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Bushfire blamestorming

It only takes a short time before the spectre of disaster capitalism appears in relation to the devastating Australian bush fires. In this case, it is attempting to scapegoat environmentalists as the cause of the bush fires. The claim is that the blazes are due to not clearing undergrowth and that was prevented by lobbying from environmentalists.

New Borns Sense the Beat

My boss at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Dr. Henkjan Honing is interviewed by WNYC about a study that was done along with Olivia Ladinig, my co-worker and the group in Budapest on the ability for newborn babies to detect the beat of musical rhythms. Science daily has further details and a link to the paper.

The Siege of Gaza

The news that the Israeli defence force (IDF) is now using artillery only emphasises the indiscriminate nature of their attacks against the Gaza strip. Artillery is uncontrolled and practically untargetted (even with observers several rounds have to be fired to fix a target). It is almost guaranteed to kill innocent people. Gaza is one of the most overcrowded bodies of land in the world. The indiscrimination in the attacks alone constitutes a war crime.

NLISP updates

This feed is the version control logs of the NLISP software. See www.nlisp.info for the site page.

New WTC photos

As part of re-releasing my image portfolios as a drupal Image Gallery, I've added some extra images I took on a film camera before the towers fell. These took longer to develop than the digital camera, so they didn't get put up at the same time as the earlier images, and then the CD-ROM I had the film scanned onto disappeared into my gear in storage, and for some time I didn't want to dwell on the event. Since many people have visited my site for the images, the earlier ones hopefully set the scene between the impact and the collapse.

EmCAP showcase now available

The previous project I was working on at the Uni of Amsterdam, EmCAP, has a showcase of the work that each of the academic partners contributed. My computational model of representation of musical rhythm, written in Common Lisp is now available.

Welcome to my new website

It's well past the time for a major rethink of my site. I've decided to use drupal which Jill and I have successfully been using over at jillandleigh.net, and version 6 looks to be quite a nice upgrade from version 5. Eventually most of the content will be converted over to the new site and the look will improve over time. Thanks for your patience!

Recommendations for Obama's cabinet (guest blog)

Dear President-elect Obama, Please think big when it comes time to choose your cabinet. You campaigned on change, and that is what your constituents are expecting. This list of recommendations is designed to reflect racial and gender diversity, recognize those who have served in the name of change, and those who clearly wish to have a say in policy making.

Recommendations for Obama's cabinet (guest blog)

Dear President-elect Obama,

Please think big when it comes time to choose your cabinet. You campaigned on change, and that is what your constituents are expecting. This list of recommendations is designed to reflect racial and gender diversity, recognize those who have served in the name of change, and those who clearly wish to have a say in policy making.

Japanese Whale Killers Set Sail

It seems indicative of a return of Japanese rising nationalism and imperialism for the country to be throwing off it's obligations to conform to world law and instead throw a sop to it's politically powerful fishing industry and nationalist sentiments. Of course America and Australia would have some legitimate grounds for complaint about this poaching of sea life if they too had not already shown utter contempt for world law by attempting to colonise Iraq. If either of those countries had any real spine they would follow Australian Senator Bob Browns suggestion to send their Navy vessels to document and confront the environmental vandalism of the Japanese whaling industry.

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