Best of Vavatch


The best musings, writings, reviews, commentary and ideas from Vavatch.

Last updated: 6/4/01 (all new entries will be in bold)


Humour >>

How Robert Zubrin persuaded Steve Kirsch to cough up $100,000

I am the Very Model of a Weblog Posting maniac

How to get into Cambridge

Why? (from the Internet Oracle)

An analysis of the water on Mars story

Betting Heinekens on identifying cancers well


Science >>

The Origins of Life

Whooping Cranes - nurturing an endangered species

How nerves work

Why we should explore space, despite the ills of Earth

How to design a spacesuit for Mars

Review of a talk given by biologist Steve Jones

What to do if someone drinks antifreeze

How to identify an alien protein (by Jo)

Why do I go red in the face when I drink alcohol?


Reviews >>

The Martians by Kim Stanley Robinson

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge

The Peace War by Vernor Vinge

White Mars by Brian Aldiss and Roger Penrose (you have to scroll down a bit)

Unbreakable (film)

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Moonseed by Stephen Baxter

The Hammer of God by Arthur C. Clarke

Darwin's Radio by Greg Egan

Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

Hyperspace by Michio Kaku (non-fiction)

Trigger by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Kube-McDowell


Commentary >>

Student elections - why they should be more important (also check the discussion)

Practical Charity (also check the discussion)

Creationists: the bane of all biologists

An audience with Ken Macleod and Paul McAuley

A rant about the Soil Assocation, NASA, life, the universe and everything

Junk Science

Computers really aren't that easy to use, whatever the Old Guard says

Violence, and right and wrong


Misc >>

Interview with Wired Magazine about Mars

My Trip to the TED11 conference or 'How I met Matt Groening and the guy who founded Google'

Building a Trebuchet

A magazine article about the Culture mailing list I'm subscribed to

Two to the Nine (you have to read it backwards, so you scroll upwards. Sort of.)