2023-06-08: Learned that the built-in fc command is a quick way to check if 2 files have the same contents using …

2023-06-08: Leutner et al. provide evidence of a link between having obesity and later developing a diagnosed …

2023-06-07: On another AI note, Google is going to introduce adverts to its generative AI search/chat feature. …

2023-06-07: Noticed a couple of newish ChatGPT features. Firstly there’s an official iOS app, available …

2023-06-07: 🎙 Listened to Tech Won’t Save Us podcast. I came to it for an antidote to the recent AI …

2023-06-07: 📺 Watched season 8 of Brooklyn 99. Released in 2021, the final season of the surprisingly funny …

2023-06-05: Cannabis is now legal for recreational use in 22 US states

2023-06-04: Chanced upon a panel from another infinitely evergreen marvel published by The Nib, RIP once again. …

2023-06-04: Rclone looks to be a super useful utility for anyone who works a lot with cloud storage providers. …

2023-05-31: Over here, I wrote about whether Artificial Intelligences really are developing scary new emergent …

2023-05-31: 📺 Watched Star Trek: Picard season 2 and 3. Dwelling here only on season 3: if you grew up in the …

2023-05-29: ChatGPT enters the courtroom

2023-05-29: 🎶 Listening to This Is Why by Paramore. A pretty different sound to some of their past albums, …

2023-05-26: From Ars Technica: 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5, analytics find When …

2023-05-26: Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter in a tumultuous $44 billion deal completed last October, the social …

2023-05-25: I was sad to hear that The Nib, the “publisher of political cartoons and nonfiction comics …

2023-05-24: 📺 Watched Chernobyl. The catastrophic disaster that followed after the Chernobyl nuclear power …

2023-05-23: 📺 Watched Shadow and Bone season 2. Given at the end of the last season our heroes were under the …

2023-05-22: The rise of private GP practices in the UK

2023-05-19: A few sites that offer blog hosting

2023-05-18: Somewhat astonishing that what Popular Mechanics is talking about in its article headlined …

2023-05-17: Did GPT-4 develop artificial general intelligence?

2023-05-16: ChatGPT gets access to the Internet

2023-05-14: The forthcoming changes to England's student loan repayments are highly regressive

2023-05-13: Anyone who’s ever wanted to experience the often under-paid and over-stressful job of …

2023-05-12: Golems as Artificial Intelligences

2023-05-10: Ofsted school inspections appear to be dangerous and ineffective

2023-05-09: Updating Visual Studio Code with winget

2023-05-06: The crowning of King Charles III

2023-05-05: Yesterday much of the UK saw local elections taking place. Counting is still in progress but so far …

2023-05-04: They’ve made King Charles' coronation interactive. Presumably in an effort to promote …

2023-05-04: Will generative AI in forthcoming office software be a world-changing development or the next Clippy?

2023-05-03: A fiery tulip 🌱.

2023-05-01: 🎶 Listening to Trustfall, by P!nk. This was one of those occasions where I was curious what one of …

2023-04-30: Nate Silver implores us to adopt Bayesian thinking in order to distinguish signal from noise

2023-04-29: Knitted crowns aplenty outside the shops today, no doubt in anticipation of the forthcoming …

2023-04-28: The fragility of the computer chip production infrastructure

2023-04-26: A day with a huge personal revelation: adding some ground black pepper to a cup of standard black …

2023-04-25: Less than 30 years ago most Americans disapproved of interracial marriages

2023-04-24: 📺 Watched The Last Of Us. I’m not normally a big fan of zombie shows, but this one was getting …

2023-04-23: An AI sings a song

2023-04-22: The makers of Stable Diffusion release an open-source AI chatbot, StableLM

2023-04-21: Unlawful Killings: Insights into the life of a Crown Court judge from Wendy Joseph

2023-04-20: Last year an AI-generated picture won an art competition. The technology has of course only got …

2023-04-18: 📺 Watched season 12 of Death in Paradise. Everyone’s favourite vacation paradise / murder …

2023-04-17: Rome et al analyse the costs of newly-launched pharmaceuticals in the US. They discover that the …

2023-04-16: The arguments for prison abolition: thoughts from "We Do This 'Til We Free Us"

2023-04-14: Viewers Can Watch Prince Harry Talk to a Trauma Expert for $33.09 The ‘Give me privacy’ …

2023-04-13: Might AI chatbots exacerbate suicidal tendencies?

2023-04-13: 📺 Watched Wednesday. The Addams family daughter is back in this TV series following …

2023-04-13: With their new advert, the Labour Party have managed to do the unthinkable and almost make me feel …

2023-04-13: 🎥 Watched The Batman. Despite fairly glowing reviews I found this a little disappointing, with the …

2023-04-11: Britons rejoice: The official King Charles coronation emoji is here

2023-04-09: Cobb et al. find that almost 10% of citations found within papers published in top psychology …

2023-04-09: Donald Trump as Easter Jesus: the latest unhinged metaphor

2023-04-08: Tomorrow’s celebrations may be expensive (along with everything else). From The Guardian: The …

2023-04-07: Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation of MPFC enhances humor processing. Or in simpler …

2023-04-06: Google contractors say they don’t have enough time to verify correct answers from the …

2023-04-06: A few years ago, a group of researchers spent their time looking for the world’s oldest …

2023-04-04: Sitting through 3 hours and 12 minutes of impeccably rendered splashy-splashy water scenes is …

2023-04-03: From ConscienHealth: Using Mendelian randomization they found evidence for a causal relationship …

2023-04-02: Meat cultivation food company Vow has created a meatball out of wooly mammoth meat. Sure, wooly …

2023-03-31: With the recent release of iOS 16.4, both Android and iOS users have access to the latest greatest …

2023-03-31: Donald Trump becomes the first ever US president to be charged with a crime. We don’t know the …

2023-03-30: Public support for strikes remains high, despite what it looks like on social media

2023-03-29: 📚 Finished reading Statistical Rethinking by Richard McElreath. This textbook that teaches the use …

2023-03-28: From a recent visit to Doddington Hall - which had surprisingly few flowers given the event was …

2023-03-28: I recently got access to Bard, Google’s chatGPT-esque language language model chatbot. Curious …

2023-03-27: Fans of the TV comedy show “Ghosts” might know that there’s considerable overlap …

2023-03-27: This life expectancy chart from from Peterson-KFF’s Health System Tracker is quite shocking …

2023-03-26: 📺 Finished watching seasons 1-4 of Ghosts. Funny, harmless, British sitcom wherein Alison and Mike …

2023-03-25: OpenChatKit is an open-source LLM chatbot (whilst chatGPT is ever more closed-source)

2023-03-25: There was a moment where chatGPT was accidentally leaking the title of people’s chats to other …

2023-03-24: Started taking a course provided by the Analytics Engineers Club. Looking forward to developing some …

2023-03-23: The 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

2023-03-21: AI image generator Midjourney recently released its version 5 and apparently not-too-disturbing …

2023-03-21: The release of GPT-4 has led to a flurry of mind-bendingly impressive tricks that I mean to create a …

2023-03-20: All About Love, by bell hooks

2023-03-19: A couple of years ago, Dow Chemicals, who make some of the materials that go into sports shoes, …

2023-03-16: Duolingo looks to be the latest app to jump on the “find some way to integrate generative …

2023-03-16: (Chat) GPT-4 is here

2023-03-11: Last month, Facebook announced its competitor to chatGPT, a large language model AI called LLaMA. At …

2023-03-06: Women tend to suffer from motion sickness more than men when using virtual reality headsets. This …

2023-03-06: This one might be legal, but it’s disgusting. Children who have been sexually exploited and …

2023-03-06: It’s not been a great couple of days for our Government in terms of managing to respect the …

2023-03-05: King Charles' vegan chrism oil

2023-03-03: Despite the wild hype, I can’t pretend that chatGPT isn’t already useful. My favourite …

2023-03-03: It should be noted that whilst Snapchat might be the first major social network to let you directly …

2023-03-03: So that didn’t take long. Snapchat is (I think?) the first of the major social networks to add …

2023-03-01: Prove that you exist

2023-03-01: Troubles in paradise for the real life Squid Game

2023-02-26: Decided to move the more lengthy and rambling notes I’ve made on a few books I’ve read …

2023-02-24: Empire of Pain: the Sackler family's role in creating a deadly opioid epidemic

2023-02-20: The Body Keeps the Score: how and why traumatic events impact us

2023-02-17: Some very grim nadirs of reality TV

2023-02-10: The inherent unpredictability of earthquakes

2023-02-10: 🎙 This week’s Hard Fork podcast had an interesting section on the origin story of OpenAI, …

2023-02-04: 📺 Watched The Traitors (US version). Well it was hard to resist watching it after getting more …

2023-02-03: Living the provisional life

2023-02-02: 📚 Finished reading: Recursion by Blake Crouch. A gripping tale set in the world of approximately …

2023-02-02: 📺 Watched season 3 of Emily in Paris. The fluffy feel-good story of the fashionista who always comes …

2023-01-31: 📚 Finished reading Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. This is a searing critique of modern day …

2023-01-30: Welcome to Super Nintendo World, the closest thing you can get to diving head-first inside a video …

2023-01-27: Cory Doctorow's theory of "platform enshittification"

2023-01-26: Cognitive biases as visual illusions

2023-01-23: Over here I wrote about 3 papers that investigate the effectiveness of rainforest carbon credit …

2023-01-20: Slightly astonished to learn that there’s a 2022 series of UK Beauty and the Geek. It’s …

2023-01-18: The FT has a fascinating look into life as a high-ranking female spy now that for the first time …

2023-01-17: Human Rights Watch is concerned that the UK is increasingly turning into an abuser, rather than …

2023-01-16: In “products I’m really not sure need to exist” news, a company called Reviver …

2023-01-15: Played Into the Breach 🎮. This is a turn-based strategy game in which you control mech pilots to …

2023-01-14: Happy 10th anniversary to what unfortunately turned out to be the most evergreen meme of all time, …

2023-01-13: Microsoft has created a language model called “Vall-E” that can simulate a …

2023-01-12: A few of us just started the Statistical Rethinking online course in order to learn more about using …

2023-01-12: I’m unduly nerd-excited to have received a tote bag from the Office of National Statistics.

2023-01-11: Last year Europe had its hottest ever summer. Almost half of its countries broke their previous …

2023-01-11: Just realised that the Obsidian text editor supports MathJax. So for the mathematically inclined, …

2023-01-10: Coming soon: the first mainstream UK TV show based on deepfakes

2023-01-09: Watched season 1 of The Traitors 📺. A reality show where by day a group of strangers complete …

2023-01-08: It’s getting on for four months since Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested in Iran for not …

2023-01-08: Today’s Observer reports that: NHS trusts with record waiting lists are promoting “quick and …

2023-01-07: 15th time lucky - the US elects a speaker of the House

2023-01-06: Finished reading The It Girl by Ruth Ware 📚. A thriller set in the grounds of Oxford University, the …

2023-01-05: Watched season 5 of The Crown 📺. Starting to get into the years I actually remember something about …

2023-01-05: From the NYT: Without a speaker, the United States House of Representatives essentially becomes a …

2023-01-04: The Financial Times looks into why the UK’s NHS is in such a disastrous condition at present. …

2023-01-02: Unlike previous generations, UK and US millennials are not becoming more conservative over time

2022-12-31: Played The Pharaoh’s Tomb from Exit: The Game 🎲. The Exit advent calendar was so good we …

2022-12-30: Played the The Mysterious Ice Cave advent calendar from Exit: The Game 🎲. This is an advent calendar …

2022-12-29: Just remembered the time when The Beano comic issued a cease-and-desist letter to MP Jacob Rees-Mogg …

2022-12-29: Disappointing TIL: Drag queen superstar Ru Paul and his partner George LeBar own a ranch upon which …

2022-12-28: Covid-19 mRNA vaccines are weakly associated with Myopericarditis - but not nearly as much as having Covid-19 is

2022-12-28: Incoming disillusionment for anyone who somehow managed to convince themselves that when the US, UK …

2022-12-28: Watched The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 🎥. Naughty Jack Frost tricks nice Santa into giving up …

2022-12-27: Behold the Lego piano! An incredibly clever piece, taking me the best part of a year to build. I …

2022-12-27: An aspect of the eternal insufficient UK housing supply crisis that I hadn’t been aware of …

2022-12-23: The independent Pay Review Boards are not very independent

2022-12-22: Watched The Santa Clause 2 📽. Shamefully I’m not a great fan of Christmas movies as a genre, …

2022-12-22: Listening to Love Sux by Avril Lavigne 🎶. Astonishingly, it’s the 20 year anniversary of …

2022-12-21: The moral disaster of the Qatar 2022 World Cup

2022-12-21: Health chiefs made the remarkable intervention of asking people to avoid getting drunk during the …

2022-12-20: Enjoyed seeing the pretty Christmas lights on a recent visit to Lincoln. Probably could have …

2022-12-20: Mental illness as "a sane response to an insane world"

2022-12-16: Finished playing Danganronpa : Trigger Happy Havoc 🎮. Monokuma, from the Danganronpa wiki. A visual …

2022-12-13: Frosty webs 🕸️. Hadn’t realised quite how many spiders resided on the fence before now.

2022-12-12: The UK Statistics Authority has once again been forced to reprimand the Conservative party for …

2022-12-12: Cookie paywalls: would you pay money to not be tracked on the web?

2022-12-10: The iOS Kindle app has finally made it easy to send an article from your iDevice to your hardware …

2022-12-09: Remember the good old days when you could waste office time playing the secret flight simulator game …

2022-12-09: Listening to Fear Of The Dawn by Jack White 🎶. Jack White, of White Stripes fame, with mega guitar …

2022-12-08: Listening to Wet Leg by Wet Leg 🎶. Hard to describe this one, although you’ve probably already …

2022-12-07: StackOverflow bans "fluent bullshit" chatGPT answers

2022-12-07: Listening to Dawn FM by The Weeknd 🎶. The conceit here is that you’re listening to a radio …

2022-12-06: Listening to Mainstream Sellout by Machine Gun Kelly 🎶. At some point in my youth it felt like there …

2022-12-05: An understandable epidemic of strikes in the UK

2022-12-04: Finished reading The Prestige by Christopher Priest 📚. I really enjoyed this part science-fiction, …

2022-12-04: Finished reading Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling by Rex Kline 📚. A good …

2022-12-03: Over here I wrote about a Microsoft Excel / Google Sheets function I only just discovered - …

2022-12-03: The Economist’s model of the recent US midterms, where the Republicans did a lot worse than …

2022-12-02: Paper notes: Self-Monitoring via Digital Health in Weight Loss Interventions - A Systematic Review

2022-12-02: Watched My Cousin Rachel📽. Fairly captivated by this tale of doubt and obsession and its tense …

2022-12-01: Exciting news about the next version of R’s dplyr library! v1.1 will introduce non-equi joins, …

2022-11-30: This is a great reference, giving guidance and citations around common statistical myths. For …

2022-11-30: The 2021 census reveals a sizeable shift from people identifying as Christian to instead having no religion

2022-11-29: Some Elon Musk Twitter takeover miscellany

2022-11-28: Nerd accomplishment: made my first R package today. Super rough around the edges but it works. So …

2022-11-27: Finished playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 🎮. This game created something of a …

2022-11-25: Listening to Hold The Girl by Rina Sawayama 🎶. Whilst the album’s approach was purportedly …

2022-11-25: What happens on your iPhone no longer stays on your iPhone

2022-11-24: Anyone who occasionally has to reference journal papers etc. may find the DOI Citation Formatter a …

2022-11-23: I learned a lot about eating poo this week. Apparently it’s well-known that rabbits eat their …

2022-11-21: The relationship between dog years and human years isn't linear

2022-11-20: Finished reading All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga 📚. Starting out by focussing on a suicide …

2022-11-19: Unflatpacked some garden furniture today, just in time for it to be far too cold outside to actually …

2022-11-18: The Conservative Autumn Statement seems short term...progressive?

2022-11-18: Watched season 12 - the final season - of The Big Bang Theory 📺. It’s mostly more of the same, …

2022-11-17: Listening to the If Books Could Kill podcast 🎙️. Peter Shamshiri (of 5-4 cohost fame) and Michael …

2022-11-13: The British Museum, London, inside and out.

2022-11-13: The wellbeing agenda, with its focus on milder problems, can lead to great statistics in a way that …

2022-11-13: Some context as Hunt prepares to unleash horrendous spending cuts and tax increases on us: Liz …

2022-11-11: The regressive nature of rewards credit cards

2022-11-10: Listening to Midnights, by Taylor Swift 🎶. In possibly the coldest take available on the internet …

2022-11-07: For anyone thinking to join the relative masses in signing up to Mastodon in protest to Elon …

2022-11-06: Immigration to meet unfilled medical staff needs is a popular policy

2022-11-05: Witnessing the Lincoln Chorale, accompanied by the Lindum Baroque Orchestra, honouring the king with …

2022-11-05: Recently learned that I’m just one degree of separation from one of those accidental Bitcoin …

2022-11-04: Finished reading: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 📚. This one is a real …

2022-11-03: Watched The Power of the Doctor Doctor Who special 📺. So I liked it, but I love Daleks and Cybermen …

2022-11-01: Matt Hancock, the former Conservative Health Secretary who previously had to resign that position …

2022-10-31: The Exorcist is a true story (maybe)

2022-10-29: The most overdue library book ever

2022-10-29: Elsewhere I’ve recently written about Dries Depoorter’s creepy art project “The …

2022-10-28: Llandudno's lockdown goats are back

2022-10-26: Another probable first: our new Prime Minister is substantially richer than the King. The Sunak …

2022-10-26: The Information Commissioner has warned companies to avoid using AI-based emotion detection …

2022-10-26: Derek Thompson writes about Britain’s economic decline over the past few years. In the midst …

2022-10-26: New Prime Minister, new lectern

2022-10-25: What does the Labour party stand for these days?

2022-10-24: Another day, another British Prime Minister. Now the UK is to be led by Rishi Sunak who was selected …

2022-10-22: Watched season 2 of The Capture 📺. Another pretty gripping season of this thriller, following DI …

2022-10-22: Listening to The Unraveling of PUPTheBand by PUP 🎶. One of my favourite albums of 2022 so far, from …

2022-10-22: Watched No Time To Die 📽. 2021’s James Bond film, containing most of the classic Bond tropes …

2022-10-21: Incredible to imagine that if the Lib Dem motion to disallow anyone from becoming Prime Minister if …

2022-10-21: So the lettuce won.

2022-10-20: Liz Truss finally decided to quit as Prime Minister, after 45 days in office, acknowledging she …

2022-10-17: I was curious what % of the UK electorate is a member of a political party. Turns out just 1.5% of …

2022-10-17: Austerity policies kill people

2022-10-16: Yet more ramblings about AI generated art

2022-10-15: A friend informs me that the Daily Star is running a livestream of a lettuce to see whether it can …

2022-10-14: Channel 4 created a show where they purchase artwork from “controversial” artists such …

2022-10-13: In an event that definitely isn’t straight out of a Stephen King horror novel, a huge flock of …

2022-10-13: Another study associates increased step count with several positive health outcomes

2022-10-12: Watched season 1 of The Capture 📺. A thriller in which a man is first freed from jail thanks to …

2022-10-12: Finished listening to: A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin 📚. Somehow I’d gotten the …

2022-10-12: Otavio Cordeiro just released an Obsidian plugin called Micro.publish that lets you post directly to …

2022-10-09: In a piece arguing that the start of the ‘current era’ began with the dual inventions of …

2022-10-09: On my way back from a very enjoyable New Scientist Live show, the first IRL one I’ve attended …

2022-10-09: Sir John Betjeman, poet, as immortalised in St Pancras railway station, London, having campaigned …

2022-10-07: How Truss' rampant "tax cutting" policies actually increase your tax burden

2022-10-07: Just to add further confusion to my plastic recycling dilemma, the Chartered Institution of Wastes …

2022-10-05: Should I use my plastic recycling bin?

2022-10-05: Finished reading: A Book Of Secrets by Derren Brown 📚. Philosophical meanderings on how one can …

2022-10-04: Finished reading: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by …

2022-10-03: Watched The Last Witch Hunter 📽️ Val Kilmer is an 800 year old witch hunter, cursed to eternally …

2022-10-02: Hugo Gye tweets results of a poll by BMG Research showing that the public supports most of the …

2022-10-01: Watched season 1 of Shadow and Bone 📺, a fantasy type show based on an amalgamation of books by …

2022-10-01: For what I think is the first time, a judge has ruled that the content social media companies …

2022-09-30: The wordcloud of answers that occurred when PeoplePolling asked respondents “What word or …

2022-09-30: New coins for King Charles III

2022-09-30: Seem I missed that 2 years ago McVities officially confirmed that the side of a chocolate digestive …

2022-09-30: A study from a few years ago looked at some results from Alaska’s “Permanent Fund …

2022-09-29: Behold a new entry into the cesspit that is much online marketing: ads that load podcast episodes in …

2022-09-29: This post by Emily Riederer is a great summary of four potential approaches to trying to infer …

2022-09-28: In amongst the economic chaos, voters appear to think that the Labour Party is more trustworthy than …

2022-09-28: The next UK crisis: mortgage payments?

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: 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

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

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

2022-09-16: The Queue

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

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

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?

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

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

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

2022-08-24: A trip to Tropea

2022-08-24: A brief trip to Capo Vaticano

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

2022-08-13: A delightful holiday in Calabria, southern Italy

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

2022-08-09: Don't over-interpret Pearson's correlation coefficient 'r'

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

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 …

2022-07-22: The internal climate migrants of the US

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

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 …

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

2022-07-14: Most of us might not recognise our next Prime Minister

2022-07-13: The R package "todor" lets you efficiently find all your remaining #TODOs

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

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

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

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 …

2022-06-28: 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

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

2022-06-26: The US Supreme Court undoes decades of progress in a single week

2022-06-23: The UK Department of Transport comes up with a new definition of "median"

2022-06-23: Amazon aims to replicate your dead relatives

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

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

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

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: 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 by Franz Kafka 📚. An absolute fever-dream of a book.

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 …

2022-05-28: 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.

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’

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 by Franz Kafka 📚. It’s probably about time I read the original …

2022-05-18: Has Texas just outlawed content moderation?

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 …