Sunday, 29 August 2010

A thought for a Sunday

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody".

Bill Cosby (b. 1937) Grow into these trousers... >>

Friday, 27 August 2010

Late night music

I just came across this old cover version of an even older song. Well I quite like it...

Fairport Convention - Heard It Through The Grape Vine
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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Support an impoverished sceptic!

Settling down to listen to something interesting this evening, I was delighted to find an interview with my old friend Andy Roberts on the Righteous Indignation podcast. Agg, as I will always call him, was interviewed following his talk at Weird Weekend 2010 discussing the Berwyn Mountains UFO case.

Synopsis: In the winter of 1974 residents close to the Berwyn Mountains area of Wales, UK, were shaken by a rumbling explosion and rushed outside to see lights in the sky and beams coming up from the ground. The event entered UFO folklore as a 'flying saucer' crash site with a subsequent 'alien recovery' and cover-up by the government/military.

Variously described as an 'arch-sceptic' and 'renowned Fortean', Agg disassembles the events which gave rise to the 'Welsh Roswell' with his usual depth of research and clear thinking.

So watch the presentation, listen to the RI interview and, most important, buy the book - UFO Down? The Berwyn Mountain UFO Crash. It's the dedicated research of people like my friend which helps stem the tide of bullshit we are already up to our necks in.

WEIRD WEEKEND 2010: Andy Roberts

And I must say he looks much better that he did for his talk at last year's meeting.

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Sunday, 22 August 2010

A thought for a Sunday

"Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life".

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121 – 180 CE) Grow into these trousers... >>

Sunday, 15 August 2010

A thought for a Sunday

"It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace".

AndrĂ© Gide (1869 – 1951) Grow into these trousers... >>

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Another reason to like Hitch

I was saddened to hear recently that Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer. I wish him well.

Hitch is not a 'light in time of darkness' but a small glow of rationality which, I hope, may herald a sunrise. I like his wit, erudition, honesty and unshakable self confidence. Even in illness he is a wise sage:

Christopher Hitchens Interviewed by Anderson Cooper

But Hitch is just Hitch:

Christopher Hitchens - The State of Human Intelligence
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Sunday, 8 August 2010

A thought for a Sunday

"Why shouldn't we give our teachers a license to obtain software, all software, any software, for nothing? Does anyone demand a licensing fee, each time a child is taught the alphabet?"

William Gibson (b. 1948) Grow into these trousers... >>

Sunday, 1 August 2010

A thought for a Sunday

"The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting".

John Cleese (b. 1939) Grow into these trousers... >>