Father & Son

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Andy writes: There’s no way I can lose my keys now,’ my son was saying to me the other day. ‘I have a system. I haven’t lost a key for four years.’ Youthful hubris? Wild-eyed utopianism? Or was he just having a junior moment? Perhaps this shows up the intellectual differences between us: he, in […]

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Life in the Fast Lane

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There is no country and no people who can look forward to the age of leisure and of abundance without a dread. For we have been trained too long to strive and not to enjoy. It is a fearful problem for the ordinary person, with no special talents, to occupy himself, especially if he no […]

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An Athenian in Silicon Valley

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Plato I know, or at least I thought I did. But a Googleplex? I had no idea. I had heard of a googolplex, which is a really large number, allegedly described by its inventor – a nine-year-old boy – as ‘one, followed by writing zeroes until you get tired’. I had also heard of a […]

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