Category: thinking too loud

  • The End of the Obama Presidency

    Today marks the end of the Obama presidency, and in some ways, it seems to mark the end of an era – or perhaps more pessimistically, the respite from the decline of an era that effectively ended with the events of September 11th, 2001. Perhaps we’d been to unwilling to admit it over the last […]

  • Thinking about house prices

    Since Time is Money – money representing a token of value for the time you spend doing something – in theory you should be able to substitute either one for the other, right? Like, if you had all the time in the world, you could in theory make the thing you’re buying instead of paying […]

  • Patrick Rothfuss’ Thoughts on Pratchett

    Patrick Rothfuss writes on Terry Pratchett’s passing – and interestingly, he’s writing as a fan, not a “fellow writer”: Odds are, if you know much anything about me, you know I’ve been a fan of Pratchett for years. If you follow me on goodreads you’ve seen me write reviews so gushy that they border on the inarticulate. […]

  • Robin Williams, Vale

    Walking into work yesterday, I decide to open Twitter to check for news before I get in, and I see a line I never wanted to see – Robin Williams, RIP. No, no, no, no, no, no, this has to be a hoax, surely? But I get to my desk and check, there’s multiple sources […]

  • Rememberance Day

    On the 95th anniversary of the Armistice of “The Great War”, words composed early on in that grand folly are recalled: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will […]

  • Mercantile

    Interesting article over on Satyajit Das’s blog on China and its place in the global economy today – especially the opening insight: China’s economic model is reminiscent of 17th century mercantilist policies. Thomas Mun, a Director of the East India Company, in England’s Treasure by Foreign Trade (1664), wrote that the purpose of trade was […]

  • Crisis! The Mega Musical

    You almost want to set a musical to images like those found at this brand-spanking-new tumbl-log. I’ve largely tried to stay out of saying anything on this “credit crisis” because there are far more credible experts out there, such as Nobel Laureates who blog (a first?). However, it’s getting to the point where I just […]

  • Time flying like a banana

    “Mate, it’s almost Christmas soon.” Shit. There goes another year. It’s October again, all of a sudden, and I’m just wondering what happened to the months Feb – Sep inclusive. 2007, which feels like I’ve only just gotten used to writing, is about to disappear – a couple of months to go yet, sure but […]

  • 4th Quarter Resolution

    Primary Rule of Writing: Show, don’t tell. Resolution: Stick to it, for frig’s sake.

  • Theory of Smartness

    I have a theory as to why it was the English, and the Europeans more generally, who came to dominate the world, instead of say some racial group from the tropics, say. Something set these guys apart – something made them go out to other places and take over, something made them the inventive people […]