Monthly Archives: March 2014

Those Damned Wobbly Suitcases

I was using a little hand-truck to move some stuff the other day and it did that characteristic dance that such things do. Wheeled suitcases do the same thing: take them over the smallest bump and they start to wobble … Continue reading

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It’s been a busy couple of months. The first part of this was written a few weeks ago and a whole lot has already changed, mostly for the good. I’ve sold my boat, and therefore have experienced the other of … Continue reading

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Why Speculation About MH370 is Evidence of Innumeracy

Modern air travel is ridiculously safe. Aircraft are not designed using prayer, or crystals, or chi, or any other pre-scientific or anti-scientific “way of knowing” that is demonstrably far less effective than publicly testing ideas by some combination of systematic … Continue reading

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