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Archive for April, 2010

Skeptical Voter

Posted by Martin Poulter on 18 April 2010

This interesting wiki-based project doesn’t “rate” politicians, but simply lists their positions on various science-related topics and lets the reader decide whether and how that should affect their voting intentions. Like all wikis, it’s a work in progress. Pretty much the ideal candidate from a skeptical perspective is Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon). Probably the worst, in the sense of wilful scientific illiteracy, is David Tredinnick (Conservative, Bosworth). The thought of Peter Lilley (Conservative, Hitchin & Harpenden) getting back in is horrifying as well, not to mention the anti-science party policies of  UKIP.

I’d be interested to hear about other projects looking at the candidates from different perspectives. My Gay Vote is a related project, though it summarises historical voting patterns rather than looking at specific candidates’ opinions.

A postscript, June 2010: tragically for science and rational thought, Evan Harris lost his seat by a narrow margin. David Tredinnick is now a member of the health select committee.


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Music: “Patterns Break”

Posted by Martin Poulter on 13 April 2010

KDnC member Joel a.k.a. Tanka has uploaded a new track to his MySpace profile. It straddles the acoustic/electronic divide, sounding like the beating together of multiple impossible objects. Heck, all his stuff’s good. Check it out!

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Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 April 2010

Josh Millard, a.k.a. cortex, a.k.a. Jesus H. Shatner, is a creative genius, whose talents include music, pranks and clever but perhaps unfeasible ideas.

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Insane Clown Posse’s “Miracles”: a video WTF

Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 April 2010

This could have been a touching reflection on the wonders of natural world, but was ruined by a belligerent rapper attitude, stunted vocabulary (“Magic everywhere in this bitch”) and way too much budget. Thanks Damian for the link.

Update: the video has drawn a spot-on parody from the US comedy show Saturday Night Live:

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Posted by Paul Ayres on 8 April 2010

Pixels is a short film imagining how New York would look if it was invaded by 8-bits creatures.


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The Making of “Auto-Tune the News”

Posted by Martin Poulter on 2 April 2010

No, this isn’t a techie or muso video: it’s just the Gregory gang being hilarious as usual.

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Sex-free porn

Posted by Martin Poulter on 2 April 2010

If you want to watch stilted acting, wah-guitar soundtracks and superficial dialogue, but don’t want it to culminate in sex, then this series of Youtube films is for you. Still kind-of Not Safe For Work, because it looks like porn, and stars some actual porn stars alongside actual actors (including the guy who plays Lex Luthor in Smallville).

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