The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it’s too late
During the summer of 1989, Randy Ploetz was in his laboratory just south of Miami, when he received a package from Taiwan.
I can’t imagine NOT having bananas.
That Time Coca-Cola Released a New Soda Just to Spite Pepsi
Few companies have a rivalry as fierce and longstanding as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola and in their never ending battle for soda market dominance each company has gone to some spectacular lengths to screw over the other.
I find this all the more amusing given I mostly drink water these days (yeah, I’m on my high horse, what of it?!)
Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism
At a time when fascism & authoritarianism are creeping into the global politics of the developed world, it’s useful for us to reacquaint ourselves with the difference between nationalism and patriotism.
As the rise of nationalism increases, this is vital to know.
This Man Says the Mind Has No Depths
A whole lot of books on the brain are published these days and you can read yourself into a coma trying to make sense of their various messages. So it was with my usual low-burn curiosity that I starting reading The Mind Is Flat by British behavioral scientist Nick Chater.
The human mind is endlessly fascinating.
1) The one where Chequers proves unexpectedly workable. 2) The one where furiously redrafted technobabble saves the day. 3) The one where a digital workaround for frictionless trade solves everything.
It gets better/worse as it goes.
Sugar Boat shipwreck: The River Clyde’s unlikely landmark
For more than 40 years its rusting hulk has risen, whale-like, from the waters of the River Clyde. But what is the story of the “Sugar Boat”? On the night of 27 January 1974 fierce winds were battering Scotland’s west coast.
A local feature that I knew little about, love me some local history.
Surfing Life Force
“Going with the flow is responding to cues from the universe. When you go with the flow, you’re surfing life force. It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with what’s showing up for you.” – Danielle LaPorte
Go with the flow.
Living with Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton was one of two women I learned to admire growing up in East Tennessee. The other was Pat Summitt, head coach of the Lady Volunteers, the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team. One flamboyantly female, the other a masculine woman.
The Japanese Man Who Saved 6,000 Jews With His Handwriting
“Even a hunter cannot kill a bird that flies to him for refuge.” This Samurai maxim inspired one gifted and courageous man to save thousands of people in defiance of his government and at the cost of his career.
The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world
It is difficult to imagine life before our personal and professional worlds were so dominated and “switched on” via smartphones and the other devices that make us accessible and, crucially, so easily distractible and interruptible every second of the day.
It’s possibly telling that I’m still struggling to get back into reading books, but can read articles about why that would be good for me….
Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires After Nearly 50 Years on ‘Sesame Street’
Puppeteer Caroll Spinney is hanging up his feathers after bringing beloved “Sesame Street” character Big Bird to life for nearly 50 years. The cast member of the long-running children’s show is also the man behind Oscar the Grouch.
Without Oscar I think Sesame Street would’ve all been too twee. I do love a good grouch.
Social robots will become family members in the homes of the future
I first became fascinated by robots as a child while watching Star Wars. To me, R2D2 and C3PO were about so much more than just the novel, futuristic cool-factor—they were genuine friends and companions to the human characters, and even to each other.
The utopian future. Robot & Frank anyone? (great movie!)
This Is Your Brain on Nature
When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car.
“Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy
A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for.
The 20 Best iPhone Apps Updated for iOS 12
Every year, Apple adds new and interesting developer features to iOS. And iOS 12 is no exception. In fact, the new iOS 12 features for third-party apps will make power users quite happy.
What These 6 Common Food Cravings Are Trying to Tell You
4 Craving Fried Foods? You May Need Essential Fatty Acids When it comes to craving greasy or fried food, a deficiency in EFAs (essential fatty acids) is usually the culprit, says naturopath Dr. Sally Warren.
You’re Only As Old As You Feel: The Research of Harvard Psychologist Ellen Langer Shows Why Age May Be a Mindset
You’re only as old as you feel, right? The platitude may be true. In a scientifically verifiable sense, “feeling”—a state of mind—may not only determine psychological well-being but physical health as well, including the natural aging processes of the body.
People Who Are Good For You
“When you connect with people who are good for you, you feel it.This is a big deal. Don’t forget to acknowledge how great it is to be around someone who lights you up. Tell them, even if you feel a little weird. Your people love your weirdness.” From here.
- 20+ Badass Trees That Refuse To Die No Matter What
- Horror Movies
Fashion & Sustainability: my mindful manifesto
Sustainability can seem like such a huge subject, that it’s easy to become overwhelmed and wonder what on earth you can do that will possibly make a difference.
The Dad-Joke Doctrine
Every time we drive through farm country in my dad’s home state of Indiana, we know it’s coming.
4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report
The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, is out.
How self-love got out of control
Once upon a time, Love Island contestant Adam Collard would simply have been called a player.
Why you have (probably) already bought your last car
I’m guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me.
26 Paper Engineers From Around the World Turned the Alphabet Into a Limited Edition Book
The Movable Books Society, a non-profit organization of pop-up book professionals and enthusiasts, recently released a collection of pop-up cards dedicated to the alphabet.
Kurt Vile Abides
Follow a long strip of one-lane blacktop through the woods off New York State Route 28 and you’ll find a spooky old estate called Big Indian Springs.
Why It’s Essential To Find Humor During Your Darkest Hours
“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder During my pregnancy with my second daughter, Grace, a routine scan showed that the baby had a rare and serious heart defect.
Kitchen machismo off the menu as female chefs blaze a trail in Scotland
Julie Lin MacLeod worked in male-led kitchens for years, and her experiences there – inappropriate sexual advances among them – served as motivation to open her own place, one that would be run by women.
Some of the best eateries in Glasgow on this list.
5 Psychological Strategies to Ease the Stress of Perfectionism
The last three months I’ve been trying an experiment. It’s something that I’ve never done before, and in a certain way, it’s been a huge challenge. However, in other ways, it’s been an enormous stress relief, and I would say a largely successful effort.
Read for myself, sharing for others.
‘I have an appetite for transgressive women’
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is sitting in an upmarket restaurant, asking me to teach her how to burp at will. “I can’t armpit fart and I can’t fake burp, and I think that’s a tragedy,” she says. We met about five minutes ago; I’m not quite sure how we reached this point.
Killing Eve was superb. Prompted another rewatch of Fleabag which still delivers.
Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You’ll Ever Have Time to Read
Not sure I fully agree but I get the sentiment.
Why we don’t have to attend every drama we are invited to
This week I lost my purse. It had all the stuff your purse usually has in it – bank cards, credit card, driving licence, loyalty cards, stamps (how retro), photos and £50 cash. I was gutted. Gutted I’d have to cancel all my cards. Gutted that I had cash on me when I rarely do.
Step away from the drama! (life rule 592)
One Small Step for the Web…
I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That’s why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world.
Will be following this with a lot of interest. Everything has to start small.
You Should Be Eating Pie for Breakfast
From the moment it opens at 8 a.m. every day, customers flood Chicago’s Bang Bang Pie shop, drawn in by the smell of browned butter and toasted sugar. On a recent morning, peach raspberry was moving fast, as were slices of apple spiked with a slash of cider and baked in a graham flour crust.
Not actually read this one, just going with the headline!!
Students raise money to send a janitor on the first vacation he’s had in almost a decade
Custodian Herman Gordon has been spreading kindness at Bristol University for more than 11 years. This summer, students of the UK university decided it was time to return the favor.
The Joy of Experiencing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody for the Very First Time: Watch Three Reaction Videos
Remember when you first encountered Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”? I suspect many of us don’t. It’s not the Kennedy assassination.
Wow. I’d love to be able to go back and do something like this.
Hip Hop Fan Freaks Out When He Hears Rage Against the Machine’s Debut Album for the Very First Time
I consider myself lucky to have been a child of the nineties. As you know from Portlandia’s tribute to the decade of slack, it was a time when “people were content to be unambitious and sleep to 11 and just hang out with their friends.
As per above. This is why I keep going to gigs, why I seek out new music. I want THOSE moments.
For the last 5 months or so, I have been doing some long hard thinking about who I am, something that I probably should have confronted years ago, but somehow managed to bury deep until this year.
Feelings. All of them!
An In-Depth Explanation of Computational Photography on the iPhone XS
Outside of Apple employees, one of the people most knowledgeable about the iPhone’s camera is Sebastiaan de With, designer of the manual camera app Halide. It is fitting, then, that Sebastiaan would publish what I believe is the best explanation of the iPhone XS camera system to date.
Geek time. I’ve not yet stretched the XS camera but planning to this very weekend.
Raised by YouTube
The platform’s entertainment for children is weirder—and more globalized—than adults could have expected. ChuChu TV, the company responsible for some of the most widely viewed toddler content on YouTube, has a suitably cute origin story.
Good that it’s global and multi-culture based. Bad in terms of extended ‘screentime’.
Britons Among First to Try Out Carlsberg With Much Less Plastic
In its effort to use less plastic in its products, Carlsberg A/S will start gluing together the beer cans it sells in six-packs around the world.
Great idea. Probably not the best lager in the world though, eh.
Comedian Shares Stories Of All The Times She Didn’t Encounter A Rapist
The investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been really hard to watch.
More men need to read this. Strike that, more men need to UNDERSTAND this.
This is insane. Amazing. But insane.
Why are Apple Watch faces such a mess?
The state of the Apple Watch is good. Tim Cook continues to hail its popularity, albeit without any hard sales figures. Most pundits felt it outshined the iPhone at last month’s Apple media event. The new Apple Watch Series 4 seems to have been received well by reviewers.
Could not agree more. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time but, given their track record, I’m not holding my breath (this would be an entire OS upgrade I reckon.
Neal Preston’s best photograph: Robert Plant catches a dove
As far as I know, I’m the only person ever to be Led Zeppelin’s tour photographer. I was just 22 and knew a plum job when it landed on my lap.
The outrageous plan to haul icebergs to Africa
If towing icebergs to hot, water-stressed regions sounds totally crazy to you, then consider this: the volume of water that breaks off Antarctica as icebergs each year is greater than the total global consumption of freshwater. And that stat doesn’t even include Arctic ice.
Given the state our planet is in, this is anything but crazy, and it’s sad that it’s come to this.
Steve Kerr and Phil Jackson Trade Coaching Lessons
Favored to win their third straight championship, Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors face more adversity than fans realize. Kerr speaks with his former coach Phil Jackson — who led two teams to 11 NBA championships — about surviving success.
Mindful coaching of athletes. Something that is starting to pervade football in the UK (and is massively missing in the NFL).
This 94-year-old hands out chocolate bars to strangers. And people love it
Every Saturday, Bob Williams walks into a Dollar General store in Long Grove, Iowa, and buys a box of Hershey’s milk chocolate bars. Williams hands two to the cashiers, a third to the person behind him in line and then sets off around town handing the rest out to anyone he sees.
Life goals. Except not that weird Hershey’s nonsense.
Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room
Score one for the human brain. In a new study, computer scientists found that artificial intelligence systems fail a vision test a child could accomplish with ease.
We need not fear the robot uprising! (yet)
A Good Man, and Thorough: The Genius of ‘The Big Lebowski’
In the published screenplay for The Big Lebowski, a character named “The Dude” is introduced in the stage directions as “a man in whom casualness runs deep.” Of all the Coens’ movies, The Big Lebowski is, at least on the surface, the most ambling and aimless.
20 years old, still funny. Abide.
I Made One Simple Financial Change and It Lowered My Spending
A few years ago, when I was reporting a story on personal finance, I became fascinated by a concept that behavioral economists call the “pain of paying.”
How come all these ‘tips’ mean more work. Where’s the one that I can do less but not be worried about money?
‘The Very Top Guy in the Stasi was Personally Involved in Figuring Out How to Destroy Punk.’
Punk rock was revolution-minded from the get-go, at least about aesthetics. Its political consciousness bloomed later –- most vividly in the U.K., then in scenes around the world. Yet for all the anti-Thatcher, anti-Reagan bluster, punk can lay direct claim to just one full regime change.
Bonkers amazing. And in the climate of today, apt? How those in power fear ANY challenge.
A Prescription for Forgetting
“You’re dead,” said the meditation guide. “You’ve been dead a long time.” I start crying. “What do you see?” she asked. I whimpered, “My dad somewhere, cremated, maybe a river, gone for decades. My son is older. He has a family. He thinks of me sometimes. I can’t stand it.”
Life is so complex. Then you add emotions.
Paralyzed people are beginning to walk with a new kind of therapy
Kelly Thomas woke up in a Florida hospital four years ago with no recollection of the car accident that had robbed her of the ability to walk.
Proof that we still don’t know so much about our own bodies and minds. Wow.
How does a food become a trend? Ask cauliflower.
First came the cauliflower steaks, thick vegetal slabs, roasted and served like cruciferous T-bones. Then there was Buffalo cauliflower, breaded and fried and generally chicken-shaped.
I asked one the other day. I say ‘asked’ it was a more a good roasting he got.
Why do we hate wasps and love bees?
The researchers involved say that this view is unfair because wasps are just as ecologically useful as bees. The scientists suggest a public relations campaign to restore the wasps’ battered image.
Wasps are assholes. Screw the science.
Urban bees are living healthier lives than rural bees
Bumblebees are making it in the city. Research published in the Royal Society B found that bumblebees living in urban areas experience healthier lives than their counterparts in rural habitats. Their colonies are larger, better fed, and less prone to disease.
‘Mon the bees!!
Henry – Rob Delaney
Note: I wrote all of this except the last paragraph in April or May of 2017. I changed names as well, except for Henry’s. I’m on the bus to go see my son Henry at the hospital.
A hard read, but honest emotions always are.
iPhone XS Camera Review: Zanzibar
Mambo vipi (what’s up) from Zanzibar! I’m here capturing an amazing Ker & Downey experience at Asilia’s Matemwe Lodge and have been testing the iPhone XS along the way. When I learned about the new camera upgrades this year, I was a little underwhelmed.
One of my primary uses for my iPhone is to take photos. I am SO getting an upgrade.
Reckoning With Pinegrove
On a muggy July night in 2017, Pinegrove guitarist Nick Levine was stabbing a hot needle of indeterminate origin into my flesh. I was getting my first stick-and-poke tattoo. The design was a single square.
Been a fan for a couple of years but hadn’t heard of any of this. Not good.
Scotland launches an ad campaign that confronts homophobes and racists
Today, Scotland is launching an ad campaign that confronts transphobia and racism. The campaign is funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Government under the One Scotland campaign, which aims to tackle hate crime.
MORE OF THIS PLEASE.
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
Last week, I ran an ad on Facebook that was targeted at a computer science professor named Alan Mislove. Mislove studies how privacy works on social networks and had a theory that Facebook is letting advertisers reach users with contact information collected in surprising ways.
Fuck Facebook. I can’t leave it as a lot of friends and events are on there, but it’s a pain to lock it all down too. But you can.
Fortnite Is So Big It Can Bully Sony and Nintendo
Fortnite is undeniably one of the biggest games in the world, but today we saw an example of just how big it is. Sony’s long-standing (and, frankly, embarrassing) stance against cross-play with other consoles is finally coming to an end, and Fortnite is pretty much leading the charge.
Might be time to try this?
The Man Behind the Scooter Revolution
Two decades ago, a Swiss inventor laid the foundation for the big mobility innovation of 2018. Like so many inventions, the scooter was a child of necessity: Specifically, the need to get a bratwurst without looking like an idiot.
Ha, always thought they were built for kids.
Christine Blasey Ford shows us vulnerability is strength, not weakness
Christine Blasey Ford clarified her intentions at the very start of her testimony before the Senate judiciary committee. Three words especially—”I am terrified”—have reverberated.
Been dipping in and out of the hearings. What a strong woman. What a monster of a man.
Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics
There’s something mysterious coming up from the frozen ground in Antarctica, and it could break physics as we know it. Physicists don’t know what it is exactly.
Yay science! We know nothing!!
Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong
In food and drink, we all want to do the right thing. We want to shop and eat sustainably. But, sometimes, it is easier said than done. Our willingness to jump on the latest eco-trends and unquestioningly accept reassuring labelling can lead to unintended consequences.
Another week, another article about food. Time to get my own farm?
The iPhone’s autocorrect is a blessing and a curse. A longtime Apple designer explains why it’s so hard to teach software to read your mind.
I have a confection to make. Ugh! No, I don’t want to bake a cake. Let me type that again. I have a confession to make. I worked for many years as a software developer at Apple and I invented touchscreen keyboard autocorrection for the original iPhone.
Ducks sake, how hard can it be!
Probiotics labelled ‘quite useless’
Their study is among the most detailed analyses of what happens when we consume probiotics. They are seen as healthy and good for the gut, but the results found they had little or no effect inside the body.
Made up advertscienmenting isn’t real? WHO KNEW!
Illusion of control: Why the world is full of buttons that don’t work
Written by Have you ever pressed the pedestrian button at a crosswalk and wondered if it really worked? Or bashed the “close door” button in an elevator, while suspecting that it may, in fact, have no effect whatsoever? You’re not alone, and you may be right.
I love this stuff.
How Hevesh5 Builds Amazing Domino Chain Reactions
19-year-old Lily Hevesh is obsessed with dominos. She spends hours upon hours building insanely intricate designs and chain reactions before knocking them down. Sound like a strange way to spend your time? Tell that to the nearly 2 million people who’ve subscribed to her YouTube Channel.
Dining fine: should you be charged £50 for missing a restaurant reservation?
Customer no-shows are a huge problem for restaurants. Running at 5% to 20% per service, they cost the industry up to £16bn a year, according to the booking platform ResDiary.
I say yes. If you don’t have common decency to cancel a booking then £50 should learn ya!
New Wireless Noise-Canceling Tech Is Faster Than the Speed of Sound
A lightweight earpiece technology promises to meet or beat the performance of the best premium noise-canceling headphones without blocking the ear canal or covering people’s ears like heavy earmuffs.
If you are reading this aloud, these headphones have already cancelled you out. Or something.
The Man Who Raised a Fist, 50 Years Later
In the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, tucked between a gas station and what looks to be an abandoned warehouse, sits a former ceramics factory that now houses the studio of Glenn Kaino, a prominent conceptual artist.
Still such a powerful image.
Why Egypt is building a brand new mega capital city
Cranes are hovering over a new town in Egypt – but this is no mere overspill like Stevenage or Crawley. The new administrative capital, or NAC (so new it doesn’t even have a proper name), is mooted to be the biggest planned city ever.
Whoa, this is crazy. Like re-building Glasgow.
There’s a name—and a laundry product—for that pile of lightly worn clothes in your bedroom
Unilever knows a lot about how you do laundry—or don’t. For example, you know that pile of clothes draped over your bedroom chair? It’s the one made up of stuff you’ve worn once, that isn’t quite dirty yet.
Good Things Will Happen Keychain
I do so wish I could afford to buy you ALL one of these.
Stress and Memory
I have a bad memory, and this makes a lot of sense as to why.
The Copenhagen Letter: a set of principles for ethical technology
The techlash has sparked a most welcome interest in the ethics of technology (there are hundreds of university courses on the subject!) and with it, a bustling cottage industry in the formulation and promulgation of “statements of principles” meant to guide technologists in their work.
Only 20 years too late? But are we really expecting this to be followed?
The secret life of fungi: Ten fascinating facts
They’re all around us, in the soil, our bodies and the air, but are often too small to be seen with the naked eye. They provide medicines and food but also wreak havoc by causing plant and animal diseases.
They are everywhere right now, little squishy mushrooms. One day I’ll learn which ones I can pick.
I Caught My Husband On Tinder, And It Saved Our Marriage
Marriage is freaking hard work. Anyone will tell you that, but what they don’t often tell you is that you could try to do everything the “right” way, and it will still be hard. My husband and I were DONE.
More proof that life and relationships can evolve, even if it’s really hard to make it happen.
A Mind is Like A Parachute
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”
Zappa quote is my new life quote, I think.
A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come
Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well. On December 31, 1999, we threw a party.
It’s all so so awful. Stop the ride, I wanna get off.
The “beautiful mess” effect: other people view our vulnerability more positively than we do
Admitting mistakes, seeking help, apologising first, confessing one’s romantic feelings – all these kind of situations involve intentional expressions of vulnerability, in which we may fear being rejected or being judged negatively, yet we grit our teeth and go ahead anyway.
Essentially, we are all a lot less fucked up than we think…
He Saw Our Darkness
Wait — that’s … Johnny Cash? On a U2 album? The crisp, deep baritone was unmistakable. I perked up my ears and heard Cash sing of a strange pilgrimage through a dystopian landscape of soulless cities and anomic, eight-lane highways, driven by dark religious longings.
The New Science of Seeing Around Corners
While vacationing on the coast of Spain in 2012, the computer vision scientist Antonio Torralba noticed stray shadows on the wall of his hotel room that didn’t seem to have been cast by anything.
Pretty sure I’ve linked to an article about guns that can shoot round corners. If the robots get wind of this we are screwed.
Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading? Here’s What Experts Say
Even for people who love books, finding the opportunity to read can be a challenge. Many, then, rely on audiobooks, a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading. You can listen to the latest bestseller while commuting or cleaning up the house.
Why is this even a question?
Innocent people with dirty-sounding last names face the “Scunthorpe problem”
Sitting through roll call in school is already bad enough if you have a last name like Weiner, Butts, Cummings, Medick, Dickman, or Suconcock. But if that sounds rough, just try getting past the first stage of an online registration process.
Seymour? Is there a Seymour in the room? A Mr. Seymour Butts? (yes, I am 8 yrs old!)
Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound
Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at all, but hunch over video games. Parents and other passengers read on Kindles or skim a flotilla of email and news feeds.
Part of the reason I post these Weekend Reading posts is because I read all the articles I link to, and I would never post something I hadn’t read. So you are all keeping me accountable, thanks!
How wonder works
When I was growing up in New York City, a high point of my calendar was the annual arrival of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus — ‘the greatest show on earth’. My parents endured the green-haired clowns, sequinned acrobats and festooned elephants as a kind of garish pageantry.
Ohhh how we all desperately need more wonder.
Reading with a pencil
The intellectual is, quite simply, a human being who has a pencil in his or her hand when reading a book. —George Steiner There’s a way of reading that is like writing.
One for the people who can’t even crack the spine of a book…?
Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)
At the heart of this town lies a building that is a veritable temple to the area’s most famous creation, the humble Lego brick.
Ambitious but I hope they manage this.
The importance of being Idles: Trauma, masculinity and immigration
The provocative Bristol-based five-piece are midway through their headline set at London’s Visions Festival and that’s the cue for them to drop Danny Nedelko – a blistering new anthem for the anxious pre-Brexit era.
Seeing these guys in October. Nice to read about their sensibilities ahead of the aural onslaught I’m expecting!
Top tips for staying on Twitter as Jack fucks it up
Well. It’s not looking good for Twitter at the moment as its founder is announcing even more potential shitty plans for ruining his website further. I know some of us are exodusing, making our way over to Mastodon.
Despite the recent blocking of infowars asshats, still some great advice in here.
Short Animation TINK Takes You on a Lovely Rube Goldberg-esque Adventure
TINK is a colorful animation by motion design studio Mr. Kaplin that showcases the intricate workings of a fictional Rube Goldberg-like machine.
Well that’s just bloody gorgeous.
Carbuncle Cup: six vie for title of UK’s ugliest new building of year
The Carbuncle Cup is given by the magazine Building Design to one of a shortlist of buildings its readers select as their least favourite of the last 12 months.
Great name, horrific monstrosities.
All the world’s a stage. And these women are radically changing that world…
Evie Manning is a theatre-maker from Bradford. Rhiannon White is a theatre-maker from Cardiff. Together they are the driving force behind the Common Wealth theatre company.
‘The Personality Brokers’ Conjures the Mother and Daughter Who Helped Us Think of Ourselves as Types
Merve Emre’s new book begins like a true-crime thriller, with the tantalizing suggestion that a number of unsettling revelations are in store.
From memory I was an INTP a long time ago. These days I feel more like a WTAF?
Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science
In recent years, the 10,000-steps-a-day regime has become entrenched in popular culture. You can barely walk down the street without someone stomping past you wearing a FitBit; when Jeremy Hunt was health secretary, he was often pictured with his poking out from his shirtsleeves.
Linked to something along these lines before, once again do your research people!
Female monkeys don’t trust males, even when they’re obviously right
Female monkeys are reluctant to follow the example of males even when they would obviously benefit from doing so, new research has found. The behaviour, which the researchers said echoes some human traits, is rooted in the tendency of male vervet monkeys to roam between groups.
For god sake, if the MONKEYS know it’s true….
Shooting and editing great photos with Halide and Darkroom
We love Halide — we picked it as our favorite third-party camera app for the iPhone. We’re also big fans of Darkroom, which is our favorite photo editing app. Not only great on their own, these apps work brilliantly together to allow you to shoot and edit fantastic photos. Let’s take a look.
I occasionally bookmark links just for me but this one is pretty handy so thought I’d share it too. iPhone only y’all.
Ten Things I Never Knew About Las Vegas Until I Ran a High-Roller Suite
A stint managing premier client relations at the Cosmopolitan revealed secrets that probably should stay in Vegas. Oh well. In Las Vegas, the ultimate sand trap-turned-capital of capitalism, there’s no better byword for sophistication than the Cosmopolitan.
Just makes me want to visit it all the more (once I’ve won the lottery of course).
Sorry, Pal, I Don’t Want to Talk: The Other Reason People Wear AirPods
Rebecca Dolan: Wearers of AirPods have adapted their daily behavior to the product in ways even its designers might not have foreseen—as a cloak of invisibility.
Yes. But. This has been applicable to headphones FOREVER? No??
Where Do “Messy Bisexuals” Fit Into the Bi+ Community?
For reference, this friend of mine has been married for eight years to a woman. A woman he loves and cares for deeply. He’s monogamous. He’s faithful. He’s open and communicative with his wife. Recently, he told her that he needs to experience an intimate connection with a man.
Already linked to friends on FB I’ll use the same comment: “Wherever they damn well choose?”.
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration
I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay.
Trump news, sorry. But this both offers a glimmer of hope, and a terrifying insight.
25 of the New Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2018
If you don’t spend most of your time on the internet, it can be hard to keep up with the evolving lingo of the digital age.
OK, sometimes I don’t read ALL of the articles I link to… tl;dr …
Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development
A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it’s making a $3.
Reality is increasingly fucked, and resembling some Atwood-esque dystopia.
How Many Hamsters Would it Take to Power Your Home and Would This Be Cheaper Than Coal Power?
OMG the internet is amazing. Get your FULL geek on with this one.
New No’s by Paul Chan
After the 2016 election, artist and writer Paul Chan wrote the following poem that he called “New No’s”. I ran across this several times at The Whitney; it’s part of their great exhibition An Incomplete History of Protest.
Print and put up in every school and workplace!
If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer
Veganism has rocketed in the UK over the past couple of years – from an estimated half a million people in 2016 to more than 3.5 million – 5% of our population – today.
Science says… (as ever, it’s all about balance, something humankind just isn’t that great at)
This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it
When Patrick McMullan wants a Diet Dr Pepper while he’s at work, he pays for it with a wave of his hand. McMullan has a microchip implanted between his thumb and forefinger, and the vending machine immediately deducts money from his account.
Geek G says YES! The rest of me says ouch, wtf, and what does this mean for the future?
Scotland’s free tampons show the true mark of an evolved civilization
This week, Scotland became the first nation in the world to guarantee free sanitary products to all students at schools, colleges, and universities. It’s part of a £5.2 million ($6.
Once again, proud to be Scottish.
The New Old Age
I am five years older than my mother was when she died of breast cancer, in 1982. She was sixty-five, which now seems merely middle aged. I don’t know what expectations she had about aging; I doubt she had any, especially after her diagnosis, but I know what mine are.
Hold those you love closely. Life is far far too short.
How Tourists Are Destroying the Places They Love
Travel is no longer a luxury good. Airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet have contributed to a form of mass tourism that has made local residents feel like foreigners in cities like Barcelona and Rome. The infrastructure is buckling under the pressure.
This! Plus tourists visiting cities and only sticking to tourist stuff. Get off the beaten track already.
This Is Personal
There’s this miracle happening at home right now. And before it’s over, I feel like I need to put it on paper — just to make sure I have some documented proof. Riley, our six-year-old daughter, wants to be like her parents.
More men need to say these things.
Listening for Silence With the Headphones Off
Immersive portable audio—the ability to be out in the world while listening to your favorite music privately, on headphones—is a relatively new phenomenon. In 1972, a man named Andreas Pavel more or less invented it.
Out in a country park last weekend I paused and listened to the silence. Magical when you can find that space.
Alexa Is Losing Her Edge
It’s easy to imagine a world in which “Alexa” is synonymous with talking computers, or Echo with smart speakers—just as Kleenex is synonymous with facial tissue, Xerox with copy machines, or Google with online search.
I have Alexa. My usage hasn’t really expanded beyond the first few things I learned.
Begging the Question
I do not know anyone who would be like this just to wind people up. Nope. I do not. *coughs*
‘Growing up, we were the weird ones’: The wizarding, mermaiding, cosplaying haven of Epic Nerd Camp
Okay, campers, everyone into the pool for fourth-period mermaiding. Or, merfolking, if you prefer. “We are sirens of the sea! Lie on your back and make love to the sky,” instructed Amber Kofman, waving her high-waisted aqua tail above the water.
More spaces, more tribes, choose love.
Inside the slimy underground hunt for humanity’s antibiotic saviour
The first time Naowarat Cheeptham ventured down into the Iron Curtain Cave, one day in 2011, the darkness was all-consuming. Turning away from the steel ladder – the only route back to the small square of sunlight far overhead – the biologist forced herself to continue forward.
One day you will die. We will all die. Humanity will die. Bacteria won’t cos it’s smart than us.
Nostalgia is gaming’s biggest trend
Tanglewood is a glitch in the matrix. As only the second video game released on the Sega Genesis since it was discontinued in 1997, it shouldn’t exist, but it does — a humble, beautifully realized 2D adventure platformer.
Retro gaming isn’t about graphics and nostalgia, it’s about playability. Pick up and play!
Robot says: Whatever
In Henry James’s intriguing novella The Beast in the Jungle (1903), a young man called John Marcher believes that he is marked out from everyone else in some prodigious way. The problem is that he can’t pinpoint the nature of this difference.
Next week: We’ve made a robot that cares!
From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster
The resounding click-clack muffles the murmur of anticipation as the train inches up the wooden structure. When the riders reach the apex, the bright blue summer sky swallows everything. Then, with a lurch, gravity takes over. Everybody screams.
I have not been on a rollercoaster in years. Already making plans to rectify that!
Do Nothing for 2 Minutes
Take 2 minutes out and sit quietly. One to bookmark.
Why Can’t Europe Do Tech?
The heyday of Nokia Corp. and Ericsson AB is a distant memory, and Europe doesn’t have anything remotely comparable to Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, or Facebook, or Alibaba or Tencent, companies with market values ranging from $400 billion to $1 trillion and counting.
Flip it. Why can’t American Tech do anything that considers Europe properly?
How to read freely
It’s mid-August, which for season-blessed Northern Hemispherers, means a heap of summer guilt: Guilt that you only made it to the beach twice this summer, that you haven’t eaten enough watermelon, that your kid’s farmer’s tan is barely noticeable.
YES TO THIS. (and has inspired a blog post)
We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised
When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost everyone was slim. I mentioned it on social media, then went on holiday.
Clean eating, anyone?
The Art of the Late Bloomer
The 18th century was a golden era for finding stuff in England: Roman coins in the garden soil, plesiosaur bones in the Dorset cliffs, passions buried under the crust of social expectations.
Can’t wait until I start to bloom. OK, that sounds weird.
Coconut oil is ‘pure poison’, says Harvard professor
For certain health food shops and wellbeing sites it is the panacea that helps everything from bad hair and mental grogginess to obesity and haemorrhoids. But the carefully-crafted image of coconut oil as a cure for many ills has been roundly rejected by a Harvard professor.
I’m always wary of things that are oddly popular. It’s good to question these things, I was right!
It’s time to ditch the penny
If you see a penny on the floor, do you even bother to pick it up? Low-denomination coins are increasingly useless and costly to produce. According to staff at the Bank of England, the economic reason for keeping them—fear of inflation—has been thoroughly debunked.
PV Sindhu: How India’s Olympic badminton star became a sponsors’ dream on £126,000 a week
It was no surprise when Serena Williams topped the Forbes list of highest-earning female athletes released earlier this week, but you may have not recognised the name of the woman in seventh place.
This doesn’t sit right. Good in many ways, but is she being rewarded for (currently) small successes? Serena is the best tennis player in the world, ever.
Femicide – an all too familiar story.
So. Here’s the deal. I am what some people could call ‘feisty’. Basically I have a big mouth and I’m not very good at keeping it shut if I think someone needs to know that I know what they are up to. I call cat callers out. A. Lot.
Hard read. Must read. We must do better.
New research suggests evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest’
If you’ve got an unemployed, 30-year-old adult child still living in the basement, fear not. A new large-data study of fossil and extant bivalves and gastropods in the Atlantic Ocean suggests laziness might be a fruitful strategy for survival of individuals, species and even communities of species.
FINALLY! I’ve been saying this for years! *heads back to sofa*