This year’s christmas cake offering
It’s that most wonderful time again—time for my Advent Calendar, produced by my wonderful partner Heather.
First, a reminder of last year’s offering:
Absolutely terrifying crash in the F1 race this afternoon, from which Grosjean somehow walked away. For anyone doubting the value of motor-racing, that’s the sort of safety advancement might one day save your life on the motorway.
The incomparable, and appropriately named, Amazing Randi died last week. He was the finest of sceptics, and a knight of truth. I feel his anger towards those who would lie and take advantage.
Here is his marvellous TED Talk
Here he is in an interview basically doing Uri Geller’s act without lying about things:
And a bit of “ESP“:
Surviving The Quacks (i.e. the lying charlatan “faith healers”):
There’s a wonderful documentary from a few years back, “An Honest Liar”, well worth a watch if you get the chance.
And here’s a link to some bonus Penn and Teller content because they get angry about this bullshit too.
The world shutting down due to Covid has, for obvious reasons, somewhat curtailed this summer’s activities. Not a lot has been happening while this pandemic is brought more under control. We finally reached a point (at least for now) where restrictions were lifted enough, and Heather and I felt comfortable enough, that we could tentatively take up with the trip we had planned for Easter, just delayed by several months.
NASA SpaceX Demo-2 looking much more hopeful for launch this time round. Come on!
Nothing like watching a new era of space launches (assuming the weather gets out the way) #SpaceX #NASA
Got bored the other day so made these in support of those brilliant people keeping the country running and saving lives:
(Unlike other things on this site, these are released under Creative Commons Universal Public Domain Dedication)
Somewhere in all the chaos of going into isolation thanks to COVID-19 (setting up home office to work from home, generally trying to work out shopping arrangements, etc) got lost the fact that just before all that Heather and I went to see the Stereophonics at the O2 Arena. It’s been ages since we saw them (we were supposed to a couple of years ago but didn’t because of snow). Supported by the too chatty The Wind And The Wave, the ‘Phonics were as awesome as we remembered.