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Archive for April, 2008

The Human Kite

Posted by Martin Poulter on 30 April 2008

Thanks to Mike_S for recommending this video, illustrating a remarkable human achievement that is as awe-inspiring as it is useless (or maybe the latter’s just my reaction to the choice of soundtrack). Eighty individuals (did I count that right?) falling as one.

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Distraction: why we’re unhappy

Posted by Martin Poulter on 29 April 2008

I loved this cartoon, one of many used by sociologist Barry Schwartz’s in his talk “The Paradox of Choice”:

The full talk (it gets good from the 9th minute onwards) is at

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Academic research as chicken

Posted by Martin Poulter on 28 April 2008

Following in the tradition of the classic research paper “Get Me Off Your F**king Mailing List”, Doug Zonker’s “Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken” includes an abstract, references, sections, figures, equations, footnotes and all the other trappings of a scientific research paper, with arrestingly repetitive content. Not only is it available as a PDF with professional-looking typesetting, but Zonker was invited to present the paper at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including, hilariously, a question-and-answer session:

Thanks to Steve_Ri for the recommendation.

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knit-a-blog to be shown at HTTP, London

Posted by glittrgirl on 28 April 2008

Do you remember the knit-a-blog?

It is being shown in gallery in London, called HTTP as part of the Open Source Embroidery show.

The show opens on 16 May and runs until 15 June 2008.

This was a project inspired by an email from RobP at Loughborough, and which went on to tour the world for two years, getting lost by both Sicilian and US postal systems as well as being packed away and forgotten about in a house move. It is gratifying to see it come to a place of public rest.

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Martin’s Music: Purify

Posted by Martin Poulter on 25 April 2008

It’s high time I released another piece of music: not an improvisation, not a remix, but an actual piece of composed-and-painstakingly-produced-by-me-alone music. “Purify” is the most martinpoultery piece of music I’ve done in years (i.e. not trying to be dance music or rock music, just creating the sort of music that’s expressive for me).

Edit October 2008: Now that the final version is prepared, it is now available on the Coma Pilot Myspace profile.

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The Forgiveness Project

Posted by Martin Poulter on 24 April 2008

Thanks Shelly for forwarding the link to The Forgiveness Project. Founded by Anita Roddick, it collects dozens of perspectives on reconciliation and forgiveness, showing how people find the power (or don’t) to forgive terrorism, murder, rape and injustice. Some of the most touching stories deal with the difficulty of self-forgiveness.

Some of the contributors are people who have been in the news (Desmond Tutu, Mariane Pearl, Peter Tatchell, Norman Kember) but in general the strength of the site is in revealing astonishing stories that you wouldn’t otherwise have heard of.

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If Martin did horse racing commentary …

Posted by Paul Ayres on 18 April 2008

Our good DrP is well known for his esteemed reputation as a sporting pundit and here’s what his take on the Sport of Kings might sound like!

… actually I do have some sympathy here, having grown up in Epsom, home of the Derby – I am no fan of horse racing, as let’s face it there would be no-one there if it wasn’t for the betting …

Of course, Mitchell and Webb have already got the football covered DrP stylee!

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My Life in Academic Journals

Posted by Martin Poulter on 18 April 2008

I must be a secret librarian at heart, because I was really tickled by this list of academic journals compiled by author Reto Schneider and revealed in the Mini-AIR newsletter:

  • The Birth Gazette
  • Gifted Child Quarterly
  • Journal of Child Psychotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology News
  • Journal of Adolescence
  • Journal of Drug Education
  • Journal of Marriage and Family
  • Journal of Happiness Studies
  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
  • Headache Quarterly
  • Journal of Worry Research
  • Journal of Divorce & Remarriage
  • Healthy Weight Journal
  • Ageing International
  • Contemporary Gerontology
  • Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Archives of Suicide Research
  • Journal of Near-Death Studies
  • Death Studies

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Graphs are fun

Posted by misterchristophe on 18 April 2008

Do you despair at the fact that most charts and graphs tell you about things you didn’t want to know in the first place? Then you should pay a visit to graphjam where they tell you about interesting things, such as the chances the human race has of surviving a revolt from the animal kingdom, and the ratio of wobbling to falling of weebles.

It includes this surprisingly good musical piece constructed from Microsoft Windows sounds.

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Don’t let your kids on the Internet

Posted by Martin Poulter on 16 April 2008

SmallBrainField, a tasteless humourist at the best of times, has excelled himself with this warning to all parents (and presumably to all kids too).

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