40 days to Yes

Today marks forty days and nights until the independence referendum in Scotland. Despite all the coverage, it still feels a little like it's snuck up on us all, although the tireless Yes campaigners I'm following on Twitter (and no doubt a few of the No folk too) are probably feeling… »

Planning for ten thousand years

How do you plan to communicate with people 10,000 years from now? It's a real problem for people building long-term nuclear storage facilities, as this fascinating episode of the 99% Invisible podcast discusses. The options discussed range from radioactivity-detecting colour changing cats to 'uncanny architecture' that create a sense… »

Automation and work

One of my favourite SF authors, Charlie Stross, has very successfully articulated a key challenge we face, not just in the UK, but as a species - in a world of automation and continuous shifting and optimisation to lower cost locations, where is the bottom, and what do we do… »

Six (more) reasons why I'm voting Yes

Posting my last blog post on the Yes campaign was interesting. I found that that it offered me the chance to overcome two things that I had been struggling with. The first was the ability to talk at length about why I'm going to vote Yes, rather than the rather… »

Five reasons I'm voting Yes in September

It's Reason Day, the date that the Yes Scotland National Collective campaign has nominated as a good day to explain some reasons why voting for independence is a great choice. So, I figure I'll chip in with not one, but five. First, a little context. I'm a middle class Edinburgh… »

Falling from the sky

This video from Felix Baumgartner's chest, leg and helmet cams, just released by GoPro, is insane. He was spinning hard a couple of minutes in.… »