On a couple of occasions over the last few years I’ve found myself taking a day-long car trip through the UK. Each time I’ve listened to Radio 1, or perhaps one of the local radio stations, and I’ve been struck by the difference between the US and UK music scenes. Here in the US, I’m…Read More 21st Century Britpop
I’m for sale. Or rather this blog is.Read More Here's an odd thought
Today’s Questionable Content. Yesterdays xkcd. Sunday’s Sinfest.Read More Near-perfect web comics
John Sundman. John Damien Sundman. John Compton Sundman. John. F. X. Sundman. Who is this man of mystery? I haven’t seen him since early in 2005, when he and I had dinner with Dan Dennett and Doug Hofstadter. But 19 years earlier, we had been an unbeatable team working together at Sun, first on PC-NFS…Read More The Pains
A couple of my expat-Brit friends are becoming US citizens this autumn. They’re not giving up their UK passports; that’s not necessary any more. Dual is cool. It’s so much more convenient to enter the EC on a British passport and the US with a US one; and you get to vote and serve on…Read More Why I'm not an American
Leave it to the Queen to ask the obvious question: The latest Occam’s razor award goes to Her Majesty the Queen. In the unlikely surroundings of the London School of Economics, she last week cut to the quick. Describing the credit crunch as “awful”, she tapped a gilded economist on the proverbial shoulder and asked:…Read More "We are not amused"
Here’s a video of Quicksilver Messenger Service doing “Mona” at an outdoor gig in 1969. Stunning guitar work by John Cipollina and Gary Duncan, anchored by David Freiberg’s bass. It’s a classic: turn it up.Read More Music for a sunny Saturday afternoon
(From the AHA campaign in Washington, DC, via the Oz Atheist.)Read More Mmmm… atheism and buses – two of my favourite topics!
I’m just testing a feature of the Amazon Associates program. vs. vs. How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday LifeRead More This is a test… please ignore
PZ fisks the creationist’s old chestnut about evolution violating the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. The bottom line: To spell it out, there’s about a trillion times more entropy flux available than is required for evolution. The degree by which earth’s entropy is reduced by the action of evolutionary processes is miniscule relative to the amount…Read More Entropy and evolution