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26. R.J.P. Williams and the advantages of thinking like a chemist

Powell’s City of Books occupies 1.6 acres of retail floor space in downtown Portland, Oregon and is one of my favorite places in the world. My first time there, I searched out the chemistry shelves–and was slightly disappointed. I counted two cases of chemistry books sandwiched between biology and physics, which had eight cases each.

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27. A curve in the road to a “Drug-Free America”

Virtually every American over 35 who had access to a television set in the waning years of the Reagan Administration is familiar with the PDFA’s handiwork. The frying pan with a sizzling egg stand-in for “your brain on drugs.” The stern, middle-aged father confronting his son over the boy’s pot stash, only to be told, “I learned it by watching you!”

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28. Why did the Oxford University Press staff member cross the road?

In order to celebrate National Tell a Joke Day, I asked fellow Oxford University Press staff members to tell me their favourite joke(s). Some of these jokes will make you guffaw and some will make you groan but hopefully all of them will make you smile. The jokes below range from the strange to the downright silly.

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29. Bloody Olympics: Rio, 2016, and the history of illegal blood doping

Sport has long had a fascination with blood. The blood of the Roman gladiators, mopped by a sponge from the arena, fed a profitable business; perhaps the athlete’s ultimate commitment to promoting their brand? Today blood is even more relevant to sport.

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30. Certain Songs #623: Hoodoo Gurus – “Party Machine”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

Here’s a rule: if you’re going to have the temerity to name a song “Party Machine,” then it damn well better sound like one hell of a party.

Luckily, that’s a rule that the Hoodoo Gurus knew quite well, and so “Party Machine” ends Blow Your Cool! with an utterly raucous blast of full-on good timey energy.

Kicking off with nothing but Mark Kingsmill’s overly reverbed kick and snare drums, “Party Machine” pretty much starts in fourth gear, with Dave Faulkner pointing out that it’s Friday night and he’s getting to rev up the Gurumobile.

Because of course the Hoodoo Gurus have a Gurumobile. How else are they going to get the The Bangles to the party and sing backing vocals.

Oh, and just for the sheer fuck of it, they lift the guitar riff from “Gloria” for the chorus, because did I mention that this was a party, where everybody is singing and clapping their hands and somebody is playing bongos and somebody else is blowing a harmonica, because why not!

In the end, there’s a rave-up, as Faulkner and the rest of the Gurus and the Bangles (and I think half of the Dream Syndicate) are all screaming back and forth with each other.

I say, where have you been?
Where have you been?
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
I say, what did you see?
What did you see?
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Oh yeah
(EVERYTHING!) Say more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more

And at this point the song just starts speeding out of control until it finally crashes into a wall. On one hand, of course, it’s all very silly, but on a much more important hand it reminds me that some of the best times I’ll ever have with music involve just pure and utter release, and “Party Machine” absolutely invokes that.

“Party Machine”

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31. Breath: the gateway to expressivity in movement

In many forms of dance the breath support for movement is not an integral part of training. It is not perceived to be important in the same manner that stretching, strengthening, and balance warrant focus. Little coaching and training time addresses breath support in most Western dance forms. We propose breath support is at the heart of expressivity and artistry in movement phrasing.

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32. Certain Songs #624: Hoodoo Gurus – “Come Anytime”

hoodoo gurus come anytime Album: Magnum Cum Louder
Year: 1989

After the massive utterly 1980s sound of Blow Your Cool! didn’t raise their profile one whit in America, the Hoodoo Gurus retrenched a bit, changed record labels, and followed it with the more restrained Magnum Cum Louder.

Of course, that “restrained” is relative, but at least the drums sounded like drums again, and the spaces between the acoustic guitars and electric guitars were more defined.

And Magnum Cum Louder sported their only #1 U.S. Modern Rock song (for whatever that’s worth), the pure pop “Come Anytime.”

A love song about sex, or a sex song about love, “Come Anytime” featured a prominent acoustic guitar riff dueling with an electric guitar hook, and featured what was a new instrument for the Gurus, an organ floating throughout.

And, of course, one of their trademarks, the call-and-response chorus:

Come anytime
(Come anytime)
I won’t give you pressure
Come anytime
(Come anytime)
I can wait forever
And if you can’t make up your mind
We could make it up together

Featuring a clever arrangement that has the song start over when the chorus ends, more velocity than you might expect, and an invocation of The Handclap Rule near the end, “Come Anytime” was no less of a power-pop classic than “I Want You Back” or “Bittersweet.”

Or at least that’s how I see it now: I’m not sure I appreciated “Come Anytime” as much in 1989 as I do now. Maybe because I was taking their excellence for granted at the time, as opposed to reveling in it.

Official video for “Come Anytime”

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33. Mental health inequalities among gay and bisexual men

Depression, substance abuse, and suicide have long been associated with homosexuality. In the decades preceding the gay liberation movement, the most common explanation for this association was that homosexuality itself is a mental illness. Much of the work of gay liberation consisted of dismantling the pathological understanding of homosexuality among mental health professionals.

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34. 2016: the year of Zika

Zika virus (ZIKV), an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, was first isolated in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda from a sentinel monkey. It has always been considered a minor pathogen. From its discovery until 2007 only 14 sporadic cases – all from Africa and Southeast Asia – had been detected. In 2007, however, a major outbreak occurred in Yap Island, Micronesia, with 73% of residents being infected.

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35. What makes a good campaign slogan?

Slogan-wise, this year’s presidential campaign gives us Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” and Hillary Clinton’s “Stronger Together” and “I’m with Her.” Trump’s slogan is a call to bring something back from the past. Clinton’s are statements of solidarity.

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36. Why Christmas should matter to us whether we are ‘religious’ or not

There are many aspects of Christmas that, on reflection, make little sense. We are supposed to be secular-minded, rational and grown up in the way we apprehend the world around us. Richard Dawkins speaks for many when he draws a distinction between the ‘truth’ of scientific discourse and the ‘falsehoods’ perpetuated by religion which, as he tells us in The God Delusion, “teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding” (Dawkins 2006).

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37. Paradoxes logical and literary

For many months now this column has been examining logical/mathematical paradoxes. Strictly speaking, a paradox is a kind of argument. In literary theory, some sentences are also called paradoxes, but the meaning of the term is significantly different.

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38. As black as what?

All words, especially kl-words, and no play will make anyone dull. The origin of popular sayings is an amusing area of linguistics, but, unlike the origin of words, it presupposes no technical knowledge. No grammar, no phonetics, no nothin’: just sit back and relax, as they say to those who fly overseas first class. So here is another timeout.

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39. Certain Songs #622: Hoodoo Gurus – “Out That Door”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

1987 was probably my favorite year of music in the 1980s, and one of the reasons for that was the third straight winner by the Hoodoo Gurus, Blow Your Cool!, which at the time I felt was their most consistent album, even if it admittedly didn’t quite hit the highs of their previous two records.

That said, I’m also now horrified by the terrible terrible 1980’s production, which makes Mark Kingsmill’s snare drum sound like it was miked at the bottom of a metal trash can that was then set on fire.

You can hear those drums at the outset of the the opening track, “Out That Door,” which starts off with a big Phil Spector beat, and then builds and builds throughout the first verse into a huge, stirring chorus.

And I’m out that door
(Out that door)
I’m out that door
(If you call)
But I’m not sure
When we decided not to care for each other anymore.

This, of course, was the result of Elektra pairing them up with a big-name producer, so the whole record was bathed in swaths of reverb, making it much more massive sounding then the previous records.

But I didn’t mind: the massiveness seemed to suit a song like “Out That Door,” and the standard Gurus templates of Dave Faulkner’s sense of melody and Brad Shephard’s guitar hooks were still all right there. Yeah, in retrospect, it might seem like a bit too much, but I still love it.

“Out That Door”

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40. Is College Radio Relevant?

You take out the scratched up Beatles’ Abbey Road LP from its musty slipcover, cue it onto the turntable, and broadcast it to the small, rural area surrounding your college campus. It’s 5:00 AM, you’re the only one in the booth, and you ask yourself: is anyone listening? Does what I’m doing matter? Little do you know, as you speak into the microphone introducing “Here Comes the Sun” (as the sun is literally rising), you are part of a long history of college radio. But how is college radio relevant today?

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41. What a difference a decade makes in Brazil

Ten years ago Brazil was beginning to enjoy the financial boom from China’s growing appetite for commodities and raw materials. The two countries were a natural fit. Brazil had what Beijing needed – iron ore, beef, soybeans, etc. and China had what Brasilia desperately wanted – foreign exchange to address budget deficits and cost overruns on major infrastructure projects. It was a marriage made in heaven – for four or five years.

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42. Designer nature: mosquitoes first and then what?

We’re told that we can insert a gene to confer sterility and this trait would race like wildfire through Aedes aegypti. Why this species? Because it’s the vector of the Zika virus—along with the dengue and yellow fever viruses. The problem is that A. aegypti isn’t the only culprit. It’s just one of a dozen or more bloodsuckers that will also have to be wiped out. After we’ve driven these species to extinction, we’ll presumably move on to the Anopheles species that transmit malaria.

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43. Brexit and the quest for identity

From Britain to the United States, France to Australia, Western states are struggling with an identity crisis: how to cultivate a common cultural ‘core’, a social ‘bond’, which goes beyond the global economy and political liberalism. It is too early to predict whether Brexit is the last gasp of the old structure of national identity, or its revival.

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44. 10 things you didn’t know about Brazil’s economy

By the end of the twentieth century, Brazil had ranked as one of the the ten largest economies in the world, but also being that with the fifth largest population, it is facing many obstacles in economic growth. With the 2016 Rio Olympics now upon us, we’ve collated 10 interesting facts about Brazil’s economy from colonial times to the modern day.

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45. Olympian pressure

Recent years have brought recognition that sportsmen and women may have mental health needs that are just as important as their ‘physical’ health – and that may need to be addressed. Athletes are people too, subject to many of the same vulnerabilities as the rest of us. In addition to our everyday anxieties, the sports world contains a whole host of different stressors.

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46. Certain Songs #625: Hoodoo Gurus – “Shadow Me”

hoodoos magnum Album: Magnum Cum Louder
Year: 1989

I don’t know. While the vast majority of the songs I write about were singles, or at least major album tracks, occasionally I hit upon a song that was neither, and yet speaks so deeply to me that I can’t help but write about it.

Like “Shadow Me,” which is on the list of Prettiest Songs Ever Recorded, Hoodoo Gurus Division, and yet is a song that I expect to get little to no reaction when I post it. But I don’t even care: except for the utterly god-like “Bittersweet,” it’s my favorite Hoodoo Gurus song, and pretty much always has been.

Opening with an electric guitar lick falling from the heavens like a warm healing rain, “Shadow Me” is a straight-out unabashed love song from the get go.

I was counting on you being there,
Hoping you would shield me from the glare
Shadow me, shadow me, shadow me
I have lived in shadows all my life

Featuring what is probably a Hammond organ, and Brad Shephard’s gorgeous feedback-drenched guitar weaving in and out, “Shadow Me” features ghostly backing vocals supporting Dave Faulkner.

(Shaaadowwwww)
Shadow me
(Shaaaadowwww)
Shadow me
(Shaaaadowwww)
Shadow me
I have lived in shadows all my life

And while it plays like a ballad, it’s a mid-tempo rocker that builds and builds but never actually explode. Rather, “Shadow Me” is content to let us swim in its overwhelming beauty, letting Dave Faulkner sing about ancient mariners as the guitars fall like rain, the vocals whisper magic and all I can do is melt.

“Shadow Me”

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47. Certain Songs #622: Hoodoo Gurus – “Out That Door”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

1987 was probably my favorite year of music in the 1980s, and one of the reasons for that was the third straight winner by the Hoodoo Gurus, Blow Your Cool!, which at the time I felt was their most consistent album, even if it admittedly didn’t quite hit the highs of their previous two records.

That said, I’m also now horrified by the terrible terrible 1980’s production, which makes Mark Kingsmill’s snare drum sound like it was miked at the bottom of a metal trash can that was then set on fire.

You can hear those drums at the outset of the the opening track, “Out That Door,” which starts off with a big Phil Spector beat, and then builds and builds throughout the first verse into a huge, stirring chorus.

And I’m out that door
(Out that door)
I’m out that door
(If you call)
But I’m not sure
When we decided not to care for each other anymore.

This, of course, was the result of Elektra pairing them up with a big-name producer, so the whole record was bathed in swaths of reverb, making it much more massive sounding then the previous records.

But I didn’t mind: the massiveness seemed to suit a song like “Out That Door,” and the standard Gurus templates of Dave Faulkner’s sense of melody and Brad Shephard’s guitar hooks were still all right there. Yeah, in retrospect, it might seem like a bit too much, but I still love it.

“Out That Door”

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48. Blackstone’s Statutes 2016-2017: key legislation

There are two sets of EU legislation which have had and might continue to have a very positive impact of the lives and rights of UK citizens who travel abroad. I’m not talking about those UK citizens who have taken advantage of the rights of free movement to live and work in another part of the EU, but those who travel temporarily be it on holiday, visiting family or on business.

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49. Certain Songs #621: Hoodoo Gurus – “Like Wow-Wipeout”

hoodoo gurus like wow Album: Mars Needs Guitars!
Year: 1985

Mars Needs Guitars! was a weird beast. I loved the first side, but couldn’t stand the second side, which got away from their core strengths. Over the long decades, I’ve changed my mind somewhat, and enjoy a couple of songs from it now, but they still don’t compare to that first side.

And how could they?

Because the first side of Mars Needs Guitars! — starting off with “Bittersweet, barreling through “Poison Pen,” “In The Wild” and “Death Defying” before climaxing with “Like Wow-Wipeout” — was as fantastic of a side of a record as anybody put out in 1985.

Powered by Mark Kingsmill’s dumb-but-fun surfer cheerleading drumbeat battling an equally dumb-but-fun guitar riff, “Like Wow-Wipeout” is a flat-out party song, alternating that drumbeat on the verses with a chorus where Dave Faulker lists everything he loves about his girl.

I love the way you talk, (ahhhh)
You walk (ahhhh)
You smile (ahhhh)
Your style (ahhhh)
Like now (ahhhh)
Like wow (ahhhh)
Wipeout (ahhhh)
No doubt (ahhhh)
But I was gone the moment I laid eyes on you

Naturally, the “ahhhhs” are the key ingredient for the chorus, along with Kingsmill’s groovy backbeat, so it doesn’t really matter what Faulkner’s singing, just as long everybody else kicks in with those “ahhhhs.” But it’s kinda cool that it’s a declaration of instant and eternal devotion.

And, of course, the last line of the chorus builds and builds a little bit more each time they get to it, then, after the third chorus — and a couple of modulations, natch — Dave Faulkner really stretches it out while the rest of the band aimlessly meanders around him, just waiting to see what happens next.

I was gone the moment I laid
Eyeeeeees on you
I laid eyes on you
I laid eyyeeeeeees
On you

And WHAM! Kingsmill takes off into a into a lightspeed double-time with the rest of the band chasing him down before he drives them all into a wall. Almost instantly, both Faulkner and Brad Shepherd figure that their only choices are guitar solos.

And that’s how “Like Wow-Wipeout” ends: the entire band hurtling forward until they fall right off of a cliff.

Apparently all of this madness resulted in the Gurus biggest single in Australia to date, and my close personal friends The Miss Alans used to play a kick-ass version as well.

Official Video for “Like Wow-Wipeout”

“Like Wow-Wipeout” performed live in 2011

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50. Certain Songs #623: Hoodoo Gurus – “Party Machine”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

Here’s a rule: if you’re going to have the temerity to name a song “Party Machine,” then it damn well better sound like one hell of a party.

Luckily, that’s a rule that the Hoodoo Gurus knew quite well, and so “Party Machine” ends Blow Your Cool! with an utterly raucous blast of full-on good timey energy.

Kicking off with nothing but Mark Kingsmill’s overly reverbed kick and snare drums, “Party Machine” pretty much starts in fourth gear, with Dave Faulkner pointing out that it’s Friday night and he’s getting to rev up the Gurumobile.

Because of course the Hoodoo Gurus have a Gurumobile. How else are they going to get the The Bangles to the party and sing backing vocals.

Oh, and just for the sheer fuck of it, they lift the guitar riff from “Gloria” for the chorus, because did I mention that this was a party, where everybody is singing and clapping their hands and somebody is playing bongos and somebody else is blowing a harmonica, because why not!

In the end, there’s a rave-up, as Faulkner and the rest of the Gurus and the Bangles (and I think half of the Dream Syndicate) are all screaming back and forth with each other.

I say, where have you been?
Where have you been?
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
I say, what did you see?
What did you see?
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Oh yeah
(EVERYTHING!) Say more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more

And at this point the song just starts speeding out of control until it finally crashes into a wall. On one hand, of course, it’s all very silly, but on a much more important hand it reminds me that some of the best times I’ll ever have with music involve just pure and utter release, and “Party Machine” absolutely invokes that.

“Party Machine”

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