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

Is Australia Racist?

Question: I have a question that was on my mind for a while. I’ve heard from several sources (Austrailians) in the past that Austrailia has a big issue with racism. I’m curious how truthful this is. Austrailia is one of the places I’ve thought about moving to in the past. I would like to hear your take on this, thanks. Continue reading “Is Australia Racist?”

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


Michael has recently moved to Sydney to join PokerStars, leaving politics behind. He now is working to catch people who try to cheat at online poker as a member of the PokerStars Game Security Team. In 2008, during his trip to the World Series of Poker, he was interviewed by US 60 Minutes about his role in detecting cheating in online poker. It is available … Continue reading 2008