The obscure English word this week is moue. Really it isn’t an English word, of course. It is stolen from French (along with a lot of other English words) and means a pout. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017
I’m intrigued by how quickly we get used to music and sounds. Just about every track we listen to these days has electronically-generated content, and even the analog elements are usually processed. Thanks to digital signal processing and software originally developed for the oil industry, singers can even fix pitch and timing. But that wasn’t … More Why nobody notices synthesisers any more
I’ve got a bit of a brand problem. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in all sorts of things. I began my academic career with music, physics and cosmology, interests I’ve kept up without relent. I have degree qualifications in anthropology and still pursue my life-long interest in human evolutionary paths. … More Writing and branding – a practical lesson in extreme interests
This week’s really obscure English word is prolix. It means long and tedious. The antonym of this post, really. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017
The revelation a while back that Winston Churchill had written a paper on aliens isn’t too surprising. The great statesman was literate, erudite, deeply interested in history and the sciences, and knew many of the key figures in the British scientific community. What he had to say was very much in line with the thinking … More Are we so arrogant to suppose aliens will be like us?
Something slightly scary occurred to me the other day. Analysis of the Mw 7.8 quake that ripped through central New Zealand last November suggests it was awesomely complex. We usually imagine quakes being caused when one fault line moves. Or maybe two or three faults, because faults tend to exist in connected systems. And often, … More The earthquake apocalypse – it’s coming. Probably.
This week’s really obscure English word is functor. It means somebody who performs functions: an operator. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017