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    Make of this what you will…

    Neuroscience finds differences between the brains of ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives’: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8228192/Political-views-hard-wired-into-your-brain.html I’m not sure of the journalistic spin that our political leanings are hard-wired from birth: our brains are plastic, and what we focus on can physically change our brains. I’m sure it’s much more dynamic than the article suggests.

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    Guest Post on Faerie Findings

    Cassie has started a cool new blog for her thoughts, called ‘Faerie Findings’: http://cassiegeelan.wordpress.com I wrote this guest post there: http://cassiegeelan.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/on-beauty-breeding-and-the-fake/ You should definitely check out the rest of her posts too.

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    Everything in Moderation

    I had to do a reinstall of WordPress a while ago due to an attack, and have just been getting my old settings back. One of those is that I don’t do ‘active moderation’ – holding your comment in a queue until I get a chance to look at it.…

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    We Report, You Decide

    E.T. does not need to phone home anymore – someone, or something, is on its way to earth. SETI Astrophysicist Craig Kasnov ( not to be confused with Craig Kasnoff ) has announced the approach to the Earth of 3 very large, very fast moving objects. The length of the…

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    Hacked! …and back

    If you check in regularly you’ll have noticed that the blog has been down for a day or so. Some piece of gosa hacked it and put malicious code in all the files, causing my hosting provider to lock it down to protect their server. Half a day I could…

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    One Fundamental Flaw

    http://www.theage.com.au/world/us-deploys-gamechanger-weapon-to-afghanistan-20101206-18lmm.html …that they seem not to have thought of is that sooner or later these will fall into enemy hands, either because they’re captured or because their backers buy some and give them to them. Then it’s back to a level playing field. I guess they have a short-term advantage…

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    Sense and Sentimentality

    Sue played this to me in the car last night, and I managed, through significant gritting of teeth, to avoid telling her that it made me grit my teeth… Not sure what it is, but it seems like sentimentality and emotional manipulation and lack of subtlety. It leaves no space…

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    A Madeleine

    Proust famously wrote of an episode where the taste of a madeleine (a kind of small biscuit) transported him back in time and memory to rich recall of past events and emotions. I’m no Proust, but I had an experience a bit like that this morning. I finished watching Season…