From a Guardian opinion piece: Believing that life is fair might make you a terrible person You needn't be explicitly racist or sexist to hold such views, nor committed to a highly individualistic political position (such as libertarianism); the researchers controlled for those. You need only cling to a conviction that the world is basically fair. That might be a pretty naive position, of course – but it's hard to argue that it's a hateful one. Similar associations have been found between belief in a just world and a preference for authoritarian political leaders. To shield ourselves psychologically from the terrifying…

Two weeks ago, we hopped on a train and spent the evening wandering around Ghent, exploring the installations dotted around the city for their annual light festival. Besides getting a good workout, that included climbing the steps to the top of the belfry for a panoramic view, we got to experience some really beautiful pieces of light art. I highly recommend a visit next year. Ghent is beautiful at night, even without the temporary art. Cover photo by Christophe Vander Eecken on Flickr…

I just watched and thoroughly enjoyed Dinosaur 13. It could be the title of a cheap sci-fi movie, it's not. Dinosaur 13 is a gripping, albeit biased, documentary that could rival many thrillers. It paints the story behind the South Dakota discovery of the largest T-Rex skeleton ever unearthed which, on the surface, sounds quite boring, but the David-vs-Goliath story of government overreach, bewildering courtroom drama and obsession that ensues is quite moving. I suggest you just dive in without looking up the story, that's what I did.…

Yet again, I've started from scratch with this weblog. The last version was just annoying to use for me, and a barrier to posting. Hopefully, this simpler solution will get me back into proper publishing habits. Time will tell… I have archives of previous posts, most of them being pointers to dead content, so I'll avoid polluting the web with them once again. A few of the more compelling ones will probably trickle back into this edition at some point in the future. So, let's begin!'…