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Battle Out Run for the Sega Master System

What would you do if you owned a Ferrari F40? Taking this most coveted of 1980s supercars and using it to smash bad guys off the road is one possibility few would have considered, but that's the premise of this 1989 release for the Sega Master System. Show More Summary

Sad news: John Hoyland, father of “nominative determinism”, is gone

Very sad news. John Hoyland, my good friend and longtime collaborator, has died. John created “Feedback“, the best column in New Scientist, my favorite magazine (favorite other than Annals of Improbable Research, of course). As a happy subscriber to New Scientist, I knew and loved John’s work, long before I met him. We began corresponding […]

Foot and Fry on the Igs

Greg Foot and Hannah Fry, the “Head Squeeze” team from BBC Future, look at a few things that have won Ig Nobel Prizes. They then suggest several other studies that might merit future honors.  Their suggestions for non-winning papers are all things that either did win a prize or are follow-ups to things that won […]

Gay Marriage: Can the government avoid taking sides?

This discussion assumes a background knowledge of Jeff Jordan's essay " Homosexuality and Discrimination," summarized here. (Jordan was my office mate at the Center for Philosophy of Religion in 1989-90). • Same-Sex Marriage: Some Further...Show More Summary

A proof that glug-glug-glug the number 17

Peter Sheridan Dodds demonstrates, in this quick video, how to present something that seems like it sounds like a mathematical proof. The narrator teaches a course called “Principles of Complex Systems“, at the University of Vermont. The video is something of a randomistical bonus feature of the course:

Spike activity 14-11-2014

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Chronicle of Higher Education has an excellent piece arguing for more focus on developing good theories of the brain amid the cascade of cash for neuroscience methods. Moving Beyond Left Brain, Right Brain, Neuroskeptic goes in-depth with Michael Corballis. More neuronerd goodness from […]

A Dozen Ways to Make a Mummy

Tomorrow's lecture in bioarchaeology has twelve case studies of mummies from around the world. Inspired by that (and by my constant foot-dragging when it comes time to write lectures), I give you A Dozen Ways to Make a Mummy, to the tune of Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. Show More Summary

Woody Allen, Meet Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

To repeat some of what I wrote yesterday, According to Woody Allen, we all know that human existence is meaningless and that it ends, utterly and meaninglessly, with death. We all know this, he thinks, but we hide the horrible...

Slick Invention May Be Key to Stuck Ketchup, Toothpaste

Hate when you can't get the last of the toothpaste from the tube? Or when your plane is delayed so it can be deiced? Those days may soon be over thanks to what is essentially surfaces coated with liquid. Researchers at both Harvard and MIT have taken advantage of the...

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in Celestia

3 months agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

Comet 67P//Churyumov–Gerasimenko and the Rosetta orbiter rendered in Celestia.As usual, I have been trying to make a Celestia file for comet 67P.And failing miserably. I tried to convert the ESA public shape model to celestia 3Ds format and failed miserably. Show More Summary

6 Eye-Opening Ways to Get to Know Yourself

When you know yourself on a deeper level, you can create a life that is meaningful and joyous for you, according to psychotherapist Joyce Marter, LCPC. Art therapist Lisa Mitchell, MFT, calls this deeper level our “essence.” This is you at your center or core. Knowing yourself also helps you distinguish your issues from someone […]

Tomorrow we Land on a Comet

3 months agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

Small bodies landed (or about to be landed on) by spacecraft. Asteroid Itokawa size 540m x 270m x 210m (image Credit JAXA) Comet 67P size 4.1×4.5 Km (image credit ESA) Asteroid Eros size 34.4×11.2×11.2 Km (image credit JPL/NASA) Tomorrow...Show More Summary

George Edwards and the Need to Change the Laws on Antiquities

Ethnographer George Richards talking to Ms Boyko makes a good case for international legal change concerning antiquities: "Tightening up the legislation""The international legal framework needs to be strengthened" "Improving the legal...Show More Summary

The Story of Place

The Story of Place is a short film about the unprotected territory of the Greater Canyonlands. This film follows Craig … Continue reading ?

Short Items

On Monday there will be symposia at Stanford featuring the Breakthrough Prize winners, with streaming video available. For the morning program, with dignitaries and such, see here. The Mathematics symposium will run 11-5, the program is here, streaming video here. … Continue reading ?

Speed dating to save minority languages

There’s a art collective in Belarus that is offering speed dating evenings on the condition that all participants speak Belarussian, that minority language in its own country and one not much loved by the authorities. This news footage...Show More Summary

Singlish: The Singaporean English creole [video interview]

For the next few days, I’m in Singapore to host a language lab to train people to speak their target language on day one, and to sign copies of my book. I’m also using this visit to a country that speaks English as an official language, to investigate its other unique linguistic opportunities. In this […]

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