Wish Lanterns review

This book combines the stories of six Chinese, born across China in between 1985 to 1990, and follows them in their lives until 2015. At times, Ash’s writing is incredibly sharp, but his style alternates as if the blend of six into one isn’t a seamless one. The book tells through inner personas, and provides context […]

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Replacement versus imitator

Next March in the Netherlands, there’s an offline and online event called ‘The National Week Without Meat’, with 43 brands participating. Most of those brands produce or sell meat substitutes, and aim to sell those through the week-long PR machine. The most visible absentee is the brand ‘De Vegetarische Slager’ (‘The Vegetarian Butcher’), yet it […]

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Never stop playing

School, sports, piano lessons, homework, career, a bigger house, new smartphone, like, share, tag, share. Kids need to do more and more, and we play less and less. But playing is not only fun, it’s also very important. Jantje Beton thinks it’s time to wake up the Netherlands with a message to both young and […]

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Wild Swans review

Wild Swans tells the story of three generations in China, starting when the country was still an empire, then being occupied by Russians and Japanese, and the battle between the communists and the Kuomintang, and ultimately the communist era and the chaos caused by Mao. The pace slows down massively as the book progresses, to […]

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The Geography of Thought Review

This book is a true gem, and I’m surprised it’s not more known. Written in clear language, it compares the dominant thinking structures of Westerners (e.g. US & Europe) with that of East Asians (e.g. China & Japan). It goes back to Aristoteles and Confucius, but also using ecology, economy and culture to rationalise it, […]

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Interview with Andretti Autosport’s lead engineer, Graham Quinn

I sat down with Irishman Graham Quinn, who’s the lead engineer of Andretti Autosport’s Global Rallycross team; the team that has won the title three times in a row now. Graham was also part of iRacing’s Rallycross team, and an avid Virtual Racing School user. Interview with Andretti’s lead engineer Graham Quinn, on winning the […]

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Politics and the English Language review

Orwell comes across as frustrated and angry, and rightly so. He outlines how clear writing can be achieved: “Let the meaning choose the word, not the other way around”, and “Probably it is better to put off using words as long as possible and get one’s meaning as clear as one can.” Orwell also makes clear […]

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Double diffusers and bamboo toothbrushes

At the end of 2008, the regulations of Formula One were overhauled to simplify cars — especially the aerodynamics — to reduce costs and aerodynamic grip. Less grip would result in lower cornering speeds and improve overtaking. These new regulations included a component called the diffuser. This device sits at the rear of the car and produces […]

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Interview with former F1 driver Scott Speed

I’m pretty honoured to have done this interview, as I watched Scott on television some ten years ago when he was racing in Formula 1. Plus, he’s an inspirational guy. Scott Speed on iRacing’s Global Rallycross

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The Art of Racing in the Rain review

The reader experiences this story through the eyes of furry-four-legged Enzo, who has his dog-perspective on everything. It’s easy to feel joyed or saddened by the book, often both at the same time. The book isn’t ‘high’ or ‘deep’ on literature or meaning, but don’t let that stop you. It’s a fun and light book […]

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