Thursday, 11 February 2010


Oh, it's all fun and games until someone loses their faith.

Teaching the Cat About Mornings

I woke up; it was only fifteen minutes before the alarm went off, so my frustration at being awake in the night immediately changed to "cool! I'm alert, and I can face the day!".

Then, my cat came into the bedroom and decided to sit on my chest. So I talked to her, and stroked her, until I realised that I was trapped, and couldn't do a thing without pushing her off me. So, I gently explained what I was about to do:
"Sorry, baby, but I have to put the kettle on.."

"And now I have to put the heating on..."

"And now I have to put some trousers on..."
It's all about putting stuff on isn't it? I never realised before quite how much.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Tennage Dreams, Pt. 2

Once again. XKCD says it better than I could. It's true. I was a legend in my own mind! Everybody thought I was... a bit odd.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Friday, 5 February 2010

The Long Now

The highlight of my week (in fact, the high light of my year so far) was seeing Brian Eno, one of my all-time heroes, speak at a conference on the reform of the financial system.

The Long Now Foundation has started a Long Finance project to look at long range planning and investment. Someone who is twenty years old today, can expect to live until they are 95. So at the very least, we need a financial system that looks seventy-five years ahead. And that's only one generation.

I was very encouraged that 400 people, mostly from banking and investment, turned up for the day, and took the ideas very seriously.

Brian Eno managed to make U2 interesting. Compared to that, reforming the banking system should not be especially difficult.