December 13, 2011

What’s on my desk?

Whatever pathology it is that makes some people write doctorates, must be the same one that finds we academics bunking down the moment our marking is done for the year, to conduct research during our Summer […]
December 12, 2011

My new policy regarding readers’ replies

I am taking a leaf from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC/”Aunty”), and from now on will only be approving comments that I first enjoyed reading myself. Given that I am so fussy, and don’t get much […]
December 11, 2011

It’s time we started calling it “hate speech”

People who ride bicycles are a good humoured lot. We must be. If we weren’t, we would be naming as “hate speech” every taunt yelled at us from a car window; we would sue newspapers for […]
December 10, 2011

Is cycling in our DNA, or do we just cycle?

Last June I met with a group of bicycle activists in New York, most notably Charles Komoff, famous (among other things) for revitalising Transportation Alternatives during the 80s. I have not blogged about our meeting that […]
December 9, 2011

The hermit crab principle

Early Christians in Rome found shells left abandoned, in the form of Roman basilicas. They moved the entrance from the side to the end, and viola: the latin cross church. The Southern Indian—”Dravidian”—temple form was likewise […]