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Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel


Part 28:
My First University:
Another phenomenon of the Dalhousie Physics Department was a fellow student called Normal Paul Peterson – a chap who had a wide range of knowledge. Yes, his first name was really “Normal”. One of his specialties was sex. Among his lesser ideas there was the possibility of stuffing a banana in one’s pants before walking up and asking a girl to dance.

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With permission of the author. This is an on going story one paragraph at a time beginning on the post of July 6th. We will get back to our music and art after this little break.

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Nina Simone. Mississippi Goddam. New York City. Carnegie Hall. 1964.


Nina Simone. Mississippi Goddam. New York City. Carnegie Hall. 1964. 

“When every day is a matter of survival I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mould this country, or it will not be moulded and shaped at all.

An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times…I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself” Nina Simone. Interview. Down Beat. 1968. 

Simone had always included songs in her repertoire that drew upon her African-American origins (such as “Brown Baby” by Oscar Brown and “Zungo” by Michael Olatunji in her album Nina at the Village Gate in 1962).

On her debut album for Philips, Nina Simone in Concert (live recording, 1964), for the first time she openly addressed the racial inequality that was…

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When life is manageable | My Life as an Artist (2)

First Night Design

I’m still not up to writing about my unexpected stay in hospital, the beginning of which coincided with a hotly anticipated visit from dear Janet Weight-Reed but here are Janet’s Isle of Wight impressions for you to enjoy and a description of her stay in Dorset with a friend from art school.

Part of the beautiful Isle of Wight coastline.

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony”   Thomas Merton. Stair Hole, Lulworth, Dorset – part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Sit…
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A Trace of Memory – A New, Free, and Ephemeral Thing

James Radcliffe

I make things all the time. Pieces of music, poetry, little collections of photographs, essays (impromptu dance routines) etc, etc. Some things grow into larger projects and some I make just to make.

One of my favourite things is to show up in the studio (can you see I have nothing up my sleeve?) and create a piece of music from the ground up in a single session. I call these pieces ‘fragments’.

I find working in this way a nice counterpoint to longer more involved efforts, it’s how I play, how I blow off steam.

At the last count I have literally hundreds of these pieces, all locked away in my digital vault gathering virtual dust in the binary void. Occasionally I’ll listen to one, but mostly they just sit there in the dark, doing whatever zeros and ones do when left entirely to their own devices. It’s the…

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Art on Tuesday: Naruto Whirlpools


This very famous ukiyo-e made by Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重 (1797-1858) is called Naruto Whirlpools in the Awa Province (1855). Naruto is located at the Shikoku coast. The Naruto whirlpools 鳴門の渦潮 are a natural phenomenon, which can be watched even today. Utagawa Hiroshige painted another very similar ukiyo-e with wave motifs shown on Japan Kaleidoskop on August 2013.  It is a View of Mount Fuji at Suruga Beach on the Pacific coast of Honshû.


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“Smart Phones”…