This is a question I’ve given plenty of thought to recently, in light of the centenary of World War I, the Syrian conflict and more recently the renewal of Israel-Palestine hostilities. I’ve been reading a lot of opinions on blogs and news sites. Continue reading
One of my closest and oldest friends is a Catholic priest. He’s pretty confident that he has a job for life. I hope for his sake he’s right, but computers and the internet have disrupted a lot of industries and I wonder if the Church might also be vulnerable to change. Continue reading
I just got this creepy message from Goodreads.com in my Facebook feed:
“Goodreads added something in the past to your timeline.”
How sinister is that? How can something have been added just now but in the past? Continue reading
65 million years ago an enormous lump of rock – a comet or asteroid over a mile in diameter – crashed into the Earth at enormous speed – perhaps 200 times the speed of sound – leaving a crater 193 km wide and 48 km deep.
Think about that for a moment. Continue reading
I don’t mean the kind of people who will follow you back if you follow them. I’m not talking about “Get 500 followers in 24 hours or your money back!” I’m not asking for any money in return for revealing the “secrets”.
I’m talking about real people who follow you because you have something interesting to say to them. Continue reading
If you pay attention to the news you will be told that the current generation of young people faces far greater barriers than the baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s. Social mobility is in decline, inequality is rising and big corporations increasingly run our lives.
Really? Let me give you an alternative perspective on reality. Continue reading
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Tagged Blogging, Computers, Creativity, Equality, Freedom, Happiness, Internet, Self-publishing, Technology, Twitter, Work, Writing
So, you signed up to WordPress, answered all their intrusive personal questions, got yourself a blog and an “About me” page that says:
“This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from..”
Congratulations! The hard part is over! Now all you have to do is blog. Continue reading
Brains. We all have them, but what are they for?
So I was just reading about a goldfish that can drive a car and I wondered, what if animals could talk?
What’s that? You want me to explain about the car-driving fish? Oh well it’s all here. Continue reading
The Greek number myriad means literally ten thousand, and that’s roughly how old our civilization is. 10,000 years ago, the ice sheets were retreating across Europe and North America to be replaced by forests, and in the Middle East the first civilized people were learning how to farm.
That may sound a long time ago in comparison to a single human lifespan, but as civilizations go, we are still in our infancy. That’s why I’ve decided to celebrate our first myriad. Continue reading