Watching the US Federal Election through Twitter

The US Federal election last week didn't go as a lot of people, or as a lot of pollsters, had planned. Living abroad, it certainly felt as though a Hillary Clinton victory was certain. There was always a bit of uncertainty in the data, which FiveThirtyEight do a great job of discussing. I became a … Continue reading Watching the US Federal Election through Twitter

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Why South Australia had a blackout, and the debate we deserve to have about it.

Disclaimer: I am not an electrical engineer. My background is in aerospace engineering and applied physics. Which still makes me arguably more qualified to discuss this issue than Barnaby Joyce. On September 28, 2016, a large storm hit South Australia and ended up causing a state-wide blackout. While the fallen power lines pictured below  are … Continue reading Why South Australia had a blackout, and the debate we deserve to have about it.

Finally some food: Gnocchi, leek and lardons to bring in autumn

After much complaining from my father, who has been waiting for months for me to post something food related, I'm finally ready to deliver on the other half of this website's title: Good Food. Here in Bordeaux, it's starting to get a little chilly. After weeks of 25-35°C, the rains have returned, the clouds are … Continue reading Finally some food: Gnocchi, leek and lardons to bring in autumn

Colour Perception and the Mysterious Fourth Cone Pigment

I recently wrote a little post about a colour recognition plug-in I wrote for OpenCFU. To better tell the difference between colours, I transformed the RGB values in the image into their corresponding L*a*b* so that I could use a reasonable measure of colour difference. With that metric, this image shows the colours in the … Continue reading Colour Perception and the Mysterious Fourth Cone Pigment