Bill's Blog

Gathered in the same place for the first time, my various long-form musings on the world…

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Check Your Privilege

25/11/2020

I am a straight, white, cis-gendered, middle-class man. I have studied abroad, never gone hungry, always had a roof over my head, never had to hide who I love. I have been lucky time and again throughout my life. In short, I am one privileged guy.

On being bad at this

24/11/2020

We’re into the final week of NaBloWriMo and I am struggling. I feel like I need time to recharge my brain, to actually be able to think and cogitate about things before I write about them. I’ve barely had the time to edit some recent posts. I don’t know what...

Fatigue

23/11/2020

Do you ever try to work when you’re completely tired? When you can feel that fuzziness in your head slowing you down, and making you sluggish. When it pervades your entire body, and your hands don’t obey your instructions quite correctly. When it’s all you can do to keep your...

Smart and dumb

22/11/2020

Today my housemates and I made an impulsive purchase from Waitrose: four Google Nest Minis, for £19 apiece. For a device that’s normally £50, that’s one hell of a steal. We’ve set them up on our rooms, and have had fun communicating with each other by saying “Hey Google, broadcast...

Opportunity vs. Outcome

20/11/2020

Human perception is a funny thing. Did you know that Spotify had to make their shuffles less random so that they would seem more random to human ears? The TL;DR of that link is that truly random systems will spit out patterns all the time, because that’s just probability. If...