Category Archives: Observations

12 Angry Men; the importance of debate.

At the moment, the Scottish Referendum debate is in full swing. It is both exciting and frightening: we have I think 97% voter registration in the midst of stark divisions, even between friends and family. I have heard people say … Continue reading

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Asking the wrong questions; Brendan Eich, boycotts & freedom of speech.

In recent days, the appointment of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla has caused somewhat of a stir.  This is in no small part due to Eich’s history of political donations to various right-wing curiosities, specifically his donations to campaigns … Continue reading

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Talk to me; the effective use of Twitter for those in the public-eye.

In recent days, it seems Rupert Murdoch @rupertmurdoch has decided to dip his toe into the waters of the Twitter high-seas.  Now, while, to his credit he has started off better than most politicians, media hacks, corporations, et al, it … Continue reading

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Seeing the light; Home Office to trial laser deterrent device for Police riot control; Photonic Security Systems – SMU100

In the aftermath of the August riots in London, it appears the Home Office is looking at alternative measures for riot control.  As reported in the Telegraph, one of these options is a ranged weapon that uses a laser to … Continue reading

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BBC advertising and common (ad)sense; BBC advertisements for non-UK users.

Ok, this is apparently old news, alas, I only noticed this was happening today and do not remember any debate or discussion on it at the time. It seems, BBC is serving up Google Adsense advertisements on its online content … Continue reading

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Adding insult to injury; Boris’s transport cheif, Daniel Moylan, describes Ken Livingstone as “schizophrenic”.

Normally, I am fairly thick-skinned when it comes to people making comedic comments surrounding mental illness.  For example, I will occasionally make jokes about my own problems – perhaps it’s the Scottish trait of self-deprecation, or merely another copying strategy.  … Continue reading

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Scaremongering is as easy as ABC; ABC News on customs radiation screening of Japanese imports, 23rd March

In the small hours of the morning here in the UK, BBC News occasionally screens what was recently aired on ABC News America.  Their Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr Richard Besser, has just interviewed a customs official at an … Continue reading

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Japan Nuclear Incident 15th March Fukushima Daiichi; radiation dose comparisons.

After reading a Tweet from endless_psych questioning the relation between exposure in Japan and that of living in Aberdeen, I decided to do some “back of a cigarette packet” calculations. Well, the fire at Fukushima Daiichi involving the spent fuel … Continue reading

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