Via Pharyngula:Read More We win
I assumed that this event was a one-time occurrence: the product of a single faulty artefact. This evening I repeated the process, using an identical dish. I got an identical result. Clearly it’s a design problem. I wonder how they test them? Anyway, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going out to find some dinner. Perhaps…Read More Fool me twice….
Over at HuffPo, Mark Kleiman has a piece entitled Mushrooms and mysticism in which he reports on a remarkably thorough study into the effects of the “magic mushroom” hallucinogen psilocybin. The team at Johns Hopkins confirmed what most people would expect: psilocybin reliably (over 60% of the time) triggers a “full” mystical experience. The author…Read More Mushrooms and mysticism
I caught the No. 16 bus up to Wallingford this afternoon, to go to see the movie “Venus”. Peter O’Toole was wonderful; highly recommended. I got there 20 minutes early, so I prowled around a bit, and found that the Kabul, Seattle’s (?only) Afghan restaurant, was just two blocks from the cinema. Chris took us…Read More "Venus", Kabul, and a nice coincidence
I am: Hal Clement (Harry C. Stubbs) A quiet and underrated master of “hard science” fiction who, among other things, foresaw integrated circuits back in the 1940s. Which science fiction writer are you? [Via Boing Boing.]Read More The "Which science fiction writer are you" meme….
From Sara at Orcinus: I’ve been saying for a long while now that the power to end the Intelligent Design fiasco, firmly and finally and with but a single word, rests in the manicured hands of the chancellors of America’s top universities. The message is short and simple: “Teach what you like, itâ€™s all fine…Read More UC stands up for science
Art wanted to know which WP plugins I used, and why. Here’s the current list: Akismet 2.0: Checks comments against the Akismet web service to detect spam. Everybody should be using this. Bad Behavior 2.0.5: Detects and blocks spambots based on a temporal analysis of their behaviour. Snap Preview Anywhere 1.1: A little AJAX tool…Read More My WP setup
I think this blog is back to a working state now after a slightly worrying upgrade process. Those of you who plan to upgrade tp WordPress 2.1 need to be careful. In particular, if you use the Sidebar Widgets feature, you must pay particular attention to the order in which you deactivate your plugins. I’m…Read More OK, the upgrade seems to have worked – but be careful
I’m about to upgrade geoffarnold.com from WordPress 2.0.6 to 2.1. While I’m doing this, I’ll have to disable a bunch of features, so things may look a bit weird for a while….Read More About to upgrade – things may be temporarily weird
For all Al fans out there: all of Al’s albums are being reissued with bonus tracks. Every one. They should be available in May-June. I think I have them all, but the remastering is likely to make me go for an update…. UPDATE: They may be out as soon as February – we’re getting conflicting…Read More Al Stewart reissues