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Is Kristen Stewart jealous? And other random thoughts

From PopbitchKristen Stewart was overheard<br>telling a friend that one of<br>the reasons things didn’t work<br>out with R-Patz was because he<br>was “so big it …

Remembering Tiswas

Speaking of pie fights, which I was about a week ago, modern TV is rubbish. I was reminded of this when I bumped into <i>Tiswas</i> on a random channel last …

Do people really read Playboy for the articles? We’re going to find out

You know, I just read Playboy for the articles(1)It’s true. Articles like this one, arguing that the world is getting weirder because we’ve already …

It’s Saturday, so here’s some gentle number theory to keep your brain going

The Banach–Tarski paradox screws with my brainGiven a solid ball in 3‑dimensional space,<b> there exists a decomposition of the ball into a finite</b> …

Read this before you try to kill your spouse, it might help

How much will kill you? Pretty much everything will kill you if you’re exposed to enough of it. For substances like Polonium that “enough” is really …

The 5th American invasion of Canada?

A very wise (Canadian) woman once explained to me that Canada’s eventual global dominance was inevitable, given that it has all the fresh …

“Lit white snow on the mountain tonight, no visible legs”

When you run some text through Google Translate and then convert the translation back into English, you get pretty much gobbledygook.So to run …

Peeple is dead, long live Peeple (you may want to unfriend me)

So the Peeple app, where you could rate other people in an effort to see just how quickly we could descend into anarchy, appears to be dead.Or dead …

Nationalism and an even worse idea

Nationalism is one of the most damaging ideas out there and Marginal Revolution’s Alex Tabarrok makes the case for getting rid of borders completely. …

How not to make decisions

Last night the Mets lost game 5 of the World Series after manager Terry Collins allowed starting pitcher Matt Harvey to argue himself back out to the …

Some people just don’t think things through

I considered calling it a day after my last post, which seemed like a nice place to end. But popular acclaim(1)Amongst both of my readers has …

Twitter study produces nearly zero interesting findings

Now, computer scientist have linked people’s tweets to their income.A group of researchers, led by Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro at the University of …

Bastian Schweinsteiger probably thinks this post is about him

You know how celebrities are so vain that they think the whole world revolves around them? Well Bastian Schweinsteiger seems to be one of those guys …

13 things I’ve learned about blogging and tweeting by blogging and tweeting

I wrote most of this months ago, but I figured I’d finally share it, given my last paragraph. 1) Almost nobody actually reads anything. The vast …

How does Bitwalking work then?

Bitwalking gives you the freedom and opportunity to make money by walking.Well that’s nice isn’t it? I walk. Sometimes. I might even walk more if …

Taking security seriously

Everyone in the world knows that they’re supposed to make their passwords longer, more randomised and more difficult to remember so that they forget …

Dedication

What does this look like to you? A restaurant. right? Now if you didn’t notice it the first time, check the mirror in the top left. I know what it’s …

Making the world a little less ignorant, one (interactive) infographic at a time

Information is Beautiful (a fine site), has updated its Common MythConceptions graphic to make it interactive (not in an exciting way) and added a …

British construction at its best

I’ve been trying to get a walk-in closet wardrobe built in my house for months now. It’s a flatpack thing, but it’s really heavy so I can’t put it …

Adele is better than Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin famously once finished not-first(1)I’m sure I’ve read he finished 7th once, but apparently the more popular position is 3rd in a …

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for

I used to work in finance. There are a lot of people, still, in finance who come across as barely developed apes, surviving by shouting louder than …

The show must go on

Singing the national anthem, in front of thousands of people, is a nerve-wracking experience.Some people don’t do a very good job of it. Like Carl …

Spelling bees are unpossible

You have to be some kind of freak to be able to win a spelling bee. You have to be some kind of freak to even enter a spelling bee. Who wants to go …

Gravity doubles

A couple of months ago I posted about Gravity, a company that was having some problems after introducing a $70k minimum wage. Stuff like thisTwo of …

Daniel Negreanu is a witch

Daniel Negreanu is a pretty good poker player(1)If you don’t know who Daniel Negreanu is, the phrase “Daniel Negreanu is a pretty good poker player” …

Adverts on hotdogs are going to be a HUGE winner, right?

Look at that! It’s an advert written on a hot dog. In a world where adverts are everywhere (except maybe on your food), there are going to be adverts …

How fast can you drink a beer?

I’m a slow beer drinker, partly because it tastes so bad and partly because I haven’t had all that much practice. I reckon I could drink a bottle of …

The Nicest Place on the Internet

The nicest place on the internet is a website called the nicest place on the internet, at least according to the nicest place on the internet.The …

The best use of a lot of billion dollars

I woke up this morning to the news that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have announced they’re going to be giving 99% of their money away. That’s …

The Donald Trump muslim ban

A few days ago Donald Trump made some remarks about banning Muslims from entering the US. These did not go down well with some people, and some …