Monthly Archives: May 2014

Statistics and correlations (never trust numbers)

Some days I just love the internet. Thanks to Matt Doyle in Robertson for two of these. Want to waste more time today? A few more here                 And perhaps the best of … Continue reading

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Thinking about thinking

I’ve got an after-dinner speech coming up at a Cambridge college, but the audience are Chinese and my 20-minute talk has to be translated. This means that after I say something I pause whilst it is repeated in Mandarin. This … Continue reading

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Thinking about 2014 in 1914

  I’m doing a public talk at the Museum of London later this month and have come across two rather good quotes, one about London and one about the broader context of politics. “There are two great railways stations, one … Continue reading

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Killer statistic

Whatsapp has 55 employees and a market valuation that exceeds that of the Sony corporation – from The future isn’t what it used to be (BBC Radio 4).

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Language Inflation

This is going in the new book. I popped into a pet superstore today to buy copious amounts of dog food. Patiently waiting in line at the checkout, a customer rushed up to the desk and said, in an excited … Continue reading

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