#YesAllWomen

I don’t hate men. Why does it feel like every time we talk about gender we need to clarify that we don’t hate men. Is there a lot of man-hating going around that most of us aren’t privy to? Why must being a feminist be conflated with hating men? And…

Speedy the penguin

Sometimes in life, you may not even know that you’re in a race before you’re beaten–much like Penguin #1. That’s not particularly inspirational, but what can I say… it is a Tuesday-morning-with-a-Monday-vibe.

Favourites List : Media innovation

When was the last time you picked up a newspaper? Actually, strike that. That’s so 2009 isn’t it? Apart from bankers (with the FT) and hipsters (with the Observer on Sundays) no one even reads newspapers any more. When was the last time you went to the homepage of a…

A small defence of first-past-the-post

Depending on your political leanings the inevitable, or the unimaginable, happened on Friday–the BJP won a massive majority. Through this election season, I’ve wrung my hands at the ineffectual-ness of the moribund Congress, the lack of stick-to-it-iveness of the AAP, and been sceptical of Narendra Modi. But his performance (and…

Favourites list : Jill Abramson edition

Spoiler alert: there is absolutely no election-related coverage here. None. Promise. On Wednesday night we heard that Jill Abramson had been forced out at the NYTimes. No one directly involved is talking (there is speculation that Ms Abramson’s silence was a condition of her settlement), but rumours abound that it…

Well if they’re going to let women edit the Harvard Law Review…

…then we may as well all go to Mars. Tyler Vigen wrote a programme that looks for (usually) spurious correlations (via Flowing Data). It’s found over 17,000 correlations so far (and counting). Take a look – you can play around and come up with your own favourites. The fact that correlation…

A decade of blogging (not really)

A decade of blogging (not really)

I just realised that it’s been a little over ten years since I started blogging. Unlike many bloggers who’ve built great online followings or businesses from their blogs, my writing has been sporadic at best. My first stumbling block was the loss of anonymity. When I started blogging, and writing on…

Favourites list : First-class seats & Masala Dosa

I enjoyed this article on how the king of masala dosas got away with murder. I haven’t actually eaten at a Saravana Bhavan in a long, long time though. The food isn’t really all that great, and every city I’ve been in has far better options for authentic South Indian…

Flash Boys

Disclaimer: I still haven’t read Michael Lewis’ new book – Flash Boys. That said, I went to hear him talk about the book, and about high-frequency trading, at the LSE a few weeks ago. The public events team storified the tweets during the talk here – which is worth a read….