April 2024

Apr 11: Started learning how to be a ‘Full-Stack Developer’ with Mimo.

Apr 7: Is the UK housing crisis more about who owns the houses rather than how many houses there are?

Apr 6: The definition of Botshit

Apr 5: 📧 Reading the Garbage Day newsletter.

Apr 1: Today’s DuoLingo seems to be 100% sponsored by our dog.


March 2024

Mar 31: 📺 Watched The Power.

Mar 30: R. A. Fisher’s quote from his address to the 1938 First Indian Statistical Congress remains …

Mar 30: Immediate low-key stress response whenever I see a message like this from a product owned by Meta. …

Mar 28: ‘Refugee Astronaut III’, from a recent visit to the Wellcome Collection’s …

Mar 27: 🎶 Listening to Saviors by Green Day.

Mar 27: The benefits of eating snakes

Mar 24: 📚 Finished reading The Bezzle by Cory Doctorow.

Mar 24: A trip to the 'The Cult of Beauty' exhibition

Mar 24: 🎶 Listening to GUTS (spilled) by Olivia Rodrigo.

Mar 22: ChatGPT remembers

Mar 20: 📺 Watched Black Mirror season 6.

Mar 20: GB News breaks TV broadcast regulations once again

Mar 18: From The Guardian: Five people have been killed and 10 injured in Gaza when they were hit by a …

Mar 17: 📚 Finished reading The Abuse of Power by Theresa May.

Mar 14: Bash script to delete local git branches that haven't been updated for a long time

Mar 14: Perelandra Bookshop, in Fort Collins, Colorado, has a “reader-in-residence” program. A …

Mar 14: I hadn’t realised that the directors had confirmed that the fan theory that The Matrix movie …

Mar 13: Figure is putting ChatGPT brains into humanoid bodies

Mar 13: The Conservative leadership leans into conspiracy thinking

Mar 11: After a trial involving nearly 18000 participants, the US FDA approves Wegovy, one of the famed …

Mar 10: The Torment Nexus meme

Mar 8: Big Duolingo milestone this week for my mission to learn Spanish: It’s honestly amazing how …

Mar 7: The day Replika lobotomised everyone's AI girlfriend

Mar 7: From The Guardian: Britain will go into the next general election with taxes at their highest level …

Mar 3: Glasgow’s ‘Willy’s Chocolate Experience’ (as in Willy Wonka of course) seems …


February 2024

Feb 29: 📚 Finished listening to Out of the Blue by Harry Cole.

Feb 26: 🎙 Listening to Cyber: The End of Vice podcast.

Feb 25: The layers of the Internet

Feb 24: In data breach news, Wyze, a maker of internet-enabled smart security cameras to put in your home, …

Feb 22: 📚 Finished reading In Ascension by Martin MacInnes.

Feb 19: Apparently even more British children have smartphones than I’d have guessed. Ofcom data says …

Feb 18: Air Canada instructed to honour a refund that their chatbot inadvertently promised

Feb 15: Another 'abuse of power': thousands of students wrongly deported from the UK for supposedly cheating on a test

Feb 15: Learned a new phase last week: stinge-watching. It’s the opposite of binge-watching. …

Feb 14: 📺 Watching The Apprentice - season 18.

Feb 13: For anyone that finishes Wordle too quickly, Puzzmo - “the (new) place for thoughtful …

Feb 8: TIL: Elon Musk wasn’t the founder of Tesla. Tesla’s real founders were Martin Eberhard …

Feb 7: Interesting that “social media” is such a toxic brand these days that Snapchat’s …

Feb 6: NearbyWiki.org is a fun site that plots Wikipedia encyclopedia entries over an interactive map. You …

Feb 5: 📧 Reading the Bits About Money newsletter.

Feb 4: TIL: Buckingham Palace pays a council tax bill of £1,828 per year. That’s lower than 46% of …

Feb 4: Neuralink implants a chip in someone's brain

Feb 3: The asylum seekers fleeing from Rwanda make the UK's plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda seem even more unhinged

Feb 3: 📺 Watched season 6 of The Crown.

Feb 3: 📺 Watched season 2 of The Traitors (UK version).


January 2024

Jan 30: Cory Doctorow reminds us that AI doesn’t actually have to be better than us at our jobs in …

Jan 29: 143 companies want to know that I visited the Teen Vogue website

Jan 27: A friend shares the UK National Careers Service’s job description of an astronaut with me. …

Jan 26: 🎶 Listening to Sweet Justice by Tkay Maidza.

Jan 25: This (taken from some random Discord if I remember correctly) might be a little simplistic in some …

Jan 25: 1 mobile phone gets stolen every 6 minutes in London, back in 2022 at least. That year 90,864 got …

Jan 23: The shocking role of modern-day slavery in the UK care sector

Jan 21: TIL: Ireland’s Dublin Airport holds an annual “Blessing of the Planes” ceremony. …

Jan 21: 📚 Finished reading: Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov.

Jan 20: Computerphile takes us through some of the technical issues found with the Post Office Horizon …

Jan 18: NewsGuard identifies 634 entire websites full of generative-AI-created content farm nonsense

Jan 15: Amazon appears to be selling OpenAI apologies disguised as chairs

Jan 15: Mis- and dis-information are the biggest immediate threats to the world according to the WEF

Jan 14: A huge number of important elections are due to be held in 2024

Jan 13: 📺 Started the mammoth mission of watching all available ‘classic’ Doctor Who episodes, 1963-1996.

Jan 13: 📺 Watched Mr Bates vs The Post Office.

Jan 10: Trump team argues assassination of rivals is covered by presidential immunity Not the most …

Jan 9: Compassion beats empathy in a helpless situation

Jan 9: Elsewhere, I wrote about the ongoing battle between between human creators and AI trainers.

Jan 8: On the verge of entering ‘Unbelievable’ - a magic show in the West End. It was written …

Jan 7: The 'Power Up' exhibition - a festival of mostly-retro videogaming

Jan 7: The last vestiges of Christmas lights, outside Kings Cross station, London.

Jan 6: Visiting Sigmund Freud's last home

Jan 5: What it takes to be in the top 1% of UK income tax payers

Jan 3: From CNBC: Google is considering a substantial workforce reduction, potentially affecting up to …

Jan 2: More than 1 in 50 Londoners are homeless

Jan 2: My year in music, 2023


December 2023

Dec 31: My year in books, 2023

Dec 31: 📚 Finished reading The Lost Cause by Cory Doctorow.

Dec 29: Unsurprisingly, ChatGPT and its ilk are finding their way into providing direct customer service for …

Dec 29: Some books about Artificial Intelligence I'd like to read

Dec 27: At last the most important top X things of 2023 post is out. Here’s Rolling Stone’s take …

Dec 24: (Nearly) new year, new URL. I’ve kept this blog up long enough it’s time to give it its …

Dec 24: Busy wasting time on The Great Scrollback of Alexandria. This is a preservation effort, attempting …

Dec 22: Over 10,000 research papers were retracted this year

Dec 22: 📚 Finished reading Being You: A New Science of Consciousness by Anil Seth.

Dec 21: The Word of the Year 2023 winners are in

Dec 19: Good news, it looks like federating is still in fashion. Flipboard has starting federating a few of …

Dec 14: 🎶 Listening to Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning.

Dec 13: 📚 Finished reading Zero Days by Ruth Ware.

Dec 12: Elon Musk tried to create a ‘politically neutral’ - also known as ‘politically …

Dec 11: Maryam Moshiri falls victim to the same self-inflicted disaster that I’m sure all of us remote …

Dec 9: Currently on consecutive day 9 of wearing my Christmas jumper.

Dec 8: Quiver Quantitative tracks and shares a lot of stock trading information to enable reporting on and …

Dec 8: Governments spying on Apple, Google users through push notifications - US senator I don’t …

Dec 7: TIL: When playing fruit machines, legally it’s the person who presses the button that gets the …

Dec 5: The last of the big tech giants recently released its version of a large language model generative …

Dec 5: Being an data analyst type of person I am a fervent believer in the below concept, but until now I …

Dec 4: Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America’s Ruling Class, Finally Dies Rolling Stone …

Dec 4: The world is on track for a “hellish” 3C of global heating, the UN has warned. Apparently our …


November 2023

Nov 28: 📚 Finished reading Upgrade by Blake Crouch.

Nov 28: 📚 Finished reading The Extended Mind by Annie Murphy Paul.

Nov 28: 🎶 Listening to GUTS by Olivia Rodrigo.

Nov 27: 📚 Finished reading The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu.

Nov 26: In 2019 OpenAI was too scared to open GPT-2 to the world

Nov 25: 📚 Finished reading The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Definitive Guide to Dimensional Modeling by Ralph Kimball and Margy Ross.

Nov 23: The Conservative party appears to hate law and order

Nov 21: Humans will go to considerable effort to get obviously useless information

Nov 20: Facebook permanently disabled my account, no right of appeal

Nov 18: Sam Altman, the famed head of OpenAI seems to have been fired. Mr. Altman’s departure follows …

Nov 17: 🎙️ Listening to Sherlock & Co.

Nov 17: There's now a dangerous black market in anti-obesity drugs

Nov 15: 📚 Finished reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Nov 15: 📚 Finished reading We Are Bellingcat by Eliot Higgins.

Nov 14: Is Britain on the verge of introducing an age limit on baking?

Nov 13: Meta-owned WhatsApp confirms (once again) that adverts are coming to its app. Code to enable this …

Nov 13: Arcade claw machines are even more scammy than I thought

Nov 12: The deleterious effects of bad business models, incentives and AI on music streaming services

Nov 10: This interactive visualisation is a great way of explaining or visualising what a given …

Nov 10: Expect lots of fun new pun-ridden URLs to show up soon. Starting December 5th everyone can purchase …

Nov 8: Braverman thinks homelessness is a "lifestyle choice"

Nov 8: Ooh, after the success of the Super Mario Bros Movie they’re making a live-action Legend of …

Nov 7: TIL: The collective noun for a group of ferrets is a “business” of ferrets. So now you …

Nov 7: Jennifer Daniel shares what we can expect for official new emojis in 2025. Just seven this time, …

Nov 5: The UK does not need to widen the definition of extremism even further

Nov 2: I often wondered what happened if you accidentally tick the “Yes I have committed …

Nov 2: Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, …


October 2023

Oct 29: 🎙️ Listening to ‘Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Israel/Gaza Edition’ from the On The Media podcast.

Oct 29: The impact of the Hamas Israel war on hate-crime in Britain

Oct 28: 🎶 Listening to The More Red Chapter by Taylor Swift.

Oct 26: 🎶 Listening to The Jaws of Life by Pierce The Veil.

Oct 24: 🎶 Listening to Just a Christmas Dirtbag by Wheatus.

Oct 23: I’m sure no-one needs reminding, but today is National Mole Day. . Nothing to do with small …

Oct 23: Unsurprisingly, the 'eat 2000 calories a day' recommendation isn't very scientific

Oct 22: In a recent paper, researchers compared the trends in Google searches that suggest people are …

Oct 21: Can’t believe its taken me 7 years to learn of the outrageous decline of everyone’s favourite …

Oct 21: 🎙️ Listening to The Ezra Klein Show podcast episode “Why A.I.

Oct 18: IPleak.net looks to be a pretty comprehensive website that allows you to check what IP address …

Oct 12: Newspaper in trouble for publishing Braverman's lie about child grooming gangs

Oct 12: 📚 Finished reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Oct 11: Walmart finds that people who start taking the GLP-1 anti-obesity medications go on to buy …

Oct 8: 📺 Watched Jury Duty.

Oct 8: 🎶 Listening to Re: This Is Why.

Oct 4: A wet fish, outside Sheffield station.


September 2023

Sep 30: I was curious to know what age the oldest person to have ever lived got to. According to the …

Sep 27: Amazon now charges third-party sellers almost half of their revenue

Sep 22: The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give …

Sep 21: What causes the Overton Paradox?

Sep 19: 🎮 Currently playing The Battle of Polytopia.

Sep 19: My Microsoft Surface laptop decided not to recognise that anything was plugged into its USB ports …

Sep 17: 🎙️ Listening to The Studies Show podcast.

Sep 16: Last week, while checking the device of an individual employed by a Washington DC-based civil …

Sep 15: Liz Truss is writing a new book 😟

Sep 15: Over here I wrote about some research from Pew comparing what Twitter users say they do vs what they …

Sep 10: 🎶 Listening to Hell Is A Teenage Girl by Nessa Barrett.

Sep 10: This looks like a handy comparison guide to free and open source photo libraries for anyone …

Sep 8: The corporate jargon being most forcibly injected into my ears in recent days: HMW: how might we …

Sep 6: MusicBrainz Picard fixes your musical MP3 tagging woes

Sep 5: More data leaks

Sep 4: 📚 Finished reading Q by Christina Dalcher.


August 2023

Aug 28: TIL: There’s a version of chess you play on a hexagon shaped board made up of hexagons. It …

Aug 28: Experiencing the Dream Machine

Aug 27: The trials and tribulations of installing Linux Mint alongside Windows 10

Aug 26: Treating obesity can save lives

Aug 23: When some of your personalities go blind

Aug 22: Russia's moon-landing attempt fails, but there's plenty more coming up soon

Aug 21: Twitter's habit of deleting or undeleting your posts at will

Aug 18: Getting real SimCity vibes from the view today.

Aug 17: We’re up to 91 felonies now in terms of how many criminal charges have been brought against …

Aug 17: 📧 Reading John Medina’s Substack newsletter.

Aug 14: 📚 Finished reading: The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman.

Aug 13: 📽 Watched Interstate 60.

Aug 12: Please let's not fight the next election on who can damage the environment the most

Aug 9: From PC Magazine: For 16 years, Jeremy Vaught had control of the @music account on Twitter. But no …

Aug 8: Turns out the UK’s Electoral Commission has been hacked for the past couple of years. At the …

Aug 8: 🎙️ Listening to Brad & Will Made A Tech Pod.

Aug 7: The call of Linux

Aug 1: TIL: There’s an estimated 3 million shipwrecks dotted across the ocean floors of our planet. …


July 2023

Jul 31: A new paper re-affirms that plant-based diets are far less damaging to the environment

Jul 31: Many of us have seen those adverts for smartphone games, often embedded inside other annoying phone …

Jul 30: Paper notes: How much food tracking during a digital weight management program is enough...?

Jul 30: Should one have the need to mass-download their Kindle books from Amazon without a ton of clicking …

Jul 26: 🎶 Listening to Endless Summer Vacation by Miley Cyrus.

Jul 25: Somehow only today did I realise that you can use if statements directly within R’s dplyr …

Jul 24: WormGPT is an AI chatbot designed to help commit crime

Jul 24: Very unexpectedly, something about the apparent inanity / insanity of its plot makes me actually …

Jul 24: 📚 Finished listening to The Monopolists by Mary Pilon.

Jul 20: Is it worth trying to increase your physical activity if you only have time to even think about it …

Jul 20: Terrible AI-written books hit the Kindle Unlimited best-seller lists

Jul 19: The new New Conservatives faction has no new ideas

Jul 18: Following some big companies such as Samsung banning or putting limits on their employees' use of …

Jul 15: From the i: Nigel Farage has criticised the Home Office’s decision to paint over murals of cartoon …

Jul 14: The latest deranged volley in the Conservative Government’s extremely inhumane and extremely …

Jul 14: I’ve been looking at options for Network Attached Storage recently, to help me be more …

Jul 14: Conservatives only like law and order when it suits their interests

Jul 14: The US Federal Trade Commission is investigating OpenAI, creators of ChatGPT et al, in order to …

Jul 12: Learned that you can work in two branches of the same local git repo at once without problems via …

Jul 12: PC Part Picker seems to be a good site for seeing a summary of what, surprise surprise, parts of PCs …

Jul 11: It’s increasingly apparent that relying on the ability to reliably access or even link to …

Jul 11: The 'Redact' app lets you delete all those social media posts that you regret writing

Jul 8: In “I wanted to be a teacher but they made me a cop” Adam Mastroianni makes the case …

Jul 8: Twitter’s whims can break other sites too

Jul 6: Australia becomes the first country to legalise the use of certain psychedelics in controlled …

Jul 6: TIL: The US isn’t the only country to officially celebrate American independence on July 4th. …

Jul 5: 📚 Finished reading 11.22.63 by Stephen King.

Jul 4: 📚 Finished reading Red Team Blues by Cory Doctorow.

Jul 3: This week is London Data Week - ‘Data in the public, for the public’. Join us at London …


June 2023

Jun 30: Providing the greatest educational resources to people who do well on tests isn't the only option

Jun 30: Absolutely obsessed with The Password Game. All the fun of trying to pick a computer password …

Jun 29: A trip to the Van Gogh Immersive Experience

Jun 27: Mya Gosling provides what turns out to be a handy guide to the 7 Shakespeare plays that might …

Jun 26: Huge shock to the system today when I saw what appeared from a distance to be a dead human body on …

Jun 25: Living in the dumbest timeline as we do, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has …

Jun 25: A day of musical fun in the sun, perhaps to be banned in the US

Jun 20: Intrigued to learn that the RStudio folks are actively working on an integration with the GitHub …

Jun 19: US residents can join class actions against Google and Facebook's abuse of their data

Jun 18: 📚 Finished reading: Divergent Mind by Jenara Nerenberg.

Jun 16: The Partygate report is here

Jun 15: The UK is once again experiencing a heatwave, a situation likely to become ever more common whilst …

Jun 14: Boris Johnson has stepped down as a Tory MP after claiming he was “forced out of …

Jun 13: The bronze elephants of Spitalfields

Jun 12: TIL: Last year scientists discovered a bacteria of such relatively huge size that it’s easily …

Jun 9: A further 7 federal charges have been laid against Trump, some related to his having illegally …

Jun 8: Learned that the built-in fc command is a quick way to check if 2 files have the same contents using …

Jun 8: Leutner et al. provide evidence of a link between having obesity and later developing a diagnosed …

Jun 7: On another AI note, Google is going to introduce adverts to its generative AI search/chat feature. …

Jun 7: Noticed a couple of newish ChatGPT features. Firstly there’s an official iOS app, available …

Jun 7: 🎙 Listened to Tech Won’t Save Us podcast.

Jun 7: 📺 Watched season 8 of Brooklyn 99.

Jun 5: Cannabis is now legal for recreational use in 22 US states

Jun 4: Chanced upon a panel from another infinitely evergreen marvel published by The Nib, RIP once again. …

Jun 4: Rclone looks to be a super useful utility for anyone who works a lot with cloud storage providers. …


May 2023

May 31: Over here, I wrote about whether Artificial Intelligences really are developing scary new emergent …

May 31: 📺 Watched Star Trek: Picard season 2 and 3.

May 29: ChatGPT enters the courtroom

May 29: 🎶 Listening to This Is Why by Paramore.

May 26: From Ars Technica: 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5, analytics find When …

May 26: Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter in a tumultuous $44 billion deal completed last October, the social …

May 25: I was sad to hear that The Nib, the “publisher of political cartoons and nonfiction comics …

May 25: Naomi Kritzer, author of Cat Pictures Please et al, produces an annual list of recommended gifts to …

May 25: Meta has received the largest fine for a GDPR breach ever seen - £1 billion - for the way it’s …

May 24: 📺 Watched Chernobyl.

May 23: 📚 Finished reading Cat Pictures Please and Better Living Through Algorithms by Naomi Kritzer.

May 23: 📺 Watched Shadow and Bone season 2.

May 22: The rise of private GP practices in the UK

May 19: A few sites that offer blog hosting

May 18: Somewhat astonishing that what Popular Mechanics is talking about in its article headlined …

May 17: Did GPT-4 develop artificial general intelligence?

May 16: ChatGPT gets access to the Internet

May 14: The forthcoming changes to England's student loan repayments are highly regressive

May 13: Anyone who’s ever wanted to experience the often under-paid and over-stressful job of …

May 12: Golems as Artificial Intelligences

May 10: Ofsted school inspections appear to be dangerous and ineffective

May 9: Updating Visual Studio Code with winget

May 6: The crowning of King Charles III

May 5: Yesterday much of the UK saw local elections taking place. Counting is still in progress but so far …

May 4: They’ve made King Charles' coronation interactive. Presumably in an effort to promote …

May 4: Will generative AI in forthcoming office software be a world-changing development or the next Clippy?

May 3: A fiery tulip 🌱.

May 1: 🎶 Listening to Trustfall, by P!nk.


April 2023

Apr 30: 📚 Finished reading The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver.

Apr 29: Knitted crowns aplenty outside the shops today, no doubt in anticipation of the forthcoming …

Apr 28: 🎙 Listened to “The Most Amazing - and Dangerous - Technology in the World” from The Ezra Klein Show.

Apr 26: A day with a huge personal revelation: adding some ground black pepper to a cup of standard black …

Apr 25: Less than 30 years ago most Americans disapproved of interracial marriages

Apr 24: 📺 Watched The Last Of Us.

Apr 23: An AI sings a song

Apr 22: The makers of Stable Diffusion release an open-source AI chatbot, StableLM

Apr 21: 📚 Finished reading Unlawful Killings by Her Honour Wendy Joseph KC.

Apr 20: Last year an AI-generated picture won an art competition. The technology has of course only got …

Apr 18: 📺 Watched season 12 of Death in Paradise.

Apr 18: 📺 Watched season 12 of Death in Paradise.

Apr 17: Rome et al analyse the costs of newly-launched pharmaceuticals in the US. They discover that the …

Apr 16: 📚 Finished reading We Do This ‘Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba.

Apr 14: Viewers Can Watch Prince Harry Talk to a Trauma Expert for $33.09 The ‘Give me privacy’ …

Apr 13: Might AI chatbots exacerbate suicidal tendencies?

Apr 13: 📺 Watched Wednesday.

Apr 13: With their new advert, the Labour Party have managed to do the unthinkable and almost make me feel …

Apr 13: 🎥 Watched The Batman.

Apr 11: Britons rejoice: The official King Charles coronation emoji is here

Apr 9: Cobb et al. find that almost 10% of citations found within papers published in top psychology …

Apr 9: Donald Trump as Easter Jesus: the latest unhinged metaphor

Apr 8: Tomorrow’s celebrations may be expensive (along with everything else). From The Guardian: The …

Apr 7: Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation of MPFC enhances humor processing. Or in simpler …

Apr 6: Google contractors say they don’t have enough time to verify correct answers from the …

Apr 6: A few years ago, a group of researchers spent their time looking for the world’s oldest …

Apr 4: Sitting through 3 hours and 12 minutes of impeccably rendered splashy-splashy water scenes is …

Apr 3: From ConscienHealth: Using Mendelian randomization they found evidence for a causal relationship …

Apr 2: Meat cultivation food company Vow has created a meatball out of wooly mammoth meat. Sure, wooly …


March 2023

Mar 31: With the recent release of iOS 16.4, both Android and iOS users have access to the latest greatest …

Mar 31: Donald Trump becomes the first ever US president to be charged with a crime. We don’t know the …

Mar 30: Public support for strikes remains high, despite what it looks like on social media

Mar 29: 📚 Finished reading Statistical Rethinking by Richard McElreath.

Mar 28: From a recent visit to Doddington Hall - which had surprisingly few flowers given the event was …

Mar 28: I recently got access to Bard, Google’s chatGPT-esque language language model chatbot. Curious …

Mar 27: Fans of the TV comedy show “Ghosts” might know that there’s considerable overlap …

Mar 27: This life expectancy chart from from Peterson-KFF’s Health System Tracker is quite shocking …

Mar 26: 📺 Finished watching seasons 1-4 of Ghosts.

Mar 25: OpenChatKit is an open-source LLM chatbot (whilst chatGPT is ever more closed-source)

Mar 25: There was a moment where chatGPT was accidentally leaking the title of people’s chats to other …

Mar 24: Started taking a course provided by the Analytics Engineers Club. Looking forward to developing some …

Mar 23: The 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

Mar 21: AI image generator Midjourney recently released its version 5 and apparently not-too-disturbing …

Mar 21: The release of GPT-4 has led to a flurry of mind-bendingly impressive tricks that I mean to create a …

Mar 20: 📚 Finished reading All About Love by bell hooks.

Mar 19: A couple of years ago, Dow Chemicals, who make some of the materials that go into sports shoes, …

Mar 16: Duolingo looks to be the latest app to jump on the “find some way to integrate generative …

Mar 16: (Chat) GPT-4 is here

Mar 11: Last month, Facebook announced its competitor to chatGPT, a large language model AI called LLaMA. At …

Mar 6: Women tend to suffer from motion sickness more than men when using virtual reality headsets. This …

Mar 6: This one might be legal, but it’s disgusting. Children who have been sexually exploited and …

Mar 6: It’s not been a great couple of days for our Government in terms of managing to respect the …

Mar 5: King Charles' vegan chrism oil

Mar 3: Despite the wild hype, I can’t pretend that chatGPT isn’t already useful. My favourite …

Mar 3: It should be noted that whilst Snapchat might be the first major social network to let you directly …

Mar 3: So that didn’t take long. Snapchat is (I think?) the first of the major social networks to add …

Mar 1: Prove that you exist

Mar 1: Troubles in paradise for the real life Squid Game


February 2023

Feb 26: Decided to move the more lengthy and rambling notes I’ve made on a few books I’ve read …

Feb 24: 📚 Finished listening to Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe.

Feb 20: 📚 Finished reading The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A Van der Kolk.

Feb 17: 🎙 Listened to Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV podcast.

Feb 10: The inherent unpredictability of earthquakes

Feb 10: 🎙 This week’s Hard Fork podcast had an interesting section on the origin story of OpenAI, creators of the incredible chatGPT bot amongst other things.

Feb 4: 📺 Watched The Traitors (US version).

Feb 3: Living the provisional life

Feb 2: 📚 Finished reading: Recursion by Blake Crouch.

Feb 2: 📺 Watched season 3 of Emily in Paris.


January 2023

Jan 31: 📚 Finished reading Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall.

Jan 30: Welcome to Super Nintendo World, the closest thing you can get to diving head-first inside a video …

Jan 27: Cory Doctorow's theory of "platform enshittification"

Jan 26: Cognitive biases as visual illusions

Jan 23: Over here I wrote about 3 papers that investigate the effectiveness of rainforest carbon credit …

Jan 20: Slightly astonished to learn that there’s a 2022 series of UK Beauty and the Geek. It’s …

Jan 18: The FT has a fascinating look into life as a high-ranking female spy now that for the first time …

Jan 17: Human Rights Watch is concerned that the UK is increasingly turning into an abuser, rather than …

Jan 16: In “products I’m really not sure need to exist” news, a company called Reviver …

Jan 15: Played Into the Breach 🎮.

Jan 14: Happy 10th anniversary to what unfortunately turned out to be the most evergreen meme of all time, …

Jan 13: Microsoft has created a language model called “Vall-E” that can simulate a …

Jan 12: A few of us just started the Statistical Rethinking online course in order to learn more about using …

Jan 12: I’m unduly nerd-excited to have received a tote bag from the Office of National Statistics.

Jan 11: Last year Europe had its hottest ever summer. Almost half of its countries broke their previous …

Jan 11: Just realised that the Obsidian text editor supports MathJax. So for the mathematically inclined, …

Jan 10: Coming soon: the first mainstream UK TV show based on deepfakes

Jan 9: 📺 Watched season 1 of The Traitors.

Jan 8: It’s getting on for four months since Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested in Iran for not …

Jan 8: Today’s Observer reports that: NHS trusts with record waiting lists are promoting “quick and …

Jan 7: 15th time lucky - the US elects a speaker of the House

Jan 6: Finished reading The It Girl by Ruth Ware 📚.

Jan 5: Watched season 5 of The Crown 📺.

Jan 5: From the NYT: Without a speaker, the United States House of Representatives essentially becomes a …

Jan 4: The Financial Times looks into why the UK’s NHS is in such a disastrous condition at present. …

Jan 2: Unlike previous generations, UK and US millennials are not becoming more conservative over time


December 2022

Dec 31: Played The Pharaoh’s Tomb from Exit: The Game 🎲.

Dec 30: Played the The Mysterious Ice Cave advent calendar from Exit: The Game 🎲.

Dec 29: Just remembered the time when The Beano comic issued a cease-and-desist letter to MP Jacob Rees-Mogg …

Dec 29: Disappointing TIL: Drag queen superstar Ru Paul and his partner George LeBar own a ranch upon which …

Dec 28: Covid-19 mRNA vaccines are weakly associated with Myopericarditis - but not nearly as much as having Covid-19 is

Dec 28: Incoming disillusionment for anyone who somehow managed to convince themselves that when the US, UK …

Dec 28: 📽 Watched The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

Dec 27: Behold the Lego piano! An incredibly clever piece, taking me the best part of a year to build. I …

Dec 27: An aspect of the eternal insufficient UK housing supply crisis that I hadn’t been aware of …

Dec 23: The independent Pay Review Boards are not very independent

Dec 22: 📽 Watched The Santa Clause 2.

Dec 22: Listening to Love Sux by Avril Lavigne 🎶.

Dec 21: The moral disaster of the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Dec 21: Health chiefs made the remarkable intervention of asking people to avoid getting drunk during the …

Dec 20: Enjoyed seeing the pretty Christmas lights on a recent visit to Lincoln. Probably could have …

Dec 20: Mental illness as a 'sane response to an insane world'

Dec 16: Finished playing Danganronpa : Trigger Happy Havoc 🎮.

Dec 13: Frosty webs 🕸️. Hadn’t realised quite how many spiders resided on the fence before now.

Dec 12: The UK Statistics Authority has once again been forced to reprimand the Conservative party for …

Dec 12: Cookie paywalls: would you pay money to not be tracked on the web?

Dec 10: The iOS Kindle app has finally made it easy to send an article from your iDevice to your hardware …

Dec 9: Remember the good old days when you could waste office time playing the secret flight simulator game …

Dec 9: Listening to Fear Of The Dawn by Jack White 🎶.

Dec 8: Listening to Wet Leg by Wet Leg 🎶.

Dec 7: StackOverflow bans "fluent bullshit" chatGPT answers

Dec 7: Listening to Dawn FM by The Weeknd 🎶.

Dec 6: Listening to Mainstream Sellout by Machine Gun Kelly 🎶.

Dec 5: An understandable epidemic of strikes in the UK

Dec 4: Finished reading The Prestige by Christopher Priest 📚.

Dec 4: Finished reading Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling by Rex Kline 📚.

Dec 3: Over here I wrote about a Microsoft Excel / Google Sheets function I only just discovered - …

Dec 3: The Economist’s model of the recent US midterms, where the Republicans did a lot worse than …

Dec 2: Paper notes: Self-Monitoring via Digital Health in Weight Loss Interventions - A Systematic Review

Dec 2: Watched My Cousin Rachel📽.

Dec 1: Exciting news about the next version of R’s dplyr library! v1.1 will introduce non-equi joins, …


November 2022

Nov 30: This is a great reference, giving guidance and citations around common statistical myths. For …

Nov 30: The 2021 census reveals a sizeable shift from people identifying as Christian to instead having no religion

Nov 29: Some Elon Musk Twitter takeover miscellany

Nov 28: Nerd accomplishment: made my first R package today. Super rough around the edges but it works. So …

Nov 27: Finished playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 🎮.

Nov 25: Listening to Hold The Girl by Rina Sawayama 🎶.

Nov 25: What happens on your iPhone no longer stays on your iPhone

Nov 24: Anyone who occasionally has to reference journal papers etc. may find the DOI Citation Formatter a …

Nov 23: I learned a lot about eating poo this week. Apparently it’s well-known that rabbits eat their …

Nov 21: The relationship between dog years and human years isn't linear

Nov 20: Finished reading All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga 📚.

Nov 19: Unflatpacked some garden furniture today, just in time for it to be far too cold outside to actually …

Nov 18: The Conservative Autumn Statement seems short term...progressive?

Nov 18: Watched season 12 - the final season - of The Big Bang Theory 📺.

Nov 17: Listening to the If Books Could Kill podcast 🎙️.

Nov 13: The British Museum, London, inside and out.

Nov 13: The wellbeing agenda, with its focus on milder problems, can lead to great statistics in a way that …

Nov 13: Some context as Hunt prepares to unleash horrendous spending cuts and tax increases on us: Liz …

Nov 11: The regressive nature of rewards credit cards

Nov 10: Listening to Midnights, by Taylor Swift 🎶.

Nov 7: For anyone thinking to join the relative masses in signing up to Mastodon in protest to Elon …

Nov 6: Immigration to meet unfilled medical staff needs is a popular policy

Nov 5: Witnessing the Lincoln Chorale, accompanied by the Lindum Baroque Orchestra, honouring the king with …

Nov 5: Recently learned that I’m just one degree of separation from one of those accidental Bitcoin …

Nov 4: Finished reading: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 📚.

Nov 3: Watched The Power of the Doctor Doctor Who special 📺.

Nov 1: Matt Hancock, the former Conservative Health Secretary who previously had to resign that position …


October 2022

Oct 31: The Exorcist is a true story (maybe)

Oct 29: The most overdue library book ever

Oct 29: Elsewhere I’ve recently written about Dries Depoorter’s creepy art project “The …

Oct 28: Llandudno's lockdown goats are back

Oct 26: Another probable first: our new Prime Minister is substantially richer than the King. The Sunak …

Oct 26: The Information Commissioner has warned companies to avoid using AI-based emotion detection …

Oct 26: Derek Thompson writes about Britain’s economic decline over the past few years. In the midst …

Oct 26: New Prime Minister, new lectern

Oct 25: What does the Labour party stand for these days?

Oct 24: Another day, another British Prime Minister. Now the UK is to be led by Rishi Sunak who was selected …

Oct 22: Watched season 2 of The Capture 📺.

Oct 22: Listening to The Unraveling of PUPTheBand by PUP 🎶.

Oct 22: Watched No Time To Die 📽.

Oct 21: Incredible to imagine that if the Lib Dem motion to disallow anyone from becoming Prime Minister if …

Oct 21: So the lettuce won.

Oct 20: Liz Truss finally decided to quit as Prime Minister, after 45 days in office, acknowledging she …

Oct 17: I was curious what % of the UK electorate is a member of a political party. Turns out just 1.5% of …

Oct 17: Austerity policies kill people

Oct 16: Yet more ramblings about AI generated art

Oct 15: A friend informs me that the Daily Star is running a livestream of a lettuce to see whether it can …

Oct 14: Channel 4 created a show where they purchase artwork from “controversial” artists such …

Oct 13: In an event that definitely isn’t straight out of a Stephen King horror novel, a huge flock of …

Oct 13: Another study associates increased step count with several positive health outcomes

Oct 12: Watched season 1 of The Capture 📺.

Oct 12: Finished listening to: A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin 📚.

Oct 12: Otavio Cordeiro just released an Obsidian plugin called Micro.publish that lets you post directly to …

Oct 9: In a piece arguing that the start of the ‘current era’ began with the dual inventions of …

Oct 9: On my way back from a very enjoyable New Scientist Live show, the first IRL one I’ve attended since the scourge of Covid started.

Oct 9: Sir John Betjeman, poet, as immortalised in St Pancras railway station, London, having campaigned …

Oct 7: How Truss' rampant "tax cutting" policies actually increase your tax burden

Oct 7: Just to add further confusion to my plastic recycling dilemma, the Chartered Institution of Wastes …

Oct 5: Should I use my plastic recycling bin?

Oct 5: Finished reading: A Book Of Secrets by Derren Brown 📚.

Oct 4: Finished reading: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen 📚.

Oct 3: Watched The Last Witch Hunter 📽️ Val Kilmer is an 800 year old witch hunter, cursed to eternally …

Oct 2: Hugo Gye tweets results of a poll by BMG Research showing that the public supports most of the …

Oct 1: Watched season 1 of Shadow and Bone 📺, a fantasy type show based on an amalgamation of books by Leigh Bardugo.

Oct 1: For what I think is the first time, a judge has ruled that the content social media companies …


September 2022

Sep 30: The wordcloud of answers that occurred when PeoplePolling asked respondents “What word or …

Sep 30: New coins for King Charles III

Sep 30: Seem I missed that 2 years ago McVities officially confirmed that the side of a chocolate digestive …

Sep 30: A study from a few years ago looked at some results from Alaska’s “Permanent Fund …

Sep 29: Behold a new entry into the cesspit that is much online marketing: ads that load podcast episodes in …

Sep 29: This post by Emily Riederer is a great summary of four potential approaches to trying to infer …

Sep 28: In amongst the economic chaos, voters appear to think that the Labour Party is more trustworthy than …

Sep 28: The next UK crisis: mortgage payments?

Sep 27: Am excited that the Labour party finally have a plan that I both know what is, and at least on the …

Sep 26: Watched Everything Everywhere All At Once 📽.

Sep 25: Haven’t thoroughly dug into the Conservative’s latest mini-budget yet but I think a …

Sep 25: Finished reading: Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle 📚.

Sep 25: 🌱 For the first year ever, our apple tree has produced fruit that’s both plentiful and palatable.

Sep 23: TIL: Bubblewrap was originally designed to be used as a textured wallpaper. Alfred Fielding and Marc …

Sep 22: I’m one of the literally 99% of subscribers who never used Netflix’s mobile games …

Sep 21: A new study estimates that there are 20 quadrillion ants on our planet. That’s …

Sep 20: Accepting fewer refugees and asylum seekers in recent years has cost the US economy >$9 billion

Sep 20: Finished reading: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 📚.

Sep 18: If Disney did ruin The Little Mermaid then it was 33 years ago

Sep 17: Per YouGov, the public’s perception of whether King Charles III will be a good king or not has …

Sep 17: Don’t want to accuse the NYT of spreading fake news, but this definitely didn’t happen! No, …

Sep 17: Maybe the irrationality of monarchies is why they sometimes work

Sep 16: The Queue

Sep 16: In a particularly dour sounding move, AirBnB has introduced “anti-party tools”. This …

Sep 15: Finished reading: How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS by David France 📚.

Sep 14: The polio virus re-emerges in the US

Sep 13: A paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that between 19-29% of the decline in …

Sep 12: Survey shows that young British people increasingly support authoritarian rule

Sep 12: I'm struggling to believe the intro I have just written to a story but it's true.. …

Sep 11: Saving money on your electricity bill - which devices consume the most?

Sep 10: Started watching Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power 📺, the LOTR prequel Amazon created.

Sep 10: In one of the stranger rituals following the Queen’s death, the Royal Beekeeper has been sent …

Sep 10: A random downside of connecting too many things to the internet: A server error meant that some …

Sep 10: How your expectations affect the way your body processes food - summary of a chapter from The Expectation Effect

Sep 10: Finished reading: The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World by David Robson 📚.

Sep 9: No paper published yet so tbd, but researchers claim to have developed a smartphone app that can …

Sep 8: Queen Elizabeth II died today.

Sep 8: Not long after the UK temperature hit a horrible new high, a new study reports that the prevalence …

Sep 8: A colleague introduced me to Super Auto Pets 🎮, so now I’m addicted.

Sep 5: It happened…we’ve got a new Prime Minister, Liz Truss 😩. Her victory speech felt …

Sep 5: It’s known that performing acts of kindness makes both the receiver and the giver happier. But …

Sep 5: From today’s Guardian: Shown calculations that her planned reversal of a recent rise in …

Sep 4: Jason Allen won an art competition with this picture, which was generated via the Midjourney AI. I …

Sep 4: One of my favourite charts found in the wild, both in terms of subject matter and presentation.

Sep 4: Watched EastEnders 📺 for the first time in maybe a decade.

Sep 3: Learning how to drink scotch in Edinburgh

Sep 1: Contrary to the stereotype, new research involving frequent cannabis users finds no evidence of …

Sep 1: The R library installr provides a super simple way to update your version of R to the latest if …

Sep 1: I’m sure I’m late to the party on this one, but if you’re a Substack newsletter …


August 2022

Aug 31: For the past 3 months, Germany has been trialling a scheme where for €9 a month people can travel on …

Aug 31: Started watching season 3 of Locke and Key 📺.

Aug 29: Forbes reports that more than half of all Bitcoin trades are likely fake - wash trading, and that …

Aug 24: Seeking the world's best ice-cream - a trip to Pizzo

Aug 24: A trip to Tropea

Aug 24: A brief trip to Capo Vaticano

Aug 24: Finished reading: Sherlock Holmes and the Mayfair Murders by David Britland 📚.

Aug 18: Finished reading: How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism by Cory Doctorow 📚.

Aug 15: Celebrating Ferragosto in Italy

Aug 13: A delightful holiday in Calabria, southern Italy

Aug 12: Well, this photo from an article in the Guardian today about a drought officially being declared in …

Aug 11: If ever you felt the desire to have a 3D representation of your Github commits in the form of a city …

Aug 10: I’m enjoying the “Standard eBooks” site as a source for out-of-copyright books for …

Aug 9: The deconstructed murder mystery novel

Aug 9: Don't over-interpret Pearson's correlation coefficient 'r'

Aug 9: Watched Primal Fear 📽 over the weekend.

Aug 9: Less than 6% of offences reported to the police lead to a charge

Aug 7: Finished reading: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy 📚.

Aug 7: Over here, I wrote about why the majority of England’s Covid-19 deaths are now from vaccinated …

Aug 2: Liz Truss, the odds-on favourite to be the British Prime Minister in a few weeks time, appears to be …


July 2022

Jul 29: My current stats nerd learning focus is structual equation modeling.

Jul 27: Finished reading: Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace 📚.

Jul 22: The internal climate migrants of the US

Jul 20: I’m enjoying the “Moriarty - the Devil’s Game” podcast.

Jul 19: This outrageous weather led me to discover that frozen grapes are an amazing ‘I’m far too hot to …

Jul 19: So as today is the hottest UK day ever, I’m grateful for the Jay et al. study “Reducing …

Jul 18: As highlighted by Tom Hamilton’s juxtaposition of a couple of recent newspaper front pages, …

Jul 18: The UK is still on course for a record-breakingly high temperature this week. Already the air feels …

Jul 17: The weather enters the culture war

Jul 17: Temporarily paused watching the incredible Mr Robot show after season 2 to let it all sink into my brain.

Jul 16: Finished listening to The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis 📚.

Jul 16: The next version of iOS gives Apple devices a lockdown mode designed to repel even the kind of …

Jul 16: A report from BCG suggests that plant-based meat alternatives are the most effective things to …

Jul 15: The UK is too hot and only getting hotter

Jul 14: Most of us might not recognise our next Prime Minister

Jul 13: The R package "todor" lets you efficiently find all your remaining #TODOs

Jul 11: I had fun over here, exploring a great dataset that Tim Durrant of the Institute for Government …

Jul 11: A leak of Uber’s internal files reveals that they knowingly broke the law, put their drivers in …

Jul 8: The Lancashire Telegraph reports that, following his resignation yesterday, Boris Johnson - wax …

Jul 8: In another awful twist to 2022 reality, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been shot to …

Jul 8: Bigquery Data View is a nice Visual Studio Code extension that lets you view BigQuery table schemas, …

Jul 7: I’ve discovered one can kind of directly write SQL within Google Sheets to produce tables, …

Jul 7: 60ish resignations later, the main deed is done. Boris Johnson has announced that he’s …

Jul 6: Quite a day in UK politics, with more and more Conservative resignations since it was all kicked off …

Jul 4: Barcoding the Queen's head - the new(ish) British stamp

Jul 4: Imagine being so unimaginative that after hacking the British Army’s Twitter and YouTube …

Jul 4: It didn’t take long for the harrowing post-Roe vs Wade stories to come in. Just 3 days after …

Jul 3: The UK's carbon emissions trading scheme actually paid polluters last year

Jul 3: Continuing my mostly subconscious attraction to media that has a “is anything real?” vibe - maybe because the common definition of reality often feels like an ARG at present - I watched 1997’s The Game 📽.

Jul 3: Finally got around to trying out Fall Guys 🎮.

Jul 2: Just learned that the “Do Not Track” setting many web browsers have does …

Jul 2: 100 books you'll never read


June 2022

Jun 30: Vancouver’s Kiss Radio has apparently been playing Rage Against the Machine’s classic …

Jun 29: Amazon is finally going to let you “Send to Kindle” digital books in epub format, the …

Jun 29: A new study estimates that Covid-19 vaccines saved 14.4 million lives (95% CrI = 13.7 - 15.9 …

Jun 28: I enjoyed The Haunting of Bly Manor 📺 more than I’d expected, so now moving on to watch it’s prequel-of-a-sort, the well-reviewed The Haunting of Hill House.

Jun 28: The Conservatives lose Tiverton and Wakefield big-time

Jun 27: Absolutely incredible Bad Chart doing the rounds on dataisugly et al today, from the app version of …

Jun 27: Pleased to see some very legitimate anti-SCOTUS sentiment making its way into Glastonbury this year. …

Jun 26: Stuart Ritchie discovers that there’s not much scientific evidence either way for the commonly-held …

Jun 26: Recommendation for the 5-4 podcast 🎙 - which should presumably now be renamed 6-3 - as a place to …

Jun 26: Saudi Arabia bans rainbow coloured objects

Jun 26: The US Supreme Court undoes decades of progress in a single week

Jun 23: The UK Department of Transport comes up with a new definition of "median"

Jun 23: Amazon aims to replicate your dead relatives

Jun 23: A .gitignore file tells the Git version control software to stop tracking files you never want to …

Jun 22: Check how a website is tracking you with the Blacklight service

Jun 22: Our government didn’t really like the decision the European Court of Human Rights made with …

Jun 20: Weekends are more fun, even if you're unemployed

Jun 19: Started watching The Haunting of Bly Manor 📺.

Jun 19: See how trackable your web browsing is with the Cover Your Tracks service

Jun 18: Convicted fraudster Anna Sorokin (of Inventing Anna fame) has made the…curious decision to …

Jun 18: Finished reading: The Dispatcher: Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi 📚.

Jun 17: Here’s a great copy-and-pastable summary of why if your study ends up with a p value of > …

Jun 17: TIL: the first ever dotcom domain to be registered was symbolics.com, purchased by a computer …

Jun 16: Boris Johnson’s ethics advisor has decided to resign. That’s the second one in two …

Jun 15: I’m still struggling to get my mind wrapped around the incredible case of Blake Lemoine, a …

Jun 15: Matter, one of my favourite apps for storing things I intend to read later - articles, PDFs, tweets …

Jun 13: Currently reading: Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace 📚.

Jun 13: Finished reading: The Rise Of Communism by Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius 📚.

Jun 13: Elsewhere I wrote about using a multi-armed bandit approach to experimentation.

Jun 12: Maybe we’re a little further on with the dream of driverless cars than I’d thought. San Francisco …

Jun 12: Not a sentiment I necessarily often feel, but our royalty apparently have at least one very good …

Jun 11: Whilst Queen Elizabeth celebrated being on the throne for 70 years last week, she’s still …

Jun 10: Like apparently the rest of my country, I’ve recently been enjoying the Sex Pistols' …

Jun 10: A new study was recently published which adds to the previous evidence I read that coffee may be …

Jun 9: Some data analyst truths in musical form. Am considering sending relevant snippets in place of …

Jun 8: juicr looks like an awesome easy-to-use R package for automated and manual extraction of datapoints …

Jun 7: In other software updates, Storygraph, which I find to be a nice non-Amazon competitor to Goodreads …

Jun 7: Apple revealed its plans for the next version of iOS at WWDC yesterday - the most exciting of which …

Jun 6: Somehow Boris Johnson survives to squander another day with a mere 40% of his beloved colleagues …

Jun 6: In “unexpected things I learned recently”, the UK’s Gender Recognition Act 2004, …

Jun 1: It’s amazing how unproficient I can still be after studying something for a solid year. To be …

Jun 1: Finished reading: The Trial by Franz Kafka 📚.


May 2022

May 30: The Gun Violence Archive reports that the US has had 227 mass shootings so far this year, where a …

May 29: From yesterday’s paper: Boris Johnson is heralding a “new era of generosity and …

May 29: Everyone has their own special goals and dreams in life, and it’s good to know that sometimes …

May 28: Perhaps this is less surprising than it should be, but it turns out Twitter illicitly misused the …

May 28: In what I’m sure must just be a tremendous coincidence, our prime minister, who is currently …

May 28: This slide from Dr. D’Agostino McGowan is one of the best summaries I’ve seen of what exactly …

May 28: An insight into how business is conducted in the modern era. Meanwhile, Musk’s relationship with …

May 27: I enjoyed the most recent Normcore Tech newsletter, with its discussion around the unreasonable …

May 27: Just came across the R package conflr which lets you post R Markdown output (including images) …

May 25: In a continuation of the odd tendency some companies seem to have to see activities described in …

May 23: 7 years behind the rest of the world, I’m just starting to watch Mr.

May 23: Coffee, Caffeine and Health - a summary of the paper by van Dam et al.

May 21: Some days the world surprises you. Other days the Bored Apes dating club shuts down because only …

May 21: Florida bans math textbooks to save students from ‘indoctrination’

May 21: DuoLingo, an app I use to learn Spanish, informs us that a single sentence can potentially have over …

May 18: Currently reading: The Trial by Franz Kafka 📚.

May 18: Has Texas just outlawed content moderation?

May 16: Am loving building the Lego piano set. The attention to detail is awesome. Gotta build the Lego …

May 16: Some longer-form thoughts on the Roe v Wade leak with relevance to data privacy. Honestly, however …

May 16: A friend reminded me that Boris Johnson’s critique of working from home as being a series of …

May 15: Our Prime Minister is against working from home on the basis that: …you spend an awful lot …

May 15: Incredible visualisation from Our World In Data showing the flow of human existence, from birth to …

May 15: Currently reading: Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones 📚.