A slightly unconventional choice for Monthly Recommendation #2:

A book, also published under the title of Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science, by two physicists: Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.  The beginning of the preface explains it all… Continue reading

* MASSIVE CONFLICT OF INTEREST ALERT *

The third of this month’s recommendations is my wife’s food blog:

http://abondgirlsfooddiary.co.uk/

Because, hey, why not?  It’s really good.  And genuinely, no amount of theoretical persuading would make me recommend it if I didn’t think it was really good.  (Not that there has been any persuading attempts – she was a little shocked when I told her I was doing it.)  She’s a trained chef, and she takes her food at least as seriously as I take my music. Continue reading

Recommendation #2 for this month.

I have been thrilling entertaining delighting telling all my friends about this book by David Eagleman about the brain.  (H particularly cannot hear enough about it.)  It’s a popular science book written by someone who is a big deal in their field (and who studied with Francis Crick, the giant of 20th century science who, together with James Watson, stole the discovery of DNA from Rosalind Franklin).

Every once in a while a landmark book/TV series comes along with the intention of popularising a field of academic expertise: Kenneth Clarke’s Civilisation, Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.  And everything that David Attenborough has ever done. Continue reading

The first of three epic recommendations for December: perhaps the most important album in electronic dance music in the 21st Century.  Inspired by a recent conversation with some friends about whether the hype about Daft Punk was justified.  They were both Kanye West fans and so knew the ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’ sample from his ‘Stronger‘ track.  I was trying to explain why they’ve been my benchmark of cool since the mid 90s, but seeing as we were all drunk and it was the middle of the night I thought I might need to do it a bit more coherently.  So, Messrs Mitchell and Taplin, here we go… Continue reading

Ben Champion is one of the many very talented performers I’ve met through Oxford’s Catweazle Club. Comedian, musician, veteran of the Edinburgh Festival amongst other things.

And his songs are catchy as fuck. And I’ve got to the stage where I know huge chunks of them off by heart, and I tend to sing them to myself a little bit too loudly in public places.

This YouTube video of a sort of filthy Elton John pastiche is particularly good for that, I find. I highly recommend singing ‘Dildo carrot’ to yourself with gusto in the supermarket queue.

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