On At War With The Motorist, a short review of the London “cycle superhighways”, after a quick go on “CS3”. They’re exactly what you’d expect from the sort of “super” infrastructure that can be installed for pennies within a couple of months of being announced: pointless. Read it here.
(This is another archival repost of something written on the old blog a few years ago.) I’ve been catching up with about a month of blogosphere this weekend, after travelling, and other distractions. I managed to catch a discarded copy of G2 with Ben Goldacre’s homeopathy article, so I was […]
A flurry of new posts this week to launch the blog that all the kids are already calling AWWTM: On Tuesday, In pictures: Bollard collides with motor vehicle, an introductory post to a series that will discuss the complicated role of bollards in the history of the war. On Wednesday, […]
Matt Brown reports that the awesome Grant Museum of Zoology is to close on July 1st. The Grant Museum is a hidden gem. It’s tiny, and shoved away somewhere deep within the labyrinths of UCL, between Totenham Court Road and Gower Street, near Goodge St tube. There are no signs. […]
I’ve posted a quick review of The Way The World Is, physicist-vicar John Polkinghorne’s attempt at explaining to other scientists why he is a Christian. It’s a tedious and embarrassing piece of work. The book, that is. The post, I hope, is at least entertainingly sarcastic. Read it here.
A quick review of this week’s Law In Action on Radio 4, which looked at photography and the law — particularly jobsworth office managers who think it’s their job to harass people, and other police initiatives that lack any credible evidence-base. Read it at cotch dot net.
This past week, I’ve used a week off to prepare enough blog posts to keep me going through the weeks when I don’t have time to write, and also to prepare for getting a serious hardcore science blog going again. I’ve been writing from a barn on the side of […]
At War With The Motorist reports from the front line of the civil war for Britain’s city streets. We will uncover the bollocks public transport, bullshit cycling infrastructure, bad town planning, and injustice, given out by the Motorist government and local authorities. We’ll also be taking a skeptical, evidence-based, sometimes […]
This is an archival re-post of something written last summer on the old blog. Any Questions, one half of BBC Radio 4’s weekly foray into the realm of mindless US-style talk radio bigotry, this week invited a panel of historians, novelists, and journalists to share their poorly considered thoughts on […]
Today is the tenth birthday of London’s Millennium Bridge, a much loved modern Thames crossing, and a symbol of London’s improving centre and riverside environments. Find out more about the structure in this celebratory photo essay at cotch dot net.
Every time I blog about the future of science publishing and the opportunities for radical changes to the way science is conducted and disseminated, somebody comes along and leaves a comment telling me that the state of science publishing is perfect but one thing: the lack of “green” open access. […]
One really shouldn’t have to explain the advantages of RSS over email as a system for keeping up with new things to read. But you know how academics are. So the latest Journalology Literature Hack does just that — introducing RSS PubMed searches as an alternative to the increasingly inappropriate […]