Author Archives: peNdantry

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.

Lord of the Dance

I have no post prepared for this week (too much to do, too little time). Esme posted this gem a short while ago; I’d noted it for a ‘reblog’ for an occasion such as this, but her post doesn’t have … Continue reading

Posted in ... wait, what?, art, Just for laughs, Music, Phlyarology, Reblogs | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Who wrote Robert Heinlein’s ‘The Door into Summer’?

That’s obviously a trick question. Or is it? If there are any of Heinlein’s novels I’ve not read, I’m not aware of them. His mid-1950s yarn ‘The Door into Summer‘ is one of my favourites, and speaks to me in … Continue reading

Posted in ... wait, what?, art, Critiques, People, Rants, Science Fiction | Tagged , | 11 Comments

Illustrating exponential growth using movement towards a target, revisited

The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function. Professor Albert Bartlett (1923–2013) Back in May, I used a series of photos taken at regular intervals along a footpath in an attempt to illustrate … Continue reading

Posted in ... wait, what?, Communication, Core thought, Education, GCD: Global climate disruption, People, perception, Phlyarology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Greta Thunberg says, “Enough is enough!”

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. Me, Just now† I received an email today, imploring me to sign yet another petition. Those tend to have little effect, but, still, we … Continue reading

Posted in balance, Biodiversity, Climate, Core thought, Environment, GCD: Global climate disruption, People, Strategy | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

It began with the forging of the Great Rings.Three were given to the elves; immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings.Seven to the dwarf lords; great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls.And nine: nine rings were gifted to the … Continue reading

Posted in balance, Computers and Internet, Core thought, Flash fiction, Science Fiction | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

The day I broke the machine

I read an article on The Conversation the other day about a new prototype chatbot called ‘ChatGPT‘, and decided to shoot the breeze with it. It didn’t go well…. Are you alive? No, I am a computer program designed to … Continue reading

Posted in ... wait, what?, Computers and Internet, consciousness, Just for laughs, perception, Phlyarology | Tagged , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Another year, another few bonsai pictures (2022)

This past year, I’ve continued my habit of snapping a shot of my dwarf horse chestnut tree at the beginning of each month. This tree, which I planted as a conker in 1986, is now 58% of my age – … Continue reading

Posted in Bonsai Diary | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

Feasons Bleatings

Originally posted on Esme's Cloud:
I know, it’s been a while, but here I am so shush. 2022 has been truly horrifying, have something giddy for the day. ? Felicitations for One and All Tiny Tim! (not the disturbing…

Posted in Reblogs | 5 Comments

[SOLVED – finally!] Windows 10 installation has failed

The beginning of the end (of Windows 8.1 – and my sanity) If you have a PC running on Windows 8.1, you currently have less than a month to do something about that, because Microsoft support for it ends on … Continue reading

Posted in ... wait, what?, Computers and Internet, Phlyarology, Tech tips | Tagged , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Captain Kirk wants us to NOT go beyond the Final Frontier

I really don’t have time for this – too much else to do – but there’s very little that can possibly be more urgent. William Shatner, AKA Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise, emailed me (well, OK, not personally, it … Continue reading

Posted in balance, Biodiversity, collaboration, Communication, Core thought, Environment, People, Strategy | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments