Sound and Vision on a Gold LP

I was thinking about the Voyager space probes the other day, as you do. In particular, I was thinking about the Golden Records containing images and sounds of life on Earth. They're currently heading into interstellar space and, apparently, in 40,000 years the one on Voyager 1 will be …

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Poetical Science

Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as the first computer programmer, writing a program for Charles Babbage's (unbuilt) Analytical Engine. More importantly, in my opinion, she was the first to recognise, as far back as 1843, that numbers could be used for more than calculation - that arranged the right way, they …

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I Made Some Art!

I'm sure we all know people, on social media and elsewhere, who never seem to enjoy anything and just moan and whinge about whatever they're watching or listening to, apparently unaware that you're actually allowed to stop watching or listening to things you don't like. So I've written some brief …

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The Imposter (What Am I Doing Here?)

Imposter syndrome is distressingly common in my line of work, and probably in many others. And when I was younger, I always had this naive idea that people like teachers, politicians, lawyers etc, had pretty much sorted everything out and knew exactly what they were doing. One thing I have …

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My Turn To Decide

The title here is inspired by an XKCD comic

Sometimes it feels like the purpose of school is to bash any creativity out of you. This is probably unfair, but even so, I used to love writing just for myself until I was maybe 13-14, and it's only the last …

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