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Another year in stoats

Subtitled As the days of my life are but grains of sand. I’ve tried to not-choose the knockabout stuff, which is all great fun, but ephemeral. But some months were thin and I had little choice. * Jan: On happiness * Feb: The sleepwalkers * Mar: Man slumped after hitting wall (see-also) * Apr: North…

Uncle Tom’s Top Hat

A post with no hidden meaning. Click on the picture for more.

Picture by Miranda.

Downtime / Uptime

[Update: and we're back] ScienceBlogs is migrating to a new server / service, so I’m told. This will occur on “Wednesday”. Please look on the main ScienceBlogs page for more details. You should avoid posting any comments that you care deeply about until then; or at least, make sure you take a backup. I’ve noticed…

Ivatepray

An advert in the Economist, and here’s the M$ puff online. M$ are trying to persuade the world that Evil Google is invading your privacy by auto-scanning emails to target ads. I can’t get exciting by this. Google, and Gmail, are supported by ads (aside: I’m astonished to discover just how much money their is…

The Anti-MOOC Panic

I’m not desperately interested in the “MOOC” on-line course thing, though I can see that I might be in future. I don’t have a lot of spare time; for example the 2 hours I had free last night I spent running + recovering, not learning. But others do, and CIP has been talking to “the…

I go away for a week and the bees go mad. I don’t mean so mad that they put their honey in a pot for me – only that they seem to have filled up the hive to the top, probably with rape. And this despite them being a new swarm, in place only since…

Bad Science

VV has a thoughtful post about the value of peer review, looked at mostly through the lens of a couple of recent poor papers. Peer review (or whatever system you choose for choosing which papers will see the light) has to balance weeding out dross with not suppressing the unusual but good. It is primarily…

Frolic and detour

It’s the law, it seems. And a suitable title for a misc post. I’ve been busy, which accounts for my pathetic lack of posts recently. * I ran the Brighton marathon (3:46). * We entered the Town Bumps at Oxford, in IVs! * I ran the Head of the Cam again. * I’ve discovered that…

A classic from the Daily Mash: NORTH Korea is not an elaborate modern art installation, as previously suspected. As the tiny nation seemed to be genuinely threatening the United States with a nuclear strike, experts said it was now likely that Kim Jong Un and his late father are not ground-breaking surrealists in the mould…