Where can you find out more about the UNESCO Astronomy World Heritage Inititative?

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For any­one search­ing for my name today, here’s the inform­a­tion you’re after.

The bit I’m work­ing with is the Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy. This is the part where all the pub­lic inform­a­tion is.

There are pages about the ini­ti­at­ive at UNESCO and the IAU.

It’s excel­lent report­ing by Andy Carling, so if I’ve said any­thing incor­rect or muddled then it’s def­in­itely me who got it wrong, not some com­mu­nic­a­tion mix-up.

The Meaning of Liff at 30

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There’s a radio show online cel­eb­rat­ing 30 years of The Meaning of Liff a dic­tion­ary of words that don’t exist, but should. The words are all place names that have been press-ganged into doing some proper work in the English language. As a respons­ible per­son I’m not link­ing to this web­site that lists many of the defin­i­tions in the book: http://​folk​.uio​.no/​a​l​i​e​d​/​T​M​o​L​.​h​tml

Examples:
THROCKING (par­ti­cipial vb.)
The action of con­tinu­ally push­ing down the lever on a pop-up toaster in the hope that you will thereby get it to under­stand that you want it to toast something.

NAD (n.)
Measure defined as the dis­tance between a driver’s out­stretched fin­ger­tips and the ticket machine in an auto­matic car-park. 1 nad = 18.4 cm.

RIPON (vb.)
(Of lit­er­ary crit­ics.) To include all the best jokes from the book in the review to make it look as if the critic thought of them.

#Liff     #Books     #DouglasAdams     #Gplus  

The Meaning of Liff at 30
John Lloyd cel­eb­rates 30 years of The Meaning of Liff with Matt Lucas and Helen Fielding.

For once an anti-GM campaigner might cheer a Monsanto win

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I’ve blogged about my con­fu­sion over the Bowman vs. Monsanto case at AoB Blog. There’s a whole argu­ment over GMOs are bad or not, or if that’s even the right ques­tion. But if they are, does that mean the anti-GM pos­i­tion is always anti-Monsanto?

On this occa­sion I argue a Monsanto win would do more to reduce the uptake of GMOs than a loss. It’s per­fectly pos­sible I’ve made a mis­take. The cam­paign­ers are pre­sum­ably much more know­ledgable about the situ­ation than I am, so feel free to leave a com­ment at AoB Blog.

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My enemy’s enemy…?
Recently a lot of com­ments on the Bowman vs. Monsanto court case have been in my social media streams. If you’ve not heard about this, it’s about a court case between a farmer and the Monsanto corp.…..

In the UK we’ll soon hear that ‘cod’ fish fingers are up to 100% sea…

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In the UK we’ll soon hear that ‘cod’ fish fin­gers are up to 100% seahorse.

Reshared post from +Sean Treacy

These are not the fish you’re look­ing for. 

One-third of sea­food mis­labeled, study finds
Fraud com­mon in sea­food labeling. Sushi houses the worst offend­ers, study finds.

Thoughts on Persuasion

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A talk so good I went out and bought the book. Given I was in a foul mood at this point in the event, that was a big suc­cess for the speaker.

I’m not sure how much I can use this; I’m not inter­ested in mak­ing sales. It is inter­est­ing to know about thought to see how you can be unin­ten­tion­ally per­suaded by oth­ers actions.

Going into space? If you can’t wear a blue shirt then make sure you have a red…

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Going into space? If you can’t wear a blue shirt then make sure you have a red one.

Significance magazine has ana­lysed the cas­u­al­ties in Star Trek:TOS. Everyone knows that wear­ing a red shirt on the USS Enterprise is like wear­ing a giant shoot me sign. But what every­one knows might be wrong.

Matthew Barsalou has ana­lysed the cas­u­al­it­ies and found blue is the safest col­our. He’s also found more red shirts died than any other col­our — but on the Enterprise there are more red shirts any­way. The situ­ation is made more com­plic­ated by secur­ity, engin­eer­ing and oper­a­tions all wear­ing red shirts even though they do very dif­fer­ent jobs.

If you’re a space cadet this is essen­tial reading.

Reshared post from +K. Llewellin

#startrek   #stat­ist­ics  

Keep your red­shirt on: a Bayesian explor­a­tion — Web Exclusive Article — Significance Magazine
Keep your red­shirt on: a Bayesian explor­a­tion. Author: Matthew Barsalou. The idea of red-shirted char­ac­ters being fre­quently killed in Star Trek: The Original Series has become a pop cul­ture cliché. B…

A new dark sky reserve

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There’s another dark sky reserve in the UK. The prac­tical effect is that the coun­cil will be tak­ing light pol­lu­tion ser­i­ously in order to keep the status. If you’d like to see what a dark sky looks like AstroCamp is there in May: http://​astrocamp​.org​.uk/

I’m pleased about this news as I’m hop­ing that it’ll mean the local council’s open to redu­cing light pol­lu­tion else­where in Powys. I live in a more sparsely pop­u­lated region to the north of the Brecon.

Brecon Beacons win dark sky status
Brecon Beacons National Park has become Wales’ first and only the fifth des­tin­a­tion in the world to be gran­ted the status of an inter­na­tional dark sky reserve.