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Changing at Euston and Sweating The Details

I was heading home from dinner1 with M., and Apple Maps told me that the overground to Stratford was cancelled. That was very useful, and meant that I headed...

Radio Silence, Redux

I am in the process of moving my (very) occasional blog from a relatively obscure CMS (Anchor1) to Jekyll, which involves pulling out all the old content fro...

The Northernest Line

Contra Jago Hazzard’s well-researched and historically grounded exploration about the origins of the Northern Line, I’d like to suggest that the reason why i...

Organizational Taxes

There are some papers/books that are transformative for me; after I read them, I simply don’t see the world in the same way any longer. Off the top of my hea...

Tim Versus Zuck

I feel like this is painfully obvious to say, but I don’t remember actually reading it anywhere:

A journal, Again.

I never really got in the habit of keeping a blog or regularly posting to the socials. But, I keep journals pretty consistently, and have maybe thousands of ...

Morally Bankrupt Business Plans, #38

In the spirit of “The Player,” here’s my pitch, “Well, we’re building on the proven success of GPT-3, adding in deepfakes, to disrupt the business of sextort...

Paul Tol’s Colors: Cut and Paste

I’m a fan of Paul Tol’s color schemes. They are attractive, colorful yet not too garish, distinguishable, and color-blind safe. He documents them well, but n...

Range of 1970s Soviet Commercial Airplanes

Airline maps asks “did Aeroflot not have an aircraft that could fly nonstop from Moscow to Vladivostok in the 1970s?.” Because I’m that kind of nerd, I looke...

Airbus and Brexit

Minor Prediction: Airbus will make a major announcement about Brexit in the next six to eight weeks: they have purchased property outside of the United Kingd...

Radio Silence

Good News: I have a new job, one that very successfully integrates a wide range of my talents and interests.

PrEP Demographics

Following up on the previous post, some people on the Facebook PrEP group were asking about general demographics of PrEP users. This data is again from the s...

PrEP and Drug Use

A few weeks ago, someone asked about drug use and PrEP, asking if it was more common for people on PrEP to be using drugs. At the time, Website A had just st...

Japan And The Toyota Production System

One of the fundamental paradoxes I’ve found in Japan is the contrast between the justly-famous efficiency of their manufacturing operations (in particular, t...

City Literacy

For a while, I’ve believed that there is a set of skills about how to live and navigate in larger cities. I call it roughly “city literacy,” and have noticed...

The Lies of the Six-Billion Dollar Man

Marky Mark has announced he will star in a re-make of the “Six Million Dollar Man.” Of course, these days, six million dollars doesn’t seem all that much, so...

An alternate Approach to Facebook

Every six weeks or so, a Facebook friend announces (s)he is cleaning up their friend list, and the “weaker” friends are going to get the axe. (I’m using “wea...

Uber versus Taxi

A few days ago, a friend needed to get home on a rainy morning. He decided to call a cab. “Great. We’ll be there in 15 minutes,” the dispatcher said. Fifteen...

PrEP Disclosure Online: Still not happening

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at data on degree of PrEP disclosure in web-based real-time dating sites. The past few months were pretty busy for me, an...

Scottish Independence and Peak Oil

It seemed to me, as a casual but occasionally interested observer, that Salmond’s major economic case for Scottish independence was something along the lines...

Facebook as Global Maxima

With recent news that Twitter is moving towards a Facebook-style filtered feed, we start to see the convergence of the various social networks towards an unh...

Slightly Bad Infographics, #1

I probably shouldn’t pick on Vox for my very first rant, but this entry bothered me a bit. It shows the number of deaths per outbreak (roughy categorized by ...