Stop telling girls they must put male feelings first

IT first happened when I was seven. A boy in my class tried to give me a giant Valentine’s card, and a bear holding a heart-shaped “I love you” sign. I said I didn’t want them and he burst into tears. Big, blubbery, seven-year-old tears, in the middle of the playground. Everyone in the vicinityContinue reading “Stop telling girls they must put male feelings first”

Sorry David Mundell, but Scots understand the small print only too well

WE’VE all been on the receiving end at some point. A sales pitch that isn’t going quite to plan, a salesman resorting to ever more desperate tactics to try and seal the deal. Perhaps a contract has been produced, and a wee bit of pressure is being applied. Don’t worry about all that small print,Continue reading “Sorry David Mundell, but Scots understand the small print only too well”

The Good Fight season two, episode eight (day 457): divided loyalty

IS Solomon Waltzer (Alan Alda) going to be The Good Fight’s answer to Louis Canning (Michael J Fox)*? I hope so, as I enjoyed his doddery old man act masking his sophisticated mastery of Facebook micro-targeting. Initially the episode appears to be pursuing two parallel plots, but eventually they come crashing together with some pretty impressiveContinue reading “The Good Fight season two, episode eight (day 457): divided loyalty”

It’s wishful thinking to suggest that Scotland is racism-free

When the headlines proclaimed that Scotland has a problem with racism, just like the rest of the UK,
many were quick to cry “Unionist fake news!”. No-one likes to be told bad things about the country in which they live.

Why machine gunning is just another day out for trigger-happy Americans

BANG. I jump out of my skin, but my instructor Cliff doesn’t even flinch. As he resumes his explanation of how to aim and fire the Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine gun, I’m bracing myself for the next one. The shooter is mere feet away, separated from us by a handful of metal partitions thatContinue reading “Why machine gunning is just another day out for trigger-happy Americans”

Putting blind faith in algorithms is a recipe for disaster

The advance of technology brings many benefits, but it does not mean we can simply switch off our brains. Computers are not sexist, racist or otherwise prejudiced, but the flawed people who programme them may well be, even if they don’t realise it.