Writing

This is a mostly comprehensive collection of my work online and in print. Mostly comprehensive. I’m a better writer than archivist – that is to say, I’m a fairly bad archivist. If you can spot something I’ve missed, let me know.

 

Medium

This is my primary blogging platform now, and it’s great – very neat and just modifiable enough to work with properly. I have a lot of writing on it, these are just a selection of the longer pieces / less embarrassing stuff / things that got picked up elsewhere. It’s a mix of meta-science, exercise phys, nutrition, public health, and Lord knows what else. I’ve split off the science stuff because there’s so much of it, and because people are often here looking for it.

 

Open Science / Meta-science 

General
May, 2016. Assessing Science: A Perspective From The Cheap Seats
May, 2016. Why Sci-Hub Will Win
April, 2017. Notes On Anomaly Detection #1: The Dumbest Crime
April, 2017. Notes On Anomaly Detection #2: Full-Fat or Low Calorie Fraud?

GRIM
May, 2016. The GRIM test — a method for evaluating published research.
June, 2016. The GRIM test — further points, follow-ups, and future directions

SPRITE
March, 2017. Introducing SPRITE (and the Case of the Carthorse Child)
March, 2017. SPRITE Case Study #2: The Case of the Polarizing Porterhouse (And Some Updates)
March, 2017. SPRITE Case Study #3: Soup Is Good (Albeit Extremely Confusing) Food
April, 2017. SPRITE Interlude: The Umbrella Graph — Connecting GRIM and SPRITE. Also, Brunch Sucks.

 

Everything else

September, 2016. Of Course Exercise is Effective For Weight Loss, You Low-Expectation-Having Science-Allergic Triumphalist Donkeys
July, 2016.
A Brief Guide to Getting Pedantic About Language
April, 2016. A Month Among the Neon Donkeys
February, 2016. Ironing Yourself for Fun and Profit
December, 2015. The Strangest Habit I Have
November, 2015. Why Your Stir-Fries Suck and What To Do About It
November, 2015. Ten Things No-one Told You About Cooking
October, 2015. Three Ways to Stop Salami Murdering Your Very Soul
September, 2015. Hacking Your Kitchen Knife
August, 2015. Syrniki – Ukrainian Curd Pancakes
June, 2015. 5 Proper Reasons to Lose Weight
May, 2015. Nutrition is Complicated, Food is Easy
April, 2015. Leanwashing, a Very 21st Century Scam
March, 2015. Athletes Training Badly
January, 2015. The Strange Case of Liver Tablets

 

Precision Nutrition

PN do small-group nutrition coaching on a large scale. They’re one of the most honest, straightforward, results-driven, ego-allergic organisations in health and fitness, and I was supremely satisfied when they picked up this series of pieces in 2015. These are longer and more in-depth pieces on the psychology and culture of food for popular consumption.

July, 2016. Six Reasons Healthy Eating Is Harder Than You Think
January, 2016.
Five Reasons To Lose Weight
December, 2015. Clean Eating Is Bad For You

 

Alan Aragon’s Research Review

Alan Aragon’s Research Review is a monthly collection of articles by various academics, strength and conditioning experts, nutritionists and ne’er do wells like yours truly which address recently published research. Most issues span some training, some exercise physiology, some pharmacology, some nutrition, etc. – anything that could be relevant to a fitness professional or hard-training enthusiast. If your idea of light reading is similar to mine (i.e. more research), it’d definitely be your bag. All the below text is behind a paywall, but if you have more than a moderate interest in anything related to strength and conditioning, you could do a lot worse than sign up.

July, 2011. Vibration training and body fat.
August, 2011. Editor’s Cut: A procedural and methodological analysis of the Tabata protocol.
December, 2011. Cardiac autonomic dysfunction in anabolic steroid users.
March, 2012. Whole beetroot consumption acutely improves running performance.
May, 2014. How to cheat at research.
February, 2015. Just how bad is gluten?

 

Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
October, 2012. Black Sabbath and Philosophy: Mastering Reality
What I know about pop culture you could successfully use to half-fill a thimble. However, heavy metal might be the one area where I’m vaguely qualified to extend an opinion. My essay in this volume “The Worst of All Possible Worlds” explores the links between the Schopenhauer’s philosophy of music and Black Sabbath circa 1969-71. Don’t laugh, that’s actually what it’s about. It makes sense in context.

 

T-Nation

T-Nation is the big dog in the room when it comes to online fitness publishing.

September, 2011. Muscle Dysmorphia and Male Body Image
I was surprised and pleased when T-Nation immediately accepted this interview. Other fitness websites (who shall remain nameless) wouldn’t touch it – bad for business, I suppose. Muscle dysmorphia is a very real problem getting worse – think of it as inside-out anorexia, for men. It was an important piece, so I resisted the temptation to get angry about all the hairy-chested stuff they edited into it. I don’t write like that.

July, 2012. 10,000 Swings to Fat Loss
A walk-through of a recent piece of self-experimentation. The writing is mainly Craig’s. But all the sweating and shivering and crying was mine. I had a tonne of heart rate data for this piece which never made it in. Shame!

 

Breaking Muscle

Breaking Muscle is an enormous aggregation of all things fitness. It’s one of those very large sites curates so much of their own content that you’ll never know where to start. Most of it is excellent.

August, 2012. Weight Loss Lessons from a Complete Pig
An eating competition (yes, you read that right) has led me to a few insights that I was hugely pleased to find agree more or less precisely with the published research on the perception of food. I don’t think I’ll do another one of these for a while. Insight is easier without indigestion.

 

The Conversation

The Conversation is a news service written entirely by academics. These pieces are from various periods during my PhD. As expected, most of the content was on recently published research, but there are also current event articles (particularly about drugs in sport). All the below can be found here.

August, 2013. Supplementary reading: why was there no red flag at Essendon?
February, 2013. Essendon faces a doping investigation … but what are peptides?
January, 2013. Lance Armstrong says he last doped in 2005
October, 2012. The Lance Armstrong ‘witch hunt’ is over – and he’s a witch
August, 2012. Lance Armstrong drops his doping fight with USADA – what now?
August, 2012. Shot put gold medallist disqualified for doping: so what is metenolone?
July, 2012. Frank Schleck, the Tour de France and doping: so what’s xipamide?
June, 2012. Lance Armstrong charged with ‘blood doping’ and EPO-use… so how do they work?
October, 2011. Nature v nurture: score one all
September, 2011. Nightmare nightcap: how drinking affects your sleep quality
August, 2011. Tattoo you: the stick-on medical revolution

 

The Punch

The Punch was an Australian website that – as might be expected from the name – deliberately courted controversy. It was quite pulpy and the editors said yes to almost everything. I loved writing for The Punch, but like most new media ventures it didn’t last.

February, 2012. Why Do Our Universities Teach Shonky Magic?
February, 2012. The Science of Punching On
March, 2012. The Abortion Debate Goes Where It’s Never Gone Before
May, 2012. Can professional sport ever really be natural?
August, 2012. The six steps charity parasites use to get your dollars

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