Saturday was the day of Interesting 08, the second unconference organised by Russell Davies (no T on this boy) at Conway Hall in London. Thirty speakers gave talks on subjects close to their hearts, the only common linking theme that the topics were—and the speakers should be—interesting. Possibly it was the best not-a-conference conference I’ve ever been to.Today, he's posted a video of his presentation, and it is, quite simply, brilliant: Of especial interest to any and all science geeks, and any/all World of Warcraft players. Or people who know such players and want ammunition in order to better take the piss. Just watch it, it's worth it. Video was taken by another presenter, Roo Reynolds, who did his talk on Lego, he's got quite a lot of it. He's also listed several of the other presenters., some of which definitely look interesting.
- Interesting, not had time to read fully, linking for reference: The results suggest that women are not only aroused by a variety of types of sexual imagery but are more flexible than men in their sexual interests and preferences.
- Nice summary of the legal rights to copyright we have under UK and international law - in other words, don't let the Mail on Sunday rip you off without permission, and demand payment if they do.
- 'As the rest of the world makes leaps and bounds in science, engineering and technology, we're perfecting a reality television.'
- Democratic pary my arse: the BNP's national election officer then goes on to say that any resulting election 'should be carried out in the most rapid manner possible with zero publicity allowed for the joke candidate.'
- Or, in other words, why having a dark background for your sites and documents cuts electric use. Lots. and it's easier on the eyes. My LJ layout: saving the planet ;-)
- Iains followd up on the landslide/wipeout link I posted: Could Labour fall to just five seats at the next election? It's unlikely, but not completely impossible. One of the preconditions is the invention of a competitor party in heartland seats
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has long campaigned for the blasphemy laws to be abolished, and an opportunity for this to happen has now come with an amendment to be tabled this week by Evan Harris MP.That's Dr Evan Harris MP, not met him yet, think I might like to. Cross party support would be good on this one *cough*bagrec, it's not really political, more a general interest story, right?*cough* Even if you're a believer, I've yet to see any coherent defense of the blasphem laws, wouldn't it be better to let people make their case so you can try to rebut them or persuade people otherwise?
We need as many people as possible to get in touch with their MP to show the support there is for abolishing this antiquated law.
OK, on to fun stuff. A bunch of researchers in San Diego attended 66 different student parties and breathalysed a representative sample of attendees. They found that while men drink more at normal parties, women drink more at fancy dress parties, and drink much more at sexually themed parties. Quoth the guy in charge:
Dr Clapp admitted that "as his team was unable to explain the surprise finding it would be necessary to carry out further field work", concluding: "Given that some theme parties can be highly sexualised, future investigation of the mechanisms that may explain this effect is warranted." ®Yes, that's right, you want to go to a bunch of student sex themed parties in the name of research. Gotta admire his commitment to science, right?
Now, more sillyness. The guy who runs asciimation, home of The death of Jar Jar is also a bit of a loon when not on his computer, and a Futurama fan. Hence The Bender Brewer Project, in which he makes a life size Bender and puts a brewing barrel in its chest. If you just want to see the complted work, half way down page three you can find him pictured playing on a TARDIS arcade console (via slashdot). How cool is that? Cue Jennie saying
I want oneto the TARDIS thing in 5, 4, 3...
( Reasons to abolish the blasphemy laws courtesy of the BHA )