Weekend Reading

Science Is Far Too Often Communicated as a One-Sided Conversation A 17-year-old named Gwen remained in my head after I read a recent story centered around the challenges of teaching climate science — i.e. our human contribution to climate change — to students already skeptical of its existence in rural, post-coal, post-manufacturing America. As with most things, communication is the make or break it seems. In Defense of Coldplay The other day, a friend and I were chatting away and when Coldplay came up — she immediately bashed the band that I secretly and publicly adore. They do get a hard time, I too have been a Coldplay basher but more and more find myself NOT skipping tracks when they come on… …

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Review: Loop and Scoop

I love ice cream, I mean I REALLY LOVE ICE CREAM – it’s something I inherited from my Dad – but would another quality ice cream vendor really find a place alongside the Nardini’s of the world? Short answer is yes! The longer answer is a bit hot and cold… #loopandscoop A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 11, 2017 at 7:36am PST To open a gelato and churros based venture in October, in Glasgow, does sound a bit bonkers, I mean even during the best of our summers we don’t get more than a few weeks of ‘ice cream sunshine’. But as October rolled around, so it was that Loop and Scoop burst into vibrant life. Sitting …

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Review: Potluck Glasgow

The joys of social media mean that Potluck has been on my radar for a while now so when I made brunch plans with a friend this place was top of the list (yes, there is an actual list), and did not disappoint. At last! Plum Hotstack at Pot Luck. So light and fluffy!! A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 5, 2017 at 3:02am PST Venturing south of the river is always an experience, I know the area reasonably well – my Gran lived in Rutherglen and I spent virtually every weekend of my childhood travelling through to visit – and it’s been great to see the growth of quality establishments in recent years. Checking the menu …

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Weekend Reading

The Unforgiving Minute Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while. While forgiveness may come one day, it won’t be soon. If you are a man, and you only read one thing from this list. READ THIS. LEGO Lawnmower Man Kinetic Sculpture A kinetic LEGO sculpture of a man pushing a lawnmower. Inspired by Josh David’s lawnmower model (https://youtu.be/_1T15UydfEs), I decided it needed a figure, so combined it with the figure from my Sisyphus model. If you are a man and you haven’t read the previous article, sod off Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor …

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Slava’s Snowshow

…ONE DAY I realised that I wanted to create a show that would take us back to our childhood dreams; A show which would help spectators be released from the jail of adulthood and rediscover their forgotten childhood. Slava Polunin – creator of Slava’s Snow Show A few weeks back a friend popped up on Facebook and asked if anyone fancied going to see Slava’s Snow Show. I’d seen a few clips of it from last year and immediately said yes. Roll forward to yesterday evening and I realised, as we took our seats, I didn’t really know what the show was about. And I’m still not entirely sure today. Aside from the main character, an old droopy clown in …

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iPhone X

Yes. I got THE new iPhone, not an 8 or 8 Plus, but the new shiniest of shiny one. Did you expect anything else? Pre-ordered Like millions of others, I hit the Apple App Store at 8.01 on the 27th October and reserved mine, with a provisional pickup date of the 18th November. So imagine my surprise when an email landed in my inbox on the 2nd of November saying my new iPhone was available for pickup. Surely a little snafu, I thought, but I clicked ‘Select a Date and Time’ presuming it would just confirm the 18th November date. But wait, what’s this… 10am on November the 3rd is available, why that’s tomorrow… that can’t be… click click CLICK! …

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Weekend Reading

Why Is It You Can Sense When Someone’s Staring at You? Say you’re engrossed in a task, scrolling through your phone or reading a book. Suddenly that creepy, prickly feeling grabs hold of you. Someone’s staring. You turn to find out who it is. Be they friend or foe, the feeling itself seems like an eerie sort of 6th sense. Wait, what, you mean this isn’t just me?! 80+ Epic Design Fails You’ll Find Hard To Believe Actually Happened For the LOLs How Can We Live Beautifully in an Age of Vitriol? These are days of snark and bluster. How do we live better and communicate more beautifully? Social media is amazing. Social media sucks. Like anything, balance can be …

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October in review

Lived Highlights Weezer did what Weezer do. Great big silly riff based gig. Sixth visit to Six by Nico Blade Runner 2049 Someone turned 44 Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre My birthday month, something I am increasingly not bothered about celebrating (hence why it doesn’t pop up on Facebook) and a few gigs as we start to roll into gig season. Weezer were fab, Grizzly Bear were ok. Also got some more tickets for gigs next year, nothing major really… Roger Waters, Foo Fighters, just small gigs… tell that to my bank account mind you. And despite ordering it weeks in advance, the Halloween costume I ordered failed to show in time for the party I was attending, but my …

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Product delights

I don’t think it’ll come as any surprise that I take great delight in finding small improvements in the items I own, especially as I’ve written about this before. I’m always curious about this kind of thing, where design meets functionality, and the benefits it can bring. That said, most of the time when it comes to finding simpler things I end up replacing something I currently use with a newer, better, item and that usually means accepting a compromise of some soft. The balance is finding where that compromise will give me better form or function, over the aesthetical elements of the item. It’s not often you find something that hits both (design aesthetics are a very personal thing …

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Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre

We all know Trainspotting, the movie. Based on an angry novel that rails against, well, pretty much everything it can, it hit a stylistic note that resonated, exposing the gritty side of life we all know lies beneath the social media glimmer. This stage adaptation of the novel is a different beast, sticking closer to the novel and revealing two scenes which punch a darker, more twisted view on an already dark tale. However, for all the horror and despair, there are genuine moments of hilarity to balance them out. I definitely didn’t think I’d spend quite as much time laughing as I did. Testament to the performances for helping move us from laughter to tears in short measure (the …

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