Social anxiety and me

Social anxiety and me

I’m 5 years old and uncle Tommy is coming over to show his cine films. This is 1968 and it’s a big deal. If you’ve seen Mad Men you’ll get the picture. Cine films were an event because they were in colour. Our tv was black and white. Cine films...
No Retreats. No Surrender.

No Retreats. No Surrender.

I’m sitting with my eyes closed in a school hall in Dublin. Forty people I met only yesterday surround me. John Denver strums over the sound system and we’re encouraged to sing along. This is the 80’s. This is personal development. “Sweet, sweet surrender. Live, live...
Tree of Life Found in Broome Australia.

Tree of Life Found in Broome Australia.

All You Need Is A Satellite To See It. I was noodling about on google maps a couple of weeks ago looking for the regional office of a car hire firm in Australia.  What? You don’t look for car hire firms in random locations? My wife runs a migration business and she...
The battery that made me cry.

The battery that made me cry.

I’m looking at a youtube video and getting a  bit teary.  It’s not about a cute puppy or a blind beggar who plays the violin.  It’s about a battery.  A big white battery you put on the wall of your garage. The inventor says it’s like a...
Ashley Longshore interview

Ashley Longshore interview

This is a transcript from my interview with artist Ashley Longshore. You can listen to the interview here. I’m very happy to be talking to Ashley longshore today. Normally I introduce the people I’m chatting with but today I’m going to let one...
Paddy Da Vinci & The Meaning of Life

Paddy Da Vinci & The Meaning of Life

Once upon a time in renaissance Italy, Paddy Da Vinci traded in art supplies. He came to Florence from Dublin at the invitation of his famous cousin Leonardo.  In no time he is the top supplier to all the great artists of the day.  Paint mixing, canvas making, picture...
Using game theory to keep politicians honest

Using game theory to keep politicians honest

Here is a possible intermediary step on the road to direct governance. This is a great article by Carmen Yarrusso from Truth Out. What started as a somewhat complex mathematical analysis of the game of politics using game theory (the mathematical study of strategic...
Nifty Daft Punk Medley on RimbaTubes

Nifty Daft Punk Medley on RimbaTubes

This young chap is called Snubby J (aka Kent Jenkins). In this clever video he is playing the Daft Punk summer hit “Get Lucky” on his home-crafted PVC Pipe Instrument called Rimba Tubes.   I mostly like it because he is so joyful.  What do you think? Share...
Beauty

Beauty

This is a great talk from model, Cameron Russell. I like the way she demystifies the beautiful people and conveys her discomfort with a society that rewards her for winning a DNA lottery. Mostly I like her because of her humanity and because she’s a bit goofy....