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Thursday, 12 Nov 2015

Some spam posts are just priceless.

On a post of mine which is simply a thankful link to a song I found on YouTube, some loony wrote the following nonsense.

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Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015

I've just found this "little colloquium", hosted with decorum by the excellent Magnus Magnusson, from 1988.

Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan and Arthur C Clarke in the same room (figuratively speaking - I think Sagan is in a remote studio) discussing God, the Universe and Everything. As you do.

Only one of these luminaries is still alive as I write this. It is perhaps surprising that the last man standing (or rather sitting, slumped in his wheelchair, as it happens) is Stephen Hawking. The others have, I'm sad to say, moved on.

So perhaps it's all the more of a find. Thank you, YouTube. Thank you, Internet.

And not a fucking cat in sight.

Friday, 6 Nov 2015

Found this thought lying somewhere. Thought 'd pick it up.

Monday, 2 Nov 2015

I grew up with Carl Sagan's programme "Cosmos" on the TV. I was enthralled by it.

I am re-watching the final episode of the series and I am struck by how relevant it is today. Sagan was a scientist but he was also not shy in expressing what you might call political or social views. He was certainly a gifted commentator and communicator.

Perhaps in my youth I did not fully get everything he talked about but I suspect that the intense curiosity and ardour for scientific progress and truth that he expressed rubbed off on me and remains with me now. The show justifies watching even these many years later.

As it happens YouTube currently hosts this episode of his show - the link follows below - and I strongly recommend it.

Who speaks for Earth? Beacon