Movie Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

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A movie poster featuring cut-outs of the cast.

A modern take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles. Written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the 1850 novel by Charles Dickens. It stars Dev Patel as the title character. This is such a joyous movie. It is a fast, funny, and beautifully…

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Movie Review: How To Build A Girl

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A girl with dyed red hair, wearing a top hat, looks to the stars and smiles.

How to Build a Girl is a 2019 coming-of-age comedy film directed by Coky Giedroyc, from a screenplay by Caitlin Moran and John Niven, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Moran. The film tells the story of Johanna Morrigan, teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton,…

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Adding Semantic Reviews / Rich Snippets to your WordPress Site

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This is a real “scratch my own itch” post. I want to add Schema.org semantic metadata to the book reviews I write on my blog. This will enable “rich snippets” in search engines. There are loads of WordPress plugins which do this. But where’s the fun in that?! So here’s how I quickly built it…

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Book Review: Superior: The Return of Race Science – Angela Saini

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Book cover.

For millennia, dominant societies have had the habit of believing their own people to be the best, deep down: the more powerful they become, the more power begins to be framed as natural, as well as cultural. When you see how power has shaped the idea of race, then you can start to understand its…

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Movie Review: What Men Want

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What Men Want poster.

“A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts. I remember taking a date to see “What Women Want” back in 2000. It was a lousy movie, but I ended up marrying the date –…

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Gadget Review: Magnetic Charging Cables

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5 magnetic USB cables.

The only thing I miss about my old MacBook was its magnetic charging cable. It was just so convenient to be able to hover the plug near my laptop and have it snap into place. If I walked off with my machine, I knew the cable would easily spring out – rather than jerking me…

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Crappy COVID Gadgets – Phone Sanitiser

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A phone in a plastic box.

I was sent this gadget in return for a fair review. It’s awful, so I returned it. To avoid you making the same mistake, here’s my review. This is a “Multifunction UltraViolet Sterilizer With Aromatherapy” by Nuxgal. It’s a reasonably clever idea for a device. A USB powered UV lamp with a timer. Shove your…

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Using the Mini DisplayPort on the Clevo N151CU / Lafité IV / System76 Darter Pro / Entroware Proteus

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Display port config.

Sorry for the title gore. But it’s the only way to let people know that all four of these laptops are identical. These laptops come with an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. Here’s how to get both working simultaneously so you can have three screens. Enter the Dragon BIOS Restart your laptop. Press the…

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1,800 days of minute-by-minute solar generation as Open Data

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Solar panels on a roof.

Back in 2014, I released a year’s worth of solar generation data. I was enormously proud to recently discover that the data were cited in a couple of academic papers: Colantuono, Giuseppe & Kor, Ah-Lian & Pattinson, Colin & Gorse, Christopher PV with multiple storage as function of geolocation (2018) page: 217-232. Elsevier BV. Solar…

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Book Review: “Philosophy of Race: An Introduction” – Naomi Zack

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Book cover.

Philosophy of Race: An Introduction provides plainly written access to a new subfield that has been in the background of philosophy since Plato and Aristotle. Part I provides an overview of ideas of race and ethnicity in the philosophical canon, egalitarian traditions, race in biology, and race in American and Continental Philosophy. Part II addresses…

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