Month: September 2019

September 30, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Space wars Spent satellites, or bits of them, are heading into space wars. 7,500+ satellites in orbit already, with >1,500 actively sending us data.  The ‘big enough sky for no collisions’ assumption no longer holds.  How will so many co-exist, zipping around Earth @ 17,500 mph while navigating a minefield of flotsam?  It’s getting crowded…

September 27, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Empire Sovereignty – what does a powerful empire look like now?  It’s got many people in its grasp.  It collects & stores data about its subjects, to use for its own gain.  It tracks their activity & location to target them with ‘information’.  It cites privacy/ security as reasons for changes which benefit the emperor. …

September 25, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Posturing Politicians posturing isn’t new – in 41BC, Cleopatra used a golden barge with purple sails to get Mark Antony’s attention.  Politics is part show business.  But it’s workers & owners who keep the real show on the road.  “Must do, should do, could do & won’t do” helps avoid distraction by political melodrama.  There’s no…

September 23, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Over-program “Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it” worked when travellers over-programmed & wanted to know what they were going to do in advance.  Since 1841, the world’s oldest travel firm offered such tours, but didn’t adapt enough for what’s wanted now – unexpected experiences & adventures.  In an online world, 563 shops and £1.7bn ($2.1bn)…

September 19, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Labyrinth Linked to sacred patterns, can labyrinths benefit business? Unlike a maze, all paths in a labyrinth lead to its centre; that is, to resolution.  A mindful, meditative flowing walk through one can help to process problems.  Found in many ancient sites, labyrinths physically address well-being & spirituality by harmonizing brain, body & heart.  Healing…

September 18, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Self-storage UK self-storage space doubled in 10 years to >44m sqft in 2017.  That’s 0.7 sqft for each person, the highest in Europe.  USA self-storage is 7 sqft per person, despite its homes being the world’s largest.  UK: 1,160 indoor & 345 outdoor sites, 450k customers, £750m ($930m) annual sales. We over-estimate the space we…

September 16, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Kit homes Modular homes out of a kit go back over 100 yrs.  Sears, Roebuck & Co sold >70,000 home kits from 1908 to 1940.  Construction has changed far less by technology in the UK & US than other major industries.  Europe is ahead.  Where we want to build housing quickly near jobs, change is…

September 13, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Concrete Concrete – the most destructive material in the world?  The 2nd most-used substance on earth after water, concrete is used twice as much as all other building materials combined.  Signifying development & durability since the Colosseum, concrete provides structure, form, relief & texture – but destroys the earth’s natural infrastructure.  Our blue & green…

September 11, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Island sale If Greenland was for sale, what should USA pay Denmark for it? Features: world’s largest island, 80% ice cover, population 56,000.  Rich in minerals, fish, oil & gas. Strategic site for defence/space.  Past US purchases from Denmark: 1916 Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands) $25m = $500m now.  1946 2nd offer…

September 8, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Temporary tax How long can a temporary tax last?  USA’s 1964 “chicken tax”, to retaliate for French & German tariffs, prevents light-duty truck imports even today.  UK’s 1799 temporary income tax to raise money to fight Napoleon’s French forces is still in force 200 years on.  Temporary taxes & tariffs can go on forever Guessed…