Social Media and Us

Social Media and Us

Oct 18

The results of our intuitions do not always or even often – and for some, less so than others – match those of reflective reasoning. That, combined with the biased summarisation and brevity of social media, is the source of outrage culture; it is what feeds internet tribalism and the inevitable schism of those tribes. Along with physical, geographic separation and varying levels of...

On the realpolitik of office coffee.

On the realpolitik of office coffee.

Jun 18

Coffee. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the coffee Nespresso. The coffee extends life. The coffee expands consciousness. A product of Java, the black bean juice, stains the lips of the developers but allows them to be human computer programmers, as thinking in machine language has almost become the law. The coffee is vital to internet travel. The IS department and...

Doing everything with nothing

Doing everything with nothing

Jun 15

“We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, have done so much with so little for so long, that now we are qualified to do everything with nothing.” – Harold Jones, Maryland National Bank, 1978 I love that quote (the Mr. Harold Jones version…), it reminds me so much of my early… well, OK, pretty much entire career in software development. I have always had to make do...

The idiocy of people, part #2

The idiocy of people, part #2

May 04

Imagine, for a moment, the distance between your nipples. On Friday night a couple of friends, my wife and I went for drinks at an establishment called “Cobblestone Pub” inside a cozy little place called Monte Casino. Actually, we were planning on going to a place called @Monte but upon arrival found the air in the place to be dank with the scent of overdrawn credit cards and perfume...

The idiocy of people, part #1

The idiocy of people, part #1

May 02

I recently had the burning desire to replace my Virgin Money credit card. Little did I know that these masochistic tendencies would be too much for me to bear. On the 13th of April I phone the Virgin Money call centre to start the process of replacing my credit card. The call centre answers, we have a relatively pleasant conversation. By that I mean that the conversation didn’t immediately...

The brutal struggle of urban existence

The brutal struggle of urban existence

Apr 27

Today is a public holiday in the rainbow nation. No, I’m not entirely sure which one nor do I have the inclination to find out. To add to the cluster fu… frenzy at the malls, it is also raining; this is significant since the population of Johannesburg immediately lose the ability to drive or think when H20 falls from the sky in any quantity. We met with some of the family for...