Category

General

Category

The most recommended are in bold, with some exposition on the most mentionable. Best book of the year: The Ministry for the Future History / now—ish The Pillars of the EarthThe ForestDoomsday Book — I first read one of Connie Wills historical fictions which use time-travel as a device* to explore the past years ago and wanted to return. At the start of lockdown I read this for some escapism.. only to promptly discover it…

“The United States is such an outlier that it can no longer be used as a normative data-point for Western civilisation.” America now is just weird. As such comparisons with America and the rest of the West don’t shed much light. The USA shows what happens after positive feedback loops are left unchecked, but if we’re trying to look at anything routine (eg healthcare, prisons, food systems, environment, economy, democracy, defence, foreign policy, transport, urban…

I’ve struggled with the word ‘love’ since forever. A word which can describe a feeling for which you will give your all, and then describe how you feel about chocolate ice-cream is too vague to be useful. As a word is seems to exist at the far end of many continuums, and change in relation to its objects. I’ve even tried card games with people to arrange a set of related words to better understand…

I meant to make this weekly but realised I wasn’t reading enough each week. In the August inbox cleanse, here are some of the more interesting articles I’ve read in the last 18 months. Bold = more interesting. Review of blockchain consensus mechanismsFuture of HQ TriviaRelationship questions for everyone109 Mental models for intelligent decisionsThe Most Gullible Man in CambridgePick a dollar amount. You receive that amount as long as most people pick a higher amount.It’s…

Maybe,Thought the CreatorWho knew everythingExcept when To use a new line -Or a capital For that matter – MaybeWe are the Mink. CondemnedOn every pathway.Worked to the bone they canCreate things of durable beauty But if free, wont to untold savagery.The Mink strives. — https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/marauding-minks/