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TWTWTW: Mathematically safe

As a long-suffering Norwich City fan, the last three seasons have given us a little glimpse of what it must be like to be a fan of the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal. Pretty much a non-stop production line of success  (in our terms anyway) of the sort we haven’t really seen … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Web round-up

Running out of excuses as to why it takes me so long to get this post written, so rather than bore you with it, here’s my round-up of what’s been interesting me on the web recently. Reasons to be cheerful Nothing annoys me quite as regularly as gender stereotyping kids toys – the art of pigeon-holing children … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Motivation, Moneyball and inadvertent movie pitches

This week’s round up kicks off with one of the best writers on the planet – step forward Neal Stephenson… How I learned to stop being dystopian… The brains behind the Baroque Cycle, Snow Crash and the Diamond Age makes a plea to fellow sci-fi writers to help shape a better future as if to … Continue reading

The infographic guide to the economics of football

I love infographics. Some netizens might consider them to be hackneyed but I love the way graphical design can be used to visualise often complex messages or cause you to look at things in a new light. So as last week saw the English Premier League transfer window slam shut, I was rather taken by … Continue reading

TWTWTW: At the current rate of production – I should really rename this feature

Yes, yes. I have been tardy, nay a little slapdash in the updating of this blog of late, and especially of this feature. You don’t want to hear excuses, but as I’m writing this, I’m going to give them to you anyway. It’s been a hellish busy start to the year. A couple of new … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Dad, when did we go on holiday to Endor?

On a personal level this week has been dominated by sport:  Norwich City gained their first home win, and frightened (at least a little bit) the mighty Manchester United; The baseball play-offs started, England managed to scrape through to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup and I’m currently listening to the NFL on the … Continue reading

TWTWTW: The Revolution will not be televised – but you can print it out…

A quick one this week, no time for niceties, so once more unto the internet breach dear friends, once more… First up, some sport. Oh Micky, you’re so fine… In 1988, I was standing on the terraces of Old Trafford watching Norwich City. I saw them do this.  The reason it’s in a weekly web … Continue reading

Sports coverage that steps up to the plate

Occasional readers of this blog may have noticed that I am a fan of baseball. I’ve been meaning to write about baseball for a while, but not from a sporting perspective, but from a technological one. For all the sport’s resistance about using technology to help make on field decisions, off-field it’s a different story. … Continue reading

TWTWTW: The magnificent number 7

So a week in which the financial markets decided to ape a short-lived British summer and go into extreme meltdown, and Tottenham decided to stage an impromptu version of BBC time-travel thriller Ashes to Ashes and return to the 80s, my mind was mostly on the following. First up. Football baby! The magnificent number 7 … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Er, did I hear that right…

A bit late, but another round-up of the web miscellany that tickled my fancy this week. And absolutely no mention of Hack Gate, apart from that one. Dammit… Let’s start with the Quote of the week Channel 4’s The Space Shuttle’s Last Flight: “”For the first time in its history, America can no longer put … Continue reading