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Mad Max Beyond the Corona Testing Station

Last week, I went for my corona test. In The Netherlands, one is required to take the test if one has any cold or flu symptoms. And while my clogged nose is seasonal only in the sense that four seasons take us around the year, my slight sore throat at the time seemed to be […]

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Six Million Dutch Don’t Believe In Childbirth

It’s a miracle I’m not pounding my head against a wall, moaning in despair. Bas Roelman, a journalist for Trouw newspaper, published today about a report by marketing research firm Motivaction, claiming that a majority of the Dutch believe in miracles. Upon reading that, I sat up in shock: are the straits of Dutch superstition […]

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Lightailing Review (**): Beautiful, But Disappointing

UPDATE: Lightailing has updated their product page to include both a clickable link to the product reviews, and my own review. This prompted me to update this post to include only my product review. Suppliers should <em>never</em> lie. Ever. And fake or suppressed reviews? Those are lies. I’m basically a kid with extra decades on the […]

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Why I Don’t Debate Climate Change Deniers Anymore, But Unfriend Them

Earlier today, I came close to unfriending a guy on Facebook over climate change. He wasn’t even too rabidly fundamentalist about the topic. Nevertheless, his way of arguing his climate change point of view had all the hallmarks of the widespread climate change denial disinformation strategy. Which is why I refuse to engage in this […]

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SurveyMonkey Business

Some twelve hours after I blogged about SurveyMonkey’s theft of 60 euros of my money, and a couple of hours after I mentioned in these pages that they’d doubled down by changing the price for everyone, SurveyMonkey has apparently relented. Late Thursday night I received an email from Kaleigh with apologies, an explanation, the announcement […]

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The Shamelessness Of Monkeys

Update 2: SurveyMonkey has caved under the pressure of hundreds of page hits, shares, and retweets of this blog post, and granted me a full refund and a 6-month complimentary subscription. In zoos, I’ve seen monkeys fornicate and masturbate in public, eat their own vomit, and even dine without the benefit of cutlery–or clean hands. […]

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SurveyMonkey Steals Your Money

Update 2: SurveyMonkey has caved under the pressure of hundreds of page hits, shares, and retweets of this blog post, and granted me a full refund and a 6-month complimentary subscription. Update: SurveyMonkey has reacted to my complaint by restructuring their entire pricing model. Repeat after me: Sur – Vey – Mon – Key Steals […]

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Even Science Mags Murder Science

When even a scientific magazine like Wetenschap in Beeld (Science in the Picture) makes huge errors like this, errors in their thinking as much as in their facts, it’s no wonder that less and less people really understand science, and more and more people lose faith in it. In their April issue, WiB printed an […]

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How Shazam Worked Before Shazam

Last week, while waiting for my train, I heard a song that I just had to identify. I held up my phone, tapped Shazam, and in seconds, I knew it was Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills. In an seemingly unrelated thread of my life, I decided that I wanted to learn to play the little […]

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Back To The Fifties With Apple Family Sharing

Who would have thought that Apple, of all companies, wants to keep their customers firmly rooted in the fifties? Yes, you can buy early rock’n’roll music in iTunes, but those are not the fifties I mean. Rather, I’m referring to the fifties of traditional family roles: a breadwinner and a homemaker, preferably with daddy as […]

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