Category archives for random

The Eeyores of Academia

“The wonderful thing about Tiggers Is Tiggers are wonderful things…” Tigger was my favourite on the Hundred Acre Campus. “…bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!” Recently I was at a meeting, and a comment was made about how someone was being negative. Not only was this a bit of a bummer, total…

Distant Cousins: Kepler-186f

Big Eyed Beans from Venus – Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band! Cool. Literally Comparable to Mars in effective temperature, bit larger than Earth, probably slightly more massive than Earth (mean density could be lower), atmosphere unknown. Might well have extensive surface regions with persistent liquid water.

Purty Vacant

It goes like this… The Kingswoods Best Punkabilly ever finally on youtube! The Original “Pretty Vacant” for reference, for you young ‘uns…

meta blogging

Notes on Academic Blogging – Crooked Timber pines for the Good Old days Old School Blogging – seeing a pattern here… Want an Academic job? Hold your tongue Is it Journalism or just a prepackage press release – Sunlight Foundation’s Churnalism tool.

Rocks falling from the sky

In the great tradition of tracking Amazing Norwegian Meteorite Stories, we bring you: Meteorite almost hits Norwegian skydiver h/t Stjörnufræðivefurinn Short Norwegian version…

Winter is Here

Sparkling, stinging, cold Fine microcrystals of snow Dance of the sunrise

Yule lads: it begins

Tonight it begins: Stekkjastaur is headed for town. Be good. Believe!


This is awesome! I am reliably informed that this was one of the all time great concerts. Skálmöld and the Icelandic Symphony in concert at Harpa.

The Lights Are Going Out…

When it is darkest, men see the stars. This afternoon I needed to check something urgently, and as is my habit in this day and age, I jumped to a website where I knew the information was available. A few seconds later, with some irritation I went to hit “refresh” as the request failed to…

Linkedy Links XIV

More random goodness from the intertoobz including a special topical PSU section for my colleagues John McCarthy interview – wrote LISP – an old friend. Galactic Center Orbital Models – new animation from Ghez’ group. Humans of New York – fascinating photo blog h/t poic at CR Simons Foundation sponsored article on Complexity and Biology’s…