The Terrible Toll of a Low-Information Society

Posted by in Misc, Science on 14. Mar, 2020 | No Comments Yet

We went from the Information Age to the Misinformation Age some time ago, and it’s apparent that hoards of people have no substantive sense of how to distinguish which pieces of information are credible from those that aren’t.

What is Spanish? A linguist’s perspective

Posted by in Misc on 17. Jul, 2018 | No Comments Yet

Linguist John McWhorter explaining why trying to create “tidy categories” of languages isn’t a good way of understanding how they work in reality. He uses Spanish and its many variants and related languages as an example.

Antonio Banderas Speaks Out on the Need for Latino Unity and How the U.S. Facilitates It

Posted by in Misc, Politics on 26. Mar, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Antonio Banderas received a Platino Award last year in a ceremony in Marbella, Spain. The actor took the chance to call for more Latino unity across Spanish-speaking countries as well as to recognize that the United States is where he has ironically seen the Latino best come together.

Reading Analysis for 2015

Posted by in Misc on 11. Feb, 2016 | No Comments Yet

I thought it would be interesting to do some basic analyses on what books I read in 2015. Because #nerd.

Lane Merging: You’re Doing It Wrong

Posted by in Misc on 25. May, 2015 | No Comments Yet

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned lane merge and the accompanying traffic backup? There are usually a number of different personality types that can be observed at every merger: The early mergers. The ones who drive as cautiously and defensively as possible. Late mergers are their arch enemies. The late mergers. They often fly down that […]

Can a Slave Owner Be a Good Man?

Posted by in Misc on 29. Nov, 2014 | No Comments Yet

Solomon Northup documented his experience being kidnapped into slavery in his memoir Twelve Years a Slave. Here I consider the unusually charitable words he wrote about his first owner, a man who he said was simply “looking through the same medium with his fathers before him”.

Virginia Woolf: Had Shakespeare Had a Sister…

Posted by in Misc on 04. Jun, 2014 | No Comments Yet

An excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s feminist classic “A Room of One’s Own”, in which she imagines what it would have been like if William Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister.

The Paralysis of Knowledge

Posted by in Misc on 21. Nov, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Is knowledge really that dangerous? Are the little worlds that each one of our mortal brains have constructed really that fragile?

Don’t You Dare Bury Me

Posted by in Misc, Science on 30. Mar, 2013 | No Comments Yet

When I die, I’ve often thought that I’d love to be involved in a grand display of some kind. We spend so much money on funerals, so why do they have to be so boring and uninventive? With that much money, I’d hope for something unique and spectacular. But isn’t that ultimately a waste?

Bringing Useful Stats into Soccer

Posted by in Misc, Technology on 14. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

I take a look at how cool new technology might open up sports like soccer to a new world of statistical analysis.