The promise of easy money

The divine right of kings The majestic ancient pyramids were built to allow kings a divine voyage to the heavens, to make their transition to the afterlife as smooth as possible. It wasn't only in ancient Egypt that civilisations sought to build as close to the heavens they could -… full article

5 ‘shockingly useful’ action concepts for entrepreneurs

Scratching the itch Never in my whole life did I think I'd do as many Zoom/Skype/Teams calls as I have over the past year. They've generally worked pretty well, though I sometimes find myself fighting an irresistible urge to do other things at the same time (clearing emails, reading finance… full article

Liquidity: the oxygen of financial systems

At the carwash With admittedly modest success I've been encouraging my toddler daughter to undertake household chores, to give her an opportunity to double per pocket money and hopefully draw a few positive associations between work and money. One of her 'favourite' jobs is washing the car, though unfortunately I… full article

Reverse engineering to solve complex challenges

On countback A true story: a couple of decades ago a friend of a friend had a 'few too many' and crashed his car onto the middle of a roundabout at 2am. He panicked and left the car where it was, with a not-so-cunning plan to collect it the next… full article

Compound growth: it’s about time…

It's about time The exponential function or exponential growth has been a matter of great concern and newsworthiness in 2020 and early 2021, for obvious reasons. Thankfully there are some reasons to believe that a novel coronavirus may burn out naturally in time, while humans tend to build up a… full article

The future of Australian tech (the road to ‘Syd-icon Valley’)

Australian tech matters Tech and innovation represents so much more than internet search engines, live streaming, and handheld electronic devices, spanning widely across manufacturing, energy, resources, agriculture, and much more besides. For decades Australia has lagged far behind the U.S. and elsewhere in terms of its risk-taking, technological innovation, and… full article

Repeat: this is not a drill…

False alarm In 1971, during the tumult of the Vietnam War, an emergency action notification was sent in error to U.S. broadcast stations, with an operator inadvertently sending out the wrong tape to networks. The message instructed networks to cease transmission of regular programming immediately and issue an alert announcement… full article

Successfully diverting the flows?

Artificial intervention In 1969 engineers decided that since there had been apparent rockfalls and erosion at Niagara Falls human intervention may be required to remove huge boulders at the base of the falls. At colossal effort and expense some 28,000 tons of rock were used to build a cofferdam to… full article

How to make millions with the Star Principle

Winds of change When I worked in London about two decades ago, I used to audit a couple of chains of turf accountants, more commonly known as bookies. Bookmaking operators were often exceptionally smart businessmen who had successfully generated profits for years through their chains of high street betting shops.… full article