Just a Summary


Piers Cawley practices punditry

Static migration

Finally catching up with Dominus

If you’re reading this, I finally got my act together and shifted this blog over from Publify (Née Typo) to a static site generated by Hugo.

I wish I’d done it earlier. More...


We Deserve Better

A short history of a broken consensus

A long time ago

One hundred years ago, we got caught up in a really stupid war. War’s never what you’d call a good idea, but the first world war is the benchmark of stupidity (unless you’re Michael Gove, but he’s fast becoming the new benchmark of stupidity).

Something strange happened at the end of the war. In 1914, only around 30% of the adult population had the vote. By February 1918, a general election was years overdue. The Russians had killed the Tsar and were embracing communism; the women’s suffrage movement was threatening to start up again; and millions of returning soldiers — men used to violence by now — would have no say in how they would be governed. More...


Reading 'The Traits Paper'

Where do Moose roles come from and what are they for?


Reading Turing

Some things never disappoint. And reading Alan Turing is one of those things. In an earlier post I told an incorrect anecdote about Turing, and Russ Cox pointed me at proof, in Turing’s own words, that I was wrong. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, but I finally got around to reading his Lecture to the London Mathematical Society on 20 February 1947.

Wow. More...