Category: Life

Thoughts from my life, thoughts about general life.

Child watching TV

Harry Potter vs SpongeBob: the great gulf between children’s books and shows

Over the years, there has been a growing disparity in profundity between children’s books and children’s shows. This is a problem. On screen, when we feed our young ones with inanity, we starve them of thoughtful entertainment and do them a disservice. But what can we do about it?

Keyboard And Cursor

Advertising: the great justifier for all that’s stupid on the Internet

Why do people write fake news? And why do people keep trying to get attention via doing outrageous things on the Internet? While some people really are just nuts, for others, they do it for the lure of advertising revenue.

Photo by Edwin Andrade on Unsplash

How school helped us get to a post-truth world

As students, we are told to build a theory, an argument, or a philosophy—and then, once we have an idea, to go find the facts to legitimise it. Is this a good idea?

Does the Nobel Peace Prize even mean anything anymore? (Hint: it doesn’t.)

This year, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize. But given the state of nuclear tension between the U.S. and North Korea, is it even reasonable to award them the prize?

Apple on Desk. Photo by JJ Thompson on Unsplash.

The real reason we have school

Does anybody remember how to do quadratics? Me neither, and I’m doing it right now. If school isn’t about learning subjects to use in our future careers, what is is for?

Plugging out

Music: a private thing or a communal one?

These days, music is a private thing, a thing you do with headphones on by yourself. But is it always that way?

Drink, Kindle and Notebook

How doing nothing, really, is actually doing something

Many people have heard the (re)phrase, “don’t just do something, stand there!” But isn’t “standing there” doing something?

LED Lights

Coloured Lights

Besides Christmas lights and disco balls, lights are almost always yellow. Why?


How the Internet is making us all extremists

Let’s be clear: extremism doesn’t begin with a pulled trigger. It ends there. And the Internet, despite all the wonders it has done for the world, has probably been one of the best incubators for extremist thought.


Are handcrafted items really better than machine-made ones?

For the most part, while people love and adore handmade goods, their enthusiasm for machine made goods (save phones, perhaps) is far less. Why is that so? And is there really the difference between the two?