Is money real?

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened. I began to question, not for the first time, the value of money. In the world today we don’t have real money, we operate almost entirely on promises. You may imagine that the statement you get from aContinue reading “Is money real?”

3rd disaster – Carrington Event

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened. A repeat of the Carrington Event is overdue. In 1859 a huge geomagnetic storm hit the earth, caused by a solar coronal mass ejection (a storm on the sun’s surface). In the mid 19th century we didn’t haveContinue reading “3rd disaster – Carrington Event”

2nd disaster – Antarctic ice sheet

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened and the loss of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is a real and looming threat. I’m no expert on this, but I did read reputable scientific reports on the potential impact and level of threat. Large parts ofContinue reading “2nd disaster – Antarctic ice sheet”

1st disaster – a pandemic virus?

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has come far to close to reality – and we’re not out of the woods yet. After a lot of research I decided a flea-born viral encephalitis was as likely as any to break out. A new form could be difficultContinue reading “1st disaster – a pandemic virus?”

Three looming disasters

I like a good dystopian novel as much as anyone else, but I also have faith in society surviving disasters and believe that most people are fundamentally good – but not all. In the summer of 2019 I was reading about some of the problems the world is facing. Then I started to speculate onContinue reading “Three looming disasters”

Interesting stuff about counting

I made my first youtube animated video. You can learn how to count to 12 on your fingers, to 60 and even to over 1000 using the binary system. It explains why we have twenty-fours in a day, sixty minutes in an hour and sixty second in a minute. It all makes perfect sense whenContinue reading “Interesting stuff about counting”

Where do you write?

I am fortunate. After a lifetime of working freelance as an illustrator, graphic designer, copywriter and cartoonist, I have an established working routine and a studio with forty years history embedded in every dust mote – or I did have until we moved house two years ago. I now have a smaller, newer studio, butContinue reading “Where do you write?”

How to act like a human

Everyone human being is made slightly different. Given that there are now over seven billion of us that’s pretty remarkable. It’s also not surprising that some of us malfunction in minor ways. When I was a childI thought everyone else had a sixth sense that I was lacking. As an adult, and after several differentContinue reading “How to act like a human”

The World in AD 2000

This is an essay my father wrote in 1937 about the what he expected the world to be like in the year 2000. I’ve included a transcript for easier reading. The World in AD 2000 – David James Aiken Sixty three years hence? think of sixty three years back! would the average man of eighteenContinue reading “The World in AD 2000”