Why other animals are better than humans.

Warning: This might become a long running series, although I might get stuck finding a way that wasps are better than humans, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Explanation: The title of this post is a little wordier than it needs to be. I could have just written ‘Why animals are better…

Living before dying

This isn’t supposed to be a morbid post, but it does talk about death so it might be worth avoiding if that’s a topic that pains you. When I think about my own death I try to make it about practicalities rather than wallowing in how dreadful it will be for the rest of the…

Experiment Update

About 6 months ago I decided to stop reading the news.  Up to that point I had been a frequent visitor to the BBC website and it had become a significant part of my morning routine. I made the decision to stop because having to read one-sided articles, about horrendous things I could do nothing…

A decision made

Warning: Significant swearing below… I try very hard to consider situations from as many different angles as possible.  I want to be able to see things from other people’s perspectives, in case I’m wrong and I’m about to learn something new, but also to ensure my opinions are fully considered and worked out before I…

Watch and learn

A few years ago I discovered that a good documentary can change the way you think about things. A really good documentary can change your life. Because I am human, and we humans tend to gravitate towards the things we find interesting and enjoyable, I watch mostly science, music and art documentaries. But occasionally I…

Illustrated distractions – part 1

While books and documentaries can feed the mind sometimes I just want something lighter and more ridiculous to entertain me. Below are links to cartoons and online graphic novels that all have something I consider special. They are either daft and very funny, or funny and thought provoking. I tend to save them up for…

The last four things – part 2

Following on from yesterday… 3: Lush shampoo bar and tin I have started using these Lush shampoo bars as a way to reduce the plastic I buy and because, once I started using them, I discovered how much better my hair feels. They do not seems to leave as much residue when they’re rinsed out,…

The last four things – part 1

I am trying to find a balance between frugality and minimalism. On the surface it would seem that they are compatible but frugality means buying 100 of something if you find it on offer (so that the next 100 times you need that thing you have not paid full price for it) whereas minimalism means…

Post festival musings and recommendations

My brain is still getting used to the idea that I spent the weekend surrounded by music and science but I have started to file my ideas and impressions (or so I think, my brain surprises me still…) Here are my post BlueDot festival recommendations and some musings it provoked. Discovering some art: there was…

Pale Blue Dot

It has been pointed out to me that some readers of this blog may not know where the BlueDot festival got its name. As the Voyager 1 probe was sailing away from Earth and about to leave the solar system the astronomer Carl Sagan requested that it be turned around in order to take a…