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Jamie McCrossen Should Be Released on Parole

Published on September 18th, 2018

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.

He hasn’t killed anybody. Yes, he wrote that threatening letter, but keep it in context. With all of the crimes out here in the meantime it seems almost trivial. Terrifying for the witness, but relatively over-blown in reality. And having known Jamie for a number of years in our twenties I have to say he really couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag. But he was fearless and would never back down. That attitude tends to scare the authorities.

Picture this guy. He stands (from memory) around 5’10, he appears thin and uncoordinated in a similar way to how we stereotype mild cerebral palsy (he is in no way an athlete or strongman), his stutter can be extreme. Because of this appearance and communication barrier Jamie has always been isolated from the average prisoner in courtrooms and inside prison. And this has combined with his bad attitude and highly intelligent brain to slowly dig this hole for himself through his twenties that keeps him locked up inside that prison.

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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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