Have you heard of the 'fine-tuning constant'? It's the thing that makes suns possible... It characterises the strength of the force between electrically charged particles. As such, it governs—among other things—the energy levels of an atom formed from negatively charged electrons and a positive nucleus. If it were a mere 4% bigger or smaller than… Continue reading Is nothing constant?
Seated at the mirror a woman puts herself in the hands of the hairdresser; very often a male. It is an occasion, almost ceremonial; it is concentrated, partly sombre. The woman is robed. Hair is the only changeable part of the face. And it is hair that frames - and makes distinctive - the various… Continue reading Hair
We were walking home from dinner with some friends last night and somehow got distracted by Elizabeth's Bookshop on Pitt St. That place never seems to close. Right out the front they were selling some cheap second-hand copies of The Velveteen Rabbit - a very special little children's story. There is a passage in the… Continue reading Real Velvet and The Turkey
Max the Plumber - Stanley Fish Blog - NYTimes.com I do like Stanley Fish. He writes here about his father Max.