Wanna Play? – Why Games are Important

Chess has seen a resurgence recently. Access to interesting youtube content from Grand Masters and International Masters mixed with the success of Netflix’s chess-themed drama ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ have returned its status as a game of intellectuals and Kings. But is it really all that and a bag o’ chips? I mean, games have comeContinue reading “Wanna Play? – Why Games are Important”

Why Does ‘We Lack Discipline’ Engage with Academics?

If we’re so anti-establishment, if we’re the fucking mean punk school, why do we give a shit? You know it’s a valid question and one I have been struggling to come up with an answer for. I am choosing to directly confront the issue today because of one reason. Today I got a like fromContinue reading “Why Does ‘We Lack Discipline’ Engage with Academics?”

The Unintentional Innuendoes of Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Before moving on to a more serious analysis of this 19th Century version of ‘I Spit on Your Grave’ except with more gratuitous suffering and less satisfaction I figured why not have some fun. For sure the book’s a serious one and requires serious thought. Whether it be directly related to the book itself withinContinue reading “The Unintentional Innuendoes of Tess of the d’Urbervilles”

Top Ten Cats #1 – The Domestic Cat, Felis catus

Right, we’ll start with the controversy shall we? Because that is how We Lack Discipline does things. Domestic cats are responsible for a significant reduction in numbers of hedge birds, small rodents and other, various, ecological damages in every habitat in which they are present. The irresponsible keeping, especially with feral populations, of cats isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #1 – The Domestic Cat, Felis catus”

Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.

One of my proudest moments in academia, if not my proudest moment, you know not having graduated or won a Nobel Prize or anything, was in ‘Scientific Communications’ class when I gave a presentation about the cheetah. Now let me explain a few things. For one thing, I’m autistic. Standing under bright lights talking toContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.”

My Life and the Halo Effect

CONTENT WARNING: Contains descriptions of murder and sexual violence. Note: What follows is merely an opinion piece, the author is in no way a qualified mental health professional and if you are experiencing difficulties you should contact your local mental health service, especially if you’re feeling like Ted Bundy. Not too long ago Netflix decidedContinue reading “My Life and the Halo Effect”

Top Ten Cats #3 – Tiger, Panthera tigris

CONTENT WARNING: Contains images of animal cruelty “Tiger, tiger burning bright…” etc. I’ve got tiger stories up the wazoo, man. I did a pub quiz once where I argued for an extra half point because the question was ‘what is the largest cat in the world?’ and everyone said tiger, but I said, quite rightfully,Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #3 – Tiger, Panthera tigris”

For the Love of C*nts (Possibly NSFW)

CONTENT WARNING: Contains lots of sexy sex, also contains lots of rude words and images of the things those rude words describe. Also note: Everything said here is by a cisgender, heterosexual male. Whilst I have been called a cunt many times, and clearly have an affinity for them, I have not ever possessed one.Continue reading “For the Love of C*nts (Possibly NSFW)”

The ‘Culture Wars’, ‘Attack on Britishness’ and the ‘White Working Class’ Problem

Some tell me there’s a ‘culture war’ going on and, to be perfectly honest I don’t know what that means. I can just as easily go buy fish and chips and see Morris Dancers as I can go buy pad thai and go watch a Swedish crime drama, or read a novel by a JapaneseContinue reading “The ‘Culture Wars’, ‘Attack on Britishness’ and the ‘White Working Class’ Problem”

Top Ten Cats #4 – Smilodon sp.

Not strictly speaking a species, Smilodon is a genus in the Machairodontinae family – essentially the sabre-toothed cats, in taxonomic identification we would indicate multiple species with an ‘sp.‘ after the genus, like in the title. Again another throwback from my undergraduate days but there’s a perception of sabre-toothed cats, particularly since they allegedly hadContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #4 – Smilodon sp.”