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Learning vector programming
May 15, 2021
In learning q most of us have to drop the habit of edging into a solution with loops and think instead in vector operations. The transition can be both awkward and exhilarating.
May 12, 2021
I come late to Heaney. The pleasure is all the sharper.
The Post Office scandal
May 11, 2021
The managers who prosecuted hundreds of sub-postmasters to conceal faults in the Post Office’s accounting systems must be charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
A plea for simplicity
May 8, 2021
With respect sir, I think you will find that it does have a use, and it will fucking bang things.
BoJo the clown
May 7, 2021
Is the prime minister Britain’s best clown ever?
Days are of two kinds
May 6, 2021
Days are of two kinds, alike and not
May 3, 2021
Some people grasp early in life that the world is not divided into saints and monsters. For the rest of us, there is Trollope. I wish I had read him earlier.
What we saw in Roswell
May 2, 2021
The smart money is that we are not alone. That will change the way we see ourselves. Forever.
The orkestra bows out
May 1, 2021
The Orkestra del Sol ends fifteen years of channeling musical anarchy from Latin America and the Balkans. Good luck — and thank you!
Imagine Hampstead village and South End Green with no through traffic
Apr 30, 2021
Changes to the road network to promote active travel create congestion. It’s not the plan gone wrong; it is the plan.
What makes this so dangerous
Apr 29, 2021
They were careless people … they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
Apr 22, 2021
Working from my mother’s flat in Hampshire this week. Lunch at the local pub, reached by a walk through the woods.
Crank it up
Apr 18, 2021
If elevator music deadened your ear to the energy of The Four Seasons, you are not alone.
Rediscovering our animal nature
Apr 17, 2021
The trouble started after Eden. We began seeing ourselves as separate from the natural world. Destined for an afterlife. We need to accept our mortality.
The high streets of Hampstead
Apr 15, 2021
High streets everywhere were already changing before the pandemic. Hampstead is lovely, but no exception.
The beneficiaries of the status quo are in no rush to change
Apr 15, 2021
If we are serious about the Paris agreement, we have to disrupt that cosy relationship between business and government.
Among the many things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future.
Apr 14, 2021
— Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
Animal Farm: Special illustrated edition
Apr 14, 2021
Rereading Animal Farm after half a century, I am struck by how much I dislike it.
Nuclear-armed rogue states
May 24, 2016
Who more flagrantly breaches the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Iran or Britain?
The Sixth Extinction
May 24, 2014
The Earth’s fossil record shows five mass extinctions, in which many or most species disappeared over a few months or centuries. We are now nearing the end of the Sixth.