The Unforgiving Minute
Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while. While forgiveness may come one day, it won’t be soon. If you are a man, and you only read one thing from this list. READ THIS.
LEGO Lawnmower Man Kinetic Sculpture
A kinetic LEGO sculpture of a man pushing a lawnmower. Inspired by Josh David’s lawnmower model (https://youtu.be/_1T15UydfEs), I decided it needed a figure, so combined it with the figure from my Sisyphus model. If you are a man and you haven’t read the previous article, sod off
Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist
Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor of cognitive science at Brown University, has some compelling answers to these questions. Been very guilty of this in the past (desire to be ‘liked’) and still catch myself sometimes.
I love spoilers
In June, I noticed that people online were in a froth over the upcoming finale of The Leftovers, which was in its third and final season. The show sounded intriguing — and it seemed like I was missing out on a lot of TV references — so I decided to watch the pilot. Sharing just to make some people twitch.
12 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do
Google Maps is great for just getting around. But don’t be fooled: The app is much more than a glorified Garmin. Maps has all sorts of powerful features and time-saving shortcuts that aren’t obvious, but are just waiting to be discovered. Handy stuff in here.
How the internet changed the market for sex
“Elle” is a 63-year-old sex worker. She’s been at it for decades, and what makes her extraordinary isn’t just her longevity in the business, but her ability to adapt to a changing market. Good that it has helped some sexworkers be safer, bad that is has made the worst behaviours even worse.
If We Fire All Sexual Assaulters, Will We End Up Firing Everyone?
Almost two years ago, I wrote about being sexually assaulted by a male friend — let’s call him “Brad” — who stuck his fingers in my vagina when I was drunk. As the headlines continue to roll in, some of the articles have been disturbing but very worth reading.
iPhone X Camera Review: Guatemala
I’m here capturing another amazing Ker & Downey adventure and have been testing the iPhone X along the way. Although I just conducted my iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review in India recently, I wanted to get out and capture the unique aspects of the iPhone X I’ve already been impressed but some of these are stunning. Add some decent lens add-ons and… do I need a DSLR at all?
The United States of Guns
Like many of you, I read the news of a single person killing at least 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas yesterday. I kinda give up on this topic tbh.
The iPhone X Is A User Experience Nightmare
Need proof? Just take a look at this cheat sheet published alongside the Wall Street Journal’s iPhone X review: Hmmm reeks of clickbait. The UX isn’t that massively different from the iPhone 8 (7/6.. it’s iOS after all)
T. Rex’s Tiny Arms May Have Been Vicious Weapons
The precise purpose of T. rex’s relatively tiny arms has long been mysterious. Over the years, scientists have suggested that they might have been used to grasp struggling prey, to help resting dinosaurs push themselves up from the ground, or to grip tight to mates during sex. Yeah, so let’s stop making ‘tiny T. Rex arm’ jokes, cos it’s mean!
Your Playlist May Reveal if You’re a Psychopath or Not
Kevin Dutton, an Oxford psychologist and author of “The Wisdom of Psychopaths,” has been gathering data on musical tastes and other preferences for a psychopath study with UK broadcasting company Channel 4. More than three million people have responded to his online surveys so far. *turns of sharing in Spotify*
Twitter’s 280-Character Own Goal
Twitter’s destroyed its USP. The whole point, for me, was how inventive people could be within that concise framework. USP is “unique selling proposition”. By doubling the character limit, Twitter has eliminated what made them unique. Yes to this. I’m not THAT bothered but already getting a sense of this.
Maybe the People Would Be the Times
Almost everything of interest in New York City lies in some degree of proximity to music. Let’s go back to the 70s in NYC. Wonderful article capturing a place and time so vibrantly.
The tension between creativity and productivity
Cory Doctorow was an early adopter of the lifehacking lifestyle and toolkit, including David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done. Allen’s book is a fantastic and inspiring read. Dear god yes to ALL of this (I’ve been through the GTD stuff too)
I discovered I couldn’t dance when I was ten years old. My parents had signed me up for a ballet course in Toronto with a dour, shriveled Romanian teacher, chosen no doubt because of our shared totalitarian traumas. In her class I felt uncoordinated, impossibly gawky. You are never too old, too fat, too anything! This is wonderful.
The Gruesome, Bloody World of Victorian Surgery
Joseph Lister came of age as surgery was being transformed. With the invention of anesthesia, operations could move beyond two-minute leg amputations that occasionally lopped off a testicle in haste. To be fair, the title says it all, bloody hell! (baddummmttsshhhh)
When an Umbrella is More Than Just an Umbrella
One of the endearing features of Charles Dickens’s “umbrella work” is the number of uses to which he put his brollies. They are rarely merely umbrellas but the signifiers of something else, whether through similarity, metaphor or context. Mind blown. Harry Potter, Mary Poppins fans, read this!