UK in Recession part 2 - deficit, income and spending

Tue 21 October 2014
This is the second post in the series. I'll pick up where I left of at the end of the last post and investigate the deficit and how it relates to public sector spending and income in the time period of interest, from 1997 to 2014. As before, I ...

UK in Recession part 1 - GDP and debt

Tue 14 October 2014
Poor analogies, partial information, misunderstandings, oversimplifications and outright lies seem to be too common in any political discussion. I'm not just talking about partisan politicians and the media, but also discussion in online social media and in real life. Such misconceptions are especially troubling concerning the great recession of ...

Mid-life neuroplasticity

Mon 06 October 2014
Eyebrows. They need trimming? Why did the hair dresser ask me that, and why never before? I was told the answer at the Troon real ale festival about a week later. The following morning I ...

But Dad, you might be wrong

Tue 30 September 2014
"But Dad, you might be wrong." I couldn't disagree with my nine year-old son, though I said I'd given the matter much thought. We were walking down the hill from the polling station where I had just cast my vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Two weeks before ...

Voxelands

Thu 25 September 2014
Voxelands is a fork of Minetest which itself is a Free and Open Source (FOSS) reworking of the more famous Minecraft. I enjoyed Minecraft's immersive blocky world and there were lots of interesting mods to enhance ...

Scottish independence polling - update

Wed 17 September 2014
I've updated the analysis I performed at the weekend to include the five polls released since then: ICM for The Sunday Telegraph; ICM for The Scotsman; Panelbase for The Sunday Times; Opinium for The Daily Telegraph; and Survation for The Daily Mail. All of these were online polls. Here ...

Scottish independence polling

Sat 13 September 2014
Poll companies are finding the Scottish referendum to be a real challenge. It's unlike any general election: there are only two options (yes and no) and the turnout is expected to be high, perhaps 90%, compared to 50% for the 2011 Scottish elections and 65% for the UK elections ...

Steam, linux and wine

Thu 11 September 2014
This isn't about my worshiping of Bacchus whilst using linux in a sauna, but instead about getting a windows-only steam game to work on a recent 64 bit linux distro. I'm using slackware, but I suspect the pitfalls and solutions I encountered would be similar on other distros ...

Scottish independence and inequality

Thu 04 September 2014
Since I wrote my last blog post on independence back in July, I've thought about the matter more and spent more time reading about the issues involved and discussing them with other people. I'm not going to talk about the high profile debates, nor am I going to ...

Chalkahlom pilau

Mon 25 August 2014
"Good evening dear. Would you like to eat a meal cooked with this red powder sent from Hungary by a chap I've only ever met on the internet?" I didn't introduce the meal like that in actual fact, and if I did I might have been sent out ...

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