OK, that’s it, Christmas is over, time to cut down on the amount of alcohol I drink. I’ve kicked smoking this year, but drinking is trickier. I’d rather not give it up entirely, but how can I go about reducing my alcohol intake by, say, 50%? First off, I need to find a way of Read more…

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This is fun: check out Google’s new Ngram machine, which lets you graph the incidence of words in Google’s books archive going back centuries, and also to plot the incidence of different words against each other. I don’t know how accurate it is as a barometer of public interest, but you can see, for example, Read more…

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