How To Have a Coup In a Democracy (2 mins)

I had great fun reading a 1982 novel called A Very British Coup by a former UK politician Chris Mullin. It charts the stunning rise (and fall) of Harry Perkins, a left-wing anti-establishment leader of the Labour Party. It may not be the most well-written book and some bits are dated, but its plot seems remarkably prescient in a world where the UK’s Labour Party has Jeremy Corbyn as its leader and the US is led by Donald Trump.

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Yikes! My Phone Died (and How I Survived)

It happened while on holiday. I dropped my iPhone in the salty sea, my phone got soaked, end of phone. I’ve been iPhone-less for over a week now. That means no WhatsApp, no social media, no Google Maps, no newsfeeds and no camera. I’ve had to resort to using my “back-up” old-school Nokia (pictured) – it can make calls and its battery lasts forever, but that’s about all it can do.

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What Creatives Can Teach Us At Work (5 min read)

I’m always intrigued by how one succeeds in industries outside of finance. Take the creative sector, it is filled with photographers, designers, artists and directors, surely they need a different ethos to us desk-bound numbers-obsessed financiers. It turns out the fundamentals could be more similar than one would think. I came across a set interviews of “creatives” in a publication produced by “Lecture in Progress”. These interviews were aimed at giving advice to other creatives, but they could just easily work for any industry: Continue reading “What Creatives Can Teach Us At Work (5 min read)”

Would You Trust “Doctor Artificial Intelligence”? (2 min read)

If you want to sound clever and entrepreneurial, just slip the words “machine learning”, “neural networks”, or “big data” into your conversations. Most people will pretend to know what you’re talking about and sound impressed. It makes it even easier, then, to simply re-label existing quantitative work as “machine learning” or “big data” and enjoy the halo effect. I should of course add that all my research is based on deep learning techniques using big data 🙂

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How To Make Your Brain Run FAST (2 min read)

I’ve been thinking a lot of about how I can learn better. While I’ve “learnt” lots of subjects at school or at work, I’ve never really learnt how to learn. I’ve written about this topic in the past, yet I’m constantly looking to learn new techniques. One new technique I’ve recently learnt was from an interview of Jim Kwik, an expert in accelerated learning. He talks about how “to learn anything faster, you just remember FAST”, where FAST stands for: Continue reading “How To Make Your Brain Run FAST (2 min read)”

The Five Types Of Trump Supporters (3 min read)

It’s easy to stereo-type the supporters of American presidents. I remember when Obama was in office his supporters were called “latte-drinking, Prius-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies”. I’ll leave it to your imagination on what the stereotype is for Trump supporters, but a new research report questioned 8,000 Trump supporters to determine how they could be characterised. Using cluster-analysis, the report found there are 5 types of Trump supporters: Continue reading “The Five Types Of Trump Supporters (3 min read)”

Who Governs Britain? (5 min read)

A hung parliament, a disgruntled working class, terrorist attacks, immigration fears, a country torn on its relationship with Europe, and a US administration under investigation make a startling backdrop. And that was just 1974.

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4 Eating Hacks That Could Make You Live Longer ( 2 min read)

Dr Rhonda Patrick is a biochemist and expert on diet and ageing. I recently listened to a talk of hers. My ears perked up two hours into it, when she described 4 simple changes to one’s diet that could dramatically improve your health. Here they are: Continue reading “4 Eating Hacks That Could Make You Live Longer ( 2 min read)”