I picked up a mailing from New Scientist this morning with the headline Two of the UK’s water companies are still using dowsing to find leaks and it rightly says that method is scientifically discredited. But it works for some people and I can attest to the truth of that from the two weeks I spent […]
I’ve been feeling a little frustrated over the last ten days. I spent the previous week in a holiday cottage in Eryri with some excursions to the Carneddau foothills only to be flattened by gale-force winds and saturated by driving rain and hail. Since my return, the wind has dropped and the sky is clear […]
I’ve just listened to a three plus hours discussion with Jean Bolton on complexity, recorded for the Open University. I first met Jean through Peter Allen in the great days of the UK-based IBM Complexity Group which included Peter, Brian Godwin, Paul Cilliers, Jack Cohen, Max Boisot, Pierpaolo Andriani, Yasmin Merali, Mike Lissack and several […]
Before I return to my decision series I wanted to get a little bit of polemic off my chest. One of the most frequently misused statements on social media is the phrase “Research shows” and it rarely if ever comes with any reference to said research. I challenge the authors from time to time and […]
For the last two weekends, I’ve been walking the moors above Merthyr Tydfil. It is a landscape formed by geology and people over the ages. There are multiple Bronze Age burial mounts on most summits and the whole area is dotted with the ruins of stone build sheepfolds and small substance farms long since abandoned. […]
You see a lot of mountain shots in posts here, in part because I spent as much time as I can hiking and carting around a full frame Nikon camera (although today’s picture is from the iPhone. I took it yesterday from the summit of The Nab, my tenth Wainwright coming to the end […]
It’s winter solstice and as I live in the heart of Neolithic England we are always more than aware of such events. Avebury (a much older and in many ways more interesting stone circle than Stonehenge) is a shortish walk from my house as-is Silbury Hill, the West Kennet Long Barrow, Devil’s Den and the […]
Carwyn Edwards sent me an interesting link via social media the other day. It was to an article by an anthropologist at Dartmouth College on the link between great thinking and obsessive walking which starts with a wonderful quote from 1861: “Moreover, you must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only […]
So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post. I was just settling into staff accommodation at Nanyang University (The banner picture I grabbed from Google Street View but I can’t remember exactly which one) for a three-month sabbatical. In keeping with an overall theme over that period my second […]
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