Category Archives: Geeky Musings

Thinking aloud about all manner of voodoo and geekery from resident Club Troppo geeks.

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly design mistakes: or at least of repeating them

Here are a few gripes about really stupid things. I’m back to Android (the new LG built Nexus 5X)  and much happier than with my iPhone. But why (oh why) when you press and hold the ‘on/off’ switch and the ‘power off’ … Continue reading

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Surprises of the Internet

With the Internet being a regular feature of our lives for about 20 years now, what have been the related developments that were hard to pick at the outset? What are the lessons? Five thoughts: Communication and personal expression is … Continue reading

Posted in Best From Elsewhere, Business, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, History, Information, Innovation, IT and Internet, Libertarian Musings, Miscellaneous, Philosophy, Political theory, Public and Private Goods, Science | 21 Comments

The sharing economy: Panel discussion at Grattan

Above is a panel discussion on the sharing economy with Jim Minifie, Ian Harper and me. There was a lot of good feedback on it after the event, so I was pleased to see it up on the Grattan website.

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Open Data and the G20

From a recent column for the AFR. The report can be downloaded here. Earlier this year our Treasurer, Joe Hockey, led the G20 Finance Ministers to pledge lifting GDP by 2 percent over ‘business as usual’ over the next five … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, Innovation, IT and Internet | 7 Comments

Predictions versus outcomes in 2013?

In the last 5 years, I have made a point of giving clear predictions on complex socio-economic issues. I give predictions partially to improve my own understanding of humanity: nothing sharpens the thoughts as much as having to actually predict … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Competitions, Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, History, Life, Miscellaneous, Philosophy, Politics - international, Politics - national, regulation, Science, Society | 5 Comments

The Xmas quiz answers and discussion

Last Monday I posted 4 questions to see who thought like a classic utilitarian and who adhered to a wider notion of ethics, suspecting that in the end we all subscribe to ‘more’ than classical utilitarianism. There are hence no … Continue reading

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Rich countries and happiness: the story of a bet.

Do countries that are already rich become even happier when they become yet richer? This was the essential question on which I entered a gentleman’s bet in 2004 with Andrew Leigh and which just recently got settled. The reason for … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Ethics, Geeky Musings, History, Humour, Life, Literature, Miscellaneous, Philosophy, Politics - international, Social, Society, Uncategorized | 5 Comments