Category Archives: Wee Bit O’ Humour

Hobbes the Robin

Early on in his schooling Hobbes the Robin learned the expression “the early bird gets the worm”. While he didn’t enjoy learning that he would have to get up earlier to see if this expression was true or not, still … Continue reading

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Aliens are Humans? – Wait a Minute!

I’ve heard it said that all aliens in science fiction are really humans in disguise for getting the author’s point across about humanity. Apparently the prime directive about writing science fiction is that it must be human centred even when … Continue reading

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What Can I Say About Reverse Skating?

To my mind, my namesake, science fiction writer Larry Niven, is the king of science fiction ideas. Not only are some of his ideas great, but he has a large amount of them. In the short story, “What Can You … Continue reading

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The Prison

Let’s follow the academic career of a typical scientist to see just exactly where they are coming from. First up is elementary school where the scientist-to-be has a slightly better math aptitude. It is also possible for her to be … Continue reading

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TOP isn’t Top Anymore

Twenty-One Pilots is of course TOP and with their new album Trench they are no longer the top rock band to watch. Do not be fooled by Stressed Out from the last album and Heathens from the soundtrack for Suicide … Continue reading

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What Do You Call Someone Who Hangs Around Musicians?

The real answer is Mike. The eighties answer to this – (the one that everyone knew) was a drummer. Everybody knew that drummers were on the way out in the eighties. Drum machines were the oft pointed at pieces of … Continue reading

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Eat $#!+ and Live

No this title is not an example of a sentence that is totally changed with the insertion of commas. It is uncomfortable because it needs to be. For a very long time scientists have dreamt of resurrecting the woolly mammoths. … Continue reading

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Lauding Economics but Dissing the Hard Sciences is a Recipe for Disaster

Politicians mostly hang on every word of an economist. They give that art its highest praise (as evidenced in practice) while trying to cherry pick the hard sciences of physics, chemistry and biology. Briefly I had a computer alias as … Continue reading

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Ranking the Power of Certain Nations

By now everyone has heard about the way Donald Trump practically groveled to Vladimir Putin. But it was obvious this was going to happen. After all, Trump might owe his election win to Russian meddling in the American election. Then, … Continue reading

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The American Left and Right and Russian Influence

Since 1945 the American left has tried to fend off attempts to tar it with being called communist. In particular, Russian communist. Liberals and Socialists have been tarred with the same brush that made Russian communism evil. But they aren’t … Continue reading

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