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Hi everyone.

I'm an Anglo-American university biology & chemistry instructor, and lab manager.

My main interests are cycling & exercise physiology (researching, reviewing, training, racing), reading (science, philosophy, fiction) and writing (mainly about cycling, but also more broadly).

My website ( has much more.

Unsurprisingly, I'm here to discuss all aspects of writing.

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Brief Review: Fantasyland, by Kurt Andersen

Over the last two years or so, I've made some pretty fundamental changes in terms of my priorities: what I spend my time on, and what I avoid. I'll have more to say about this in future articles (these changes have transformed my life for the better, so are worth discussing), but one of the biggest is the drastic reduction in time-wasting activities that used to leech away my life...

The third and concluding article in my introductory genetics series:

The Complete Dummy's Genetics Guide for Idiots, Part Three

So far, we've just considered situations where everything goes to plan, focussing mostly on theoretical concepts. But real life is messy, so let's conclude this series by switching our attention to some practical applications of genetics, by taking a brief look at chromosome variations, genetic mutation, cancer, ...

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Here is the second installment of my genetics guide:

The Complete Dummy's Genetics Guide for Idiots, Part Two

This is the second article in a three-part series on genetics. In part one, we began with some basic concepts: looking at cells, the structure and replication of DNA, genes and what they do, and how cell division and genetic inheritance work. This article will delve a little deeper into some slightly more challenging concepts...

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Here's the first of a three-part guide to genetics:

The Complete Dummy's Genetics Guide for Idiots, Part One

Why do some traits appear in grandparents and grandchildren, skipping the intervening generation? Are there really genes for intelligence, running, mental arithmetic? More broadly, are we in any sense controlled by our genes? How far has our understanding of genetics advanced in recent years, and where is the field heading? ..

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I was actually quite good at poker when I wrote this basic strategy guide a few years ago. I just re-read it and as far as I can tell it still holds up.

The Basics of Poker

This article is aimed at poker novices and casual players: maybe you've watched a few episodes of televised poker and you want to know why the players did what they did, or maybe you play in an occasional home game and wonder why you rarely win...

The Darkness

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan

Although its subject matter makes it heavy going, there's no doubt that every fan of literature should read this. Flanagan's novel won the 2014 Booker Prize, and most of it is truly excellent...

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