rants

On Jobs (not Steve)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Unemployment Rate of Selected EU Countries (source: Google Public Data) People who religiously adhere to, or defend a doctrine are to be treated with suspicion. Nowhere [more...]

Musings on Economic Inequality

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

One of the most fascinating machines I've tried to understand recently is the way we allocate scarce resources - economics. It is interesting for many reasons, and one of them is... [more...]

Gun Control

Monday, January 17, 2011 // 6 Comments

Guns will always be a controversial subject. For the record, I think guns are really cool. I've never owned a gun, and before living briefly in the US have never lived in a culture where gun ownership or use was widespread. [more...]

Christmas Post

Friday, December 24, 2010 // 4 Comments

Christmas is a funny time of the year. First I am struck by the prevalence of some rather silly political correctness that I encounter in all sorts of funny places. I welcome any arguments to the contrary, [more...]

Wishlist – The World

Monday, September 27, 2010 // 2 Comments

I'm not happy with the world. I should be more specific - the world is great, but I'm not happy about the way humans conduct themselves while they are on it. It's no secret that I have a strong [more...]

Bad Advice Part 1: Fitness

Monday, September 13, 2010 // 1 Comment

In catching up with old friends in Melbourne, I have noticed a curious trend. Ordinarily, when one catches up with old friends after being overseas for an extended period, one is asked mostly about [more...]

Partij voor de Vrijheid

Saturday, June 12, 2010 // 4 Comments

Dutch election results by municipality Contrary to popular belief, I don’t like to be nasty to people. While it is certainly true that I have a pugnacious side to my [more...]

Obligatory Rant

Friday, June 4, 2010 // 2 Comments

beyone petroleum… but not bullshit It’s that time of the year again, and I am once again in a reflective mood about the state of the world in which we live. That [more...]

Musings on Torrents

Monday, May 31, 2010 // 0 Comments

File exchange on a distributed network Torrents are wonderful things. For those who are unfamiliar (and it is entirely possible to be unfamiliar yet still be a regular user), [more...]

Earth Day

Saturday, April 24, 2010 // 2 Comments

Eyjafjallajokull – try saying that 10 times in a hurry It has come to my attention that today is Earth Day… or perhaps it was yesterday, or the day before. In [more...]

Change

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

“The only unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain”, so said John F. Kennedy once. Every now and then, one passes through an anniversary [more...]

A Perspective on Economics

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 // 5 Comments

So I want to save the world right. Turns out the world is a very complicated thing and, in order to have any hope of fixing its problems, one must understand many different [more...]

On Conservatism

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 // 1 Comment

I have recently been occupied in “discussions” on the internet with people who identify with conservatism. Previously, I simply believed conservatism to be a [more...]

Airport Security Rant

Monday, June 11, 2007 // 0 Comments

I’m sitting in transit in Auckland International Airport (can anyone think of another city that ends in “land”?). I just had my toothpaste confiscated. Now, [more...]

World Cup

Monday, July 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this, so I thought i’d join the bandwagon. Yes, I watched most of the games. Yes, I believe that Australia got robbed because it [more...]