Sorry, satire is dead

After watching the Channel Four series Years and Years and then observing the British General Election I was confused. Was Years and Years a drama or a documentary? Was this one of those unique moments Trumpian moments when art imitates life? Or is everything just fucked and fucked up? Who …

Lessons from Jimmy Iovine

So I recently and belatedly watched The Defiant Ones on Netflix and was completely enthralled. It is a great story that shows how music producers and entrepreneurs  Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre transformed the music industry, founded Beats Electronics, and got very very rich. I knew Dr Dre was one of the …

Reflections on Fatherhood

I found this piece I wrote a day before G. was born on a long discarded and unpublished website recently. It’s interesting to reflect on how I felt then and how I feel now. I am definitely a better father, but the irony is that for my son, his experience …

Tay, Microsoft’s horrifying glimpse into our own selves

The thing about machines is that they inevitably reflect the feelings, thoughts, and unique passions of their creators. One of my favourite writers/ philosophers, Gilles Deleuze believed that the brain could be extended through computers to create an abstract brain, that is an abhorrent and beautiful reflection of ourselves. Perhaps Microsoft should have …

A letter to my local Member of Parliament about Mandatory Data Retention

Here is a letter I will be sending to my local Member of Parliament, Mr Jason Wood. Dear Mr Wood, I write regarding the Mandatory Data Retention bill, Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 and would like you to clarify your position. I have deep concerns about …