mentioned this project a while back but I can't find it now. Anyhoo if this report is to be believed then it looks like solar road surfaces may be a winner longterm. And, unintended consequences notwithstanding, that could be a good thing.

Techmology and Scientism / Serious science
« on: May 06, 2015, 10:05:38 am »
I just love this item

After 17 years of fruitlessly searching the galaxy, Australian scientists have discovered the source of mysterious radio signals hitting a telescope.

Techmology and Scientism / Art Tech for Iceland
« on: April 10, 2015, 06:04:15 pm »
Not new tech, not even news really [2011] just a new slant on an old problem - the butt ugliness of electricity pylons. This is a pretty cool solution. Nice one Choi Shine.

Aneristic Illusions / Daily Telegraph: Shock, horror
« on: February 25, 2015, 10:17:32 pm »
Now there is even less reason to take the Torygraph seriously as a newspaper
The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.
I don't much like Oborne's politics but it seems like he is taking quite a principled stand. Yay for principles.

 "Legendary author Maya Angelou dies"

I've got nothing clever to say about this sad news but my world feels poorer for her passing.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Totally NOT Secret Santa
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:12:07 pm »
The real bitch about being a broke, friendless, atheistic Scrooge at Christmas time is when you see the perfect Crimbo gift for someone you don't actually know, and who almost certainly wouldn't be comfortable receiving a gift from you, you are totally buggered. UNLESS you are a Peedee faghag in which case you know just what to do . So here ya go Cain, here's a little something for you

Aneristic Illusions / Trolling like the Tories
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:29:45 pm »
If this is how they deal with a simple thing like replying to an MP's letter then I can't help feeling that they are losing the plot. Ministry of Silly Walks anyone . . .?

MP says letter from No 10 used false name and signature

Principia Discussion / /observation
« on: July 21, 2010, 01:42:49 pm »
I met the Buddha on the road
He was shagging a ladderback chair.
I carefully considered whether I was obliged to kill him
but, on balance, I decided that he was dead in the water anyway.
So I just went on my way -
But I've never looked at chairs in quite the same way . . .

Aneristic Illusions / Hang it all
« on: May 06, 2010, 11:47:30 pm »
Wow - the UK election finally got a bit interesting . . . they are predicting a hungish sort of Parliament with the Tories having the biggest vote but not enough for a clear win. The interesting bit,though, is the hundreds of people queuing in the rain for hours and then being locked out and refused a vote, because they ran out of ballotpapers or somesuch bullshit - and not just in one constituency, currently they are saying its at least 5. The excitement may give me the vapours . . .

Bring and Brag / Think Pieces
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:28:07 pm »

needs a title . . .

Techmology and Scientism / Kids want Nobel Prize for science
« on: March 13, 2010, 12:03:47 pm »
Unfortunately many of them seem woefully underqualified . . .

One in 10 children thinks the Queen invented the telephone, a survey of children's science knowledge suggests.

Others gave credit for the invention to Charles Darwin and Noel Edmonds.

One in 20 of the 1,000 pupils polled thought Star Wars character Luke Skywalker or Richard Branson had been the first to set foot on the Moon.

Some 60% of nine- and 10-year-olds thought Sir Isaac Newton discovered fire, the survey for science campaign Birmingham Science City found.

Despite these misconceptions, more children want to win a Nobel prize for science than the X Factor.


In fact, nearly 70% of nine and 10-year-olds would like to be famous for winning a Nobel Prize in science, yet this drops to only 33% among 11 to 15-year-olds.

I will never see Newtonian physics in the same way again - or the Queen, come to think of it . . .

Aneristic Illusions / Hypocrisy is the new black
« on: March 09, 2010, 12:53:43 am »
Or should that be - hypocrisy is the new black pink

Techmology and Scientism / Physicist seeks God, send info to . . .
« on: March 07, 2010, 11:56:07 am »

Vlatko Vedral: "I'd like to explain the origin of God"

Quantum physicist Vlatko Vedral thinks he has found what the universe is made of: information.

My partner just linked me this piece with the comment, "its a bit simplistic" . . .

I love that when I watched the interview he describes himself as a physicist, therefore a simpleton. I also love any scientist who takes a wrecking bar to the whole idea of binary opposites. [as an anthropologist I didn't actually cheer when I heard that Claude Levi-Strauss had died but I am filled with anticipation for the destruction testing of his ideas about binaries; The Raw and the Cooked anyone?] No I am not an intellectual Luddite some of my most delicate work has been done with a wrecking bar, they are also good for finding cracks and gently prying til you let the light in. 

also - The first 10 mins or so of the video will feel quite homely to the locals round here

tl;dr version;- the universe is made of information and just needs a bit of uncertainty to power it . . .

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