Monthly Archives: December 2019

Advertising and public spaces

“When you walk down the street, how can you feel happy if you’re constantly being reminded of what you don’t have? Advertising breaks your spirit, confuses you about what you really need and distracts you from real problems, like the … Continue reading

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Work and success

David Heinemeier Hansson, on Twitter: Oh for fucks sake 🙄. Don’t sacrifice your 20s – or any other decade of life! – on the erroneous belief that unless you work round the clock, you’re not going to be “successful”. The … Continue reading

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Rent-seeking can ruin even the most elegant digital experiences

Possibly the worst-designed payments experience I know of, at the recent U2 concert in Bombay: …customers were required to register (with a name, phone number etc) and then pre-load the card. It was announced that the pre-loading could be done … Continue reading

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Solar in India

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists profiles India’s pivot away from coal towards renewable, especially solar energy: India entered the first decade of the 21st-century on a path of massive coal-fired power generation investment, with plans reaching over 600 gigawatts. … Continue reading

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“India’s Great Slowdown”

Paper (URL, PDF) by Arvind Subramanian, India’s former Chief Economic Advisor, and Josh Felman, former IMF representative to India. Part of the abstract: In the immediate aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), two key drivers of growth decelerated. Export … Continue reading

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Driving in the Bahamas

Although traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road most vehicles are imported from the United States and are left hand drive.When driving abroad in the Bahamas you should therefore exercise caution, especially when overtaking. – Driver Abroad. No … Continue reading

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Delivery workers collaborate via Whatsapp and Google Maps to keep themselves safe

In Mexico City: Delivery workers across Mexico are under severe pressure. Fatal crashes are a known risk, and reports of robberies are practically a daily occurrence. To protect themselves and each other, delivery workers are turning to messaging apps and … Continue reading

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 For example, it is quite common for people in the West, including fairly well educated people to lump together Indian and Chinese civilizations as representative of some sort of “eastern” mode of civilization. This, however, greatly misinterprets both Indian and … Continue reading

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Did not know this about the CFA franc currency: …established in 1945, the CFA franc is used in two African monetary zones, one for eight west African countries and the other for six mostly petro-states in central Africa. Since 1999, … Continue reading

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Right to Repair

…modern farm equipment is getting harder and harder to fix because manufacturers such as John Deere won’t give farmers or independent mechanics access to what they need to repair the equipment outside of their dealerships.  This is especially true of the software … Continue reading

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