Written Tourette's Syndrome

Because I can ...

My Blog Therapy ...

not to be confused with financial sensible advice ....

  • Thought for the day ....

    I usually have my most profound thoughts whilst showering or walking the dog.

    Today's thought was to reflect on the number of good summers that I probably still have available to me ...

    For me this … more

  • More irreverance for my own amusement....

    When someone dies (and a lot of people are doing that at the moment) who is worthy of a mention in the newspaper, unless se is a complete cad, they are always remembered as something like:

    "a … more

  • Kilobuck IEMs and my bad run of luck ...

    Just like Alice I disappeared down a rabbithole a few years back.

    But the world I entered was one that belongs to the audiophile (where they speak a completely different language to the rest of us … more

  • Laying low .... starting to not like people in general ....

    Mr Grumpy here....

    We are having a 3 week lockdown in the Isle of Man as a result of the new Covid-19 strain and I'm trying to lay low and keep my mouth shut mainly;

    .... as I'm becoming resentful … more

  • Always an optimist me .... I love a bit of chaos ....

    Or .... a rainbow always follows a storm.. 🤪

    In biology  ... chaos (think natural disaster - there are a few around 😁) always benefits an ecosystem

    In chemistry, La Chateliers Principle says that … more

  • jeez ..... the press ... a very quick one ...

    The FT report today ..... 

    "Bitcoin tumbles back to $30,000 in volatile trading"

    From an all time high over the weekend of $35,000 ... Is that bad news!? OR reason to avoid crypto$!?

    Back in 2017/1 … more

  • A tiny new(s) year's eve rant :)

    This is a very quick one and concerns the objectivity of the news we are subjected to day in and day out!

    It's OK for people to have opinions; this is why we have blogs ....

    But PLEASE .... if you … more

  • New acronym incoming ....

    snoscunts = dozy fuckers

    I probably need to put some context around this as it is a bit vulgar I know so my apologies for that.

    It popped out of my head from nowhere during a whatsapp rant to some … more

  • I learnt a new word last weekend.... "haiku"

    Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry.

    A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader's mind.

    And it turns out that a good and always very understated (unlike me) … more

  • I have fallen down the audiophile rabbit hole!

    2020 has been a strange year for all of us.

    For me, who has always been into music and listening to tunes - intimately and not just on the radio - for at least 2 hours every day, it has allowed me … more

  • The pink guardian

    I cancelled my ft.com subscription today mainly because of a lack of balance re covid-19 reporting - which most of the mainstream media are guilty of.However, I did like the article "The kids aren’t … more

  • SAGE; my arse

    SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies); my arse!

    More like "Stupid Arses Gouge Economy"

    Oh, and how they laughed at the acronym!

    This paper republished in the British Medical Journal on 7 … more

  • Some entertainment at last?

    OK - hopefully this is going to entertain some people and others I am sure it will offend.

    But you can't please everybody.

    A good, well informed and (I like to think) intelligent friend of mine … more

  • I don't want to sound like "the donald" .....

    This is what is on my mind today!

    ... and don't get me wrong ... I live in the Isle of Man where we have NO covid-19.

    And I hope it stays that way only because the scat politicians here would … more

  • An interesting analysis of the covid-19 data

    An interesting analysis of the covid-19 data


    If it's TLDW, my 6 takeaways from this - based on the empirical data presented in the video - are as follows:

    1) Human … more

  • Deaths .... just putting this out there...

    Just putting this out there...

    In the UK in 2018 there were 541,589 deaths (530,841 in 2019).

    That's 1,483 per day if you divide the total by 365

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/ … more

  • Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is a brave man!

    In the UK we accept that the monarchy - the Queen as Sovereign - is Head of the Armed Forces.

    This is largely a symbolic fact and in the UK this is not a big deal as the monarchy stays out of … more

  • tfu=totally fucking useless

    2nd week of isolation started today so please forgive my bad language...

    New acronym incoming...

    tfu=totally fucking useless.

    Covid-19 is no excuse for laziness unless you have it (and a bad … more

  • Money creation in the modern economy

    Hi All

    OK - this is an old subject and one which was probably responsible for me starting blogging in the first place.

    But I think it's probably more relevant now than when it was produced as a … more

  • Taxing obscene wealth....

    This subject is on my mind recently; I have a lot of stuff bubbling around the aether in my head.....

    The gulf between gates/bezos/musk and the seriously lazily unemployed is huge.

    And if the meat … more

  • The world is a dry powder keg!


    Riots today in Minneapolis and Hong Kong.

    People are … more

  • Anyone feel sorry for Dominic Cummings..?

    Yesterday I kept turning the TV on (voyeuristically) and off (angrily) watching Dominic Cummings deal live with one angry journalist after another, purporting to represent the whipped up frenzied " … more

  • My glossary

    The meaning of some acronyms that I may use in my blog from time to time.

    BAAHHH = If God did not want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep.

    ligaf = like I give a fuck

    SAGE = … more

  • Survival of the flattest

    As you might imagine this rant is centred on covid-19.

    It's a pretty hard post as I don't want to come across as some right wing fascist bastard.

    Or as too simplistic - there are some huge … more

  • Brazil - December 2019

    Well I'm back from my trip to Brazil.. What a mind opener that was.

    In October, three Brazilians set a new paragliding world record of 582km there, so we knew that there was potential for personal … more

  • Politics.....

    This is just a quick entry for all my imaginary friends here (ie., me) of some observations and possible insights that have crystalised in my head mainly when I am out walking the dog.This process … more

  • Machine learning/neural networks update.

    I thought I'd update my blog with where I'm at regarding my machine learning and neural networks project.

    A close academic friend of mine, "CAF", has got me excited about machine learning and neural … more

  • New World Economics

    I haven't had a rant for a while about the parlous state of the world economy or central banking monetary policy and quantitative easing ("QE") etc., etc.,

    This is because of a thought I keep having … more

  • Grasping linux by the horns.

    I've wanted to run a full node on the iota tangle for about 20 months now but have been put off by the hurdles (I completely failed the KYC of one german ISP obviously being a dodgy IOM customer) and … more

  • A funeral today.

    A good friend died recently. I'm going to send him off shortly.

    He lived knowing that tomorrow is full of possibilities and yesterday is spent.

    Still, as pointed out to me, ten more years would … more

  • So I missed my 2018 Indian paragliding adventure .....

    Catch up  ....

    I missed my planned October 2018 vol-biv trip in India due to breaking my collar bone the weekend before I was due to travel by falling off a new mountain bike....... doh!

    What an … more

  • Where I have got to with Qubic

    I have been attempting to learn more about Qubic and (on the basis that only I read this blog) what follows is really just an aide-memoire pour moi.

    So ... iota qubic protocol, oracles, assemblies, … more

  • Always the harbinger of doom!


    I've been away for a while.

    In the interim, I've NOT become a paragliding instructor.

    But, I did get close to investing in a chalet in St Andre Les Alpes to build a centre of flying excellence. … more

  • My Paragliding Epiphany

    OK. Here’s the rub.

    On the basis that only humans and ants (for all the wrong reasons) are capable of altruism, for the last 2 years or so, I have been endeavouring to bootstrap start-up businesses, … more

  • I went for a job interview recently.

    I went for a job interview recently. Not, at first blush an unusual event. But unusual for me as I haven't had a "proper job" for the last 18 years.

    Nevertheless, it was a job that I wanted rather … more

  • This year I'm excited about "iota"!


    I'm pretty sure that no one reads this blog so, although I try to keep it professional and to the point, it's tempting to use it more as a personal journal or diary so please excuse any … more

  • ICO or IPO?

    Hi. It’s been a little while since I posted here and a lot has gone on in the world of crypto$.

    Also, there have been a lot of things going around in my head which I wanted to try to put together in … more

  • Bitcoin has been "Wall Streeted"...

    It's been a crazy week for bitcoin and personally I'm waiting for a significant price correction as I believe it's hugely overvalued.

    It's also not serving the purposes it was established for, as … more

  • Bitcoin transaction costs...

    My twin brother is a banking analyst in the City working for a well known US asset management company.

    As you can imagine from the nature of this blog... we have some lively debates....

    I wanted to … more

  • A third way?

    Straight from www.dummies.com we have the following two excellent definitions of money:

    <quote>A fiat system is based on a government’s mandate that the paper currency it prints is legal tender for … more