Thinking

Designed simplicity

We live in a complicated world, but there are people out there working to make it easier. These are the designers and engineers of the world, honing their skills and experience to make things run smoother. Let’s face it, there are too many decisions, choices, options, menus — or, equally as bad — a complete…

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Everything is porn now

Once there was just porn, and it was mostly about men looking at women, sensual, erotic images of the female form, and then, all-of-a-sudden, porn exploded into new areas, until almost everything had morphed into porn of one kind or another. Food was an early area to be reimagined as neu-‘porn’. We used to just…

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Gadget nerds: the new trainspotters

There was a time, back in the 1970s, when so-called trainspotters — bald, bespectacled middle-aged men, obsessed with train locomotives, could be seen skulking around railway stations, armed with crumpled WH Smith notepads, Thermos flasks, ham sandwiches, and binoculars. They carried out their train and transport fascinations individually, or as part of larger gathering, logging…

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Peace of mind in a complicated world

If form is content, and style is meaning — and these things are indivisible — then that fancy shirt you want to buy really is an intrinsic part of your life, your happiness, and anxiety. It’s indivisible from your mindset. And so is our attitude to simplicity and complexity. A core element of comedy involves…

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10 tips for procrastination heaven

We live in an efficiency-obsessed, productivity focused world — sometimes there’s much to be said for taking a step back, and slowing down, because there’s more to life than hitting impossible targets. You need downtime, your mind needs a creative space — daydreams and moments of personal reflection. Don’t let them take all the poetry…

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