April 19, 2011
My name is sisyphus
Four hours to record a ten minute presentation, I know how sisyphus felt. Cartoon courtesy of Gaping Void I’ve neglected […]
November 16, 2010
The muse calls
An all too brief conversation with Tom Stewart this morning (he was the opening keynote at KM World here in […]
May 20, 2010
Why would anyone live here?
Entering the smog of Los Angeles
May 15, 2010
Fruitbats, fellatio & freedom
I had been planning to post my frustrations at yesterdays travel schedule and may still do so tomorrow. Suffice it […]
July 6, 2009
Call this science?
Another silly survey to test your stress levels and coping mechanisms, from the BBC of all people not the Sun. […]
June 2, 2009
Tolkein had a gerbil called Gollum
The New Statesman has been running a weekly competition for intelligent quips of various types for as long as I […]
May 2, 2009
Putting piglet down
So I come back from the US and I hit my normal problem at this time of the year with […]
April 13, 2009
Thinking of ants ….
If you don’t like ants, do not follow this link. On the other hand, you would be missing some fascinating […]
April 6, 2009
Liposuction for the mind?
I don’t know about you but I think this is probably a step too far (Brain researchers open door to […]
February 20, 2009
Big fish eat little fish and so on
This sequence of photos is hysterical, and a hat top to Warwick Holder for sending me a copy. Its the […]
January 13, 2009
Hell explained by a Chemistry Student
The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. Hat top to Annabelle Mark who […]
January 4, 2009
Disturbing
I found this list of beliefs pretty scary, and spotted at least three major contradictions (well three things that are […]
January 4, 2009
No serious study of whether the earth is flat since 1493
A rather delightful satire on the way in which the proponents of pseudo-science claim scientific objectivity. The context here by […]
December 28, 2008
Black humour
Very very clever. Hat tip to Doc Searls
December 27, 2008
Swarm
OK now this is scary. Hat tip to Sentient Developments.
December 26, 2008
General theory of papal rugby
I got back from the Blues Boxing day defeat of the Dragons at around 1800 today. It was a good […]
December 23, 2008
Pretty colours
I had been meaning to write on Spiral Dynamics for some time, but this does it much better. The reply […]
November 22, 2008
Saturday morning silliness
I’ve always refused to fill out Myer-Briggs tests sharing the view of the Skeptic’s Dictionary that the descriptions of the […]
October 25, 2008
The influence of SciFi
Every time I flip open my Nokia it feels like I should say Beam me up Scotty, so its nice […]
October 13, 2008
Mutton dressed as lamb
You sweat blood for years to get a new idea/concept such as complex adaptive systems established. Then it becomes popular […]
October 9, 2008
The world we live in
On a day where the UK seized the assets of Icelandic banks, shares continue to fall, and inflation in Zimbabwe […]
September 28, 2008
One wonders why?
I have always wondered why academics involved in counter-terrorism publish papers describing how (to take one example) they calculate interconnectivity […]
September 4, 2008
Redcoat, greencoat
Another example of how we don’t see the whole picture. Similar message here to the basket ball video. Thanks to […]
August 19, 2008
Spectral Wolves
This appealed to me for reasons too many to explain (maybe guilty memories of throwing axes at dwarves when computer […]
August 2, 2008
Porn & social constructivism
An interesting oddity; why is it that spammers are targeting my first attack on social constructivism? A quick analysis shows […]
August 1, 2008
dark and small in stature
You know how it is, you go into the Dentist on Wednesday morning and in consequence take delivery of the […]
June 8, 2008
Sorry David I don’t read anything apart from stories…
I frequently rail against the over structured, over measured, over managed approaches to dealing with people and organisations. Most recently […]
June 4, 2008
The Trolley paradox
Now I remember why I loved being young naive and reading philosophy (not to mention smoking a pipe) back in […]
May 30, 2008
Blogging on the couch
A tweet from John Tropea altered me to this article in Scientific American on the therapeutic value of blogging. I’m […]
February 20, 2008
Would you sue in these circumstances?
Debenture holders at the Millennium Stadium were given an offer recently of a place in a hospitality suite for the […]
February 13, 2008
Matrix mystified
From the same people who brought you aliens mining us for trans-atomic gold and the green feathered serpent god of […]
January 4, 2008
Buy your “Atheist Minty Fresh T-Shirt” here
You don’t defeat primitive superstitions such as creationism, by creating your own counter religion. It rather defeats the point. This […]
December 30, 2007
I’ll kill the rabbit
All good Wagnerians should watch this, but you probably have to be a Wagnerian to appreciate it fully! Thanks to […]
December 6, 2007
Bubbles, toil & strife
Thanks to Ian McNairn (one of the good guys in IBM), via my superwall on Facebook for this excellent clip […]
November 19, 2007
Clockwork Beetles
A wonderful example of human inventiveness here from Neurophilosopher.
November 1, 2007
Mowing down pedestrians
Grandad continues to delight with this delightful take on mowing down pedestrians and cyclists following by some pungent views on […]
October 25, 2007
Bring on the Philosopher Kings
I was always attracted to the ideas of Plato’s Republic but realised that such feelings might have been considered elitist. […]
October 15, 2007
Critical advice for visitors to Ireland
Over thirty years ago I lived off and on in the Rathmines area of Dublin for a couple of years. […]
October 15, 2007
Expecting the unexpected
Never kick a man when he is down, takes on a whole new meaning when you view the clip below. […]
October 7, 2007
The Invisible Water Trick
Thanks to Retrospectacle for this neat pair of clips. Another of those science blogs by the way that demonstrate the […]
September 28, 2007
Science Tattoo Friday
If asked about the value of social computing I often point to the various science blogs that exist. For a […]
September 4, 2007
Change Blindness
OK, waltz over to Cognitive Daily and take this test (I failed completely and still can’t see one change)
September 2, 2007
Lunatics, snakes and witch burning
This is a follow up to my reporting that the Rev.Tim Jones had banned Yoga classes on the grounds that […]
August 31, 2007
The lunatics are running the asylum
I was driving back from the dentist this morning with a numb jaw, listening to Radio 4. One of the […]
August 29, 2007
Bye, bye birdy ..
One of the most visual blogs in my RSS feed is that from Bioephemera. However there are several examples of […]
July 15, 2007
The Order of the Phoenix
I went to the latest Harry Potter film with family on Saturday before flying out to South Africa. The resultant […]
May 9, 2007
Mind parasites
OK, life just keeps getting more scary. We now have a parasite that can invade our minds and influence our […]
May 8, 2007
White ties in the White House
I writing this in bed, at a 2.5 star hotel (well we are a start up company) on the extreme […]
May 3, 2007
iRack
You have got to watch this!! It starts as an Apple spoof, but then develops into ……. ….. hold it, […]
April 14, 2007
Poor old T-Rex
Not only do we find that the remaining descendent of the great predator of Jurassic Park (or carion eater, yes […]
April 12, 2007
Selling green cheese
The absurdity of the human condition was brought home to be when I found this item on the BBC web […]
February 26, 2007
Legume anorexia
The quote below is take from a delightful satire which sees childhood as a syndrome worthy of inclusion in the […]
February 20, 2007
Cheerleaders, Madi Gras, the Porsche & “I flew in Nam”
Travel seems to be a theme in the blogosphere at the moment. Rob and Euan competed for who had the […]
November 16, 2006
Manchester Bus Lanes
Thanks to Joel, by way of Euan for this wonderful clip. A moral lesson for anyone wanting to pull a […]
September 26, 2006
Don’t Panic ….
2012 was not a good year for London to win the Olympics. Did no one think to check the Mayan […]