Wed 08 May 2024 21:37

Tonight at : LASERS! 🔫🔫

Amber Shepherd from described her work on detecting dark matter with . It was indeed as excellent as that sounds.

I also learned you can cool things down (a lot) with lasers.

Dave Sang stands to the left of a projector, in front of the audience, introducing Amber Shepherd. She stands just to the right of the projector screen which reads: later —the quantum tools made of light.

Tue 07 May 2024 20:10

Pretty solid list of recommendations found on pages 162/3 of “The little book of funerals”. Maybe except for the part about real kisses. YMMV.

“All I need to know about life I learned from my dog”

![A book, opened, showing two pages. The content is:

All I need to know about life I learned from my dog

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Run, romp, and play daily. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. Thrive on affection and let people touch you

Mon 06 May 2024 20:32

The detail in the notes for "Perfect Show for Rachel" are interesting & useful. For example:

"Lee: I'm a tall, thin, white man with floppy hair and big ears. I'm wearing old jeans, and a red and white check shirt, not buttoned up, over a t-shirt"

Last show in is tomorrow (Tue 7 May 2024): brightonfestival.org/whats-on/ (contains a link to the full Word doc for the show notes). It is a joy.

Here'a s PDF vrsion of the notes. I hope that's OK: drive.google.com/file/d/1B93Yg

Fri 26 Apr 2024 09:51

Also: "people were recruited in person on a university campus in the U.K. and were reimbursed with chocolate" — the best kind of study.

Fri 26 Apr 2024 09:51

"People are surprisingly hesitant to reach out to old friends [...] One reason for this reluctance may be that old friends feel like strangers [...] we adapted an intervention shown to ease anxieties about talking to strangers [simply practicing the task] and found that it increased the number of people who reached out to an old friend by two-thirds."


Mon 22 Apr 2024 20:15

An evening well spent. Yes, it was in a pub, but it was a Brighthink event where Dr Charlotte Rae was in conversation with Clayton Aldern on how a warming climate is warping our brains. The stuff about airborne neurotoxins was eye-opening: don't go into blue-green algae, sure we know that, but don't breathe near it is another level.


- profiles.sussex.ac.uk/p220408-
- theguardian.com/environment/20
- brighthink.org

Dr Rae (left) and Clayton Page Aldern (right) on stage.

Sat 20 Apr 2024 14:42

Not yet sure exactly how I feel about this Research Highlight (i.e., kind of news item) in Nature. I think this is likely fine, but would like to know more about the process the publication went through.

Highlighted text at the end of an article in Nature which reads: “This text on an editorially selected paper was initially drafted using artificial intelligence, then revised and factchecked by an editor to meet Nature Portfolio publication standards.”

Sat 13 Apr 2024 08:54

Found old VHS tapes in the loft, and was surprised the tapes are held together with screws. From a 2024 perspective, I'd have expected it to be glued or somehow solid lumps of plastic.

(if anyone urgently needs a copy of "The Great Escape: Hull City Home Match Highlights 1998-1999" do let me know today)

The inside of a VHS tape, showing two reels of tape.

Wed 10 Apr 2024 16:23

I've only just noticed the blue plaque is back up at Dome

A blue circular sign on a wall of the Brighton Dome Concert Hall reading: “ABBA launched their career after winning the 19th Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden at Brighton Dome on 6th April 1974”

Sat 06 Apr 2024 20:28

This 15 min video is a lovely summary of research and thinking in / / (whatever we call it).

From Sept 2023, by The Economist.


Thu 04 Apr 2024 10:08

Hey Copilot, less of the editorial commentary on my code with your comments, thank you very much.

Screenshot of an AI generated comment to go with my code, which begins: “This is a bit of a hack…”

Mon 01 Apr 2024 18:50

Greetings from Blackdown, the highest point in


Looking in the direction of Devils Dyke: in the foreground, a direction plate, green land and distant hills beyond it.

A small terrier looking towards an information plinth with green land beyond.