• Am I a Dog? Vote Now

    When I wasn’t trying to solve the fiendishly difficult Easter Clue Hunt my kids set for us, I spent a pleasant hour or two re-discovering the original wiki,... Read more

    Posted on 22 April 2014 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • The Truth is Out There … Isn’t It?

    Its disconcerting reading/watching the news from Ukraine. Not just because of the fear of decades of war to come, but the temptation to slide into relativism. Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2014 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Concrete Science Epiphanies

    The title is a kinda cultural reference to Musique Concrete, don’t you know. Maybe should be read in French.  Sea-onss kon-krett. Pretentious, Moi?Anyhoo. Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2014 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Impact!!!

    I thought maybe a Bruce Willis style title was needed. Well, if I’d written “A report on an RCUK workshop I attended concerning possible adjustments to the... Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2014 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Restart Miscellany

    Some chums complained I have written no blog posts for about eight million years. I blame teaching. Anyway. Lets see. How do you do this thing? Scrapes off rust... Read more

    Posted on 26 March 2014 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Deadlines. We Love ‘em

    Happy New Year all. Virtual Handshake.Just discovered a groovy new web comic called Toothpaste for Dinner thanks to Tweeter @Mariancall via @CatherineQ . Well,... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2014 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Book Fever

    I am terribly excited because my book just came out. Three years in gestation, but finally got there. Its called “Astronomical Measurement – a Concise Guide”,... Read more

    Posted on 13 December 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Do The Right Thing

    Like millions of others, I have been welling up listening to people on radio and TV recount their memories of Nelson Mandela. I’ve never even been to South... Read more

    Posted on 06 December 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Marginal Solution

    Okey dokey. Better reveal the solution to the stat-geek marginalisation quiz. There were sixty two votes.The popular winner was the economics/marginal profits... Read more

    Posted on 27 November 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • A Quiz of Marginal Interest

    Two things we know.(1) Scientific terminology is burdened with the baggage of history, which now makes no logical sense. So… early type galaxies are the ones... Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Borders Meltdown

    I do like to keep up to date. So here is a link to a 2009 blog post about the US Republican Party. George Djgovsiki Dvosrgksji Djorgiojski me old mate George... Read more

    Posted on 25 October 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • The Art of Scientific Knowledge

    I find myself musing again on the links between Art and Science. No, not the fact that the latest Booker prize winner apparently has an astrological structure,... Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Specially for Tim

    I have been putting on the nosebag tonight. The ESO Committee of Council is here in Edinburgh; the first time we have hosted it for ten years I believe. Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Higgsteria : Tension Builds

    We’re all a bit tense here in Edinbrrr.  Peter H is understood to be in hiding and quite right too. He’s done more than his duty over many months waving the fla... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Women and Strange Powers in Wallachia

    If you are a British or American astronomer, you have done this many times. You are at a meeting and wander over to a table full of Italians. Or Germans. Or... Read more

    Posted on 27 September 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Truth, Belief, and Action

    My daughter is doing a medical degree. At dinner the other day, I mentioned that a few years back everybody seemed to think that doctors would be replaced by... Read more

    Posted on 27 August 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Celebrity Leakthrough

    My exchange with Dr E over intersecting with Amanda Palmer reminded me of a post from a few years back, where I described minor connections with celebrity –... Read more

    Posted on 14 August 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • The Information Arms Race

    This GCHQ / NSA / Snowden thing is confusing. Part of me is shocked and horrified. Another part of me is jadedly unsurprised. (Is “jadedly” a word?) I think I... Read more

    Posted on 11 August 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • Creepy Covers

    Cover versions of songs are fascinating. Maybe we should do cover versions of scientific papers. Well … maybe I could name a few that look like this already, bu... Read more

    Posted on 04 August 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE
  • UKIRT Extension

    UKIRT fans will be pleased to see the announcement hereAs UK astronomers will know, UKIRT was slated for closure in September this year, but STFC invited... Read more

    Posted on 29 July 2013 ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE