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In case anyone hasn’t noticed, Iceland is playing England in the Euro 2016 Cup today, round of 16. This is the first time Iceland has been in a major football tournament, the first time, obviously, they have progressed to the second stage, and as I write this they are unbeaten in tournament play. Iceland has…

“If life were a mellow elementary school run by well-meaning education PhDs what would your report card say?”

Nice cuppa tea

Why sex is just like a nice cuppa… This animation from Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios is really quite excellent and has been making the rounds, but that doesn’t mean everyone has seen it… “Copyright ©2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios Non-commercial use: Video must have copyright information displayed below video, with a…

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iPod iChing throwback

We haven’t done an iPod iChing prognostication in a very long time, and needs must! So, Oh Mighty iPod One! What say you? Whoosh goes the randomizer. Woosh. The Covering: The Secret Marriage – Sting The Crossing: I Will Not Be Denied – Bonnie Raitt The Crown: Away in a Manger – Kenny G The…

The Physics Tree

Complex Systems #171

One of the joys of the holidays and the University turning off the heating and locking us out, is that it provides time to catch up on things: papers, refereeing, recommendation letters, grading, syllabi, proposals, all the stuff one can rarely get to during actual working semester hours. And, sometimes, there is time for real…

Quanta

Happy New Year! I heard that Killing The Internet is a Thing, and apparently keeping more than a few hundred tabs open in Firefox will do the trick, so I’m doing some blog dumps to get the year kicked off: Quanta Magazine is an (editorially independent) publication of the Simons Foundation which has been doing…

say it like it is

good thing about Icelandic, it is phonetic, almost all the words are pronounced the way they are spelled, including Bárðarbunga the extra few letters are just what they look like. Fortunately Biggi Lögga is there to set you straight.