Productivity hack: How to copy blocks of text from Kindle using Scanbot

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Productivity | 2 Comments
Productivity hack: How to copy blocks of text from Kindle using Scanbot

Ebooks. Look but don’t touch! Ebooks are great. The convenience of having searchable text with me at all times has even been enough to make me grudgingly buy kindle versions of books that I’d already bought in paper form. However ebooks are not without their frustrations. Despite having all that text on your screen you’re […]

Boris Johnson celebrates misemployment and rent-seeking

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Commentary, Podcast and Radio | No Comments
Boris Johnson celebrates misemployment and rent-seeking

Counting billionaires must be one of the Mayor of London’s most important responsibilities. Why else would Boris Johnson have raised the topic only twenty seconds into his interview with Stephen Dubner on the Freakonomics podcast? Johnson boasted that London is home to 72 billionaires, versus 43 in New York, 18 in Paris and 40 in […]

A watery future? Sea level will rise by 25 metres, eventually

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Climate, Earth | 2 Comments
A watery future? Sea level will rise by 25 metres, eventually

David Hume wrote in 1777 that “all inferences from experience suppose … that the future will resemble the past”.  This is a natural human tendency and a pretty good rule of thumb, but it has its limitations. Take the example of sea level. It has altered very little in the last 6,000 years, the period during […]