Counterpoint

Six of the best

You don’t need to be a political junkie to be at least vaguely aware of what our honorable members are up to in the corridors…

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Artificial untelligence

After many, many years it came time to upgrade my “mobile”. I had grown attached to the old one. It took photos, sent messages and…


Plutonic relationships

Chernobyl in Ukraine, site of a notorious nuclear reactor disaster 36 years ago, was invaded by Russian forces on day one of the latest war…


Beauty and the bloke

It’s fascinating to watch instincts and conditioning at work. A trend appears. It grows into a movement then becomes irritating enough for another group to…


Conflicting traditions

Easter here this year was almost normal, but for the people of Ukraine it is another matter. With churches in ruins thanks to the invading…


It’s double or nothing

People aren’t cut out to understand very large or very small numbers, at least not with any sense of scale. Once you look a few…


An apple for teacher

A friend mentioned a conversation with a young workmate where the subject of superannuation came up. The young fellow, in his final year at high…


The fun in fungible

It looks like the cloud really does has a silver lining … if you believe the hype around the rise of NFTs. They are apparently…


Reach for the pi!

Recently I celebrated with a pizza pie – that’s American for pizza – to mark Pi Day, the day all Americans celebrate pi. As every…


Feeling half empty

The dire state of affairs in Europe is putting nuclear-armed superpowers on tenter hooks, the effects of climate change are coming through the door with…