- Tyler Cowen on stories (transcript of TEDx talk) Kind of interesting talk on the limitations of story construction as a way of thinking, but offered with apparently little grounding in the substantial literature apart from Booker, 2005* (which is odd given Cowen's reputation as a voracious reader), so just an introduction. You can watch the video here, but it is out of sync so it is almost unwatchable.
- On the less-than-obvious connection between photographs and the real world.
- Frozen Planet's brinicle sequence explained Incredible dedication and effort and stunning results; but was it actually worth it? Discuss. (Some of these links are courtesy of Ed Yong's excellent Not Exactly Rocket Science blog. Many thanks!)
- The psychologists' vow. For good measure, external examiners also take a vow to express concern over the quality of referencing...
- And the inexplicable German New Year tradition of Dinner for One:
* Booker C (2005) The Seven Basic Plots: why we tell stories London; Continuum