Dad’s birthday is coming up on February 11 as I write this, and I bought him a copy of Blood Work by Holly Tucker which I gave him on February 6. That was the day my parents and I went to see John Cleese on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre. That was a good night out, and my cousin Caroline was there too (we caught up during the interval).
In addition I spent an afternoon with my friend Julia recently, and also caught up with some family friends in the same week.
- Kory Stamper’s lexicography blog Harmless Drudgery is worth keeping an eye on.
- A possible purpose for the appendix.
- A strange, upside-down world.
- Why the transforming triceratops idea doesn’t stand up.
- An upcoming co-authored Terry Pratchett book.
- Great video of an outstanding archer.
- You know the Greek Sphynx and the Egyptian Sphynx; now here’s the Antarctic Sphynx to inspire your imagination.
- A clip from every Doctor Who story.
- Incidentally, if the Doctor had landed in PIE times and the vocabulary passed down, a TARDIS would now be called a thoot and a Dalek would be a toolay (which sounds decidedly unthreatening).
- Interesting article about torture in the Inquisition and now (though I read it with an occasional pinch of salt).
- Leonardo has been in the news of late. New insights into the Vitruvian Man and the Mona Lisa (more).
- The problem of head movement in studies of brain connectivity.
- People flying off cliffs in Norway.
- An underground (in every sense) group of French art lovers.
- Gorillas can learn to control their breath.
- I think the February 2 edition of 365 Days of Astronomy is the best so far this year.
- I’ve seen similar paradoxes before, but this particular version is new to me.
- An eye for romance.
[Update: The following links were originally posted in early March, but during an archive clean-up I’ve decided to add them here.]
- Parasites that may affect your thoughts.
- The science of forgetting.
- The history of sleep.
- Violin strings made by spiders.