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Exploring Locksmithing and Lockpicking as an intellectual pursuit

September 30, 2012

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I am fascinated by complex things and always have been, whether they are mechanical, chemical, mathematical or other, similarly elegant pieces of “clockwork”. I was the clichéd kid repeatedly told off for dismantling things or repairing them. It wasn’t because I lacked the ability to do so, it was just because I was caught in the act. […]

Open Source Cola – “Cube Cola”

September 26, 2012

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From their site: Standing on the Hands of Giants We are wildcrafting our own cola from an open source recipe reverse-engineered from the original Coke. A process merging domestic and scientific methodologies. Cube-Cola is distributed by social courier within the city perimeters of Bristol UK, and is available by mail as a cola concentrate worldwide. […]

Birthdays and Boardgames

September 26, 2012

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Monopoly is the game that killed my interest in boardgames. Why? Its depressingly long-winded, yawnsome play is based more on luck than skill. The crushing inevitable win by the player who got ahead early in the game. The forced family play at christmas with children who’d rather play on their new computer games and adults who […]

Why ignorance can be helpful and Learned Helplessness

September 26, 2012

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I’ve had a bit of a problem for the past few months. I couldn’t seem to finish and write about any of my personal projects. I felt blocked. I’d sit at my desk, staring at a mostly blank draft post, stumbling over the words to describe what I was working on, whether it was a […]

RETRACT ALL THE THINGS!

September 26, 2012

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PLoS has just put out an editiorial titled “The role of retractions in correcting the scientific literature” where they make a number of suggestions around retracting papers once the consensus of evidence and opinion suggests that the paper’s conclusions are false. The key section is this (emphasis my own): … as editors and as a […]