Author: leon

  • Why we give up on Dutch

    The point of learning any language, Dutch included; is to be able to communicate more clearly with the people around you. Unlike with other languages, trying to learn Dutch is guaranteed to slam the brakes on quality of communication. This half Dutch half American Derek Scott Mitchell has become a total hero by memifying this…

  • The Diderot effect

    Isn’t it great when you learn a new word and realise you’ve been looking for it for years. Now that its January (new year new me) I started listening to the ‘Atomic Habits’ audiobook. I bought it when my boss recommended it in 2021 and its taken me a while to bring myself to listen…

  • Yes it’s a glorified autocomplete, but so are you

    Did you know that you can only perceive an object’s colour if you’re looking directly at it, that the human eye does not have ‘rods’ capable of distinguishing colours in peripheral vision. It sounds crazy but it can be demonstrated easily – if someone holds a randomly coloured tennis ball in your peripheral vision you…

  • 5 thoughts after 6 nights in America

    I love the USA, its a Disney masterpiece, it’s a cheesy pop key change. American culture assumes the best in you and rubs off on you. It is however, boring talking about stuff you like, its much more interesting to pick through the confusing, unsatisfying aspects of experience – here are 5 things that stick…

  • What Jessie J taught us about money

    In 2011, Jessie J waited patiently for Coconut Man, Moonhead and Pea to be ready before she bravely imparted some wisdom onto the world. Money is brilliant and fascinating. Two years after Price Tag came out I remember standing mesmerised in the bathroom, opening the Barclays mobile banking app and seeing my current account balance…

  • Ziggy and the worry hole

    I don’t really think of myself as having anxiety. I’ve never had medication for it and I’m aware a lot of people do – so I figure I can’t be that bad. However, a massive part of my life consists of hanging around overthinking about the 1 thing on my mind – and it’s always…

  • Dr Strange and the Multiverse of your ordinary life

    The moment I gave up on the new Dr Strange movie was when they labelled the different universes as ‘Earth-838’ or ‘Earth-616’ – implying strongly that there’s around 1k versions of Earth in the multiverse. I love sci-fi when its in the neighbourhood of feeling plausible (this is why I loved LOST) and I immediately…

  • Maybe I don’t want to recycle

    What do these two things have in common? In both cases it is implied that an unpleasant task falls on the shoulders of the individual in order to allow space for corporations to maximally thrive. Effectively asking people to take responsibility where its not in their interest to. ‘Privatise the profits, nationalise the debt’ In…

  • Truth, lies, good and bad

    The war, reading the Guardian, being overwhelmed by ‘takes’ on Twitter, watching Russell Brands videos on it, and having to deal with a Chinese viewpoint at home has got me thinking a lot about right and wrong. In the west we have a belief that open, free, uncensored information will always lead to lies being…

  • Why being funny is the highest British value

    Last summer I spent 2 weeks in the UK, after probably my longest time ever out of it. This time I brought Hao – despite living in Europe for 4 years it was his first time in Britain so I got to also view the country through the alien perspective: “The cars are more colourful…