East African Federation bans the sale of personal data. But you might not like their alternative.

Image by robjewitt, Creative Commons In an effort to weaken the political and economic power of giant, international tech firms, the East African Federation has banned the sale and hoarding of the personal data of its citizens. The new law requires that the personal data of EAF citizens held by any company or organization must … Continue reading East African Federation bans the sale of personal data. But you might not like their alternative.

Yawning, Dogs and Time Travel

Did this picture make you yawn? Or is it the other way around? Photo by Manokaran M  CC BY-SA 4.0 As many of you know, my friends at the County Durham College of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fine Arts have been furiously fiddling away with a time capsule from the future. One side benefit of … Continue reading Yawning, Dogs and Time Travel

The Tree House by Kathleen Jamie

Some of you will say I'm wandering off topic again. Some of you will say this is neither fantasy nor science-fiction. My reply is that Kathleen Jamie's The Tree House is a work of compelling and subtle imagination. And that's a good enough reason for me to review it. The Tree House is a collection … Continue reading The Tree House by Kathleen Jamie

A Tale of Two Christmases, or An Amazon Carol

I've been dealing with the annual conundrum of what to get my brothers for Christmas. I'm bad at this, so bad that they often don't receive anything until sometime in January. My only consolation is that they're nearly as bad at it as me. So imagine how happy I was when, about a week ago, … Continue reading A Tale of Two Christmases, or An Amazon Carol

Circe by Madeline Miller

First, I should say that this was just (as in this week) voted "Fantasy Book of the Year" on Goodreads. Second, the readers there got it right. In Circe, Madeline Miller delivers the full package. Compelling characters? Check. Excellent storytelling? Check. Powerful, subtle, simple yet elegant prose? Check. Compelling characters? What, did I say that … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller

The Migratory Behaviour of Joggers

Photo by Mat Fascione CC BY-SA 2.0 Friends at County Durham College of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fine Arts have tipped me off to another incredible breakthrough. An AI developed at CDCAAHFA has become the first non-human being (with the possible exception of Richard Dawkins) to have a scientific paper published in a peer-reviewed journal. … Continue reading The Migratory Behaviour of Joggers

Investigating Poplar Culture (yes, I mean poplar, as in the trees)

Photo by Zohairasad CC BY-SA 3.0 Time for another excerpt from Grad Bernart’s research notes. This week, his sanity is tried by a poplar grove. Here goes: “After my experiences with the rowans and ash coppices, I approached the poplars with decidedly low expectations. I can say only that, once again, I was surprised. Not … Continue reading Investigating Poplar Culture (yes, I mean poplar, as in the trees)