Why is the ‘Rule of Three’ funny?

This article was written with the very kind help of Clare Jonas: Clare Jonas is a science communicator with a PhD in the psychology of perception. When she’s not talking about merkins in the name of explaining science, she enjoys attempting to guess the names of other people’s dogs and listening to the music of Four Tet.Continue reading “Why is the ‘Rule of Three’ funny?”

Douglas Adams and Artificial Intelligence

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it is revealed that the Earth is a supercomputer designed by Deep Thought, the supercomputer that came before it. “DEEP THOUGHT: I speak of none but the computer that is to come after me. A computer whose merest operational parameters I am not worthy to calculate – and yetContinue reading “Douglas Adams and Artificial Intelligence”

Remembering Towel Day 2018

On May 25th, 2018, the second Towel Day was held at the Star of Kings in Kings Cross. Photos by Mike Conterio. If you’d like to attend Stay In for Towel Day, which will be on May 25th online, due to lockdowns around the world, you can RSVP to Save the Rhino here: https://www.savetherhino.org/get-involved/events/stay-in-for-towel-day-2020/

6 Easy Ways to Start Writing

The blank page is terrifying. But the good news is, writer’s block doesn’t exist. Not really. Not being able to think of anything to write is easily overcome with a few strategies. And if writing is what you do, and you’re serious about it, not being in the mood is not a good enough excuse.Continue reading “6 Easy Ways to Start Writing”

Remembering Towel Day 2017

If you’ve RSVP’d to the Save the Rhino event on Towel Day 2020, you might like to know what #Team42 got up to at previous Towel Days*. The very first Stand Up for Towel Day was in 2017 in the basement of Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road. My sister, Helen Puddefoot, very kindly made meContinue reading “Remembering Towel Day 2017”

Pen and ink vs computer

Is it harder to write now that it’s easier to write? Hundreds of years ago, there was no digital editing, paper was expensive and to find a pen you had to butcher a peacock*. *Or something. Turns out quill pens were made from goose, swan and turkey feathers. 19th century landowner, explorer and ‘first modernContinue reading “Pen and ink vs computer”

Stay In for Towel Day 2020

Delighted to announce that Towel Day this year will be performed online in collaboration with Save the Rhino. Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour. Due to theContinue reading “Stay In for Towel Day 2020”

Stand Up for Towel Day at the British Library

To celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the original radio broadcasts of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the British Library are hosting a whole day of events. Stand Up for Towel Day will be there, with Steve Cross, Cerys Bradley, The Underground Clown Club, Declan Kennedy, Jonathan Hearn and The Story Beast all performing homagesContinue reading “Stand Up for Towel Day at the British Library”

Level Up Human: Live at the Barbican

Earlier this year, Simon Watt and I recorded an episode of our podcast, Level Up Human, live at the Barbican in association with The Physiological Society. This episode was recorded with expert guests, marine biologist, writer and documentary maker, Helen Scales and KCL professor of developmental neurobiology, Robert Hindges. Episode summary First we look atContinue reading “Level Up Human: Live at the Barbican”