“Learn to enjoy life.”
Dr Duncan James
Discover an amazing world of wildlife with the Nature Travel Guide (4th edition).
Enjoy fun and sociable partner dancing quickly and easily with ticket2dance.
A complete set of free-to-use complete beginner lessons are due to launch in autumn 2018.
UPmaths is topic-based maths learning.
My dream of free, high-quality maths support for everyone has a predicted release date of autumn 2019.
“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
unknown (often attributed to Aristotle but I have seen no evidence for this)
Nature vLogs (YouTube Playlist)
“Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.”
ticket2dance Test Videos (YouTube Playlist)
I have three other sections to my website.
Calibration of a data logger in progress by Tcalibration.
I have two day jobs to pay the bills (I don't make a living from the books and videos yet). I work as a Maths Tutor in Poole and I run the specialist scientific business Tcalibration which is an easy-to-use, audit-friendly calibration service for data loggers.
The Roving Nature Reporters (YouTube Playlist)
“Creative and inspirational learning.”
Dr Duncan James
Views From the Footpath (YouTube Playlist)
“For 200 years, pessimists have had all the headlines – even though optimists have far more often been right. There is immense vested interest in pessimism. No journalist ever got the front page writing a story about how disaster was now less likely. Pressure groups and their customers in the media search for glimmers of doom. Don't be browbeaten - dare to be an optimist!”
A theme in my life is positivity. In my writing I try to never give a negative review, simply adding more positivity to the places I like the most and saying less about others. In my teaching I look to find what a student is good at and build from a foundation of positivity and confidence. In dancing my focus is simply on personal enjoyment with "looking correct" a styling option that is not judged. Here is a link to World Happiness Day which I like as it is pushing this agenda!
Nature Highlights (YouTube Playlist)
“Yesterday I told a chicken to cross the road. It said, ‘what for?’”
“Is Zen best? As well as living in the moment should we also enjoy reflecting on moments from the past and anticipating the future?”
based on ideas developed from Saint Augustine
“Advanced civilisations may be much easier for beings approximately the size of humans.”
paraphrasing F W Went "The Size of Man" in American Scientist, Vol. 56, No. 4 (winter 1968), pp. 400-413 http://www.jstor.org/stable/27828330
“A good programmer is someone who always looks both ways before crossing a one-way street.”
Doug Linder (as far as I can tell)
“Cyanobacteria grew the cocoon of an oxygenated atmosphere, a thin shield against the void.”
early in the history of the Earth life began to build a home
“One of the most highly developed skills in contemporary western civilisation is dissection: the splitting up of problems into their smallest possible components. We are good at it. So good, we often forget to put the pieces back together again.”
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”
“Before you criticise someone you should first walk a mile in their shoes. That way at least you are a mile away and have their shoes.”
“If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.”
“We don't serve tachyons in here says the bartender. A tachyon walks into a bar.”
“I went to a fancy French restaurant called Deja Vu. The head waiter said, ‘Don't I know you?’”
“I locked my keys in the car the other day. But it was alright, I was still inside.”
“It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.”
“In my house there's this light switch that doesn't do anything. Every so often I would flick it on and off just to check. Yesterday, I got a call from a woman in Germany. She said, ‘Cut it out.’”
“Heisenberg is pulled over for speeding. ‘Do you know how fast you were going?’ ‘No, but I know exactly where I was.’”
“What you’re capable of is not a function of what others think.”
“Fate is the path of least action.”
Kim Stanley Robinson (quoting an ancient principle)
“Would you like to know with great precision the date of your death? If not then consider introducing as much randomness as you can into your life to make your life more enjoyable on a smaller day-to-day scale as well. My personal preference is to cram all my fixed appointments into a small space of time so that the rest of the week can be flexible and spontaneous. I also like to know if (for example) a bus is running every 30 minutes and so enjoy the flexibility of just turning up whenever is convenient without planning a particular time.”
Based on the work of Nassim Nicolas Talib, author of Fooled by Randomness
“Science is wrong about everything; but you can trust it more than anything.”
“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.”
“A researcher called Deming went with his team to test lighting effects on efficiency in factories at Western Electric's Hawthorne plant at Cicero, Illinois. This was in 1923. he told the workers that they were part of a special study to look at what might improve efficiency... and whatever he did; be it raise the light levels, keep them the same or lower them... productivity improved... yet another example of the placebo effect.”
summarising Ben Goldacre reporting this interesting example (an inspiration of mine for the way he has helped to make science accessible)
“I think a man only needs one thing in life. He just needs someone to love. If you can't give him that, then give him something to hope for. And if you can't give him that, just give him something to do.”
Liddle speaking in Flight of the Phoenix after they are stranded in the desert.