climate change

[Reading #8] Discounting, data stories and long journalism

May 1, 2011

1. Discounting So discounting is what retailers do – at Christmas, to seize the momentum of buying ahead of Christmas, and, in June, to get cash rather than debts on the books ahead of the end of financial year. But it’s something we all do. Think about the choice between watching TV or doing exercise. [...]

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Three great things I came across this year

December 30, 2010
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I love lists. They can be arbitrary, but there’s something to them: a look back, before leaping into a new year. I’m a science writer and researcher, arts broadcaster and music obsessive, and a compulsive reader, so there is a ┬álot to draw on. So I focussed on three great things I came across this year and haven’t been able to stop talking about: Tipping Point, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Brisbane’s Other Film.

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Reading #1

November 14, 2010

Museums everywhere are experimenting with ways to manage their huge collections of physical things, information, visitors – basically data – and in Canberra, the National Museum of Australia has just started an experimental data and visualisation lab So climate change is played out as a debate. But because the answers to denialist arguments are complicated, [...]

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This is a new thing

November 14, 2010

It’s been a slow and fast process realising that far from heading away from each other, my obsessions for science and technology, art, music and creativity were actually closing in on something interesting. It came to a head last weekend, actually the one over a week ago, when the Tipping Point art/science juggernaut rolled through [...]

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