From 1974 until 1979, I was at St Francis infants and junior schools in Kensington. I have very strong memories of some of the teachers there, and as you can imagine, some stand out more than others. In around 1978 or so, there was some kind of inter-school quiz event, and I remember Margaret Hall … Continue reading Margaret Hall, you absolute beauty!
In its beta phase, I bought a reMarkable tablet, which claims to (and indeed does) "feel like paper"; it's basically a (fairly deliberately) functionally-limited E Ink tablet with a paper-like semi-haptic interface designed for note taking. Physically, it is a lovely piece of kit: it's light, entirely monochrome (well, grayscale) in both the electronic and … Continue reading reMarkable working practices
DST and Death Research Matt Parker (who is, for me, famed for supplying the game Set (that the kids love), and non-transitive dice), recently posted a short YouTube video on some research into daylight savings time (DST) changes and changes in mortality rates. It's an interesting topic, and anecdotes (and potentially evidence) abound for how … Continue reading DST and Death
Further to my recent post on Stack Unwinding, I think I now understand how I perceive stacks visually ... The root of the stack is in front of, somewhere between chest and neck height, slightly to my left. Adding an item to a stack brings it closer to me, but always moving leftwards. Items on … Continue reading Stack visualisation …
So an audit has recommended that Northamptonshire County Council should be disbanded and replaced with two councils instead. The reasoning seems to be that, in addition to the council being effectively bankrupt, it would additionally be impossible to rescue as one council, whereas rescue in the form of a reconstruction as two councils would be … Continue reading Bankrupt Council disbanded
This morning I heard that David Davis, the UK Brexit Secretary, in an interview with Newsnight broadcast on 14 March, had passed off the potential problems associated with a reduced transition period for the UK assuming that it ends up leaving the European Union. "So one of the big crunch issues on the transition - … Continue reading Brexit at Easter
On its release in around June 2012, I signed up to a crowd-funded exercise to provide all MPs with a copy of The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters. It's a well-written, inspiring read that I can thoroughly recommend to geeks who want to take a bigger part in democracy. At the time, my MP was Don … Continue reading The Geek Manifesto
In Nature, How to make replication the norm, the authors discuss several ways in which scientific research can - or more particularly in this case, cannot - be reproduced by later researchers. One phrase from the paper struck me particularly hard: "In addition, for a random sample of papers, journals should attempt to reconstruct the … Continue reading Research Reproducibility
So, I was having a conversation this morning about software stacks, and whether stack unwinding goes up or down. In particular, we often end up talking about whether one item is above or below another. That's natural enough language, on the face of it: after all, the physical metaphor of a stack is something along … Continue reading Stack goes up, stack goes down …
So a few Christmases now, I've had post addressed to 4 The Glebe in Bath. Actually it's in Hinton Charterhouse, but that's near enough to Bath that the postal address looks like this: 4 The Glebe Hinton Charterhouse BATH BA2 7SB I've stuck with capitalisation and formatting as given by the Royal Mail's web site. … Continue reading What’s the point of postcodes?