It was my birthday on Friday, so I took the day off of work and headed to London for the Natural History Museum’s Whales: Beneath the Surface exhibition (open until February 2018). It’s a nice show, although rather smaller than I expected: £14 admission seems a bit steep in retrospect.

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As I noted before, I’ve been quite lucky to be sent to interesting places for work this Summer. I went to Stockholm in the middle of August for a couple of days to attend the Logic Colloquium (good poster, no?). Unlike my trip to Iceland I didn’t really make a proper holiday of it—Stockholm isn’t as expensive as Iceland, but it’s still a Nordic and my meagre bank balance won’t stretch to two of those in one year. But I did stay an extra night and day after the conference to do just a couple tourist things.

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A shibboleth for idiots

(Prompted by the following extremely insightful comment on the Guardian website: “Corybn who is the Tories’ poodle on Brexshit. Yeah, he’s great.”)

Like a lot of people (I suspect), I have a very hard time getting my own beliefs about speech norms on the internet in order. Whenever I have pinned down a behaviour that I think is always bad, somebody else can come up with a persuasive argument that in this case it is not only acceptable but right. On the whole I’m in favour of civility, but there’s no denying that incivility can be effective and is sometimes justified.

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I’m doing a lot of travel for work this Summer, mainly to nice places that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. First up was Iceland, which has been absolutely top of the list for years and I was very very lucky to finally have an opportunity to go without bankrupting myself. So while usually I stay a day or two extra after work to look around, for this one I stayed a whole extra week for my Summer holiday.

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