Film photography is dead, and we’ve killed it. Sort of. There’s no use arguing that analog met its demise in the wake of digital photography, but it wasn’t the digital camera alone that made analog go the way of the dodo. How did photography come about, anyway? Much to the name of the primary optical … Continue reading Digital cameras killed film, but smartphones buried them both
It's been half a year and 2016 is coming to an end. In three hours I'll be leaving for Hungary to celebrate New Year's Eve in Budapest. These past few months have been a real learning curve for me - in more ways than one. Well, in two ways to be precise: I've learned a … Continue reading Me looking back on six months of Deltanomics
Video games are one of the few definitive successes of the modern world. Roughly half of Americans in 2015 played video games - making for an average of two games in each game-playing US household. What’s more, 4 out of 5 US households had at least one device for playing video games. The average gamer … Continue reading Natural selection in home entertainment: on the best video games of all time
Ever since the Wright brothers first took to the air - albeit for a few dozen feet - the dream of conquering the skies has cast a shadow that seldom gets mentioned in all the romanticism that surrounds flying. That shadow is death or at least the imminent danger of it. So what of it? … Continue reading The story behind a century of aircraft crashes
Adopting a dog can be a way to express our personality. If the dog breed is rare, there’s a high chance its members become status indicators for owners - as would an expensive car, a big house and other things that mark success. But if a dog breed is common or has commonly found traits … Continue reading When black dogs were thought to be taboo, even though they weren’t
(pictured above: the $100.000 bill, still the largest legal tender of the US - but one that can only be used for transactions between Federal Reserve Banks) Self-proclaimed objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand once wrote that the "trade by means of money is the code of men of good will". When putting these words in the … Continue reading Paper or plastic – does cash fuel crime?
A month ago I stumbled upon a spreadsheet with the counts for all patents issued in the US up until 2015. Looking at yearly evolutions I found that the numbers were oddly stable: states kept issuing patents at a constant rate, with relatively little fluctuation on a year to year basis. So that got me … Continue reading How patent laws gave up on innovation
They’ve had a weird appeal to us ever since written text had become accessible to the wider population. From people you hardly know sharing obscure motivational phrases on Instagram to the Economist' Espresso edition, quotes are thrown at us in all shapes and sizes in the hopes that they might appeal to our inner self … Continue reading Ranking up the world’s best quotes
By the time I started getting pimples I was pretty well acquainted with the Disney universe. I thought I knew most of what was out there, even though I wasn’t that big of a fan. So imagine my dismay in the late 2000s when I found a DVD with Bambi 2 on the cover, and … Continue reading The sequel awakens
As any smoker will tell you, smoking costs some serious money. Even if you don’t feel it full way due to cost spreading, if you look back at a life spent being a smoker and run the numbers you might surprise yourself with the things you went without and could have bought or experienced - … Continue reading Do poor people smoke more?