Archive for September, 2009

Coin Tricks

Derren Brown recently claimed he would predict the UK lottery numbers, live on television, and then explain how he did it. It’s doubtful that he did either — the alternative explanation that he’d actually committed a massive and improbably daring fraud is vastly more likely than the bullshit he spun out, as it’s actually possible… [...]

The moose counts beans – managing my finances with Perl

I’ve recently been trying to improve my rather disorganized personal finances. While I previously “managed” by leaving the bulk of the money in my account and hoping that I’d calculated my expenses versus salary roughly correctly, this is suboptimal for answering various questions like “Do I have enough money to go on holiday?” or “Have [...]