28 January 2015

Metal Gear Solid: Zero Interest

Recently I didn’t play a video game. You might be thinking “So what?”. After all, a lot of people don’t play video games. There are even a lot of video games I don’t play. But this was a new game in a series that I’ve played pretty much all the previous installments of. I’m not easily offended. I played right through Grand Theft Auto V, for example, as well as writing a series of articles defending the series. ... Read more

21 January 2015

The case of the missing budgie

This afternoon Bruce suddenly started running up and down in my office window, like he wanted to go outside. This surprised me, because none of our birds have shown any desire to go outside before. I immediately felt bad that he couldn’t go fly outside, and made a note to see if I could take him outside in the cage at the weekend. Then it was feeding time, and as I put the food in the dispensers I realized Lola was mysteriously absent. ... Read more

16 January 2015

Streaming music and payments to musicians

When Google Play Unlimited Access was announced, I subscribed. Partly because it had a good Android client with offline caching as well as a web client that worked with Linux, but also because it cost actual money, so I had a hunch it would pay artists reasonably well. Apparently my hunch was correct: Service Payout per play Source Nokia $0. ... Read more

7 January 2015

Ancel Keys and the low fat diet

« Keys launched his “diet-heart hypothesis” at a meeting in New York in 1952, when the United States was at the peak of its epidemic of heart disease, with his study showing a close correlation between deaths from heart disease and proportion of fat in the diet in men in six countries (Japan, Italy, England and Wales, Australia, Canada, and the United States). […] At a World Health Organization meeting in 1955 Keys’s hypothesis was met with great criticism, but in response he designed the highly influential Seven Countries Study, which was published in 1970 and showed a strong correlation between saturated fat (Keys had moved on from fat to saturated fat) and deaths from heart disease. ... Read more

5 January 2015

Site maintenance

The anti-spam plugin I’d been using has been discontinued by its author, so I’ve switched to a different one that seems highly recommended. E-mail me (or send me a message via Twitter) if you notice any problems commenting, logging in, etc. I considered adding Google’s new CAPTCHA-less reCAPTCHA, but decided to hold off on that unless it proves absolutely necessary. The new plugin requires that JavaScript and cookies be enabled, but I believe that was already the case. ... Read more

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