Thought on Nate Silver and election projection

This is technically true (random quote from blog commenter, but one which reflects a lot of educated-people-who-know-about-stats opinion on the Silver model): Silver's analysis (which I happen to accept) won't be contradicted (or proven) in any way by tomorrow's outcome. Either result is accounted for in the model. People seem not to understand that. However, … Continue reading Thought on Nate Silver and election projection

Oktober. Not much fest, as yet

How on earth did it get to be October? The temperature's 33C, the birds are singing, and the massive quantities of work that I have to get finished within the next fortnight are absolutely terrifying [*]. Since all the headline news seems to involve either tedious rehashes of politics (in brief: no presidential debate or … Continue reading Oktober. Not much fest, as yet

In order to protect the children, we had to imprison them

In the context of the neo-puritan trial of Simon Walsh (description of case NSFW although text-only) for possessing 'extreme pornography' - in UK law, the simple ownership of photos of consenting adults doing kinky things to each other that could cause physical damage - civil liberties defender David Allen Green made the point that "the trial is about … Continue reading In order to protect the children, we had to imprison them

The Boeing Comet is still on sale

The first jetliner was Boeing's square-windowed 707; it was grounded after a few months following tragic incidents which wiped out a fair proportion of elite Americans. The money flowing to De Havilland to create a civilian airliner progamme to promote their non-murderous plane trumped nationalist concerns. Despite the fact that the 707 is a finer … Continue reading The Boeing Comet is still on sale

Meanwhile, England gets ‘Jerusalem’

The reason why I don't mind singing the UK national anthem, is that it's asking a ridiculous and more-or-less imaginary entity to save another. Santa save the Defender of the Faith. Santa save Dr Manhattan. Santa save Optimus Prime. Send them all supermega. Send them all awesometastic. Long to kick lots of arse. Santa save … Continue reading Meanwhile, England gets ‘Jerusalem’

Why the G4S Olympics screw-up proves that outsourcing is good

Everyone seems very upset about the fact that private security firm G4S has not delivered as many guards as contracted to police the white elephant that is Sports Day 2012, with many people suggesting it's an example of why outsourced contracts are terrible . I'm not sure they should. Let's rewind on what's happened here... G4S … Continue reading Why the G4S Olympics screw-up proves that outsourcing is good

A template for non-spammers sending ludicrous PR emails

As someone who works in social media marketing, my definition of 'spam' isn't aligned with the definition among techie purists. This is mostly because I think "talk to someone unless they tell you to go away" is a completely legitimate way to behave, in life as in work, whereas techie purists tend to think "don't … Continue reading A template for non-spammers sending ludicrous PR emails