Category Archives: Statistics

The Danger of Digits and Digitalization

“Wow, already 28 likes and three comments,” she thought, proud of having run five miles in less than 45 minutes for the first time. But still only 291 Instagraph followers, she checked to her disappointment, for the fifth time that … Continue reading

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Spain is already celebrating Christmas today

Zur deutschen Fassung. In many countries, a battle is raging over whether 24 or 25 December is the real Christmas. A battle between capitalists and Christians that is being waged with particular ferocity this year. Some want to die for … Continue reading

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A Chinese in Vienna

During some meeting of some committee of some sub-organization at the United Nations in Vienna, I got to know a young lady from China. Qian was doing an internship as a simultaneous interpreter for Mandarin and English. Simultaneous interpreters are … Continue reading

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Visiting the UK is as cheap as never before

Sometimes, particularly when I put on my lawyer hat, I am inclined to think that maybe, just maybe, that whole Brexit thing wasn’t properly thought through from the outset. But big words like “sovereignty” won over practical concerns, and thus … Continue reading

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Scary Movie

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Random Thoughts (22)

In 2017, I seem to have been a bit lazy. I did not run a single half-marathon. But with the risk of war rising, I want to become fitter again. Last weekend, I began by running a half-marathon near Pilsen … Continue reading

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Chocolate makes smart

You always knew it, didn’t you? Now there is a study suggesting a correlation between chocolate consumption and winning Nobel prizes. While you are emptying that jar of Nutella, you may however want to consider why this study is bogus: … Continue reading

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How about tipping?

Wikipedia has this map of tipping customs in restaurants: This might be useful for those of you who like to do things as they are done customarily. Me, I am rather skeptical regarding tipping. And it really pisses me off … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts (17)

Now I know why it’s called CATalonia: it doesn’t know if it wants to walk through the door or not. Shouldn’t nobody sign no contract that they ain’t read before. (I am now giving legal advice in country lyrics, at … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Law, Lithuania, Media, Politics, Spain, Statistics, Time, Travel, USA | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments

I am bored by terrorists

Another terrorist attack. I check where (Barcelona) and how (running a car into people). On Las Ramblas, where I have been already, where I went for a walk, where I ate, where I read a newspaper. That should touch me, … Continue reading

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