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Predictions of Brexit Doom

Before (and immediately after) the Brexit referendum, a number of “experts” made various predictions: On 21 January 2016, Adam Posen, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee warned, “A “no” vote in the European Union referendum runs a serious risk of pushing Britain back into recession.” On 27 April 2016, the OECD said, “From the moment of a Brexit vote until … Continue reading Predictions of Brexit Doom

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Experimenting with Sous Vide Omelette

I have an ongoing frustration with the ‘normal’ methods to cook eggs: cooking on a hot plate to grill/fry them is very much hit-and-miss, and cooking eggs sous vide in their shell leaves you with a hassle to peel them after they’ve been cooked.  I’m absolutely certain that I’m not the first person to have tried this, but it worked surprisingly well for me, so … Continue reading Experimenting with Sous Vide Omelette

Everything is expensive and nothing is amazing

I found this article really persuasive that there’s a problem in our Western societies: …In the past fifty years, education costs have doubled, college costs have dectupled, health insurance costs have dectupled, subway costs have at least dectupled, and housing costs have increased by about fifty percent. US health care costs about four times as much as equivalent health care in other First World countries; … Continue reading Everything is expensive and nothing is amazing

Australia Day is not a Celebration of Genocide

While I participated in a recent conversation about Australia Day on a local radio station in the British Isles, a listener asked a common but offensive question: “Is Australia Day a celebration of the genocide of Australian Aboriginals?” The question is pretty terrible on two levels: firstly, it reveals an ignorance of what Australia Day celebrates literally, and secondly, it reveals an offensiveness of what … Continue reading Australia Day is not a Celebration of Genocide

Pattern Recognition

Statistics, and randomness, are, I think, two of the most poorly understood subjects in our society, and it’s poorly understood because truly understanding this stuff runs directly contrary to billions of years of evolution. In short, our brains are hard wired to identify patterns quickly, and rely upon those judgements. If our forebears saw a lion running quickly towards us, they needed to very quickly … Continue reading Pattern Recognition