RIP John Parry Barlow

Last week John Perry Barlow (co-founder of the EFF) passed away at the age of 70 Cindy Cohn at the EFF has published a memorable eulogy: It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and leadership. He always... Continue Reading →

Eroded Beauty

Lower and upper Antelope Canyon might be swarming with tourists, but Antelope Canyon X remains almost empty. It is like stepping into another world.

Eclipse: The Experience of Totality

Being the path of totality, was one of the most incredible things I have ever witnessed. The eclipse started off subtly. At first, using the proper eyewear, all you see is the tiniest dot on the edge of the sun; soon the moon is visibly “eating” the sun. This looks exactly as you would expect,... Continue Reading →

Tumour Update

On May 16th 2017, I had my 25th and final radiation treatment. I am not certain if it was the radiation, the anti-anxiety medication which causes drowsiness, or the lack of sleep caused by the anxiety that the anti-anxiety medication left behind, but throughout the whole treatment period I was completely exhausted. I would wake... Continue Reading →

The Paris Agreement withdrawal

John Oliver gives a great summary of why Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement makes absolutely no sense Or as David Roberts puts it: An agreement cannot be both nonbinding and draconian (Spoiler: Paris is the former) Early on in the speech, Trump said: “Thus, as of today, the United States will cease... Continue Reading →

The very definition of willful ignorance

Chair of House Science Committee Says the Journal ‘Science’ Is Not Objective Chairman Lamar Smith dismissed commentary presented during testimony on climate change because it came from the journal Science — one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific publications in existence. It rare to see such a wilful disregard of reality, it is absolutely... Continue Reading →

I am getting radiated

The hope is that the radiation will stop the growth of my tumour. It wont’t, however, remove it. The success rate is roughly equivalent of the success rate of surgery (90%), and there is a greater chance of not loosing function on the left side of my face and keeping whats left of my hearing... Continue Reading →

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling, one of the most enlightening science communicators, passed away last week. It was his first Ted talk that thrust renowned Swedish academic Hans Rosling into the international spotlight in 2006, billed as the man in whose hands data sings. Since then, the statistician more likely to illustrate an idea with a few multi-coloured... Continue Reading →

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