Five things #6

“But who’s the real freak – the activist whose determination has single-handedly started a powerful global movement for change, or the middle-aged man taunting a child with Asperger syndrome from behind the safety of their computer screens?” Jennifer O’Connell asks why Greta Thunberg is so triggering for certain men.

Jesse Singal discusses Dave Chappelle, political correctness and cancel culture and argues that we should recognise the elitism of the Super-Woke.

David Spiegelhalter discusses the importance of statistical literacy, and plugs his book a couple of times. The book is The Art of Statistics and I do plan on reading it once the paperback edition is published.

As Rambo: Last Blood arrives on the big screen, Mark Harrison looks back at Son Of Rambow and the joys of DIY filmmaking.

And finally: Happy birthday COBOL. 60 years old this month and still surprisingly popular. There’s hope for me yet.

2 thoughts on “Five things #6

  1. OMG COBOL … lol. Wasn’t it just the other day I read something about WordPerfect, Lotus 123, things like that? I learned Basic back in grade 10, and HTML in a technical writing class. That’s about it. 🙂

    I got your response re the tweets, thank you kindly! I have things to say too but time…ugh. I’ll be in touch.


    1. It’s amazing how widely used COBOL still is — especially among banks and insurance companies. A large part of this is probably that some of these systems have become so big and so complex that it simply isn’t cost-effective to replace them, but this is helped by the fact that COBOL is still very good at what it does.

      I remember Lotus 123. It’s the first spreadsheet I encountered way back in the late 80s when I was still a student.

      No rush re. responding. Time is a bit of a luxury for all of us these days.


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