Hacks Life

How not to fall for bad statistics

What do bacon and speed cameras have in common?

Professor Jen Rogers, Vice President of the Royal Statistic Society, shows how to cut through the bad statistics represented in the media and by our politicians.

Teaching you phrases such as “correlation is not causation” and “regression to the mean”, this is highly educational and should be a must-watch for everyone. It’s 40 minutes that could make a world of difference to how you see the world.


And, just like that, you’ve contributed to WordPress Core

During my WordCamp Edinburgh talk, I was saying just how easy it can be to contribute to WordPress. Here’s an example of my own from just yesterday.

(cue cloudy dream sequence)

It all started with this Tweet in my timeline…

Customer Service

The Legoland loop (updated)

After a recent trip of Legoland, Windsor, I’ve had to turn to their customer service to resolve an issue. But it’s all got stuck in a loop where they direct me to a third party and third party direct me back to them.

Here’s what happened… my daughter went on a ride called “Driving School”, where you get to drive small, electric cars around a track to earn a driving licence. Before you go on, they take your photo and give you a slip of paper with a code in. The licence, though, is extra cost and there are different packages available. We paid £12, which is for a driving licence, certificate and the option to download a photo that was taken of our daughter. At the desk, you hand over the slip you were given earlier, and pay your money. Everything was put into a bag – except for the licence, which my daughter wanted to wear.

So far, so good.

But when we got home, I read the instructions for the picture download and it states that I have to use a code on that slip to download it. Except we don’t have it and I can’t remember it ever being put in the bag.

Health Life

All is normal. It’s only bradycardia.

As an on-going quest to discover more about myself, particularly physical and mental health, I’m going to talk about bradycardia.

Bradycardia is having a heart rate below 60 beats per minute (bpm). As I write this, my heart rate is at 56 bpm. My resting heart rate over the last week was 50 bpm. Now, a rate under 50 is normal whilst sleeping, and mine often is, but not during the day.

Automattic Life

This could be Rotterdam… the 2019 VIP Grand Meetup

It’s that time ago when the whole of WordPress VIP have their Grand Meetup. This year, we’re in Rotterdam.

We stayed at the nhow hotel, which is rather splendid, architecture wise, using the hotel facilities for our meetings, workshops, etc.