2014-07-02 00.18.16

Ways of curating

If you’ve heard me talk about science unconferences, you may have noticed me refer to this quote before: “At a conference the most important things happen in the coffee break” – Hans-Ulrich Obrist It comes from a 2008 Edge interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and refers to an event he organised…

slide

Stories

Here’s the full video of the “Stories behind the research” session I led at SpotOn last week. Below that (under the fold) is the Storify summary, with all the highlights. Our session was apparently the one with the most laughs, but we touched on some important things as well. Thanks…

slide

Elgar’s Explosion

Composer Edward Elgar had a chemistry lab in a shed in his yard. There’s an anecdote about this lab in Elgar’s biography by W.H. Reed, and it’s quoted verbatim in pretty much every other source about it. Because it’s only a second-hand anecdote in one biography, it’s hard to say…

slide

The Kitsch Quiche Niche

How do you pronounce “niche”? If you say “nitch”, to rhyme with “kitsch”, you’re probably from the US. If you say “neesh”, to rhyme with “quiche”, you’re in the company of people from all over the world – including the rest of the States. For the past year I’ve kept…

slide

Graphs

It’s a long weekend in the UK, so I’m working on my favourite side project – people who do both science and music. (It really needs a catchy title. Suggestions?) I’ve been doing a bit of writing, but the past weeks were mainly research. The research phase never seems to…

slide

Hoping they’ll lose Pinterest

This post also appeared on my science blog. If you read between the lines, it also explains both why I first decided I didn’t want a personal blog anymore, and recently revived it again. The people who introduced me to blogging were not scientists or academics. They were online friends…

slide

What I’ve been up to

Quiet here? That’s because I tend to take on too many projects and never actually get a chance to share them. Here’s a quick snapshot of what I did in the past three months or so: My 2012 resolution was to create something each week. We’re seven weeks in, and…

slide

The return of the buttons

A couple of years ago, I created some buttons with the easternblot flask image. I sold about 60 of them via the site and to friends. I still have some left, so let me know if you really want one Part of the text on the cards reads: Poof! Bubble!…

slide

Lab Waste screening in New York

My little film about Lab Waste is screening on October 20th as part of the “Quirky Science Shorts” programming at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. Yay! Go see it! That evening is all shorts, so you can go home after that with the accomplished feeling of having…

slide

Science of Cooking

The Science of Cooking on the Exploratorium website is all about the science behind the things you eat. It not only gives good “daily life” examples for general concepts of chemistry, such as as the Maillard Reaction, but is also informative for people who love cooking and just want to…