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iPhone TARDIS lock and home screens for iOS7

The one-and-only, accept-no-substitutes TARDIS lockscreen for your iPhone: now for iOS7. It may have lost a Dalek, but it gained a TARDIS key.

     An important note about using these screens: they won’t align correctly if you have the exceptionally annoying “parallax” thingy going on. To turn it off, go to Settings>General>Accessibility and set “Reduce Motion” to “On”. I might look into creating a parallax-friendly version but (a) I don’t have an iPhone 5 on which to test it and (b) I hate it anyway; so don’t hold your breath, even if you have two hearts.

     Just right-click and ‘save as’ on the appropriate images, then transfer to your iPhone using email (or do whatever your inner nerd tells you is necessary). Make sure you download the correctly-sized images for your model of iPhone.

     (For earlier versions of iOS go here (iPhones 4 and 4s) or here (iPhone 5).)

     Post a comment if you use them. Thanks. Enjoy.

     Lock screen for iPhone 5 and later:

scidoll iphone5 lock iOS7 iPhone TARDIS lock and home screens for iOS7

Clear here for the remaining downloads, including iPhone 4.

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Zombie Walt Whitman

This morning, over breakfast, I was annotating my copy of “Leaves of Grass”, and came across a couple of lines which I hadn’t really noticed before. As a result, and after a little image editing, I give you – drum roll – Zombie Walt Whitman.

     ”Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” asks Whitman in “Song of Myself”. Not until now, Walt. Not until now.

     Enjoy. (Click on the image for a full-size version.)

zombiewhitman Zombie Walt Whitman

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An Open Letter to Tesco

(An open letter to Tesco, inspired by, and in support of, this article by Let Toys Be Toys: “Since when were science toys just for boys?“. Update: Tesco’s most recent tweet to me – 9 March 8.33pm BST – read: “@SciDoll In light of this feedback we will be reviewing how toys are categorised online and will be carrying out further research.” Well, we’ll see what happens. In all events, the place you ought to be heading is the Let Toys Be Toys website, to give them your support and catch up on all the latest news.)

Dear Tesco,

     I do hope you’ll excuse the impertinence of my writing to you. I have, alas, frivolously wasted time in gaining a PhD in theoretical physics, investigating the mysteries of the universe, and co-founding a biomedical charity to address the suffering caused by the diseases of aging. Regretfully, I have spent woefully little time in the kitchen. If only you had been there, in my early days, to guide me in my life choices: then, perhaps, things would have been very different.

Read the rest of the letter.

iPhone TARDIS Lock and Home Screens (iPhone 5 versions)

If you’re looking for a version of this lockscreen for iOS7 or later, then head here.

A TARDIS lockscreen for your iPhone: now iPhone 5 compatible and still Thal-unfriendly!

     I updated the TARDIS lockscreen I previously posted, so it is correctly sized for the iPhone 5′s larger screen.

     If you’re using an iPhone 4S or older, you should head over to this post. (And if you’re still on iOS4 then head to the original post.) Otherwise, grab this version: just right-click and ‘save as’, then transfer to your iPhone using email (or do whatever your inner nerd tells you is necessary). Once again, the colours look odd, but that’s to compensate for the lockscreen overlay, and the ‘Police Box’ text is missing because the time and date go there.

     There’s also a home screen, which is darker, so that it doesn’t interfere with your icons.

     Post a comment if you use them. Thanks. Enjoy.

     Lock screen (for iPhone 5, iOS6 and earlier):

sarah marr tardis lock iphone5 iPhone TARDIS Lock and Home Screens (iPhone 5 versions)

     Home screen (for iPhone 5, iOS6 and earlier):

sarah marr tardis home iphone5 iPhone TARDIS Lock and Home Screens (iPhone 5 versions)

Easy is good (Facile est bien)

I recently found a poem by Paul Éluard on the BitterGrace Notes blog, in translation. It turns out that the French original was published in a book called Facile, with photographic illustrations by Man Ray. The translation differed from original, in its sense of flow and cadence, so I decided to translate from the French myself, and thought I’d share the result. I make no pretense that it’s born of deep contextual scholarship, and I’m aware of various “strictly the French reads…” moments which it might engender, but hopefully someone can take enjoyment from it and perhaps feel closer to reading the original.

Easy is good

Easy is beautiful beneath your eyelids
As a gathering of pleasure
Dance and what follows

I have spoken of the fever

The best of all arguments for fire
That you be pale and luminous

A thousand winning poses
A thousand losing embraces
Repeated as they forget themselves
You fall dark you raise your veil
A mask you soften
It resembles you vividly
And you never look better than nude

Nude in shadow and dazzlingly nude
As a sky shivering with lightning
You give yourself up to your own self
To give yourself up to others.

Paul Éluard (trans. Sarah Marr)

And the original:

Facile est bien

Facile est beau sous tes paupières
Comme l’assemblée du plaisir
Danse et la suite

J’ai dit la fièvre

Le meilleur argument du feu
Que tu sois pâle et lumineuse

Mille attitudes profitables
Mille étreintes défaites
Répétées vont s’effaçant
Tu t’obscurcis tu te dévoiles
Un masque tu l’apprivoises
Il te ressemble vivement
Et tu n’en parais que mieux nue

Nue dans l’ombre et nue éblouie
Comme un ciel frissonnant d’éclairs
Tu te livres à toi-même
Pour te livrer aux autres.

Paul Éluard

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An Unbidden Kindness of the Moment

In which your blogger marvels at the thoughtfulness of people, and the rarity of two blog posts in as many days.

I forget who said:

The true measure of friendship lies not in the orthodoxy of the consequential, but in the unbidden kindness of the moment.

Actually, I remember now: I said it, a few minutes ago. I just put it in quotes because there’s far more gravitas in the found quotation than in the “Hey! I just thought of this!” discourse of the internet. Sorry about that.

In the past couple of days, two of my friends sent me emails, as unbidden kindnesses of the moment. I can’t help but feel that there are other people who will appreciate their contents, so…
So, read on...

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The Thorny Issue of Virgins and Rosebuds.

In which your blogger loses herself in a twilight world of philological machinations.

On this Sunday’s “The Newsroom” one of the characters quoted Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”:

Gather ye rosebuds whilst ye may,
Old time is still a flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.

I am, by nature, driven by curiosity, and I started to wonder about that innocuous little ye between Gather and rosebuds.

Watch the mystery unfold...

iPhone TARDIS Lock and Home Screens (iOS 5+ versions)

If you’re looking for a version of this lockscreen for iOS7 or later, on any iPhone, then head here.

These screens are for the iPhone 4 or 4s, pre-iOS7. There’s also a pre-iOS7 iPhone 5 version available, which fits its larger screen: click here.

     A TARDIS lockscreen for your iPhone: now iOS5 compatible and less Thal-friendly!

     I updated the TARDIS lockscreen I previously posted, so that it was integrated with the camera icon which has been added in iOS5. My original intention was just to redo the shading to accommodate the shortened slide-bar, but there was something about that camera lens, staring out at me, unblinking, uncaring…

     So, here it is. If you’re still on iOS4 then head to the original post. Otherwise, grab this version: just right-click and ‘save as’, then transfer to your iPhone using email (or do whatever your inner nerd tells you is necessary). Once again, the colours look odd, but that’s to compensate for the lockscreen overlay, and the ‘Police Box’ text is missing because the time and date go there.

     There’s also a home screen, which is darker, so that it doesn’t interfere with your icons.

     Post a comment if you use them. Thanks. Enjoy.

     Lock screen (for iPhone 4 or 4s, with iOS5 or 6):

sarah marr tardis lock iPhone TARDIS Lock and Home Screens (iOS 5+ versions)

     Home screen (for iPhone 4 or 4s, with iOS5 or 6):

sarah marr tardis home iPhone TARDIS Lock and Home Screens (iOS 5+ versions)

Science: It’s a Girl Thing – I… Just… What?

Words fail me. Well, not quite. There are some words left, like “appalling,” “horrendously ill-judged,” “insulting,” “misogynistic,” and so on. You see, there’s this campaign by the European Commission to get more women involved in science and, it must be acknowledged, some of its output aligns with this laudable aim. However, the ‘teaser’ video they produced – to which I cannot bring myself to link – does anything but.

     As I Tweeted earlier today, now I’m worried I’ll have to give my PhD back as it’s titled “Black Hole Entropy from Causal Sets” and not “Cupcake Entropy from Rainbows”.

     More worthy commentators than I have, er, commented, and so here are a few links, many of which do include the video. (I am not responsible for feelings of nausea and anger arising from the viewing of said video.)

     Olga Khazan in the “Washington Post” blog: E.U.’s ‘Science, it’s a girl thing’ campaign sparks a backlash

     Carin Bondar in “Scientific American”: Science – It’s a Girl Thing (Insert Facepalm Here)

     Frank Swain in “SciencePunk” on “ScienceBlogs”: Science: It’s a girl thing. Excuse me while I die inside.

     PZ Myers in “Pharnygula” on “ScienceBlogs”: Science: It’s a Girl Thing!

     BakingBiologist’s blog (which, in addition, shows an early draft of the associated Facebook page, using language more closely reflecting the video): Science: It’s a girl thing (or “How to patronise women and alienate your audience”)

     Update 1, 23rd June, 2012: Well, I’ll be: they swapped out the video.

     Update 2, 23rd June, 2012: Some more things worth reading.
          Sophia Collins on her blog: Some facts on getting girls into science
          Sylvia McLain on “Girl, Interrupting”: Science it’s a *&%$ thing.

     and
          The European Commission created a Twitter list of real women in science (which I’m on, apparently. No, it’s too much. Really. I’d like to thank my mother for being such a role model to me, and…).

World Homeopathy Awareness Week

It is, apparently, World Homeopathy Awareness Week. I’ve written a long, detailed post about homeopathy, which is none-too-favourable, as one might expect coming from any author with even the vaguest inkling of scientific method. Anyway, in the spirit of things, I have diluted my original post repeatedly, removing random characters each time, and banging my computer in what is technically referred to as ‘just the right way’ at regular intervals. The result is a homeopathic post about homeopathy. To you, with an untrained (but oh-so-delightfully blue/green/grey/brown/false*) eye, it may seem like there’s nothing there at all. But! rest assured the pixels of your screen retain the resonances of my well-reasoned arguments, and you will still feel its benefit, and be able to act on its sage advice about the damage homeopathy can do when, amongst other things, it is applied to communicative diseases, replacing medicines which have been shown to work in both double-blind studies and in general use. This post does differ from normal homeopathic offerings, in that you can have it for free: who says you can’t get something diluted to nothing for nothing?

     Homeopathic post begins.
     Homeopathic post ends.

     Thank you for reading. You may also like this piece by Martin Robbins in The Guardian.

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