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To Change the World, Click Here (or not)

A year or two ago, an old friend posted the following on his Facebook page: WANTED: Participants for a book-loving social experiment. Comment if you want to participate and I’ll send you details. What do you have to do? Buy your favorite book and send it to a stranger (I’ll …

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Internaut Day for Cats?

Across social media this week, people have been celebrating August 23 as Internaut Day, supposedly the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web being made available to the public. Whilst this is not strictly true (here is a link from CERN explaining more) the Web has indeed now been around …

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What, another lion-related post?

Remember Walter Palmer? Probably not – I had to look up his name on Google before I wrote this. You probably remember what he did roughly a year ago, though. He was the Minnesota dentist who went big-game hunting in Zimbabwe last year and shot a lion that had been …

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Duplicating the Arts out of existence?

Let’s do a little thought-experiment, a mental exercise. Imagine that someone invents a magical computer program and makes it available as a free download from the internet. The program allows a person to create perfect, functioning copies of manufactured items out of thin air – a kind of ultimate 3-D …

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The Monty Hall Problem

If you wish to start an argument, but don’t want to venture into religion or politics, you could do a lot worse than to bring up the Monty Hall problem.  This is a logic puzzle, named after the host of TV Show “Let’s Make A Deal”, which shows that the …

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Kim Kardashian and other “K” words

I have to confess that I know very little about the Kardashian sisters. I knew that their stepfather was once something big in sports, and I recently found out (i.e. this afternoon, via Google, before I sat down to write this) that their father was O.J. Simpson’s defence lawyer.  Mostly …

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