The Joneses

The reality of my existence is that it is judged not based on what I have, but what I have relative to you. Vice versa, what you care about is owning nicer stuff than me. We each think about our position in life not by where we sit on the overall spectrum but by how …

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All change

Look at the chart above, showing human population over time. Take a few seconds. Just bananas, right? Something has changed. Homo sapiens go back 300,000 years, there or thereabouts. It took us almost all of that 300,000 years to reach the first billion people. The second billion? Just 130 years. The third? 30. The fourth? …

A necessary evil?

Look at the picture. Vogue. Hyundai. TDK. Samsung. Coke and McDonald's of course. Think about your journey through a typical day. Billboards. TV. Podcasts. Magazines. Basically all of the internet. Each laden with marketing messages. And because I'm cheap, even this blog is flashing ads at you. Sorry about that. I'm starting to think that …

Normalised

"I, Pencil, am a complex combination of miracles" Leonard E. Read I saw a tweet today complaining that there was no snow, although snow was expected as per Michael Fish (or his modern day equivalent). Essentially, the tweeter was annoyed that we cannot predict future weather everywhere with 100% accuracy. It is amazing how easily we …