The Establishment – And why you should read about it.

As we begin, ponder for a moment: what is the difference between a controversial understanding of the world, and a conspiracy theory?

I imagine that – if you thought much about it – you might reasonably uttered the single word “evidence”. But what constitutes evidence, and are you a good judge of the quality or truth of any evidence you are presented with?

Here is a thing I have been pondering since reading Owen Jones’ book The Establishment (And how they get away with it).


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Heroes Two Point No


My last post tried to make a constructive discussion from something which some people thought was “entitlement” on the part of a gaming subreddit. I think I did a pretty good job! What’s ne-


Challenge accepted.

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Critiquing a Book’s Paragraphs

When was the last time you heard or saw people arguing about how a book’s paragraphs could be formatted? What about camera maintenance for this movie? How to make the high-hats better on a music track? What type of brush a painter should use to finish off their latest project?

… and how about people arguing over how to code something in a game?


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On Overworking Oneself

As I arise from bed for the third time this Saturday morning, head pounding and regretting that I haven’t been able to do what I wanted with my weekend, I would like at least to say that I shouldn’t have got so drunk last night. Sadly, I have been sober all week.

I pause to reflect on why I feel hungover, and I realise that once again I’m a victim of my own job. Why, though, has it left me bereft of life on a weekend?

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fbew Me Your Science

For some months, I’ve craved a copy of Micrographia*. This week, I finally got my hands on a copy of Robert Hooke’s famous work. So far I’ve barely dipped into the volume, but over the handful of pages I’ve looked at I’ve come to a ready appreciation for why the book is such a classic.


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Year in Review: Final Thoughts

When I look back on 2016 ten years from now, I hope that I will see it as a year which forged me. I am undoubtedly a changed person, and  not entirely for the worse. By that description, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this year has been good – it hasn’t.

At some point this year, although I don’t quite know when, I started musing on another thing. I am a physicist, not just by trade but by identity, and before this year I’d rarely given a thought to why that is. Why do I do science? I think that I’ve fundamentally taken on science for selfish reasons – it’s a creative outlet which I derive fundamental pleasure from. It’s almost sublime, in the traditional sense of the word. Therein lies the rub – I am not really a very selfish man. In many ways, it’s uncharacteristic of me to do something purely for my own jealous need. In fact, I derive a lot of pleasure from doing things which indirectly support and uplift others. I have the opportunity and will to change what I do over the next year. Maybe 2017 will be the year I sing for the moment.

That’s why we sing for these kids who don’t have a thing, except for a dream and a fucking rap magazine,

Who post  pin-up pictures on their walls all day long, idolize their favorite rappers and know all their songs,

Or for anyone who’s been through shit in their lives ’till they sit and they cry at night, wishing they’d die,

‘Till they throw on a rap record, and they sit and they vibe. We’re nothing to you, but we’re the fucking shit in their eyes,

That’s why we; seize the moment, try to freeze it and own it; squeeze it and hold it, ’cause we consider these minutes golden.

And maybe they’ll admit it when we’re gone, just let our spirits live on through our lyrics that you hear in our songs,

And we can (sing for the moment).

May your 2017 take you somewhere good.

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Year in Review: Highs #1

Being so utterly disappointed in Facebook’s interpretation of my 2016, I decided to think seriously about how my year actually has gone. As far as things go, it’s been a pretty big one. Over the next 10 days, I’ll be reviewing my year by alternating between the worst and best bits of the year. I hope that the introspection and discussion can set us up for a better year next year.

The penultimate post in this series covers the most positive part of the year!

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