Every time I learn something new,
it pushes some old stuff out of my brain

Homer Simpson

God in the machine


Are you anxious about what the future holds and the rate at which technology, especially Artificial Intelligence, is advancing? What happens when we’re no longer the most intelligent beings on the planet?

Everything is accumulative: building good habits to move beyond willpower


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle This post is an exploration of positive and negative accumulation — that is, the effect of doing something (however small or seemingly irrelevant) regularly to the point that its effects compound over time. For me, this often revolves around learning a skill, but I think it’s equally relevant for lifestyle...

What are the rules of good photography?


The rules are a good starting point with photography, but as with anything, it’s often useful to know and understand the rules before then figuring out how best to bend or break them – the best photography can often go against those rules! 1: Shoot with the light behind you to light the subject This is a classic, and I’ve had this one quoted to me many times when taking photographs at...

What course should I go for, industrial design or automotive design?


I’m just going to put it out there: if you have a choice between the two, choose Industrial Design. Here’s a few reasons: Keep education broad first; specialise later It’s pretty well established that as you proceed up the academic ladder, your field of interest narrows — so a PhD thesis is usually based around a very well defined field of study, allowing the student to demonstrate a great deal...

What are some lesser-known sights to see in London?


Allow me, if you will, to take you on a whistle-stop tour of London places as seen in films and TV — some of these sights are less known than others, but they’re all connected as locations for filming, and therefore (for me at least) have inherent interest. Let’s assume you arrive at Kings Cross (31 million people pass through every year, so it’s a decent probability). You’d be remiss...

The Privileged Few


Looking around my pleasant apartment in Salisbury I notice a tasteful array of softly-hued furniture around me, wooden floors, a Persian rug and a gentle warm light by which I can write. Although I’m in the centre of town, the double glazing keeps the noise out — as well as the recent autumnal chill. I read recently that the richest 85 people in the world own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion...

The Art of Continual Self Development


I sat in a camping chair within the base of a wide valley in North America – the towering dark shape of austere, snow capped mountains just a fringe to the infinitely vast ocean of stars above. The warmth of the campfire playfully singed my legs, the cool of a clear, open night sky gently resting on my face as I stared upwards. In that moment, facing a sea of stars, the question echoed into...

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