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Arrival City film trailer is up!

Yay team!

A quick shout-out to another blog I co-edit and contribute to, HMS Beagle Project, just named one of the top 50 female science blogs of 2012 by Open University! Congrats and huge thanks to US biologist and NASA astronaut candidate (really!) Dr Karen James, UK science communicator extraordinaire and Olympic mega-fan Anna Faherty, Australian PhD … Continue reading

Arrival City: how life on the fringe is shaping the world

I seem to move around at an ever-increasing pace these days, at last count having stayed in 38 places over the last 4 months, packing/unpacking 39 times, and closing or reconfiguring storage in three countries. Shedding weighty items like books, which I adore buying but have little time to read and no place to keep, has … Continue reading

Londonist takes the mayoral election seriously. ish.

In early February, Londonist asked a group of “London experts” for their predictions for the upcoming mayoral elections. More entertaining than scientific, but hey. Here’s an extract: As part of the event, we asked attendees to give their opinions on twelve questions on about the elections, and totted up the results for a quick picture of … Continue reading

Shipwrecks in the Night and Dickens’s 200th

  Just read Richard Carter’s great article about the 1859 ‘Storm of the Century’. In it, he cites Charles Dickens’s piece on the tragic wreck of a cargo ship in the Irish Sea, where nearly 460 lives were lost. Dickens’s The Uncommercial Traveller, where the account appeared, is one of my all-time favourite travel books – … Continue reading

Rage against the BS

Nothing like a little rage against the [artificially cute] machine to start your day off right… According to Sabotage Magazine‘s Lucy Sweet, “there are two kinds of companies in this world. Heartless multinationals who leave you on hold in India for 5 hours and fleece you with hidden charges, and hippy capitalists who make smoothies … Continue reading

Kissing a legend goodbye

Montreal’s Hour Magazine lamented by its own Three Dollar Bill Bugs smooches mentor Nick Auf der Maur Richard Burnett , 7/4/11 –  Well, it has come to this: The global decline of newspapers has claimed yet another victim, Montreal’s venerable Hour magazine, at least as you’ve known it, which for almost 20 years has always … Continue reading