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post #1 of 7 Old 06-21-2014, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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Hello to all the nerdy people here!

If you're into stuff like science, philosophy, poetry, and reading dictionaries and thesauruses for fun, and thinking esoteric thoughts, this is a thread for you.

Please bring your own interesting stuff and links here.

As I'm Australian, I thought a good place to start would be some ground-breaking research that was done here on belly button lint a few years ago:

The Great Bellybutton Lint Survey: The Results - ABC Science Online

It won an IgNobel Award in 2002. If you like what you see on the above link and have never heard of the IgNobel Awards, you may like to check this out:

Improbable Research


I initially toyed with the idea of just a Nerdy Science thread, but nerds usually have more than one area of interest, plus I happened to be listening to a conversation between Brian Eno and Danny Hillis on a Long Now podcast, and this convinced me that we'd have more fun if we didn't pigeonhole our subject matter. Eno is a record producer, musician and visual artist, Hillis is in science and engineering, and their conversations are thought-provoking and often hilarious.

Brian Eno, Danny Hillis: The Long Now, now - The Long Now

Long Now promotes long-term thinking, and does some interesting projects, like the 10,000 year clock.

I think that's enough for the moment!

Anyway, would love to know who here is also interested in this sort of thing!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-21-2014, 06:14 PM
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You and my son would have some great conversations. Wasn't Eno the inventer of elevator music, I mean "Muzak"?
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Not so sure about that... he wrote this thing called Music for Airports which is a bit more intelligent than the average elevator music, and similar experimental music like that. As an intellectual proposition the stuff he does is interesting, but I don't really enjoy it that much on an aesthetic level. He started in the glam period with Roxy Music and bands like that, when arty guys wore makeup and had weird hair and costumes, like Bowie in that phase of his career.

Eno is probably best known for producing, and/or being involved in, every U2 album since The Unforgettable Fire. He is a visual artist as well and likes to produce work to make people think and ask questions.
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I thought that name was familiar (Brian Eno), I loved Roxy Music!! Glam rock, oh those were the days. I'm a major David Bowie fan.
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You know, I kind of passed off Bowie as a teenager in the 80s but I have come to appreciate him more and more the older I have gotten. He has been a major innovator all his life, and what he did was miles above average in quite a number of decades now. Very intelligent and thinking-outside-the-square artist. He also has aged very beautifully, which kind of amazed me considering his alleged drug antics in the 70s etc.
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He also was one of the early celebrities to break the color barrier when it was still a bit taboo. He has had a long successful bi-racial marriage.

A very loyal trend setter. I rather like that.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-05-2014, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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...anyone tired of news, newspapers and news media? Always seem to be the same stories just with different names and (sometimes) places, and nothing learnt from it, and it's just so depressing and demoralising?

Alain de Botton was just in Australia talking delightfully on these subjects. His Wheeler Centre speech is available as a video or podcast and had us in stitches:

Alain de Botton on The News - The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas

You'll find that you're not crazy and that there are better things to do with your time...

How a newspaper might look, and have us learn from it and engaged by it on a deeper level:

Philosophers' Mail
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