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  1. Removing statues and cancel culture

    Published: Sun 29 November 2020
    Updated: Tue 16 February 2021
    By steve

    In misc.

    Thomas Picton

    The man himself

    Thomas Picton is a controversial figure. He fought bravely for his country, for which he’s remembered in a statue in Cardiff. He was also involved in slavery and, at least by modern standards, inhumane behaviour during the time he was governor of Trinidad. A campaign has been …continue

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  2. Growing old with dignity

    Published: Sat 19 September 2020
    Updated: Tue 16 February 2021
    By steve

    In misc.

    State and family

    We voluntarily give up a lot of our income to the state. Public spending is now 55% of GDP, which means that, on average, more than half of the income of the population is spent by the state, and therefore not available for discretionary spending. As we …continue

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  3. A crack in the edifice of the scientific publishing business model

    Published: Sat 29 August 2020
    Updated: Tue 16 February 2021
    By steve

    In misc.

    Is Alexandra Elbakyan the Dell Glover of the science publishing industry?

    Science’s pirate queen, Alexandra Elbakyan is threatening to be the Napster of science publishing. As others have observed, it’s bizarre that the World Wide Web, which was invented to share scientific journal articles freely and easily isn …continue

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  4. google cloud shell

    Published: Sun 23 August 2020
    Updated: Tue 16 February 2021
    By steve

    In misc.

    Google Cloud Computing

    I like to drop into a shell from time to time. Like the old hacker I am, for minor edits I find nothing more convenient that vi (pax Stallman). I don’t necessarily want to log a PC around with me wherever I go, so I wondered …continue

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  5. Text templating using Mustache on Windows

    Published: Mon 17 August 2020
    Updated: Tue 16 February 2021
    By steve

    In misc.

    The problem

    I want to generate a series of text files from a template. I was thinking about using the C preprocessor, cpp. The advantage is that I have used it for years, the disadvantage is that it is specifically written to pre-process C code and is not really general …continue

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  6. Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public

    Published: Thu 28 May 2020
    Updated: Tue 16 February 2021
    By steve

    In misc.

    I love long-form interviews, especially when driving or otherwise unable to read. I listened to The Econtalk Episode in which Russ Roberts talks to Martin Gurri about his 2014 book, “The Revolt of the Public”. You can read the highlights here.

    The basic thesis is that Poltical Taylorism has had …continue

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  7. But who will pay all these wages?

    Published: Mon 18 May 2020
    Updated: Tue 16 February 2021
    By steve

    In misc.

    Who will pay?

    We seem to be returning to the 30s. But this time populist governments are desperate to keep voters on board. So they have no option but to cushion unemployment. The big debate of the 30s was whether this would put off the evil day when the economy …continue

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