You can get a good whiff of the narrative of your life sometimes. You can feel new chapter headings in the air. I felt it at Brisbane airport, watching engineers in phlegm-green high visibility vests crawl around the inside of the plane like playground equipment, occasionally stopping to shrug at each other, or put their … Continue reading Adelaide
Recently, this comic was published by a major Australian newspaper. So why is it so important to so many people that this isn't "intentionally" racist?
A short essay on the nature of large power structures.
Like many my age, my first real career interest was in video game design. Unlike many it was because I loved reading game dev magazines and studying the walkthroughs that got passed around in the early 2000s. The ones where you knew it was going to be a good guide because they’d put the effort … Continue reading Darkest Dungeon – “Git Gud” as a thought-terminating cliche
I’ve been fairly harsh on the UK and the US because I like focusing on what neoliberal economics does to a country. The UK under Thatcher and the US under Reagan have brought about wonderful case studies in the harsh results of late-stage-capitalism, if you know where to look and you’re wearing the right pair … Continue reading Everything You Didn’t Care to Know about Australian Politics
Sext your enemies Joyride a mecha Fight the pull of gravity... ... whatever that means.
It was the last days of the Iberian campaign of the Napoleonic wars, the Duke of Wellington’s finest hours. Gun smoke from hundreds of rifles hung thick in the air just north of the Tarbes river; Losses on French soil, now, not Spanish. One of the last battles of the campaign, the battle of Toulouse, … Continue reading Why Do Empires Lose Wars?
I love worldbuilding. Most of the things I write about and think about and read about tends to involve it in some fashion – from little oddities, like an Earth that’s exactly the same as ours except for the occasional angel or zombie or android or what-have-you, to the sprawling high-fantasy landscapes of alien worlds … Continue reading Worldbuilding with Ben Pearce
[Transcript follows] When people angrily shout about the finance industry; “It’s not real! They’re just moving numbers around on paper!” Probably the best example that comes to mind is the derivatives market. Warren Buffet famously called them “a financial weapon of mass destruction”, and a bunch of angry autistic men in suits use them to … Continue reading Breaking the Bankers Part 2: LIBOR
The first of a three part series looking into what is and isn't legal, or at least enforcable, in world finance. With podcasting.