Almost too much drama for one day…

Walked past this symposium at King’s yesterday. It didn’t sound quite so exciting from outside the hall, though the programme contains such gems as “12:30 – 14:00 Lunch 1400- 15:30 INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE MDT SYMPOSIUM” and “16:30 – 16:45 My complex abdominal hernia repair has become a disaster. What next? Prof Gordon Carlson, Salford, UK”

Supercollider Workshop

Musichackspace held a workshop on Supercollider last week, led by Shelly Knotts, to ‘Learn the basics of setting up a live coding session and making soundscapes and beats with sound synthesis and patterns in SuperCollider’. A good evening, though I won’t go to the other three in the series for cost reasons. I’ve got the…

Kew Gardens as Big Data

Yesterday I went to a one day course on botany at Kew Gardens. It seems silly to live so near to a world centre of excellence and not make use of it. Amongst other interesting things, I spent half an hour studying a daisy under a microscope. Daisies are not in fact a single yellow…

Clouds

This photograph was taken on Monday, whilst I was waiting for a taxi after coming out of the Gare du Midi in Brussels. The clouds could have been painted by Magritte – see The Empire of Light or Unveiling the Mystery. This is an interesting case where the referent (the Magritte painting) is being simulated…

Photography as simulation: notes on vocabulary

The sign: (Pierce): What is a sign? It is anything which in any way represents an object. This statement leaves us the difficulty of saying what “representing” is. Yet it affords help by pointing out that every sign refers to an object. A sign does not function as a sign unless it is understood as…

Empathy: effect on decisions

Notice an article on “Paving the road to preferential treatment with good intentions: Empathy, accountability and fairness”. Abstract says: Four studies explore whether, why, and under what conditions empathy may prompt group authorities and decision makers to enact preferential treatment toward particular members, favoring those group members over others when making allocation decisions. Based on…