Weekend Reading

Quieter week as I’ve spent most of my time reading documents at work so a bit ‘over reader’. The Generation That Doesn’t Remember Life Before Smartphones Down a locker-lined hallway at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Zac Felli, a junior, walks to his first class of the day. He wears tortoiseshell glasses and is built like he could hit a ball hard. He has enviable skin for a teenager, smooth as a suede jacket. Read: http://ift.tt/1SJ6T29 Frankie Boyle on the fallout from Paris: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’ There were a lot of tributes after the horror in Paris. It has to be said that Trafalgar Square is an odd choice of …

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Weekend Reading

Obviously a lot of the focus of the news has been, rightly, the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Mali. This list feels frivolous but perhaps it’s good to ‘look away’ for a few moments. Secret Chambers, Grain Silos and the Long, Long History of Pyramid Conspiracy Theories The Giza Pyramid complex, photographed by Eduard Spelterini from a hot air balloon in 1904. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)  In 867 AD, a European monk named Bernard caught a ride on a slave ship out of the southern Italian city of Taranto. Read: http://ift.tt/1Qiq70H Noel Gallagher Is Esquire’s December Cover Star I was born in Longsight in Manchester, which is a really rough-arse part of town. They knocked our street down to build this …

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Weekend Reading

I start my new job in a week or so, not sure if that means the number of links in these posts will increase or decrease, part of me is interested to see what happens, part of me isn’t bothered, and part of me wonders why I’m telling you this. People who worry incessantly about failure could be better off than those who don’t For everyone who’s ever been told that they worry too much—here’s some deeply satisfying news for you. Worrying may be a good thing. Read: http://ift.tt/1HtzBhJ I’m worried how much time I’m spending compiling these posts, that’s a good thing, right? Meet one of the world’s most groundbreaking scientists As the dish of steamed chicken feet clattered …

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Weekend Reading

I’m realising the links I’m choosing for these posts are rapidly forming a pretty good picture of my interests, this week is no different. Why The Machines That Dig Tunnels Are Always Named After Women Tunnel Boring Machines, or TBMs, are some of the most fascinating manufacturers of our infrastructure: Two-ton primary-colored cylinders with jagged teeth that chomp through the Earth. And every single one of them has a traditionally female name. Read: http://ift.tt/1PXmOv0 Siri and Cortana Sound Like Ladies Because of Sexism Ask Siri if she’s a woman. Go ahead, try it. She’ll tell you she’s genderless. “Like cacti. And certain species of fish,” she might say. So is Amazon’s Alexa. Microsoft’s Cortana. Samsung’s S Voice. And Google Now. …

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Small pleasures

Those of know me will know of my tendency to research things before I buy them. A lot of the items I use most often have been bought online after a lot of comparison and pondering, and it’s fair to say that not all of them have been a success; a lot of near misses but enough successes to keep me happy. Two items in particular stand out. One I’ve had for a while now, the other a recently new addition, but both hit the mark when it comes to my criteria: I am reasonably price conscious but not overly so, I’ll happily pay to get exactly what I want. The items have to be of good quality. That’s about …

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