Essays represent my most closely argued and deeply researched online muse & reason. If you are looking for shorter or less scholarly reads, please peruse my articles. Else you can read my jottings for a collection of random scribblings.
- Intellectual WarehouseIn a recent article, The Memex Method, Cory Doctorow unpacked the notion of making a public database of your commonplace book. The idea is based on Vannevar Bush’s 1945 ‘As We May Think,’ in which Dr. Bush posited the idea of a memory expander: Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort … Read more
- Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – PoliticalContinuing from my recent essay, Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Environmental, I thought I should give some space to the political dimenion of Bitcoins dirty little secrets. Since the white paper was first published under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, the central premise (pun intended) of Bitcoin has been that: A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash … Read more
- Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – EnvironmentalIt is with no small degree of interest that I have been watching Doug Belshaw’s latest side project unfold, extinction.fyi. I have long been concerned with the negative human impact on our environment and while I am some way off from thinking the world is on fire, it is clear that business as usual is going … Read more
- Constantine: Divine Emperor or Christian Saint?The pulvinar was the consecrated bed, on which the images of the gods reposed. To this bed the early Roman Emperors only repaired in the long sleep of death, conscious of the fate which had befallen their progenitor Julius. Recognition by the Senate as divus was a posthumous honour, termed consecratio, following a good reign. … Read more
- Company MenIn Calcutta a statue was erected to Lord Bentinck, Governor-General of India. Its inscription bears citing at length as it is testament to the moral zeitgeist with which the British believed their empire to be infused: [To]William Cavendish Bentinck, who during seven years ruled India with eminent prudence, integrity, and benevolence; who, placed at the … Read more
- Madmen Raging Against the SacredFirst, let me thank you for the wonderful comments I have received, asking how I have been and why I have not written something for what seems like a long while… It has been an unpardonably long silence since I last wrote an article for this blog, but it has been writing, I am very … Read more