2022-09-27: Am excited that the Labour party finally have a plan that I both know what is, and at least on the …

2022-09-26: Watched Everything Everywhere All At Once 📽. A truly wild ride, following a bored woman struggling …

2022-09-25: Haven’t thoroughly dug into the Conservative’s latest mini-budget yet but I think a …

2022-09-25: Book notes: Turning the Tide on Plastic, by Lucy Siegle Plastic in our environment is not litter. It is a pollutant from fast business serving society in …

2022-09-25: Finished reading: Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle 📚 A very readable book that highlights …

2022-09-25: 🌱 For the first year ever, our apple tree has produced fruit that’s both plentiful and palatable.

2022-09-23: TIL: Bubblewrap was originally designed to be used as a textured wallpaper. Alfred Fielding and Marc …

2022-09-22: I’m one of the literally 99% of subscribers who never used Netflix’s mobile games …

2022-09-21: A new study estimates that there are 20 quadrillion ants on our planet. That’s …

2022-09-20: Accepting fewer refugees and asylum seekers in recent years has cost the US economy >$9 billion Under the Trump administration, the US instantiated policies aimed to reduce the number of refugee …

2022-09-20: Finished reading: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 📚 I’d probably never have selected …

2022-09-18: If Disney did ruin The Little Mermaid then it was 33 years ago Earlier this month Disney released a trailer for their upcoming film “The Little …

2022-09-17: Per YouGov, the public’s perception of whether King Charles III will be a good king or not has …

2022-09-17: Don’t want to accuse the NYT of spreading fake news, but this definitely didn’t happen! No, …

2022-09-17: Maybe the irrationality of monarchies is why they sometimes work I’ve been something of an anti-monarchist every since I can remember, primarily based on the …

2022-09-16: The Queue I see the queue of people waiting their turn to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin - now known …

2022-09-16: In a particularly dour sounding move, AirBnB has introduced “anti-party tools”. This …

2022-09-15: Finished reading: How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS by …

2022-09-14: The polio virus re-emerges in the US In case you haven’t had enough of awful viruses yet in 2022, it seems that polio is back in …

2022-09-13: A paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that between 19-29% of the decline in …

2022-09-12: Survey shows that young British people increasingly support authoritarian rule Traditionally, we might have expected the UK’s young people to be more liberal or left-wing …

2022-09-12: I'm struggling to believe the intro I have just written to a story but it's true.. …

2022-09-11: Saving money on your electricity bill - which devices consume the most? No UK resident can have missed the news that the cost of electricity to the consumer in the UK is …

2022-09-10: Started watching Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power 📺, the LOTR prequel Amazon created. Probably …

2022-09-10: In one of the stranger rituals following the Queen’s death, the Royal Beekeeper has been sent …

2022-09-10: A random downside of connecting too many things to the internet: A server error meant that some …

2022-09-10: How your expectations affect the way your body processes food - summary of a chapter from "The Expectation Effect" I recently read The Expectation Effect, a fascinating book looking at how what you expect influences …

2022-09-10: Finished reading: The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World by David Robson 📚. …

2022-09-09: No paper published yet so tbd, but researchers claim to have developed a smartphone app that can …

2022-09-08: Queen Elizabeth II died today.

2022-09-08: Not long after the UK temperature hit a horrible new high, a new study reports that the prevalence …

2022-09-08: A colleague introduced me to Super Auto Pets 🎮, so now I’m addicted. Line up some cute animals …

2022-09-05: It happened…we’ve got a new Prime Minister, Liz Truss 😩. Her victory speech felt …

2022-09-05: It’s known that performing acts of kindness makes both the receiver and the giver happier. But …

2022-09-05: From today’s Guardian: Shown calculations that her planned reversal of a recent rise in …

2022-09-04: Jason Allen won an art competition with this picture, which was generated via the Midjourney AI. I …

2022-09-04: One of my favourite charts found in the wild, both in terms of subject matter and presentation.

2022-09-04: Watched EastEnders 📺 for the first time in maybe a decade. Astonished to see that I recognise almost …

2022-09-03: Learning how to drink scotch in Edinburgh Had a great time visiting the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Thinking we were going for some …

2022-09-01: Contrary to the stereotype, new research involving frequent cannabis users finds no evidence of …

2022-09-01: The R library installr provides a super simple way to update your version of R to the latest if …

2022-09-01: I’m sure I’m late to the party on this one, but if you’re a Substack newsletter …

2022-08-31: For the past 3 months, Germany has been trialling a scheme where for €9 a month people can travel on …

2022-08-31: Started watching season 3 of Locke and Key 📺.

2022-08-29: Forbes reports that more than half of all Bitcoin trades are likely fake - wash trading, and that …

2022-08-24: Seeking the world's best ice-cream - a trip to Pizzo Whilst on vacation in Calabria, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to take a trip to the …

2022-08-24: A trip to Tropea Another place we visited whilst in Calabria was Tropea. Legendarily founded by Hercules, it’s …

2022-08-24: A brief trip to Capo Vaticano We made a quick visit to Capo Vaticano. It’s a beautiful spot on the Italian coast. The colour …

2022-08-24: Finished reading: Sherlock Holmes and the Mayfair Murders by David Britland 📚 As a big fan of the …

2022-08-18: Finished reading: How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism by Cory Doctorow 📚 In which the author …

2022-08-15: Celebrating Ferragosto in Italy By happy coincidence, our holiday to Calabria encompassed the Italian national Ferragosto holiday. …

2022-08-13: A delightful holiday in Calabria, southern Italy For our first travels abroad since the start of the Covid pandemic, we recently decided to go …

2022-08-12: Well, this photo from an article in the Guardian today about a drought officially being declared in …

2022-08-11: If ever you felt the desire to have a 3D representation of your Github commits in the form of a city …

2022-08-10: I’m enjoying the “Standard eBooks” site as a source for out-of-copyright books for …

2022-08-09: The deconstructed murder mystery novel I recently learned of the existence of the Cain’s Jawbone book 📚. It’s a murder mystery …

2022-08-09: Don't over-interpret Pearson's correlation coefficient 'r' Needed to remind myself today that there is no neat practical interpretation of the Pearson’s …

2022-08-09: Watched Primal Fear 📽 over the weekend.

2022-08-09: Less than 6% of offences reported to the police lead to a charge Recorded crime in the UK has reached a 20 year high in the first quarter of 2022, with 6.3 million …

2022-08-07: Finished reading: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy 📚 A fairly short, often …

2022-08-07: Over here, I wrote about why the majority of England’s Covid-19 deaths are now from vaccinated …

2022-08-02: Liz Truss, the odds-on favourite to be the British Prime Minister in a few weeks time, appears to be …

2022-07-29: My current stats nerd learning focus is structual equation modeling. It’s something I’ve …

2022-07-27: Finished reading: Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace 📚 Rolling Stone quotes him as wanting to …

2022-07-22: The internal climate migrants of the US As a reminder of the increasing salience of climate change, it was interesting to read about the …

2022-07-20: I’m enjoying the “Moriarty - the Devil’s Game” podcast. In practice …

2022-07-19: This outrageous weather led me to discover that frozen grapes are an amazing ‘I’m far too hot to …

2022-07-19: So as today is the hottest UK day ever, I’m grateful for the Jay et al. study “Reducing …

2022-07-18: As highlighted by Tom Hamilton’s juxtaposition of a couple of recent newspaper front pages, …

2022-07-18: The UK is still on course for a record-breakingly high temperature this week. Already the air feels …

2022-07-17: The weather enters the culture war In an unexpected twist, the latest front in the mostly-meh-version of the culture war that UK …

2022-07-17: Temporarily paused watching the incredible Mr Robot show after season 2 to let it all sink into my …

2022-07-16: Finished listening to The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis 📚 I enjoyed it a lot, but I also like …

2022-07-16: The next version of iOS gives Apple devices a lockdown mode designed to repel even the kind of …

2022-07-16: A report from BCG suggests that plant-based meat alternatives are the most effective things to …

2022-07-15: The UK is too hot and only getting hotter Yesterday a friend sent me this absolute horror show of a temperature forecast map for the UK. …

2022-07-14: Most of us might not recognise our next Prime Minister The Conservative leadership contest is progressing with all the charm and grace you would imagine. …

2022-07-13: The R package "todor" lets you efficiently find all your remaining #TODOs If, like me, you often record ideas for potential improvements to your R code by leaving comments in …

2022-07-11: I had fun over here, exploring a great dataset that Tim Durrant of the Institute for Government …

2022-07-11: A leak of Uber’s internal files reveals that they knowingly broke the law, put their drivers in …

2022-07-08: The Lancashire Telegraph reports that, following his resignation yesterday, Boris Johnson - wax …

2022-07-08: In another awful twist to 2022 reality, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been shot to …

2022-07-08: Bigquery Data View is a nice Visual Studio Code extension that lets you view BigQuery table schemas, …

2022-07-07: I’ve discovered one can kind of directly write SQL within Google Sheets to produce tables, …

2022-07-07: 60ish resignations later, the main deed is done. Boris Johnson has announced that he’s …

2022-07-06: Quite a day in UK politics, with more and more Conservative resignations since it was all kicked off …

2022-07-04: Barcoding the Queen's head - the new(ish) British stamp Earlier this year Royal Mail released a bunch of stamps, wherein the queen’s face is …

2022-07-04: Imagine being so unimaginative that after hacking the British Army’s Twitter and YouTube …

2022-07-04: It didn’t take long for the harrowing post-Roe vs Wade stories to come in. Just 3 days after …

2022-07-03: The UK's carbon emissions trading scheme actually paid polluters last year The UK has an carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) such that, within certain industries, companies …

2022-07-03: Continuing my mostly subconscious attraction to media that has a “is anything real?” …

2022-07-03: Finally got around to trying out Fall Guys 🎮. It’s a multiplayer battle royale type game …

2022-07-02: Just learned that the “Do Not Track” setting many web browsers have does …

2022-07-02: 100 books you'll never read Each year since 2014, there’s been a Future Library ceremony in a young Norwegian forest, …

2022-06-30: Vancouver’s Kiss Radio has apparently been playing Rage Against the Machine’s classic …

2022-06-29: Amazon is finally going to let you “Send to Kindle” digital books in epub format, the …

2022-06-29: A new study estimates that Covid-19 vaccines saved 14.4 million lives (95% CrI = 13.7 - 15.9 …

2022-06-29: Currently reading: How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS by …

2022-06-28: I enjoyed The Haunting of Bly Manor 📺 more than I’d expected, so now moving on to watch …

2022-06-28: The Conservatives lose Tiverton and Wakefield big-time Flickers of joy amongst the desolation of 2022 can be felt through a good amount of the UK as the …

2022-06-27: Absolutely incredible Bad Chart doing the rounds on dataisugly et al today, from the app version of …

2022-06-27: Pleased to see some very legitimate anti-SCOTUS sentiment making its way into Glastonbury this year. …

2022-06-26: Stuart Ritchie discovers that there’s not much scientific evidence either way for the commonly-held …

2022-06-26: Recommendation for the 5-4 podcast 🎙 - which should presumably now be renamed 6-3 - as a place to …

2022-06-26: Saudi Arabia bans rainbow coloured objects In one of those policies that might almost seem hilarious if it wasn’t entirely based on …

2022-06-26: Currently reading: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis 📚

2022-06-26: The US Supreme Court undoes decades of progress in a single week What can one say, even as a citizen of another country, other than to share the anger and sorrow …

2022-06-23: The UK Department of Transport comes up with a new definition of "median" Herald the entry of a new statistical misadventure from our government, never shy of fiddling the …

2022-06-23: Amazon aims to replicate your dead relatives Amazon has apparently created the ability for its voice “assistant” Alexa to simulate …

2022-06-23: A .gitignore file tells the Git version control software to stop tracking files you never want to …

2022-06-22: Check how a website is tracking you with the Blacklight service Recently I have been playing with the Markup’s privacy-checking tool “Blacklight”. …

2022-06-22: Our government didn’t really like the decision the European Court of Human Rights made with …

2022-06-20: Weekends are more fun, even if you're unemployed I came across an interesting paper “Time as a Network Good” which looks at how both …

2022-06-19: Started watching The Haunting of Bly Manor 📺. Supposedly a modern(ish) day retelling of Henry James’ …

2022-06-19: See how trackable your web browsing is with the Cover Your Tracks service The EFF’s tool “Cover Your Tracks” seems a great way to check how well defended …

2022-06-18: Convicted fraudster Anna Sorokin (of Inventing Anna fame) has made the…curious decision to …

2022-06-18: Finished reading: The Dispatcher: Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi 📚 What happens in a world …

2022-06-17: Here’s a great copy-and-pastable summary of why if your study ends up with a p value of > …

2022-06-17: TIL: the first ever dotcom domain to be registered was symbolics.com, purchased by a computer …

2022-06-16: Boris Johnson’s ethics advisor has decided to resign. That’s the second one in two …

2022-06-15: I’m still struggling to get my mind wrapped around the incredible case of Blake Lemoine, a …

2022-06-15: Matter, one of my favourite apps for storing things I intend to read later - articles, PDFs, tweets …

2022-06-13: Currently reading: Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace 📚 No more small-sample testing; no …

2022-06-13: Finished reading: The Rise Of Communism by Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius 📚

2022-06-13: Elsewhere I wrote about using a multi-armed bandit approach to experimentation.

2022-06-12: Maybe we’re a little further on with the dream of driverless cars than I’d thought. San Francisco …

2022-06-12: Not a sentiment I necessarily often feel, but our royalty apparently have at least one very good …

2022-06-11: Whilst Queen Elizabeth celebrated being on the throne for 70 years last week, she’s still …

2022-06-10: Like apparently the rest of my country, I’ve recently been enjoying the Sex Pistol’s …

2022-06-10: A new study was recently published which adds to the previous evidence I read that coffee may be …

2022-06-09: Some data analyst truths in musical form. Am considering sending relevant snippets in place of …

2022-06-08: juicr looks like an awesome easy-to-use R package for automated and manual extraction of datapoints …

2022-06-07: In other software updates, Storygraph, which I find to be a nice non-Amazon competitor to Goodreads …

2022-06-07: Apple revealed its plans for the next version of iOS at WWDC yesterday - the most exciting of which …

2022-06-06: Somehow Boris Johnson survives to squander another day with a mere 40% of his beloved colleagues …

2022-06-06: In “unexpected things I learned recently”, the UK’s Gender Recognition Act 2004, …

2022-06-01: Currently reading: A Book Of Secrets by Derren Brown 📚

2022-06-01: It’s amazing how unproficient I can still be after studying something for a solid year. To be …

2022-06-01: Finished reading: The Trial (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series) by Franz Kafka …

2022-05-30: The Gun Violence Archive reports that the US has had 227 mass shootings so far this year, where a …

2022-05-29: From yesterday’s paper: Boris Johnson is heralding a “new era of generosity and …

2022-05-29: Everyone has their own special goals and dreams in life, and it’s good to know that sometimes …

2022-05-29: Book notes: Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move I finished reading: Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones 📚 Some of my …

2022-05-28: Perhaps this is less surprising than it should be, but it turns out Twitter illicitly misused the …

2022-05-28: In what I’m sure must just be a tremendous coincidence, our prime minister, who is currently …

2022-05-28: This slide from Dr. D’Agostino McGowan is one of the best summaries I’ve seen of what exactly …

2022-05-28: An insight into how business is conducted in the modern era. Meanwhile, Musk’s relationship with …

2022-05-27: I enjoyed the most recent Normcore Tech newsletter, with its discussion around the unreasonable …

2022-05-27: Just came across the R package conflr which lets you post R Markdown output (including images) …

2022-05-25: In a continuation of the odd tendency some companies seem to have to see activities described in …

2022-05-23: 7 years behind the rest of the world, I’m just starting to watch Mr. Robot 📺. Choice very much …

2022-05-23: Coffee, Caffeine and Health - a summary of the paper by van Dam et al. I was recently searching for information as to in which ways coffee might be bad for one’s …

2022-05-21: Some days the world surprises you. Other days the Bored Apes dating club shuts down because only …

2022-05-21: Florida bans math textbooks to save students from ‘indoctrination’ Somehow I’d missed the fact that Florida recently banned 41% of proposed maths textbooks from …

2022-05-21: DuoLingo, an app I use to learn Spanish, informs us that a single sentence can potentially have over …

2022-05-18: Currently reading: The Trial (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series) by Franz Kafka …

2022-05-18: Has Texas just outlawed content moderation? Has Texas - admittedly a state that is not shy of creating harmful and unworkable laws - really just …

2022-05-16: Am loving building the Lego piano set. The attention to detail is awesome. Gotta build the Lego …

2022-05-16: Some longer-form thoughts on the Roe v Wade leak with relevance to data privacy. Honestly, however …

2022-05-16: A friend reminded me that Boris Johnson’s critique of working from home as being a series of …

2022-05-15: Our Prime Minister is against working from home on the basis that: …you spend an awful lot …

2022-05-15: Incredible visualisation from Our World In Data showing the flow of human existence, from birth to …

2022-05-15: Currently reading: Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones 📚 From the …