Man Accused of Manslaughter Cashes in World Series of Poker

A man accused of manslaughter in Florida, Paul Senat, has finished in 70th place in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, cashing for $101,444.  Senat, who has pled not guilty to manslaughter charges, is accused of firing a semi-automatic rifle through the wall of Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret in Palm Beach, Florida, on 21 April. The victim, Darryl Rudolph, is the father of promising young NFL … Continue reading Man Accused of Manslaughter Cashes in World Series of Poker

My Questions for Interviewing Housemates

I had to interview some potential housemates the other day – it was the first time I’d ever needed to do this, so I did some research into what other people recommended asking.  Rather than just deleting my questions since I don’t need them any more, I thought others might one day benefit from these ideas. In the process of actually conducting the interviews, we … Continue reading My Questions for Interviewing Housemates

Australia Day is a Day to be Proud: in Australia and these Isles

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 a Day to be Proud: in Australia and these Isles

On Turning German

Technically, I didn’t “just turn” German. Theoretically, under German law, I was German from the time I was born, by virtue of being born to a parent who was German. When I picked up the certificate earlier this week, I was simply obtaining the paperwork which is somewhat analogous to getting a birth certificate. The citizenship certificate, like a birth certificate, merely documents what already … Continue reading On Turning German

Disappointment in a Burger

I’ve had the pleasure of eating some outstanding burgers in my life (Bad Egg; Bleecker St). I’ve had some terrible burgers in my life (I’ll leave them nameless here). I’ve had some surprising burgers (Almost Famous) but never before have I had such disappointment in a burger as at Lockhouse. I was excited because they had allegedly won the UK National Burger Awards earlier in … Continue reading Disappointment in a Burger

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

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