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Jeremy Cherfas

Why can’t food scientists and nutritionists be friends?

For one thing, it's a lot easier to call yourself a "nutritionist". Then again, where do food scientists work except in industry, or training more food scientists?

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

Weeknotes 52 - 4 minutes a day — Nat Buckley

But seriously: why does it seem so weird to pay for a podcast, when I pay for music, films, TV etc?

And answer came there none.

Jeremy Cherfas

Adactio: Journal—Words I wrote in 2019

I’m pretty sure that I will also continue to refer to them as blog posts, not blogs. I may be the last holdout of this nomenclature in 2020. I never planned to die on this hill, but here we are.

No, @adactio, you are not alone.

Jeremy Cherfas

The smartphone tracking industry has been rumbled. When will we act?

John Naughton's view of the huge NYT investigation into smartphone tracking. And to people who moan that the NYT is complicit in enabling tracking, I say, sure, but that doesn't diminish the importance of the report.

Jeremy Cherfas

Domestic Cozy: 9

"TikTok versus Instagram is pretty much the perfect synecdoche of domestic cozy versus premium mediocre."

Found via philgyford, I think I understand what this is all about, and I'm a little bit guilty as charged. I wonder what Grant McCracken would say.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

Galileo and failure. Tim Harford, are you listening?

Tim Harford certainly belaboured the point that safety systems may make things more prone to failure, what with the Oscars fiasco (two systems bad; three systems worse). Wheeling out Galileo was a masterstroke. Little could he have anticipated that someone who actually knew about statics would be listening..

Dr. Drang kindly shared his expertise.

I think we can forgive Galileo this lapse. He was creating new knowledge and, given his trouble with the Vatican, was desperate to get it published. Editing was of secondary concern at best.

I’m less forgiving of Tim Harford. Anyone who’s taken a statics class could have told him that the story on which he was basing “Galileo’s Principle” didn’t demonstrate that principle.

I wonder whether Tim Harford will even see that. Probably not; comments are closed.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas