Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Just to clarify things, this is a book about exposing bad science, not that Dr Goldacre is a bad scientist. And as there is only one of him, it would be difficult to construct a suitable double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial to find out whether he is… anyway, I digress. I’ve just finished reading the aforementioned book, and can highly recommend it. Continue reading “Bad Science by Ben Goldacre”

My favourite photos from 2009

Now that the new year has begun, it is time for the annual retrospective look back at the year just past. I’ve started by trying to gather together some of the photos I’ve taken over the past 12 months which I like best. It has been difficult — not because I’ve taken so many good photos — but that the photos I’ve uploaded to the web each mean something different to me.

Anyway, I’ve collected together 25 photos in a set at Flickr. These are in a rough sort of order of preference, but there are others I could have chosen. The top three of which are also shown below:

Gulls at Sunset

The sun setting towards Dunnet Head (the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland) from Dunnet Beach where I camped overnight before meeting up with the Flickr Scotland crew for a great weekend of photography at Durness and along the north coast.

Backlit Steam

Taken whilst out chasing the steam special across the Highlands with Sandy, along with hundreds (if not thousands) of other people. I was amazed just how many people turned out with still and video cameras to witness this trip — one man we spoke to had followed the train all the way from the north of England where he lived, over the course of 4 days.

Golden Light on Branches

Taken on Christmas Day, on the Wildcat Trail walk around Newtonmore, this tries to capture the wonderful winter light and snow hanging in the branches, that lasted all week while I was home (and the snow still falls…).

Hopefully 2010 (aka tenpasteight) will be a great year for everyone.