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 ...

Scottish independence

Tue 22 July 2014
On September 18th 2014 people resident in Scotland will be asked "Should Scotland be an independent country?". I am not in favour of independence as currently proposed, partly because I am concerned that it is really driven by nationalism, but also because I think the possible benefits are not (yet ...

Life - rocks, gravel and sand

Sun 18 May 2014
Many years ago (about 13 if you must know) I was standing waiting in a colleague's office when I happened to notice a sheet of paper pinned to the wall. On it there was ...

Mortgages and mathematics

Wed 08 January 2014
I've had to think about mortgages lately. At first this seemed like a boring chore, but it generated a bit more interest (pun alert!) when I noticed that most mortgages are based on a mathematical series. What's more, I found it hard to find a clear explanation of ...

Mazes - Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi

Sun 05 January 2014
Minecraft for the Raspberry Pi has been with us for about a year now. It's cut down quite a bit from the normal version, being much closer to the pocket edition available for phones ...

Robot arm, Raspberry pi and wiimote

Sun 08 December 2013
Last week my 8 year old son was tasked with making a robot for a school project, but one made from toilet roll tubes, aluminium foil and possibly an LED or a wee speaker to ...

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