The Positive Limitations of iPad

I’ve recently made the jump from laptop to tablet as my main ‘home computer’. It sounds dramatic but, for my usage, all this really boils down to is changing my modus operandi from a multi-window to single/duel window way of working. The transition has been pretty straightforward, largely thanks to my slightly over-obsessive desire to only use apps that feature on my phone, tablet and laptop, but also because I’ve moved most of my working files to the cloud. The main driver behind this switch was screen resolution. My MacBook Air has a low (by Apple standards) resolution 13″ screen and whilst hooking it up to a secondary monitor was ok, I found it constantly jarring to have my main …

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How Japan went crazy for KitKats Photos: How Japan went crazy for KitKats Having recently tried some of these, the Wasabi one was delicious (seriously!) Life I am in Waterstones, pushing my son in his pram. We are on the hunt for an indestructible book, because my son has destroyed all his books so completely he might be a book-Terminator sent back from some anti-book future. Suddenly, a woman comes up and asks how much I charge. Prejudice everywhere. I think what stuns me most is how little ‘these people’ think, such are their fixed ideas of their world. Sad. Angry-making. A year after Aylan Kurdi’s tragic death, the world is still numb to the Syrian refugee crisis One year …

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The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America The first time Jeffrey Merrihue came across the name Damon Baehrel, he was amazed that he hadn’t heard of him. “I didn’t understand how the secret had been kept,” Merrihue said recently. “The people I go around with, it’s hard for us to find something that is genuinely unique and new.” I wonder what the Yelp reviews are like? Can smiling make you happier? Maybe. Maybe not. We have no idea In the spring of 2013, a 63-year-old social psychologist in Wurzburg, Germany, made a bold suggestion in a private email chain. A wonderfully sprawling article that, ultimately, you can just ignore (but do read!). In the rural Pacific Northwest, prepping for the day …

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Is Donald Trump Actually Trying to Win? So it’s not surprising that Trump has undertaken a major shakeup of his campaign, hiring Bannon and promoting the pollster Kellyanne Conway. Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has effectively been demoted. Not suggesting he should be taken lightly, but he makes so much noise so randomly, is his gameplan something else entirely? This Is How To Get Healthy: 6 Research-Backed Secrets You want to know how to get healthy? Eat better, exercise and get more sleep… But you don’t need me to tell you that. You know that. So is health just a matter of biology? Nope. Research shows living well is more than marathons and what you put in your mouth. If only …

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Nabisco’s X-Rated Toy Scandal of 1971 No one at Nabisco’s corporate headquarters in New York City had any idea why members of the National Organization for Women were lined up outside. The truth is always stranger than fiction. ALWAYS. For many in my fearful, frustrated generation, “having it all” means opting out of monogamy The Daily Mail would have you believe that polyamory is all wild orgies. Think more tea and washing up rotas. Polyamory, if you believe the news­papers, is the hot new lifestyle option for affectless hipsters with alarming haircuts, or a sex cult, or both. A great article on a topic dear to my heart. What I Learned Working With Jony Ive’s Team On The Apple Watch Meet Bob …

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It’s time for people to stop telling bisexuals to ‘pick a team’ The comments made on Celebrity Big Brother about bisexuality come as no surprise; being told to ‘pick a team’ is a throw-away comment and I’m sure that like most banter it feels harmless to say, but it’s hurtful to hear. The next big thing in space business is tiny rockets Back in June, NASA tested a booster for the most powerful rocket it has ever tried to build, the Space Launch System (SLS). The booster alone was more than 150 feet long, producing 3.6 million pounds of force, and reaching temperatures of nearly 6,000°F during a ground test in Promontory, Utah. Watch Over 1,000 Robots Dance Since Robots …

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Found in song

Walking in silence through the nest of headphone cables, dodging pigeons and detritus as she picks her way through the tangle of closed minds. She lets her ear guide her on days like today, days where she doesn’t need a place to hide away. She walks past shops whilst buses and taxis produce their every day noise. Roaming where she wants to, from busy streets to quieter parks. Over head the birds sing out and the wind cries as it rustles leaves, sweeping through the trees. Kites on a string reach the highest heights. She keeps to herself, just trying to keep her head screwed on, philosophising some. She stops to sit on a bench that is picked out for …

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Hillary Clinton’s husband wore a fetching pantsuit to honor her nomination for US president Tuesday night (July 26), Bill Clinton, the husband of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to honor his wife’s historic achievement. Why Men Should Embrace Shorts I fucking love a man in shorts. I consider a hairy stick leg poking out of a freshly cut jort pornographic; a muscular thigh wrapped in linen a kind of erotica. This isn’t a preference; it’s a passion. Google is seeking thick Scottish accents Google, aware of how the rolled “r” and thick tones of Scottish accents baffle voice recognition software, feels his pain. And the company is trying to do something about it. …

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Why Trump voters are not “complete idiots” (in charts and photos) A common trope when trying to understand voters who vote differently from you is to simply call them idiots. This is particularly true this year, when discussing Trump voters. The most aggressive (and IMO offensive example of this) is by Jonathan Chait. Fits with the view that people who say they are going to vote for Trump are really just voting ‘against’ what they perceive as failures in the system (see also Brexit). Fences: A Brexit Diary Nigel Farage canvassing for ‘Leave’ votes during the Brexit campaign, London, May 2016. He resigned as leader of the UK Independence Party on July 4, shortly after the referendum. I’m kinda done …

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Sharia Does Not Mean What Newt Gingrich Thinks It Means One country that officially endorses the Muslim legal system is one of the politician’s favorites—Israel. I’m no expert, but then I don’t need to be. Senior politicians need to be better than this. Falling for sleep In Evelyn De Morgan’s numinous painting, Night and Sleep (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved son Hypnos, the sweet-natured god of sleep. I’m increasingly focusing on my sleep, and this article backs up my lay hypothesis that bad sleep = bad Gordon. Researchers have finally discovered the key to naturally stripping sugar from all our foods The global sugar-industrial complex is about to face …

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