The night of the 22nd of May, I’d gone out with some friends in the evening, only had a couple drinks and got home early. I was in bed by 11pm. At just after 5 the next morning, I heard one of our cats jump down from my little son’s bed in his room right […]
Hatshepsut was pharaoh from 1479–1458 BCE during the 18th Dynasty of ancient Egypt and arguably the first great female ruler in recorded history. Though there were female rulers before Hatshepsut, it isn’t always entirely clear whether some ruled in their own right, whether they acted as co-regent with their father, husband or son or whether […]
This morning I woke up to see yet another woman being attacked with horrendous abuse and rape threats on Twitter. My first reaction was despair. “Not again. Will this never stop?” Before I made myself feel defeated by ignorant morons, I got down on my floor and did some push-ups. I ended up doing 100, […]
Thank you to everyone who voted for Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s discovery of pulsars in the Great British Innovation vote. She came #4. Amazing! Several weeks ago Roger Highfield from the London Science Museum got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to take part in the Great British Innovation vote. He sent me […]
There seems to be something very exciting in the zeitgeist at the moment. Lots of different people from different areas seem to be thinking the same things. People are tired of the “cynicism” “pessimism” “criticising” and instead are calling for more “creativity” “art” or simply asking others just to “do something“. 2013 is clearly about […]
Skip ahead to the translation here. I’ve added some notes about this to my Posterous I’ve been learning Egyptian hierogylphs for nearly a year now at the Egypt Exploration Society in London. So far I’ve only translated texts provided by my course tutor that have been either texts from monuments or specially written texts to […]
Many of you will have seen this by now. I just have to say: tv 0, internets 1 The person who drew it came from here, natch.
A couple weeks ago, Brian was invited to Tim O’Reilly’s Science Foo Camp at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA this August (yes, Jasmine:)… And O’Reilly’s just emailed today to say that I am invited to attend, too. (He said he was interested in hearing about ‘Sunshine‘…) Whoooo-hooooo! It’s happening the same weekend as my […]
I’m doing my first London Social Media Club walk tonight. My life hasn’t been conducive to fitting in things like a geekwalk for several months now… but I figure I’d better start living my life again. Tonight’s walk meets at the Brick Lane exit of Aldgate East tube at 6pm. Bring a camera… failing that, […]
I just want to make this clear: Flash is a pile of shit. I’ve just been talking with Lee from Sugarhouse Lane and I got us into a Pythonesque one-upmanship about just *how* much we hate Flash (‘I hate Flash so much that it’s annoying’, ‘I hate Flash so much that I get a headache’, […]
“Who knows what the Sun does to people and how they react when they get close to it? The word ‘lunacy’ comes from supposedly having mental illness in reaction to the lunar light. One might come up with ‘solacy’ for the Sun.”- Nick Kanas, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco specialising […]
This is just for Duluth people. Pass it on… Dear current or former Duluthian, Do you have a story about your childhood in Duluth? My siblings and I grew up in the Central Hillside of Duluth and feel that our experiences there were unique and are not often reflected back to us in the media. […]
Yep, it’s halfway between the Winter and Vernal Equinox… It’s also 20 years ago exactly since I first came to the UK. Weeeeee!