Love is wise, hatred is foolish

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… And Home of the Brave


As discussed in our last blog post, while the United States of America is conventionally known as the land of the free, it is also called the home of the brave. Unlike the word free, brave has taken a more circuitous lexical course. In Modern English, to label someone as brave is high praise, calling to mind heroic deeds and admirable courage. Brave can be traced back through Early Modern English and Middle French to the Old Italian bravo, meaning “wild.” Bravo is likely derived from the Vulgar Latin *brabus, which is in turn derived from the Latin barbarus. Barbarus is unsurprisingly also the root of our word barbarous, which today connotes savagery and cruelty—nearly opposite imagery to that of brave firefighters rushing into burning buildings to save babies and puppies.

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Well this was unexpected and interesting.

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Caustic Window - Caustic Window

The self-titled album by “Caustic Window” aka the Aphex Twin was ready to be released 20 years ago in 1994, but for whatever reason it never made it past the test-pressing stage. Internet people gathered together to spend $67 424 to win an auction for one of these test pressings, and then ripped it and uploaded it to YouTube. Go Internet!

Musically, the sound is like a harder “Selected Ambient Works” , more frantic than the Analogue Bubblebath releases. All tracks have beats, except for the last one, which is just prank calls.

The techno is industrial enough to be played out by Blawan or Sandwell District today, and it will be. Call it the anti-EDM: disquieting yet soothing, lyric-less yet communicative.

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A guest post by Dr Ben Goldacre: Why are the results of clinical trials hard to find?


Dr Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma, has written us a piece exposing crazy new European Medicines Agency policies on clinical drug trials.


Credit: US Cochrane Center

Tough regulations, like a ban on researchers copying trial data or looking at it ANYWHERE but on screen, make it likely results won’t be analysed properly.

Over to Ben…

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Metronomy - Reservoir (Official Video) (by Metronomy)

Metronomy videos are some of my favourites. Surprisingly, this new video from the ‘Love Letters’ album outdoes the previous one to the track ‘Love Letters’, that was directed by Spike Lee.

The album itself if very musically pleasant, with a 60s vibe, but it’s mixed to sound contemporary.

Has anyone previously made a music video with felt-tip drawings in such a way? It feels novel, even in 2014.

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