Ooh, I miss really good chips. Swedes have not yet mastered the art of the crispy, creamy, truly delicious chip.
How hard can it be? Just chop up potatoes and fry them in oil. Simplest possible meal.
Except… well, maybe it’s a bit more complicated than that…
- Which potatoes to use?
- Chip size?
- Chip shape?
- Portion size?
- Cooking time?
- Cooking #times?
- Cooking temperature?
- Cooking oil type?
- Cooling between vat and mouth?
- And many more…
Even the simplest things are made up of a thousand tiny details.
Big Data tempts some researchers to believe that they can see everything at a 30,000-foot view. It is the kind of data that encourages the practice of apophenia: seeing patterns where none actually exist, simply because massive quantities of data can offer connections that radiate off in all directions.
Apophenia is everywhere.
Quote: boyd & Crawford (2011), Six Provocations For Big Data
Toast: NBC News
Everything changes eventually.
A boy called Chris was teasing me about my glasses:
Do you read a lot of books? I bet you do.
Reading books was not cool at age 9 in St Albans.
Wearing glasses was not cool at age 9 anywhere.
Fifteen years later I walked into a shop on London’s famous Oxford Street and saw an incredible sight: fake glasses on sale as a fashion item!
I knew I wasn’t cool back then. But I bet Chris wears fake glasses now.
In Oman you can wait 6+ months for rain.
So when it does rain, people jump out of their cars to take photographs, students beg for class to be cancelled, and families picnic under the downpour.
Seems mad to me, living in the UK. In London it rains on 44% of days. Everything is seen differently by different people.
A friend’s dad told him:
Son, not everyone’s going to like you – that’s just how it is. Everyone sees you differently.
I found out last week that my friend had died. So this one’s for him.
Rest in peace mate x
Links: Rain stats, Oman blog and photo.
Initial idea came from From Our Own Correspondent, but I can’t recall which episode.
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This ammonite fossil is 170 million years old.
That’s a hard number to grasp, so let’s put it in context.
It’s just over 2000 years since we switched from BC to AD. For us, 2000 years ago is ancient history.
But 2000 years are nothing to this little fossil. What proportion of his existence do those 2000 years represent?
Not much: he is so old that the entire AD era – starting when the Romans ruled Britain, Augustus was on the throne, and Jesus was born – is only 0.00001% of his time on Earth.