Wes Phillips

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Wes Phillips  |  Jul 26, 2006  |  0 comments
Jon Carroll reports on his summer reading—Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England,—and proves yet again that he can turn out better stuff daily than most of us can hope for in a lifetime.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 18, 2006  |  0 comments
Have the changes in our diet in the past century constituted "a very large uncontrolled experiment that may have contributed to the societal burden of aggression, depression and cardiovascular death"?
Wes Phillips  |  Jul 03, 2006  |  4 comments
While we're thinking about thinking, think about this: Recent research confirms that animals have language, experience complex emotions, and can apply abstract reasoning—including the assimilation of previously acquired information—to problem solving. So why do we think we're so special?
Wes Phillips  |  Aug 17, 2006  |  0 comments
"Jets of carbon dioxide gas erupting from the ice cap as it warms in the spring carry dark sand and dust high aloft. " Oh, it's just springtime on Mars.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 19, 2006  |  1 comments
Boy Scout constructs his own nuclear reactor. Surprisingly, when the adults figured out that it was almost workable, they got all prissy.
Wes Phillips  |  Apr 27, 2007  |  0 comments
"A linkworthy piece of musical-cultural criticism," writes John Marks. I agree. Now if John Derbyshire had merely said Saturday Night Fever was the greatest movie ever, I'd have agreed to disagree. His passionate and specific arguments, however, have convinced me to see it again with an open mind.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 16, 2006  |  1 comments
Wait until you see their marching bands! In this performance: Piano Concerto No 2 by Shostakovich, Transfigured Night by Schoenberg, and Symphony No.10 by Shostakovich.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 19, 2005  |  0 comments
Google Middle Earth.
Wes Phillips  |  Sep 22, 2006  |  0 comments
Bagheera is outraged that I powered off her heated perch.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 07, 2006  |  0 comments
Nationmaster.com's got 'em. Amazing go-to resource for maps, stats, and factoids.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 22, 2006  |  1 comments
Then thank heaven we've had giants like Charlie Parker walk among us. OTOH, we've also had Buddy Rich, so maybe things even out.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 07, 2006  |  1 comments
Beethoven conducts Fidelio, Louis Spohr remembers in the February 7, 1865 edition of The Guardian.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 22, 2007  |  0 comments
Oscar Wilde's chief talent was appropriation, says Dr. Michèle Mendelssohn.