Monthly Archives: January 2013

Transit and driverless cars – a quick response

Self-described “transit geeks” from around the world are starting to think about driverless cars, and what they might mean for their vision of a less car-dependent world. Ron Kilcoyne, manager of a public transport system in Eugene, Oregon, has some … Continue reading

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Future of housework, part 3 – the kitchen I

As the statistics from part 1 showed, cooking is the most time-consuming part of housework. While cookery can undoubtedly be enjoyable, but for a lot of people, a lot of the time, it’s a routine chore that they would prefer … Continue reading

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Speculative future of housework part 2 – floors

The housework survey from the introductory post in this series didn’t break down cleaning tasks other than washing dishes. In my experience, keeping the floor clean is a not insubstantial fraction of that. But, perhaps, not for too much longer:

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A speculative future of housework – part 1 of a series

John Quiggin’s excellent essay The 15-Hour Week argues (to simplify what was already a somewhat hand-waving argument) that foreseeable economic growth and policy decisions distributing that growth evenly enough, the entire world’s population would need to work only 15 hours … Continue reading

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Driverless cars and cycling – how would they mix?

In a rather lengthy twitter conversation on the viability of the driverless car, there was some skepticism expressed about the idea that driverless cars would interact with pedestrians and cyclists. There’s already been a good deal of fairly impassioned discussion … Continue reading

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A little context for Jane Caro

Jane Caro, who writes and speaks often and well about the idiocies in the Australian education debate, has undoubtedly delighted the Sydney Morning Herald’s digital team with an op-ed about the behaviour of the “…lone-wolf cyclist dressed to kill (I … Continue reading

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Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot, part 367

This isn’t new but but it was news to me. As Bruce Schneier pointed out back in 2007, most of the aspiring terrorists arrested in the West have been, to put it bluntly, complete idiots, a trend that has been … Continue reading

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