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Coding Cricket Science

Cricketing Deviants

Cricket could probably do with fewer statistics. A cricketing scoreboard is a gigantic mess of numbers and tables, and even the famously beautiful Adelaide Oval scoreboard is completely impenetrable to the outsider. While simplifying the plethora of numbers that come with a cricket match is a sensible goal, this blog post is going to do […]

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Review

45 Minutes of Disenchantment

Here are some quick thoughts after watching the first 45 minutes (i.e. an episode and a half) of Disenchantment, Matt Groening’s new Netflix show. The protagonist is Princess Bean. The action in the bar-brawl scene Bean was introduced in felt stilted and uncomfortable. Was it supposed to be slapstick and funny, was it supposed to […]

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Diary Review

Theatre of 2018

Following on from my wildly successful Theatre of 2017 post, here is my Theatre of 2018 review. Fun Home | Young Vic | Alison Bechdel | Holy shit I cried and cried and cried and cried and cried. Strong contender for best thing I’m going to see in 2018. The way they do the scene […]

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New Film Review

I, Tonya & Lady Bird

Last week I saw I, Tonya and Lady Bird at the Walthamstow Empire, which is fast becoming one of my favourite cinemas.     Both Oscar nominated (with I, Tonya deservedly winning”Best Actress in a Supporting Role”) both films build their stories around the relationship between a working class young American woman and her mother, and the young woman […]

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New Music Review Writing

CEASE AND DESIST

Last year, Alice Glass released a statement on her website detailing the extensive abuse she suffered her from Crystal Castles band mate Ethan Kath over the course of the band’s history, starting when she was 15. I was a devoted Crystal Castles fan as a teenager, and reading her statement made me feel guiltily complicit […]

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History Politics Writing

To Boldly Bazinga

In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the […]

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Coding Diary

Kadhim Shubber Markov Text Generator

Well, it’s Christmas so I’m taking on stupid self invented programming projects, much like last year with Selenabot. This year I’ve decided I’m going to create a Markov Text generator that recreates the work of a Young Kadhim Shubber (YKS). I’ve decided to scrape all Kadhim’s work on Felix that’s available in non-PDF form (for […]

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New Film Review

The Last Jedi

Contains Spoilers One word Review: Lazy 9 Word Review: Lazy reliance on pantomime to cover a weak script 1,978 word Review: Lazy reliance on pantomime to cover a weak script became a staple of the Marvel Universe films since the first Avengers movie, and appears to be spreading through Disney’s other big franchises like syphilis […]

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Coding

Recurbot

How does an algorithm tweet a selfie? tweet = three_line_tweet_maker('main.py')api.update_status(tweet) — recurbot.py (@recurbot) December 13, 2017 A few weeks ago whilst reading a hand-wringing article about how automated content production on YouTube & social media will lead to the inevitable collapse of western civilization, my mind wondered to the idea of social media content algorithms […]

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Diary Writing

Theatre of 2017

Don’t want to forget all the theatre I’ve seen this year so I’m going to list it all with a brief description/review, in reverse chronological order. Belleville |Donmar|It was good right up to denouement, which was uninspired and disappointing. The Lady In The Sea|Donmar| Booked shortly after seeing Knives in Hens, really enjoyed it. Straightforward […]