Maybe being unfocused is a good thing

So, I’m someone who has always been too curious for his own good. Just in the past few weeks I have been trying to learn how to pick locks, make soap and build an aquaponic setup. And those are just the things I can link to (follow me on Instagram). I’ve often...

When time became ubiquitous

So I’ve just finished Longitude by Dava Sobel, a great history of the struggle to create a reliable method of calculating longitude. It was a quest that lasted for hundreds of years, fuelled by rivalry, prejudice, discovery and war (also, a smidge of science)....

A utopian plan to tackle tax evasion

The hidden wealth of nations by Gabriel Zucman lays a great foundation for understanding the origins of tax havens and profit shifting, what drives them, and a possible solution. I’ve talked a bit about what makes it possible, and the coverage of the Panama...

The story behind piracy is more complicated than you think

How did we get to a point where piracy is the default? What drives the millions who consume without paying, without even considering it? How did their tools and methodologies come into being? The answers are varied, often simplistic, largely informed by ideology,...

The Fish that Ate the Whale

Have you ever read a biography of someone you have never heard of? I think this may be my first. I’ve often thought it was the whole point of a biography; to see someone or something that you admire, and want to know how it happened to be. The tales of Adam...