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About Eric Hopton

Eric Hopton is a writer, musician, artist, and photographer. He has a degree in Social Anthropology and has always been passionate about travel, having so far visited 73 countries. His music and sound work has been used in many projects around the world and can be heard on Bandcamp and Freesound, where he has contributed over 1,300 sounds under his sonic alter ego, ERH.

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Here are my most recent posts:

Sidewalk Stigma For Smartphone Users

Sep 17, 14 Sidewalk Stigma For Smartphone Users

Posted by in An English Angle, Technology

Sometimes it seems to me that mankind is entering some kind of evolutionary dead end where we will all end up enslaved to and ensnared by technology. Take the “phone hog,” for example. The phone hog is so engrossed in “txting,” head down peering at the screen, thumbs flying in a blur as they type at warp speed, apparently impervious to oncoming pedestrians, mobility scooters, blind dogs, small children, or feeding pigeons – or me!

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The Signs And Dangers Of Career Burnout

Sep 15, 14 The Signs And Dangers Of Career Burnout

Posted by in An English Angle, Health

Your boss or your demanding customers might not think so, but your mind and body are finite resources. They are not immune to the harmful effects of wear and tear, stress and pressure. Chronic Occupational Stress, better known as career burnout, is what happens when your brain and physical body get pushed beyond the limit of what they can take.

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Standing At The Edge Of Hell

Sep 13, 14 Standing At The Edge Of Hell

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

How far would you be prepared to go to get the ultimate travel experience and capture a dramatic photograph or video along the way? How about jumping into an active volcano? That is exactly what a certain George Kourounis did recently and he lived not only to tell the tale, but also to get the kind of images that make people sit up and really take notice.

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Modern Science Unmasks Jack The Ripper

Sep 08, 14 Modern Science Unmasks Jack The Ripper

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

One of the world’s most notorious and gruesome serial killers has finally been identified after an incredible 126 years. Forensic science is becoming more sophisticated and reaching back deep into the past. The latest case to be cracked is that of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

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Your Face Is A Sex Playground For Mites

Aug 29, 14 Your Face Is A Sex Playground For Mites

Posted by in Health, WTF???

Spoiler – this is going to make your skin crawl. Be warned, but I’ve been itching to tell you about Demodex, a mite that loves to live in the pores on your face and its habits are pretty disgusting. These tiny bugs “crawl about your face in the dark, lay eggs in your pores, and release a burst of feces when they die.” And of course they like to have sex on your beautifully pampered facial skin. Nice.

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Virtobots And Virtopsies

Aug 27, 14 Virtobots And Virtopsies

Posted by in An English Angle, Health, Technology

Advances in technology and medical science are constantly improving our lives and sometimes we just take all this stuff for granted. But occasionally you will come across something that catches your eye and you can’t help but think that “this is special, this will make a difference to people’s lives in a totally unexpected way.” I would like to share just such a discovery with you today.

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Arachnophilia And Big City Spiders

Aug 24, 14 Arachnophilia And Big City Spiders

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

Spiders – I love them so much I could kiss their hairy little faces. From the tiniest specimens to giant Shelob, the Hobbit eater in Lord of the Rings – arachnids are everywhere. New research suggests that spiders are not only cashing in on urban sprawls to get bigger and fatter, they are becoming more fertile – well, OK, hornier if you prefer.

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The Spirits Of History

Aug 12, 14 The Spirits Of History

Posted by in An English Angle, Lifestyle

From ghosts to ghouls, to specters, spirits and lost souls, my little corner of the planet could be a paradise for the seeker of the paranormal. Today’s article will aim to give a little insight into some of that “hidden realm,” both here and in the world at large.

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Zero The Vinyl Hero

His name is Zero and he is man with a plan. Zero is an obsessive, perhaps even an addict. The object of his obsession is music, particularly vinyl, and he buys it by the container load. This may be an aberration of the human soul, but it’s not exactly a rare one. I have suffered from it myself and fell into a money-sucking pit of music buying mania several years ago.

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Lava Or Lightning – How Do You Like Your Steak?

Aug 07, 14 Lava Or Lightning – How Do You Like Your Steak?

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

The ancient art of cooking steak just got weirder, and it all started with a volcano and a few marshmallows. Wacky chef Sam Bompas, co-founder of Bompas and Parr – a British company that describes itself as creating “immersive flavor-based experiences,” came up with the idea of searing steaks over molten rock while on a trip to Japan.

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