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Wed, 17 May 2017 15:17:41 +0000

The Cambridge Independent newspaper was kind enough to feature some of my photos in last week’s edition.



Quote of the day

Sun, 14 May 2017 11:26:11 +0000

I like this one: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. This is most commonly attributed to Albert Einstein, but the credit for it should probably really go to William Bruce Cameron, a Professor of Sociology. More info on its history here.



The test of time

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:40:05 +0000

Seen on Twitter – sorry, I forget the source!



Tree-herd

Mon, 08 May 2017 07:25:34 +0000

Tilly and I were walking in the woods yesterday. We passed an Ent, who turned and watched as we went by.



Cargo cult

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:50:38 +0000

Just because we don’t have children, that shouldn’t stop us playing with toys, right? In fact, one of the benefits of our decision not to have children is that we arguably get to play with more toys. Yesterday, anyway, I tried one of these: It’s an electrically-assisted cargo bike, which you could use for transporting Continue Reading



Thinking about the future and not being sad

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:10:45 +0000

One of the things that has always intrigued me about Elon Musk is that he’s not really a great speaker. Most people who are leading the types of operations he’s leading, having the impact he’s having, are very confident, eloquent orators. Elon, in contrast, has these wonderful world-changing ideas and yet bumbles on about them Continue Reading



The Razor Returns

Wed, 03 May 2017 08:21:46 +0000

I’ve written before about Hanlon’s Razor — one of my favourite aphorisms — but I realise that it was 16 years ago, so perhaps I can be forgiven for returning to it! It is quoted in various forms and attributed to various people, but the version I heard originally was: Never attribute to malice that Continue Reading



Political Correctness

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:12:42 +0000

I’ve always said that I am politically challenged, and that anybody who expects me to be politically correct is therefore guilty of serious discrimination, at which I am likely to take offence. 🙂 The political correctness pendulum has clearly swung too far over the last few years, and is now an appropriate target for ridicule. Continue Reading



Draining the Fens

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:42:24 +0000

Friends in the Cambridge area, or with an interest in its history, may enjoy this short 1947 informational film, Draining the Fens, at the East Anglian Film Archive. Now, I’ll grant you, that doesn’t sound like the most gripping movie title, but this one is only nine minutes long, and if you’ve ever driven across Continue Reading



Quote of the day

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:11:33 +0000

This one is from Sam Altman: The hard part of standing on an exponential curve is: when you look backwards, it looks flat, and when you look forward, it looks vertical. And it’s very hard to calibrate how much you are moving because it always looks the same.



Crossing things off the bucket list

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:09:07 +0000

At last! Today, I finally managed to leave the ranks of those who have never commuted to work on an electric unicycle. Not sure I’ll make a habit of this mode of transport, especially since, as John points out, it is technically illegal here, but it’s a thing one should have done at some point Continue Reading



Morning, with a hint of castle

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 19:15:59 +0000

Penshurst Place, Kent



My other electric vehicle is a BMW…

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:58:52 +0000

In my research group in the computer lab at Cambridge University, we have a few fun toys. This is one of them: an electric unicycle; there are a few different makes of these now, this one is a Ninebot One. I’m not very good at it yet, but it’s great fun to learn – this Continue Reading



Love me tender

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:00:28 +0000

The one pound coin was introduced in 1983. I remember my excitement when I got my first one! Well now it’s being phased out in favour of a shiny new one, launched last week and dubbed ‘the most secure coin in the world’. You can read all about it on www.thenewpoundcoin.com. The last one, of Continue Reading