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A new way to read, Eagle Eye

A new way to read

This looks extraordinary. A gizmo called Spritz that reinvents reading, its inventors claim. We normally read at about 220 words per minute, but this software can get us up to 500 wpm quite easily (it seems to be true, you can try it yourself at the link), or faster.
Most of the time taken by reading, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 28 February 2014 at 9:32 pm

Angela Merkel: What She Said And What She Meant, Eagle Eye

Angela Merkel: What She Said And What She Meant

I have a commentary in The Independent today on the German Chancellor’s address to both Houses of Parliament.
“Some expect my speech to pave the way for a fundamental reform of the European architecture which will satisfy all kinds of alleged or actual British wishes… they are in for a disappointment.”
I didn’t get where I am [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 28 February 2014 at 4:27 pm

The Pedants’ Revolt, Eagle Eye

The Pedants’ Revolt

Now that Twitter is becoming a picture-led medium, it is images that are retweeted most. The most successful image that I tweeted this week was this brilliant picture, made by Chris Green on Facebook, which reached me via Paul Rodgers and Matt Hoffman.
Inevitably, someone pointed out that the bloke on the horse is John Ball, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 8:59 pm

What happened to China overtaking the US?, Chunomics

What happened to China overtaking the US?

According to the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecasts, the great overtake has, apparently, been put on hold.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 5:19 pm

How bonuses work at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Chunomics

How bonuses work at the Royal Bank of Scotland

Bonuses for investment bankers were 17% lower. But the revenues at the division fell by 24%. And that helped compensation for staff in the division as a proportion of revenue rise from 31% to 35%.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 12:45 pm

Twirling, Twirling, Twirling, Eagle Eye

Twirling, Twirling, Twirling

I’d like you to know that I really have tried. Whenever the Deputy Prime Minister’s head sticks above the parapet, I do my best to listen to what he’s saying with an open mind, as I would any real politician. But this is often a mistake, for his words are rarely fit for human consumption.
The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 10:17 pm

I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition, Eagle Eye

I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition

I have a comment at Independent Voices on Ed Miliband’s curious decision to repeat his Observer interview of 10 days ago in the form of six questions to the Prime Minister in the Commons today.
His charge against David Cameron on both occasions is that he “cannot answer the question about whether people need to believe [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 8:56 pm

Electrifying, Eagle Eye

Electrifying

Daniel Finkelstein in The Times (pay wall) does not think much of the idea of a Tory manifesto promise to refuse to continue the coalition:
Yesterday it was being suggested that David Cameron was contemplating fighting the next election on a pledge not to form a coalition whatever the result. The suggestion was further being made that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 3:14 pm

The Future, Eagle Eye

The Future

Depression Diary, Part 5

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)
Last week saw a couple of quiet but significant personal milestones. Firstly, my 25th consecutive post on this blog went up, a point I never expected to reach. Come to think of it, I may have had more published in the last couple of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 5:43 pm

Banned List Update: demonising multiple phrases, Eagle Eye

Banned List Update: demonising multiple phrases

The League for the Defence of the English Language has been distracted by its attempt to promote the use of “whom” from its core mission of banning things. But the banning orders have been piling up in the in-tray and it is time we pinned some of them to the front door:
1 Demonise, to mean [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 1:49 pm


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