There’s an exhibition at Moma at the moment called The Forever Now. It’s hooked on William Gibson’s idea of ‘atemporality’ — or the feeling of being in more than one time at once. It’s the strange sense you get from many of his books and to be honest in life — you’re never quite sure whether you’re in the […]
I’d always assumed Peter Thiel would be part of the Silicon Valley Ayn Rand fan club. But I’ve been reading Zero to One (more on this later) and he’s actually pretty damning, albeit with feint praise. “That we need individual founders in all their peculiarity does not mean that we are called to worship Ayn […]
I know this is probably very naive of me but when I was reading Sam Altman’s piece the other day about the battle for economic supremacy between China and the US, I couldn’t help thinking ‘does it really matter?’. I started wondering why we get so het up about the competitiveness of different countries. I […]
I’m off to New York today and it looks like there’s some proper weather over there. I’m going to have to get used to zero being very different in Fahrenheit to Celsius and I’m not really sure I have enough warm clothes for below -10 in real numbers. Apparently there have been some upsides though. […]
John Naughton is right — ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ on Storyville at the moment is very good. I knew some of the Aaron Swartz story but still learned a lot. He was a technical genius helping to create RSS, Reddit and the technology behind Creative Commons. The way he saw it, programming was a super power: “If […]
I went along to Change: How? yesterday — an afternoon of 100 speakers talking about democracy and politics 100 (ish) days from out UK general election. I had a few thoughts: Unsexy democratic reform is happening slowly and surely. My friend Peter Macleod told how they’ve been introducing citizen panels and juries in Canada and finding that […]
Amidst all the UK debate about businesses paying (or avoiding) tax, it was the 50th anniversary of Warren Buffett taking over as manager of Berkshire Hathaway. I was reminded of this quote from the 1998/99 annual letter to shareholders: “Writing checks to the IRS that include strings of zeros does not bother Charlie or me. […]
900 people in a cold, dark church on a Monday night listening to a grumpy Scot called Kenny (better known as King Creosote) play beautiful music on his birthday. Then you head off down the rabbit hole of exploring everything by the Fence Collective, its forebears and descendants. It never ends — in a wonderful way.