Monthly Archives: August 2011

Earworms

There is a great satisfaction in learning a new word that just fits a situation perfectly, and substitutes for an awkward phrase.  When I found out (I believe on the BBC’s iPM programme) that a song that gets stuck in … Continue reading

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“We” and “they”

On Saturday I went to a talk on empathy by Simon Baron-Cohen (yes, I always think Sacha too.  It’s a problem.) I wasn’t 100% taken in my his reasoning of cruelty being due to diminished empathy, but I’m pretty confident … Continue reading

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Artist’s Way: week 0

I intended this week of the Artist’s Way to be week 1, but since I didn’t get any of the exercises done, I’ve decided to redesignate it as week 0. The fundamentals of the Artist’s Way are the Morning Pages … Continue reading

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Unticketed

I’m sure there are many misleading show descriptions on the Fringe, but the one that is causing me the most trouble right now is “free and unticketed”. Sometimes it does what it says on the tin.  For the marvellous Young … Continue reading

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Tracery

Yesterday I saw the Ingrid Calame exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery.  Wow!  Never have I felt quite so love-hate about a particular artist. More than half of the works are delicate tracery (literally) where she outlines in minute detail the marks … Continue reading

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Nim Chimpsky and humanity

Yesterday we went to see Project Nim, an utterly fascinating account of the life of Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee who was brought up in a human family and taught sign language. I always knew that there was a chimp, or chimps, … Continue reading

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Blur of woodsmoke

I feel like I am the last person on the planet to start to blog, and everyone else has already moved on to twitter.  I don’t even read blogs all that often, just the Yarn Harlot and Peeriemoot.  Sometimes Dorkymum. … Continue reading

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