Thing One: This week’s More or Less (27 Jan 2012, BBC World Service/Radio 4/Podcast) on the size of cities. I am a fan of statistics, large metropolises (metropolii? metropola? metropolu?)*, and radio, so it all works out. Lucky me. Thing Two: Something that the science-fiction fan in me almost wanted to be extraordinary… not that … More Two vaguely scientific things for amusement
Have they gone bonkers? Fear not! Going through a rather busy spell at the moment, though I have many drafts for posts on the go. Something that I definitely have time for, though, is to wish you all a HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! For those who understand/can be bothered to run it through a translation … More Happy New Year!
In fact, I shall skip the actual tutoring part, as it went perfectly well, and was not as tricky (for me) as the last time. As I have mentioned, I help my 9-year-old brother with his homework when he requests aid, and tutor him in mathematics and science over the holidays – and just whenever, … More Tutoring adventures, part 2
Sense About Science have released (around Christmas, I admit) the latest instalment of the “Celebrities and Science” report for 2011. (So yes, I am a little behind, but decided that this was worth a heads-up in case anybody missed it at the time, like yours truly.) The report discusses science in the mass media, often referenced … More Celebrities and Science
First things first – I almost wanted to use an interrobang in the title. Such a fetching name for a punctuation mark. Back to the title. I have – and I believe I am not alone – been questioned about why I use twitter, and what I think about it. An acquaintance is responsible for … More “What’s so good about twitter?!”
Is there a good method to writing (aside from avoiding writer’s block)? This article in Swedish broadsheet Dagens Nyheter (DN) looks at the question from the analogue versus digital point of view, with inputs from professional writers. One of the arguments presented by Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu is that the writing process will be reflected in … More Pen and paper or stone tablet?
Christmas is a family holiday, nicht wahr? I happen to come from a family of sometime gadget devotees. Aside from the usual computer-based fare, this year has been all about iPads and Android apps and PS3 games and whatnot. We also belong to a group of family friends who usually do wandering dinner parties (or whatever … More Mathematical card games