Working as a postdoc at Lancaster University

I've just started a new job at Lancaster University, working as a postdoc in Louise Connell's lab.  I'll be looking at the roles of linguistic representations and sensory simulations in human cognition.  You can read more about the lab's research aims on its website.

The NSA are evil idiots

Everything about the subject of this article is mind-numbingly awful.

Ars Technica: The NSA’s Skynet program may be killing thousands of innocent people

The NSA have apparently built an artificial intelligence which sifts through mass-surveiled metadata of Pakistani civilians to compile a kill list, which is then executed on by America's fleet of death squads and flying robots. Continue reading "The NSA are evil idiots"

Embedding a Bibtex publication list in a website with PHP

Now that I have a more professional website, I wanted to include on it a list of publications. It took me a while to figure out a "good" way to do this, and many things I tried didn't work, so here's the solution I eventually settled on.

Maybe it can help you too! Continue reading "Embedding a Bibtex publication list in a website with PHP"

Divestment

I am, to the best of my abilities, divesting myself of fossil-fuels, monetarily. I don’t have any money invested anywhere (or much full stop), but that doesn’t mean that what little money I do have can be used by others for ill.

So far I have cancelled my bank accounts at Halifax, Natwest and Lloyds (which is particularly bad), and moved completely over to The Co-Operative, which is the only high-street bank which has an explicit policy of not investing money in “any business or organisation whose core activity contributes to global climate change”.

The next step is to check what USS invests its money in, and remove any of mine which is supporting malign corporate interests.

I am more-or-less following The Guardian’s ongoing series on personal divestment.

VideoBrains

Near London? Like thinking and talking about video games? You should check out VideoBrains. It's a monthly meet of games journalists, developers, academics and other enthusiasts which takes place in an esports bar near-ish Kings Cross.

Each event features panels and talks by smart people, who so far have had only interesting and thoughtful things to say. If it sounds like your thing, you should really check it out.

Also, previous talks are posted on their Youtube channel, so you can get a flavour of what it's like. But if you do watch them, consider throwing the organiser a dollar or so; he puts a hell of a lot of effort into making it as good as it is.

I'm mirroring old episodes of some podcasts

A commenter on an old post recently asked if I'd share my copies of Ed Brayton's old podcasts. I've put them up here. I've mentioned before how much of a fan I am of these shows.

The list is an awful mess right now as I just copied the file names and regexp'd a page together, but it's better than nothing.