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As Robin Ince embarks on the world tour of Horizons - A 21st Century Space Odyssey with Professor Brian Cox, he has decided to keep a diary of their adventures, secondhand bookshop finds, local discoveries, artist manifestos, show reports and much more. The diaries are available in written form on the Cosmic Shambles website but this podcast features extended versions of the entries, clips and extra chat. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network, the network for people with curious minds. Support ...
 
Five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing and feed your love of the English language. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.
 
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Wife on Earth

The Cosmic Shambles Network

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Celia Jesson, a repressed housewife from Upper Lowing, has been encouraged to do a book-based podcast to promote the local library in nearby Lower Upping, because no one else wants to do it. It’s too much of a time commitment. Created and performed by Joanna Neary. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.
 
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Lit

Erin Brophy and Mary Jane Barnes

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Join voracious readers since childhood, Erin and Mary Jane, as they explore the culture, tropes, and fandoms of literature! Find us on Instagram @litpodofficial or visit our store Alphabet Bookshop at https://alphabetbookshop.com to find a new book to fall in love with!
 
This channel features regular updates devoted to explaining issues surrounding blockchain, from the technical through to economics and philosophy. I also look at tech startup issues, innovation, and the patenting process. You can get a copy of my book at http://mybook.to/moveover or read more about it at http://www.thinklair.com/
 
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We spend a lot of time at Shambles talking about science, so on today's episode of Book Shambles we're going to talk about how the media should and shouldn't talk, and write, about science. Helen Czerski guest hosts once again and she chats with Fiona Fox from the Science Media Centre who has just released a fascinating book, Beyond the Hype: The I…
 
In episode three Robin and Brian continue their travels that include meeting up with Helen Crimmins, which of course leads to Robin musing further on the late, great Barry Crimmins. There's more art galleries to discover, books to buy (including irresistible copies of Don't Look Now), park boxing and romantic French breakfasts... Support the podcas…
 
You'll never view spellers in the bee asking questions the same way again after you learn about the schwa from Brian Sietsema, an associate pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Transcript: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve…
 
When you say "Go get 'em!" you think that's short for "Go get them," but you're wrong! We look at the fascinating history of some English pronouns. Plus, we look at how Neil Gaiman uses the subjunctive mood in "American Gods" to underscore moments of uncertainty. WHY "'EM" ISN'T SHORT FOR "THEM" Written by Valerie Fridland, a professor of linguisti…
 
This week Helen Czerski takes the host chair once again to talk to zoologist, author and broadcaster Jules Howard about dogs. His new book, Wonderdog, looks at the evolving science of dogs. How has humankind's favourite pet defied science and changed the way we think about animals overall, particularly in the field of cognitive research. From early…
 
We’re talking guilty pleasures this week, and MJ and Erin realize that they, uh…do that all the time on this show. Whoops! This week, Erin and MJ both realize that they talk about their guilty pleasures on this show all the dang time, so instead they just try to figure out which they haven’t talked about–and eventually just go into detail about the…
 
In episode two of Robin Ince's Horizons Tour Diary podcast, he walks the streets of Philadelphia, the parks of Manhattan and the bookshops of New Haven. Thoughts drift to George Carlin at the Beacon Theatre and Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. Also there's two weird toilets. Support this podcast, and all the work the Cosmic Shambles Network cr…
 
With her book "Children of Blood and Bone" spending 120 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Tomi Adeyemi knows what it takes to write a great book. Listen in on my conversation with this charming writer about her thoughts on the writing life and what she has to offer in her new masterclass, The Writer's Roadmap. | Subscribe to the Grammar …
 
On today's episode Robin is joined by comedian Rachel Parris to talk about her new, and first, book, Advice from Strangers. She chats with Robin about writing the book, the pressure of remembering not everything has to be funny, Jane Austen, the difficulties of writing satire right now and the book on the music she really wants to write next. Hear …
 
As Robin Ince embarks on the world tour of Horizons - A 21st Century Space Odyssey with Professor Brian Cox, he has decided to keep a diary of their adventures, secondhand bookshop finds, local discoveries, artist manifestos, show reports and much more. The diaries are available in written form on the Cosmic Shambles website but this podcast featur…
 
Today, we'll talk about some weird nouns that are always plural, and then we'll go two-dimensional and talk about flat adverbs. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl i…
 
Content Warning: In the first half of today’s episode, MJ and Erin are discussing H.H. Holmes, a notorious serial killer, and this episode contains descriptions of his crimes. Listener discretion is advised. Today, MJ and Erin pay homage to “And That’s Why We Drink” in honor of seeing the podcast live! First, they cover The Devil in the White City—…
 
Blockchain may be fact, but Web3 is only presentation. A while back I made a series of videos talking about the levels and layers in blockchain when it comes to web3. The point I was trying to make is that although (roughly speaking), blockchains store facts, web3 sites are presentations of those facts, and can therefore easily be subverted. Not a …
 
What is it like to help novices in the blockchain world? The following video is an analogy in which I try to describe what it can be like to help someone who has enough knowledge to start messing about with web3, blockchain wallets, and smart contracts, but not enough to actually understand what is going on. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,…
 
Sometimes in software innovation we end up with concepts that can't be summarized succinctly in the way that a simple targeted app can (think, "it's it's a fitness app for orthodontists", or "it's a dating app for pet cats", as opposed to "it's the cloud" ten years ago). Blockchain used to be like that too, but we're all starting to settle on a fai…
 
The famous NASA "blue marble" image could have influenced people to make blue the color of environmentalism and Earth Day, but green won the day. In honor of the special day, we look at how the meaning of "green" has changed over time. Plus, we investigate the "fun" continuum and whether it's OK to use the words "funner" and "funnest." | Subscribe …
 
Tonight the ever brilliant Inside No. 9 returns to our screens for series 7 and so it is that Reece Shearsmith returns to Book Shambles! He joins Robin to talk about the new series, favourite episodes, great horror short stories and more. They're also joined by horror writer and historian Johnny Mains who, together with Robin, will be editing the t…
 
It's "listener question extravaganza" time, so I have some quick hits on discourse markers such as "you know," where we get the word "doppelganger," how to punctuate around trademarks, and the difference between "funny" and "funnily." It's a good one! | SPONSORS: https://masterworks.io/about/disclosure and The Jordan Harbinger Show. | Subscribe to …
 
Our guest today is the author of one of the most lauded books of 2021, the superb Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. One of the awards it garnered last year was the highly prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and one of the judges on the panel last year was our own Dr Helen Czerski, so th…
 
Giddy-up! In this segment of Trope-sical Paradise, MJ explains to Erin how kidnapping is romanticized in certain genres. Learn why the hosts are now owned by pop sensation, One Direction, and about the true crime case that made MJ realize the trouble with this trope. **Content Warning** This episode is centered around a topic that some may find dis…
 
The above title is total and utter clickbait. But it does describe what I talk about in the episode, so perhaps I'll get away with it. Go on, listen to it. You know you want to know what I think is the most surprising thing about social media marketing, don't you? In the meantime: My book: https://mybook.to/moveover T-shirts: https://www.etsy.com/s…
 
On Thursday 24 March someone going by the name of HashArt on OpenSea found an exploit in the Orthoverse NFT contract, allowing the crafting of transactions that allow any NFT in the contract to be moved to any address. Obviously this is not a good state of affairs. As a result, Richard and I fixed the contract, finally wrote a test suite, corrected…
 
In a recent interview in Time Magazine Vitalik Buterin expressed disappointment in the fascination and speculation around Bored Apes and other similar projects. I understand why he feels that way, but this progression is not unexpected. In fact, if there wasn't such speculation, it would indicate that Ethereum and other blockchain projects were rat…
 
In this epsode, I explain in less than a quarter of an hour what Ethereum is, what gas fees are, what value transfers are, how ether was converted from an inflationary to a deflationary cryptocurrency, and a bunch of other stuff. It wasn't easy. But then again, nothing in blockchain ever is. Let me know how I did.…
 
I like collectible and art NFTs as much as the next collectible and art NFT aficionado, but it pays to remember that these tokens have a lot more possibilities than being able to flex to your buddies about the value of your PFP portfolio. In this episode, I look at an analogy between an object described in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and t…
 
This is a bit of an odd episode, because I start off with a proof as to why measuring the "energy expenditure per transaction" does not make sense for Bitcoin, and end up talking about the tragedy of the commons, and the psychology behind deciding what it is worth spending energy on. Nevertheless, I'm going to break the habit of a decade, and talk …
 
We look at the linguistic difference between lying and misleading, and then because people often lie with numbers, we look at the difference between "percent" and "percentage" and how to use them. | SPONSORS: https://masterworks.io/about/disclosure and https://bit.ly/ggondemand with the code MACMIL and https://bombas.com/grammar and https://monday.…
 
Hayley Campbell is a writer and broadcaster you may best know for his book The Art of Neil Gaiman. Her latest book, All the Living and the Dead, looks at our relationship with death, and the people for whom death is their life. She joins Robin to talk about her fascination with death, seeing her first dead body, embalming and Jeremy Bentham's head.…
 
Prodded by Bruce Willis's family's announcement that he is leaving acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, we revisited language disorders, and the kinds of things we can learn from them. Today's segment was written by Syelle Graves, who has a PhD in linguistics and is the assistant director of ILETC (Institute for Language Education in Transcul…
 
Veronica O'Keane is a Professor of Psychiatry and this week she joins Robin and Helen Czerski to talk about her book The Rag and Bone Shop which deals with her thirty year investigation into memory. One of the exciting things about Veronica's book, for Book Shambles fans, is how her book takes us on a journey through writers from Beckett to Yeats a…
 
A few months ago, I started to notice people talking about spoons in a weird way, so I investigated and found that people are using an interesting concept called "spoon theory." Also this week, we look at why nouns are more complicated than you may think, and we dig into concrete, abstract, collective, and compound nouns--how you can identify them,…
 
On today's episode Robin is joined by author and poet Kei Miller to talk about his new collection of essays, Things I Have Withheld. They chat about the fear of writing such an honest book, how criticism and expectations of self differs from country to country, favourite Jamaican poets and much more. Extended episode, and other goodies, available f…
 
Social media existed well before the web2 sites of Facebook, Twitter, and their ilk. Not only that, but it was decentralized. In fact, it started in 1979, and was called USENET. But it was missing the one "secret spice" that modern day social media sites use to turbo-charge user engagement (and subsequently profit from data harvesting and advertisi…
 
"Barracking," "sheilas" and "shouts": How the Irish influenced Australian English. Plus, what makes "NASA" different from "FBI." | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course. | Peeve Wars card game. | Grammar Girl books. | HOST: Mignon Fogarty | VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475) | Grammar Girl …
 
You've probably encountered online what is often labeled 'Abandoned Places Porn'. Artistic photography of disused theme parks, factories and that sort of thing. Our guest on today's show is the author of widely acclaimed, and Baillie Gifford Prize shortlisted book, Islands of Abandonment, an in depth exploration into the places where nature is flou…
 
This week on Lit, MJ and Erin sit down with guest Randi to discuss New Adult fiction - it's fresh! It's new! But what does it MEAN? Erin explains publisher theories behind the creation of the genre and discusses why MJ really shouldn't have read Speak in 6th grade. The topic also touches on reading as escapism, the many crises that Millennials and …
 
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