That’s the outline of Andy Weir’s latest novel, Artemis. He previously wrote the bestseller, The Martian, which later became a movie featuring Matt Damon. As you can tell, Weir loves to tell stories about space travel. But more than that, he brings a realism to his stories that given them a strong sense of plausibility. In fact, with Artemis he even wrote a blog about how the economy of a moon colony (Artemis) would work (it would survive on tourism). Continue reading “Heard About the Saudi Woman On the Moon?”
Having just watched “The Black Panther”, I’m in the mood for comic heroes. It’s an awesome movie. I would’ve written a blog on it were it not for so many well-written pieces out already (here and here). Instead, I’m going talk about comic books…
I love graphic novels, but have never really got into superhero comics. That’s changed after reading this stunning 12-part comic series. It’s called Vision and is written by Tom King and inked by Michael Walsh and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. Continue reading “I Had A Vision Of An Awesome Comic Book”
Words have been a primal force of humanity for thousands of years. Take the famous line from the bible “In the beginning, there was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (Gospel of John, 1:1).This clearly emphasises the immense power of words.
The Original Civilisation
The Ancient Egyptian civilisation that stretched from 3,000 BCE to 300 BCE was one of the earliest known civilisations (along with the Mesopotamians). It the one of the longest lasting, the first to have one government rule an entire nation and produced awe-inspiring architecture. Even so, it’s hard to imagine the world four or five thousand years ago.
To provide context, this was a time before Plato, Caesar, and Jesus. Continue reading “Have You Read the Ancient Book Of the Dead? (3 min read)”
“President Chaos” and a return to Congressional government The piece argues that it has only been since FDR’s election in the 1930s that the US government has become so President-centric, before that Congress drove policy. The authors argue we could be seeing a return to that mode especially if the recent bipartisan core that ended the shutdown endures. Continue reading “8 Articles From Around the Web That Caught My Eye”
I recently read a striking front-page manifesto from the Chinese Communist Party published in China’s People’s Daily. I Google translated it, edited and picked out the following highlights:
Historic turning point
October 2017 will be remembered in history as the golden autumn. The Chinese Communist Party, one of the largest political parties and most successful Marxist ones, has brought the world’s attention to China’s new era. Continue reading “China’s Dream Factory (3 min read)”
Speech given to the management team of a global multinational earlier this week. I’ve left out content that I covered in a previous speech
Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal with Elon Musk, famously said that we were promised flying cars and we got 140 characters. This touches on the dichotomy between the world of atoms (the physical realm) and the world of bits (the digital realm). The tech revolution of recent decades has focused on evaporating physical products from books to music to films into the digital ether. This has transformed those industries in terms of content generation, distribution and the ability to scale, but our physical worlds still kinda feel the same. Continue reading “I Don’t Want Tweets, I Want Flying Cars (4 min read)”
I’m well-travelled, I read a lot and I take a keen interest in the non-mainstream, yet until recently I had no idea that Europe had a Buddhist nation. The Republic of Kalmykia is that nation. It is an autonomous region in Russia, the size of Scotland and has a population of 290,000 people. It is located near Ukraine (to its west), Georgia (to its south) and the Caspian Sea (to its west).
You may wonder why it’s Buddhist. It is not because nation recently discovered the wonders of mindfulness, Deepak Chopra and yoga, Continue reading “The Most Curious Nation On Earth”
I get it, I get it. Donald Trump has no attention span, doesn’t read, doesn’t listen, obsesses about the media, eats fast food, watches too much TV, speaks before he thinks and acts impulsively. That’s what commentators have concluded on the release of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”. I’ve now read the book, and it’s certainly true that Wolff does everything he can to present Trump in that way.The trouble is no story is ever that clear.
I like to make my big resolutions in spring as the weather (and sunlight) are more conducive to keeping them, but now is a good time to get some starter resolutions going – not least because the days are getting longer (yeah!) and it’s a new year! So here are my three for the start of 2018: Continue reading “My 3 Resolutions For 2018”