Thomas H. Sheriff
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3rd year economics student

The Beautiful Humanity of Ambience: Why Stars of the Lid Are My Favourite Band

I started listening to ambient music purely for its functionality. I realised during my revision last year that I struggled to concentrate on working when listening to music with anything more than the most minimal rhythm. Perhaps, as a drummer,…

Bergman Season at the BFI: Persona

The BFI are currently holding a “Bergman Season”, in which they screen films of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Under-25 tickets are £3, which is a bargain not to be missed. I managed to see one of Bergman’s most…

Black Mirror’s Ideas About Technology Are Flawed

A new year, a new season of Black Mirror. Writer Charlie Brooker’s hit Netflix show (originally completely British-made for Channel 4) is back with six episodes to cause unease, blow your mind, and make you go “aahh, that’s clever” at…

December

Stimulants, gone From cigarette butts and drained coffee cups. Summer sun turns to winter shit I tell the year: get on with it.

The University System Is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

Education spreads knowledge; it broadens minds; it improves productivity. Higher education has exploded in recent years – whether it is “worth it” in an economic sense for all these people to go to university is unclear (would it be more…

Nanotechnology: Tiny Tech With Big Ideas

Imagine a robot arm: the type found in production lines assembling cars or baby bottles or pizzas; swivelling and grabbing mechanically. Now imagine it shrunk to the width of a human hair. Now imagine it shrunk so that 600 of…

Perpetuating Inequality: A Catch-22

Occasionally, a piece of art permeates the public consciousness so deeply as to leave a lasting impression. Mostly, this happens in the form of an oft-quoted phrase: Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” or As You Like It’s “all…

Detecting Ripples in Spacetime: What It Means and Why It Matters

Since childhood, I have had an unashamed love of sci-fi films. Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Alien, Metropolis, The Terminator, The Matrix… all these I watched over and over, enthralled by their visions of the universe with…

problem child

When she was little she screamed. Shrieks stabbed at his ears in the nights and in the days he drank coffee. Cups and cups of coffee. He walked stumbling and talked mumbling and when he sat his eyelids clawed themselves…

The Problem with Grime

“The ting goes skrrrahh! Pap, pap, ka-ka-ka! Skidiki-pap-pap! And a pu-pu-drrrr-boom! Skya! Du-du-ku-ku-pun-pun! Poom, poom” – Roadman Shaq London is a grey place. There is clearly an abundance of colour in this city but I think when most people see…