Echoes through time: the empires of the future

“Let us go forward as with other matters and other measures similar in aim and effect – let us go forward in malice to none and good will to all. Such plans offer far better prizes than taking away other people’s provinces or lands or grinding them down in exploitation. The empires of the future […]

London's geospatial data – @BBCNewsMagazine

A great article on the BBC News site based on a new book, London: The Information Capital  by Dr James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti. The book presents a new collection of data maps of London that demonstrate the power of spatial data.  Some, like the map showing daily commutes, are new great surprise (though beautifully […]

London’s geospatial data – @BBCNewsMagazine

A great article on the BBC News site based on a new book, London: The Information Capital  by Dr James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti. The book presents a new collection of data maps of London that demonstrate the power of spatial data.  Some, like the map showing daily commutes, are new great surprise (though beautifully […]

Echoes through time: the bitter joy of responsibility

Another stolen from Execupundit’s excellent Quote of the Day: “Adversity attracts the man of character. He seeks out the bitter joy of responsibility.” Charles de Gaulle (1890 – 1970) What a great phrase, “the bitter joy of responsibility”.

2018: the next party!

The simple spectacle of 888,246 ceramic poppies slowly flooding the Tower of London’s moat has been immensely popular and powerful. Each poppy, one for every fallen British soldier of the great War, was paid for by a member of the public.  The moat filled in the weeks leading up to 11th November (I took the above […]

The Pelican's return

Great news from the house of Penguin, via Book Mania!, Pelican Books have returned after a three decade rest. A quick trawl across my bookshelves reveals slightly yellowing Pelicans on: Psychology IQ Astronomy Einstein’s Universe the Vikings Hypnosis Scottish History Music I’m sure there are more, somewhere.      

The Pelican’s return

Great news from the house of Penguin, via Book Mania!, Pelican Books have returned after a three decade rest. A quick trawl across my bookshelves reveals slightly yellowing Pelicans on: Psychology IQ Astronomy Einstein’s Universe the Vikings Hypnosis Scottish History Music I’m sure there are more, somewhere.      

I, Roomba – Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr on the moral code of automatic vacuum cleaners. It seems that the Roomba automatic vacuum (made by a company called iRobot) suffers a similar dilemma to the automatons conceived in Asimov‘s classic, “I, Robot“.  

Speeches: Compare and Contrast

It’s not that often that we get such a direct opportunity to compare and contrast the presentation styles of our political leaders.  This article from the BBC, covering yesterday’s Annual Conference of the CBI is  interesting.  The conference was addressed by three of the UK’s leading politicians: Prime Minister David Cameron (leader of the Conservative party) […]

Language of Lying – Noah Zandan

Here’s an interesting animation from TED-Ed on the language of lies. The underlying science is fascinating but I wonder a little about the usefulness of modern, high-profile examples.  The video uses comparisons of several well-known cases such as the cyclist Lance Armstrong, analysing their speech patterns before (when lying) and after (once caught and confessing).  […]

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