When I heard Molly Smitten-Downes was our sacrificial victim entrant for Eurovision this year, I was hoping for something a bit poppy. Nay, dancey. After all, when she was one half of Stunt our Molly was party to a few bouncy numbers that did okay with the music-buying public, not least the execrable reworking of Encore Une Fois. Show More Summary
In the face of highly productive biological anthropologists, as well as the blog Somatosphere, I think I managed to curate a pretty well-rounded Around the Web Digest for this week. If you have a blog post or article that you would like mentioned next week, shoot it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter. Of course, […]
The workplace is filled with difficult personalities — bullies, know-it-alls, rumor mongers… Our fallback reaction when faced with problem people at work is to either assert ourselves or walk swiftly in the other direction. But there’s a middle ground, a way of communicating that’s more effective, because it’s not rigid or oppositional. It’s about being […]
Dr. Yonatan Sahle now holds the Glenn Isaac Postdoctoral Seat in the Human Evolution Research Center at UC Berkeley. He … Continue reading ?
Giving the familiar a rest this Saturday night, we venture into the far out and experimental. A young friend recommends the following as among the more accessible pieces by Kayo Dot: Whisper Ineffable Calonyction Girl Symmetrical Arizona Here are three...
Since somebody from Medway History Finders seems intent on getting the original post taken down to prevent people reading this account and seeing the evidence for themselves (how's that for transparency?), I've decided to duplicate this post. Show More Summary
The Festival Neue Literatur -- "New Writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S." -- runs today through Sunday in New York, and should be fairly interesting; watch curator Tess Lewis' video welcome and overview here. Only one of the participating author's books is under review at the complete review -- Abbas Khider's The Village Indian.
I was at the oral arguments for the Supreme Court yesterday with a group of students and we were lucky enough to catch someone standing up to protest the Citizens United decision. He was well-dressed, in a suit and a tie. The court artist...Show More Summary
1. “To look an elephant in the face is to gaze upon genius.” 2. Who needs an actual optometrist? 3. The obesity drop among young children is especially baffling. 4. The siege of Sevastopol (John Fahey video). 5. Does pre-K work?
Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has been the prime minister of Turkey for 11 years. On Monday, someone posted on YouTube what purports to be recordings of a series of phone conversations between Erdo?an and his son, discussing how to hide a billion dollars or so in cash: "Ba?çalan Erdo?an'?n Yalanlar?n?n ve Yolsuzluklar?n?n Kayd?"= "Recording of Erdogan's lying and corruption". A […]
Given the current interest in the implications of automated computer analysis of voice recordings, say for example telephone calls, it’s perhaps not surprising that some might have thought about disguising their voice to (try to) avoid recognition and/or obfuscate the content. Show More Summary
Suze Rotolo, who inspired a number of great Dylan songs, died on this date three years ago. Joan Baez, One Too Many Mornings Nanci Griffith, Boots of Spanish Leather Peter, Paul and Mary, Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Ian and...
Informative video: Anglo Saxon Hoard (The Sweetman Hoard) Medway History Finders. This fifty minute video is overlong, and could have benefitted from editing (skip the intro comments (5:02) by a "Christine" about a grave. YouTube, posted...Show More Summary
Against the stunning backdrop of Marojejy National Park, I recently crossed paths with a conservationist from a very different background, working on the opposite side of Madagascar. But, it turns out, the communities we work with face many of the same challenges, and our meeting may have spawned a new population, health, and environment (PHE) […]
In a bruising encounter with an aggressor, signalling "I give up!" via your submissive body language can be a life saver. At least that's the case for our primate cousins, and likely too for our human ancestors. For a new study Philip...Show More Summary