This tea-break quiz result told me:

Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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Ain’t that the troof…

Written in stone

Bit surprised by this – very pleasantly so, but surprised nonetheless. Wikipedia’s entry on commonplaces quotes me as a reference.


A Triumph over Reason

I’m slightly gobsmacked. Last night, I went to a debate on the motion “The House of Windsor is falling down (and we should let it)”. And the voting seemed to ignore the arguments of the speakers.

These events are always reasonably light-hearted.…

Writing across the lines

Heard a lovely true story yesterday. A grandmother, who shall remain nameless, was watching her granddaughter learn to write on lined paper. The little girl finished her sentence, proudly showed it off, and the grandmother congratulated her. Then she said:

“Now darling, turn over the paper and try writing across the lines.…

Keirsey Temperament

Wey hey – I’m a rational 🙂 There are four types architects, masterminds, inventors and field marshals. Any of those sounded fine so I didn’t pay the £10 to find out …


Classified: Gulliver’s Travels

Was thinking, over a cup of revolting tea, about classification and whether it can hinder creativity and I remembered a story I was told about Gullivers Travels.

A while ago (1997?), while I was working for a digital media research lab, I had to go to a Special Effects conference in Sweden.…

Quote #1 – Alienated Intellect

Liked this quote: [via Jef’s Web Files]

“It was no less a scientist than Charles Darwin who demonstrated the consequences and the human tragedy of a purely scientific, alienated intellect. He writes in his autobiography that until his thirtieth year he had intensely enjoyed music and poetry and pictures, but that for many years afterward he lost all his taste for these interests: ‘My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of fact .

Harvard Moral Sense Test

There’s an interesting piece of research being done at Harvard’s Primate Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Basically, they have developed a test which they think will help them work out what moral intuitions are cross-cultural, evolved etc. And anyone can do it. In fact, the more people who do, the better the results.

Mr Carlyle

As a far better man than me has pointed out, the most notable bit of every phenomenon is always the beginning. That is, however hard this is to believe, it’s, erm, downhill from here.

Thomas Carlyle