I currently have a 2019 15” MacBook Pro, and am upgrading from Intel to M2. Should I move up to 16” or “down” to 14” (which is smaller but still has more pixels than my current model, right?)?

My New Year’s resolution is to finish my book by October. There is also a contract which is somewhat more legally binding. Send encouragement.

Working title: “The Random Universe” — Cosmology. The scientific method. Probability. Epistemology.

If the US were a parliamentary democracy the government would be collapsing. (And the head of state might have to intervene.)

And we’re off. Tube conductor: “when things go up the creek they really go up the creek.”

“Corn meal and gunpowder, ham hocks and guitar strings…”

Spent a wonderful morning talking about “space” to three classes full of reception (kindergarten) kids. They are much less anxious about asking — and answering — questions than most of my university students.

Three hours until my first proper teaching lecture in almost three years.

Obscure macOS Ventura Q:

Is anyone else seeing the cryptic message

The extension com.apple.tips.TipsAppQuicklook-macOS does not implement file previews

when attempting to get a quicklook preview of some text files? For me, it happens with *.tex and *.css, among other types.

Update: (Slightly brittle?) fix!

The publishers who extort us for gold #openaccess fees (and the governments & funders who require it) know that we are posting our work on arxiv.org despite any supposed embargo, right?