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Word of the Week: Chaps

Cowboy in chaps

If – and I realise this is a big ‘if’ – you’ve recently succumbed to the primeval urge to buy a chainsaw, you’ll be familiar with the catalogue of YouTube videos offering sage advice on how to deploy said tool without cutting your face in half or losing a leg. Among the many recommended items of PPE is a garment I remember from my childhood days watching cowboy films.
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Quantum computing: never mind the mechanics, what can it do?

blackboard mathematics

Imagine being in charge of a commercial airline when the jet engine was invented. Would you concern yourself with how this new, superpowered contraption works? Or would you focus on all the possibilities that it offers for your airline?

Business leaders struggling with the mind-blowing concept of quantum computing would be well advised to take the same approach. Never mind how this complicated stuff works, just think what it could do for your business! (more…)

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Word of the Week: Cold

icy water

Do you ever wonder why people live in Norway? I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the country per se, it’s just that if I’d been an early homo sapiens migrating out of Africa, looking for somewhere nice to live, I reckon I’d have stopped somewhere around the Côte d’Azur, or maybe Tuscany or southern Spain. Fertile enough to give me all the grapes and olives I could eat, yet warm enough not to necessitate insulating my cave with several layers of mastodon hide in order to survive the winter. (more…)

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Word of the Week: Debate

With the US Election upon us, and me being pushed for time, it seems fitting to hand the floor to New York Brian again this week. After all, it might be the last time we ever hear from him.

Regardless of your political affiliation, the candidates for US President put on quite the show in Cleveland recently. Perhaps it will come to be known as the ‘Why oh why oh in Ohio’. As taglines go, it’s not quite on the level of the ‘Thrilla in Manila’, but I didn’t have much to work with. (more…)

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Word of the Week: Litany

repeat pattern

I’m feeling thwarted. I was going to make this week’s word News and it was going to go like this: corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, Boris Johnson, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, Donald Trump, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus, corona virus.
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Word of the Week: Exploit

Mining

Ever wondered what’s going on with the word ‘exploit’? I mean, one minute it’s a great thing, such as crossing the Alps on an elephant or discovering Australia; the next it’s a terrible thing, like forcing people into slavery, sending them down mines or stealing their land.
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