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No one likes us, we don't care

At the parade celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory today, Eagles center Jason Kelce (decked out in a Mummer suit) led the crowd in a rousing chant that fit the team's underdog mentality: No one likes us, no one likes us, No one likes us, we don't care We're from Philly, fucking Philly No […]

"If I don't get into it not wanting to win…"

During today's episode of "Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Gang" on WIP sports talk radio, there was an interview with Doug Pederson, the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. One exchange caught my linguistic (as opposed to sports fan) attention: Your browser does not support the audio element.   Angelo Cataldi: Doug, did you ever think […]

Poetic dynamism

Well, the dynamic range of the amplitude of syllables in poetry readings, anyhow: What IS that? In the course of a discussion of other matters, Charles Bernstein asked about measuring and visualizing a poetry reader's variation in amplitude. As I understand it, he has the intuition that some readers are relatively uniform in their presentation, […]

LISTEN: Johnson Space Center Radio --"NASA's Search for the Origins of Life in the Universe"

I have built a research lab where we look for organic molecules that we find in meteorites, says Aaron Burton. a planetary scientist NASA's Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center, who seeks to understand...        

Ep. 472: Best Modern Sci Fi for the Science Lover - Part 4: Bioscience

What happens when the future meets biology? Bioscience science fiction, of course. And that's our focus today as we continue our journey though science-based science fiction.

Saturday assorted links

1. Walden has been adapted into a video game. 2. Fights about maps. 3. Anti-semitism in Sweden (NYT). 4. Traits that are most similar between spouses. 5. Luigi Zingales is running a new podcast, this one with Kate Waldock. 6. Does a single social science variable explain everything? (speculative) The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Episode 10: How To Stop Procrastinating

This is episode 10 of the PsychCrunch podcast: we find out about strategies for avoiding procrastination.

"Artist=President Barack Obama"

Alex Jones, contact LLOG immediately! Never mind Pizzagate, never mind Sandy Hook, never mind the FEMA concentration camps, never mind the fake moon landings. This morning I stumbled on evidence, lying around in plain sight, for a systematic program of deception so huge — and yet so improbable — that even InfoWars listeners will find […]

NASA RADIO --Three Cassini Scientists Tell Us What They Learned from the Epic Mission (LISTEN Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

Listen to a podcast conversation with three members of the original Cassini science team in a special episode in honor of the Cassini mission, which came to its dramatic close on September 15: Jeff Cuzzi, the mission’s interdisciplinary scientist for...        

Moving housemartins – Delichon urbica

Swifts, swallows, and housemartins (Delichon urbica) never seem to stop their flight once they arrive at our shores in the spring. Today, there was a whole flock of housemartins gathering on overhead wires in Aldreth, Cambridgeshire, to preen and perhaps make their plans for the long and perillous return journey to sub-Saharan Africa. Show More Summary

Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella

Often the way, you’re looking for one bird, when you hear and then spot another. Happens a lot with the yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella). Today, I was walking a short distance along the Aldreth Causeway and could hear avian jostling...Show More Summary

Classic Chords #23 Rush Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is perhaps the best known Rush song. It was the Canadian power trio’s breakthrough hit in terms of sales and popular appeal and was the opener on their 1981 album Moving Pictures. I remember listening to it on vinyl the day it came out and wondering how on earth I was going to … Continue reading "Classic Chords #23 Rush Tom Sawyer"

Classic Chord #22 Elbow Bones

Elbow are a magnificent band, their proto-musical roots perhaps lie in singer Guy Garvey’s admiration of Genesis-era Peter Gabriel although the early elbow song Newborn was, he told interviewers, modelled on a song from “A Trick of the Tail”, namely Ripples, which was post-Gabriel Genesis. Show More Summary

The turring, purring turtle dove

I should perhaps have saved this bird for the Christmas edition given its pride of place in the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” the familiar gift accumulation song of 1780, thought to be French in origin that has the generous benefactor...Show More Summary

Two cuckoos flew over no nest

Early evening walk (31st May 2017, farmland south of Rampton, Cambridge, relatively close to the Guided Busway), hoping to catch sight of our local fen edge barn owl (Tyto alba), but could hear a cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) in a field beyond a hedgerow…call seemed to be getting closer…at which point two males flew over our … Continue reading "Two cuckoos flew over no nest"

Classic Chord #20 – Brown Sugar

For the 20th rock Classic Chord in the series, I thought I’d go for Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones. Now, as you guitarists will mostly likely know, “Keef” (as in Keith Richards) does not play in standard EADGBE tuning, he (usually) plays in open G tuning, (D)GBDGD. The parentheses around his bottom string, because … Continue reading "Classic Chord #20 – Brown Sugar"

Close to the sedge (warbler)

We often take a walk through RSPB North Warren, the bird and nature reserve immediately north of the Suffolk town of Aldeburgh. There is a fresh water marsh there with quite an array of little egrets, duck, geese and on a recent visit a pair of spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia). Heading from the hide nearest Maggi … Continue reading "Close to the sedge (warbler)"

Defining the sound of summer

Squealing swifts, the double vocalisations of the song thrush, the romantic ruminations of the robin, the chiff-chaff of the chiffchaff, the yaffling of the green woodpecker, the startled stutterings of the starlings, the warblings of the warblers, the cuckolding cuckoo. Show More Summary

Prelude to Chemistry: Images from the Alchemy Collection

In order to write four influential books on the history of chemistry, St Andrews’ Professor John Read (1884-1963) assembled a remarkable collection of primary sources. Read, a brilliant organic chemist […]

Classic Chords #17 – Yes, Würm turns

The classic Yes track Starship Trooper (from 1971’s The Yes Album) comes in several parts just as any good prog rock and/or classical music should. Parts i-iii  are “Life Seeker,” “Disillusion” and “Würm.” It is that latter section that is the focus of my latest Classic Chord on Show More Summary

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