The European Central Bank launched a programme of quantitative easing to the tune of 60 billion euros every month. The logic appears solid at first – it seems to have worked in America, so why not in Europe? Because America’s problem was … Continued
Thanks to quantum physics, we’re now able to name a phenomenon literally older than mankind. I’ve just invented Schrödinger’s farts – farts that exist in several states of matter simultaneously, until measured.
If you want to get anything done, there are two basic ways to get yourself to do it. The first, more popular and devastatingly wrong option is to try to motivate yourself. The second, somewhat unpopular and entirely correct choice is to … Continued
I want to direct a movie where the trailer shows only zombies, and the first five minutes are indeed the standard prelude to apocalypse. But then, five minutes in, patient zero is shot and the rest of the movie is … Continued
An old schoolmate of mine, an Arabist, now teaches in Egypt. We had a fascinating talk about the situation there and it was extremely interesting to hear some first-hand accounts. He made a point that I believe is worth typing out for the … Continued
There are certain topics on which, agreement among reasonably intelligent humans is nearly universal. Taxes come to mind. Apparent disagreements tend to be the result of simple inconsistency and double standards – for instance, the universal opinion on taxes is that … Continued
To both of my loyal readers, one of whom is me, I wish happy, peaceful holidays, hopefully approximating the ideal of quiet reflection. The inevitable gluttony, when properly rationed, is also a vital part of it. This is what the … Continued
On a winter’s day, I looked out of the window and was overcome with a sense of sentimental love for the 20 kilometer radius I so far spent most of my life in. “My body”, I thought in a moment … Continued