Why is the war in Iraq still going on

There are some unbelievably heart wrenching photographs on the internet showing the grief of people at the loss of a loved one during the Iraq war. It makes me cry even though I do not have anybody even remotely related to me who has been killed in this war. This picture of a girl lying […]

Greed drives the financial markets

Greed makes the world go round, the world go round, the world go round! It can also kill the world. An interesting article in the Independent, which should be compulsory reading,  written by a person who worked on Wall Street makes for an eye-opener of a read. This quote from the article is what made […]

How to forget a loss of $1 billion – easy if you are Goldman Sachs

Creative accounting. That’s how it’s done. An excellent article in Huffington Post, which should be compulsory reading by all citizens of the Western World, spells out how the likes of Goldman Sachs do it. Out of the several exposés provided I’m just going to shine a bit of light on the first one that Arianna […]

Social media may put back political power into the hands of the people

The Twitter Revolution which played out in Moldova recently is an indication of things to come. It’s an example of how the power of social media may be used to influence the thinking of people. There have been fun get-togethers before where social media was used to create awareness of an event and invite participation. […]

Fun toys or maybe the next big technology thing

Watching what my younger daughter gets up to in geekland is always interesting. She is one of the early adopters of digital technology. Thanks to her I have been a Twitter member since January 2007, months after she had joined of course, and had a page on Facebook before most other Old Timers. An iPhone […]

We reward bad behaviour

Listening to the UK’s Classic FM today, a dramatic and thundering rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto by the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Herbert von Karajan and pianist Yevgeny Kissin gave me goose bumps. It also reminded me of a recent article on von Karajan in the newspaper. Celebrations of von Karajan’s 100th birth […]