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Welcome

You can find more info on my userinfo page - but this is just here to say that I'm very happy to be friended by anyone that wants to read me. I rarely post friends-only, and that only tends to be about things that mention work, so if I don't friend you back you're not actually missing much...

If you do friend me, this would be a good place to leave a comment introducing yourself, and letting me know how you found me!

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A note on correcting people's grammar in the comments.

The Official Spoiler Policy.

Oh, and my wife, Julie, has cancer, which you can read about at the tag juliehascancer.
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The Weather Gods Have Been Teasing Us

This is Arthur's Seat, as seen from the end of my street, yesterday morning at 9am:


This is Arthur's Seat, as seen from the end of my street, yesterday evening, around 8pm:


The reason this is important is that around 30 of my friends will be performing in the Beltane Fire Festival (awsome pics) tonight, and I'll be up the hill watching it, and frankly that latter picture looks like a lot better weather to be up a hill in (particularly considering the state of undress of some of the performers). Side note - I never, ever get bored of seeing that view every morning on the way to work.

Thankfully, the weather is now showing that any rain will have fucked off by 6pm, and that it will be about 8 degrees, so nobody should die of hypothermia.

I'm looking forward to it - haven't been in several years. And also to the afterparty, which I have managed to get myself a ticket to, not least because it's a de facto friend's birthday party too.



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Interesting Links for 30-04-2016

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Interesting Links for 29-04-2016


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Interesting Links for 28-04-2016


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A government move I'm in favour of

Last year George Osborne announced that, soon, landlords wouldn't be able to offset tax against mortgage interest.

Today, I was keeping a friend company while they looked at a flat they were thinking of buying (to live in) and the seller was complaining that he was pushed into selling because of that change.

I had to resist the urge to cheer at him.

(Obviously, the long-term answer is to build a ton of new houses, so that there's enough supply to meet demand, in the places where people actually live nowadays. But removing the advantage that landlords have over buyers is still a good thing. And this is on top of the 3% stamp duty surcharge for a second home.)



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Interesting Links for 27-04-2016


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Almost impressed by this spammer



On the one hand, nice try to make it look like they're not spamming, but are actually offering useful advice. And on leaving a 12-hour gap between the two comments.

On the other hand, they should have made the link into an actual links. And, most importantly, not have posted the spam on a post from four years ago, where nobody but me would ever know it existed.



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I need to know when you think people are more honest about their opinions

People are more likely to be honest

When talking to a pollster on the phone
8(18.2%)
When clicking on buttons online
23(52.3%)
SEWIWEIC
13(29.5%)


Context, this pair of polls about the referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU:
ICM Phone: REMAIN 48%, LEAVE 41%, DK 11%
ICM Online: REMAIN 43%, LEAVE 44%, DK 13%

(This is a fairly consistent difference, internet polling shows a higher level of "Leave" than phone polling. After adjustment for demographics, etc. of course. And this is a proper polling company, not just an internet quiz.)