Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The Sylacauga meteorite

* Mr Eugene Hodges arrived home from work on 30 November, 1954, 60 years ago this weekend, to find his front door besieged by strangers. When he finally got indoors, he discovered why people had been travelling from all over the town of Sylacauga: his wife had just become the first human being confirmed to have been hit by a meteorite.

Remember to have a good stretch at your desk

Laptops, tablets and phones don't encourage good posture - let's spare a thought for our bodies

A few months ago, I found myself lying face down on a bench somewhere in London's Square Mile, being viciously pummelled by a South African sports injury specialist who'd just diagnosed me with some kind of acute shoulder blade complaint. It became apparent to her through casual questioning that this injury had not been sustained through vigorous activity. Feeble inactivity was more to blame.

The inexorable expansion of social media presents the Facebooks and Twitters of this world with a problem: how to prevent us from waking up one morning, looking at our timelines or news feeds and thinking, “Sod this, I’ve got no idea who these people are or what they’re on about. I quit.”

Rhodri Marsden: Why social-media marketing is about to get really sneaky

The inexorable expansion of social media presents the Facebooks and Twitters of this world with a problem: how to prevent us from waking up one morning and thinking, 'Sod this, I quit'

Hello dolly: component parts are assembled

Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

British toy maker Alice Taylor: 'It’s an opportunity to make a doll that isn’t just about tiny waists and legs that go up to here'

A clanger: Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Object: The leotard

* "'Leotard' is a new word in fashion parlance," trilled Life magazine in September 1943. That same year, Harper's Bazaar described it as "a new idea, leading toward the 21st century and the cosmic costumes of Flash Gordon's supergirl". But while it may have been new to the American public, the man who gave his name to it had achieved fame more than 80 years earlier.

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I've never felt quite so aware as I do these days. The volume of stuff being slung at us every day seems to push our capacity for awareness to its limits. And thanks to the feverish competition for that awareness, we've become only too aware of the phrase "raising awareness" and the attention-grabbing activities attached to it – the Ice Bucket Challenge being a notable recent example.

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The ice-hockey mask

* Prior to 1960 or so, ice hockey goalkeepers were regularly smashed in the face by stray pucks. Being injured by objects travelling at high velocity seemed to be an occupational hazard, and all goalkeepers bore the scars.

'We don’t love email; we’re just duty bound to deal with it'

We don't love email, despite what Google claims about its new service, Inbox

After spending a day wading through tedious missives, filing electronic receipts and deleting invasive corporate greetings, it's easy to come to the conclusion that the system of email is broken. We know that some emails are significantly less important than others, but they all arrive with equal status, holding their heads high, whether it's a work opportunity, a retweet notification or a confirmation of an order for a takeaway curry.

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