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Jamie McCrossen Should Be Released on Parole

Published on September 18th, 2018

Update: October 6th, 2018. The Supreme Court of Tasmania has ordered the release of Jamie McCrossen and, of course, it’s been so long since I was in the system I forgot the part about the Dangerous Criminals Act being a simple release from prison. It’s a binary dangerous vs not dangerous assessment where the not dangerous are released. Unlike supervised parole with a sentence hanging over your head. So I hope they do supply good support on his release. As Tasmanians we should hang our head in shame at the treatment this man has undergone within the System and by the System in our names.

Jamie Gregory McCrossen has spent the last 28 years in custody at Her Majesty’s Prison Risdon on the Eastern Shore of Hobart, Tasmania. Why? He robbed an antique store in 1990 with an antique pistol and later wrote a threatening letter to the witness signed in blood. He was 18 years of age.

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How Randomised Trials won the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Published on July 13th, 2018

Listening to Karl Kruszelnicki’s Shirtloads of Science podcast episode on June 24, 2018 – titled Randomistas – they’ve won wars, healed the sick and helped us learn revealed an interesting example, in Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, as to the value of randomised trials in shaping the World. The interviewee was Andrew Leigh, author of Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World.

To set the scene, Andrew Leigh points out that in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) scurvy caused the vast majority of deaths. A huge 180,000 men died in the British Navy in those seven years and a less impressive couple of thousand were killed in the fighting. Scurvy was that bad.

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Making All Grain Beer with BIAB (Brew in a Bag)

Published on June 4th, 2018

BIAB (Brew in a Bag) is a relatively cheap entry point for making beer from the rudimentary elements of grain, hops and yeast. Why do that? I can see a lot of people look at the home brewers out there like we’re all crazy – a whole day making booze? No way!

Why do BIAB Brewing?

Well, imagine the difference in taste and quality between a cake you make from a packet (or buy in the supermarket) and a cake you make from carefully sourced fresh quality ingredients at home in an oven where you control the variables of cooking. That’s a large part of the answer right there. Quality.

Another part of the answer is cost. No, it’s not ever going to be cheap to make all grain beer because equipment costs serious money. But BIAB is a way of doing all the things relatively cheaply in one pot. So it’s really not that expensive. Once the equipment arrives it’s going to cost you a few bucks a 700ml bottle. That’s not bad.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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