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Yappy New Hear!

30 Dec

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

And so ends another year. WordPress tells me I’ve written 21 blog posts in 2012… not exactly a mind-blowing number maybe, but one I’m pretty happy with given that 2012’s been a year of new jobs, house moves, and stockpiling for the impending apocalypse (!).

Anyway, here are my blog posts that have had the most views this year, in case anyone’s stuck for some holiday reading…

And to finish off 2012, here’s a beautiful science-themed artwork by an illustrator over in the US called Scott Benson, featuring a quote from the late, great Carl Sagan…

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known

'Somewhere' by Scott Benson

‘Somewhere’ by Scott Benson

See you in 2013!

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Introducing…Guru!

4 Aug

Just a quick plug for Guru, a new digital ‘science lifestyle’ magazine that was properly unveiled this week. Guru is the brainchild of Stuart Farrimond (Dr. Stu), who noticed a distinct lack of fun, jargon-free science magazines on the newsstands and decided to fill the gap.

Head over here to download issue one for free, lovingly crafted by Dr. Stu, Ben Veal, Sarah Joy, and a host of other contributors. In this issue…painting love and death, chatterbots, the art of making false memories, diet myths, Harry Potter success secrets, and a review of the Uncaged Monkeys tour by yours truly.

Guru magazine...go and download the first issue!

Dancing Pendulums

4 May

Richard Wiseman calls this the most beautiful video ever. He might not be too far wrong…

“Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.”

Hello world!

24 Jan

Welcome to The Soft Anonymous!

Well, I’ve decided to take the plunge at last and set up a new blog. Granted, it’s currently so bare that even the tumbleweed has gone off in search of another place to roll around, but before too long, I hope this place will be a hive of blogorific activity.

This blog is going to be based around the two subjects that get me excited: art and science. By art, I mean films, theatre, books, music, etc., not just the stuff that’s traditionally stuck to museum walls (though there will be some of that too). Similarly, ‘science’ covers anything from biology to geology, white dwarfs to the periodic table, and maybe even some philosophy if I’m feeling brave. Although I’ve spent the last seven odd years studying physics-related subjects, I’ll try not to be biased!

Anyway, rather than create a sprawling blog covering the millions of possible art- and science-related topics, I’m going to be writing about anything that links these two beasts…anything that could be termed ‘sciencey art’, or ‘arty science’ I guess. I’m not quite sure what that means yet, but time will tell. Here’s a few questions off the top of my head…

  • How has science inspired art (and vice versa)?
  • What music, books, films, plays, etc. have a connection to science?
  • How is art used to communicate and develop science?

Things will become less murky with the first posts, so…let the blogging commence!

James

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