'Big Society' and the Pitfalls of Centralised Measurements

I have always had an eversion to the idea of a large state. The idea that citizens of a nation are controlled by the state repells me. That said, I also try to fight the temptentaion to believe that a nation with little to no government interfearence is the pefect…

politics, charity, government, management

Progressive Atrophy of Common Sense (part IV)

On the 11th of February in Atlanta the CEO of MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) announced they were changing the name of their 'yellow line' to the 'gold line'. Sounds like some dull uninspired marketing ploy by the latest soulless intern doesn't it? If only that was the depth…

racism, equality, common sense, debate

Why Think When You Can Just Click?

As the internet becomes ever more popular and ever more useful those that make use of it are no longer limited to the "Tech Savvy". A large amount of internet users today may even consider themselves technophobes, people who struggle with technical jargon and computer concepts. This is not news…

technology, internet, UX

Time to Face the Music

I'd like to give my 2 pence on the Roman Polanski affair. For those unfamiliar see this for an account of his recent arrest and this for the transcripts of the trial in the 70s. The facts are as followed: (For a more complete time-line see this) Roman Polanski was…

law, rape, debate, film

Progressive Atrophy of Common Sense (part III)

PINK magazine editor Cynthia Good has managed to persuade Atlanta city council to part with $1,000 in order to change 50 'Men at Work' signs. Public Works Commissioner Joe Basistatold FOXNews.com "It seemed like the right thing to do" City union leader Gina Pagnotta claimed female public workers…

sexism, common sense, debate

Sport: A Eulogy

Last year Oscar Pistorius was refused clearance by the IAAF to compete in the 2008 Olympics. This was one of the very few triumphs of common sense last year. However, roll on 2008 and on the 16th of May the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned this ruling. One…

sport, athletics, debate