The article in Extra Newsfeed is a must read in this day and age, especially given the current situation in the US. While not all of my friends agree (here’s looking at you, Alain!), I do believe that most people hold back from a reaction for fear of condemnation … for fear of not being … Continue reading About tolerance
As Belgians, we “enjoy” a significant level of taxation. And while I, as anyone, would like to pay as little taxes as possible, it is not the level of taxation which vexes me, but the often ineffective and inefficient way in which taxes are being used. In other words, I would mind paying taxes a … Continue reading What matters about taxes
Vacation time is reading time. And I’ve built up quite a queue of Instapaper articles I needed to get through. As I was moving my archive to DevonThink, in order to be able to consult it quicker, I came across this quite old article by Clay Shirky. Titled “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable”, Shirky explains … Continue reading Clay Shirky on newspapers or really any innovative industry
I’m probably one of the more technologically inclined people within my environment. I use an iPhone, work quite a lot with an iPad as one of my main tools, communicate on WhatsApp, use markdown as a language to write documents which I export to Microsoft Word for those who have yet to master the art … Continue reading About taking notes with pen on paper
I believe I’ve linked to this article on Slate before, but even so, it’s more than worth reading. With everything going on around us, there is this tendency to think we are all the victims of circumstance and that the world is become a worse place. It isn’t. The only sound way to appraise the … Continue reading Why the world is not falling apart
Exploring the Black Box has been dormant for quite a while, with the exception of some articles on the work of Kourosh Dini. There are a number of simple reasons that led to that sorry state and will lead to this blog changing somewhat in terms of content in the near future. The first reason … Continue reading Redirecting the blog
Just read an interesting commentary on the US elections at Project Syndicate by Robert Skidelsky. Thanks to the ever vigilant Duncan Green (@fp2p on Twitter) for spotting it. Titled "Slouching towards Trump", it assesses whether Trump heralds a return to the situation of 1914. It does not according to the author, but it offers interesting … Continue reading Why this is not 1914 … or is it?